1. Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections plus a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. Creating an account removes some ads, allows you to post replies, start new topics and threads, and gives you access to more features including bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Winnington Soda Ash Works, Cheshire - April 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by AndyK, May 6, 2016.

  1. AndyK

    AndyK Behind Closed Doors
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2013
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    797
    Home Page:
    While working as an office manager at Hutchinson in Widnes in the 1860s, John Tomlinson Brunner met Ludwig Mond, who was also working there as a chemist. Mond decided to leave and establish a factory to produce alkali by the ammonia-soda process. Brunner joined as a partner. The factory at Winnington opened in 1873, and in time Brunner Mond & Co. Ltd became the largest producer of soda in the world.

    [​IMG]

    Brunner Mond merged with several other leading chemical companies to form Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in 1926. Winnington Works manufactured sodium carbonate (soda ash) and its various by-products such as sodium bicarbonate (bicarbonate of soda), and sodium sesquicarbonate. It was at the laboratories on this site that polythene was discovered by accident in 1933 during experiments into high pressure reactions.

    The Winnington Works were divested to the newly formed company, Brunner Mond, in 1991. It was again sold in 2006, to Tata and in 2011 was re branded as Tata Chemicals Europe. Soda ash and calcium chloride production ceased at the Winnington plant in February 2014, bringing to a close 140 years of soda ash production in Northwich. The head office and the sodium bicarbonate plant remain at Winnington.

    Rotary Dissolvers

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Heavy Ash Mixers

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Heavy Ash Secheurs
    These were used to dry the finished product

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Looking around the buildings a bit more, we find a filtration plant

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    As a lover of anything control-roomy I got excited to see this sign...

    [​IMG]

    And was pretty disapointed to find only this inside.

    [​IMG]

    External shots

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    Statues of John Tomlinson Brunner and Ludwig Mond stand either side of the entrance to Mond House, the company headquarters.​

    And finally....

    I had a brief look around this substation and pretty much dismissed it until at the last moment I noticed "System Control Room" above a door that opens to nowhere. Realising this was previously connected to the now-demolished power station, I made a bit more of an effort.

    [​IMG]

    Once I got inside my jaw dropped. The old control panels more than made up for the crappy control room in the main works.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    #1 AndyK, May 6, 2016
    Last edited: May 6, 2016

    Remove this ad by donating or subscribing.

  2. Mr Anonymous

    Mr Anonymous 28DL Full Member
    28DL Full Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2016
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    3
    Well this was a pretty amazing report! Nicely done
     
    AndyK likes this.
  3. Lavino

    Lavino 28ÐŁ ƦEGUŁλƦ U$EƦ
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2014
    Messages:
    1,451
    Likes Received:
    986
    Well done you covered it well
     
    AndyK likes this.
  4. The Amateur Wanderer

    The Amateur Wanderer 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2012
    Messages:
    634
    Likes Received:
    671
    Holy shit... That control room at the end, beautiful and unexpected!

    I thought we'd well and truely missed any chance or seeing any remnants of the old power station...

    Excellent work :thumb
     
    AndyK likes this.
  5. mw0sec

    mw0sec 28DL Full Member
    28DL Full Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2012
    Messages:
    73
    Likes Received:
    14
    The process was clearly just bit messy!
     
    AndyK likes this.
  6. jST

    jST LLS.
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2009
    Messages:
    957
    Likes Received:
    629
    Professional delivery of the goods as always.
     
    AndyK likes this.
  7. host

    host 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009
    Messages:
    801
    Likes Received:
    224
    Arghhh why is when we go somewhere we always miss the good bits, got to go back now. Simply amazing report mate.
     
  8. dave

    dave 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2007
    Messages:
    360
    Likes Received:
    70
    I must say those are superb photo,s that first one made my jaw drop and things continued in the same vein well done have to agree with jst a professional delivery indeed.
     
  9. The Lone Ranger

    The Lone Ranger Safety is paramount!
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2010
    Messages:
    1,160
    Likes Received:
    733
    Home Page:
    Very nice report, looks a stunning location :thumb
     
  10. wellingtonian

    wellingtonian Subterráneo
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2013
    Messages:
    955
    Likes Received:
    424
    Enjoyed that. Great find that control room. Cheers :thumb
     
  11. dweeb

    dweeb Super Moderator
    Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2005
    Messages:
    1,461
    Likes Received:
    608
    Jesus, I didn't see half that stuff! Very well covered.

    That admin is just epic isn't it!
     
    AndyK likes this.
  12. clebby

    clebby ( . Y . )
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2008
    Messages:
    591
    Likes Received:
    474
    Oh golly that control room
     
    AndyK likes this.
  13. BrainL

    BrainL 28DL Full Member
    28DL Full Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2015
    Messages:
    864
    Likes Received:
    775
    Amazing report and pics are superb as always !!! :)
     
    AndyK likes this.
  14. Boba Low

    Boba Low ____/
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2010
    Messages:
    287
    Likes Received:
    115
    Excellent work that man. Nice to see even more 'unseen creem'! No compressor house?
     
    AndyK likes this.
  15. AndyK

    AndyK Behind Closed Doors
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2013
    Messages:
    359
    Likes Received:
    797
    Home Page:
    Too many workers over that way unfortunately.
     
    Boba Low likes this.
Draft saved Draft deleted
Loading...

Users Who Have Read This Thread (Total: 0)

Share This Page

Remove this ad by creating an account and logging in