Nearly gone. The Tunnel Refineries silos, which stood over the Greenwich riverside for decades, and pumped out a distinctive whiff over the area, are now reduced to stumps. Latterly known as Amylum, Tate and Lyle, and Syral, the plant closed in September 2009 with the loss of 150 jobs.
I wandered over to the Isle of Dogs on a drizzly Saturday to get that photo, but a team has been documenting its demolition over the past few weeks and would like to speak to people who worked there. A few have commented on my previous post on Tunnel Refineries, and there’s been a steady stream of visitors to this blog from search engines who have been looking for information. If you are a former Tunnel Refineries worker and would like to find out more about this project, drop Mary Mills a line at the Greenwich Industrial History Society and she’ll pass your details on.
Ever wondered what the view was like from the top of the silos? One cheeky rascal found out and stuck some spectacular photos on urban exploration forum 28 Days Later. Oblivion State has some other photos from inside the site during the early states of demolition. And in case you haven’t seen them yet, here’s some incredible photos of the peninsula in the 1980s courtesy of The Greenwich Phantom.
Who knows? We might even get some of our riverside path back soon…