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Report - Horton Kirby Paper Mill, Darenth, Kent - 13/02/07

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Moddy, Feb 15, 2007.

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    [Note: All the photos are shitty in quality, even for me! Due to the fact I resized these on my linux box using a different peice of software... it appears to have taken alot of detail out of my photos!

    Anyone know of any decent batch resizers for Linux? I used Faststone on Windows and it was good, But PixiePlus on Linux is good.. but outputs crap.]

    Massive. Thats this place in one word! It doesnt only compromise a papermill, it also consists of a few other industrial sites - as this place was a industrial *estate*. Bearing in mind theres a current industrial estate right next to this place - and their offices face directly into some of this.

    After my 4 minute train journey I got off to see the large chimney (Dated 1881) of the mill in the distance. I knew from this moment that this place was going to be something special!

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    On arrival at the actual industrial estate I saw the first problem... The river. In parts it looked pretty fast flowing, even if it was only about a foot deep! (Deeper then usual) So off we went... trudging through the icey cold river - Much to the amusal of a passing dog walker!

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    Once we arrived in the site we entered "silent mode" worried about the evil dogs on patrol... Or so the security signs said. The reality was different... During our whole visit I didn't see or hear any signs of security AT ALL, Other then the signs on the fence.

    We checked a few buildings but they all seemed to be boarded up as tight as a nun! :p No sooner had I muttered "Looks like we've got wet for no reason" that we found our way in!

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    Upon entering the Paper Mill I came across a pair of boots; One of many that I found that day! We then entered a small office... Where Spotlight managed to leave his maglite (While it was on...). You can imagine the panic when I answered "No" when he asked me wether I had his torch half an hour later! :D

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    When we where walking around we also stumbled across a large walk-on set of scales... Which worked perfectly, Aswell as several amazing bits of machinery. The most amazing by far was this though...

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    Which was by the tea room (With running water!) and first aid post, Aswell as our first signs of previous explorers...

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    (The reason theres "Mo<half a d" is because I was trying to add "Moddy" then suddenly I cut my finger.. :()

    Next stop was these beasts of machines...

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    In this room also came GREAT disappointment as we found there was not a internal stairway in the chimney! :( (How would it have been cleaned and had have other maintenance tasks undertaken?)

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    One of the freakiest finds of the day was a Metro paper dated Thursday July 7th 2005.. The Metro of course is distributed on the rail network. What made it even stranger is that fateful day I got the same train as I had got to get to the Paper Mill!

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    Then we went upstairs and climbed out of a window to get some photos. When I say window I actually mean window pane... All 8"x12" of it - Needless to say it was a VERY tight squeeze! (Spotlight has a picture of me getting through the window to show tight it was!)

    In true Urbex fashion when we came across a VERY large ladder there was no question as to wether we'd climb it! This ladder was scary... but very rewarding. It gave a superb view of the area.

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    We then had a walk around the outside and went into 2 VERY large boilers and climbed up another ladder to see the top of them. These boilers where scarily high aswell! (I dont *think* im scared of heights...)

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    We then went into a small building next door that had housed all the electrics... It here that I found the mother of fuses! (Yes, Im still not letting this go PeroXide! :p)

    We then looked at the garage but it was secure and offices overlooked it, Although theres a possible entry point in my mind.

    We then stumbled across a small building which housed 2 offices. This would've been a nice place to work in my opinion - A nice comfy chair, a nice desk and a big fridge next to you!

    Next up we found another first aid post, a office and toilets - all in another self-contained section of the building.

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    We gave the other buildings a last try but they looked secure to us, So we packed up and left. But to our utter surprise as we where leaving we noticed a whole other "road" of buildings! So, It looks like a return trip is required... What a shame. :p

    Theres going to be a housing development here, and the security signs where put up by the housing development firm. (Fairview) So its days are numbered...

    Overall a good day, But with lots more to offer me - So I'll definitely be staging a return trip! (Maybe with waterproof boots! :/ (As my magnums are STILL drying!))

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