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Rank Hovis Mill by Night - Ramsgate - January 2013

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Ramsgatonian

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I'm lacking transport at the moment, so I decided to take a walk and have a revisit of my most familiar UE haunt. Sadly the place has gone downhill fast - it was sealed recently, but they left it a bit late... Once upon a time the site was in great condition, but has sadly become a victim of its popularity with local kids. The building is still sealed up well - so after a comedy entrance, I was inside.

You could hear a pin drop - even though it was pitch dark, it was reassuring to know I would not have any unwanted company, after seeing how well the place is secured. I remember, months ago my girlfriend and I had a nasty shock while on the roof - hearing an angle grinder start up, before an awkward encounter with the culprits downstairs...

There has been a mill on this site for roughly 150 years, with the large silo structures built considerably later. As I recall, the site ceased operation around 2005 due to modernization. The site is now in development hell (the plan was to convert the Grade II listed building into apartments) - the buyer paid too much and couldn't make a profit, and left the whole site unguarded for years.

Anyway, as it was a good night for it, half the photographs are taken from the roof. The other half were taken while I tried not to fall through rotten floorboards... :lol:

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As I was walking down the pitch dark stairwell to leave, a fox shot past on the landing below and made me jump to say the least. I assume she came in for one of the lovely pigeon or rat corpses on offer... :sick:

Thanks for looking! :)
 
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Ramsgatonian

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that place looks great!!!

It's messed up inside now... Weirdly, even though the windows have all been smashed for years, the pigeons have only taken up residence in the last 6 months. It used to be quite clean inside, but now pigeon shit is actually making the floorboards disintegrate! :(

A couple of summers ago, I spent all day on the roof here relaxing after just walking in... Sadly those days are over - I had to risk life and limb to get in here! :mad:
 

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I'm very much starting to appreciate night stuff, this report makes me appreciate it even more :)
 

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I'm very much starting to appreciate night stuff, this report makes me appreciate it even more :)


Me too, looking at night stuff in the summer somewhere as far away as possible from light polution, using moon / stars.... So thats England ruled out......... :lol:


Good work Ramsey mate !
 

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Love nite shots you get totally different feelings about a place, very nicely done:)

You on a C50 or 90 in ur avatar, i can never remember which one was red or blue....ive chewed up a few their fun:mrgreen:
 

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ha ha to the fox! We did an old TB hospital in Germany and I walked into a room and nearly pappered my skiddies as a fox literally ran up the wall trying to exit through a window. I'm not sure who was more scared initially!!!
 

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Lovely pictures - and respect as it can't have been easy (major understatement) getting about inside at night :cool:
 

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