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  1. Grimsby Ice Factory Visited with @EOA and @eastyham after our first stop was a failure and without a back up plan we were struggling so up to Grimsby it was. Good choice. Cracking place this. Old as fook, plenty of decay, rot, growth, shonky floors and endless amounts of pigeon poop. I walked across the bridge of doom but couldn’t really go much further as the floors and stairs are collapsing in the other building. It didn’t look too interesting anyway to be honest. Grabbed some old pictures off google so ive wanged them in here too because I think its proper mint when you can compare times gone by with the derps of today. History The Factory was opened on the 7th of October 1901 as a joint venture between the Grimsby Ice Company and the Grimsby Co-operative Ice Company. The Grimsby Ice Company was initially founded in 1863 by local fishermen to import ice from Norway to help them preserve the fish that they caught, by 1900 however it was obvious that they would have to begin to source ice from elsewhere as the for ice, what made matters worse was that the Norwegians began to charge more for exporting their ice and the supply of ice was unreliable... Hence the need for an ice factory at home. The Original Refrigeration Plant on site where 4 steam powered Pontifex horizontal double-acting ammonia compressors which would operate at 50rpm. These where powered by vertical, triple-expansion steam engines, the steam for these engines where generated from six 30ft long Lancashire boilers. A few changes where made between opening and 1931, changes such as the superheating of the Lancashire boilers and the purchase of a few more bits of kit from the Linde British Refrigerating Company however the majority of the facility stayed the same... Until 1931 when a modernization program under the direction of F A Fleming MBE, who was the General manger at the ice factory at the time was put into place. The program included the installation of four J&E Hall Compressors and Metropolitan Vickers Electrical equipment, replacing the Old Pontifex Compressors and Steam Engines. The specification for the new plant demanded an output of 1,100 tons of ice per day under ordinary working conditions, and by utilising the existing tanks without increasing the number of cans. The use of steam was to be entirely dispensed with and means to be provided for heating the thawing water without the use of electrical heaters. Much as today, this had to be achieved with equipment of the greatest efficiency. Sadly the high demands for ice where short lived, episodes such as the cod wars and the general decline in the British fishing industry led to several units been shut down by 1976, and in 1990 the factory closed it's doors and shut down. Today it is owned by Associated British Ports and is left derelict, although preservationists have tried to save the building, their efforts have sadly so far been in vain. Even though the place makes a great opportunity for us explorers I would like to think it would be saved eventually as the factory is now a unique survivor of a now otherwise extinct industry, that said, I do have my doubts... Pics I’ll start off with one from the depths of google. Two blokes looking rather proud next to one of the compressors. Not a clue of the date but it looks fairly clean and new. I didn’t take these pictures with the intention of getting them at similar angles and what not it was purely coincidence, but has worked ok ish. Looking at the same machine now A couple of control panels that were next to the above compressor Another oldie and the same machine now Looking down on the compressor hall and from the same walkway 1930ish? Moving onto other parts of the factory there was a room with these bins filling the whole floor. These were filled with water from the hoses at the end seen here Frozen. Then moved along on these cranes dumped at the end like this (this isn’t Grimsby) Then slid into the crusher So yeah. Unusual. I doubt I will ever explore another Ice factory so that’s pretty cool. Some more shots of the place. I’ll finish on a picture of the old steam powered compressors.
