Coalite..Bolsover, Derbyshire, October 2019

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Mikeymutt

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I made two visits to this site. Once solo going up to Scotland, then returned with my usual exploring friends. They wanted to see it as near and on first look around there was workmen working on one half the site. Normally you would not bother with this. It's literally a few tanks and a few other bits. But I went for the usual fab graffiti by Coloquix and co. It's like an outdoor art gallery. Navigating the sludge proved fun after someone had stolen parts of the tanks, allowing quite a nasty sludge to flow into the ground.
Seen a few reports from around 2008 when the site was whole and would of been a cracking explore then.
The coalite company was formed in 1915 with a production unit at Barugh near Barnsley. Two more plants were opened in Askern and East Greenwich.

The main plant at buttermilk lane in Bolsover was opened in 1937. It was the largest of its kind in the world at the time of opening.

The company produced coalene by 1939 as well as other fuels. This continued during the war and into the sixties. It supplied the royal navy and royal air force during the war.

The group consisted of several companies by the 1950s and 1960s. Coalite and Chemical products being the holding company.

The demand and for solid fuel started to decline in the 1980s and several plants were closed. The company was bought by Anglo United, and borrowed heavily from the banks. They started asset selling the company to pay back debt but this did not even cover the debts. They even raided the pension fund ( a little bit naughty I think). In 2002 Anglo was bought out by a consortium of local businessmen. Sadly the debts remained and went into administration and finally closed in 2004. A lot of people were made redundant and pensions were pitiful.
Anyway on with the pics.


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A collaboration between Coloquix and I think fauna.

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BikinGlynn

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Iv still not been here but gotta do it just for the graff
 

Hayman

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Mikeymutt - you say "The company produced coalene by 1939 as well as other fuels". Sasol in South Africa also produced petrol, etc from coal, since all petroleum products had to be imported.
 

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