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Water Eaton Grain Silo, Oxfordshire - November 2008

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ukmayhem

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Afew of us Locals got together this morning for a afew explores, Present was Myself, Owlet and Batroy.

1st stop was the Water Eaton Grain silo just outside Oxford. I wont bore you with all the details again as they can be found in my post from earlier in the year here - http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/showthread.php?t=6729

Main reason why we choice the site was Owlet and Batroy had never been and its iminent demolition to make way for Grundons new waste managment centre.

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so we thought we'd get a final explore in before the ball starts rolling. The surrounding companies had already started to move out all except a small Animal food supply company. Will be sad to see it go as its been a real head turner for me from since i can remember.

Anyway heres afew of my pictures and i'm sure the other will post up theres soon after.

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Once again all my photos will be up on my site and flickr shortley

Matt
 
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How can the paper say its an eyesore? I adore that type of building, its wonderful! Wicked set mate, industrial monochrome rocks:)
 

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I must say I'm not that partial to the look of the building itself, but the interior's great. Agree about the photos...excellent. Love the hopper. :mrgreen:
 
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Nice pictures from a great days exploring :) i missed that toilet though!
i'm feeling a real sense of achievment having done this site in time before it's demolished, and i'm sure you guys feel the same way.

here are a few of mine:-

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also i have to say, the top floor smelt horrendous. by the way ukmayhem, apparently builders have to carry out risk assesments on pigeon poop! oh, and did you get any of the baby pigeon in the end? i'd love to see :D
 

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That was almost the perfect explore, relaxed, plenty to see, perfect light for photography. I'll have my photos up this evening. It'll be a shame to see this building go, I'm very glad to have finally got round to visiting it.
 

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I just went here recently with my friend, so I will (try to) upload my pictures shortly. Brilliant explore, BUT THE AMOUNT OF SHIT! That room at the top was completely unbearable!
I just never managed to do this area (I don't know where it led to unless it was part of the basement); it was through a green door which is to the very left end of the silo (looking from the P&R) opposite. There was a ladder going up and one going down but it was kinda dark and I was a bit of a sissy I suppose. I also couldn't do most of the basement (I went down to the end of the steps, but couldn't get round to the rooms to the left and right because it was flooded). I'll do both next time I go if I have proper boots and use some random trash as stepping stones LOL
 

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Right, I've finally got round to putting my photos up.
First of all, a quick description of the site and its function. This structure follows a standard pattern common to other wartime silos and takes the form of two banks of ten seven storey high cylindrical reinforced concrete silos side by side with the space between them filled by a brick access shaft. In the shaft is the associated grain handling machinery and two enormous grain driers which extend the full height of the building. It was built in the early 1940s and closed in the late 1980s, after which the yard surrounding it was used by several local businesses including a pet food supplier and a car breaker.

We had beautiful early morning lighting conditions and I took several hundred pictures.









As always there are more pics plus a report on my web site.
 
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