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Report - Esso Fuel Dispersal Depot Islip, Oxon - October 2008

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by ukmayhem, Nov 1, 2008.

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    The site first opened in the 1930's as an RAF reserve fuel depot with a capacity of around 6500 tons. After the war the site was taken over by Esso as a fuel dispersal depot, it was expanded in the 1960's and in the late 1960's 60 wagons a day would enter the depot, 30 in the morning and 30 in the afternoon. The site closed down in 1969. Its history since has been abit vauge, It is believed it was used after to supply jet fuel to RAF Upper Heyford as the pipeline stretched out to the village of somerton which is next to the airbase. The pumps have been quiet since the late 80's early 90's which coinsides with the base's closer in 1994.

    The site today is in pretty good condition and all the buildings are very secure. Most of the site was underground but has suffered heavy flooding so no way down.

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