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Report - Wallerscote Island - Northwich - June 15

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by ledgehammer, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. ledgehammer

    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    Wallerscote Island Soda Ash Works, AKA the snow factory

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    John Brunner and Ludwig Mond were industrial chemists. Their company was originally formed in 1873. They built Winnington Works in Northwich, Cheshire and produced their first soda ash a year later. They used brine solution, ammonia and limestone to produce sodium carbonate in pure form, and with fewer by-products using the solvay process. They chose Winnington because it sits on a bed of salt 600 feet thick, is fairly close to the Buxton limestone quarries and had good transport links.
    By 1881, the partnership was well established and became a limited company, producing 200,000 tons of soda ash each year. Brunner Mond established themselves as the country's biggest soda ash producer and continued to expand. In time, Brunner Mond & Co. provided virtually all of Britain's soda ash, and became the world's largest alkali exporter. Wallerscote island Works was completed in 1926. An almost bizarre like construction of silos and huge metal sheds although all were integral parts of the original structure. The company later became part of ICI which is now owned by Tata.

    Popped in here on way back from Wales, decent explore. Halfway through a van turned up which made the rest of the visit tricky, the van left at some point.

    Sadly didn't get into the control room / high points or the bridge, and the video needed serious adjustment with light...

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    Say, that's my kind of shit. Nice job.
     
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