Urban Exploration - China Clay Plymouth
We visited this place on a hot summer day was a good walk around exploring and the site was huge littered with random pallets of clay bagged and ready for shipping.
History of China Clay Cornwall
The Coypool site has a history relating to the clay industry stretching back some 100 years. Originally occupied by the Dartmoor China Clay Company, who had built a pipeline from Lee Moor Wotter Pit, approximately 6 miles away on the edge of Dartmoor, the operation was acquired by English Clays Lovering & Pochin (ECLP) in 1938.
Clay was piped from Lee Moor to Coypool where it was dried before onward road, rail and sea transport. Under the ownership of IML the feasibility of continuing production needed to be considered as the early years of the millennium saw a tripling of energy costs, fluctuating currency exchanges, and fierce competition from other clay producers.
The un-competitiveness of the operation eventually led to the operation ceasing in May 2008. Clay production is now focused on Cornwall, aided by a multi-million pound financial investment.