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    Washing & Dressing Coal? I don't get it, I've read the history, and still don't get it, so I've tried to rationalise it in terms I can understand (music). So bear with me...

    Donít you just love it when youíre wandering through the woods and you walk into something like this?



    Iíve actually got a vague history of this one too. It was originally built in the 50ís to ďWash and dressĒ coal. Sounds to me like the coal was getting ready for a night outÖ



    Anyway by the time the early 90ís came round people were more interested in doing the Bartman than washing coal (I assumed this last bit), and the factory became derelict.

    Here it is in Nov 1993.


    And a bit later:


    Throughout the rest of the 90ís music was good, and no one was interested in washing coal.

    Then in 2003 things changed.

    The Cheeky Girls had a #1 hit. Quickly followed by the Blaziní squad. By the 8th August 2003 Craig David reached #1 with his single ďSpanishĒ.

    Enough was enough.

    The very next day on 9th August 2003 work started again on fixing up the coal washing plant.

    First of all: All of the broken windows were removed:


    Then new ones installed:


    If you look at my first photo, you can see that the windows were eventually completed. The whole building was given a splash of paint. It was very, very, nearly finished. One can only assume they all went off to perfect their Gangnam dances earlier this year, because itís still in a fantastic condition; 99% complete, drawings still hanging in the site office.



    Inside the main building, itís a mass of concrete walkways, silos, and stairs. Ití looks like an Escher drawing.












    Wheel:


    Vat:

    Old photo from inside the factory:


    We decide to head up the highest point in that beautiful curved roof, and chill on the beams.


    I try my hardest not to look down, but itís inevitable. Itís a lot further down than it looks, especially when you start counting the storeys.


    Enough of that! We start making our way down, snapping away at this beautiful concrete labyrinth.







    We made our way back to the car, and I looked back up at the curved portion of roof where we had just been sat.



    Cheers for looking!

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    So, once again coal will be clean.

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    Very nice that! Absolutely no need for the c***g d***d reference though. *angryface*

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    Very Escher’s ascending and descending stairs lovely looking spot.

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    That's different, thanks for showing. I was disappointed not to see a single piece of coal, though, even a dirty bit would do.
    Old enough to know better

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    Quote Originally Posted by krela View Post
    Very nice that! Absolutely no need for the c***g d***d reference though. *angryface*

    He's right you know, that's a bannable offence!


    Fantastic looking place that UX, great pics too :)
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    Awesome structure,thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanX View Post
    Washing & Dressing Coal? I don't get it, I've read the history, and still don't get it, so I've tried to rationalise it in terms I can understand (music). So bear with me...
    To be briefly technical, coal when it comes out of the ground is usually too dirty for direct sale as it will be contaminated by dirt bands (usually shale) within the seams. Typically around half of the rock that comes up the mine shaft is coal, with the remainder being waste. The process of cleaning the coal is Washing and Dressing, though more usually just Washing - a coal washery.

    Nice pics, by the way. I assume that the building is in the process of conversion to another use?

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