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    Default Dinorwic Slate Mine, Llanberis, North Wales, September 2020 (PICTURE HEAVY)


    1. The History
    The history on this place is well documented but I’ve done an overview of the quarry’s history, mainly to help me get my head around the place.

    Dinorwic quarry is located between Llanberis and Dinorwic, in North Wales. It covers more than 700 acres of land and at its peak, was the second largest producer of slate in the world (nearby Penrhyn was in first place). The first attempts to extract slate here commenced in 1787 when a consortium took out a lease on the site from landowner Assheton Smith. The quarry was moderately successful but ran into financial problems due to higher tax and transportation costs resulting through the Anglo-French War in the early 1800s. Post 1809, under a new business partnership headed up by Smith himself, the quarry started to flourish. The slate vein at Dinorwic is almost vertical and at or near the surface of the mountain, which allowed it to be worked via a series of stepped galleries. Quarrying was spread across a number of sites including Adelaide, Braich, Bryn Glas, Garrett, Turner, Victoria, and Wellington to name but a few. This lasted until the 1830s. The construction of a 2ft-gauge horse-drawn tramway, north to Port Dinorwic in 1824, was pivotal in this success. And while this solved the transportation for the quarries above the tramway that came in from the north-west at around 1,000ft, for the quarries below the tram line including Wellington, Ellis, Turner, Harriet and Victoria, transportation of slate remained an issue. This was solved in the 1848 when the lakeside 4ft gauge Padarn railway was built, along with the Padarn-Peris tramway extension. It remained the main transport link for the quarry before closing in 1961.

    Map of Dinorwic Quarry:

    800px-Dinorwic_Quarry_Map by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The current form of the quarry is little changed from that of the time of the World War One, apart from the enlarging of the actual quarry faces, and deepening of the sinks. The quarry was divided into two main sections centred each with their own series of inclines, traversing from the south-west upwards in a north-east direction. The Garret section had nine inclines numbered A1 to A9 with a total of 20 levels coming off them on both sides. At the bottom was Vivian Level at approximately 600ft and at the top Llangristiolus Level at 2,000ft. Gradients varied from a relatively gentile 1 in 4.1 (A3) to a very steep 1 in 2.2 (A6 and A7). South-east of Garret was the Braich section. Here there were 10 inclines numbered C1 to C10 with, like Garret, 20 levels in total. At the bottom, around the 400ft mark was Sinc Fawr and at the top end and, again, at the top Llangristiolus Level at just under 2,000ft. Braich boasted the steepest incline (C8) at a drum house creaking 1 in 1.9. The total of 40 stepped galleries were joined by a vast internal tramway system.

    At its peak, in the late 1800s, the quarry employed over 3,000 men and was producing an average of 100,000 tonnes of slate per annum. This was linked to the world-wide boom in demand for roofing slate roofing tiles which were exported all over the UK, Europe, and Northern America. While the quarry’s internal tramways had utilised horsepower up until around the 1860, the quarry then started to use small steam engines. De Winton's of Caernarfon initially supplied five small vertical-boilered steam engines, and from 1870 Hunslet Engine Company also supplied engines and went on to supply over 20 engines, making them the quarry’s main engine providers. The quarry used three “class” of engines. The majority were “Alice” class and worked in and around the quarry. Two “Port” class engines were larger and designed to work at Port Dinorwic. Finally, two “Tram” or “Mills” class worked on marshalling duties on the Padarn–Peris Tram Line that linked the quarry mills to the Padarn Railway. As late as the 1960s the quarry still had around 20 engines, but these were sold off during the decade. The final four engines were sold off when the quarry finally closed in 1969.

    Built in 1898, George B working at the quarry in 1966 (now rebuilt and in steam at Bala Lake Railway):

    2020-09-05_12-16-34 by HughieDW, on Flickr
    © Unknown

    Quarrymen with a loaded 'flat car' of slate - 'slediad' - ready to be transported to the splitting and dressing sheds, Dinorwic Quarry, early 1960s:

    Quarrymen 2 by HughieDW, on Flickr
    © Emrys Jones

    And team shot of Dinorwic slate miners, circa 1960:

