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    Arrow Bass Maltings Sleaford - Aug '08


    after an epic solo fail here last week it was great to get back and have some success, like our contact said do the water tower first its the best bit......certainly is! if a bit blustery and open uptop, i swear some kid shouted 'daaaaaaaaad, theres someone up there' from one of the gardens :p

    brief history...

    construction started in 1901 and first malts produced late 1906 by 1958 new technologies had rendered the malthouses useless in the early 70's 3 of the houses were used to rear chickens (lots of evidence of this) that however was shut down in the early 90's due to new dwellings being built close by, 1999 saw the huge fire destroying 3 of the malthouses, not sure what the future holds

    the tower was deffinetly the epi center of the explore a fair old climb up from the spiral stairs onto creaky wooden ones and finally onto a ladder which lead up through a tube through the center of the water tak (which still holds water)

    was a bit gutted to find the walkways between buildings were bricked up, although that was probably a good idea looking at the state of them

    visited with Goldie87 and Mattdonut, thankf for the driving mate :thumb





    first off its a maze of doors or actually lack of doors to find the hot spot





    evidence of the battery chicken breeding is everywhere





    ah ha target aquired





    took this on a mid climb stoppage to retrieve myself of dizzyness, had gone running up to try and catch up with them



    big wheels on the first floor of the tower



    must of been some heat in the fire!!!



    the hatch thing you pop out



    myself, goldie87 and mattdonut





    back on the ground



    game or what!!! i didnt try though :p..........while trying to get this shot without blur (i gave up and used flash in the end) i kept hearing this stage noise just behind me, id braced myself for a pidgeon to go squarking out but nothing occoured so had a look for what was causing the sound...



    odd, big bugger an all



    lots of beams aka 'a climbing frame'



    reflections...



    more beams

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    Was a good day, thanks to mattdonut for driving
















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    Thats a really nice building, great photos, thanks.

    Rather than it being demolished, it would be good to see these put to some use, more than likely apartments, which it would suit quite well, not that I agree with it tho
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    twas a good day with great weather, looking forward to the next trip!!
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    Top stuff fellas, there's some nice stuff in the Sleaford area, I wouldn't mind a mosey myself sometime soon :)
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    Really like seeing photos from here. Love the building and the whole feel of the place. Excellent pics chaps. :)
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    Thats a huge building! I really like the spiral staircase.

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    That is a grand building, love that spiral staircase.
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    Nice set looks like a good explore.

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    Here's a bit of background info if any one is interested

    I remember comimg to Sleaford with my dad when I was 16 on the day of the fire and you could see the flames from miles away (not a hard thing from that side of Sleaford - dead flat) I guess the fire must have been pretty intense by the height of the flames.
    Last edited by stevejd; 18th Aug 08 at 20:34.

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