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    Default Hickson and Welch, Castleford - March 2010


    Got woken up stupidly early by Mendo informing me we were off to "that there Yorkshire today to see some huge industrialness" (his words not mine lmao). "Oh, and we're leaving at 9.30 to meet Spark, chop chop!" "you've got 22 minutes now before we set off, CHOP CHOP!". grrrrrrrrr!!!!

    Eventually leave the house half an hour after we were supposed to set off in the direction of Castleford in West Yorkshire. Meet Spark in leisure centre car park, (got introduced to beef jerky :) ) anyhow I digress, parked around the corner near to a public footpath, then get told to look towards the river. "that's where we're going today" I was told. WOW, talk about big. :) The huge former chemical factory named Hickson and Welch. Even from where we were standing, all we could see were towers, pipes, and chimney's. :D excellent. Off we start.

    Here's what their website says about them.

    We are an independent chemical manufacturing company. We specialise in organic chemistry and offer contract manufacturing services and a range of fine chemical intermediates to the crop science, health & nutrition and specialty markets.

    Hickson & Welch specialises in the synthesis of organic chemical intermediates and has two principal businesses:

    Contract Manufacture and

    Fine Chemical Intermediates


    These are all the products they manufactured! :EEK:

    Full Product List -Further Information

    Optical Brightening Agents
    Pharmaceutical Intermediates
    Dyes & Pigments

    Products and Markets
    Fine Chemical Intermediates



    99-99-0 PNT 4-NITROTOLUENE
    121-03-9 PNTSA 4-NITROTOLUENE-2-SULPHONIC ACID
    128-42-7 DNS 4-4'-DINITROSTILBENE-2-2'-DISULPHONIC ACID (DISODIUM SALT)
    119-72-2 SEMIDAS 4-AMINO-4'-NITROSTILBENE-2-2'-DISULPHONIC ACID (DISODIUM SALT)
    81-11-8 DAS 4-4'-DIAMINOSTILBENE-2-2'-DISULPHONIC ACID (POWDER)
    81-11-8 DAS 4-4'-DIAMINOSTILBENE-2-2'-DISULPHONIC ACID (SOLUTION)
    PHOTINES® OPTICAL BRIGHTENERS FOR DETERGENTS
    106-49-0 PT p-TOLUIDINE
    88-51-7 2B ACID 5-CHLORO-p-TOLUIDINE-2-SULPHONIC ACID (NH2=1)
    88-44-8 4B ACID p-TOLUIDINE-2-SULPHONIC ACID (NH2=1)
    108-44-1 MT m-TOLUIDINE
    98-33-9 OTSA 2-AMINOTOLUENE-5-SULPHONIC ACID
    25321-14-6 DNT DINITROTOLUENE
    95-79-4 4COT 4-CHLORO-o-TOLUIDINE (NH2=1)
    635-22-3 4C3NA 4-CHLORO-3-NITROANILINE
    6283-25-6 2C5NA 2-CHLORO-5-NITROANILINE
    119-75-5 ONDP 2-NITRODIPHENYLAMINE
    40932-60-3 TCSA 3,5,6-TRICHLOROSALICYLIC ACID

    ASHWOOD PRODUCTS OFFERED Connecting Dots

    4584-46-7 DMC 2-DIMETHYLAMINO ETHYL CHLORIDE HYDROCHLORIDE
    - also available as a 65% solution
    869-24-9 DEC 2-DIETHYLAMINO ETHYL CHLORIDE HYDROCHLORIDE
    - also available as 50% and 65% solutions
    4584-49-0 DMIPC DIMETHYLAMINO ISOPROPYL CHLORIDE HYDROCHLORIDE
    5407-04-5 DMPC 3-DIMETHYLAMINO PROPYL CHLORIDE HYDROCHLORIDE
    - available as 65% and 70% solutions (aqeous)
    4261-68-1 DIC DI ISOPROPYLAMINO ETHYLCHLORIDE HYDROCHLORIDE
    645-45-4 HCC HYDROCINNAMOYL CHLORIDE
    530-62-1 CDI 1,1-CARBONYLDIIMIDAZOLE


