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    The Explore

    Well, after a year off due to a new baby and a house move I've finally got off my arse and got back into it... its good to be back :-)

    I had to set up a new Flickr album so my other 40 or so explores are all here in albums Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    Solo explore, which was a mistake as there were two people apparently living in the office blocks (both thankfully asleep in sleeping bags when I peered through the window) and just as I was making my way to the big old blast furnace for a look a bloke appeared from the top yard in with a very big noisy dog shouting and rawping so I chuffed off sharpish!

    All pics hand held using Sony A7s and 1.4 35mm FE.


    Bit of history:

    The Butterley Company was an English manufacturing firm founded as Benjamin Outram and Company in 1790. Portions of it existed until 2009.

    At its peak in the 1950s the company employed around 10,000 people.

    In 1957, a partnership with Air Products of the USA helped establish that company in the United Kingdom.[8]

    In the early 1960s the company acquired locomotive manufacturer F. C. Hibberd & Co Ltd.

    The Codnor Park works closed in 1965.

    The company was acquired by Lord Hanson in the 1968 for £4.7 million.[9] The company was subsequently split up into Butterley Engineering, Butterley Brick and Butterley Aggregates. Butterley Hall, Outram's home and later the companies offices, was sold off to become the headquarters of Derbyshire Constabulary. In the mid 1980s the foundry closed down. When surplus buildings were demolished the original blast furnace of 1790 was exposed.





























































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    Some very beautiful shots there - although while some black and whites enhance certain shots - a full set of black and whites can take away from the really good ones you have shown.
    Certainly not a criticism just a personal view - thank you for sharing.

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    I enjoyed that, Nicely Done, Thanks
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    Thank goodness, a brilliant set of images all in Black and White! If one had seen this place in operation in the 60's, you would realise B & W gives the true feel and character of this place. Very nicely done and a relevant tour through this place.

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    Great stuff, a very historic site - I take it a lot has already been demo'd?

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    No, I think most of the bits that have been demolished were done whilst the site was still operational. There are two other big engineering buildings and a couple of office blocks still there but well sealed and the one office you can get in has two ''residents'' lol.... (they looked like they had just been turned out of Derbyshire Police HQ custody next door lo1!

    One thing that really got my attention is a steel door to the base of the gate tower with the words 'raid shelter' or something similar above.. presumably the works air raid shelter :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shatners View Post
    There are two other big engineering buildings and a couple of office blocks still there but well sealed
    Cool, I think I've seen photos of the larger buildings elsewhere … need to have a nosey next time I'm down that way. The Air Raid shelter sounds promising, as you say…

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    Even though you were rudely disturbed you got some cracking shots.Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyboys90 View Post
    Even though you were rudely disturbed you got some cracking shots.Thanks for sharing.
    Thank you mate :-)

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