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Report - Templeborough steelworks, Sheffield - 13.05.06

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by wooble, May 14, 2006.

  1. wooble

    wooble Guest

    I was going to hit a few sites around Sheffield and Rotherham on Saturday, and this was my no.1 priority, as several of my relatives worked here in the 70s. The whole steelworks site was vast - three quarters of a mile from end to end. Some has been demolished, some is being demolished, some is derelict, and the old quarter-mile long melting shed and ancillaries are now the Magna science museum. After hopping off the bus at magna, the first thing I found was acres of half-demolished wasteland, and giant green shed with no windows.
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    I couldn't go wandering in the easy way though, as there were 3 police cars in the car park for no reason whatsoever. I wandered round the front, and found the old gatehouse, and after hopping the gate in full view of the main road, clambered down some stupid slime covered banking getting soaked and wandered inside to find a bloody huge shed with nothing in is but some cable that had been missed and two cacking big cranes too big for the scrappers to nick. It was impressively large (probably about 400 feet long by 75 wide and 100 tall), but all rather boring and pissing hard to photograph without a tripod.

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    After farting about with the cranes for a while and having the shit scared out of me by somebody walking a huge, angry dog down the road outside, I reluctantly ventured back into the rain to have a look at the bigger stuff on the other side of Magna.

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    This was more like it, huge sheds containing god-knows-what. A sizeable part was under demolition while I was there, but the finishing banks were separate from the rest and looked huge. Unfortunatley, my stupid camera was throwing a fit from being out in the rain too long. Upon entering the building at the easter end, I was greeted with the following sight:
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    FUCK ME, this place was huge. I could barely see the other end from where I came in. More huge beam cranes in the roof for clambering on, various large remnants of machinery lying around, and some damn awesome graff pieces.
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    After that, I wandered into another shed which seemed small, but was probably a good 250 feet long with another 2 stotting beam cranes (and still kicking myself for not bringing a tripod to get better photos of/from them)
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    At this point I was about to go further into the works into the section under demolition (where I'd seen a few men in hi-vis farting about with chunks of scrap iron earlier), when I heard a pair of blokes go marching past on the other side of the wall from me, sounding very official and displeased, so I made my way back towards my entrance point in case they came my way. Walking down the outside of the finishing banks, I happened to glance through an open door to the interior, and I shit you not, the 2 guys in hi-vis were about 10 feet away, facing away from me. How they didn't hear me I don't know, but I nearly wet my pants, and beat a hasty retreat, as I was soaking, my camra was shitting itself, and I figured my luck was done for the day.

    There was still an assload of stuff I didn't get into, like all this:

    And the water tower, which was totally unsecured, but too public to do in plain clothes in the middle of the day, being practically on the main road:

    Finally, this sign tickled me pink, they could have saved money by just putting up a sign that read 'WARNING: Extreme Fun Inside!'

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