This was a revisit after a rather pleasant day underground....
Visited with SpaceInvader Obscurity and Storm.
A greyish, mineral-rich clay, fuller’s earth is well-known for its
absorbent qualities and has many uses. Its best known use however is as
cat litter, of which millions of bags are sold every year. Most of this
is now imported from the Americas but until recently, fuller’s earth was
quarried from the Lower Greensand strata at Woburn (Beds.), at Baulking
(Oxon.) and at Redhill (Surrey).
On the Redhill deposit, the most successful quarry operating at the
turn of the century was the Copyhold Works of the Fuller’s Earth Union
Ltd, established c.1860-70. Initially supplying the woolen trade, demand
later shifted to the growing chemical and comodity sector with
customers in the 1920s-40s including the Southern Oil Company Ltd,
British Glues and Chemicals Ltd and Price’s Patent Candle Co.
In 1954 the works, by now employing 780 men, were bought by chemical
company Laporte Industries. Production was stepped up to meet increasing
demand and a large factory consisting of kilns, granulators, blungers,
silos and transit systems on several floors was built. A large quarry
existed to the east and in the 1970s this strange landscape stood in for
various alien worlds in the BBC’s Doctor Who series. In the 1980s, the
Copyhold site was sending loose earths and packaged cat litter around
By 1995, however, due to falling profits it was announced that the
company would close 10% of its 100 plants. Copyhold fell victim the
following year and the Laporte Group ceased fuller’s earth production
altogether in 1997. After the production lines were switched off, the
119 acre pit was purchased for use as a landfill site by Biffa Waste
Services and continues to take waste from across Surrey. The factory was
for a while used as a waste transfer station but this was abandoned at
some time in the last four years and the site is now derelict.
Trashed is not the word for the place but its still fun to take photographs of!Even if clambering up the top was a tad dangerous!!!