I finally worked out how to stitch lots of images together properly and make an explorable panorama – great for letting you see all around somewhere 🙂 Click on the pictures to open the panoramas -they’re QuickTime files, and they’re about 4Mb each. Then just use your mouse to drag the view about…
First up, the Factory I guncotton plant – These beaters were used to chop up the nitrocellulose slurry:
It’s been, ooh, 15 minutes since I last did a report on this place 🙂 Sadly, it now looks as if this place doesn’t have much longer…
Firstly the WWII-era Cordite press houses – this part is very torn up, looks like for buried electrical cable and scrap, very smashed up but still some lovely details left, like this Tangye press:
I just can’t keep away from this place – this was another quick revisit to poke about the labs again, and find yet more plans – plus, in a drawer in a darkroom, some glass slides of ICI workers.
A fun stroll in the woods, with some friends – big concrete things, little machine things, secret paths and comedy “run away!” moments – what more could you want?
I know what you’re thinking – you’re thinking when the hell am I going to STFU about Ardeer? Soon, I promise 😉 This was a revisit to walk the last few unexplored paths, go into every building I’ve missed, and hunt down a few loose ends – plus get better pictures of some places for my book project. There were a few bonuses, though…
First up, one of the four gunpowder presses – GP4 is a “Yankee” horizontal hydraulic press, which was apparently preferred by the workers.
Another visit back to the enormous Ardeer site, this time to have a look around the wooded area that contained the gunpowder works. First, though, I passed through the nitroglycerin section – it’s a bizarre landscape of steep hills, tunnels, berms and these corrugated-iron blast walls:
A third visit, this time from a different direction. This is Africa House, it was the South African pavilion at the Glasgow Empire Exhibition, moved to Ardeer to be used for offices, but now a gutted wreck: