London, England

Those dark satanic mills

Date August 2010
Posted July 2011
Industrial abandonment in London's Docklands
And there they were, over by the dock, indeed looking dark (at least the windows were) and satanic. Neither myself nor DLB were, however, among them. We were instead being summoned towards a silver pick-up truck, the driver of which had dilligently spotted us as we scampered from one bush to another. For us, the war was over. For the second time.

Millennium Mills, London, England (2010) courtesy of adventuretwo.net

This inability to breach the outer walls of the well-fortified industrial monstrosity was a little embarassing, and not really reminiscent of my first venture inside four years previously. That time it was under the cover of darkness, myself and zero clawing at electrical conduits, heating pipes and barbed wire in order to reach and slip behind a piece of wooden boarding at the first floor level. From here we could move around as we wanted, but first had to find some way of bringing in the third member of our party, a man going under the psydonym of CitadelMonkey (by now you'll probably finding these names amusing but each one, I'm sure, has a story behind it). Way up on the fourth floor we found a long steel walkway which was lying on the floor, about 20ft long and 2ft wide, with bracing on the underside that could be used in a ladder-like fashion. But how to get it down to the ground?

The idea was zero's, elegant in its simplicity: we would launch it out the window. To facilitate this we propped it up on a horizontal scaffolding bar guarding a large open hole in the side of the building and then thought it wise to shout down a warning to CM ("Find somewhere to hide"). Preparations finished, the two of us lifted up the other end and ran with it towards the moonlit aperture, and then watched as its dark silhouette descended through the cool evening air. Upon striking the ground sparks accompanied the walkway's tremendous crash, a cloud of dirt and dust momentarily caught in the glare of a nearby halogen light.

Back to 2010 and we did eventually make it inside, and spent the morning perusing the giant hulk with the benefit of daylight, escaping afterwards without incident. I took the time to fire off some snaps for you all, and it should be pretty obvious whereabouts on this page they can be found. And if silos are your thing then have a gander at these offerings from New York City and Toronto.

Millennium Mills, London, England (2010) courtesy of adventuretwo.net


Millennium Mills, London, England (2010) courtesy of adventuretwo.net


Millennium Mills, London, England (2010) courtesy of adventuretwo.net


Millennium Mills, London, England (2010) courtesy of adventuretwo.net


Millennium Mills, London, England (2010) courtesy of adventuretwo.net


Millennium Mills, London, England (2010) courtesy of adventuretwo.net


Millennium Mills, London, England (2010) courtesy of adventuretwo.net


Millennium Mills, London, England (2010) courtesy of adventuretwo.net
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