    Quarrymen by HughieDW, on Flickr
    © Emrys Jones

    After World War One the demand for slate had peaked and started a slow decline. By 1930 the workforce employed at the quarry had dropped to 2,000 and continued to fall both pre- and post-World War Two. During the 50s and 60s it become increasingly difficult to extract any more slate from the already sheer rock galleries. This was down, in part, to 170 years of unsystematically dumped slate waste which had begun to slide into some of the quarry’s major pit workings. This and further decline in the demand for slate meant the writing was on the wall for the quarry and the Welsh slate industry in general. The final nail in the coffin for Dinorwic was “The Great Fall” of 1966 in the Garret area of the quarry. It resulted in production almost ceasing permanently. However, production did restart via clearing some of the waste from the Garret fall. Required a new access road from the terraces to the rock fall, the yield was small, and all production stopped in 1969.

    The quarry has since been partly reused as part of the Dinorwic power station, a pumped storage hydroelectric scheme. Construction of ‘Electric Mountain’ began in 1974 and was welcomed by the community for its employment opportunities for the area. Opening in 1984, it is regarded as one of the most imaginative engineering and environmental projects of its time. The quarry's workshop at Gilfach Ddu were acquired by the council and leased to the National Museum and Galleries of Wales. It now houses the National Slate Museum.

    An interesting video on Dinorwic including archive footage and interviews with ex-slate miners:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enUeHEipHt4

    This diagram drawn by I.C. Castledine is a useful summary of the different levels and inclines

    Dinorwic names by INNES, on Flickr

    Finally, here’s a really useful overlay for Google Maps to help you find stuff:

    https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/vi...999999805&z=14

    2. The Explore
    Didn’t have the luxury of a full day to explore here when I was staying nearby on a family holiday back in July and having my interest in all thinks slate piqued, I decided to go for a day trip here. It was a long day. It is just under a three-hour drive from home so with a six-hour round trip it left myself and my non-forum member mate Gazza around five hours to explore.

    We’d watched the weather and the day we’d pencilled in was looking OK so off we set. Having parked up it was an easy walk onto the mid-levels. Given our relatively limited time we wanted to get the most out of our trip so we decided to concentrate of the Braich side and make our way up to the Australia level by making our way up the old quarryman’s path (known as The Fox’s steps) that link the Penrhydd Level with Pen Garret. That way, despite neglecting the Garret side, we’d get to see the main ‘tourist’ sites. In the end we stopped at the Australia level and made our way back down the way we’d gone up down the steps. We then popped down the path from the mid-level mills to check out the Anglesey Barracks area.

    In the end it worked out well as over the space of five hours we saw a good amount of the main sights. The strange thing was that we’d seen quite a lot of people who’d hopped the fence and were milling around the Penrhydd area. However, once we started up The Fox’s Steps, we didn’t see a soul until we came back down again, bar our constant sheep companions and some rutting welsh mountain goats!

    Dinorwic Quarry 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    3. The Pictures
    There was quite a lot to whittle down into a report. Apologies that the report is still pretty image heavy. I’ve ordered the shots by level/height and hence into three sections: lower, middle, and upper.

    (a) Lower Levels

    The base of the quarry and the bottom of the Hydro Electric Power Station:

    img8989 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    An area of igneous rock known as “Ceiliog Mawr” (The Cockerel) where the slate around it has been quarried away just leaving the rock.

    img8986 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Bottom right here is the Ponc Wyllt Incline. A "Vertical Lift" that joined the galleries Ponc Wyllt and Ponc Fawr galleries, located in the Wellington District:

    img8991 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Looking across to the Wellington (near) and Matilda (distant) areas of the quarry:

    img8995 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8993 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8985 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Miner’s accommodation near Anglesey barracks on the Bonc Moses level :

    img8984pan by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8981 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Anglesey Barracks:

    Many of the quarry’s workers either lived locally or caught the quarry train on the Padarn Railway. Others came from further afield and Anglesey, in particular, and required accommodation at the quarry each week, leaving home early on Monday and returning home Saturday afternoon. Anglesey Barracks on the Bonc Moses level provided them with such accommodation. This barracks consisted of two identical blocks of 11 dwellings facing each other across. Each single-story dwelling consisted of a living room with fireplace and a bedroom for four men. The accommodation was rudimentary as there was no electricity, toilets or running water. In 1948 the local Public Health Inspector condemned the barracks as “unfit for human habitation” and they were closed down, to be left abandoned ever since.

    img8971 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8978 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8980 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The slate topped fireplace:

    img8977 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8973 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8968 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A3 Drum House in the Lower Wellington District:

    img8960 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8959 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A double-height rubbish wagon minus its wheels and bearings, sitting at the bottom of the A4 incline on the Pen Diphwys level:

    img8958 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The main thing I missed out on the lower levels was the Ponc Robin Rabera combined compressor/workshop/transformer house. It was built in 1938 to supply compressed air to the galleries on the lower levels. By the time I saw its roof sticking out of the trees I was a long way back up and I wasn’t going back down and up again!

