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Tower Colliery, Hirwaun

I last visited Tower back nearly 6 years ago. It was sad to see that the site is a shaddow of what it once was. The story of Tower Colliery is one of fighting the system and of great success & local pride. Along with all deep mines, Tower was …

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Dinorwic Quarry, Dinorwig

The Dinorwic Slate Quarry is a large former slate quarry, now home to the Welsh National Slate Museum, located between the villages of Llanberis and Dinorwig in north Wales. It was the second largest slate quarry in Wales, indeed in the world, after the neighbouring Penrhyn Quarry. It covered more …

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George Dyke Forgemasters, Willenhall

The original site in Willenhall at Doctors Piece was once a piece of land belonging to Doctor Richard Wilkes, which eventually passed into the ownership of the Chapel of Ease estate. During the cholera epidemic in 1849, the land at the side of the forge was hastily turned into a …

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Celuan Mill, Talybont

Celuan Mill

Out of the 5 mills situated in Talybont the mill was the only one built on the banks of the River Celuan. It is sometimes refereed to as Heron Mill.  Built in 1847 by the Morris family it prominently produced flannel and cloth. Although originally powered by a small waterwheel …

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Leri Tweed Mill, Talybont

Leri Tweed Mills

Leri / Lerry Mills, situated at the confluence of the Ceulan and Leri rivers produced Tweed for suit making using both water wheels from the river and workers to power the looms and spinning machinery. Little history can be found about the mills but they were built on the site …

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Battersea Power Station, London

There are a handful of ‘iconic’ sites within the UK exploring community.  I could talk to you for hours about some of the truly great asylums such as Cane Hill & West Park. Others would talk about the great industrial sites like Pyestock and some would talk about the hidden …

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Bass Maltings, Sleaford

The Maltings were built by Bass Breweries at the start of the 20th century and were the largest of their kind in the country.  Costing £350’000 to build the site was operational by Bass until 1959 when production was ceased.  In 1973 it was acquired by Padleys who used the …

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Edison Swan Cable Works, Lower Lydbrook

One of my favourite explores as result of also being one of the first I ever posted on this website. I also remember looking at this factory when it was still operational during my early teenage life. It’s a place that has always fascinated me.  A huge relic of the …

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Vencel Resil, Whitecroft

Vencel Resil product building and cavity wall insulation. The  Whitecroft site, along with another site in Glasgow, closed in June 2009 after the company felt the effects of the financial downturn. The Whitecroft closure resulted in the loss of 13 jobs and a further blow to dwindling industry in the …

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Tower Colliery, Hirwaun

The story of Tower Colliery is one of fighting the system and of great success & local pride. Along with all deep mines, Tower was closed by British Coal in 1994 on the grounds that it would be uneconomic in current market conditions to continue production. Rather than accept the …

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Tone Mill, Wellington

First Visited this back in January 2010, one of the best industrial sites I’ve ever visited. Returned again in 2011 to see more of site. Tone Mill in Wellington is the last woollen mill in the West Country, with a priceless collection of original machinery still in place in the …

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George Barnsley & Sons, Sheffield

George Barnsley & Sons Ltd specialised in tools for shoe makers and leather workers. The building closed around 2004. This was my third visit to the site, over the years the site has deteriorated and before long the building will start to crumble. This was my first visit since the …

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