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Another backlog from a West Country Road Trip back in late May with Mookster, our American explorer friend and myself. This was our second stop off on our first day on the trip; our first being Tone Mills, a revisit for me so I haven't done a report, but with Tone its always a pleasure seeing it. A wonderful site each and every time. The three of us embarked on the large two day road trip in my trusty 1988 Volvo 240 and rocked up in Torrington that morning. This site has been derelict for absolutely years, but its in the arse end of nowhere so its taken a while to see it. - Closed in 1993; Dairy Crest's Creamery sat on a site which had been a creamery since 1874. This particular Art Deco site was built in the 1930's to meet needs, but When the government de-centralised milk collection,the creamery was finally killed off and it closed its doors; a severe blow to the area; with around 200 Job losses. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157699243815344
No access at the dairy crest but still managed to get a few pictures. originally the site of an atmospheric pumping house on one of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's railway, the Exeter/Newton Abbot line, built in the 1840s. The pumping house still survives, although converted to suit Dairy Crest's needs. in 1937, the site was acquired by Cow & Gate. At that time, milk was collected every day from 350 local farms, taking in and processing 7000 gallons of milk a day By 1966, at the site’s peak as a processor of dairy products, at which time it was run by Unigate Dairies, it was taking in milk from 1,300 farms, over 65,000 gallons per day. In May 2007, Dairy Crest, who had taken over the site from Unigate in 2000, announced that they were closing their operations there, with the loss of 162 jobs, a major blow to the economy of the town. With an eye to selling the site to developers, Dairy Crest began moves to demolish the Brunel Building, and following a fierce community campaign, English Heritage’s original decision not to list the building was reversed. A number of celebrities, including Jeremy Clarkson. thanks for looking x
Location - Crest Packaging, Gillingham Date Visited - January 2008 Present Status - Demolition in progress Future Plans - Proposed Distribution Centre Site History Crest packaging was origenally known as Bowaters packaging. The origenal factory and admin block were built in the late 50's/early 60's, the factories primary purpose was the manufacture of flexible packaging primerily for the food industry. Bowaters packaging was brought out by the Crest group in 1985, and the factory traded as Crest packaging from then until it closed in 2003 following the collapse of the Crest group, leaving opver 200 people out of work. The Future The site has now been demolished and rhumor has it a large distribution centre is due to be built there. There's not a great deal to show what the place did, as all assets were sold off when the company collapsed, however it was still a good explore and there were lots of interesting bits in the admin block. Enjoy the photos, and I apologise for the quality as they were taken on a very old fujifilm camera. Factory Floor, Completely stripped bare Bridge linking factory to Admin block. Apologies for poor photo, handheld shot on an old camera. Folders Missing government data Comms Wiring Obligatory phone shot Stair way The admin block is set out over 4 floors, mostly empty boring offices, until you get to the basement levels. Electric panels Amazing walk in safe Safe within the walk in safe. You could say it was a safe safe. Store room, I think they stored samples of all their packaging in the woodern draws, as there was some still in them Really old franking machine. I wish I'd saved this, it was an amazing piece of engineering. Up in the roof space. Lift motor. 1950's origenal lift controller I'm the king of the world!! Kinda had to be done One last one, looking at the factory from thr roof of the admin block. Unfortunitely this place is now rubble, but it was a pretty decent explore while it was standing. Thanks for looking Maniac.