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

Pyestock NGTE, Mar-2009

Posted by thirtyfootscrew On March - 26 - 2009

I’d read about the National Gas Turbine Establishment at Pyestock before I went and I was dying to get in there, unfortunately despite walking the entire perimeter (quite a distance) I couldn’t find a way in. I did manage to find a hole in the fence to a smaller compound out the back where I found a giant pool, some rusty ooze and an electrical substation with some cool orange switchgear. It was a worthwhile trip but I was disappointed not to get into the main site, I’m going to get in touch with a couple of Pyestock veterans and see if they’ve got any tips. It’s worth noting that there’s definitely security on the site, I saw at least one security guard patrolling near the front gate.

Check out www.ngte.co.uk for examples of photos and some historical information on the site.


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