Shoreham Cement Works.
Image from the CementKilns website
The works them selves are dug within the chalk pits which the raw materials for the cement was mined from with the production of cement beginning in 1883. The works are in the ideal spot for producing cement as they had river access and later railway access, allowing for the production of over 140 tonnes of cement.
In the early 1900's the works had expanded and in the 1940's, they were the first to receive the new Vicker's Rotary Cement Kilns which still stand. As well as the kilns chalk washing mills,clicker stores and Storage Silos were also installed after the second world war.
From then up until the 1990's the plant was throwing out over 500tonnes of cement on average. Along this time a number of improvements had been made to effect production. Unfortunately, in 1991, the works shut due to the technical limitations of the plant which made it inferior to the new facilities. The works also contributed health hazards due to the dust and pollution.
Today, the works stand dormant. The land around is used for vehicle storage and repair, as we also found out on the explore. The site is listed and has plans to be come some sort of "Eco-Village" although the plans are not approved as part of the South Downs project.
From many websites, re-written in my own spelling errors and grammatical abominations.
The Photos, mostly consisting of Kilns.
By Urban Relics
A friend asked me recently what my favorite location was so far. It would surely have to be one of the industrial sites I’ve visited and this one, an abandoned power plant, that was part of a large steel mill, was certainly among the top favorites!
Even though the steel mill it was attached to closed in the beginning of 2012, this power plant had become obsolete years earlier, when it was replaced by a newer and more modern power plant. Some of the equipment was recuperated, but for the main part the building and its content were left to gather a thick layer of rust and dust. There are plans to turn the blast furnace on the site into some sort of a museum, a bit like Landschaftspark in Germany, so one can only hope that this beautiful vintage power plant will be salvaged and turned into a museum too… Me, i prefer it the way it was when I visited it: abandoned, decayed and dirty!
Urban locations often get the most peculiar names. Why this one was named “Wet Dogs Plant” is beyond me. I'm guessing it has something to do with the security guards and their dogs, still very present and active on the premises...
By Urban Relics
What better way to kick off the new year then to infiltrate in a still operational steelworks? When we took on this challenge, we knew that we would come across motion detectors and that there was active security on the premises. The question wasn't so much IF we were going to be caught, but rather WHEN... We sneaked in under cover of the dark, quickly found our way into the building we came to explore and went up as high as we could. We waited for about an hour, until there was enough light to snap some shots. We managed to go unnoticed for two hours and a half, but once we got back to the ground level, it didn't take to long before we were caught... Upside of being caught is that you don't have to go through all the climbing and crawling we had to do to get in. We were escorted off the site in a police car and dropped off at our parking spot. How handy is that? 😎
This steel factory was founded in 1853. When the owner was on the verge of bankruptcy because of the high financial requirements for the construction of a railway, he was bailed out with the financial help of an accountant within his company. After the death of the founder in 1880, he left the company to that accountant, who continued and expanded the company under his own name. By 1897 the company had 1200 employees. By 1913, it had two blast furnaces, two batteries of 41 coke ovens; two steel factories, rolling mills, forges, workshops, etc. During the First World War, the factory was dismantled and demolished, but from 1919 it was rebuilt with new blast furnaces and coke ovens with a production capacity of 200.000 tons of iron per year. During the interbellum, there were more expansions to the factory. The company flourished until the 1970s, but from then on, as with other steel industries, was struck by the steel crisis. The number of employees was reduced to one third. From then on, the company went through a succession of acquisitions and mergers. The current owner, a Russian partner of the last acquirer, has been producing hot and cold-rolled steel since 2016.
By Urban Relics
When I tried to join the forum a few days ago (been a bit fed up with all the facebook drama as of late and looking to expand my horizon), I noticed that my name was already being used here.... And apparently so was my email adress... 😳
Turns out I joined in January 2017 and then swiftly forgot all about it... Early onset dementia, would you think? 😱
Anywho... Here's a long overdue "hi" from Belgium.
Posted my first contribution yesterday and will be posting a few more in the days to come. Since my urbex heart beats mostly for abandoned industry, that's where you'll find me most.
By Urban Relics
At the end of the 13th century a convent was erected on the instructions of a noble lady who lived in this town. The convent at the same time served as a hospital and a monastery for the Augustinian sisters, who were responsible for the care of the sick. Barring a short interruption at the time of the French Revolution, they continued to do so until the early 1980s. The hospital had since been transformed into a nursing home. After the sisters’ departure, the retirement home was taken over by the local government.
The showpiece of the monastery was this late Gothic chapel, founded in the early 17th century. For a long time it was a place of pilgrimage for the cure of intestinal disorders. During a fire in the early 2000s, part of the monastery was destroyed, but fortunately the chapel was spared. In its current state, the chapel consists of two parts: the original chapel, constructed in late Gothic style from brick and bluestone. An extension in neoclassical style, dating from the mid-19th century, formed a physical connection between the existing chapel and the hospital, to give patients the opportunity to attend the worship services from the balcony. At the back of the chapel, on the left, you can still see the old refectory, also built in brick and blue stone with a beautiful vintage facade from the early 17th century.
The entire site was included on the protection list of the Walloon heritage in 2006 and is currently being transformed into a new community center. The chapel, which was de-sacralized in 2011, will be transformed into a library, with attention and respect for the historical and architectural character.