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Report - Cwm Coke Works, Beddau, July 2017

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by elliswf, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. elliswf

    elliswf 28DL Full Member
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    This location was my 3rd ever go at Urbex (the other locations being Wenallt AAOR and Walnut Tree Viaduct tunnel in Cardiff / South Wales) and have been hooked ever since the week I started..

    I am no expert on the history, but from what I've found it seems that Cwm Coke began to help the Great Western Railway and it'd thurst for coal in 1909, not being used for working with coke until 1958. At that point there was a £9 million of investment in the site. It remained in use until 2002 for the foundries of Port Talbort

    The explore
    There if a fence surrounding the site from the main approach, with the main front gates being shut, covered in anti-climb paint and razor wire, however we managed to shimmy up one main pole and slip through a gap in the wire. There were cars going up and down but none stopped and we managed to get in and out of sight in between the passing cars.
    As we approached the first building in sight we heard a loud banging sound as if a door slamming, this being all of our first explore we were a bit wary of it being some other people in there, however as we approached we found out it was just the wind pushing some metal around!

    The rest of the explore was fairly uneventful in terms of drama, but as for excitement the whole site has a load of great things, perfect for photos and has a great feel too it. The holes in the floor and places to fall can be dangerous if you aren't careful but there isn't anything that will take you by surprise as long as you're careful.

    Although we spent around 3-4 hours on site we didn't manage to explore nearly all of the buildings and ended up going back another time (and are looking to go again for a 3rd time!)

    The second time we went as we went to climb where we went the first time we noticed that the razor sire had been moved across , as we tried to climb a man pulled up in a Black Ford (which we had noticed but seemed to be empty) and threatened to call the police 'for our safety', although it was clear he wasn't a security guard it would seem he was only trying to help those less careful.. we respected his desire and left, driving around we pulled up to the east of the site on Croescade road, walked into the fields/woods and found a path under the perimeter fence and got into the site again, however we only stayed for an hour as we brought an extra friend along who felt uncomfortable so respected that and left with them.. hopefully we can go back another time to finally look through the whole sight

    On with the photos..

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    All in all a great few hours at a great site which is definitely worth a look, and one I hope to go back to in the future at some point!
     
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