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Report - CWM Cokeworks, October 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Jonesey, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. Jonesey

    Jonesey 28DL Regular User
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    CWM Cokeworks

    The Visit

    Having never been exploring alone or with no other members for that matter I found myself headed for CWM with ironically 3 non members and feeling somewhat out of my depth. We parked up, crammed a body builder and rugby player through a gap not designed for men of their stature and cracked on.

    Was a really good explore as the site seams to go and on with various outbuildings, many many ladders and gorgeous rust everywhere !

    Tad Of Welsh Industrial History (mostly pinched from Wevskys blog)
    CWM Cokeworks established in 1957 by the National Coal Board to produce coke from coal mined at CWM Colliery. The coke was used in iron foundries, metal smelting furnaces, sugar beet refineries, brickworks, and heating boilers. Coke works were once commonplace, and were frequently attached to collieries or steelworks, but few are now operational in Britain.

    Cwm Coke's origins lie with the Great Western Railway and it's insatiable hunger for coal. The GWR sunk pits at the Cwm site in 1909 as well as in other areas of the Rhondda, but Cwm didn't become known for it's coke until 1958 when the coking ovens and associated plant for producing coke and refining the by-products of the coking process were installed. During this time the existing colliery site saw a £9 million investment, by the 1970's the two pits 'Margaret' and 'Mildred' and the coking plant were the workplace of 1,500 men this combined effort produced 515,000 tons of coke per annum. The colliery continued production of coal right up until privatisation of the National Coal Board in 1986.

    After closing in 2002 there have been plans for an 800 home redevelopment however the southern tower is a grade 2 listed building so maybe not so soon I hope :)

    On With The Photos

    Our first view of the site

    towers approach (1 of 1).jpg

    looking down the highest conveyor
    converyor (1 of 1).jpg

    Views from the top
    halfway iew (1 of 1).jpg the very top (1 of 1).jpg

    The lower floors

    flooded tunnel (1 of 1).jpg underneath floor (1 of 1).jpg
    Back outside

    long wide reflections (1 of 1).jpg group (1 of 1).jpg

    I think these silos were still filled with tar or some goey black stuff anyway
    tar towers (1 of 1).jpg tar towers ollie (1 of 1).jpg

    Nipped up one of the tar pot / silo / tower for this snap
    vignette version 2 (1 of 1).jpg

    Then we bumped into a birdwatcher who showed us the easy way out with directions to the local pub :)

    Cheers for looking guys
     

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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    First and last pictures - like whatever you did to them (?), almost an old postcard look to them.
     
  3. lock1999

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    Nice, brings back happy memories of 2006.
     
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    The birdwatcher excuse is one I have used myself to get out of sticky situations. I sometimes carry a copy of the RSPB Field Guide to British Birds in my pocket to make the excuse more convincing. Helps if you know your birds and prepared to waffle on the topic, and know what rare species are in the area. Just say "I saw it fly this way". I guess for this site the target bird could be a Peregrine Falcon.

    (it just happens that I really am a birdwatcher - remember last year when a very rare to the UK Rose-coloured Starling (normally lives in India) turned up in the middle of Bristol. Myself and a few others did a fair bit of trespassing that day to get the photo)
     
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    Always nice to see this pop up again.
     
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    Certainly is, the place was almost like the day it shut down on my first visit, magic.
     
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    Love it….
     
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    Cheers, think I yellowed them out a bit then added a vignette
     
  9. clebby

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    Fantastic report squire. I don't think many people get up those silos in the last picture so it's nice to see a different view for once.
     
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    Good report this. Very nice photos!
     
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    black gooey stuff
     
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