Category Archives: Industry

Firepool Pumphouse – Taunton

Sitting between the main railway line and one of the canals in Taunton is the Firepool Pumphouse. It was used to get water from the canals, and store it in the huge tank on top, ready for filling steam trains … Continue reading

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Ebridge Mill – Norfolk

Of the 100+ mills built in Norfolk during the 1800s, many have been demolished or converted. Two or three remain in industrial use today. This one lies derelict, hidden away deep within the countryside – a crumbling reminder of Norfolk’s … Continue reading

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Dalton Pumping Station – Sunderland

I can’t really begin to describe how beautiful this place is. It closed in 1946 and gradually rotted away. In 1996 an entrepreneur bought it and in 2001 he got an English Heritage grant (£530k) to help refurbish it and … Continue reading

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Chambers Wharf & Cold Stores Ltd – London

Chambers Wharf is one of the last remaining dockside warehouses in central London. Many larger similar buildings have been demolished or redeveloped – indeed the same fate awaits this building. It was initially built in the 1930s as a warehouse/cold … Continue reading

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Littlebrook B Power Station – Kent

There has been a power station at Littlebrook since 1939. “A” and “B” closed in the 1970s with “C” in the 1980s. “D” soldiers on, but as a reserve station running on gas. We visited “B”. Post-closure history is sketchy, … Continue reading

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Annesley Colliery – Nottinghamshire

The colliery at Annesley was first sunk in 1865 and closed during the 1990’s. When it closed it was the oldest working colliery in Nottinghamshire. The entire area was designated as a conservation area in 2000, which meant nothing could … Continue reading

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Willington Power Station – Derbyshire

Willington power station was built in the 1950’s next to the river Trent and close to the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire coalfields, at the time thought in-exhaustible. Initial plans were to have two cooling towers and four generators – “Willington A”. During construction, … Continue reading

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