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Report - Shipton Cement Works, Oxfordshire, December 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by PCWOX, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. PCWOX

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    Visited on a very wet day which got my trousers a bit muddy, but such is life...

    The History:
    In the 1920s the Oxford and Shipton Cement Company built a cement works beside the main railway line and began quarrying limestone from the hillside between the Woodstock branch line and Bunker's Hill. The quarry was bought by Alpha Cement in 1934 which became part of Associated Portland Cement in 1938, which in turn became Blue Circle Industries in 1978. Towards the end of the 20th century the quarry ceased production and was sold to the Kilbride Group, which applied unsuccessfully to redevelop it as an eco-town.

    Looking at older reports of this place, it definitely looks like some parts have been demolished and work is ongoing. Maybe the site's days are finally numbered.

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    Office desk in situ
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    Who or what is the pike?!
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    Wash your hands!!
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    Office corridor
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    Fuel Pump
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    Machinery
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    Quarry with the cement works in the background
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