Back to the Drawing Boards

Urbex: Back to the Drawing Boards, Belgium – March 2017

I don’t know very much about the history of this place, clearly whatever this industrial complex used to be it involved a lot of schematics and drawings based on what was left behind. The site clearly had a much larger footprint but most of the other buildings had been demolished and only a couple of admin buildings remained. This one, being the better of the bunch, housed all the old drawing boards and plans along with various offices…

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Abbey Mills Pumping Station

Permission Visit: Abbey Mills Pumping Station, London – September 2016

Abbey Mills Pumping Station, in Stratford, East London, is a sewage pumping station, designed by engineer Joseph Bazalgette, Edmund Cooper, and architect Charles Driver. It was built between 1865 and 1868, housing eight beam engines by Rothwell & Co. of Bolton. Two engines on each arm of a cruciform plan, with an elaborate Byzantine style, described as The Cathedral of Sewage…

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Ceulan Mill

Urbex: Ceulan Mill, Wales – May 2016

Ceulan Mills is an old abandoned textile mill in Wales, one of 5 others in the town this was apparently one of the first which generated electricity for some of the houses within the village making it one of the first locally to have power. The Mill is believed to have been built on the in 1850’s and closed in the 1960’s after attempts to diversify and sell directly to the public failed to generate sufficient revenue.

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Teeside Steelworks Blast Furnace Redcar

Teeside Steelworks Blast Furnace, Redcar – April 2016

Originally mothballed in 2010 after the loss of a large contract the Blast Furnace was relit in 2012 after new owners stepped in to restart production. However, the new owners fell into liquidation in October 2015 prompting the closure of the site once again. Parts of the site still remain in use but a lot of the production within this area has ceased with the loss of thousands of jobs.

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Kellingley Colliery

Urbex: Kellingley Colliery, North Yorkshire – March 2016

The now abandoned Kelling Colliery was the last functioning Deep Coal Mine in the United Kingdom and marked is last day on 18th December 2015. Bore holes were first drilled on the site in the 1950’s in order to establish the feasibility of constructing the mine. The sinking of the mine’s two shafts began in 1960 which ultimately reached an initial depth of 800m…

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Robert Fletchers & Sons Ltd Paper Mill - Paper rolling machine

Robert Fletchers & Sons Ltd Paper Mill, Greenfield, Oldham – January 2015 (Part 2 of 2)

As you progress through the factory you can see the process lin taking shape from the wood pulp coming in through the processing stages, bleaching and pressing and then eventually making it was to the more modern looking machinery for precision rolling, cutting and packaging before the huge roles of cigarette papers would leave the warehouse

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Robert Fletchers & Sons Ltd Paper Mill - Pipes!

Robert Fletchers & Sons Ltd Paper Mill, Greenfield, Oldham – January 2015 (Part 1 of 2)

Robert Fletchers & Sons Ltd was a paper mill which specialised in the production of cigarette papers which were exported worldwide. The old factory and most of the contents now lay abandoned most of the equipment looks as if the workers just vanished with huge rolls of cigarette papers still hanging on rolls in the production process machines!

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Ford Transit Van Factory

Urbex: Ford Transit Van Factory, Southampton – January 2015

The now abandoned Ford Transit Van Factory near Southampton has some real history to it. The Factory was initially built as a shadow factory in 1939 near to Southampton Airport and was originally used to produce aircraft parts. In particular the factory, during World War II made components for the Supermarine Spitfire and later was used to assemble the aircraft. As a result it was bombed on several occasions by the Nazi Luftwaffe…

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