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General - Becton Gas Works, East London circa late 1986

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by coat953, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. coat953

    coat953 28DL Full Member
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    More oldies. We got into Becton works soon after Stanley Kubrick had finished filming Full Metal Jacket there. Very weird with all the Vietnamese signwriting, palm trees in skips and even a Vietnamese newspaper (see below). This was the first time we were nabbed by security, though when we made a bolt for it, he was too fat to chase us. He did try and nearly got us when we found the battery was flat on the old Morris Minor I was driving and we had to bump-start it....

    History Lesson, Beckton was built to make gas from coal in 1870 and stopped operating in 1969 after the development of the natural gas fields in the North Sea rendered it redundant. It was a huge site, covering over two square kilometres. When I went, I spent hours wandering around, it went on forever. It's long gone now and almost no traces remain. But, the spoil heaps have the distinction of being the highest point in the borough of Newham!

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    Apologies for the quality, these are on old Ektachrome slide film which is deteriorating. Gotta get 'em all digitised asap!
     
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  2. The Kwan

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    Cheers for posting this up for us to see mate, it is really interesting...you will need to just pop some history about the gas works in the report if that is okay so folk know a bit about it without having to hit google :thumb
     
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    This is awesome, as The Kwan said..but keep these old photos going
     
  4. GAJ

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    Shiiiit son!! It's no secret I fuckin love gas sites & seeing this is absolutely awesome!! More of this stuff please, it's amazing to see stuff from this time.

    Thanks for posting these up & please continue to do so :thumb
     
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    More of this please :thumb
     
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    omg! this is from M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E song scene! One of the best final scenes ever!
    I love the report and your shots.
    #more please!
     
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Loving the site and the Del Boy jacket :)

    "Poontastic "
     
  9. catbalou

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    Loving this! Really interesting to see oldies like this and great shots too. As others have said.... more please! :D
     
  10. drhowser

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    Very nice! I'm loving your old film stuff.

    I've actually got a box of EPL 400 sat in the freezer, it probably went out of date about the time you were shooting these!
     
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    More great stuff. Ive walked around this site a few times trying to find anything of interest thats left and theres absolutley nothing so cheers for posting this up.
     
  12. tumbles

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    I love these old photos, please more more more!
     
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    tablets 28DL Regular User
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    Quality! Thanks for posting. :thumb
     
  14. boxfrenzy

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    That's ace mate, really good to see.
    Oasis filmed the video for D'You Know What I Mean here in 1997 a couple of years before it was knocked down to build the Tesco - I watched the helicopters from work all day.
    [video=youtube;6NtqA5zywQA]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NtqA5zywQA[/video]

    One of the spoil heaps became the Beckton Alps, a dry ski slope. Rumour has it that there's an old railway locomotive buried in it. :)
     
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