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    Arrow Water Filtration Plant - Low Bradfield - February 2013


    Just a flying visit on the way up to the less impressive Thornseat Lodge.

    The History

    I can't really dig up much to say for this so I'll quote this short piece from urbanography.org.uk (credit if it belong to anyone on here):
    Built in 1950, the original water treatment plant supplied water to the south western outer reaches of Sheffield, through Ringinglow and Rud Hill service reservoirs.

    It consisted of 7 horizontal pressure filters, capable of an average output of 16,000 cubic metres a day, with a maximum of 18,400 cubic metres a day. In 1983 a 15,000 cubic metre clear water tank was added.

    In 1986 the water was found to contain excessive iron and aluminium levels and by April 1988 a new Sirofloc process was in operation, it was the first of its kind outside of Australia. The new plant represented a major advancement in the development of a new type of treatment process for drinking water.
    I can't say much more except that the place - as has been reported before - is full of some pretty striking graffiti. The lack of a roof and changing temperatures are definitely taking their toll on the artwork and the structure of the building itself, it's a bit of a mess, but pretty architecture and interesting graffiti make it worth the trip. Apparently it's owned by the same businessman that owns Thornseat Lodge, Windy Bank Pursuits Centre, The Plough Inn and the old schoolrooms, all in the village, half of which are in ruins.


    The Photographs

    1. A sole external, a silly amount of the ever pointless Heras fence:




    2. Coming through this archway I was struck by the graffiti:




    3. Some of the scarce remains of the actual functional features:




    4. Lovely lattices reflected in the water:




    5. Doors strewn around the place:




    6. Nice set of pillars throughout:




    7. Overview from the second level:




    8. Lovely lattices holding up the roof:




    9. Peeling corridor:




    10. Myself again:




    11. Some of the better art:




    12. Another piece:





    Thanks for looking,

    Thirteen.
    "Nothing beside remains. Round the decay,
    Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away."


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    fuck that's gone down hill alarmingly since we went :(

    nice shots - lots of grag that wasn't ther on our visit - is the humming bird one still there ?
    Zero reports, zero participation and then a PM asking for info tends to offend - I delete such PM's so don't waste your time.

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    I still think the graffiti is the best thing about this place.great photos.

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    Nice to see this place again, i love that corridor, it reminds me of something out of an asylum. The same guy who owns this place owns Thornseat Lodge & Loxley Chapel - He just seems happy to let all these places fall down - I remember punching the hell out of the dashboard in the car when going here - I have the worst sat nav in the world and could i hell find this place lol!

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    Nice set of pics.....I quite liked this place when I went, and agree with Wakey about that corridor.

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    Thanks guys. Yeah I understand the sentiment regards the corridor, I'd read that all this stuff was owned by the same bloke. He/his son own the cafe at the old schoolrooms, the pub and the Windy Bank outdoor pursuits centre too. Not quite sure what his intent is other than to possibly watch it all fall down and then build over it. As for problems with satnav I got two buses here then walked the 3 odd miles up to Thornseat Lodge to spend all of about ten minutes inside, still exercise I guess!
    "Nothing beside remains. Round the decay,
    Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away."


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    This place was ace until the mindless knob heads that have no brain cells started with their awful tagging.... Hell bent on spoiling the excellent graff.

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    Nice shots, there's some mad graff in there! :)
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    Cheers guys, Sheffield really does turn up some brilliant stuff in terms of graffiti and I'm sure I haven't scratched the surface yet.
    "Nothing beside remains. Round the decay,
    Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away."


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    This place would be a lot of nothing without the graffiti, much of that is pretty awesome!

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