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Torrington Dairy Crest Creamery (Taddiport)

Discussion in 'Books and Media' started by Lectrician, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Lectrician

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    North Devon Journal, 10th June 2010.

    http://www.thisisnorthdevon.co.uk/n...site-bust/article-2281463-detail/article.html

    The pic in the actual paper copy does not do the site justice - we could have supplied a better pic :thumb

    I guess if you want to do this site, or want one more visit, you should go!

    Speaking to a few people, it seems the site is now owned by the bank, not a private company, and as such will be secured while planning is put through. The planning application is due to be changed to include industrial units aswell as housing, which is favoured by the local council, so this site could soon change.....quickly!

    No mention of Urban Explorers unfortunately!

    Copy and pasted in case it vanishes:

     

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    Great site - I lived a few doors down from the place when I was growing up, and so it was probably my first ever urban explore!

    After moving away from the area 6 years ago, I actually made a trip back there last summer. Amazing to see that it's still not been demolished! Good fun site to visit, if anyone finds themselves in the area.

    I'll get round to doing a site report for it and uploading my photos, sooner or later...
     
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    That's the spirit - nothing like a bit of enthusiasm :rolleyes:
     
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    Went there the other day, only one way in now! they fenced it all off, but still easy to get it. i live 5 mins away, so anyone who wants to visit it, contact meeee!!!
     
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    The dairy, originally the Torridge Vale Butter Factory, was started by my great-great-grandfather, Robert Sandford in 1874. In 1932 it was absorbed by the larger Cow & Gate organisation. I think it was around this time the art deco buildings were established. My grandfather (Robert Judd Sandford) & my father (Harold Blatchford Sandford) both owned shares in the Cow & Gate company. I remember in my youth visiting the dairy around 1959/60 when it was still operational.

    I visited the dairy again in May 2009, when it was in the derelict state shown in the pictures here. I'm somewhat surprised there is not a preservation order on the more elderly parts of the complex, in particular the spiral staircase near the entrance.

    Nearby the factory site is Sandford Gardens, these days houses, but originally the market garden of the Sandford family.

    Mike Sandford (March 2013)
     
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    Hi Mike,

    Thanks a lot for the information. Really interesting to hear from someone who has a personal connection to the site.

    I agree, some of the buildings do seem to deserve a little more care. The spiral staircase you mention is particularly attractive, and I really liked the art deco touches to the stairwell that surrounds it.
     
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