    Middle Levels

    General View over Garret:

    img8988 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    At approximately 1,000ft above sea level, this level was also referred to as the “mills level”.

    The massive No 3 Shed Mills opened in January 1927 (although the date stone makes reference to 1925). They were the largest of the three mills with its 60 sawing tables and 60 dressing machines. On a weekly basis, the quarrymen teams would bring and stack their finished slates in shoulder-high piles, into the open area next to No 3 Shed.

    Dinorwic Quarry 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8723 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8721 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8724bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The nearby No 1 and 2 sheds, built in 1906 with a further 58 saws and 36 dressing machines between them appear to have disappeared.


    Gable end (with 1921 date stone) of the compressor house/Sub-station for Mills level:

    Dinorwic Quarry 56 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Quarryman’s’ steps linking the Mills Level to Penrhydd Level:

    img8734 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Looking up the A6 and A7 inclines of the Garret side of the quarry. The slate structures built across the inclines are access points to the buried electric cabling that runs up the incline in the concrete troughing:

    img8726 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The flooded Sinc Harriet (a.k.a. Dali's Hole):

    img8732 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Tunnel linking Sinc Harriet and Sinc Galed.

    Dinorwic Quarry 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The tunnel leads to this waterfall then another ‘double’ tunnel which in turn leads to the California area:

    img8740 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8741 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Banksy-style miners picture art by ‘Panik’ (Jack Murray):

    img8743 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8745 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Dinorwic Quarry 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Penrhydd:

    Side views of the Penrhydd incline:

    img8729bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8786 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8791 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Brake drum, shoes, and linkage of the Penrhydd incline drum house. It was built to lower slate slab removed from Sinc Penrhydd to the Mills level below for processing and worked entirely on the basis of gravity:

    img8762 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Close up of the steel cable:

    img8773 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The sheaf wheel:

    img8761 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Dinorwic Quarry 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The Brakeman’s control lever:

    img8775 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    One of the now rusted horizontal incline platforms which would have taken two wagons at a time:

    img8764 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The quarryman's steps leading from Penrhydd to Sinc Penrhydd level for the pit.

    Dinorwic Quarry 17 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Slate was not extracted underground at Dinorwic; hence all the many tunnels were to provide access to the quarry pits. Dinorwic had a team of rock miners who mined tunnels to provide both access and drainage to the ever deepening sincs, leaving the old ones abandoned. This is why many tunnels appear to end abruptly above sheer drops.

    A former tramway route on Penrhydd level skirts Sinc Penrhydd before entering a small tunnel and onto the gallery behind:

    Dinorwic Quarry 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The left-hand fork leads to the bottom of Australia, the right hand is dead-end:

    img8752 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And another flooded tunnel close by:

    Dinorwic Quarry 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Connecting arch cut in order to gain access to a number of galleries:

    img8946 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8945 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Inside the former Compressor House and Workshops for Penrhydd level:

    Dinorwic Quarry 15 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Dinorwic Quarry 16 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    All the compressor houses in the quarry had a small blacksmith forge at one end for shaping and remanufacturing rock drills or drill steel:

    img8784 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The 422 steps of Fox's path link the north (Garret) side of the quarry with the south (Braich) side. Located to the right of the smithy on the Penrhydd level, they rise 300 feet to reach the Pen Garret level. They were built to enable quarrymen to access the higher workings of the quarry.

    img8763 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    We were not alone!

    img8793 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Looking back across to the Penrhydd incline (near view) and the Garret sector of the quarry (far view):

    Dinorwic Quarry 19 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The zig-zagging path on the Garret sector:

    img8798 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And looking back down on Sinc Harriet as we rapidly gain height:

    img8796 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Drum house in the Matilda district:

    img8801 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Dolbadarn castle:

    img8803 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    (c) Upper Levels

