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Explore #212: HFX Blast Furnaces and Steel works, Hayange / Florange, France – August 2017

Explore #4 of the ‘Greased Otters Tour’ Day Two was the centrepiece explore of our long weekend – the other sites we had lined up were all great in their own ways, but this one was an absolute beast – a huge decomissioned steel works which once boasted no fewer than six blast furnaces… History (translated and rewritten from here and here) The presence of iron ore in the region was exploited back to Roman times, if not earlier. The…

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Explore #211: The Rust Garden, Belgium – August 2017

Explore #3 of the ‘Greased Otters Tour’ Next up was a relatively quick look around the remains of a rusting coking plant… History I don’t know a huge amount about this site, other than that it apparently formed part of the vast Arcelor Mittal (formerly Cockerill Sambre) owned Haut Fourneau 6 (HF6) steelworks. The blast furnace was demolished a couple of years ago, but this part clings on amongst the razor wire and overgrowth… Our Explore This was another relatively…

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Explore #125: Thamesteel Steelworks, Sheerness, Kent – March 2015

After our unexpected success in exploring Finsbury Park reservoir, fellow explorer Nick and I continued our drive South, and rolled in to Sheerness just before dawn. History (amended and abridged from here and here) Thamesteel is a large former steel foundry and steel rolling site in Sheerness, on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. Construction was given the go-ahead in 1971, and completed in 1972 at an initial cost of circa £10m (over £100m in today’s money). The works, owned…

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