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Report - Hickson & Welch, Castleford - March 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Raz, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. Raz

    Raz 28DL Regular User
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    Seeing as this place is a 5 minute walk from my house I've spent a bit of time poking about the site for the past few months. Looking at old reports the place was littered with masses of dials, control panels, pipes and more pipes sadly that's not the case anymore but there is still a few bits to see if you look hard enough.


    In 1915 Hickson and Partners moved into Castleford where they produced TNT until the end of the Great War in 1918. After this they changed to the production of dyes and the processing of acids.

    Just before noon on the 4th. of July 1930 an explosion flattened the factory killing 13 workers and injuring 32 others. Three hundred nearby houses were made uninhabitable and windows and roofs throughout the town were damaged. Shortly afterwards Ernest Hickson died and the company went into liquidation.

    From the ashes Ernest's son, Bernard and Colbeck Welch created a new company. In 1931 'Hickson and Welch' was born.


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    A 56MWe CHP facility built for Hicksons in 2002, Due to Hicksons shutting down in 2005 the plant has been reconfigured to operate as a standalone Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station

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    This rather nice looking building is next to the old boiler house which was demolished a few years back

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    Cheers for looking

     

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  2. Bugsuperstar

    Bugsuperstar Irresponsible & Reckless
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    Still looks worth a visit. Thanks!
     
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    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    nice one :-) Intact fire engine too,...
     
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  4. Bolts

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    Cracking shots and a good report to go with it, nice stuff
     
  5. Paradox

    Paradox 28DL Regular User
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    Nice that mate, really like that last pic :thumb
     
  6. scotty markfour

    scotty markfour 28DL Regular User
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    ace report n pics , reminds me of croda chemicals !
     
  7. scotty markfour

    scotty markfour 28DL Regular User
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    might give this a go @Raz ?
     
  8. Dempsey

    Dempsey The Human Turbine.
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    That nice building you speak of is the old turbine hall for the power house, sadly I missed it too, turbines were ripped out at least before 2009
     
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