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Report - Rank Hovis Mill, Ramsgate - August 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by sirjonnyp, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. sirjonnyp

    sirjonnyp 28DL Regular User
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    In my ongoing quest to knock over all of the big sites around Kent, this one came up next. I've always like the look of this place since I've been on the forum, so it was nice to be able to head over and have what was in the end quite a relaxed explore. After some confusion I met up with Stealth just around the corner from the mill, and with the aid of his tripod made it on to the site, glad not to be greeted by rumoured polish secca or dogs. So on we pressed.

    I'll cover the mill in this first post, then follow on with the air raid shelter in the post after.

    History taken from Reef's report, doesn't seem to be much about the place online...


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    As we made our way across the walkway to the non-silo side of the complex, it became very apparent that the place had been utterly stripped of copper, which was a shame. Many floors just covered in empty tubing.

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    Stealth living up to his name and getting in the back of my pictures without me realising :rolleyes:

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    We had a few issues with fire doors as we navigated the confusing layout of rooms, but we got there in the end. Most of the rooms still had their original machines, but pretty much every wire had gone, with occasional graffiti dotted around.

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    Stealth reliably informs me that a few years ago he crawled across this girder. Balls of steel.

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    That completed most of the site, so we made a move for the roof, although now I think about it we only did the roof on the silo side :rolleyes:

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    This room at the top was littered with sketchy looking trapdoors to the darkness below.

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    The room at the very, very top of the mill now belongs to the pigeons. The smell of their faecal matter from that room is still haunting me!

    We spent quite a while in there, and pretty much saw all of it, apart from that other roof. Shame to see the place in a sorry state compared how others have found it over the last few years, but a nice explore anyway. After the mill we headed off for a pint and some derps, more to follow!

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  2. sirjonnyp

    sirjonnyp 28DL Regular User
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    Now for the shelter below the mill.

    History from Thanet Underground:
    Despite the fact the entrance was right by the main road and it was in daylight, we just went for it. No problemo.

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    Looking back towards the entrance.

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    The main room of the shelter.

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    The other exit, now sealed.​


    Nice little shelter that, we didn't see any signs of the much rumoured bigger shelter/tunnels under the mill either.

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  3. STeALtH2k12

    STeALtH2k12 Too old to grow up now!
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    Just a few from me, some 'billy basic', and a couple of siloey type thingies, coz I like em. :D

    The state of the floors after the 'wire-strippers' have finished. :mad

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    And the fcuking graf 'artists' have finished. :mad

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    How it should be done if you want to leave your name for posterity, 'in chalk' on a 'chalk board'!

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    Hatch to one of the silos, with a name I've never actually noticed before in dozens of visits.

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    Nice little silhouette at the top coz I likes em. :)

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    Sir JP heading down the ladders from the top of the silos.

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    And a few silhouettey, angley, odd type silo pics to finish.

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    As I said was a cool afternoon, pleasure to meet Sir JP, a few comedy moments like tripod vaulting and running round 4 floors and 6 sets of steps to get a bloody door handle rod thingy, twice! :D Great to visit the old girl after an absence of 4 years but so sad to see how she's been gutted and lain waste. :(

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  4. P95lmb

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    Is this still in a state to visit?
     
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    pretty sure it got demolished last year
     
  6. Wevsky

    Wevsky A Predisposed Tourist
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    No its not demolished as such,some parts yes,but the main of it is now in full swing for conversion
     
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    rich420 28DL Full Member
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    oh fair i moved away from thanet back to essex so wasn't a hundred percent on what was going on with it
     
  8. P95lmb

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    so either way no chance of a visit :(
     
  9. Wevsky

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    its been stripped out and builders are on site constantly and has active security..go for it if you want to seethe inside of a building site
     
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