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Report - Ravenhead Glass, St Helens, Oct '09

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by clock34, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. clock34

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    After Seeing a report on here last week of this place i decided to dig out the shots i took whilst here back in April. 09
    All these photos are a compilation between both mine and valinov's archives of the two visits we did together here. so i apologise for the amount of images.

    History.
    Ravenhead Glass was a glass works near Ravenhead Colliery, St. Helens.it was founded in 1850 by Frances Dixon and John Merson,
    In 1852 this factory was sold to the Pilkington Brothers.
    Once every decade the company swapped hands until 2001 when following a series of downturns in the late 1980's it stopped production and went into administration.
    In 2003 the Rayware Group, which bought the Ravenhead site announced that it would like to revitalise the brand, giving pint pots and other traditional glasses the Ravenhead name.

    also before the pictures id just like to point out that i did not have a tripod with me and the pictures were taken by myself as well as valinov!!:thumb

    upon entering this site i noticed the sheer scale of the site,
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    Looking across the main courtyard i noticed the different buildings, storage on the right with the office blocks in the middle, what i think is the furnaces on the right but due to security on site we were not able to look at them.
    so we decided to focus on the left moving across and finishing in the centre to the right of the office blocks.
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    view from inside the first building, the place is completely empty apart from a generator and alot of power switches for most buildings in the site.
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    view across to the rest of the site
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    Through this building and then up onto the roof gives you some nice photo opportunities
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    From here we made our way across the yard avoiding the security lights to enter this hollow
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    in here was the fire room with hand drawn maps and logs of all fires back from 1988!.
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    The storage warehouses were literately just massive empty warehouses and we did not have lights big enough to get a perfect picture of them. but this is what i did get.

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    below the warehouses there is what i can only tell is a old storage cellar

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    An old Loot paper, This place literally hasn't been touched in years!
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    And at the end of the room full of non-produced glasses was this small furnace, used to make them?
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    what a eerie feel.
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    Fire safety from 1974 :-) there is allot of history in this site.
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    And finally a old trolley used to cart stock around. I'm glad things are electronic now a days.
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    Thank You so much for reading all this, tried keeping the pictures to the minimum left out all rubbish ones, planning a return trip to explore the other half of the site and take big lights to get the warehouses. other than that, thank you for reading.

    Clock34.





     
    #1 clock34, Oct 21, 2009
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