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  1. Another one from early last year. A nice mix on the same site this one with the awesome old wooden part next to a burned out, vandalised, graffiti strewn new part. It brought into sharp contrast the difference between a interesting and unique explore with loads to see and photograph and a wreaked, empty and mostly uninteresting burned out shell. The feeling of enjoyment and satisfaction I got from both was definitely different. I found it an interesting experience in this mad hobby we do. Visited with non member Paul. HISTORY The Old Fisons site was originally the location for the first ever complete superphosphate factory. In the mid 19th century, the increasing demand for new effective fertilisers for agriculture led to a search for a substitute for crushed bones, the traditional source of fertiliser. Edward Packard discovered that the use of fossil dung, found across East Anglia, contained high levels of phosphate, the ideal base for fertiliser. Between 1851 and 1854, Packard built a warehouse at Paper Mill Lane and pioneered the production of artificial fertilisers for horticulture on an industrial scale. It was an ideal site due to the combination of the River Gipping, which was navigable by barges between Ipswich and Stowmarket from the late 18th century onwards, and the addition of the railway line in 1846 which both provided the means to import raw materials and export fertilisers. Edward Packard was joined in 1858 by Joseph Fison who constructed his chemical works opposite the North Warehouse. The lower two floors of this iconic warehouse date from this time and were used for bagging and storage and are identified on early Ordnance Survey maps as the Eastern Union Works, proving the North Warehouse was purpose-built and directly associated with the production of superphosphates. The factory shut its doors in 2002 and has remained empty ever since. . . Thanks for Looking All the best for the New Year More pics on my Flickr page - https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157678463886994/with/33624996416/
  2. So after a night in a Stoke Hotel, the car was thankfully still there... Me and Ben went on our way to the next site. I hadn’t actually heard of this one but instantly recognised it when I looked UP! I’d been wondering where that photo had been taken! The lovely but derped admin block is all that’s left of the Fisons/Sanofi-Aventi Pharmaceutical Research Site in Holmes Chapel. Bengers opened the site in 1937, then Fisons researched the drug Intal on site after Fisons took over in the 60s. The site was closed around 2004 when Sanofi-Aventi bought the site and built a shiny new place next door. The site was sold for £13,000,000 in 2012 and plans for Homes and a Shopping Park have not progressed. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157652304848818
  3. OK, a bit about it. When I mean a bit, that is literally it. Fisons plc was a British multinational pharmaceutical, scientific instruments and horticultural chemicals company headquartered in Ipswich, United Kingdom. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It was acquired by Rhone-Poulenc in 1995. The Explore, After reading loads of stuff online about this place, security, entry etc decided to go and take a look. Got in, constantly looking over our shoulder for dogs but none. No one on site all day. The site is vast. The timber buildings are breathtakingly beautiful and I spent quite a lot of time in them. A number of stories high, the higher you get the more dangerous it is. Equipped with the shutes these made a great picture! Prone to the elements even someone of my size and weight daintily creeping across the third level was making the boards bounce under my feet! Very mossy, which looks really pretty in itself and you can see nature staring to reclaim it, even 3 stories high! That was the highest I went. A full length conveyor belt was quite a nice find, a few admin buildings which have been trashed. A mechanics garage which I can imagine was used for the vehicles on site and again some small timber buildings. Its a lovely site to explore if you like this kinda thing, I would go back as it's very photogenic. Sorry if its a bit pic heavy! Enjoy! Sorry about the crooked shot This plant was 3 stories high
  4. Even though this has been done countless times before, I needed to pay a visit myself so off I popped on Sunday, despite the gloomy weather. Here's a bit of the history of the place: Founded by Edward Packard in 1843, ‘Edward Packard & Co. Limited’ was a multi-national company specialising in scientific instruments, pharmaceutical and horticultural chemicals and was originally based in Ipswich, Suffolk. Twenty years later his son, who’s name was also Edward, joined forces with him helping to develop the UK’s fertiliser industry. In 1919, the company purchased a fertiliser business founded in 1808 by James Fison of Thetford and by 1929 the name changed to ‘Packard & James Fison (Thetford) Ltd’. Despite having been well established for many years with a no doubt enviable production history, the company finally stopped trading under this name in 1982 when all fertiliser operations were sold to Norsk Hydro. The factory in Stanford Le Hope, Essex began manufacturing ammonium nitrate in 1959 and was used in Fisons Compound Fertilisers, a household brand here in the UK. It continued production until the mid 1990’s and has been unoccupied since. There is still plenty of the original machinery and control circuit banks in the building but the basement level is flooded making it pretty inaccessible. Again, apologies for the ‘mono-overload’ in the pictures but personally, I think it adds to the mood of the visit and the subject matter. Each to their own and all that! Sorry for the amount of images but there's plenty of good subjects at this site... much like other derelict sites and I find it difficult being selective so like to include as many as possible. Thanks for looking and feel free to comment/criticise etc...!