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Report - Fisons Fertilizer Factory - Ipswich - May 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by zombizza, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. zombizza

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    This was meant to be a 10min quick stop run around but in the end we spent a good hour and a half in here.
    The site is pretty large once you include the modern part.
    One of those sites that are difficult to convey the size in photos.

    Fisons plc was a British multinational pharmaceutical, scientific instruments and horticultural chemicals company headquartered in Ipswich, United Kingdom. It was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was once a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It was acquired by Rhone-Poulenc in 1995

    The Old Fisons site was originally the location for the first ever complete superphosphate factory. In the mid 19th century, the increasing demand for new effective fertilisers for agriculture led to a search for a substitute for crushed bones, the traditional source of fertiliser. Edward Packard discovered that the use of fossil dung, found across East Anglia, contained high levels of phosphate, the ideal base for fertiliser.
    Between 1851 and 1854, Packard built a warehouse at Paper Mill Lane and pioneered the production of artificial fertilisers for horticulture on an industrial scale. It was an ideal site due to the combination of the River Gipping, which was navigable by barges between Ipswich and Stowmarket from the late 18th century onwards, and the addition of the railway line in 1846 which both provided the means to import raw materials and export fertilisers.
    Edward Packard was joined in 1858 by Joseph Fison who constructed his chemical works opposite the North Warehouse. The lower two floors of this iconic warehouse date from this time and were used for bagging and storage and are identified on early Ordnance Survey maps as the Eastern Union Works, proving the North Warehouse was purpose-built and directly associated with the production of superphosphates.



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    Nice report, I revisited here the other night and was saddened to see that there had been a fire in the conveyor belt tunnel :(
     
  3. Will Knot

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    Pity our artist friends are on the scene, as good as they maybe, it takes the natural feel from the place :(
    Great capture tho', nice pics :thumb
     
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