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Report - Dunlop Semtex rubber factory - Brynmawr - Aug '16

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dirge, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. dirge

    dirge 28DL Full Member
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    Completed in 1953, the Dunlop Semtex factory in Brynmawr, which is said to have inspired the Sydney Opera House, was the first building to receive listed status after World War II.

    The wife wanted me to take her to see her gran in Blackwood, so I thought I'd do a cheeky 30 minute derp on the way home. So picked this small UrbEx. It's a nice explore and I enjoyed walking across the beams in the top floor.

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    Yeh I've been there
     
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    Great find there!
     
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    It's a shame, because the boilerhouse was pretty underwhelming compared to the amazing factory. I don't know why these islands of listed status get kept, it's virtually pointless as they're very use-specific.
     
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    We have a display of this on at work; beautiful factory!
     
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    Not heard of semtex rubber or seen this before. Nice work.
     
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    Cheers Matt!
     
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    Superb report and piccies, will have to make a trip. Easy to get in?
     
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    Yea mate very easy, park up in Asda you can see the place from there. I personally picked a quieter spot further down the road to access it, but there are so many ways in through the fence. As I was leaving two young lads just went in through the fence right on the roundabout.
     
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    Many thanks, love the architecture of the place and as it's only an hour away I will make a trip :)
     
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    No worries mate. Yea I liked some of it's features, very different I thought. I wouldn't say it's worth going to just for this as it is quite small, I saw most of it in the 20 or 30 minutes I spent there. Maybe take in a few other near locations on the same trip.
     
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    Thank you :)
     
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    Nice report there :thumb
     
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