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Morganite Chimney Demolition: Paycocke Road, Nevendon Industrial Estate (No.1)


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Morganite Carbon Chimney - Basildon Morganite Carbon Chimney - Basildon Morganite Carbon Chimney - Basildon
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Location: Paycocke Road
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: 17/12/1983
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments: Crowds gather in Paycocke Road in anticipation of the impending explosion. Note the Ford mark 3 Cortina estate, a common site in the 1980s.
Location: Paycocke Road
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: 17/12/1983
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments: The chimney in the background belonged to Ilford Ltd whose colour processing unit was also based in Paycocke Road. That too would also later suffer the same fate.
Location: Paycocke Road
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: 17/12/1983
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments:
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Morganite Carbon Chimney - Basildon Morganite Carbon Chimney - Basildon Morganite Carbon Chimney - Basildon
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Location: Paycocke Road
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: 17/12/1983
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments:
Location: Paycocke Road
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: 17/12/1983
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments:
Location: Paycocke Road
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: 17/12/1983
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments: Going...
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Morganite Carbon Chimney - Basildon Morganite Carbon Chimney - Basildon Morganite Carbon Chimney - Basildon
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Location: Paycocke Road
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: 17/12/1983
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments: going...
Location: Paycocke Road
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: 17/12/1983
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments: going...
Location: Paycocke Road
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: 17/12/1983
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments: gone!
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Morganite Carbon Chimney - Basildon    
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Location: Paycocke Road
Photographer: Dave Clark
Year of photo: 17/12/1983
Copyright: Dave Clark
Source: Dave Clark
Comments: A last look inside the chimney.
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Morganite Carbon Ltd.

In 1956 the Ship Carbon Company of Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, then in Essex, opened a new purpose built factory at Paycocke Road, Basildon. The factory, located on Nevendon Industrial Estate No. 1, cost £500,000 and included a 150ft chimney.

The Chairman of the company, Allen L. Stock, formally opened the new factory on 27th November, 1956.

Among the many products manufactured at the plant was one called Basilblak, a grade of carbon black used as raw material in the production of arc carbons and popular as a light source in cinemas and film studios.

Morganite Carbon Limited later acquired the site, and that of Chadwell Heath, but closed both operations down with the closure of the Basildon plant occuring sometime in the early 1980s.

This area is now called Quatro Park having been redeveloped with new industrial units. MIRA are just one of the many companies who now occupy the site.

Page added: 2006
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Text researched and written by William Cox, 2006.
Copyright © 2006, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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