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  1. The Visit An impromtu Sunday evening explore took us to Wallerscote as its quite close by and wanted to see it for a while, access was quite good fun with a nice bit of barbed wire climbing. Inside the place is huge but now only used by lots of pigeons it seems.. We missed an encounter with secca by mere minutes as well The History Founded by a couple of chaps named John Brunner and Ludwig Mond in 1973 they began producing soda ash about a year later. They used brine solution, ammonia and limestone to produce sodium carbonate in pure form. I understand that at its peak the factory produced 200,000 tons of soda ash a year meaning that the Brunner Mond company became the largest producer of the product in the country and the worlds largest alkali exporter. Wallerscote island Works was completed in 1926. the construction consists of silos and huge metal sheds although all were integral parts of the original structure. The company later became part of ICI which is now owned by Tata. Sodium Carbonate is a widely used in industry for casting and glassmaking. It is commonly used in chemistry as a base and an electrolyte. It is also used domestically in detergents, dyes and toothpaste as well as tasty sherbet sweets!
  2. The explore Ok here is another. This place wow what a nightmare lol. Visited with Rose(Missus) and Reich Not sure member here yet but he has gone quiet at moment with new job. What a bloody laugh this was. At first everything was fine Reich was climbing i was inside next thing bloody dogs barking got back to the top to find reich hiding up the silo lol. Turns out a big white security truck with bloody dogs turned up. But the worst part was that rose didn't want to climb the silo anymore so was hiding in the bridge section. Guess where the dogs where lol Right under rose. Also blocking our exit. But luckily we had another way so we legged it across the car park and out another way. After a long walk round finally got a call from rose saying she was hiding and heard dogs but couldn't see them. We told her to stay put made our way around only to find another red car pulling into it. Damn two secca lol this should be fun. After about an hour and a half we finally got her down by jumping from bridge and catching her. EPIC. And what a bloody place just wish i could have seen more. And then one last thing happened decided i would try to go to jodrell bank. Well after walking very close to it a nice secca guy came up and said its now military of some kind. Fook had a good talk with him and its now fully private no more late night shots and nearly arrested. So all in all great night lol. Sorry not the amount of pics i normally have and these are best of a bad bunch for obvious reasons lol. However still some nice pics and loved this place just needed more time. History of wiki The original company was formed as a partnership in 1873 (becoming a limited company in 1881) by John Brunner and Ludwig Mond. They built Winnington Works in Northwich, Cheshire and produced their first soda ash in 1874. In 1911 it acquired soap and fat manufacturer Joseph Crosfield and Sons and Gossage, another soap company that owned palm plantations. A few years later it sold the soap and chemical businesses to Unilever. In 1917, the company's TNT factory in Silvertown, London exploded having caught fire. In 1924 Brunner Mond acquired the Magadi Soda Company of Kenya and in 1926 Brunner Mond was one of the four main companies – along with British Dyestuffs Corporation, Nobel's Explosives Limited, and the United Alkali Company – which took part in the merger which created the massive industrial combine Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). Alfred Mond – son of Ludwig and Chairman of Brunner Mond – was a key figure along with Harry McGowan of Nobel's in bringing this merger about. The Brunner Mond business was absorbed into the Alkali Group of ICI, becoming one of the largest and most successful companies in the world (ICI acquired Crosfield and Gossage's chemicals business from Unilever in 1997.) The Alkali Group's name changed over time, becoming the Alkali Division in 1951, then merging with the Runcorn-based General Chemicals Division in 1964 to form Mond Division, and finally becoming the Soda Ash Products group of ICI Chemicals and Polymers from 1986 until divestment. During the early 20th century the company built managers' and workers' houses in nearby Hartford.[1] In 1991 Brunner Mond Holdings Limited was formed by the break-off of the UK and Kenyan soda ash businesses from ICI. This saw the return of the Brunner Mond name to the stock market but was unrelated to the original enterprise in all but name. In 1998 the company acquired the soda ash production capabilities of Akzo Nobel in The Netherlands to form Brunner Mond B.V., now a wholly owned subsidiary company of the group. Brunner Mond acquired British Salt, a Cheshire-based brine company, in 2010 for an undisclosed amount, in a vertical acquisition aimed at securing the supply chain and creating synergies through reduced transportation costs. Brunner Mond was purchased by Tata Chemicals in 2006. In April 2011 Brunner Mond was re-branded as Tata Chemicals Europe. Pics Finally probably last shot of joddy i will get lol Thanks all for looking hope you enjoyed.
