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Report - Clockhouse Brick works Capel - March 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Gromr123, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. Gromr123

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    Hi all,

    Finally got to tick this place off the list today. I went in without any real expectations for anything amazing, but wow, this place is quite something.

    Clockhouse brickworks is a Hanson owned factory that made bricks of various shapes and sizes. It's based just of the A24 in Capel, its not even worth being vague about the location cause its so ridiculously easy to find.

    It closed in 2009 and has remained quite well preserved. Its evident vandals have found their way in because of the sheer amount of broken glass. Apart from this the rest of the machinery and factory is pretty intact and looks like it could be made to work again if needed. This place is massive and we only got to look through the main building before we had to go. I could easily go back for another look round.

    Getting in and out unnoticed though seemed like a tricky proposition as it seems security is active there, so some careful planning was required. Luckily there was no sign of anyone, so our explore went uninterrupted :D
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    Passing the old quarry in the way in.

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    Seems the security scarecrow got killed.

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    We went into the furnace room. Its massive, probably a couple hundred meters long.

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    There was also a weird spinning bell thing inside. It must have had a great bearing because it just keeps spinning.

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    The tool making shop was full of stuff as if they just upped sticks and left it all behind. This can be said about the whole factory too.

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    We decide it was time to leave and made a retreat through the woods at the front passing the other smaller building. Couldn't see anyway in so this will have to be visited another day.

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    Managed to get ankle deep in mud.....oops.

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    Thanks for looking, full album can be found on my Flickr here:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamr123/sets/72157651501180161/
     
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  2. Els

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    Looks good mate, need to visit this place myself! The bell thing was probably used as a rope pull of some sort, maybe to pull loads in and out of the furnace.
     
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    Great pics enjoyed my brief visit here recently like you had no issues with security was a relaxed explore. Its certainly bigger than you realise once inside.
     
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    Now I do like this :thumb You've got some great pics here :thumb
     
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    Was there yesterday a nice relaxed splore, Very waterlogged and muddy though :p
     
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    went there the other day , second time going , i have some photos but dont know how to write a report on here . the building is highly locked down now and very difficult to get in but there are ways
     
  7. Gromr123

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    Put the pictures up! I'd be interested to see if anything has changed. I remember getting in to be pretty easy when I went.
     
  8. The Lone Ranger

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    Interesting looking place :thumb
     
  9. Zodiac

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    i have created a link to view he photos i took hopefully it worked and yes its pretty hard to get in , but not going to release that information on here.

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    link to images : https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bw0oz4SsDlzfcHJCZklxdVRJOWs
     
  10. Zodiac

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    i also went during the night that is why its so dark in some off my photos , i couldnt bring a external flash due to the difficulties of getting inside
     
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    Thanks for the 2 sets of pictures from Clockhouse. I used to work in the laboratories for Butterley/Hanson (I was based in Nottinghamshire) and visited Clockhouse a few times over the years. it was a great pity when it closed :(
     
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