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Report - Wallerscote island Silos, Northwich, Chesire - April 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by slayaaaa, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. slayaaaa

    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    Intro

    Personally, the only thing that interested me on this site was the silos, Its the first thing you see and this kind of industry doesn't interest me as much as older examples of the category, forgive me if I'm wrong but everyone seems to have lurked about the bottom floor and "hall" of sorts where most of the material is stored and seem to have overlooked the silos? I'm sure it's been done but I personally had a bit of fun wandering around the top so though it'd be worth a report of it's own as I found a few interesting things. :)
    Forgive the poor photos/report, I was not in a fully awake state at the time...

    History

    Not as interesting but here's a little snippet stolen shamelessy from, I think, BrianL's report.

    "Founded by a couple of chaps named John Brunner and Ludwig Mond in 1973 they began producing soda ash about a year later. They used brine solution, ammonia and limestone to produce sodium carbonate in pure form. I understand that at its peak the factory produced 200,000 tons of soda ash a year meaning that the Brunner Mond company became the largest producer of the product in the country and the worlds largest alkali exporter. Wallerscote island Works was completed in 1926. the construction consists 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. Sodium Carbonate is a widely used in industry for casting and glassmaking. It is commonly used in chemistry as a base and an electrolyte. It is also used domestically in detergents, dyes and toothpaste as well as tasty sherbet sweets!Founded by a couple of chaps named John Brunner and Ludwig Mond in 1973 they began producing soda ash about a year later. They used brine solution, ammonia and limestone to produce sodium carbonate in pure form. I understand that at its peak the factory produced 200,000 tons of soda ash a year meaning that the Brunner Mond company became the largest producer of the product in the country and the worlds largest alkali exporter. Wallerscote island Works was completed in 1926. the construction consists 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. Sodium Carbonate is a widely used in industry for casting and glassmaking. It is commonly used in chemistry as a base and an electrolyte. It is also used domestically in detergents, dyes and toothpaste as well as tasty sherbet sweets!"

    My visit

    So yeah, wasn't really sure what I was visiting that weekend as I hadn't planned it (Thanks guys! You know who you are :)) But we rocked up here and I'd never seen the place online before or anywhere to be honest, turned a corner and 5 fat silos filled the frame, had a nice bit of fun climbing in, got a little bored round the bottom so thought I'd get some "roof" views and a bit of fresh air so split off from the group and went for a climb. Once at the top, I could hear some machinery and so naturally worked my way towards the source and found myself in a building of sorts.

    Again, I'm sure I'm not the first but it's clear there's more from this and it's sister site (Good job Speed and co. :thumb) so have some of this.

    Pictures

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    Erm, Enjoy?







     

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  2. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Very nice matey :thumb

    Never got up topside after 5 visits by Secca, then he parked his van up in front of us FFS ;)
     
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    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    Didn't see anyone, and I climbed the things on the outside ladders! I was proper spaced out with lack of sleep so I might've been seen. :p Cheers :)
     
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    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Coolboyslim & Gang ended up in a pincer movement between the 2 Secca units (with Dogs) gotta give them credit, they are very attentive for Secca ;)
     
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    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    ha ha, not just us then ;-)
     
  6. Speed

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    Good report. Don't think I've seen the top of them before
     
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    Great report, very brave climbing them ladders.. I took one step on them and lost my bottle haha.. I blamed the rain of course :)
     
  8. slayaaaa

    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    Cheer guys, :)
     
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    Bigian88 The Massive Mancunian
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    Rusted metal everywhere put me off the idea of climbing anything at that place.

    Rusted metal, rain and weighing a bit more than the average man don't really sounded like a winning combination in my eyes :(
     
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    I live close to this, drive past every morning on the way to work. I recently saw all the photo's and thought i need to take a trip myself and get a few shots. But, i can't seem to see where the best point of access is. Anyone here able to give me a few pointers ? Don't fancy my first trip there ending in me being arrested or caught stuck on the fence hanging from the back of my trousers. Any info would help me out greatly :)
     
  11. Coolboyslim

    Coolboyslim Mr Reality Hacker
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    Damn we was so close to getting up there. But oh um it was still epic fun. Yea missus ended up getting stuck for a hour or so hidden away while that big white van was under her with two dogs lol and boy his lights bright. Will dig out pics etc and stick up a small ish report. Some of the pics are nice shots from inside. And gratz on doing it knew it was possible just secca a pain in the ass lol
     
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    keat_expo 28DL Full Member
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    Amazing pictures! So jealous of you not getting spotted, near enough everytime I've been there recently I have been :confused:
     
  13. slayaaaa

    slayaaaa 28DL Regular User
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    Haha cheers :)
     
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