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Thread: Harefield Limeworks, Rickmansworth. October 2007

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    Arrow Harefield Limeworks, Rickmansworth. October 2007


    While cycling along the Grand Union Canal towpath I came across this building. It has been abandoned for a long time and has has much of the brickwork removed. Part of the site is still used, and has electricity, but while minimal construction has taken place the owners don't seem to spend much time there.

    A shot of the building.



    Some chutes.



    On top.





    The old substation.



    Fuses.



    The toilets, complete with shower in the corner.



    Old switches.













    A tunnel that goes back into the steep embankment.



    Inside. The back is bricked off - it lead to a shaft which was presumably used to take lime down to the bottom.



    On top of the shaft is a shipping crate to keep people falling in.



    The shaft.



    The limepit.


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    It still used, amazing

    Nice photos

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    Can't tell if that's snow or lime on the last shot.

    Amazing find - particularly so close to London
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    Interesting :)

    WTF is up with the giant cuddly toy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skittles View Post
    It still used, amazing

    Nice photos
    It's not still used as a limeworks. I'm not sure what the new owners use it for, but I have seen lorries going in, and through a hole in a wall of the only building still in use I can see a great deal of building material. However, I haven't seen any evidence of their activity on site for several months - a shed that they were building has been left unfinished. I don't know why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zimbob View Post
    WTF is up with the giant cuddly toy?
    Wondered what you meant at first! I think what you're talking about is a hopper distributor. There would normally be pipes connected to the 'feet', and materials would be fed through them into hoppers. At least I think that's what it is.

    Interesting site, Liam. Cheers. :)
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    Default Bloody bastards!


    I visited today to find a large change had taken place.

    Before:



    After:





    How did this happen? The girders have melted! This must have cost the owners thousands. It was only built a few months ago, and the fire also melted the power cable to the other room, which is still standing. Bloody bastards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxylady View Post
    Wondered what you meant at first! I think what you're talking about is a hopper distributor. There would normally be pipes connected to the 'feet', and materials would be fed through them into hoppers. At least I think that's what it is.

    Interesting site, Liam. Cheers. :)
    No, it's definitely a cuddly toy:), you can see its face in the large version of the first picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardB View Post
    No, it's definitely a cuddly toy:), you can see its face in the large version of the first picture.
    It's not just me then

    Looks like a giant monkey....
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    If you look closely at the 9th pic, the big cuddly monkey is wearing a Petzl climbing harness! Either that, or he's clipped onto a fall restraint lanyard

    Interesting site, Liam the fuses are particularly "period".

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