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    Whilst at British Cellophane Krela mentioned he knew of another site not far from Bristol that could be interesting. So the following day on the way back to Southampton WOTS and Myself thought it would be rude not to take a look.

    About 60% of the site has been demolished and the rest will go shortly for new Barrett Boxes. They may even put up another helicopter...!

    The main building looks like it was built as an expansion to the older (now demolished) works in the 60's or 70's. The works printed amongst other things copies of the Daily express and the readers digest.

    I was pleasantly surprised to find much of the old printing machinery in situ which really elevated the interest value of the site above that of a mere collection of sheds!

    Photographically we were a bit ill equipped so I've done my best with limited battery, memory space and poor lighting, So I'm hoping you won't judge too harshly!































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    Nice explore well done guys :)
    Getting pretty derelict myself - anyone wanna take my pic?

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    Good to see a couple of presses still there...as you said Reaps, that makes it far more interesting. Rather like the metal spiral staircase too.

    Cheers :)
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    Gorgeous place dude. Just to imagine how big it once was is mind bending. Longbridge scale I guess at full size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Virusman26 View Post
    Gorgeous place dude. Just to imagine how big it once was is mind bending. Longbridge scale I guess at full size?
    No, I doubt this site was ever more than 1/20th the size of Longbridge which was truly colossal.

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    Quality stuff, that place looks mint! nice work guys

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    Nice pics RM love pic 7, what is that machine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by King Al View Post
    ...what is that machine?
    Offset Litho printing press. :)
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    Something new every day:) cheers foxy
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    The printing presses look great - and lots of interesting detail to be scrutinised on the control panels. Are they Heidelbergs, or something of that ilk?

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