  2. How to post a report using Flickr Flickr seems to change every time the wind changes direction so here's a quick guide on how to use it to post a report... Step 1 - Explore and take pictures Step 2 - Upload your chosen pictures to Flickr like this.. Step 3 - Once your images are successfully uploaded to flickr choose a category for the location that you have visited... Step 4 - Then "Start New Topic".. You will then see this screen... Step 5 - Now you are ready to add the image "links", known as "BBcodes", which allow your images to display correctly on forums.. Step 6 - Then click "select" followed by "view on photo page".. Now select "Share" shown below.. Step 7-13 - You will then see this screen... Just repeat those steps for each image until you're happy with your report and click "submit topic"! You can edit your report for 24 hours after posting to correct errors. If you notice a mistake outside of this window contact a moderator and they will happily rectify the problem for you
  3. Can't really find much history on this place but was used for making ropes.. On with the photo's. Thanks for looking
  4. The Grimsby Ice Factory was built in 1901 to produce ice for the fishing fleets. At the time refrigeration techniques were in their infancy and it was not possible to build chilling units onto a ship. Instead, ice was produced in large quantities on land and distributed onto ships before they left port. The fish they caught could then be packed in ice for the return journey. Initially steam was used to power the factory, however as demand increased and the benefits of electricity were realised, the plant was upgraded to use electrically driven compressors in 1930. J&E Hall of Dartford, Kent undertook the task of replacing the refrigeration equipment and Metropolitan-Vickers of Manchester were commissioned to provide the electric motors. Four of the J&E Hall’s compressors were installed initially, and a fifth unit was added in the 1950s during a further period of expansion. At its height, the Ice House could produce 1,100 tons of ice per day. This made it by far the largest ice factory in the world. A decline in demand and new technologies for ice production led to the factory being scaled down in 1976. The factory closed down completely in 1990. 1. External 2. Compressor Hall 3. Compressor Hall 4. Compressors 5. Compressor detail 6. Compressor 7. Ice Tank Room 8. Ice Tanks 9. Ice Crusher 10. Ammonia Tanks 11. Valves 12. Compressor No. 5 I found some historic photos of the Ice Factory, so re-took the same shots to show a comparison of how it has changed. Many changes were made to the equipment over the years since these photos were taken, and the factory has become a mess since its closure.
  5. The Grimsby Ice Factory is a historic former ice factory that was constructed from 1898–1901 to provide crushed ice to preserve fish stored in ships at Grimsby's seaport. The Factory engaged in operations up to 1990. The buildings still contain some of the original historic machinery from times of the operations' origins. During its time of prime operations, it produced 1,200 tonnes of ice daily. The building is 4,350 square metres in size, and at one time was the largest ice factory in the world. The structure and equipment at the Grimsby Ice Factory site is an important part of Grimsby's fishing heritage.It is a Grade 2 listed building that is presently owned by Associated British Ports.It has been stated that some of the most important and largest refrigeration machinery in the world exists there. The site is managed in part by the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust. As of May 2014, the trust has plans to restore and renovate the site into a leisure complex that would include a pub, cinema and climbing wall. Part of the trust's plan includes retaining the machinery on the site for historical purposes. In 2014, the trust attempted to obtain £11 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, but the request was denied. In March 2015, Grimsby residents suggested that the factory be covered to hide it from view during the upcoming World Seafood Congress event in September, with the rationale that the deteriorating building could denigrate the town's image. Graeme Bassett, secretary of the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust, suggested that the building could be covered temporarily or that scaffolding could be erected as a solution regarding concerns about the site being an eyesore. Today its still an eyesore and the building and contents slowly rot away, what happens next is anyone's guess. Information taken from my friend wiki, On with the photos Hope you enjoy the report, Mr T
  6. Did anyone see coast a couple of weeks ago, a worker revisiting a abandoned ice factory in grimsby? has anyone been inside it looks great, here is a little video of it I found on internet. Interesting place. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p017jcd5
  7. Would just like to take a moment to say Hello! my name is simon and am from Grimsby
  8. Back ground History, The cinema first opened in 1937 as the Regal with 1,966 seats, and was renamed the ABC in 1961. In 1966, the former stalls were converted into a supermarket, with the cinema occupying the original balcony area. By 1980, there were three screens, with 300 seats in screen one, 225 in screen two and 125 in screen three, and it went through a number of operators following that, including Cannon, Classic, and MGM, and was then known again as ABC, before becoming an Odeon in 2001, following a £100,000 rebranding scheme. The Odeon closed in December 2004 and Kwik Save in May 2007. It lay dormant for eight years before Shropshire businessman Trevor Harris renovated it and opened it as the Regal Cinema in August 2009. But it closed just weeks later, with Mr Harris saying it would cost tens of thousands more pounds to properly restore it to its former glory. Relaxing Explore Around for the Derelict Cinema, I had only been to this Cinema twice when it was in use the first Film i saw was Star wars and my very last film in 2009 when the cinema only lasted for 1 month was The Proposal Such a shame just after nearly 4 years this place has gone down very Quick with Water damage,theft & damage In the near future The cinema will be used as something else as the Old kwick save under the cinema is being currently turned into an in door Skate park. Was very dark inside! so some pictures will not turn out Great. ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr DSC02435 by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr DSC02387 by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr DSC02342 by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr ABC cinema Grimsby by simon_sanigar, on Flickr Thanks for looking