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Report - Wardle Storeys (British Xylonite), Ipswich, England – May 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Landie_Man, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. Landie_Man

    Landie_Man "Landie" or Harry
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    Wardle Storeys (British Xylonite), Ipswich, England – May 2016

    Still a wee bit behind on my 2016 explores! Another one from Mookster and I’s May 2016 Southern tour. The final location and this time a totally destroyed one. This place was strangely photogenic though almost everything of merit was destroyed.
    Still in the trusty Acclaim we did our last site, here in Ipswich.
    Another point to notice was a shrine left for a young girl, Weronika Stepien a young lady who moved to Britain during her high school years sadly at just 17 years old somehow fell from the 43 metre Orwell Bridge in Ipswich (141 feet). Perhaps the old factory was exploring ground for the local kids, a quick google search reveals Weronika liked to explore.
    Many Many fires have happened here along with vandalism and the locals seem to roam around here; a young lady and her parents were here.
    British Xylonite (BX) Plastics is a former plastics engineering and production company. The company was one of three subsidiaries; BX Plastics, Halex and Cascelloid.
    Halex was based in Highams Park, Hale End, in North London and made finished goods (including table tennis balls). Cascelloid had been acquired in 1931, based in Leicester and Coalville, and made toys. Cascelloid was later renamed Palitoy and sold to General Mills in 1968. From here it went to Tonka in 1987; which was acquired by Hasbro in 1991.

    British Xylonite Company was established in 1938; BX Plastics made xylonite (also known as celluloid or ivoride) and lactoid (also known as casein) at a plant to the south of Brantham , Suffolk; on the North bank of the River Stour across the river from Manningtree in Essex. The company was finally liquidated in 1999.

    The British Xylonite Company had been established by English inventor Daniel Spill in 1877, with American investor Levi Parsons Merriam. BX established factories at Hackney Wick and Homerton, in East London, and then expanded to Brooklands Farm near Brantham in 1887 and then Hale End near Walthamstow in 1897.

    The Brantham site had previously been sold in 1966 to British Industrial Plastics, a subsidiary of Turner & Newall, who were in turn acquired Storey Brothers of Lancaster in 1977. The company became Wardle Storeys in 1984. Finally the site finally closed in 2007 and has remained empty since.













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  2. Speed

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    Is that last one on the war memorial?
  3. Landie_Man

    Landie_Man "Landie" or Harry
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    No mate it's a young lady who died? It's all in the report.
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