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Report - United Mersey Supply Co Ltd Liverpool 0216

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by bignickb, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. bignickb

    bignickb 28DL Regular User
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    I have had my heart set on exploring Liverpool's old docks for years, and they certainly haven't disappointed!

    Four of us booked the day off and went for a mooch on the Liverpool waterfront, initially we had a few places in mind but they were not viable; Canada dock rail terminal was too exposed for any ninja stuff and Tate&Lyle is now a live site being used for animal feed storage - lots of it too as I spoke to a workman who appeared from the main building.

    I had seen another possibility on Google Earth nearby so we acted on it, and what a choice it was!

    Created in April 1965, they were a ships' stores supply company providing non specialised food, beverages and tobacco to docked vessels!

    In those days, the Liverpool waterfront was a hive of activity with ships from all over the world mooring up to load or unload cargo. And the crews required large amounts of 'Shopping' to tick them over during the long, isolated voyages.

    They traded with a list of agencies providing wholesale stock of many kinds, they are still listed on a first floor reception desk.

    From 1990, there are no records of trading as the company was dissolved.

    And from the look of the place, it was just left some time after. A newspaper dated 1992 was lying around. Obviously it has been pikied but surprisingly the rest is largely untouched! I got to the 5th floor and backed out from going any higher as the concrete slab steps were cracked and unsafe looking. I was of the opinion that the next floors would just be verbatum of the lower ones!

    We were all very pleased with the outcome of this long, cold photography excursion.


    Pics:

    Loading bay:

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    Office, with pneumatic tube system!

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    Tube close up and a paper from 1992!

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    Bendy canteen table, and various condiments.

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    Reception desk:

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    Loading bay 2:

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    Old chute that was blocked off above:

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    Loading bay3:

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    Old hoover!:

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    Ducting:

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    Heating:

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    Heater close up! These must have been left after hot air heating was installed - or they may have still worked:

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    Upper spaces:

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    2nd floor office:

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    More space and heavy partition doors:

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    Windows that were only found at the front! The side ones were glass tiles:

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    View of the docks:

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    External:

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  2. ZerO81

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    Been here twice now, not a bad site, although disappointed with the lack of anything in the basement.

    Nice photos too!
     
  3. bignickb

    bignickb 28DL Regular User
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    Thanks!
    The basement was flooded - so we kept away! Same for the top floor - steps too rotten! On the reception board, someone had moved some letters to spell Derp! That told me we weren't the first.
     
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    Great pics. Liking the 5th pic, Mersey United Supply, says it all too for tonights footy too!

    Go on united haha;)
     
  5. The Kwan

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    Looks cool mate, cheers for posting it!
     
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    This is great, nice work.
     
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    Nice report mate, enjoyed that! Were you with Simon that day by any chance?
     
  8. ZerO81

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    I think BlackSnake was the first one to do this place a few months back. As ever I am a slacker with my photo uploading, so haven't got round to it yet.
     
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    bignickb 28DL Regular User
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    There was a Simon with us. lol.
     
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    haha thought so, seen his pics of 4 guys exploring Liverpool and similar places :)
     
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