Tales of the Urban Explorer: Eva Brothers Ltd.

in Urban Explorationlast month (edited)

I was fully expecting to gain access to this once heavyweight industrial companies’ premises and for once was right. Everyone seems to have been here, except me.


High upon the top, the words 'Eva Brothers' could barely be seen. It was a struggle to get a shot, given the bright sunlight. You can barely see it and short of jumping up there (25 feet), this is now as good as it gets.


Not that all entrances are wide-open. I looked upon this terrible looking mess of a building wondering what I could use as a cover image.


We were not the only ones inside such is the popularity of modern-day Urban Exploring in the UK.


I would be depressed if there were droves of people in there, but as we were leaving a couple of blokes arrived. Not a big deal and we said our hellos.


The expectation was small of Eva Brothers, being left abandoned since 2005 but I was pleasantly surprised with what it delivered.

Established in 1889, Eva Brothers Ltd was a traditional Forgemaster's Specialising in the forging of stainless steel, nickel, and other alloys.

The company eventually closed down in 2005 bringing an end to the last bit of heavy engineering in the area which was once dominated by the steelworks. - Src

I managed to source an advertisement for Eva Brothers, but can’t locate its source, at least one that has not been nicked from somewhere else. By all accounts, Eva Brothers were at their height during the 1950s and starting to wane during the subsequent decade.

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This ad is from the early 1960s when Britain was a more industrious nation.


The forklift truck was the first thing I saw. These things cost money so why leave it there to rust?



What used to be some industrial factory was now akin to a massive ghost shed. It was a sunny day, but windy, and the incessant clanking noises were disturbing.



@anidiotexplores who has been here before took off at a rapid pace, and I was left alone for a while with all these groaning and creaking metal sounds all around me.




I made my way up this long desolate encampment trying not to walk on the many corrugated iron sheets underfoot, which echoed unnervingly each time I stepped upon one.



Eva Brothers is made up of three distinct sections, the second one being, ‘Vintage Wings & Radiators’.


Still, I could not see my partner; inside this old factory it looked a little more interesting.


They had left quite a lot of heavy machinery behind, though I could not tell you what it does.



Drills, Vices, and plenty of not-good graffiti lay within.


I would not like to get skewered by this thing.



Were these some of the last reports ever made? They are dated 2005, the year it all went bust.


Some of the machinery looked well past its sell-by date, and others maybe still usable.


This huge drill was impressive. You could make a nice hole in someone’s head with that.

I met up with @anidiotexplores just after leaving ‘Vintage Wings & Radiators’, who ushered me to the final area which has been sealed for a while.

Not so right now but it required me to crawl through a hole to get inside. Someone must have brought some TNT to create that.



This very large room was made up of part chemical, industry, and lots of foliage.


The sign has information about Compressors but is not easy to read.




Feed your Soul with Adventures’, I could not agree more.


I did go up these steps but dared not go much farther.

What used to be in those large canister things? Could it be toxic gas? I could turn the handle and find out.


Whatever is inside, can stay there. Poisonous fumes from 16 years ago do not quite hit my mojo.


There’s something in the top right corner. Attempting to get there with that extra dodgy holey floor and without fuck all to hang on to was always going to be risky.

Still, I was sorely tempted and edged part of the way over until the railings suddenly ran out.

Thinking about the 8-foot drop made me change my mind. Sulking and depressed I backtracked and exited the 'gas building'.



@anidiotexplores pointed out some heavy machinery that is often missed by explorers. Being outside and in the middle of masses of foliage makes them very missable.



I think they are some kind of hammer presses, imported from Glasgow of all places, and probably one hundred years ago.


Eva Brothers was a solid explore. If you are au fait with heavy machinery, then this equipment may well be familiar to you. Though this would be a great beginner explore, I would not recommend the family visits for a picnic.


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Cleaned-up could make a nice cannabis green house..


I have seen a few, not this cultivated though.

Love the photography in this one especially the shot with the chains in the foreground. Old machinery for some reason maketh great pics.

Old machinery for some reason maketh great pics.

They do, the closer up... the better!

I would have been in a black and white frenzy with that stuff.

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Thanks @choogirl!

Another great explore, I've missed a couple of your posts for some reason, although, I have been working so not been on here as much as I normally am. I'd hope whatever chemicals they used had been disposed of properly, but you can never tell with this kind of thing, best to leave them alone just incase lol.

LOL, I did not twist them open, they probably would not move anyway... too much rust!

What used to be in those large canister things? Could it be toxic gas? I could turn the handle and find out.

LOL, I just had this discussion with someone the other day. Buffalo NY was a very industrial part of the country and we have so many places like this. As kids, early teenage years, these places were like playgrounds to us. They recently knocked down a couple buildings where we used to hang out and found out they were pretty toxic according to the newspapers.

It looks like they left a lot of equipment behind. I'm surprised, someone usually comes along and auctions all that stuff off. Really cool explore though!

We went anywhere as kids, no fear! I lost my 'no fear' long ago... wish I could get it back!

Much more pleasant than many of your adventures, as this one didn't have any urine-soaked coaches or weird stacks of porno mags. I really like the look of this place, there's something beautiful about all the foliage amongst the old worn down machines.

didn't have any urine-soaked coaches or weird stacks of porno mags.

LOL, that is to be expected! There's many more to come.

You were obviously hearing the ghosts of machinery long past. I always get surprised when places leave stuff of obvious value (at the time) surely they shut up shop for financial reasons!?

It was financial, they could have got some cash for the fork lift and that huge drill. I am amazed the latter is still there. Mind you, its not something you can carry away in a Tesco plastic bag.

Maybe if you doubled them up? :0D

Very interesting content and love the photography @slobberchops ,looks like that factory was quite industrious once upon a time. Thanks for sharing a lovely post.

It has not fared well over the years. No doubt it will be a large pile of bricks soon. Several I did last year are now gone. You have to be quick!

You are so right @slobberchops we have to be quick about a lot of things in this day and age I think. Have a great day.

Plenty of 'heavy metal' there :) All that machinery makes for interesting photos. It's just sad how much of that industry has been lost now.

There was more left than I expected. It was quite creepy in the first area. All those noises are amplified somehow. I will drag you along to one someday, it's an experience.

Bloody super, it’s on my list for august,that looks pretty good for industrial, some nice bits of machinery and graffiti

It's decent in there, just very bad looking from outside. I remember you telling me you had some old work experience in heavy industrial. Even better for you.

I shall enjoy !

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