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  1. Cwm Coke Cokeworks, Beddlau, South Wales – March 2015 Wow, this is one I have wanted to do for years and finally I got to see it. Me and Southside Assassin loaded up the car and headed off for a mixed weekend away in Wales. After taking a wrong turn and ending 20 miles too far from the location, we headed in the RIGHT direction and arrived on site mid morning. The site is huge and we also met up with Hamtagger and Geoff later on. Got some amazing photos and videos here and thought we would try our luck on the elevators. I would try this on a more still day and obviously tread carefully as you ascend, looking at any movements. They seemed pretty solid on our visit. The trip was sadly cut short when one of our groups was spotted while snapping an external, meaning we covered the whole site but not the main room that we had saved till last  A brief paragraph about Coke from wiki: History Borrowed and Adjusted from H1971’s 2013 report on 28 days Dating back as far as 1909; when the Great Western Colliery Co. began sinking pits to provide steam coals for the Great Western Railway. By 1914 coal was being produced on the Colliery, all of which came from two shafts named Magaret and Mildred, which were over 750 yards deep. In 1928 Powell Duffryn Associated Colleries ltd took over the colliery which employed approximately 1000 men and continued production under this name until 1947; at which point, The National Coal Board was established to run the nationalised coal mining industry in Britain. Between the years 1952 and 1960 the colliery underwent an extensive £9 million reconstruction scheme which included linking CWM to Coedely Tonyrefail. By the 1970s around 1,500 men were producing 515,000 tons of coke on a yearly basis at CWM until the privatisation of the National Coal Board in 1986. The Colliery ceased production in 1986 although there were an estimated 80 million tonnes of coal seams and reserves still there which were never mined. CWM Coke was designed to centralise and maintain the production of South Wales foundry coke. The coal mined at CWM was suitable for foundry coke given its low sulphur content The coke works continued to run after the colliery’s 1986 closure and ceased production in June of 2002. The MASSIVE site has sat rotting ever since. In true Landie Style I have SMASHED the 10 photo thing, I usually allow myself to creep up to 13 or so, but this site took my breath away. The decay just makes it, its amazing here. And hey we all have fast connections these days right? #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20 #21 #-VIDEO- Climbing the Elevators https://youtu.be/wJT2haGI0_U Thanks again guys :-) More (If you want!!) At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157651326002345/
  2. CWM Cokeworks, Beddau The Explore After spending most of the night in Talgarth, Session9 and myself set off further south in search of some coke We’ve now been awake for around 30 hours, multiple cans of Monster have already been consumed to help with the drive down. Arrived at midday-ish, made our access and met up with Southside UE and Landie Man. Good to catch up with you Dan and nice to meet you Harry We spent a few hours sampling the industrial decay of this massive site, including the sphincter-twitching ascent up the side-less walkways to the main “pulveriser†until our visit was cut short by a security guard with a mahooosive alsatian. The initial attempt at hiding and the bust itself was all captured in 1080p from Southsides and LM’s Go-pro’s, and i can’t wait to see the footage. All in all a cracking day out with top company. I think we pretty much only scratched the surface of this place but i hope you enjoy the pics anyway. The History This huge abandoned site was constructed in 1958 following the establishment of local mines and collieries in the previous 100 years. The majority of the low sulphur high quality coal which was mined at the nearby CWM colliery was processed here producing high grade coke suitable for foundry use. The colliery was closed in 1986 but the coke works continued to function until 2002 when the doors were closed for the final time. The site is to be transformed in a major regeneration programme after developers secured outline planning approval. The project will see the demolition of Cwm Coking works and over £17million worth of site remediation. There will also be landscape restoration, the development of up to 851 homes, a primary school, sports facilities and further public open space. The Pictures 1. A few externals... 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Face Heat-Shield.. 8. 9. Pampers Donned, time for the climb.. 10. 11,12. Externals of the rusty bullet hole-twitcher... 13. View from the top.. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. As always, thanks for looking and feedback always appreciated
  3. Cwm Coke is one of those enigmatic places I had been looking at photos of long before I got into active exploring, one of the places I had always wanted to see but never thought I would...until today! On the drive up my imagined lovely sunny early morning wander round the site wasn't looking too promising as clouds had gathered, but it wasn't until we were in the process of parking up outside that the heavens opened, total sods law eh! So it turned into a bit of a damp explore, sheltering in the buildings between the bursts of heavy rain. Didn't see a peep all explore which is probably good having heard bad stories about the 'security' there in the past... It's been done so many times before and everyone knows the gist of the place so here are some photos. I went a bit snap happy but the slightly busted autofocus on my 10-20 put paid to some of the shots, it'll be being sent off for repairs next week as I can't keep on losing good shots because of the damage it sustained last year! I make no apology for the amount of photos in this thread! More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157645377832776/
