Industrial & Commercial Sites

Explore #39: Kings Reach Tower, London – March 2014

My first “roof-topping” experience was an amazing way to kick off a sleep-deprived mini tour of a few sites down South (of Norfolk that is). It all started with me pootling down the A11, already a bit knackered from a heavy night the night before… until I wondered who that idiot was blocking me in in the right-hand lane. Turns out it was UrbanX, laughing his arse off at the idiot on his inside lane who had abjectly failed to…

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Explore #34: Bush Boake Allen, near Long Melford, Suffolk – February 2014

Another fairly local site which has been on my list of “to do”s for a while. Stafford Allen set up a farm and factory on the outskirts of Long Melford in 1899 to make natural pharmaceuticals, condiments and perfumes by milling herbs and spices, many of them grown on the spot. These included belladona, digitalis, liquorice and peppermint. The factory also milled imported ginger and pepper, a variety of gums and other spices, and made food flavouring essences (butter, almond,…

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Explore #22: Ipswich County Hall and Court, Ipswich, Suffolk – December 2013

After the fun and japes of Santa Severalls in the morning, we decided to pay Ipswich County Court a flying visit on the way home. The biggest challenge on this explore was trying to find somewhere free to park which was still within a reasonable walking distance of the location, but after much driving around (including the wrong way down a one-way street, oops!) we found somewhere and walked through the crowds of Christmas shoppers, trying not to feel too…

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