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Report - Willington Cooling Towers/ Derbyshire/ April 2016

The Lone Shadow

Industrial Fanatic!
28DL Full Member
#1
History
In the 1950s, two coal fired power stations were built on a site off Twyford Road, between Willington and Findern. The stations were privatised and sold to National Power in the early 1990s and eventually closed in the mid-1990s. At its height the Station consumed a million tonnes of coal a year, although most of the stations were demolished in 2001, the five 425ft cooling towers continue to dominate the skyline of the local area. The site is earmarked for a large residential development, pending the results of a public inquiry. The construction plans have been met with local opposition, perhaps due to the site's proximity to the River Trent's flood plain.


The Explore
Explored here solo. This was was on the hit-list for quite some time, but I heard recent rumours regarding demolition happening here at the end of this month, therefore I prioritised it and made a last minute decision to come here on my first available opportunity. I thoroughly enjoyed this visit, the towers are as mentioned earlier are a staggering 425ft and dwarf anything in sight for miles around, the odd piece of rusty machinery accompanies certain chimneys. To get a real appreciation of the scale, you have to stand inside the chimneys themselves – Any sound made whilst inside is amplified and echoes around the circular walls, the birds roosting on top of the chimney were probably just blackbirds, but sounded like banshees. Despite claims of demolition, I did not see any signs that it may be happening anytime soon.

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Thank you all for viewing, I hope you enjoyed.

The Lone Shadow
 

The Lone Shadow

Industrial Fanatic!
28DL Full Member
#6
Cheers people. Nice relaxed explore this. I hope everyone gets their visits in before these beauties get demolished.
 

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