Bardney sugar.. Lincolnshire

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Bardney sugar was one of several sites owned by British sugar, producing sugar under the name silver spoon. The site was originally opened in 1927 and was called the Lincolnshire Beet Sugar company. Processing beet at this plant was done here. Delivery of the beet from the local fields was done by train. British sugar bought plants around the country. Mostly on the east it seems, I think they had eighteen sites in total. The company went through ups and downs through out the years. It was part owned by the government for many years who owned a large percentage at 36% which was reduced to 24%. It was bought by Associated British Foods in 1991. British sugar started cutting the sites back dramatically and Bardney along with Ipswich were shut in 2001. The site is still live as a packaging site for British sugar, and there is now a Ryvita there that was built in 2018.
After missing out on the Ipswich plant just seeing the concrete storage silos. Seeing some pics of this pop up we was not going to miss out on this one. Like many others I thought this was long gone now, should have learnt not to assume anything. But good on terminal decline for not assuming. I am glad we went to see it though, luckily everything was still intact and all the machinery was still there. The upper level had the most to see. The
decay up here was nice. The glass blocks really did it for me as well. This was a nice relaxed explore for me and man gone wrong on a very windy morning.

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I recall travelling through the area in the late 1990s and seeing the great building sitting on the plains of Lincolnshire. Think of how Salisbury Cathedral would have looked when it was first completed, standing stark against the sky.
 

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Bardney sugar was one of several sites owned by British sugar, producing sugar under the name silver spoon. The site was originally opened in 1927 and was called the Lincolnshire Beet Sugar company. Processing beet at this plant was done here. Delivery of the beet from the local fields was done by train. British sugar bought plants around the country. Mostly on the east it seems, I think they had eighteen sites in total. The company went through ups and downs through out the years. It was part owned by the government for many years who owned a large percentage at 36% which was reduced to 24%. It was bought by Associated British Foods in 1991. British sugar started cutting the sites back dramatically and Bardney along with Ipswich were shut in 2001. The site is still live as a packaging site for British sugar, and there is now a Ryvita there that was built in 2018.
After missing out on the Ipswich plant just seeing the concrete storage silos. Seeing some pics of this pop up we was not going to miss out on this one. Like many others I thought this was long gone now, should have learnt not to assume anything. But good on terminal decline for not assuming. I am glad we went to see it though, luckily everything was still intact and all the machinery was still there. The upper level had the most to see. The
decay up here was nice. The glass blocks really did it for me as well. This was a nice relaxed explore for me and man gone wrong on a very windy morning.

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Thank you for that I enjoyed it .Recall in 1950 when based at R.A.F. Cranwell not far away I was given a lift in a lorry loaded with beet for the works, he lorry driver asked if I was interested in going into the works when he unloaded. so I had a free tour! The beet was tipped into huge concrete trough and then high pressure hoses on a gantry sent it en route to be processed. I don't know what proportion of beet went by lorry but there was always a lot of traffic loaded with beet on the local roads. A trip back in time, thanks again!
 

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Thank you for that I enjoyed it .Recall in 1950 when based at R.A.F. Cranwell not far away I was given a lift in a lorry loaded with beet for the works, he lorry driver asked if I was interested in going into the works when he unloaded. so I had a free tour! The beet was tipped into huge concrete trough and then high pressure hoses on a gantry sent it en route to be processed. I don't know what proportion of beet went by lorry but there was always a lot of traffic loaded with beet on the local roads. A trip back in time, thanks again!
You are welcome and it's great that you went when it was in use. I can imagine it was very interesting to see.
 

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Thanks for that, looks amazing especially the big tanks...some great colours there too. Smashing images.
 

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Not just by road, in the Fens sugar beet arrived on barges.
this was Ely.
 

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