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Report - Willington Cooling Towers, Derbyshire - June '15

Punk

Irregular Member
Regular User
#1
Visited with @Miss Mayhem and @The Shepshed Diamondback


History

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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. Although most of the stations were demolished at the turn of the millennium, the five cooling towers continue to dominate the skyline of the local area. The site[6] 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.

In the mid-1990s a pair of peregrine falcons nested in one of the site's huge cooling towers. Unlike many bird of prey breeding sites, this was widely publicised because of its impregnable location.
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Explore

I originally came here in February 2013 with The Wombat, but never got round to posting a thread. So on our way to meet Stig and AK in Kimberley, we decided to have a few sneaky explores. After nearly ending up Melton Mowbray due to Miss Mayhem’s inability to follow instructions and 2 fails, we finally arrived in Willington. It was a nice easy stroll, but the shear size of these things still have me in awe.

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Cheers for Looking :thumb
 

The Wombat

Mr Wombat
28DL Full Member
#4
Good set there.
I could easily re explore this place one day
 

Bigjobs

Official Smartarse
Regular User
#6
Really like those shots man :D
 

angelica

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#10
Wow those things are immense. Your shots really show the scale of the place (esp as I've never yet been in anything like them) - loved pics 3 and 4 :thumb
 

Miss Mayhem

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#11
They are really cracking shots ,
This was an amazing place ,
They look so daunting when you look up :thumb

As for the diversion, it does add an element of
Entertainment lol :D
 

BrainL

28DL Regular User
Regular User
#14
I really need to get to see these soon.. if only to conquer my fear as for some reason things like this scare the hell out of me.. like the sight of a huge ship in a dry dock.. scary !!
 

Altair

Poking holes since '84
28DL Full Member
#15
Nice set there mate. Reminds me, popped here with Juju last year. Still sitting on that report lol!
 

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