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Report - Fullers Earth Works, Redhill, Surrey - November, 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by kkj, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. kkj

    kkj 28DL Regular User
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    Went out for an explore on a rather froggy night which was not a toad-al failure ;)

    But yea... it was pretty dark and foggy! We still found the place pretty interesting, although a little sketchy at times! This place is also pretty mucky!

    Comments and feedback welcome.

    History

    best known use however is as cat litter, of which millions of bags are sold every year. Most of this is now imported from the Americas but until recently, fuller's earth was quarried from the Lower Greensand strata at Woburn (Beds.), at Baulking (Oxon.) and at Redhill (Surrey).
    On the Redhill deposit, the most successful quarry operating at the turn of the century was the Copyhold Works of the Fuller's Earth Union Ltd, established c.1860-70. Initially supplying the woolen trade, demand later shifted to the growing chemical and comodity sector with customers in the 1920s-40s including the Southern Oil Company Ltd, British Glues and Chemicals Ltd and Price's Patent Candle Co.

    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 ceased fuller's earth production altogether in 1997.​


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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Nice one, don't think I've ever seen night-time pictures from here.
     
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  3. carcrazy

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    was good fun, more pigeon shit than west park water tower tho...:thumb
     
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    Me neither, I don't think I would have gone up the silo at night!!
     
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    Hows this place even still standing? last time I went a few years back it was on its knees...
     
  6. carcrazy

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    The place was in ruins, the steel grid floor had a lot of warping in places and huge sections completely missing I guess this is from the building moving (lots). Also all but 1 ground floor stairs had been removed.
     
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