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Report - Brunner Mond Soda Ash Works, Winnington (Northwich) - June 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Maniac, Jul 2, 2013.

  1. Maniac

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    On a recent trip to the Northern HQ, we popped in here for a visit. I have to say I rather liked it. :-)

    Soda Ash has been produced on this site since 1874. Brunner Mond became part of ICI in 1926 and then separated out again in 1991. They were brought by Tata Chemicals in 2006 and re-branded as such.

    There is actually only a relatively small part of this site left compared to what it would have been when actively producing soda ash. The part that remains is the associated equipment for the storage and packaging of the product, the actual works that would have produced the soda ash have long since gone. The place is still used for storage to this day, lorries come and go from the site quite frequently hence the reason the power is on, all the lights work and some of the control panels glow at you.

    This was explored with Frosty, RJ, Thompski and a non member called Callum with special mentions to Thompski for the suggestion of going here. :-)

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    The roof space was awesome!

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    There was a good 2 inches of soda ash dust on this walkway.
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    Control room
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    Complete with dusty telephone.
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    And control panels that still glow at you
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    And did I mention the signs? Here's a selection of them.
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    Cheers for looking!

    Maniac
     

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