Great Grimsby Ice Factory Dec 2016

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prettyvacant71

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The Great Grimsby Ice Factory…:mrgreen:


When I first saw photographs of this factory about three years ago, I just knew I had to visit it. I found the triangular shape of the buildings with its conveyor belt systems, its machinery and the history of the place just fascinating.

But before I go any further, I would just like to say to the Associated British Ports (ABP) that I shall be back to take some external photographs. If I happen to come across any of you overpaid, under regulated vandals then I shall pull down your pants, spank your arses, cover you in honey, roll you in birdseed and leave you in the ice factory for the many hundreds of hungry pigeons, that you must so adore:mad:

I believe that this company is insidiously destroying the local areas cultural and industrial heritage, and I fear that the ice factory maybe next. Various architectural groups have fought extremely hard in order to preserve this region but have sadly failed. There have been petitions, court cases and appeals trying to save the unique tiny streets of the Kasbah area within the docks, which once contained the now demolished Hammond and Taylor and Cosalt buildings. The ABP stated, “there was no other option than to demolish them”, which simply wasn’t the case, but it was the cheapest and the most profitable.
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The Grimsby Ice Factory is owned by the ABP and it is being totally neglected. This is a Grade 2 Listed building on the Heritage At Risk Register. If it becomes unviable to repair then it can simply be demolished.
This is a well-worn loophole that many unscrupulous property developers and owners often use. I feel that the only way this spectacular building may be save from neglect and ultimately demolition would be if the North East Lincolnshire Council were to apply for a Compulsory Purchase Order and remove the ownership of this building from the ABP. But with the state of the country’s current financial position I doubt our Industrial Heritage is anywhere near the top of its list.





So onto a little wiki history…



Construction of the building’s started in 1898 and took three years to complete. It was one of the largest ice factories in the world, producing 1,200 tonnes of ice a day, which was crushed and used to preserve the fish stored in the ships at Grimsby port.

Original historic machinery still remain within the Grade 2 Listed building, but with the deterioration of the roof allowing in the harsh elements and the damage from the constant pigeon population sadly the machinery is also at risk. The Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust applied for a £11 million Heritage Lottery Fund in 2014 but the request was denied.

The buildings and its machinery are an integral part of Grimsby’s fishing heritage. Some of the largest and most important refrigeration machinery in the world exists here and was in use when Grimsby “was the busiest fishing port in the world”



The buildings are considered as the oldest and largest surviving of its type in the world and have been added to the World Monuments Fund’s biannual World Monuments Watch List, a global list of “buildings of historical importance that are at risk of being lost” and the English Heritage’s “Heritage At Risk Register”.

The ice factory thawed in 1990.




The many failed explores’…:confused:

I had a feeling that this maybe a little tricky site to access as being located on what is left of Grimsby’s’ live port, but I never expected it would end up taking four failed attempts, driving in total over 1,500 miles and probably spending around £170 in petrol lol…it hurts actually admitting that!

The problem is with me (well just one of them anyway) is that if I see a place I would really like to visit then I try not to give up on it until its either demolished or redeveloped. This can result in some truly frustrating and costly attempts!


The first visit was rained off as Grimsby was having one of its all too frequent monsoons. I wouldn’t have minded a “normal” amount of rain but this was mental, I needed a turbo mode on my window screen wipers which I didn’t have, the roads were flooding and after a couple of hours in the car waiting for it to stop the noise was doing my head in and by now it was day light, so it was no good anyway.

My second attempt was also a fail due to various overnight road closures and diversions, hence getting there far too late and missing that elusive window of opportunity, yet again.

The third attempt I got kicked off the site at about 2am by security, and then bumped into plod. I did notice there was something “dodgy” going on with folks milling about seemly doing nothing in particular, dealings going on via car windows and generally a lot of “activity”…but I was on my “own little mission” and didn’t have time to stop in the red light area :p. So I kipped in the car for the rest of the night and the next morning there was yet another monsoon, the fourth fail, I was starting to think this was never going to happen! :(


Finally on the fifth attempt I made it inside…proper big grin that night:mrgreen:. I shone my torch into a small room, through a squeaky door and then suddenly it lit up one of the huge compressors…at last! It was a bit too chilly to stay the night in there, plus there was nowhere I could actually crash out that wasn’t covered in pigeon shit, so back to the car for a few hours kip and to return under darkness hoping for some nice light, which never happened, but I didn’t care by then lol

On with sum pics…




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The J and E Hall compressors…sole surviving type of equipment in the world


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main triangular compressor room:mrgreen:



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upstairs offices

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these unique machines deserve to be saved.

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years of pigeon poo isn’t a good look:(

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It was a bit dark in here as some of the windows were boarded up. I did go up the spiral staircase but decided not to go onto the next floor, as it didn’t appear safe.

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I like to try and add a bog shot…there wasn’t a lonely chair available.

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The only brave one, all the other 30+ would fly out of the broken windows and roof as soon as you appeared, revealing your location lol and leaving you picking off feathers and all sorts of muck.

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I liked the warm tones of the colours, the smooth textures, patterns, the curly forms and the random feathers, sorry I’m talking shit again:confused:


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I don’t know what it is but I like it.


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OOOUUCH!!! But there weren’t a single dead pigeon anywhere to be seen, which was rather unusual…but that could be due to a lovely red fox that I disturbed inside the compressor hall, which probably frequents the factory for snacks.

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Thanks for lookin folks, I hope you enjoyed these pics as much as I did takin them…FINALLY:D
 

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Glad you finally got in.I was thinking of this place last night about a revisit..sounds like you had a nightmare.I just went on the spur of the moment.and went about midday and got straight in.I got told not to go to early so not to arouse suspicioun.I did love the place.great photos there though of the place and a place so many fail at
 

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Looks like my kinda place that, just got to find an excuse to go ooop north!
 

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I admire your persistence PV and the research you do certainly adds to the pics, Fox's are excellent scavengers the factory will be part of its territory on his nightly hunt for food, Thanks
 

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Man I like that proper combo of decay and heavy process industry. Nicely done. Defiantly worth the persistence.
 

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Glad you finally got in.I was thinking of this place last night about a revisit..sounds like you had a nightmare.I just went on the spur of the moment.and went about midday and got straight in.I got told not to go to early so not to arouse suspicioun.I did love the place.great photos there though of the place and a place so many fail at

I arise suspicion if I'm shoppin in tesco, I must just look dodgy:confused:

...goin at the spur of the moment! at mid day and just walkin in!!!..if we have the pleasure of bumpin into each other on an explore I'm gona nick ur sandwiches and run away:D
 

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