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CandGirl

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I was a little scared of this one as i am fairly new to bigger sites and heard there was active security here but I thought to hell with it and bucked up and did it lol!

history:

Originally two Wootton farming settlements, Wootton Pillinge and neighbouring Wootton Broadmead, the Wootton Pillinge LBC village was in 1936 renamed Stewartby, taking its new name from the Stewart family, directors of London Brick Company since 1900. The family's son Malcom Stewart had amalgamated LBC with the Forders Company in the village in the 1920s.
Stewartby was the largest brickworks in terms of output in the world.

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The site closed in 2008 as the owners, Hanson, could not meet UK limits for sulphar dioxide emissions. The four chimneys remaining were due to be demolished upon closure but these have since been listed for preservation of Bedfordshire's brick-related history and will remain.

The brickworks was home to the world's biggest kiln and produced 18 million bricks at the height of production.
BJ Forder & Son opened the first brickworks in Wootton Pillinge in 1897.

Wootton Pillinge was renamed Stewartby in 1937 in recognition of the Stewart family who had been instrumental in developing the brickworks.

The firm became London Brick Company and Forders Limited in 1926, and shortened to London Brick Company in 1936.
At the height of the industry's production there were 167 brick chimneys in the Marston Vale. There are four chimneys in Stewartby.
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In the 1970s Bedfordshire produced 20% of England's bricks.
At its peak London Brick Company had its own ambulance and fire crews, a horticultural department and a photographic department, as well as its own swimming pool inside the factory, and ran a number of sports clubs.
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More than £1 million was spent on Stewartby Brickworks in 2005–7 in an attempt to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions.



The factory used Lower Oxford Clay, which is made up of 5% seaweed, formed 150 million years ago when it was on the sea bed. This removed the need to add coal to the fire, as the organic material burned.
Stewartby Brickworks closed in May 2008.

The explore:

I live in Norfolk so I set off in the early hours of the morning to arrive at the brick works before anyone was awake and around (also sun rise shots are great!) when I got there I quickly found the way in and made my way swiftly over To the right side of the site and into the building with the base if the chimney! I spent about three hours on site and then had to move on, I have missed some things so have to go back at some point but I loved it!

hope you enjoy my pictures!




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cunningcorgi

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Photos aren't showing for me.
 

mookster

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It's a good one this, I keep meaning to go back one more time to reshoot some parts of it but it's not happened yet. Can't believe my first visit there was almost a decade ago now, back when a lot of it was still there.
 
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CandGirl

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It's a good one this, I keep meaning to go back one more time to reshoot some parts of it but it's not happened yet. Can't believe my first visit there was almost a decade ago now, back when a lot of it was still there.
I wish I could have seen it back then! Yes defo go back!
 

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