You won’t get in they said: wrong
There are too many security cameras they said: wrong
Security are shit hot here they said: really?
Designed and built in the Art Deco style Opening for production in 1934 The workshops for the blind was operated by Stoke-on-Trent City Council supplying products to the pottery industry
After a number of loss making years - the works were transfered in 2009 from the City Council to a new owner and renamed 'Stoke Workshop for the Blind and Disabled'.
In 2011 the business was closed, half of the workforce was made redundent and the a new business relaunched at the same premises as 'Stoke Disabled Employment Ltd'.
Finally closing its doors in 2013
That’s how it was, this is how I found it in November last year. Apart from the dome all the cameras are facing one way! Anyways only a noob would make a grand entrance through the main gate
Skirting round the perimeter of the grounds was easy. I only tripped over twice; both camera and body damage free.
The rear of the building was cctv free, and after some slight manipulation of a very fragile and loose plywood board I ended up in a dark and gloomy basement.
Time to check out the rest of the building. I’m not a lover of industrial places really: having spent 30 years working in heavy engineering I’m usually disappointed with what I stumble across ( when you have been responsible for the management of H&S at the worlds most powerful mega shredder operating at 10khp, and can turn a complete car into fist size pieces in 16 seconds, sewing machines and the like just don’t cut the mustard really).
Lots of long dingy corridors with a few workshops alongside
Came across a lovely vintage tooling machine...
.......then I came across some lovely boobies
Some random images from the non-production side of the building
Down the main stairs I guess they were just led back to more production areas, and my way out
Production areas eventually took me back to my basement and back into the real world.
Perhaps folk don’t t try hard enough to get in? Perhaps security were having a bad day?
Urbex rule #684: plough your own furrow