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Realstone, Bolehill, Derbyshire, July 2020

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1. The History
Situated near to Bolehill Quarry, Wingerworth near Chesterfield, quarrying here first started on the site in 1940. Realstone was incorporated in October 1998 and was involved in the cutting, shaping and finishing ornamental stone. It was one of the largest suppliers of natural stone in the UK and had three sites in total. It’s headquarters here along with works in Glasgow and Penrith.

After a period of sustained trading losses and sales underperformance, Realstone went into Administration on 18th May, 2016 when it became apparent that it would not be possible to sell the business as a going concern. Its assets were then bought up by Grants of Shoreditch and all 35 employees made redundant by early July. The site has been empty since and suffered at the hands of metal thieves, local arsonists and yobs.

2. The Explore
Solo explore. It’s nothing special but the scale of destruction in such a short space of time is shocking. It has been totalled. Not much to add beyond that, so on with the pictures.

3. The Pictures

Realstone 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Realstone 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Realstone 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Sadly, the place has been trashed:

Realstone 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Realstone 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6964 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Inside it is a mess:

Realstone 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Realstone 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6966 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The scale of destruction is palpable:

img6967 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6969 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6970 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6995 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Obligatory dick graff:

img6996 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A sample of its former wares:

img6976 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The place’s saving grace is the odd bit of nice graff. A nice bit of Colorquix:

Realstone 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6988 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And a cracking bit of Brayk:

img6979 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6980 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6982 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Realstone 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Otherwise, it’s pretty grim:

Realstone 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6985 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6986 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6989 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img6998 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img7001 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img7000 by HughieDW, on Flickr
 
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