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Offline conan

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Re: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
« Reply #17 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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Re: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
« Reply #16 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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Re: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
« Reply #15 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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« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2015, 21:31:22 »
Photographed today 7th July 2015.

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Re: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
« Reply #13 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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Re: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
« Reply #12 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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« Reply #11 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.

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Re: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2014, 10:06:39 »
Bring it down!!  :)
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Re: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
« Reply #8 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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Re: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
« Reply #7 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..
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Re: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
« Reply #6 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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Re: Demolition of Grain and Kingsnorth chimneys.
« Reply #5 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.

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« Reply #4 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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« Reply #3 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.
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