Ipswich Sugar Factory revisited

Met up with a large group of local regulars for a revisit to the sugar factory.

There were two real personal goals for this trip – see new stuff and get to the top of the silos. I think I done that!

The Silos

These are high – roughly over 200 ladder-rungs high to be precise.

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Halfway up, looking out of the window (and fighting through a pile of flies).

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Inside the top. These photos came out quite by accident, hence the jaunty angles. I was using the flash on my small camera to illuminate some of Speed’s long exposure photos. I didn’t take my main camera up. Idiot.

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The views of Ipswich and the factory were rather splendid.

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Main Offices

We couldn’t get into these last time, but we found a way. A lot of the internal rooms were bolted up, but one or two were open.

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Power Generator

A lot of the power generator has been demolished, including the really tall building which we climbed.

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The “totally sealed up” room has been unsealed, nay, smashed up completely.

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The impressively huge turbine remains.

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Production area

Saw some new machines in here, accidentally, thanks to being on the wrong floor looking for a door.

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Unofficially dubbed the “Slicey Dicey machine™”, this machine is used to chop raw beet into small managable chunks dry sugar.

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Warehouses

Inside was an old Sierra, either being done up or smashed up.

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Buildings

A final look at some of the other buildings on site.

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2 Responses to Ipswich Sugar Factory revisited

  1. John Garten says:

    Do you have anything on the Headquarters Offices and factory in Peterborough. In 1983 I worked with a CSC/UK team to determine the computer upgrade needed by BSC. After reviewing the CICS transaction records, we selected the IBM 4381 Model J to replace the IBM 4341. I created a great graph showing the bell curve of daily transactions (in 10 minute intervals) less big Vs representing the coffee, lunch, and tea breaks.

  2. What a shame that we can’t produce sugar locally in Ipswich anymore. I visited this site a few months back with a friend to take a few photos, wish I did when you went as there’s considerably less there now.

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