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Default Thorpe Marsh Cooling Towers - Good Friday 2011 - 25-04-2011, 13:25

My first explore since August! Becoming a dad has taken it's toll on my exploring, but a window of opportunity opened up, so I made the most of it!

I've been fascinated by power stations and cooling towers since my dad took me to see the massive cooling towers at Kearsley Power Station in Bolton being blown up in 1984. Dad had grown up in their shadow in the 50's and 60's and it was fairly poignant for him to see them come down. Since then I've always been fascinated by them

Fast forward to the present. Abandoned power stations are few and far between in the UK and although I was invited to explore Inverkip in Scotland, I ended up pulling out due to other commitments. Since then, I've had to content myself with the wasteland that is the remains of Huncoat, and vague plans to see the control room at Bromborough. Now I did call into see the cooling towers at Thorpe Marsh a few weeks back, but I had neither the time nor the attire for a proper explore, but my curiosity had been piqued and I needed to go back.

So with good weather promised, I made an early start from sun drenched Chorley, only to find myself driving through thicker mist the further I got into Yaaarkshire. By the time I was approaching Thorpe Marsh I was beginning to wonder if they'd been blown up as I couldn't see them. In fact, it was only when I was literally right next to them could I begin to see their lower halves - the tops were shrouded in mist. This made for an eerie, quiet atmosphere, punctuated occasionally by the wailing level crossing siren from the adjacent country lane, followed by the shriek of a Pendolino as it hurtled past en route to Edinburgh.


Thorpe Marsh by The View From The North, on Flickr


Thorpe Marsh by The View From The North, on Flickr

As I made my way to the far corner of the site through the thick undergrowth that had taken over the coal sidings, the mist slowly started to lift. The sun was now just about visible as a pale white circle between the curves of the towers.


Thorpe Marsh by The View From The North, on Flickr

At the far corner is what looks like the remains of some kind of coal unloading plant, a skeletal steel structure over railway tracks and large underground chambers that are now full of water. Not sure why this was left standing?


Thorpe Marsh by The View From The North, on Flickr

However, it was the cooling towers I was here to see, so I had a quick walk into one. The mist had now cleared from the top of this one and pale blue sky was visible through the top, as well as the hint of a shadow. Thank goodness for super wide-angle lenses - on full frame, a 16-35 is just wide enough to get it all in!


Thorpe Marsh by The View From The North, on Flickr


Thorpe Marsh by The View From The North, on Flickr

The other remaining structure on site is the slurry hoppers, an imposing concrete structure between two of the towers, but I can't find anything interesting to say about it, so I'll move on.


Thorpe Marsh by The View From The North, on Flickr

By now the sun had completely cleared the mist and as I walked over to the abandoned excavator I was wary of being more visible from the adjacent National Grid site - time to make a move, as on my last visit, there were people on site and a van turned up at the gate I was parked at to see what i was up to.


Thorpe Marsh by The View From The North, on Flickr

This old excavator seems to have been left by the demolition crew, and it's now as derelict as the rest of the site, and although everyone photographs it, I felt compelled to do so as I like big broken mechanical stuff!
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Default 25-04-2011, 13:42

Looks like fun. I need an SLR and a wide-angle lens!


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Default 25-04-2011, 13:59

been wanting to get over to here for ages. great pics.


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Default 25-04-2011, 14:01

Looks like you had a top day out. Nice to pass on your genes, but nice to get out and have a bit of AndyM-time, I bet?


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Default 25-04-2011, 19:39

Top photo's Andy, i keep threatenimg to visit either this place or Willington.


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Default 25-04-2011, 22:36

top stuff, its always a good explore that!

one little thing that bugs me is the watermark though, its a little big, no?


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Default 25-04-2011, 22:44

cooling towers in the mist always look good
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Default 26-04-2011, 10:13

great stuff, surprised by all the fog though...


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Default 26-04-2011, 11:25

Great pictures, would be nice to have a set with some nice sky but I guess thats what photoshop is for.
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Default 27-04-2011, 20:44

Thanks everyone, it's a smashing place to explore, I'd recommend it

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Great pictures, would be nice to have a set with some nice sky but I guess thats what photoshop is for.
Your wish is my command. One I took a few weeks back on my first visit:


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