Top 5 Derelict Industrial Sites

Posted by sickbritain On September - 5 - 2009

Following up on my Top 10 Abandoned Asylums post I decided to start looking at other ‘genres’ of urban exploration, in this week’s post it’s going to be industrial sites.  When I started researching the list I had a few obvious sites in mind but for the rest it was really tough to build a good solid list, industrial urbex seems to be much more diverse and localised than asylums.  It seems that explorers will travel great distances to visit an abandoned asylum but there are seem to be enough derelict warehouses, mills, factories, etc. on a local basis so people tend to visit places close to their homes.

As before, I have selected a top ten list based on the number of Flickr photos I found for each site in a single search, doubtlessly I will have missed important sites and got the ranking wrong but please feel free to point them out by leaving a comment. All of the photos used below were taken by other photographers and are used under a Creative Commons license (click through to Flickr for attribution), if you think you’ve got a better photo and it’s not CC – get your licensing sorted!

1. Pyestock NGTE

2. Inverkip Power Station

3. Nottinghamshire Colliery Group

Annesley, Clipstone, Pleasley

4. Steetley Magnesite

5. Thorpe Marsh Power Station

Annesley Colliery, Mar-2009

Posted by thirtyfootscrew On April - 2 - 2009

I grew up in a mining area and like so many others the mines that my father and grandfather worked in were closed down in the eighties and nineties. For me this made visiting a still intact and historically significant mine such as Annesley an absolute must, especially given that the whole thing could be torn down any minute, my historical information on this mine comes from Subterranea Britannica whose article dates the mine back to 1865, running all the way up to the year 2000.

Despite the fact that the whole area of Annesley has been designated a Conservation Area many of the buildings on the site have been demolished and there is a great fear among the locals (proud of their heritage) that the rest will go too, along with the iconic headstocks that still stand. Besides the headstocks only two other buildings have been spared the bulldozers, one I believe housed the canteen and the other seems to have some exterior winch-like equipment but I have not managed to determine it’s original usage.  An article in local newspaper The Chad says that demolition was given the green light in January 2009.

Surrounded by a mound of dirt and piles of extremely large tyres, the only building left easily accessible is the headstocks still white with the giant red “A” on the side (although it shares it’s space with some graffiti now). Once you’ve made your way past the completely ineffective (bent out of shape) fence you’re into the main chamber, there’s a few bits of hanging metal and cables around but it seems safe enough. The area inside is relatively small and you can’t see a great deal looking up to the roof but there is a ladder, for safety reasons I didn’t do the climb myself but others have in the past and have lived to tell the tale – take care whatever you decide. There’s a lot of metalwork inside, along with a giant rusted doorway and several rusted pieces of switchgear left over from the mine’s operational days.

The other buildings weren’t easily accessible and I was in a hurry so I didn’t try too hard to get in either of them, the winch building does have a window entrance that might be OK and the larger building with the clock seems to be fenced off but there may be a way in round the side or front (it is accessible from the main road).

I’m not quite sure if this causes a TimeCop-esque Urbex paradox but I did come across a few bricks on the site made by the London Brick Company, previously based at one of my recent explores at Stewartby Brickworks – I guess the world is full of coincidences!

Sheffield’s Iconic Cooling Towers Demolished

Posted by sickbritain On March - 30 - 2009

Having lived all over and travelled across the country one of my favourite cities in the UK is Sheffield, with such a strong industrial heritage it has every right to be proud of it’s history but unfortunately it seems that history is now being sidelined to build the future, a mistake that we’ve made for centuries even though we think we preserve our historical buildings.  Driving up the M1 recently I was looking forward to passing Sheffield and seeing the familiar sight of Meadowhall shopping centre on the left and the giant cooling towers on the right, sadly it seems that back in August 2008 the towers were demolished to make way for a new ‘biomass power station’ (see BBC News).

This was a sad day for me and whilst some of Sheffield’s residents protested it still sickens me to see that not enough people cared about the history and heritage of Sheffield to save these magnificent structures.   The same goes for the removal of the Avesta Bull – I’m watching Sheffield’s history being drained away year after year and it really does make me sick.

Photo by Paul Denton Cocker, click through to his Flickr page.



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If youre into Urbex or youre trying to find out what its all about you may find yourself needing some help finding out about the art of Urban Exploration.  Here at Sick Britain Im planning to put up original content like my What is Urbex? and Urbex Safety articles as well as posting links to other community sites such as 28 Days Later or Derelicte.



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