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Report - Oilite Bearings, Ipswich, Jan 2010

Brick_Man

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One of the first sites on my list for my little 10day trip daan saaf. Hooked up with Speed, and went for a look.

Oilite was a specialist bearing manufacturer (& remanufacturer from what I could see) based out of Ipswich, most of the bearings for automotive application.

The site was closed down in approx 2006/7 and is now in a right old state, the only area really worth note was the testing labs, all sorts of fun stuff to play with in there ;)

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The front door!


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Most of the inside looked like this


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most of the outside looked like this!



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Employee wash basins


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A place for busted & abused tools to hide out


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as there wasn't all that much in the way of big machinary to play with, I focused mostly on detail of what was left.


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Even the invoices & purchase orders said that they were in administraton, there were loads like this, Oilite obviously circled the drain for a considerable period of time.



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Say it with flowers, say it with plastic flowers, that will make everything right again :/



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Oilite obviously had links with Rover & Landrover, judging by the state of the packing crates I'm gonna say it was for remanufacturing of bearings for some of the contracts?


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Recipricating saw, mmm juicy.


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This is typical of what the site looks like from the outside, absolutly trashed. However, don't judge a book by its cover, always look inside ;)


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pull for win


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Inside was the testing labs, all manor of meturlagy, x ray and chemical testing equipment lurked inside, we had a quick bash tidying the room up a bit, make it look a bit more presentable.


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mystery machine!


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Distil it

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ChemiKhaL warfare


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Unfortunatly there wasn't many exciting bits of paper left, most have already been used to build cable fires :(


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The last building left was the welfare buidling, consisting of locker rooms, canteen, smoking room, tv watching room (!?) some toilets and a mini first aid room.

Overall, worth an hour or so potter about the place, and theres other things that can be done in Ipswich, all combined make for a nice day out!
 

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