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Location DB > England > Shropshire > Ellesmere > Ellesmere Creamery
 Name
Ellesmere Creamery
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 Database Info
created by inventor on 10/5/2005 2:57 PM
last modified by inventor on 10/12/2006 9:54 PM
 Viewability
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
 Overview
 Description

 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: Forget it - demolished
 Physical Information
Address
Wharf Road
Ellesmere, Shropshire
England
Owner: PB Developments
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • water
  • broken glass, drops of 15 feet
  •  Interesting Features
    An old-fashioned creamery with interesting buildings and some large machines remaining. Massive 50 acre site.
     Security Measures
  • none
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1931
    Closed: 1989
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  •  Recommended Equipment
    Telephone and camera
     History
    Ellesmere Creamery was built in the 1930s to serve the many dairy farms in the region. The creamery was owned by United Dairies, which became Unigate Dairies in 1959. At some point before its closure in 1987-89 the ownership of the creamery transferred to Dairy Crest. When closed it employed nearly 300 people - probably a good third of the town's workforce - so it was a major blow to the town. The site occupies about 50 acres, of which perhaps 15-20 acres are covered by buildings. Much of the equipment was removed from the creamery when it closed, but larger pieces remain. When I first visited the site in 1995 most of the buildings were boarded up and locked, but it was still a fascinating site. Now vandals have cracked open the buildings and regrettably caused a great deal of damage, but explorers can wander freely. This really is an excellent site if you live in the West Midlands or Wales. You could easily spend a whole day exploring here.
     Media Coverage
    Feature at BBC News website: http://www.bbc.co....esmere_wharf.shtml
     Future Plans
    To be demolished if planning permission for a new shopping mall is granted, but the development is currently being blocked by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. In the meantime the site is getting pretty badly vandalised, so now is the time to visit.

    UPDATE: Probably now completely demolished, although I haven't been back to check.
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     Photo Galleries
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    Maps
    Wed, Oct 5th, 2005
    posted by inventor
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    Transport Depot
    Wed, Oct 5th, 2005
    posted by inventor
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    North Goods Yard
    Wed, Oct 5th, 2005
    posted by inventor
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    South End Of Site
    Wed, Oct 5th, 2005
    posted by inventor
    12 pictures
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    Engine Room
    Wed, Oct 5th, 2005
    posted by inventor
    19 pictures
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    New Block
    Wed, Oct 5th, 2005
    posted by inventor
    21 pictures
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    Old Block Ground Floor
    Wed, Oct 5th, 2005
    posted by inventor
    22 pictures
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    Old Block First Floor
    Wed, Oct 5th, 2005
    posted by inventor
    30 pictures
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    Demolition
    Fri, Sep 1st, 2006
    posted by inventor
    13 pictures
     


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     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 10/12/2006 11:29 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Oct 12 06 at 23:29, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Oct 12 06 at 21:54, inventor changed the following: Owner, Status, Recommendation, Future Plans
  • on Sep 9 06 at 22:05, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Sep 2 06 at 20:50, inventor changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Sep 2 06 at 20:49, inventor changed the following: Recommendation
  • on Sep 2 06 at 20:48, inventor changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Recommendation, Future Plans
  • on Sep 2 06 at 20:41, inventor updated gallery picture Gates
  • on Sep 2 06 at 20:39, inventor updated gallery picture View from north
  • on Sep 2 06 at 20:39, inventor updated gallery picture Canal warehouse
  • on Sep 2 06 at 20:38, inventor updated gallery picture Site security
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