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Report - Bentham Works - Feb 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Happyshopper, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Happyshopper

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    I've been itching to get out all week but needed somewhere I'd be happy exploring alone, so when I found out about Bentham Works - the original site of the Gloucester Aircraft Company - I headed straight there.

    Bentham Works was where many of the UK's early fighter jets were prototyped and tested. GAC used the site from ~1940 - 1963, since when the buildings have changed hands a few times up until ~1998. Since that time the buildings have remained empty.

    The best and most complete history anywhere seems to be a previous report by Clebby, so I won't steal this thunder - if you want the full history his report covers everything I have found and more.

    I didn't get a chance to see the office buildings as I ran out of time, and there are no external shots because it was pissing down. I'll definately be back in the summer though to see it all properly and in better light!

    The main warehouse is vast, and exploring the side offices and other rooms was where I spent a large part of my time here!

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    Althought the area ia largely clear, there were some nice features around the warehouse to find.

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    Some large, unremarkable offices were on the first floor along one side of the warehouse. I'll include them for completeness, but they're nothing special:

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    There are also many toilets, it seemed like two per floor per building. No paper though, so don't forget yours!

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    The side rooms downstairs were much more industrial than the upstairs offices, and well worth a (rather damp) look.

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    One of the company's to come after GAC were a pipe manufacturing company who used X-Ray machines to check the quality of the pipes, parts of which have been left on site:

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    Rather stupidly I failed to photograph the stickers on these to find out what their exact purpose was, the text on the face on the right simply reads "Avery Birmingham England" which a quick google points to a company called "Avery Weigh-Tronix". I can only assume they tried to re-energise the company name since these models were released. Still, weighing and measuring... something...

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    So with one final look, I decided to go see about the other buildings...

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    The second building I tried was literally just an empty space (with another rubble-filled hole in the floor)

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    The the third long thin warehouse with two levels of rooms at the rear (including another toilet):

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    The final warehouse was more of the same, but with a stunning roof and a lot more light than the other buildings!

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    That's pretty much it. I want to head back in the spring, on a nice day with sunshine and laughter.

    I had no idea there was security on site until I went to leave and saw a light on in one of the other buildings. They must have been sleeping through my visit, because I wasn't exactly subtle. That said, I didn't spend much time outside because of the rain, I assume the same can be said of them!

    I'm already looking forward to going back!​
     

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