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Report - Corah - Leicester - July 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by unplugged, Jul 20, 2014.

  1. unplugged

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    History
    Stolen from Loneshadow as he was on the explore ;)

    N. Corah and Sons was a manufacturer of hosiery and textiles founded somewhere in the region of 1825, located in Leicester in the United Kingdom. At one time it was the largest knitwear producer in Europe, and its products had a major influence on the development and prosperity of the Marks and Spencer chain of retail stores.
    The company was founded by Nathaniel Corah at the Globe Inn, Silver Street, in Leicester – a building which still survives, and which at that time was closely associated with the city's stockinger. Corah's business model was to buy completed stockings in Leicester, and to sell them elsewhere at a profit.
    The firm was the first company to develop a relationship with Mark’s and Spencer, a well-known British retailer. The latter's St Michaels brand, which it used from 1928 until 2000, was inspired by Corah's use of "St Margaret" as a label for its clothing
    Corah maintained a design room until at least the 1960s, which enabled it to present customers such as Marks & Spencer with designs for finished products such as dresses. It even sent clothes to Marks & Spencer already arranged by size so that they could go straight into the store. In the 1970s, the company's trade with Marks & Spencer was worth £20 million per annum – and Corah celebrated the "golden anniversary" of the relationship in 1976.
    However, the downfall of the textiles trade had started in the 1960’s with higher demand in fashion and more expensive materials in a tighter, more low cost market.

    By the 1980’s and 1990’s Corah was fastly declining. The factory doors were finally closed for the last time during the late 1990’s.

    The Explore

    Corah was the first of today's Visits exploring with The Lone Shadow and Southside Assasin. Entry wasn't as easy as hoped however posed no real problems other than the timing.

    The Site is extremely large taking us over 4 hours to navigate. Parts of it still active so it's very much a "Crystal Maze" type of explore just without Richard o Brian. Theirs the zone that's full of old stock, Textilles, Paint and Completely Trashed Zone, The Stripped Bare and lots of Empty Rooms Zone, The Clambering about on Roofs and Ladders Zone and not to forget the Burnt Out and completely f***ed zone so watch your step Zone. In all it ticks many boxes of the different types of explore ;)

    What strikes me the most about the site is exactly how much stuff has been left behind. Some areas almost look like a landfill site and some areas look like the workers just downed tools and went home and the amount of clothing, dies, equipment and other gems such as phones and pcs left behind on site is staggering. Plenty of Nostalgia on this site made it a very enjoyable explore.

    Exit thankfully was comically much quicker thanks to the on site "Janitor" complete with Tool Kit who was "doing the odd bit of work here and there" (yeah right). When disturbed by SA he went as white as a sheet and jumped 20ft in the air :) He Thankfully let us out of a locked side door saying "I keep it locked as the Police keep coming in and busting me"

    1. From the Roof
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    2. Trashed
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    3. Wouldn't be a visit without this
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    4. From the Roof
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    5. Sorry wasn't expecting guests
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    6. Extreme Ironing
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    7. Cozy!
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    8. Painted Windows
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    9. Some of the more "Plesent" Graffiti
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    10. Modern Art
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    11. Coloured Thread
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    12. Hung ready
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    13. Boxes of old VCRs
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    14. Corridors
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    15. Hole in the Wall
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    16. Workbench
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    17. Ventalation
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    18. Might find an old C64 here
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    19. Toasty
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    20. Rising Damp
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    22. Im sure there are some of those tapes around here
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    23. An old Car
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    24. Security Office
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    25. Blast from the Past
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    26. Revolving Doors
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    27. Vending Machine
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    28. The old Karate Dojo
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    Thanks for Viewing :)
     
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  2. RichPDG

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    Blimey you've covered pretty much all of the site! well done on that one dude especially as it looks like they've gone to town on securing it too!
     
  3. The Lone Shadow

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    Excellent report Unplugged! Its got to be one of my all time favourite explores. The amount of stock and machinery just left behind to rot and decay never fails to impress me. I never get bored of coming here. You've really brought out some of the colours and textures of the place aswell in your pictures. Entrance was far more difficult than usual, but I'm glad the exit was so easy. Well done on exploring this industrial epic.

    The Lone Shadow
     
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    Thoroughly good site :) lots of colour and stuff to find in among the trash. We spent about 4.5 hours here? So I think we just about covered it all ;)

    Im glad the Entrance was easy :) I was starving at that point and wasn't looking forward to the long trip out of the Admin Block. It's a shame they obviously have a problem with Arsonists at this site and their too much active interest in it for the police to ignore.

    At least they don't sell cars ;)
     
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    Nicely done :thumb

    I got caught by the police there last week. Access was really difficult as most of the building was boarded up.
    The copper said that an application has gone in to demo most of the site :mad
     
  6. The Lone Shadow

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    I thought that the whole site was grade 2 listed? I doubt they can consider demolition as alot of it is still in use. Police always seem to think they know it all. But yes, it is very secure now.

    The Lone Shadow
     
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    Most of it. apparently it's not Grade 2 listed. I thought it was aswel
     
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    Nicely covered, some of the graff isn't too bad actually.
     
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    Top report mate :thumb

    You make it even more appealing and a bigger enticement to actually make the drive down south ;)
     
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    There was some pretty good Graffiti in fairness and a lot of it I find pointless. Unfortunately their was some good areas (such as the Corah Sign with the date) completely destroyed by pointless "Tagging" :(

    Not to mention this one which made SS jump a bit when it caught the corner of his eye ;)

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    Looks a good site that, my grandma used to work there
     
  12. Southside UE

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    cracking set there fella, a decent report :thumb
    this was a great place I particularly liked the way it split into zones, we could have easily spent longer than we did,
    would be a shame for this to be demo'd,
    still have a laugh about the 'caretaker' I so wish I was recording then.. :)
     
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    Nicely done mate. Just when I think I saw all there was to see here....
     
  14. The Lone Shadow

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    There were a few memorable moments. SA and his dye moment, me with full flash as a car drove straight passed a window and then of course the metal thief was who was eager to see the back of us as he was outnumbered by cameras.

    LS
     
  15. elhomer12

    elhomer12 Maglite size T-rex, It's time for urbex!
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    Nice work, I need to get back here soon before it's too late. I last visited about a month ago when you could just walk though a door straight off the street but I didn't stay long or look around much.
     
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