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Report - Willington Cooling Towers - Derbyshire - March 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by RichPDG, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. RichPDG

    RichPDG 28DL Regular User
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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 privatized 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 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 publicized because of its impregnable location.

    Having driven past these towers more times than I can count, I finally decided that enough was enough and finally made the visit. The sheer scale of these towers is just unreal!

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    Must also give a mention to the group of lads I bumped into whilst there who were filming a music video for their band, Big shoutout to A Heart At Heart! Good to meet you guys!

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    Thanks for reading!​
     

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  2. Special Brew

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    Got a lot of good shots out of them towers nice one.
     
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    Got some nice shots here before but because I was shooting hdr I haven't posted a report. Nice to see the towers again :)
     
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  5. RichPDG

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. Much appreciated
     
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    You've photographed them really nicely, RPDG. I love the look of these towers and yet I still haven't been :rolleyes:
     
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    Awesome pics, nice report, thanks for postin' :thumb
     
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    There are some hawks or eagles that nest on them so the site is protected
     
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    I couldn't say, I'm not an ornithologist
     
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    I cant get over these photos, they are simply amazing! I really cant wait to explore somewhere like this.
     
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