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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