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Report - Monkton Coke Works, Royston - May 15

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by ledgehammer, May 18, 2015.

  1. ledgehammer

    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    The final instalment to a great day...

    This place has epic history, and only stopped manufacturing in December last year...apols this report is a tad photo heavy...

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    Coke has been made on the Monckton site at Royston near Barnsley in South Yorkshire for over 130 years.

    Monckton produced some 200,000 tonnes of coke per year; coke destined for use in glass, detergents and steel manufacturing; and coke used for home heating.

    To produce coke, you ‘bake’ coal in high-temperature ovens in the absence of air for about 20 hours. During the baking process, by-products such as benzole, tar and ammoniacal liquor are removed, leaving a coke with a high carbon content.

    Until December 2014, Monckton was the only independent coke production plant in the UK, and was ranked as one of Europe’s leading producers of high-quality metallurgical coke. On 12 December 2014, the Company confirmed that, with no significant improvement in market conditions or customer demand, Monckton was to close, with coke production ceasing during that month.

    > Right from the word go, we were in awe at the sheer size of the site, "mahoosive" doesn't begin to cover it. As we wandered around the site, it still seemed in many ways ready to go, and in the hub a small control room housed consultation notices and photos of the crew. You couldn't help but feel sorry for the closure of the site, but that the typical yorkshire resolve would move on regardless, nether less as you wander the site, its character and history was displayed in many forms...

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    in research it was noted that secca was likely, after dodging cameras and stealthing our way into the site, it became even more clear we would be here for a while...

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    absolutely colossal...

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    "Mello yellow"...




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    "The sweet stuff"


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    "satire"

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    "The big push"...

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    "looking back"...

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    It should be mentioned that there is a presence on the site, although they didn't seem like security, I would say they are more likely a decommission team - look out for the control room... Oh and there is a gate preventing anyone getting down from the tower via the staircase in complete eye shot of the site team!!! Which must have made very funny viewing (I should imagine).

    After the visit, I found a clip of the actual processing of the site, rings it home if you visit...



    no vid for this one sorry, and sadly....

    best...





     
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  2. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    :thumbProbably the best pics I've seen from there mate well done

    Like the PP ;)
     
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    Never been fussed by this place but recent reports are making it look much more appealing..
     
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    That looks like a proper decent explore mate and more than worth a look at! :thumb
     
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    Nicely done buddy

    The place looks HUGE!
     
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    Brilliant stuff, your shots are cracking :thumb
     
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    Hi, I've come onto this forum solely for the reason to find this post, I worked at monckton up until the very last push! I loved it there, I was a trainer for new oven men, I have any details you could possibly want and have all the pictures before belting was removed and things got dismantled, as a trainer me and one other worker was called back to strip everything over a 7 week period, it is in this time we put up fencing and gates to stop people such as yourself getting in, it didn't bother us we was getting paid for it haha, but if you want hundreds of pictures of the actual job or videos both by camera and go pro then feel free to contact me :) my Facebook name is shaun hornby, easy to find as profile pic is of us oven men in monckton uniform! :) the presence on site are actually contracted security guards, there's only 2 of them but if anyone wants to go on site the cameras don't get viewed unless something goes missing and the security aren't going to bother anyone for 7 pound an hour they told us, so feel free! The name of all the oven machines are RAM - this is the pushing machine on the front of the ovens at ground level, on top of the ovens what we call 'tops' is the LARRY CAR - this is the machine with 4 x 4 tonne tubs that used to fill the ovens with 16 tonnes of coal producing roughly 11 tonnes of coke after 18hrs 20 mins coking time, the train cart looking piece on the opposing side of the ovens and lower down was called the COKE CAR for obvious reasons, this was operated from the haulage cabin which was the tiny raised brick building, the machine that ran level with the ovens on the same side of the coke car was called the GUIDE - this used to remove doors and slip in a cage to the oven mouth guiding the coke into the coke car, the reason for being 2 on this track is because 1 was the spare old unit and the other up to date machine is around 3 years old and cost 3 million, the correct term for it was grittorestor but we called in the guide also. There were 42 ovens in total and we used to push and charge 24 ovens every day and push and charge 25 ovens every night, there's absolutely loads more info about Monckton but it would take too long to write so feel free to hit me up on Facebook @ shaun hornby cheers!
     
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    Looks like you had a cracking explore there mate and got some proper nice pics too :thumb
     
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    cheers :-) yep, was a top explore, all lights are left on and in a reasonably pristine state, and to Shaun - thanks for the info, I wonder if you were one of the guys in one of the photos, we didn't get great photos of it but the control room in the base of the machine had massive character. Just a bit gutted didn't get any vids, but feel free to post one or two of the best ones Shaun... :-)
     
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    I will have been in one of the photos mate, there were 5 groups at monckton with 8 people per group and our group photos were in the canteen whilst I was there, I posted some pics earlier mate, just ones off my Facebook, I need to dig my old phone out for the videos and better pics :)
     
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    Bet nobody has a picture like this ;)
     

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    Nicely done :thumb
     
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