Monday, 30 March 2015

Northern Steel - The real northern landscape?

The north of England has had a long and proud industrial heritage. Most of that heritage has been wiped out in the last fifty years.

I would say that this heritage is perhaps the true "northern landscape", and Roseberry Topping and the Dales are just mere window dressing to this true nature of the north.

Pictured here is SSI Steel at the mouth of the river Tees. It was mothballed, but in 2012 the blast furnaces were re-lit.

Taking the photographs here at night I found that the plant vents a huge amount of some kind of sulfurous vapour, and I was pretty much choking. The sights, sounds and smells made it an evening I won't ever forget.

Edit to update: In September 2015 the plant was closed. That makes these photos all the more special to me.