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    Replacing a former site to the west this cement works started to mine and produce cement products between 1918 and 1927. The permission was granted for a open mine pit and light railway to be built connecting the site to links with London and Norfolk. (Me being me I felt I had to look into what trains were used on the works and found that 2 sentinel shunters and an 0-4-0 Steam Engine used to haul the chalk and freight trains) When the site was taken over by another company they found the railway was too expensive to run, the works then lost the status as one of few to use a railway system. Between 2008 and 2012 the site was decommissioned and some large machines had been sold for scrap.
    This is one of the very few reports on the site as security is extremely good and we had to be inside, running or hiding to avoid them.
    Anyway. I'll stick the good pics below.




    First was this control room featuring jeff the Gas/Dust Mask.



    This was the main processing facility that separated materials bought in from the open mine pit. The main unloading machine was one that was sold off for scrap. Behind there stood two massive slurry tanks with a, currently inaccessible, walkway/gantry.

    Although this looks large this was a fraction of the site.


    When we walked along the scar in the land the railway used to run we came to the base of the chimney. For a size scale there is a temporary construction fence at the bottom of it.

    Although we couldn't climb the stars to the main building we could, however, get into the floor below.


    When we attempted to enter the kiln we found we would be in direct view of the security cabin and decided not to risk it. Although on a previous visit here I did manage to get in here so I'll stick the photo below.

    I turns out I deleted the photo so I've had to screenshot it of my Instagram. Anyway.

    Next up was the hardest building (or tower) that was the storage silos that would have loaded dry cement into lorries instead of freight trains. We had to go individually due to building being meters from security.
    Eventually we got inside. And instantly got the fright of our lives when....

    Let's say it did a good job at being a scarecrow.

    Anyway we continued on.


    And at the top we got a view over the site.


    Right, thanks for viewing this post. I may have put more information than necessary but this site is one of my best explore locations and has somehow fascinated me even though it's a cement plant.

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    Nice that, thanks.

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    Excellent report sounds like a fun bit of sneaking

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    That's a nice report. Your ninja skills certainly paid off here.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan View Post
    That's a nice report. Your ninja skills certainly paid off here.
    Thers's still one more building to enter which will require some climbing as well as ninja skills....

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    Jobs a good'un, Thanks
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