I'd been visiting the marvellous Rhug Estate Farm Shop (outlet for one of the largest organic farms in Wales) to buy my weekly supply of buffalo sausages, and on the way back called in briefly to the former Co-operative Wholesale Society Creamery. Back in the glory days of the Co-op, this was one of the many creameries around the country, but as demand for cream fell off, they moved out and the buildings were used by the Rhug Estate to store their speciality cheeses. It's now in the process of being dismantled, as the Estate consolidates its property portfolio.
There are no daytime externals, because the first time I went it was pissing down so hard I was in real danger of drowning. When I returned (in the middle of the night, time fans), the least uninteresting bits - the two big creamery hoppers - had been bulldozed. Consequently from a pure urban exploration point of view this report is shit even by my low standards. But hopefully the lameness of the site is more than made up for by the presence of an urbex jigsaw.
Here, look, you can see one of the old hoppers in the background, through the window of this next shot:
I had intended to climb them when I returned, but they now look like this:
Inside the main warehouse area it gets very dark, especially at 1am. When it's windy it also gets noisy - lots of exciting clanging and scraping.
Graffiti spotters will be interested to note that someone has been practising their alphabet inside, and has so far become quite competent at everything up to and including the letter I. Where they go from here remains to be seen:
Here's that cool corrugated tubehouse Nissan hut again:
Inside which is the jigsaw:
I got halfway through completing it before I realised that two different jigsaw sets had been mixed up - what should have been either an idyllic Swiss mountain village or a bunch of kittens had become a terrifying scene involving enormous killer cats rampaging through the Alps, leaving a bloody trail of death and destruction in their wake.