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Report - Dyson Ceramics, Stannington, Sept 15

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The Amateur Wanderer, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. The Amateur Wanderer

    The Amateur Wanderer 28DL Regular User
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    Dyson Group, Ceramics Factory, Stannington

    Introduction:

    My 50th report on 28dl I do believe... Do I get a gold star or something? :p haha

    Here's one that's been done to death over the years... Visited with @BoroLad to take up a couple of hours in the afternoon. I think we were both quite pleasantly surprised by this place actually, don't get me wrong, it's certainly trashed, but I think we both came away with better pics than we were expecting. There's a fair bit to see, the highlight for me been the Crompton Parkingson Electrical Gear, which I've been meaning to go and see for years now... It's going to be a bit of a repetitive report as everyman and his dogs been here, but hopefully the pics will make your read a little more interesting?

    History:

    The Dyson Group was founded by John Dyson in Stannington back in 1834. Dyson was born in Sheffield in 1777 and was baptised in St Peter's, Sheffield on the 28th of May 1777, he died on the 24th of December 1851 and is buried in Christ Church, Stannington. The business was a success from the word go, creating ceramics for the local steel industry and homes. Very little can be said in the way of history as Dysons would go on successfully creating ceramics using the same traditional method of gas fired kilns right up until 2005 when the Stannington works was closed due to the gas bill becoming too costly to justify. The Dyson Group does still continue to produce ceramics in their Totley factory, just up the road.

    Pictures:

    As always, relevant information will be included alongside the images...

    Exterior:

    The exterior of the factory is pretty impressive, although it's been trashed, a lot of nice features still remain, notably the 1945 built brick chimney.

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    Shop Floor Kilns:

    Moving inside the bottom end of the building we explore the kilns, this is where the production of the bricks would have taken place. Myself and Borolad where still surprised to find these in here, as we'd thought the planned demolition had progressed further than it actually has, that said, it looks as though the large red brick kilns have gone sadly.

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    The roof is pretty much non-existent in places...

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    BoroLad giving the derp a little spring clean...

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    Next door where these slightly more modern looking kilns... The last order seemingly large ceramic balls...

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    Moulds...

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    Workshop & Stores:

    This area was pretty interesting, it's a bloody mess... But there's a lot to see. The stores are still rammed with the old wooden moulds, all individually hand crafted, plus a large variety of paperwork and tools/spares to look through.

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    Blast Helmet...

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    Shop Floors & Crompton Parkingson Electrical Gear:

    Saving the best till last, for me anyway, that gorgeous Crompton Parkinson Electrical gear... It looks like something out of Frankenstein... Makes me wonder if this set was still in use up until 2005? Surely not...?

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    And finally, boots... Every derp has a pair...

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    And that's all from here! If you're in the area, call in, it's not as bad as you might have thought!
    Cheers for reading!
    TAW :)





     
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  2. Coolboyslim

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    Still some nice pic opportunities to be had thx for report and pics
     
  3. Seffy

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    Love the composure in some of those photos, spot on.
     
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  4. The Amateur Wanderer

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    Cheers matey, I was surprised at how many points of interest still remained!

    Cheers, glad you enjoyed the pics!
     
  5. ZerO81

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    Surprising to see so much there still as I too thought it had all gone now. Nice shots too :thumb
     
  6. The Lone Ranger

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    Great pics, and good to see it hasn't changed too much over the years :thumb
     
  7. Vertigo

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    Was it secca fenced to high hell when you went. I can't find a way in to a single building at all. They are all securely fenced and bolted with no way through or over. Not even into 1 building.
     
  8. Bigian88

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    I went around a month ago and it was straight forward to get on the site if you didn't mind being in public view for a few moments or minded a little fence climbing away from the front, I didn't even bother getting my camera out and just snapped a few shots on my phone as the place is completely destroyed.

    The house across the road from it had a nice car which ended up being more interesting to look at than this place.
     
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    Yeh I got on site no problem just can't get in anywhere lol.
     
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    Haha, you'll find that happens from time to time in this hobby. ;)
     
  11. Will Knot

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    You still got some nice piccies in there, not as trashed as I'd thought.....might have to take a look if I'm passing ;)
    Thanks for sharin :thumb
     
  12. ledgehammer

    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    yeh, nice report - we scouted it, there was some officials on the site we managed to avoid, but was mostly derp, so we left it - an oversight perhaps. There is a place towards damflask which is huge, next to a yorkshire water place next to a fishing lake - a big derp but does anyone know of it?
     
  13. oldskater

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    that would be the old brickworks.

    Access is easy, and theres some nice photo opps.

    just dont wander into the large open square mid complex. there is a solar powered cctv uplink sat there.


    nice report here.


    as your driving to it on the lane down there's a derelict house on the right. DONT be temped to explore that. its home to a few traveller families who own monster dogs..
     
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    cheers, we took a look around on our way back from damflask and bradfield waterworks, solar panel rings a bell funny as someone was telling me about an old brickworks rivalin way, they probably meant this although its the other side - they mentioned tools and stuff which confused me.

    we saw the house and saw a caravan, normally enough on its own without the dogs e.t.c...

    nice one for the info :-)
     
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  15. The Amateur Wanderer

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    Yes we saw that house too, steered well clear!

    I'd say the place is worth a closer look @ledgehammer if you're in the area again, I wouldn't say it's worth making a special trip for though!
     
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