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Report - Bentham Works - Feb 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Happyshopper, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Happyshopper

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    This was one of my first explores, this time last year. It hasn't changed too much but my photography has moved on a tad and I no longer use the annoying fisheye so when I visited this weekend I thought it deserved re-reporting :)

    Bentham Works was where many of the UK's early fighter jets were prototyped and tested. The Gloster Aircraft Company used the site from ~1940 - 1963, since when the buildings have changed hands a few times up until ~1998. Since that time the buildings - four large hanger type warehouses and some admin buildings - have remained empty.

    It's a nice relaxed mooch, especially if you like big empty spaces. Not worth travelling for on it's own but certainly worth a poke if you're in the area.

    I visited with a new member who has still yet to introduce himself, the silly sod. After crawling around in the snow we started with one of the smaller and more modern hangers.

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    The next hanger along is larger but has probably fewer stand out features. It's not new enough to have particularly interesting architecture (compared to the previous) and not old enough to have too much decay.

    There are a couple of original areas of graffiti regarding the company and the machines that ran in this warehouse though.

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    Then we hit the main, huuuage warehouse.

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    The final hanger we decided was too far gone and dark to be very interesting and we decided to crawl back through the snow and into the real world of sausage rolls and tea. And much merriment was had by all.

    Thanks for reading :thumb

     

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