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Report - Bromborough Central Power Station - Wirral - August 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by stepr, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. stepr

    stepr 28DL Full Member
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    This is my first report, so started with something I know fairly locally, and quite an easy one.

    Not sure how to edit title.. this was visited in August 2014.

    The Bromborough Power Station, is a shadow of it's former self, as electric pylons used to grace the site this lies on, however these pylons were removed and all that is left now is a tower and the control room itself.

    This station was opened in 1918 (though electricity wasn't introduced to the houses in the area until 1929) by the famous Lever company in to provide power for the surrounding area, (assumingly mostly for the operations of Port Sunlight, which was were most of William Hesketh Lever's factories and workers village was). The power station was noted for it's use of coal fired boilers, and eventually later in it's running, MANWEB took over as it's domicile.. However their tenure was short lived, and it ceased operation shortly after in 1998.

    The only remaining buildings on this land is one cooling tower and the control room and switch room.. other fuctioning parts have long been demolished.

    There is apparently a development plan on the site, but it's all very vague, and there is no plans, as far as I know to level the remaining building and cooling tower at the site as far as I know.

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    Unfortunately, we heard footsteps, so retreated, didn't have a chance to get pictures of the cooling tower.

    Anyway that's it, first one.. onward and upward!
     
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  2. The Kwan

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    Re: Bromborough Central Power Station, Wirral

    Welcome to the site Stepr and thanks for posting up your first report :thumb shame that some numb nuts graffed the control panel.
     
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    Really nice photos pal. Do more.
     
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    Nice. Went here the other weekend was a nice way to spend half an hour
     
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    Good pics mate

    Good to see the place still fucked
     
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    I honestly expected it to be pulled down by now, so surprised to see it still standing. What surprised me was the lack of alcohol tins and bottles, this is a place that has very easy access.. but apart from the graffiti, not much sign of vandals other than the damage, but most of that graffiti is pre 2010 by my reckoning.

    Was going to climb up the cooling tower, but the steps looked dodgy.
     
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    good first report mate
    keep it up :)
     
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    Nice first report there - liking your pics :thumb
     
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    Cracking pics mate.

    I was in the area a few months ago and failed miserably at even finding this place.
     
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    Took us a while because we all knew the area so well we were convinced we knew where it would be... and we were wrong!

    I think we went a pretty lobsided way in but it was a nice walk.
     
  11. stepr

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    If it's where I think you mean, then it may be the only way in, though I can't be 100% certain. The main gates to the power station no longer have the power station name on them, as a company took over the land behind the gates for the development, they now own that land, and it's processed ready for development to commence. In fact at first I thought the buildings had been demolished because there was no sign immediately, of the old building/cooling tower when driving past the gates, whereas on one of the previous reports back in 2010, you could clearly see the outbuilding from the gate.

    Until the land behind the gates gets developed, I can't see much happening with the control room and tower, so I think it will be there for year or two yet, so it's definitely worth another look.
     
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    Nice first report there.....like the pics. :thumb Welcome on board :)
     
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    Yeah, very narrow path through some trees? haha!

    We only got confused because of where the big power station used to be which is now the site of the Great Bear distribution centre. This is a bit away from that site.

    I was speaking to a guy on Facebook (brother of a friend of a friend) who worked here between 1966 and 1970, said all that gear is the same stuff as pre-66. The last major development there was 1968 and that was another outbuilding. Shut down in 1998 if memory serves me right.
     
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    Nice first report. :thumb
     
  15. stepr

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    here is an interesting comparison, with two maps; one from 1986 and one from 2011, to show how the power station site, has literally diminished into nothing (with the demolition work) You can actually see on the 1986 map how vast the complex was... in fact it was on both sides of the road!

    http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday/maps/gb/3/33/38/gb.3.336000.381000.1986.jpg (1986)

    http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/history/domesday/maps/gb/3/33/38/gb.3.336000.381000.2011.jpg (2011)

    sorry because of copyright, I have to link them rather than past the pictures on as images.

    I was actually looking for machinery dates, there's usually a date stating when the equipment was manufactured, or at least when the company was formed, but couldn't find anything on any of the machines, except a patent from Leeds and Liverpool
     
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