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Thread: Cooper`s Woodside Abattoir, Crich, October 2008

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    Default Cooper`s Woodside Abattoir, Crich, October 2008


    Woodside Abattoir, Crich, opened in 1976, it belonged to Alan Dakin Ltd. At some point in time between 1976 and when I first worked there in 1997, ownership transferred to Harry Cooper (Butchers) Ltd. As far as I can remember, Cooper`s must have stopped trading sometime around 1999 / 2000. Until fairly recently the bold blue Harry Cooper (Butchers) Ltd sign, on the front of the building, could be seen clearly, at the top of the drive, from the road, it is now well hidden behind trees.




    Sale sign found in the grass at the bottom of the drive






    View up the drive





    Loading bay




    Entrance stairs to offices & Staff Only door to Slaughter hall












    Switches under the stairs











    Meat Inspectors Office
    once the staff canteen












    There is very little left inside the main slaughter hall (no lights!) apart from the legging stand and part of the knocking box, everything else including the rails, were auctioned off. Hatch through to gut room (just to left of centre) gutting stand gone. Next to the hatch is the Passageway through to slaughterman`s mess room





    Cattle legging stand, cattle blood trough behind








    What`s left of the cattle knocking box





    Pig hall, pig tank gone, pig stun pen on
    the left with pig lairage beyond




    On the front yard







    Cattle lairage







    Ramp to first floor sheep lairage





    Central bay of sheep lairage






    Sheep race, entrance to stunning pen



    Bottom of sheep race, far left and stunning pen door, steps gone, view from inspection area











    Part of inspection area & entrance to fridges & loading bay




    Loading bay








    Lairage man`s cottage, now derelict, to the side of loading bay





    Back yard
    Last edited by goodeavens; 16th Oct 08 at 17:45.

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    Well, I eat meat, but the sight of those killing rooms has seriously jeopardised my carnivore lifestyle.

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    I must admit it does look a lot grimmer now than it did when it was up and running

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    Pity you couldn't photograph the machinary. I must say, it isn't the most pleasant sight though.

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    What's a legging stand and a knocking box? Or do I not want to know?

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    There is something somehow nasty about seeing that lol, i always thought it would take a lot to phase me, but the descriptions of all those stunning pens and blood urghhhh lol. Brilliant write up and pictures :)

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    This place has moved me one step closer to giving up meat pies.

    An odd question but did the place smell? You know - from any animal fluids etc? Just curious!

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    Hi Looloo, a legging stand is where the feet are removed and removal of the hide (from the hind legs) begins, then the carcase is transferred from the bleed rail onto the main rail for further processing. A knocking box is the start of the whole process, where humane stunning takes place, I hope that`s not too much information for you, I kept it brief. It really is all done humanely. Cheers, concretegarden

    Many thanks for the positive feedback, urbtography . Cheers, concretegarden

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    Mmmmm 'condemned meat'..... :p

    There's something about these places....
    " ...I wasn't born of a whistle or milked from a thistle at twilight, no, I was all horns and thorns, sprung out fully-formed, knock-kneed and upright... "

    http://urbexscotlandsrocs.fotopic.net

    Flick-arghhh!

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    Hi sausage, what smell there is, you soon get used to. It really is all done hygienically. The state of the place now is a world removed from how it was when it was up and running. Cheers, concretegarden

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