Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Rank Hovis Mill, Ramsgate - August 2012

Yesterday afternoon I hopped on the train to Ramsgate with a view to meeting up with Stealth and having a look around the old Hovis Mill.

"The Ramsgate Flour Mill was built in 1865, and closed in 2005 when the site was sold by Rank Hovis to a private developer, as it was no longer commercially viable. The mill survived two world wars, but sustained heavy bombing during World War 2.
A planning application has been submitted for residential redevelopment for a total of 72 apartments and 17 dwellinghouses comprising; change of use, partial demolition, extension & residential conversion of main mill building and residential conversion of ancillary office buildings."

After a hop, skip, and the use of a tripod and hi-vis, we made it over the wall, and in via a concealed entrance.

It became pretty apparent that the place had been done over by copper thieves, or perhaps by the current owner looking to make a quick buck. 

 A ladder covered in pigeon shit. Note to self - must buy gloves.

 Fire extinguisher, anyone?

 The bridge across wasn't at dodgy, or filled with pigeons. 

 Stealth told me that a few years ago he crawled across the girder above. Mental.


This concluded the main tour of the buildings, and left us only with one way to go. 

 This room had some trapdoors that gave way to the pitch black. Very cautious foot placement took place.

 If it was a nice day, and Ramsgate was a nicer, I'm sure that this would have been a much nicer photo.

 The room at the very, very top of the mill. Full of pigeons, and pigeon poop. It reeked. 

Then I my body had its usual 'oh, actually, I'm not that good at going back down from heights' realisation, but then had the usual 'actually, I'd better get a move on' response from the brain, and we were down with minimal fuss. 

The other buildings around the mill, the admin and workshop buildings, are very well steeled off, and inaccessible. 

The air raid shelter in the grounds was accessible, however.... COMING SOON!

Thanks for reading/looking, this was a pretty long one because the site was pretty damn big!

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