Exploration

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 #33: Rougham Hall, Suffolk – February 2014

This beautiful, but exceedingly derelict, old Hall has been on my “to do” list since I first got into urban exploration last summer. On a sunny morning a few weeks ago I decided that it was finally time to pay the old girl a visit. The Hall lies in the middle of a country estate which is still occupied, so I was careful to work my way towards my target using as much cover from the surrounding woodland as possible.…

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Explore #32: Lime Kiln, Norfolk – February 2014

The 5th and final location of a recent day of solo exploring was this Grade II listed mid-19th Century lime kiln, hidden in woodland in the Norfolk countryside. Lined with brick and flint, and with two entrances and four chutes leading into the brick-lined pot. You can read a bit of the history of lime kilns and quicklime production in Great Britain at this wiki page. One of the entrances to the kiln. Inside the underground brick-vaulted chamber. What remains…

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