1. The History
Given just quite how extensive this place is, there is scant history about these former wagon works. Named Chatsworth Wagon Works, they were part of a larger company established by Andrew Nelson in 1880. Part of the Glasgow Rolling Stock company Hurst, Nelson and Co, outside of the company’s main works in Motherwell, Scotland there was an administrative office in London and another wagon works in Swansea, Wales.

Old advert from Hurst, Nelson and Co:

Wagon Works advert by HughieDW, on Flickr

And a war-time picture of the factory:

Archive picture by HughieDW, on Flickr

Beyond that, there is very little other information around on the web. However, the works appears to have closed sometime in the 80s and hence the site has been abandoned of the best part of 30/40 years.

2. The Explore
The site can be found in the outlying town of Old Whittington, just north of Chesterfield, Derbyshire. It's bounded by the Midland Main Line to the west and the River Whitting to the east. A revisit for me as I previously looked around here about a year ago under similar clear-blue May skies. It was a bit of a rush last time so thought the place needed another look.

Entry is a bit round the houses but if in the know, it’s easy enough. It very rarely gets reported on which is strange as there’s plenty to look at and the way nature is taking back the site is quite photogenic. It might be the fact that it is a bit of a shell with vast empty factories in varying states of decay with little left inside. That said, the relatively rural location and some excellent graff make this place a good way to spend an hour or so wandering around.

3. The Pictures

Some of the factories have almost completely been reclaimed by nature:

img0783 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0782 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0780 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0792 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0793 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Others, less so:

img0785 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0795 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0798 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0799 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0801 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0800 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0804 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0807 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The first of several Colorquix pieces:



Old Whittington 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And another:

img0811 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0810 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A nice bit of Brayk:

img0812 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Old Whittington 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Old Whittington 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0815 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0818 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0821 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0822 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0824 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0825 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0826 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0827 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img0830 by HughieDW, on Flickr