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Report - Marconi Radio Factory - Chelmsford - March 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Nelly, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Nelly

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    The Marconi Radio Factory, Chelmsford

    This was a return visit after getting busted by plod in March after only 20 minutes.
    Back then we only touched the out buildings but had seen enough for it to be put on the back burner.
    With my new baby daughter expected within the week then I was under orders to stay near to home so I could hot foot it back if the "head appeared".
    Little did I know that I would be spending ten hours in a police cell and wouldn't walk through the front door until the early hours of the next morning :(

    Explored with my cell mates, Skeleton Key and a non member

    The History

    Marconi's New Street factory was built in 1912 next to the Great Eastern Railway. A railway siding ran across New Street into the factory yard and brought materials in one end of the works and took finished radio equipment out of the other.

    At the South end of the building two huge aerial masts once stood, the 450ft (137m) high "Marconi Poles" formed Chelmsfords most prominent landmark.

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    During the Second World War the Marconi Company employed more than 6,000 people in Chelmsford. Producing vital military communications equipment, the New St factory became a target for bombing and was hit in May 1941 with a loss of 17 lives.

    In 1920, two years before the BBC was established, the New Street factory made history as the site of the first official British sound broadcasts including the famous concert by Dame Nellie Melba which was heard all over the world.

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    Right, just to let you all know that the place is PIR'd up to the hilt, sec were on the way almost as soon a we entered and unfortunately we ended up here for nearly 11 hours

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    #1 Nelly, Jul 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2011

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