  3. Explored with -Raz-, FatPanda & a non member as part of one of our days out. So first of all a little background - Short and sweet. Soda Ash (Sourced from Wiki) - "Sodium carbonate (also known as washing soda, soda ash and soda crystals), Na2CO3, is the sodium salt of carbonic acid (soluble in water)." The production of Soda Ash began on this site in the late 1800's with the buldings being updated and extended as more technologies became available. In 1926 Brunner Monds became part of ICI and stayed part of the industrial chemical manifacturing giant until 1991 when they bought back the rights and became a stand alone company. However in 2006 they were bought out by Tata Chemicals and shortly after the production was ceased. The Explore; An unbelievable amount of fun, bridges, cat walks, conveyour belts and control panels ect. Everything you could possibly want in a dirty great industrial splore! Its a little daunting at first but once you find your confidence its brilliant to mish around the rafters and climb around the machinary of the building! Soda Ash its self is a horrible substance and if you go i suggest a pair of gloves and a very good mask. The mask i had wasnt very good and i had a sore throat for quite a few weeks after, and it makes you skin come out in a strange rash... but its great fun really dont let that put you off Please find below a series of photos from the day; Conrol Panel was still lit up!! If you got this far thanks for reading More at my page - www.facebook.com/seldomseenworldue
  4. WoooooW this place really is one of beauty and one of my fav industrial locations to date looked like something off the bbc's Frozen planet. Had a great explore with Raz and a none member :D:) ENJOY
  5. What a place this is had a awesome morning here making our way around the site clambering across rusty walkways and finding all the live machines. Baffled as to why this place isn't visited more often as its one of the most enjoyable places I have visited Not that happy with my pictures from here I think a revisit is due soon with my tripod Visited with Fat Panda and a none member Cheers for looking
  6. Sodium carbonate (also known as washing soda, soda ash and soda crystals), Na2CO3 is a sodium salt of carbonic acid. It most commonly occurs as a crystalline heptahydrate, which readily effloresces to form a white powder, the monohydrate. Sodium carbonate is domestically well known for its everyday use as a water softener. It can be extracted from the ashes of many plants. It is synthetically produced in large quantities from salt (sodium chloride) and limestone by a method known as the Solvay process. Well, thats cleared that up!! Last stop of a recent northern foray was this industrial gem... The Soda Ash Works at Northwich. Cant understand why this place doesnt get a lot more attention, ITS ACE!! Pipes, walkways, belts, allsorts!! Slightly unnerving in parts though as the site is still used for storage and some of the machines are still turned on!! We wished we'd made this the first visit of the day, so much too see but we ran out of time... REVISIT!? Visited as ever with my partner in crime NK and the 'future moochers' although no pix from NK at the minute, hopefully she'll add some when she gets time... Thanks for lookin' in and a big shout to Maniac for the heads up!
  7. Soda Ash has been produced on this site since 1874, although the existing works are no where near that old, they are still pretty old. Brunner Mond became part of ICI in 1926 and the separated out again in 1991. They were brought by Tata Chemicals in 2006 and re-branded as such. There is actually only a relatively small part of this site left compared to what it would have been when actively producing soda ash. The part that remains is the associated equipment for the storage and packaging of the product, the actual works that would have produced the soda ash have long since gone. The place is still used for storage to this day, lorries come and go from the site quite frequently hence the reason the power is on, all the lights work and some of the control panels glow at you. This was explored with Frosty, Jesus, Thompski and a non member called Callum. Thanks to Thompski for the suggestion of going here, it was tops! I have to say I absolutely LOVED this place, it's like a giant climbing frame with so many interesting bits and pieces to photograph, in particular there's lots of old signs which I just love. Everything is covered in a thick layer of soda ash which gets everywhere! It isn't harmful, but I do recommend a dust mask if you go here - none of us had one, and we were all coughing the next morning! The roof space was awesome! There was a good 2 inches of soda ash dust on this walkway! Control room Complete with dusty telephone. And control panels that still glow at you And did I mention the signs? Here's a selection of them. Cheers for looking! Maniac
  8. Just in case any of you are getting the wrong impressions of my report-posting tendencies, normal non-posting status will likely be resumed within the near future. I'd be loathed to get your hopes up unwittingly, you see. With this in mind, please accept my humble and sincere apologies for this interruption to regular jesus-service, and rest assured that, once you've read this report, you'll have that much less shit to deal with. I mean, c'mon, how often do I inconvenience you with a selection of daguerreotypal efforts from my generally half-arsed and lazy adventures? Not very often, I think you'll agree. Comedy and effortsome access led to an enjoyable 'derp with lights on' - and you'd be forgiven for mistaking it for a derp from the outside. Lorries regularly pass through the ground level of this facility for storage, and a number of mysterious mechanical noises accompanied our footsteps. Thanks for stopping in, RJ