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Report - Thorpe Marsh Power Station - July 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by MADMAX, Jul 19, 2010.

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    Construction of the station began in 1959, it being built as a prototype for all the large modern power stations in the UK. It was commissioned between 1963 and 1965. It contained 2 generating sets powered by coal, and had a gas turbine set using an industrial static version of a Rolls-Royce Avon aero engine with a capacity of 14.9 MW. On 7 January 1973 four workmen died. The CEGB was put under investigation for breaches in safety provisions but they were found to have all died accidental deaths.

    Post-Closure - Initially being operated by the Central Electricity Generating Board, the station was operated by National Power following privatisation in 1990. The station closed a few years later in 1994. The 45 acres (18 ha) site was acquired by Able UK in 1995. Much of the station has been demolished and now only its six cooling towers (each 340 ft (100 m) high and 260 ft (79 m) in diameter at the base), two ash slurry hoppers, railway sidings and the station's large adjacent electricity switching station still remain. The switching station was nearly flooded during the 2007 Yorkshire flood, which would have knocked the grid out according to news reports. The structures still stand now because it is feared that any explosion would cause the banks of the nearby canal to rupture. They also contain asbestos, which would contaminate land for miles around the site. There have been several controversial proposals for the site, including a car distribution depot and more recently a huge landfill site, neither of which have proven popular with the local residents.
    The power station's cooling towers were featured in the final episode of the 1999 ITV drama, The Last Train, and in the first episode of the 2009 Channel 4 drama Red Riding.

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    We decided to call in at Thorpe Marsh on the way back from Steetley Mag, to nicely round off an epic day of derelict industrial urbexing. Thorpe Marsh in comparsion to High Marnham (near Lincoln) is a treasure trove of dereliction.
    To start with, the Cooling Towers appear much bigger and there's plenty of twisted metal and concrete still littering the site. Iron Monkey and Meanstreak had never stood in the base of a Cooling Tower before and they weren't disappointed. As I'm sure some of you will agree, its a pretty humbling experience. Anyway, we had a good old wander around for an hour or so, then headed home for a nice cup of tea and a sit down :D

    Here's a few of my pics:

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