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Report - Croda International (Part 1), Bromborough - January '12

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by sim2lew, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. sim2lew

    sim2lew But what is fluorspar?
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    Visited with the Northern Society For Wankers (NSFW :wanker) featuring Xan_Asmodi, MaybeNot1330, The Kwan, Squeezethatgap and Myself.

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    It was about 4 or 5 months ago that Xan first texted me asking if I was interested in an old chemical plant. Since then we've had many recces and a few fails, but today we finally got to see the beauty that is Croda. Like Mobil on steroids, Croda is an exponentially large site with pipes and tall things a plenty. I've not even covered a third of the site with the pics I've got here, but that shall hopefully be resolved soon.

    THE HISTORY
    Croda was originally owned by Price's Patent Candle Company. In 1853, Palm oil was brought into Liverpool and so the company needed a site to use the palm oil closer to Liverpool than taking it to London by boat. The company build what is now Bromborough Pool village and opened a new factory in Bromborough. The factory opened in 1855 and the company went from having 84 staff in 1840 to a remarkable 2300.

    In 1919 the company was taken over by Lever Brothers who used the site for soap production. There is no longer any evidence of either of these companies having used the site. In 1936 the Lever Brothers pulled out of candle production but continued to use the site until 1997 when ICI bought it off Unilever (Unichema on-site), formerly Lever Brothers/Margarine Union.

    Since then it has been known as Croda International and continued production of fatty acids and glycerol until late 2009 when the site ceased production. The site is still very much live, but is in the process of being decommissioned and demolished, which has resulted in the loss of 115 jobs mainly held by people living in Bromborough Pool village.

    On with the photos! (Note, to comply with NSFW regulations, faces have been hidden. You will find many photos include my friendly character 'Rorf' to combat this. Enjoy!)

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    High stuff starts here.

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    Thanks for looking and happy Rorf to you all :thumb
     

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