Report - Old Fisons Fertiliser Warehouse - Suffolk - July 2014

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Will Knot

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Regular User
May 29, 2013
Preston, Lancs
The Explore......

A solo explore with a bit of time to spare during the evening whilst working in the area :rolleyes:

Entry was easy enough, once I'd sussed the area, except for the secca patrol sat in his motor across from the main building :eek:

A Bit of History........

The Old Fisons site was originally the location for the first ever complete superphosphate factory. In the mid 19th century, the increasing demand for new effective fertilisers for agriculture led to a search for a substitute for crushed bones, the traditional source of fertiliser. Edward Packard discovered that the use of fossil dung, found across East Anglia, contained high levels of phosphate, the ideal base for fertiliser.
Between 1851 and 1854, Packard built a warehouse at Paper Mill Lane and pioneered the production of artificial fertilisers for horticulture on an industrial scale.

It was an ideal site due to the combination of the River Gipping, which was navigable by barges between Ipswich and Stowmarket from the late 18th century onwards, and the addition of the railway line in 1846 which both provided the means to import raw materials and export fertilisers.

Edward Packard was joined in 1858 by Joseph Fison who constructed his chemical works opposite – the North Warehouse. The lower two floors of this iconic warehouse date from this time and were used for bagging and storage and are identified on early Ordnance Survey maps as the Eastern Union Works, proving the North Warehouse was purpose-built and directly associated with the production of superphosphates.

Plans for the future.........

Proposing to redevelop the mainly redundant site into a £20m mixed use residential and business development fit for the 21st century. This will involve renovating the North Warehouse — one of the largest listed buildings in Suffolk and one of the world’s first chemical fertiliser factories — to create a business centre. They also intend to build new homes elsewhere on the site. Plans also include improvements to the open space west of the railway line beside the River Gipping.

On with the pics.......:)













I hope you enjoyed the report.........I Will Knot :cool

Will Knot

28DL Regular User
Regular User
May 29, 2013
Preston, Lancs


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Jun 21, 2010
I take it all the polish and their caravans have gone now?
Yup, been there VERY recently and nothing there at all.

You can no longer get up the white tower by the railway track ( please let me know if I am wrong!)

Last dated stuff I saw was in a garage/pit area - around June 2012.
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