Monday, 4 June 2012

British Sugar - Bardney - June 2012

The situation is a little funny on this one It closed in 2001/2002 and part of it has just been left to rot but other parts still take deliveries and ship things out which is a little strange. It's apparently been given the go ahead for demolition this november. 

This website here has a really in depth history of the site from its conception to the current date. So I shall just point you towards them. 

This is quite possibly my new favourite place I've been. Setting of at 3 in the morning from Leeds for the long drive down to Lincolnshire and getting up early was definitely worth it. Visited with Clough and Hidden Shadow aka Hidden sandwich as he seemed to have an endless supply of sandwiches throughout the day.


  1. Wonderful stuff as usual!!!!!!!!

  2. I worked in sugar factories for twenty years - these pictures are very evocative and as a naturalist who loves abandoned places I am delighted to see ferns growing alongside industrial equipment. If you wish to know what any of this stuff is called or did please let me know.

    1. Actually if you could help me out that would be ace. We were in a part of the site out the back and it smelt like animal feed. There was some machinery that I've actually seen in a place that made animal feed and it smelt just as bad and I wondered what the connection was? Also which Sugar factory did you work in?

    2. I worked a King's Lynn which closed in 1994. You're right about the animal feed. Once the beet has been sliced and the sugar removed by hot water diffusion, the remaining wet pulp is pressed to remove as much water as possible. This pressed pulp has molasses added to it before drying in oil-fired rotary dryers. The dried pulp is then extruded into pellets for animal feed which then gets sent to the west-country mostly where the cattle and sheep are.
      If it gets wet and starts to decay all the sugars left in the molasses break down and it really does smell bad.
      Nice 'photos; your 2nd and 3rd picture look like the burner ends of oil-fired dryers.
      What is interesting about the beet sugar industry is that it used epuipment from other, older established industries. Pulp presses were either Italian originally for olive pressing or Norwegian (fish oil).

  3. animal feed is a by product of sugar beet due to the advanced process efficencies we have at british sugar today, the animal feed is pelleted and made from beet fibre mixed with molasses and dried to ensure long term storage, the tradition steam plume from the chimney during our campaign is the water being evapourated off the beet fibre after the sugar extraction is complete!!!!

  4. Worked at Bardney for 34 years in factory lab.Sad to see decay.

  5. Was actually there very recently for business the 2nd and 3rd photos are rotary vacuum filters used for removing lime from the juice. There are a couple of bits missing in picture 3 removed for use at another site