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Report - William Doxford, shipbuilders

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Jun 25, 2007.

  1. dweeb

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    What an amazing site! The offices of a once huge shipyard have stood derelict for years, but have suffered only natural decay. The basemant lvel was full of tantalising drawes, which were all empty, but still of interest. The walls down there were covered in graffiti from the past 100 years which was amazing.
    Upstairs adding machines and 80's office equipment sits rusting on the desks where they were left. The main reception hall is dripping with 70's style, but the 70's decor hides a finer Victorian grand hall, complete with stained glass and mosaic floors.
    Board room was nothing short of amazing, esp after it's 'clean up' ;)
    Oned more thing I noticed. It's amazing what wierd and wonderful contraptions were created just to do the job of the tiny caluclators we get free through the post today!

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    Basement graffiti...
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    In it's glory days...
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    Strike sticker
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    Drawing boards. This whole room was amazing!
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  2. Northern Exposure

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    Re: Doxford Shipyard, Sunderland REPORT

    This was the third site of the day and an absolute gem of a 70's throw-back

    This place was once the hub of the ship-building capital of the world but due to eastern efficiency and government policy, now a relic of our past :(

    It has changed ownership since but is not 'big' enough to utilise all of the land it occupies.

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    old counting machines

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    Pay-slips form 1959.

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    Some of the pencil graffiti dates back to 1880's and older. This really is a forgotten place and I feel lucky to have witnessed.
     
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