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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #38 on: July 03, 2012, 08:49:19 »
Is this the demolition of the original building 1926

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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #37 on: January 27, 2012, 11:08:07 »
keith-17 - my dad could well be on those films as he ran a building gang working on the site in the early 70s.

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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #36 on: February 18, 2011, 01:56:12 »
it does seem strange down there dosn't it , AEI and Henlys long gone , they made all the undersea telephone cables for marconi down there , my grandad used to work ar henlys and i have his 40years service watch safely here ..
i asked my dad about the museum stuff , he said soem went to the little place at the fort gardens and some went to chatham ..he has the films still though :)

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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #35 on: February 16, 2011, 15:24:59 »
I had a look at the gate at the Gravesend end today. The footpath is still blocked off and the KCC notice said 'Closed for a maximum of 6 months from 28th October 2010.' That was when the previous notice ended! There was no sign of any demolition going on from that position.
 Driving along Crete Hall road is strange as most of AEI has gone now and I could see the chalk cliffs at the back of the site.
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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #34 on: January 28, 2011, 11:58:33 »
I'm Not really sure to be honest , i'll ask my dad next time i see him

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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #33 on: January 28, 2011, 10:17:24 »
keith-17
Any idea what happened to the museum artifacts? There was a model of the factory after it was modified, in the Gravesend Chantry museum last Summer.
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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #32 on: January 27, 2011, 21:53:33 »
My Dad was employed by BLUE CIRCLE to film and archive the building of the northfleet works , he still has all the film on 16mm as he used to run the museum near the football ground until they ran out of money for it to continue ..
as a young lad i was lucky enough to go up inside one of the chimenys at northfleet as they where finishing it off , a fair old view from up there 650feet in the air  :)

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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #31 on: August 25, 2010, 06:44:07 »
Maybe it was hidden by bushes but I couldn't see it.
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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #30 on: August 24, 2010, 23:15:08 »
I was under the impression that the Aspdin cement kiln was a scheduled ancient monument, so I'd hope it survives.

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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #29 on: July 17, 2010, 18:16:12 »
I had a walk round to the gate at the football ground end of the site. We called it the 'Brickfield gate'
There used to be a small museum there that even had a 'bottle kiln' from the 1800s but the site is completely flat and over grown now. :(
 I see the official notice on the barrier says the public footpaths with be closed until 1st October.....
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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #28 on: July 09, 2010, 06:53:13 »
I joined Blue Circle in 1968. We used the derelict Johnson's works as a store for bricks etc while Northfleet was being completed in the early 70s. The Jetty was in use by a gravel firm.
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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #27 on: July 08, 2010, 22:28:56 »
Hmm, that makes me feel old!  I remember the old Johnson's works at Greenhithe being demolished after being replaced by the 'new' Northfleet works.

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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2010, 07:13:43 »
Not long after they were built one of the engineers spotted a man near the top of one on his way up. He checked that no one was supposed to be up there and waited with the shift manager for him to come down. He was found to be a contractor who did it for a bet! He was thrown off site....
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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #25 on: July 05, 2010, 22:24:31 »
hi firts time iv seen this site . id just like to add my bit of history . years ago in the 80s i worked for a steeplejack company called raffertys and we contracted to cement works all over . i had the pleasure of several visits to northfleet staying in the yanks caffey in the town we had all maner of jobs like emptying cement silos and many other rough jobs .the jobs that stick in my mind wer the times when we had the job of working on both chimneys . as i remember they wer originaly 500 feet tall untill an extra 50 feet of brickwork was added to the top off both stacks . the views from the top was truley breathtaking that is if i had any breath left after climbing up there . our tasks ranged from inspections to repairing the aircraft lights . i can still remember thinking how small the ships looked on the thames from that lofty view point . hope this is of some interest to you . g man

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Re: Demolition of Blue Circle / Lafarge Cement Works Northfleet
« Reply #24 on: July 03, 2010, 15:10:20 »
I saw it medwayboy, and yes it was those chimneys being demolished in the program.  I was pleased about that, because I had meant to go up and watch the demolition, but forgot, so at least I got to see it on film even if I missed it 'in person.'
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