    Pen Garret

    The first major place you come to on the Fox’s path is Pen Garret level, approximately 1,450 ft above sea level. Quite a bit has survived since the quarry’s closure in 1969. It was a lovely place to rest so we broke out our packed lunches here.

    img8807 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Looking out from the loco blasting shelter towards the caban. Both ends were open at both ends, the loco would be shunted inside the shed to protect it:

    img8808 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A Blondin carriage still attached to its wire rope. Hovering over Sinc Penrhydd, the wire extends up to the Taylor level where it is anchored to a Blondin tower:

    img8809 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8827 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Blondin winding drum inside one of the winding houses, pillaged for its bearings on closure of the quarry in 1969.

    img8811 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And another:

    img8814 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Probably from a Blondin winding line:

    img8812 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Dinorwic Quarry 23 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Looking across to the Garrat side:

    img8817 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Dinorwic Quarry 24 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Dinorwic Quarry 26 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Winding house across the Sinc Penrhydd below the old A7 incline on Garrat:

    img8822 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The infamous iron ladders are here too. Thought I’d give this a mess and take the path this time:

    img8818 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8830 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Another old blondin:

    img8826 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The caban is in a good stage. It’s been made habitable with Perspex over all of the windows and the roof all intact. Some explorers and climbers spend the night here and light a fire:

    Dinorwic Quarry 29 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Dinorwic Quarry 27 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Dinorwic Quarry 28 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Looking into the pit:

    img8843 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    B Trwnc incline:

    img8842 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Taylor Level

    The Drum House:

    img8846 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8849 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8854 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Looking down on Pen Garret from Taylor level:

    img8851 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Top of the ladders that come up from Pen Garret:

    img8859 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Blondin tower and hut:

    img8857 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Crushed wagon:

    img8858 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Some of the many iron waterpipes that criss-cross the levels:

    img8863 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    It’s then back onto the quarryman’s track (which starts to see a lot more lose scree on it) up to the final level of us today.

    Australia Level
    At approximately 16,000 ft above sea level, Australia was a major slate dressing level in the Braich District and where all the best bits are and hence was our main goal of the day.

    The first building we came to is the combined compressor/workshop/transformer building at the western end of the level. The transformer provided electricity to operate the two large compressors which in turn provided air for the operation of the cutting tables in the mill. Initially, there was one compressor, manufactured by Ingersol Rand. However, in the 1920s when the Australia mill was extended, a second compressor was installed. The huge electrically powered 2-Cylinder compressor, manufactured by the Tilghmans Patent Sand Blast Co Ltd of Broadheath near Manchester, supplied air to operate the drills and other machinery in the upper levels of the Braich District.

    Compressor house with the remains of a transformer trolly (back) and stator from the large Ingersol Rand compressor (near) in front of it:

    img8873 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The large Ingersol Rand compressor situated in the rear building:

    Dinorwic Quarry 34 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Dinorwic Quarry 36 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8865 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Dinorwic Quarry 37 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The latter Tilghmans compressor:

    Dinorwic Quarry 38 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Dinorwic Quarry 39 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8870bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    In the back room is this large tank:

    img8869 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Part of the transformer gear that evaded the scrap-man:

    img8920 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The 1 in 3.6 C6 gravity incline to Egypt level. Unlike other inclines at the quarry, instead of the drum being located in a drum house, here it was positioned below the trackway bed. It was operated from a steering cabin using a device similar to that of a ship's wheel. The drum house at the C7 incline was the only other incline that used this set-up.

    Dinorwic Quarry 40 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Just before you arrive at the mill are a number of worker’s mess rooms:

    img8877 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8879 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    So on to the jewel in Dinorwic Quarry’s crown; Australia mill. Originally opened in on 12th March 1923, it contained 36 Ingersoll Rand saw tables and was one of 14 sheds in the quarry. The sawing tables were housed in the main, central part of the mill. The line shaft to work the saws was housed behind the back wall, powered by a compressor. It would revolve along with the belts fixed to each of the wheels along it. It then fed through the apertures in the wall to work a pair of saw tables. After being cut, the slate was then taken to the slate dressing area on the front side of the Mill. This area is empty as all of the slate was dressed by hand and no trimming machines were very installed. Railway connected both sides of the shed to facilitate the movement of the raw slate into the mill and the dressed slate out of the mill to be transported down the C5 incline pitch.

