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Report - Grimsby Ice Factory (Feb 2015)

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by AndyK, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. AndyK

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    The Grimsby Ice Factory was built in 1901 to produce ice for the fishing fleets. At the time refrigeration techniques were in their infancy and it was not possible to build chilling units onto a ship. Instead, ice was produced in large quantities on land and distributed onto ships before they left port. The fish they caught could then be packed in ice for the return journey.

    Initially steam was used to power the factory, however as demand increased and the benefits of electricity were realised, the plant was upgraded to use electrically driven compressors in 1930. J&E Hall of Dartford, Kent undertook the task of replacing the refrigeration equipment and Metropolitan-Vickers of Manchester were commissioned to provide the electric motors.

    Four of the J&E Hall’s compressors were installed initially, and a fifth unit was added in the 1950s during a further period of expansion. At its height, the Ice House could produce 1,100 tons of ice per day. This made it by far the largest ice factory in the world.

    A decline in demand and new technologies for ice production led to the factory being scaled down in 1976. The factory closed down completely in 1990.

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    2. Compressor Hall
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    3. Compressor Hall
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    4. Compressors
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    5. Compressor detail
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    6. Compressor
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    7. Ice Tank Room
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    8. Ice Tanks
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    9. Ice Crusher
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    10. Ammonia Tanks
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    11. Valves
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    12. Compressor No. 5
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    I found some historic photos of the Ice Factory, so re-took the same shots to show a comparison of how it has changed. Many changes were made to the equipment over the years since these photos were taken, and the factory has become a mess since its closure. (Click to view bigger)

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  2. The Lone Ranger

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    Nice report, the first historical and now shot is great :thumb
     
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    Lovin' the then and now shots

    Again thanks for sharing, some decent pics and a good account of the place :thumb
     
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  4. PROJ3CTM4YH3M

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    Mate this is an ace report, old vs new photos are ace! done this place justice!
     
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    I concur, one of the best reports I've seen from the place.
     
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    Great pictures. I enjoyed looking through those :D
     
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    Excellent photos of a great place
     
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    Yep, enjoyed that. Top report :thumb
     
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  9. Mr Beady

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    Nice shots Andy. Do like the before and after shots
     
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  10. huey

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    Cracking report and brilliant pics :thumb
     
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    We used to fill our trawlers up with Ice from there back in 1958
     
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  12. catbalou

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    excellent stuff...! liking the before and after pics
     
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    boner inducing industrial filth! haha
     
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    ooooo ... they be some wicked shots there ! :thumb
     
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    great report, and to repeat what other people said then and now shots are great.
     
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