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Old Whittington Carriage Works, Derbyshire, May 2019

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1. The History
Given just quite how extensive this place is, there is scant history about these former wagon works. Named Chatsworth Wagon Works, they were part of a larger company established by Andrew Nelson in 1880. Part of the Glasgow Rolling Stock company Hurst, Nelson and Co, outside of the company’s main works in Motherwell, Scotland there was an administrative office in London and another wagon works in Swansea, Wales.

Old advert from Hurst, Nelson and Co:

47877556171_50c5924559_b.jpgWagon Works advert by HughieDW, on Flickr

And a war-time picture of the factory:

47877556401_736b690fff_b.jpgArchive picture by HughieDW, on Flickr

Beyond that, there is very little other information around on the web. However, the works appears to have closed sometime in the 80s and hence the site has been abandoned of the best part of 30/40 years.

2. The Explore
The site can be found in the outlying town of Old Whittington, just north of Chesterfield, Derbyshire. It's bounded by the Midland Main Line to the west and the River Whitting to the east. A revisit for me as I previously looked around here about a year ago under similar clear-blue May skies. It was a bit of a rush last time so thought the place needed another look.

Entry is a bit round the houses but if in the know, it’s easy enough. It very rarely gets reported on which is strange as there’s plenty to look at and the way nature is taking back the site is quite photogenic. It might be the fact that it is a bit of a shell with vast empty factories in varying states of decay with little left inside. That said, the relatively rural location and some excellent graff make this place a good way to spend an hour or so wandering around.

3. The Pictures

Some of the factories have almost completely been reclaimed by nature:

47081463684_dc2545e542_b.jpgimg0783 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33993654098_1348ae26f8_b.jpgimg0782 by HughieDW, on Flickr

47081498484_2497de9695_b.jpgimg0780 by HughieDW, on Flickr

47818532282_2c76fc8d80_b.jpgimg0792 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33993537638_caacc0db4b_b.jpgimg0793 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Others, less so:

32926667717_a942369219_b.jpgimg0785 by HughieDW, on Flickr

47081361954_bc96d129eb_b.jpgimg0795 by HughieDW, on Flickr

46954499055_5466b01550_b.jpgimg0798 by HughieDW, on Flickr

32926560917_ed7fd5f847_b.jpgimg0799 by HughieDW, on Flickr

40904166533_f7b1c15dc2_b.jpgimg0801 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33993469198_a5beac0fd0_b.jpgimg0800 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33993423638_bdc4ee0d71_b.jpgimg0804 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33994077868_a2f34f6c84_b.jpgimg0807 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The first of several Colorquix pieces:

46955199205_5345c408d2_b.jpgOld Whittington 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And another:

40904734323_be36da56a5_b.jpgimg0811 by HughieDW, on Flickr

47871241901_a0076bc2a2_b.jpgimg0810 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A nice bit of Brayk:

47871230111_2c30b51b69_b.jpgimg0812 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33994194378_9d21ab86d6_b.jpgOld Whittington 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

40904901733_661e195b91_b.jpgOld Whittington 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33994007648_d44495d998_b.jpgimg0815 by HughieDW, on Flickr

47081813994_118891333f_b.jpgimg0818 by HughieDW, on Flickr

33993943468_e7c0c781d4_b.jpgimg0821 by HughieDW, on Flickr

47818907852_b7e8ed042a_b.jpgimg0822 by HughieDW, on Flickr

40904618613_154ce7348c_b.jpgimg0824 by HughieDW, on Flickr

47081749214_ef8ff5ca8d_b.jpgimg0825 by HughieDW, on Flickr

40904590253_773647d57a_b.jpgimg0826 by HughieDW, on Flickr

47081719364_5f3b1bde76_b.jpgimg0827 by HughieDW, on Flickr

32926908197_30324eca9f_b.jpgimg0830 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 
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