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Steetley

By Hop-A-Long
This is from a trip to the old Steetley Magnasite works in Hartlepool.
Many people have photographed this place as it is so accessible, there are no fences, no security and in actual fact there are signed public footpaths going right through the middle of it.
I have seen some photographs taken from the top of the derelict chimney, now I may be daft but seriously, an 80-100foot derelict chimney and they climb up the rusted ladders on the inside of it to take a photograph. I think the word idiot comes to mind. I keep my feet firmly on the ground thankyou.
When I first visited the place it was very early in the morning and my friends and I wanted to capture the sunrise, we did not expect what we found there.
Firstly when we arrived it was hammering it down with rain and dark, but as we were there we decided to take a walk around. Well, we came out of the footpath tunnel that leads to it and it was like a nuclear war had happened as we had been walking and we hadn't heard it. The place is in utter devistation and dereliction it is unbelievable, even today I am amazed by the place.
We had a good wander around, got soaked, didn't take one single photograph and then returned home to a nice cuppa vowing to return on a better day.
This is one of the shots frrom one of the following better days as I have since returned several times as there is just so much, in fact to much to take in, it is a real rust and crust photographers heaven, my kind of place.
Now, when we returned on this better day we began to think ourselves very lucky, and I mean lucky. As we explored we began to find things that were rather scary, such as lids missing from shafts which went down 30 feet into the ground with broken timbers, steel beams and water at the bottom to give you a nice soft landing. It was then we remembered how on our first visit we walked around in the dark and heavy rain with only torchlight to guide us. Frightening!
This is a photo of just one of the settling tanks that are there, if you like it I will add one or two more photos over the next couple of days for your enjoyment.

Any comments as always are welcome.

Tags: Dangerous Interesting Industrial Derelict Abandoned Rust Black and white Broken Crust

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Comments


woolybill1 Plus
9 22 67 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 1:12PM
Fascinating stuff, Andy. Glad to know you proceeded with caution - well, you must have done, otherwise you would not have uploaded this photo today!
I think this is the first time you have mentioned tea since you started uploading again, though plenty of folk have done it for you in their comments Smile
Sounds like the kind of place that would appeal to me, too, though strictly at ground level and away from the water.
You are now the second person I've encountered on epz using a Bronica 645. Part of me says I'd fancy getting back into using film; by far the larger part of me doesn't miss the darkroom bits for a single minute. C'est la vie.
Regards
Bill

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Sean_Dillon 7 2 2 England
14 Jan 2012 1:49PM
Cracking image, works great in B&W.
Have been to the site myself last year, wasnt a great deal there, but it was a little sureal, walking across the road from the shops and walking through the tunnel to this site.
John
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
14 Jan 2012 2:10PM
Looks and sounds like the perfect place for someone to dispose of an unwanted body, Andy Wink I think you can count your blessings that on your first visit you didn't end up down one of those uncovered shafts, only to be found days/weeks/years later, with camera in hand! Carol
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
14 Jan 2012 2:19PM
Photographed many a rusty ladder Andy,
but even I would not be daft enough to climb up one !!
Good shot.
Mick.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 948 1479 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 2:33PM
Ah, the welcome return of the faithful cuppa! Wink
Good upload. I find such places eerie, they are meant to be hives of activity, noise, people working.
Remind me never to volunteer for a night time trip with you!
Moira
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
14 Jan 2012 2:35PM
Unusual and fascinating image!

Ken
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2012 3:45PM
you could actually lose a little of the foreground in this shot but nonetheless a good one

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