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Report - Albright & wilson Detergents Ltd, Whiteaven, Cumbria. 12/5/07

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Dempsey, May 13, 2007.

  1. Dempsey

    Dempsey The Human Turbine.
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    A brilliant explore.

    Originally i found out about this explore from a Newish member on 28dl, However this person did not want me to Report or discuss this site, well sorry dude, but this place is getting Demo'd very soon, and i dont see the point in keeping it to my self, so i invited sean4656 along with me.

    Basically if you like this, Go get it Now!...Demolition machines and workers are on site.

    History: In 1941, Fred Marzillier and Frank Schon moved their Marchon Chemical company to Whitehaven to avoid German bombing. Marchon started producing some of the first detergents in the world. The new detergents were a big success as soap was in short supply due to the war. The company continued producing their own detergents as well as bulk detergent ingredients for other companies after the war. It was taken over by Albright and Wilson, often referred to as 'all bright and shiny', in 1955. The Marchon works became the town's largest employer when the mines closed down. However, it too was closed in 2005.

    This place has several points of focus, The science labs (where we started) with many old skool tables and equipment...ahh brings memories of school right back :rolleyes:

    There is a large factory floor/warehouse for export with loading bays.
    The canteen which had us in so much exitment; its quite big.
    From the canteen there is many offices at the rear of the warehouse, these were pretty nifty, exept being extremely humid and a breading ground for Phosphorus enhanced spiders. In the same block there is the medical centre complete with beds, and evil footprints leading from one room.

    There is another block of admin offices which looked even better (we didnt have time to complete)

    We soon moved onto the focus which is the actual plant, very industrial, Top playground for UE. Sean actually got lost on his way up, too many pipes ladders and stairs lol

    History here.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albright_and_Wilson

    Flashearth here.... NOTE: half of the site is demolished http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=54.530216&lon=-3.598139&z=16.1&r=166&src=msl

    Hope you enjoy :thumb

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    #1 Dempsey, May 13, 2007
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  2. sean4656

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    After shortly entering we soon found out that this place was to do with testing and detergents . I also have a map which we used , After looking on google i also found out the sheer size of the place , as it is also a metal finishing factory. definteantly worth a visit / re-visit as i want to see the lagoon and workshops along with other labs ..

    Sorry this is my first proper explore with my first ever camera and sorry for the blur on some as i have no tripod!

    Anyway Here is a copy ( sorry had to take with cam no scanner. )
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    Flashearth (outlined .. yes paint job the part we explored )

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    Science block

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    Proceeding to the visitors centre and officers ( very hot and humid there )

    Entrance

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    Nice server :)

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    Wheres my Coffee!

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    This room Was shocking as we walked to see foot prints and the curtains closed! (also anyone know what a rank / door name 'sister'is because it was right next door just found it intresting )

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    This was where we got the willies and went a bit haywire .. pitty i didnt have a tripod for dark shots . the canteen

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    One of my favourite shots.

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    Perring through the window we could'nt resist going to this place either .

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    Dempsey does what he does best.. with his poses!

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    HAS to be THE Picture of My day.

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  3. Muse

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    The Site was revisited by Myself, Dempsey & Sean4656 on 19th May
    (Please excuse quality - Mobile phone)

    Entire Site: Partially Demolished..
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  4. Dempsey

    Dempsey The Human Turbine.
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    Well after adiscussion with muse and sean, i think it was obvious i didnt need persuasion for them to see this place.

    It is good to note that already in one week, a section of the twer has gone and nearly the whole of a large warehouse. :(

    Science labs. I love how the fill in flash has still left the natural light in here.
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    A big of fun
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    I like it Muse
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    The mad PC room filled with tonnes of retro gear.
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    The lovely canteen
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    one of those 'cool' shots lol
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    Part of the newly demolished warehouse.
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  5. sean4656

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    Get here quick is all i have to say they have stared ripping the tower and wharehouse down , which is intresting because if we found about this place 6 month early it will of been awsome considering within a week they have stripped the biggest wharehouse.

    any a re visit , but i used my camera in the manual mode so sorry if some pictures are Fuxxed and i dont have atripod ( need to invest :)

    And sorry they are late i have had exams..

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    Think barry scott and his cillit bang need a job here ..

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