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Report - Planston Works, Totteridge, London - October 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by elliot5200, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. elliot5200

    elliot5200 28DL Regular User
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    This old packaging factory has been my latest obsession – just two minutes away from my house, right next to Totteridge and Whetstone Station but completely concealed – and yet I’d never even noticed it until Cowlick pointed it out.

    Adding to its mystery, there is no information about it anywhere on the internet, yet according to a local who lives in the cottage next door, before it was a factory (opened some time in the ‘60s), it used to be the main stables for the town before trains were in use.

    I tried to get in last month – only to find gypsies had taken over the place. They’d run out shouting, waving a beer can in their hand whenever I tried to approach it. Thankfully, they’ve now been evicted so taking with me a friend and my 16-year old brother, we went in.

    Everything’s been left from the days when the workers left, although the machinery, quite expectedly for the amount of time it has been derelict, has been completely trashed – this might have something to do with the previous ‘occupants’, ahem! Most of the documents and newspapers lying around were from 1984 – presumably when it closed. And the deadly silence - apart from the occasional pigeon fluttering from above - whispered echoes of Pyestock.

    The design of the factory still looks very much like a stables and they’ve even retained the hayloft (now storage space).

    Relics of the gypsy occupation


    A packaging receipt from 1982




    View out the hayloft window



    Falling asleep on the job

    My brother snuck back in there the next day to shoot a short horror film – just as it was getting dark. Might have been a little rushed considering all the strange noises coming from the back of the factory and impending darkness!

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  2. elliot5200

    elliot5200 28DL Regular User
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    Aha, found the date!
    "in 1872 a railway station was opened on the Great Northern Railway. Where Blakeney Close is, the company had a hospital for horses near to the station. It seems odd that a railway company should have horses, but they did, and it was opened around 1884."

    SOURCE: http://www.barnet.gov.uk/info/94004.../737/finchley_friern_barnet_and_totteridge/17

    I decided to pay a revisit to see the bits I hadn’t seen: the caravan and the water tower, as well as a few more shots inside the factory. The place has been really badly vandalised since I was last there and the roof in one area has caved in completely. Not sure how much longer it will last, the poor thing.

    Climbing the water tower was fun. The ivy covering it wouldn’t budge so I had to just climb through it!


    The water tower

    Can you spot me?

    Atop the flooded tower

    Top of Planston Works


    Inside the caravan

    A bit claustrophobic in there

    Letter in the factory from 1981

    New damage to the factory

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