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Report - Stanton Iron Works.. Ilkeston, September 2018


Mikeymutt

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I visited here with the usual two friends a few years back. A tip off from a friend who lived near it that their was a large chunk of the old ironworks laying derelict. I looked on the forums and could not find pics any newer than 2013. So was quite excited for a little look. It sits next to a live bit but we had no issues as we were quiet and discreet. I think this place got quite busy for the next twelve months. I do wish we had seen more parts around the area what motionless Mike found. But a very enjoyable visit, and even though it was fairly ripped apart in the middle it still had lots to see.
The Stanton Iron works date back to 1846 when be Benjamin Smith and his son brought three blast furnaces into use along the Nutbrook Canal.
Ten years later the three furnaces were replaced with five new furnaces. The company suffered financial troubles during this century and this led to several takeovers.
The company was taken over finally by the Crompton family and was owned for over eighty years and named the "The Stanton Iron Works". The company expanded with new furnaces and foundries.
The company was bought out in 1960 by Stewart's and Lloyds Ltd and merged with Staveley Iron and Chemical Company. This led to it being rebranded as Stanton and Staveley. The company nationalised in 1967 and became part of British Steel.
The company produced all sorts of items from pre stressed concrete pipes, spun iron pipes to lighting columns and street furniture. It was privatised and renationalised in the early eighties by the French company Pont-A-Mousson. At its height the parent company employed 12,500 people of which 7,000 worked at Stanton. Iron work is not produced here anymore but still produce concrete products.

Looking to the front of the derelict part we enter the main area.

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Mikeymutt

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After a clamber over a channel what was used for scrap waste we found another section with offices and some machinery in the corner.

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Further over we stumbled upon this large long room. I think this may have been a finishing shop. Apparently later I heard the gantry cranes still worked.

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My favourite thing seeing apple stickers..plenty here.

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Mikeymutt

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All the more reason for a return visit next time you're up this way then :)
Is all that stuff you found still about then. We saw the two trashed art deco buildings which externally are beautiful. And the air raid shelter which was huge but repeated itself throughout.
 

Mikeymutt

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Well maybe when I am that way again we will hunt them out. I like the boiler house and pump house.
 

Calamity Jane

i see beauty in the unloved, places & things
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Another cracking back cat. Nicely covered. Id say you caught some pretty good bits. And of course your fav is there too, bonus. That 4th shot, the floor looks like its subsiding or is it just mounded or angle?
 

mookster

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The finishing shop has been brought back into use, at least half of it has. There's a big metal dividing wall installed in there now plus a load of cameras.
 

Mikeymutt

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Another cracking back cat. Nicely covered. Id say you caught some pretty good bits. And of course your fav is there too, bonus. That 4th shot, the floor looks like its subsiding or is it just mounded or angle?
Thank you. I have so many back cat stuff. But only doing stuff from the last three years or else I will be here forever ha ha. Yeah had a nice toilet. They had ripped that whole middle section out,so maybe had some machinery in it once.
 

Mikeymutt

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The finishing shop has been brought back into use, at least half of it has. There's a big metal dividing wall installed in there now plus a load of cameras.
I did look at some pics last night and see it has metal now. I can imagine it's far more watched there now than it was.
 

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