    When in full flow the mill would fill up with a thick cloud of slate dust. Despite their medical officer's assurance that slate dust was harmless, the company's growing awareness of the long-term effects of pneumoconiosis led to them fitting a dust removal system. Many, however, saw this as merely a token gesture due to it being less than effective. Ex-slate cutter Eric Jones testifies to this:

    “By mid-afternoon, the air would be so full of dust that it was often difficult to breathe or to see colleagues across the room.”

    When you first enter the mill it’s an awesome sight:

    img8883 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8886 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    One of the 36 saw tables:

    img8882 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Cutting table and saw blade:

    img8885 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And another:

    img8898 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The dust extraction pipe above the sawing tables.



    img8890 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The line shaft:

    img8891 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Think this was the power for the line shaft came from:

    Dinorwic Quarry 47 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Railway entrance to the dressing side of the mill:

    img8905 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Far end of the cutting shed:

    Dinorwic Quarry 52 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The Australia level C5 drum house. It was in remarkably good condition until recently when a storm caused the roof to completely cave in:

    Dinorwic Quarry 51 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Looking down the C5 incline:

    Dinorwic Quarry 53 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8907 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Here the pipe runs, for both air and water, appear to have been gathered up by the scrapman. It appears that the thought of having to bring them 1,600 ft down the mountainside led to a change of heart!

    Dinorwic Quarry 54 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8922 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And all the way back down we go:

    Dinorwic Quarry 55 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8928 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8934 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    FINALLY!!! Let’s not forget the wild goats of Dinorwic:

    img8952 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8950 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8935 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img8948 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by HughieD View Post
    Mmmmm.121 pictures. Is that a bit TOO much?!
    A worrying amount of sheep pics for sure!
    What the hell am I doing, I mean really at my age!

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    great pics - love the goats

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    121 pictures is not nearly enough ..... absolutely stunning report Hughie. This must have taken you hours to put together and many hours of research on top as well. I have visited this place so many times that i know most of it like the back of my hand but i never get tired of the place. It is so vast that even after visiting it for probably 30 - 40 times i still find bits i never knew about everytime i visit. Your report has definitely done it proud. If you are interested i have found a couple of corrections .... your pic labelled Blondin Tower and hut on Taylor level is actually a Blondin Tower and engine shed. The drumhouse you photo'd in Matilda district is the Morgan Tanc Incline. The view of the shattered steps leading down is, i believe, from Sinc Penrhydd to Tell Dwndwr. Likewise the two side by side tunnels leading into Sinc Penrhydd are actually on Twll Dwndwr level.And finally the first pic that you labelled side view of the Penrhydd incline is,i believe, actually the main A incline. Hope you dont think im being clever just hoping to assist.
    PS im not too sure about the saw tables being operated by compressed air either as the line shafts were definately fitted with electric motors and operated by the looks of it as two separate sections. Although whether this was a later mod i dont know.
    PPS i was chatting to a friend the other day and we both agree that youre reports are exactly as they should be - excellent write up and history. Good use of historic pics and top notch modern ones -- Keep it up, Krela must be proud .. !!

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    Cheers mate. Thank you for the kind words. Much appreciated. Deffo interested in corrections. Will work through them and correct them. Best to get things right! Really got into researching this place. Definitely in my Top 10. And definitely need to come back here. Nearly 40 visits. Man, that's borderline obsessive! Fully understandable mind...

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    Nice work and fantastic knowledge. Only wish I could remember the half of it.. Been a few times and visiting in October and november.. cant get enough of this unique place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikinGlynn View Post
    A worrying amount of sheep pics for sure!
    I thought it was more goat �� pic heavy myself mate

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    Quality report that is. Great pics. Thanks for sharing.
    F,ing hippies. I shit hippies.

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    Amazing report. Thank you.

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DerelictPlaces is a forum for people with an interest in the history and documentation of disused, derelict and abandoned buildings to come together and share their experiences, photography and historical findings. Our military, industrial and historical heritage is fast disappearing under the pressure of regeneration, the need for new housing, and often through simple neglect; Our aim is to document these places before they disappear entirely.
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