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    Default Shoreham Cement Works, December 2018


    Intro
    This place has been on our list for a fairly long time and even more so since the demolition of Barrington, this became our next main explore. After numerous hours of research it seemed almost impossible that we would get in and if we did it would not be worth the effort as we would stranded on the ground floor. Eventually we found a way around this and with not the best amounts of hope we found our selves, at 3am, standing on a southbound platform.

    The Building
    Shoreham Cement Works.


    Image from the CementKilns website

    The works them selves are dug within the chalk pits which the raw materials for the cement was mined from with the production of cement beginning in 1883. The works are in the ideal spot for producing cement as they had river access and later railway access, allowing for the production of over 140 tonnes of cement.
    In the early 1900's the works had expanded and in the 1940's, they were the first to receive the new Vicker's Rotary Cement Kilns which still stand. As well as the kilns chalk washing mills,clicker stores and Storage Silos were also installed after the second world war.

    From then up until the 1990's the plant was throwing out over 500tonnes of cement on average. Along this time a number of improvements had been made to effect production. Unfortunately, in 1991, the works shut due to the technical limitations of the plant which made it inferior to the new facilities. The works also contributed health hazards due to the dust and pollution.

    Today, the works stand dormant. The land around is used for vehicle storage and repair, as we also found out on the explore. The site is listed and has plans to be come some sort of "Eco-Village" although the plans are not approved as part of the South Downs project.

    Sources
    From many websites, re-written in my own words.

    The Explore
    Starting off early we found ourselves travelling through London at 5am before arriving at the south coast for 7am. After some walking we found our selves at the edge of the quarry, roughly a few hours before the vehicle repairmen had arrived.

    Once at the quarry the explore didn't start off well, involving me tripping down one of the smaller cliffs and landing face first. Thankfully with my go-pro (Well, action camera) and hand protecting my face. So, after some shouting we eventually found ourselves next to one of the buildings.

    Once inside we emerged at the top of the kilns.

    The Photos
    DoubleKilns_KPUrbex by KPUrbex

    _DSC0842 by KPUrbex

    [/url]StandAlone by KPUrbex

    UnParallel_KPUrbex by KPUrbex

    Inside the Kiln
    IntoTheKiln_KPUrbex by KPUrbex

    _DSC0874 by KPUrbex

    TheGoliath_KPUrbex by KPUrbex .

    Greetings_KPUrbex by KPUrbex .

    The Control Room
    TheLossOfControl by KPUrbex .


    Thanks for looking.

    The videos from here will be uploaded soon...





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    Last edited by KPUrbex; 5th Feb 19 at 19:53.
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    Yes! Well done matey, glad you got it done at last! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtal View Post
    Yes! Well done matey, glad you got it done at last! :D
    Thanks. Was well worth the wait, unfortunately I couldn't enjoy it when I was there due to the tiredness.
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    Good one lads glad it worked out for ya, considering the time you got up - like concise reports as well :)
    Informative and interesting urban exploration content...
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRO...e7PFGoxghAqKsA

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbandonedTeam View Post
    Good one lads glad it worked out for ya, considering the time you got up - like concise reports as well :)
    Thanks a lot man. In fact we missed a large portion of this place which had the experimental kilns, another 3am start is due to happen.
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    Very nicely done. We failed here in the summer
    I like to go where others fear to tread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeymutt View Post
    Very nicely done. We failed here in the summer
    Thanks alot Mikey. We had it in our heads we'd fail. Thankfully we had a stroke of luck (Apart from falling face first).
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    Good report, this is another on my to do list!
    What the hell am I doing, I mean really at my age!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikinGlynn View Post
    Good report, this is another on my to do list!
    Thanks seems as if everyone wants to go. Mass explore,anyone? (joking)
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    Good set that, I liked it, Thanks
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