    Some history of the site. :)

    80 Years Of Chemical Manufacturing Expertise



    * 1915 - Ernest Hickson built a plant for TNT and picric acid production
    * 1920's - Switched production to nitrotoluenes for dyes and pigments
    * 1940's - Large scale chlorination Largest UK producer of DDT
    * 1950's - Ceased DDT. Phosgenation to produce ureas. Optical Brightening agents
    * 1960's - Expansion of nitrotoluenes
    * Tax Accountants
    * 1970's - Contract manufacturing investment
    * 1990's - Expansion of hydrogenation and phosgenation facilities
    * 2000 - Acquisition by Arch Chemicals


    The site closed in 2005. (They do still have another site in Bradford and have extended that one).

    Here's a few pics from me.


















    And lastly from me. :)

    Sorry there's so many, I took over 200 pics in there. :embarrassed: Visited with ThenewMendoza and Spark. :)

    Cheers,

    :) Sal
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    That man sure spoils you..I mean,towers pipes and chimneys and BLUE ..I would love to see this lot for sure.You lucky lady you.

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    Nice one, the bridge over the river is fun

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    Oh, woooo...what a great site! Excellent stuff, Sal. :)
    Well worth missing a coffee or two in the morning for! ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by klempner69 View Post
    That man sure spoils you..I mean,towers pipes and chimneys and BLUE ..I would love to see this lot for sure.You lucky lady you.
    LOL, it was awesome. So many pipes of all different sizes, chemicals in bottles that said unknown on them Gantries, walkways that are rusty so bits fall off! Was still ace. :)

    Quote Originally Posted by mexico75 View Post
    Nice one, the bridge over the river is fun
    At one point, I wanted to stay on the island side, and not venture over the bridge. But, in the end, I did get across it, albeit hanging on for dear life going across it. Felt more comfortable on the way back across and really enjoyed it. :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    Oh, woooo...what a great site! Excellent stuff, Sal. :)
    Well worth missing a coffee or two in the morning for! ;)
    Wasn't happy first thing having to only have time for one coffee, but the whole day of exploring a brilliant place made up for it. :)
    GOOGLE is your friend :)

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    very very nice sal well done

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    Good going Sal :)
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    Nice one Sal, thats a great set of photos there mate. "Full of pipey goodness" Did you get your passport stamped for entry into the Peoples republic of 'Yarkshire'
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    My luck in Yorkshire seems to be changing. :) Given some of the stories I heard about this place and the 'Terminators' it was a fairly uneventful explore, which was good as it's an immense place, although quite a lot has been demolished since others have visited, there's still loads left to poke about in and rummage through.

    It's reminiscent of the Wallerscote Works, inasmuch as it's a load of pipes and silos connected by crumbly walkways and gantries, there's a certain smell in the air, not unpleasant, but not the kind of smell you'd want to spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week living with. Phosgene, there's an interesting chemical, it was used as a chemical weapon during the First World War, we learned that while we were there, thanks to the power of the internet:

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiki
    The great majority of phosgene is used in the production of isocyanates, the most important being toluene diisocyanate (TDI) and methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI). These isocyanates are precursors to polyurethanes. Significant amounts are also used in the production of polycarbonates via its reaction with bisphenol A.[2] Polycarbonates are an important class of engineering thermoplastic found, for example, in lenses in eye glasses.
    Thanks Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosgene

    Stealthing about the site was fun as we headed from ladder to ladder, gantry to gantry, it felt like we had the place to ourselves and the pay-off was fantastic. Epic is an often overused word these days, but in my opinion, in this case, it really does apply :).

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    Seeing a strange, yet scary smile appear over Mendo's face as he said "this is better than Wallerscote" = priceless. :)
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