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Thread: Armitage shanks, Cliffe Vale, Staffs, May 2009

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    Not a lot of history about this place,
    It had been pretty much cleaned out, literally, when we visited.
    Some vast warehouse type rooms, a mixture of modern and traditional materials used throughout, and a kinda trippy "white room".
    Didn't take external shots due to the miserable weather and me accquiring a DSLR which at the time was being cradled in my arms like a new born child.
    Any background info welcomed.







    this room was above part of one of the "sheds" in the previous pics

    My son, at 10yo a keen urbexer, but only when he's with dad of course

    A view from the window at the end of the room in the above picture

    Then back downstairs to approach the strangely eerie "white room"

    and so into the great white yonder

    time for a bit of an arty shot

    before heading back to the "sheds" and out past the sleeping security guard, seriousy, I wanted to take a pic but my son was getting a little nervous at our close proximity to the lodge lol

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    Ah, Armitage Shanks, we must have purchased 1,000's of toilet sets, urinals and sinks from them over the years for various construction projects :) I really like the contrast of the green (I think the colour is called "Ethiopia") steel members against the white background.

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    All them toilets! :D

    Yes, that white room is rather trippy. Would make a great modern art gallery.

    Great that we have an urbexer starting young.

    That is a really nice green.

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    Wouldn't mind gettin in the White room at night to do some light painting

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    hmm, ill have a sniff around for some history as i can get my hands on it pretty easily. by the looks of it, the white room would have been the casting room and would have been a very hot place to work. a lot of casting was originally done my hand, and a lot of it moved to Hull when AS was taken over by Ideal Standard in 1999.

    ill have a dig...

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    right, I found out some more.

    The site was known as Excelsior and closed down in 2006. It was a chinaware production site. In it's hey day it would have produced about 300-500 pieces a day. It was closed down due to there now being 4 vitreous china prodiction sites after the take over by Ideal Standard.

    Amazing, ive worked for the company yet never been to that site. The Hull VC site is like it now, that was closed down in 2007. the kiln has gone, all the benches and its now used as an extension of the warehouse


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