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Report - British Xylonite, the finds...

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. dweeb

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    Lying in bed nursing a hangover, I thought I would post this up. Raddog and I spent a good two or three hours digging through the piles and piles of paperwork, broken glassware, lab equipment and god knows what else in the labs ann offices of BXL, with some interesting finds... Here is what we found. I'm in awe this stuff keeps turning up...

    The company founder. This man made the first commercially sucessful plastic in the UK.
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    Early view of the Brantham site
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    An early patent by the company
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    The Brantham Works
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    Mock tortashell, how BXL began

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    BXL's logo, featuring a turtle and elephant, for tortashell and ivory, the two materials BXL imitated
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    Other variations on the theme
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    You cannot buy plastic like this anymore!
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    BXL in time of war
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    BXL had two sites, the Brantham and one in Lancashire. The Brantham site was set to close in 1981, but after a massive campagne by the unions and staff, the company decided to shut the Lancashire one instead. You would be pretty pissed if you worked there!

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  2. Speed

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    Glad you went back mate, its an amazing place.

    I was looking though my old shots the otherday and found the ones i took the day after the place closed in March 2007, most were shit but i got a couple of ok ones. The last one is taken looking though the glass of the locked lab doors, wish id kicked them through now!

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