Steetley magnesite, Hartlepool, may 11
Visited here with my mate/none member-'pockets'.
What a shit-hole! But as we were in the area, decided to cross it off the list, but I wish it wasn't on the list in the first place. Wasn't going to upload, but stumbled on it on a disk of urbexes I've done. It was a miserable day, reet on the coast, blaain a hooli, freezin, pissed off.....oh well, onto the history & pics....
Steetley Magnesite, also known as Hartlepool Magnesia Works and Palliser Works, is located in Hartlepool in County Durham.
Originally known as The Steetley Lime and Building Stone Company and was named after the small hamlet of Steetley which is located near Worksop, in Nottinghamshire. They owned a small dolomite quarry producing high quality building stone, some of which was used in the building of the Houses of Parliament.
The Steetley company was finally bought out by Redland Plc in 1992. They ran the plant at Hartlepool for about five years until it was sold in 1997. The new company called Britmag could not compete and went into administration in 2002. A solution was found to keep the plant open and the company CJC Chemicals was born. This proved to be short lived as they closed the plant in 2005.
The site at Hartlepool was partly demolished, leaving the reaction tanks and settling tanks almost intact. The site was asset stripped, most of all the steel and valuable items sold. It now sits as an industrial wasteland. Anglers use the pier to fish in the deeper water. The settling tanks were breached to drain the water away when it was discovered that children were using them as swimming pools.
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Last edited by magpie; November 15th, 2011 at 20:00.
'i know it's somewhere in England, maybe close to London!'