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Title: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
Post by: colin haggart on May 18, 2014, 22:00:36
It looks like those two are to be demolished.
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Post by: grandarog on May 19, 2014, 06:53:03
Heres the News article from the beginning of April.

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/medway-skyline-changing-forever-15356/

 I wonder if they will blow the chimneys or dismantle in sections from the top, as they did the old Kemsley Mill chimney. If they blow, hope they don`t do it in secret, like the Sittingbourne Mill water tower when they built Morrisons.
Title: Re: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
Post by: AlanH on May 19, 2014, 10:22:27
Many years ago (about '66 or 67) during one of my many "rest periods" I did a couple of nights work at Kingsnorth for a company contracted to wash the bottom of the chimneys.
We used a long probe which was gradually inserted into the base of the chimney and a high pressure jet washed the inside walls flushing out all sorts of build up of crap.
What it actually was we flushed I don't know but they couldn't do it during the day as the huge stain caused by this stuff, which went straight out into the river, would have been seen and that may have upset people.
I suspect that it wouldn't be allowed today and even then may well have been illegal or frowned upon.
AlanH.
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Post by: Maid of Kent on May 19, 2014, 21:41:39
It will change the view for those over the water! Grain - the 'Big' chimney, as we call it here, wasn`t built when I came to live here 40 years ago. My sister-in-law did a water colour of the view at that time. Shame I didn`t think to get her to do one with the chimneys in situ! We will watch, with interest, the demolition process from the beach this summer!
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Post by: Sentinel S4 on May 19, 2014, 21:59:54
One of my Uncles was involved with the building of the Big Chimney. He drove a steam pile driver and was responsible for the base. Seems like it was a million years ago, early 1970's though was it not? I for one shall miss them.

S4.
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Post by: gardener on May 20, 2014, 22:14:07
My info is Kingsnorth chimney is staying up, I of G station comes down first chimney as well.
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Post by: WildWeasel on August 02, 2014, 21:26:59
RE Kingsnorth ...It`s been part of the Medway skyline all my life so will be sad to see it go.
I'm following the demolition and trying to take as many pics as possible from the Gillingham Country Park Side to document the breakdown.
Noticed the first signs today looking back at a Pic I took earlier this year seeing the conveyers for the coal from the jetty disappearing
A project and I think will be worthwile..
WW

Title: Re: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
Post by: Admiral D Ascoyne on September 20, 2014, 08:22:29
I heard an unconfirmed claim from a parish cllr at Grain, the chimney will come down next October.
Some of the metal cladding from the conveyor towers at Kingsnorth has been dismantled so it's happening albeit a death by thousand cuts...
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Post by: merc on October 21, 2014, 17:52:10
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/120ft-building-set-to-be-25626/
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Post by: Admiral D Ascoyne on November 27, 2014, 10:06:39
Bring it down!!  :)
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Post by: Easyg on December 26, 2014, 12:49:12
In the early 80s I earned a lot of money working in Kingsnorth. As a scaffolder, we erected working platforms when they shut down the boilers for maintenance.
We worked 12 hour shifts, and 7 days. Used to last about a month, as I remember.
I worked for SGB then. Earned about £1200 a week. A lot of money then.
Come to think of it, it's still a lot of money.
Title: Re: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
Post by: peterchall on December 26, 2014, 17:55:59
I worked for SGB then. Earned about £1200 a week. A lot of money then.
Come to think of it, it's still a lot of money.
It's about £5300 today!
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Post by: merc on July 06, 2015, 12:17:31
The turbine hall at Kingsnorth is due to be demolished on Thursday.

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/milestone-as-turbine-hall-is-39545/
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Post by: Ted Ingham on July 07, 2015, 21:31:22
Photographed today 7th July 2015.

Regards,
Ted
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Post by: kyn on July 09, 2015, 10:32:39
The demolition of Kingsnorth chimney is due today at about 1pm.  Please check this before you go as I wasn't paying much attention to the radio this morning but I am sure that is what was said.  Someone grab some pics for us all :)
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Post by: Local Hiker on July 09, 2015, 20:50:35
I posted a couple of photos in the wrong place, sorry.

http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=2708.msg162483#msg162483
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Post by: conan on July 10, 2015, 10:56:57
Here we go, footage of the big bang :)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-33461427
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Post by: conan on August 02, 2015, 19:08:55
more big bangs  :)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-33751236
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Post by: grandarog on September 22, 2017, 19:51:18
          Has anyone got any inside info for a heads up of when the Chimney at Kingsnorth is to be blown. Earlier this year they said September.
          Hope they give a bit more notice than when they demolished the boiler house.Released time to the press a couple of hours before they blew it.
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Post by: grandarog on January 28, 2018, 11:10:26
I have finally learnt that the CHIMNEY at Kingsnorth Power Station (The only thing left standing) is due to be demolished  at
 
10.00 AM  on  THURSDAY 8th.  MARCH   2018

Make a note in your Diaries. A sight not to be missed.
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Post by: Lyn L on January 28, 2018, 17:04:43
I've also read it will be 9 am that morning, not sure what is the correct time now.
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Post by: grandarog on January 28, 2018, 18:05:39
I am sure times will be confirmed and re-comfirmed countless times before the 8th. They have to get approval from Police and councils etc. for road closures, safety zones and associated legislation.
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Post by: helcion on January 29, 2018, 10:02:15

An Oldie-but-Goodie, well worth another watch   -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggg3C87UVCY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggg3C87UVCY)
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Post by: Local Hiker on January 29, 2018, 19:39:03
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway/news/chimney-to-come-tumbling-down-159259/
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Post by: MedwayDweller on March 02, 2018, 11:53:49
I believe the chimney has had a stay of execution and will NOT now be demolished on March 8th. I am assuming this week’s extreme weather has put the necessary preparations back.

A new date has yet to be revealed.
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Post by: MedwayDweller on March 05, 2018, 10:31:15
Has anybody else heard the same as me, that Thursday's chimney demolition has been postponed because of recent bad weather? Only been  mentioned on Kent Online so far, I can't believe other sources haven't confirmed.

I'd hate to miss it !
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Post by: Lyn L on March 05, 2018, 12:33:34
Just seen a new demolition date set for 10 am Thursday March 22nd.
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Post by: grandarog on March 05, 2018, 18:59:39
Heres the info

http://msba.org.uk/?p=4285
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Post by: Maid of Kent on March 13, 2018, 21:48:07
Has anyone got a time for the demolition or is it still at 10am?
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Post by: grandarog on March 14, 2018, 19:26:35
Last info said 10.00 AM 22nd MARCH.
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Post by: ChrisExiledFromStrood on March 22, 2018, 20:32:30
Video of the chimney coming down on the BBC website:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-kent-43503116/kingsnorth-power-station-chimney-reduced-to-rubble
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Post by: JohnWalker on March 22, 2018, 23:56:51
Looked like a text book demolition to me ...