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Report - Clockhouse Brickworks, Dorking, Surrey - Visited April 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The_Raw, Sep 12, 2014.

  1. The_Raw

    The_Raw 28DL Regular User
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    Clockhouse Brickworks was a Hansons factory built on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) near Capel in Surrey. The site lies 600m east of the Auclaye SSSI which was also a former brickworks, geologically it lies on wealden clays (Da Fuq?). It is a site for palentological and sedimentological research covering an area of 32.4 hectares. Similar strata are seen at Warnham. The factory was phased out of production during early 2009 due to the downturn in the construction industry, and a lack of housebuilding projects. Since that time it has sat disused exposed to the elements gathering dust.

    I visited back in April with Sentinel one lazy afternoon and only just got round to sorting out my pics. It's a fantastic location where the workers seemed to have just downed tools and buggered off without so much as a riverdance. The whole place is covered in a film of orange brick dust and feels like it could return to normal service at the flick of a switch. The highlights for me were the old control panels and the workshop which was full of old tools and machinery. Other highlights included Sentinel being attacked by an owl. It's been covered a few times before but hopefully I've added something a bit different - Tits and Arse.



    The whole place is painted in green and yellow, a strange colour code for such an industrial setting
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    Dust Masks and other protective equipment lie everywhere as if they were only just taken off
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    Old tracks lead from one end of the factory to the other
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    Old Switch Panel
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    Some areas are deep in sludge where the rain has come through
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    Brick making machinery
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    Lockers, some still with bits and pieces left inside by workers
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    Decoy security / scarecrow
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    Reflections
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    A worker's hard hat Cap
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    Thousands of bricks left behind never to be used
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    An old vice on a workbench covered with rusty tools
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    One of the many styles of bricks once produced here
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    Funky Control panel
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    Funky Wheelbarrow
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    Peeking outside
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    Strange looking machinery upstairs
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    The main office
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    Looking down on the bricks
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    Somebody planted a tree!
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    The Workshop
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    Safety Boots still in good nick after all this time
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    Giant Anvil
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    Welder's mask
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    and finally....my favourite shot of the day, the staff Room :D
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    Cheers for looking :thumb
     
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  2. Session9

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    Very nice mate, keep meaning to have a mooch there. :)
     
  3. Oort

    Oort The Spice Must Flow.
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    A right proper factory that, awesome splore and lovely pics.
     
  4. 1nk4

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    very nice indeed
     
  5. PCWOX

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    Nice one mate, virtually the same as when I visited, except some fucker has smashed the windows in the staff office :(
    It's a good mooch is this
     
  6. Mr Beady

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    Ace gutted I couldn't find a way in, when I went down in march
     
  7. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    Pretty cool that mate....great pics and report :thumb
     
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    Nice shots. I missed Rebecca when i was there though, she is cute
     
  9. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Nice work as usual mate :thumb

    Can"t believe all the steelworks still there having escaped the Metal Fairies ;)

    Shock.......a different kind of Page 3 from U2 :)

    And whatever happened to Rebecca ???
     
  10. The_Raw

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    Thanks all :)

    This was 6 months ago so don't hold your breath mate...

    I think I've run out of page 3 steam for the time being, i'll leave it to the Pros for now :D

    As for Loos, wikipedia says she's settled down in Norway with 2 kids and a massive pair of jugs

    A lot can happen in six months, I'd be surprised if it's not a little more trashed now
     
  11. Raz

    Raz 28DL Regular User
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    More or less the exact same site in swillington which has also escaped the metal fairies strange how familiar they look!

    Nice pics mate :)
     
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