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Report - Fullers earth works, Redhill July 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by space invader, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. space invader

    space invader 28DL Full Member
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    After an early morning fail :shock: After bumping into secca on his mountain bike and plan b running into a small problem with four dogs and everyone's friend the Gurkha's , we ended up at this place which we then bumped into metal thief's dismantling the staircase as we walked down it . who turned out to be okay and let us get on with it so not a complete waste of a day ...

    visited with wevsky and maniac

    a little history
    In 1954 the works, by now employing 780 men, were bought by chemical company Laporte Industries. Production was stepped up to meet increasing demand and a large factory consisting of kilns, granulators, blungers, silos and transit systems on several floors was built. A large quarry existed to the east and in the 1970s this strange landscape stood in for various alien worlds in the BBC's Doctor Who series. In the 1980s, the Copyhold site was sending loose earths and packaged cat litter around the world. By 1995, however, due to falling profits it was announced that the company would close 10% of its 100 plants. Copyhold fell victim the following year and the Laporte Group was broken up with the majority share sold to an American private equity firm trading as Rockwood Holdings Inc. After the production lines were switched off, the 119 acre pit was purchased for use as a landfill site by Biffa Waste Services and continues to take waste from across Surrey. The factory was for a while used as a waste transfer station but this too was abandoned at some time in the last four years and the site is now derelict...

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    thanks for looking :)
     

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