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Report - Bethel Quarry, Bradford-on-Avon - March 2015

Discussion in 'Mines and Quarries' started by Oxygen Thief, May 2, 2015.

  1. Oxygen Thief

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    We've been checking this place regularly, it's always been closed but recently we found it wide open. Not only open, but the electricity and lights were on.

    BE WARNED - a group of people were physically assaulted at Bethel Quarry on Friday 1st May 2015 by some thug wielding a baseball bat, who accused them of breaking in. Somehow that's unlikely as it has been open for months. It's probably still open....

    Location: https://goo.gl/maps/iV4xt

    Some history from the MCRA...

    A fairly small (120,000 square feet total area), single adit entrance Bath stone quarry. The Bethel quarries were extensively worked by Messrs. Rogers according to the Bradford on Avon Gazetteer of 1868. It was later requisitioned in 1939 by the War Department and used for Royal Naval storage after some strengthening work. It was later used by Oakfield Farm Products as a mushroom farm and before that had been used by Heinz to grow mushrooms for its mushroom soup. Mushroom production stopped in September 2010 and it was offered for sale in April 2011 as having potential for underground storage. The Estate Agent details reported a "large and historic stone quarry extending to very approximately 10 acres with mains power, water and sewerage connected. The quarry ceased to be mined for stone at the end of the 19th Century but was latterly been used for the farming of mushrooms, though for some months has been disused.

    An article from the BBC... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-12938136

    ..." it had been used by Oakfield Farm Products for the past decade and before that had been used by Heinz to grow mushrooms for its mushroom soup." ...

    And we'll begin with that. Here's the Darlington Mushrooms sign. I think Darlington were a subsidiary of Heinz, they certainly had the same directors...

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    and then Oakfield...

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    Outside the canteen or whatever it was...

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    The complete urbexor...

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    The place of a million white balances...

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    Beautiful looking water...

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    Some strange paintings in one of the rooms...

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    @rigsby snorting some dodgy substance, best man for the job...

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    and the group shot finale...

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  2. Ojay

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    Pitty that sign wasn't in better nick hey.
     
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    Spot on that is mate. Enjoyed our jaunts down here. Hopefully this thug will meet someone who he'll regret threatening with a bat....
     
  6. Dark Prince

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    What was the outcome of the bat wielding loon?. Liking the Brian pics as well. As i was nowhere near the place i guess its all my fault!.
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    So sorry to hear of the incident. I hope police action is involved. Just to clarify: according to MCRA the obvious house at the main entrance is "nothing to do with" the quarry. So lets not throw any accusations towards the residents of this house.
     
  8. Punk

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    Cool stuff :thumb Shame someone feels the need to attack people and use crap excuses to justify their actions
     
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    Some proper nice pics there mate, was a fun evening.
     
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    Nice, although that mushroom sign needs to be changed to 'trespassers will be attacked by a thug wielding a baseball bat'.
     
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    Nice reportage and lets hope there is no broken bones from the incident!
     
  12. Ojay

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    I'm enquiring about the job at the mushroom farm I don't have a phone BEEEEP
     
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