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Report - Steetley Magnasite - Hartlepool - Feb '08

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by VeeEight, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. VeeEight

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    After emptying and sorting through my CF cards - I thought I'd upload a few from Steetley (I know its been done to death, but if you have a hobby horse - you may as well beat it :gay ..)

    Some turned out reasonable and others uber-shite -I'll let you decide which is which..

    First up, a bit of info which everyone will prob already know (I cant remember which sites I picked bits up from but credit goes to them..)

    *1937 - site aquired by Steetley, New developments allow magnesium to be produced from sea water.
    *1938 - plant opens and expands rapidly due to demand from World War 1
    *1961 - Chimney built which is seen across Hartlepool
    *1962 - Worlds largest settling tank built on site
    *1967 - Over 5000 tons of magnesium produced a week
    *1997 - Britmag takes over the site from Redland
    *2002 - Britmag goes into administration and the site is reborn as CJC Chemicals
    *2005 - CJC Chemicals also falls on hard times and the area falls into disrepair
    *2007 - Majority of site demolished, now awaiting planning permission to be used as private housing

    Heres how it used to look - back in its prime..

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    ..and now..

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    ..not sure as to why some of the rooms are filled with sand..

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    Quality shelving units..

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    Lookin bleak and foggy..

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    The minds eye saw this completely different to how it turned out..

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    If I didnt know better - I'd have said there had been a war round here..

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    Inside the chimney..

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    Complete with gusset - for extra strength just when you need it..

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    hmmm, looks good enough to drink..

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    not sure what the purpose of this structure was - but its a frickin long way down to the bottom

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    Brave, lazy or utterly stupid :crazy

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    The fog reaally closed in the time some of these were taken..

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    This is a reflection, scouts honor sir, on full size you can see bricks and crap in the water..

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    Having had my camera for about 3/4 years - this was its first proper outing :eek:

    just incase you're wondering - these were taken on two different occasions hence why some are in fog :tumbleweed

    I definetely going to return and get my arse up the chimney before it gets knocked down..

    Yours, fumbling with the camera.
     

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