Henry Dennis founded the Hafod Brickworks in 1878 to capitalise on the reserves of Etruria Marl Clay found in the Ruabon area. Such was the popularity of its products - bricks, ridge tiles, chimney pots and the famous Ruabon quarry tile – it became known as the ‘Red Factory’.
Partial visit due to Kronaspan temporary logging operations on site blocking ost of the buildings
This plant treated the wastewater that was produced by the 5 Pickler at a steel mill. I believe it was closed sometime around 2013. The place was pretty much untouched by vandals or explorers. The mess inside was created by the demo crew as it is slated for demolition soon. Everything was left behind & power was on in certain places.
A little while before our first of two visits I had been surfing the internet for hospital closures, looking for a site some way away. Then, out of nowhere, this pops up....
At first I was skeptical and decided to have a little dig in the forums and almost nothing turned up.
So it was a shot in the dark from then on.
At the time we knew nothing and quickly found ourselves on our fist visit wandering about. Eventually we stumbled upon an entry in what we now know is the radiotherapy department. After sending in a friend then having him return for a torch, it soon confirmed the hassle of getting was worthwhile.
It came a surprise to find that literally everything works and a lot was already running. Hearing the Aircon unit gave everything a feel as if we really shouldn't be there then to find that all the lights worked as well as the machines and water supplies made this quite unique.
Then, as we walked around the corner we bumped into security, who smelled like he had a joint or two earlier. Anyway he talked to us about how they live inside the building and mentioned we were the first people he had ever caught. Let us out and that was that...
Roll on a month or so and we had been given a hint about the operating theaters, so we gave it a go.
Once in we noticed that there was more than one room and that both were designed for eye surgery. Anyways with that we had a look around.
One room used to be a theater but the light is long gone.
Anyways, with that we left