The best photo i cud get of it taken from the aerial photo of the Brickworks . Going back to the aerial photo Clive Lombari there is no sign of the retaining wall next to it that had about a 4 foot drop to the railway, so the wall must have been built later, and there is no sign of railway tracks on the photo,so the railway was not that close
Jim Bowskill brought the pictures to my attention.
“The silo was located in Hitchin Road. The track that went down to it was next to the end terraced house, metal railing 7 foot high fence with two big gates that were padlocked led down to it. Right next to railway line. Don’t know what it was storing it was not in use when we were kids” M.Wilkinson
I never seen another silo like it and i researched silos on the internet.
After discussing the silo on facebook we decided David Cain, Mick Wilkinson and myself decided that was probably because it was not a food silo but one for storing the cement before being loaded onto railway goods carriages.There was a very long metal ladder used to get up to the hoist in overhang for loading. “there were rail lines that used to go down to it from Arlesey sidings Station.” M.wilkinson
That’s how goods were transported in those days and lorries only used from the destination station to the building yards.
MEMORIES OF THE SILO
“That place was seriously scary. I heard there was a fire and someone died but don’t know if it was true
We were told it was haunted. Probably to frighten us from going in there. I’m glad it wasn t true”
“Myself and Jimmy Grimes were always in there, The echo was awesome, we did find the odd 303 bullet in there. We used to climb to the top on the metal ladder that was fixed to the right hand side of the wall, it was later cut away for so called safety reasons and was later boarded up so couldn’t get in. There was a freshwater spring right next to it with crystal clear water bubbling out. It was split in two halves inside by a concrete sloping wall about 6 foot high which we used to climb over. Again it should have been a listed building.” M.Wilkinson
“Going on a bit but the song Wrecking Ball, that was how the silo was destroyed, I was standing there watching the silo being smashed to the ground by one of those, it was exciting at the time cause I was just a kid but now you realise it was another assault on Arlesey’s Arcitectural history. Destroyed and gone forever.The wrecking ball was on a big crane, I didn’t see anyone else there, only me and the crane driver. Took two or three days to wreck it due to all the metal reinforcing, demolished mid to late 60s “M.Wilkinson
During ww2 all silos were empty as food was scarce so they were used to store ammunition . As this one had a ministry of defence building next to it , it was ideal. I looked at silos from all over the world and it was the only cement/concrete one i found. Therefore unique and priceless, probably due to the cement works was also at that location. The hand grenades and bombs were over the track side of the silo i took some home, mum and dad werent impressed .I had to take them back!! One turned up @ 112 high st a few yrs ago .Bomb disposal came out.
I cudnt get enough info on the POW Camp .It was also at the same location. The pows used to deactivate old weapons and ammunition? i heard somewhere. Some were control exploded in the pitts? Hearsay