  4. I went here at the beginning of the year and hated the place, I was meant to have gone with my nephew but he had to pull out, so I went on my own. The place is so intimidating after a hour I just had to get out of the place and said I wouldn't go back. I had a message from barracuda asking if I wanted to go somewhere one day, also a newbie said that he wanted to go down there as he didn't manage to get in last time. So a date was set and yesterday at 7am we met up just outside. The old entry point has now been well secured so it was the same place I managed to get in last time, but it can be a little on the wet side. Its still intimidating but with a could of good fellas with me it wasn't so bad. In the end we spent over 4 hours in there and still didn't cover half of the place so another visit might be in order. We did start to climb on of the conveyer towers only to find the walkway was rotten so we carefully made our way back down. All in all even if the place is so dirty and imposing it well worth a look. I took over 200 photos but cut them down to less than 170 which can be found here https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/sets/72157644532327007/ Cheers barracuda
  5. well i thought id go and see what all the fuss was about and set off early in the morning to find the beast that is cwm coke. im still blown away by the size of the place if im honest. there cant be that many places around quit like it. to date i would say it was the best 6 hours of urban exploring i have had. anyway, i wont say anything about the history as im pretty sure everyone knows it and to be honest i dont know a lot about the place other than its amazing.. hope you enjoy the photos
  6. This was my first port of call for the day, my nephew was going to come with me for the day but was unable too. This place is not really one for a solo visit but as I wanted to go there I just went on my own. I did try last August but failed to get in, so a couple of members gave me the entry points with the first a easy one. I got there just before 8 and made my way to the easy point, NEW FENCE FITTED so off the look for the other one. I don't know if it was the point or not but it was like a river there so it was a ankle deep wade and a very close soaking both getting in and out. My brother inlaw worked here until the end and I went down there once to pick up some stuff, I have always wanted to go back and have a look, but from the time I got there I did not feel at ease with the place and after I hour I just wanted out and go to my next stop I had planned. I am not entirely happy with the photos (Which I used my fisheye lens) but I just recon it was just the place, as the next two places they came out quite good. I know one thing for sure, I don't think I will be going back full set as normal here http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157640157965274/ That's all Folks
  7. Hi guys, A few of the photos below are from 2 x 8 hours explores that coincided with weekends of Welsh sport so guard and dog was non existant!! This place is a huge abandoned coke works that is just standing there and is likely to be left in the same way for a long time as its massive! Also very atmospheric to walk around while checking around corners If anyone wants to come down to sunny South Wales for this place, then let me know. Some from October 2011 - visited with one of the crew. I feel that looking back, a lot of my earlier UE photos were overprocessed but somethings change over time. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 Some from February - 2012 #8 #9 #11 #12 #13 #14 Thanks for looking in.
  8. Evening all, My third visit to this place which is not that far away from me in South Wales. Wasn't really going for myself but two long time explorer non members of this forum, one of which has been caught here twice in quick succession going back a few years before security got a bit slack. As with a lot of revisits, the challenge is to find something new or a different viewpoint to photograph and maybe change lenses. As per the first and second times, security was non existant and knowing most of the site like the back of my hand, took the guys to the areas I was familiar with and also starting at the bottom and working the way up through. The site was extremely overgrown and a lot of stomping down of brambles and weeds had to be done, some of the paths and especially the steps you couldn't even see and were wet with moss and slippery too. But going on some of the areas I found, especially across the top of the coke ovens, the revisit was definately worth it - Especially considering the weather was great too. A bit of history (Found following a Google search) There was originally a colliery named "Cwm Colliery" at this site in Beddau, just south of Pontypridd in Rhondda Cynon Taf, that was sunk in 1909. No coal was actually extracted until 1914, however, and then it came from two shafts, Margaret and Mildred which were over 750 yards deep. In 1928 the colliery was taken over by Powell Duffryn Associated Collieries Limited, and at this point it employed over 1000 men. It operated under their name until 1948 when the National Coal Board (NCB) was established to manage the nationalized coal industry in the UK. The NCB updated the colliery in a massive £9 million redevelopment between 1952 and 1960. This included connection Cwm (pronounced "Coomb") to Coedely Tonyrefail, and of course building a massive Coke works, Cwm Coke. In the 70s, the coke works alone employed 1,500 men and produced some 515,000 tonnes of coke each year. It continued to do so until 1986, when the NCB was privatized. The colliery ceased production at this point, but the coke works were bought buy CPL Industries and continued producing coke right up until 2002. It would have remained open had it not been for the fact it was extremely outdated, in desperate need of modernization and no one was willing to invest in new technologies. On with some photos. Thanks for looking in.
  9. This was the last port of call on our 2 day trip to Wales.After a less than sound nights sleep in the car which in my opinion was worse than sleeping at Pool Park the night before we headed in not long after the sun had started coming up ,which would explain some of the shots!Really liked this place and even tho we missed a fewrooms with pipes and gauges as tbh 2 nights sod all sleep and clambering around the walkways in hot sunshine we had had enough and packed up. Relaxed explore in a great location if you like flaky paint ,rust and big hunks of machinery left around. visited with SpaceInvader and Obscurity while St0rm caught up on some sleep back at the car.. Borrowed history On with some pics...
  10. Awesome! Decaying rusty metal - Check! Chimmny - Check! Office full of paper work - Check! Machinery still in situ - Check! That explore has everything! Cheers for posting it Maniac.