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Report - - Gem Brickworks/Clwyd Alloys - Coed Talon, North Wales - November 2021 | Industrial Sites | 28DaysLater.co.uk

Report - Gem Brickworks/Clwyd Alloys - Coed Talon, North Wales - November 2021


MK83

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Decided to check this place out as we were passing through the area. We like industrial explores being reclaimed by nature and this place is definitely on the extreme end of that spectrum!

History - In 1892 a bed of fireclay was discovered near to Coed Talon and a brickworks was subsequently opened .The was opened by the Gem Brick Tile and Terra Cotta Works Company. In 1901 it was taken over by the Alyn Brick Tile & Terracotta Company, the chimney was added in 1911. By 1916 the plant had closed and it was then refitted as a silica works by Colin Steward Ltd. Local hard silica sandstone was taken from a quarry above the site and transported in trams down a cable tramway, the stone was then ground down to powder that was used by Lever Bros as the scouring agent in 'Vim'. The plant produced 600 tons of powder per week which was transported by rail from a private siding. The silica dust by-product was diverted to the chimney where it was captured by a water spray and piped to a nearby pond where it solidified and reclaimed the pond and marsh back into land. The most recent use of the site was by Clwyd Alloys as a foundry for the reclamation of scrap metal. The site finally closed in 2002.

Explore - Access to this place is very easy. It's in a very bad state with large parts seeming like their about to collapse. The most interesting thing about the place are the remnants of the old brickworks which can be seen in the remains of the kiln and the architecture in the older parts of the buildings.

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Thanks for looking.
 

MK83

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Despite its lack of interest it’s still photogenic. Great report
Thanks. It wasn't an easy place to photograph as there's not that much left to see. Still interesting to mooch around with the strange shaped brickwork left over from the original structures.
 

Mikeymutt

28DL Regular User
Regular User
I can see why you liked it. Has a nice bit of character to it indeed and well worth stopping for.
 

MK83

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Had a relaxed wander around here earlier in the year & quite enjoyed it tbf, keep meaning to go back and walk the culvert.
We had the same thought, we didn't have time to do the culvert and only realised it was there by the fact that there's a big uncovered drop into it in the middle of the site. would defo like to go back with some waders and walk it.
 

MK83

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Liked that. You got a decent set of pix too...
Thanks, didn't think there was much to see at first but when you poke around a bit you realise there's some interesting stuff.

Very unvandalised too this place, nicely captured
Thanks, There's a lot of graffiti in some of the newer buildings but don't usually photograph it as not a massive fan. Included one bit as i quite liked it.
 

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