Soda Ash

Author ThisIsMore - Last updated: 21.06.2013
I managed to get out with Anoxia, Ibex and one of our good friends for a very good explore which is very close to home! i have visited here before but didn't venture deep inside like we did this time! and I'm so glad we did, its safe to say i had a small industry fix, with it being me top subject to explore, practiasclly every other explorer i know who has been here has had stake outs or had the run around or been caught, we had nothing of the sort, not a secca in sight for the 3/4 hours we were there, so all in all dead chilled.

Here is a little history for you all, borrowed this from somewhere..

Wallerscote Island Soda Ash Works – Northwich
John Brunner and Ludwig Mond were industrial chemists. Their company was originally formed in 1873. They built Winnington Works in Northwich, Cheshire and produced their first soda ash a year later. They used brine solution, ammonia and limestone to produce sodium carbonate in pure form, and with fewer by-products using the solvay process. They chose Winnington because it sits on a bed of salt 600 feet thick, is fairly close to the Buxton limestone quarries and had good transport links.
By 1881, the partnership was well established and became a limited company, producing 200,000 tons of soda ash each year. Brunner Mond established themselves as the country’s biggest soda ash producer and continued to expand. In time, Brunner Mond & Co. provided virtually all of Britain’s soda ash, and became the world’s largest alkali exporter. Wallerscote island Works was completed in 1926. An almost bizarre like construction of silos and huge metal sheds although all were integral parts of the original structure. The company later became part of ICI which is now owned by Tata.
Sodium Carbonate is a widely used in industry for casting and glassmaking. It is commonly used in chemistry as a base and an electrolyte. It is also used domestically in detergents, dyes and toothpaste as well as tasty sherbet sweets!

On with the photos…

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Thanks for looking
ThisIsMore

0 comments

Add your comment

Nickname:
E-mail:
Website:
Comment:

Other articlesgo to homepage

Seacliff Diesel and Auto

Seacliff Diesel and Auto(0)

Hey Team! Been a couple months, but I found my first decent urbex location down under today.

Plastic factory

Plastic factory(0)

Nothing special, but there are a few nice corners:

HF B

HF B(0)

May 2013, visited with LarzzA very hot early summer’s day; somewhere in the industrial depths of Belgium. The furnace towers above us as we stake out the gate and notice way too much activity! This won’t be an easy task… We decide to check the back o…

Small waterwork

Small waterwork(0)

A small nice waterwork

Rudersdof Chemiewerks

Rudersdof Chemiewerks(0)

The abandoned chemical factory of Rüdersdorf (actually in Tasdorf) was once part of VEB Chemiewerk Coswig, responsible mainly for the production of the animal feed Rükana and other phosphates used for farming.
It started life in 1899 as a cement factory operated by C.O.Wegener, which allegedly made the cement in “an ultra-modern yet highly dangerous” kiln oven. The huge Preußag concern (now the TUI travel agent) took over in 1939, producing bauxite vital for the Nazis’ war effort from 1944.
The Russians dismantled the plant after the war, but it found a new lease of life in 1950 when the VEB Glühphosphatwerk Rüdersdorf was formed to make the afore-mentioned phosphates. Two more kilns were added in 1972, and the factory came under control of the Piesteritz-based VEB Kombinat Agrochemie (agrochemicals) at the end of the 1970s.
German reunification spelled the end for VEB Chemiewerk Coswig, however, as it did for so many East German enterprises, with dwindling sales and dodgy dealings from investors preceding the inevitable. The factory made its last pig’s dinner before the gates were permanently closed in 1999.
Not much in the way of detail inside any of the buildings but externally it was pretty cool and the sunset helped.

#1
Image

#2
Image

#3
Image

#4
Image

#5
Image

#6
Image

read more

Advertisement



Locations

Villa Das / Wallfahrt Villa Das / Wallfahrt(0)
Fort de la Chartreuse Fort de la Chartreuse(0)
Seacliff Diesel and Auto Seacliff Diesel and Auto(0)
Euro Tour #3 Euro Tour #3(0)
Plastic factory Plastic factory(0)
read more

Interesting?

Find Us on Facebook

Talk Urbex for iPhone

banner

Contacts and information

Talk Urbex is a community of photographers and urban explorers. We are documenting abandoned, historically important locations across the world. Talk Urbex is not responsible for any legal issues arising from either locations or digital/film imaging.

Social networks

Most popular categories

© 2012 Talkurbex.com - All rights reserved.
Privacy Policy | Google+