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Clockhouse Brickworks was a Hansons factory built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) near Capel in Surrey. The site lies 600m east of the Auclaye SSSI which was also a former brickworks, geologically it lies on wealden clays (Da Fuq?). It is a site for palentological and sedimentological research covering an area of 32.4 hectares. Similar strata are seen at Warnham. The factory was phased out of production during early 2009 due to the downturn in the construction industry, and a lack of housebuilding projects. Since that time it has sat disused exposed to the elements gathering dust. I visited back in April with Sentinel one lazy afternoon and only just got round to sorting out my pics. It's a fantastic location where the workers seemed to have just downed tools and buggered off without so much as a riverdance. The whole place is covered in a film of orange brick dust and feels like it could return to normal service at the flick of a switch. The highlights for me were the old control panels and the workshop which was full of old tools and machinery. Other highlights included Sentinel being attacked by an owl. It's been covered a few times before but hopefully I've added something a bit different - Tits and Arse. The whole place is painted in green and yellow, a strange colour code for such an industrial setting Dust Masks and other protective equipment lie everywhere as if they were only just taken off Old tracks lead from one end of the factory to the other Old Switch Panel Some areas are deep in sludge where the rain has come through Brick making machinery Lockers, some still with bits and pieces left inside by workers The decoy security guy Reflections A worker's hard hat Cap Thousands of bricks left behind never to be used An old vice on a workbench covered with rusty tools One of the many styles of bricks once produced here Funky Control panel Funky Wheelbarrow Peeking outside Strange looking machinery upstairs The main office Looking down on the bricks Somebody planted a tree! The Workshop Safety Boots still in good nick after all this time Giant Anvil Welder's mask and finally....my favourite shot of the day, the staff Room Cheers for looking
After visiting the site last year, and only making it half way down the 'stairs of death', and all the other entrances completely sealed, we decided to head back and give it another shot.. This time the stairs were even more dangerous, and were completely missing a huge section of steps, that had been completely destroyed. After deciding it a wasn't a great idea to continue further, we decided to see if any of the other entrances were open, and to our surprise we found a way in!! Fresh soil had been put down around the area, and it looked like work had been taking place, so not sure what the future of the bunker is at the moment. There's not a great deal left inside, but the tunnels themselves make for some decent photos!
Another local one that I've been wanting to do for ages, but never got round to it until now. It's filled full of asbestos, so I made sure to bring my good PP3 mask, but even that wasn't enough probably. History During World War 2, the Southern Railway took over the Deepdene Hotel near Dorking in Surrey for its wartime emergency headquarters. In the grounds they excavated an underground control centre taking advantage of a network of existing natural caves that had been acknowledged 300 years before in the diaries of John Evelyn. Because of the natural protection afforded by the location of the caves they were eminently suitable for the development of a bunker to house both the headquarters' telephone exchange and Traffic Control who also had their underground control centre there with underground divisional controls at Woking (South West Division), Southampton (Western Division), Orpington (South Eastern Division) and Redhill (Central Division) The Explore I got a message in the morning saying it's doable and to go soon. So a few hours later I was there and inside. I'd been meaning to do this one for a long time now, especially as its pretty local, so now was a good a time as any. It's actually not a very large bunker, but its nice for its modest size. The infamous 100 steps lived up to its reputation as terrifying. I only went up a few steps, but that's enough. I actually bumped into another explorer here who got the fright of his life as I turned the corner and shown my light at him in a moment of confusion and panic. Turned out to be someone else who got the memo and took a trip down to see it from a little further afield. A nice little bunker, rich full of history. Photos
Headed up to Deepdene Bunker with The_Raw for company, Little interesting getting in, and the spiral staircase is a death trap, but persevered and after some delicate movements we were at the bottom, Nice little mooch around