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  1. Back in July, myself and @mookster revisited a site which we both explored back in May 2010 where we piloted my beloved 1978 Land Rover Series III to leafy Surrey. It was a roasting hot day and as an explorer of a year and a bit, it was an exciting huge factory explore which we spent hours in. Fast forward well over eight years and we decide to try a few sites around Surrey and London and head here for a revisit. A lot had happened here in eight years; all documented on crappy YouTube videos and various visits over the year, the site had been torn apart, once secured with guards, fences erected and just pillaged for its innards. I'd heard about being a muddy swamp inside in the rain; hardly suprising as it was a cat litter factory producing cat litter mined from Fullers Earth from a quarry on the same site. We arrived on site in a similarly ancient car; my 1988 Volvo 240 GLT on a much hotter day; quite a roasting day. Perfect exploring weather. The years had not been good; it was battered, beaten and stripped beyond recognition; not suprising seeing as it shut in 1994. I did not recognise this place at all. But it kind of had a charm in the summer sun, it looked like the sort of factory you'd explore on GTA Free Roam, or Driver and find Tommy Vermicelli hiding!! Good to see it again for nostalgia in any case. We spent an hour ish here before moving on to London where we ended up sitting in traffic for ages and going to a very tasty place which served bowls of meat gravy with a burger to bathe in it. Very good it was too! #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20 #21 #22 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157673570696148
  2. 2013: Pretty much a derp de derp derp now, with meathead security. 2010: What an epic day out this was! After a massive stint on the M40/M25, with a freind of mine, and Mookster; and yes missing a junction through miss communication, Mooksters low volumed voice, and having removed the door tops for the sun, the roar of the 50s engineered diesel and windsheer we made it! What an awesome place, generally underestimated, this place has some awesome light, some nice machinery in situ, and a mecca of rusty silos and industrial porn, well worth the 250mile round trip (including taking peeps home!) excuse the minute photos, but some people dont like the larger ones. More at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157624022107387/
  3. Almost five years ago now I was talking to my mate in Redhill I'd known for years about explores and he offered to take me on my very first trip out, and when I rolled into Redhill that afternoon little knowing my life would change forever for the better afterwards this was the first place I saw - back then it was just about open, it closed as a nightclub a couple of years later. A few nights ago the same mate posted some photos he'd taken of the place and so we arranged to meet up and I poddled down there, retracing the same journey I had done almost half a decade earlier but this time the place was well and truly closed - and a new fence is going up, and there is a work cabin on site so it looks like it is the last hurrah for this Redhill landmark. History, off Cinema Treasures... The access to this place is, how can I put it...buttock-clenching! Once inside it was clear the site surveyors and contractors had already ripped most of it out at some point in the past but it was a cool relaxed wander (partly because nobody else would be silly enough to try the access...) and we spent a good while on the roof just chilling in the nice weather. This was only my second 'proper' ex-cinema and the first one since I did the Aylesbury Odeon way back in January 2010!! And a few from the roof... More here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157643857906545/
  4. Second visit here for me, the first was over a year ago. Was a funny old day today with security run-ins, more security and dogs, metal theifs and later on more fail, but we don't want to talk about that, we're here to see more pics from fullers. This site is, it's fair to say, trashed well and truely. However it's decaying nicely and is quite photogenic, I've explored worse places. Snubbed by some on account of it's well known 'walk in' status, it is still worth a visit if you accept the fact it's not going to throw up and 'wow' moments, and just concentrate on the photography rather than attempting to document the place. It's also a hard place to be origenal in as it's so well covered. So tonight for your viewing pleasure I bring you, exclusively, the one, the only top 5 stereotypical shots of fullers earthworks. In at Number 5: The shot walking down the hill towards it. Lets face it, everyone takes this shot. Although everyone uses it to introduce the building with, generally it's taken on your way out strolling up the hill. In at Number 4: The long warehouse shot. Taken in a moment of madness, when you think for a split second a shot of an empty warehouse is going to somehow be more interesting than all the shit next door. You know it will never make the report, but you take it anyway out of a sense of loyalty. Added bonus points for use of pooled water for reflections of warehouse roof. In at Number 3: The empty packaging shot. There are various brands of empty packaging to choose from. I happened to choose the Pittl Ultra Light cat litter (4KG) as someone had already arranged them in this aesthetically pleasing arrangement and as a bonus wiped one clean, saving me the bother of doing it. In at Number 2: The 'Big Chain' Well, it is a big one isn't it. There are 3 to choose from, but this one on the end hogs the lime-light natrually because of t's position on the end. There's more room to manouvere here, allowing a range of differing angles to be achieved. I went for the relatively common "looking at it from the left, to include the 'key in control room' sign" option. (3/10) And Number 1 goes to: The 'straight down the middle shot'. Well who hasn't. The one I couldn't bring to you today was the 'top of silo looking down/out shot' as to be honest, I couldn't be arsed to climb them. Cheers for looking Maniac.
  5. After an early morning fail After bumping into secca on his mountain bike and plan b running into a small problem with four dogs and everyone's friend the Gurkha's , we ended up at this place which we then bumped into metal thief's dismantling the staircase as we walked down it . who turned out to be okay and let us get on with it so not a complete waste of a day ... visited with wevsky and maniac a little history In 1954 the works, by now employing 780 men, were bought by chemical company Laporte Industries. Production was stepped up to meet increasing demand and a large factory consisting of kilns, granulators, blungers, silos and transit systems on several floors was built. A large quarry existed to the east and in the 1970s this strange landscape stood in for various alien worlds in the BBC's Doctor Who series. In the 1980s, the Copyhold site was sending loose earths and packaged cat litter around the world. By 1995, however, due to falling profits it was announced that the company would close 10% of its 100 plants. Copyhold fell victim the following year and the Laporte Group was broken up with the majority share sold to an American private equity firm trading as Rockwood Holdings Inc. After the production lines were switched off, the 119 acre pit was purchased for use as a landfill site by Biffa Waste Services and continues to take waste from across Surrey. The factory was for a while used as a waste transfer station but this too was abandoned at some time in the last four years and the site is now derelict... on with the pics thanks for looking
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