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Pilkington Glass, Doncaster - August 2013
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    Default Pilkington Glass, Doncaster - August 2013

    This was my 7th visit to what is by far my favourite explore so far. Unfortunately since last seeing the place it's been completely trashed; windows smashed, wires stripped, graffiti and cranes vandalised.

    Unfortunately there's only so many times you can go somewhere before you start to get bored, and with it getting more and more risky to get in I decided to make this my final visit.

    History:-
    Construction of the factory began in 1919 but it apparently opened in 1922 at great cost to the Pilkington company which was established in 1826 over in St Helens. The site was chosen due to its canal side location and access to local coal and sand. In 1923 Pilkington’s, in collaboration with Ford in the States, developed a continuous flow process for the manufacture of glass plate and a method of continuous grinding. However in the 1950′s Pilkington’s developed the “float” method of glass production (the molten glass is poured onto a bath of molten tin at 1000C). This was much cheaper as it did not require the grinding and polishing processes. Pilkington’s quickly set about converting all their factories to this new technology with the exception of the Doncaster plant which retained the old method of production.

    At its peak the factory had around 3,000 employees but by 1966 the plant was only running at 56% capacity and eventually the doors closed in 2008. The site was then sold in 2009 and has remained abandoned ever since. I’m not sure what the plans are for the site but there certainly doesn’t seem to be any signs that the area is to be redeveloped.


























    Thanks for taking a look.

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    Default Re: Pilkington Glass, Doncaster - August 2013

    Jesus that is trashed! I dont think peole would hate pikies so much if they didnt make a mess lol


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    Default Re: Pilkington Glass, Doncaster - August 2013

    7 times?

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    Default Re: Pilkington Glass, Doncaster - August 2013

    Doesn't seem to have changed much. Deffo looks ready for the bulldozer now. Thanks for the update.

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    Default Re: Pilkington Glass, Doncaster - August 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by jST View Post
    7 times?
    Obviously I have nothing better to do

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    Default Re: Pilkington Glass, Doncaster - August 2013

    Nice one mate
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