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Report - Gloucester Docks Mills, Nov/Dec 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Happyshopper, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. Happyshopper

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    I've had my eye on these docks buildings for a long time, longer than I've been exploring. When Mr. Sheepdisease asked me if there were any other sites in Gloucester I jumped at the opportunity to go take a look, and I wasn't disappointed.

    Visited twice with Sheepdisease, Gh0sT and The Invisableman, we originally got inside the ABM complex with maybe an hour of daylight left. Fantastic lighting but not a whole lot of time to look around. We returned first thing in the morning en mass, and eventually found a way into the Foster Bros Mill building as well, which was an unexpected bonus!


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    Here you can see Malthouse 2 on the left, with 3 and 4 on the right. The concrete silo at the end was built where Malthouse 1 originally stood.

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    Inside the silo it's pretty grim. There's an inch and a half of the grottiest water I've ever stood in. Lush.

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    The view from the roof is pretty spectacular though...

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    Leaving the silo, we went to explore Malthouses 3 and 4. 2 is absolutely fucked: Damp, rotten, holey, we got access twice and it wasn't good. You can go through the silo or through the bridge from 3/4, but don't bother.

    The lighting in 3 & 4 is limited because the windows are mostly bricked up, but it makes for some stunning images.

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    I loved these old wooden hoppers, and the grain that was coating half the floors!

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    There was even an old wheelbarrow, albeit missing it's wheel.

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    Next, the bridge of death...

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    The only thing of any worth in Malthouse 2 that we could see from the other side, other than the massive holes in the rotten floors, was this nice sign-written burlap sack.

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    Back in 3 & 4, we went on to find more variations on the sign writing hidden away in the dark attic spaces.

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    The section between 3 & 4 had metal sheeting to protect it from the elements, which has now been removed. Bring on the pigeon poo.

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    Over all a very nice set of buildings! We weren't expecting to get into Foster's, but...



    Foster Bros. Oil And Cake Mill - Gloucester Docks



    As per the other buildings, any metal sheeting has been removed, including the old metal sheds which were facing the ABM / Downings complex. A section of the centre has been entirely demolished, leaving the mill building and an empty shed space on the other.

    Fosters had some nice attic spaces - plus actual content. Win! Starting from the top...

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    And last but not least, a rather dark control room. Apparently you can beat a control room, but I wasn't all that fussed by this point!

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    All in all, a bloody lovely site which I'm surprised to see hasn't been reported on in years. Crazy.

    Thanks for reading!
     

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