G Denny Builders: Waltham Windmill – Grimsby

Waltham Windmill is located in a medium size village near Grimsby North East Lincolnshire. The windmill was erected in 1878-1880 by a local man names John Saunderson of Louth. sac kanken The windmill was built using light coloured local bricks and tarred, it has 6 double patent sails and a traditional Lincolnshire ogee (onion shaped cap) but no balcony. goedkoop nikes sm mill The mill presents 2 pairs of french millstones which is used for grinding flour and 2 pairs of derbyshire peak stones used for grinding more coarse materials such as animal feed. Cheap Nike Air Max Trainers UK During the first world war, one of the sails was lost leading to the opposite one removed to balance it (this was done due to the unavailability of timber). New Balance Pas Chers The mill was worked by wind until 1962, then operated for a short while using an electric engine during this time it was producing animal feed. nike air max pas cher Today the windmill is funded by the Waltham Windmill Preservation Society and the Waltham Windmill Trust. chaussures adidas Within the grounds of the windmill there is a miniature railway and a museum of the history and rural life of Grimsby, it also presents a old sweet shop an Indian restaurant and a cafe.

G Denny Builders – Grimsby: Cleethorpes Pier

Cleethorpes Pier is an iconic sight when you visit Cleethorpes and for  many a childhood visit signified the start of an exciting day visiting the beach and amusements and walking on the wooden gangway of the pier.

It was built in 1888 as a pleasure pier and originally cost £8,000, which was financed by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway (later the Great Central Railway). It comprises a timber deck and pavilion supported on iron piles and was originally 18731,200 feet (370 m) in length (to span the unusually large distance between low and high tide limits). A section was cut out of the wooden decking during the second world war to impede its use in any German invasion.

Historic old pictures of cleethorpes pier


old cleethorpes pier

The original pavilion was destroyed by fire in 1903 but in 1905 a new one was built, halfway along the pier, and also a cafeteria and shops at the entry from the promenade. As with many of the traditional seaside piers in this era, they were used as venues for concerts and dances for the local people.

In 1968, a £50,000 investment made the pavilion one of the most modern on the East Coast. As well as traditional summer shows, it housed wrestling, coin & stamp fairs and dance festivals. The Council sold the pier in 1981 to Funworld of Skegness, who later themselves put the pier up for sale. It was bought by  Mark Mayer who was a nightclub owner for an investment of £300,000,  and on 4 September 1985 it was reopened as ‘Pier 39’ .

It was then re-opened on 1 December 2011 under the ownership of local businessman Alistair Clugston, with the front section being renamed the Tides Bar & Restaurant.

The pier was put back on the market and in July 2013, local businessman Bryan Huxford purchased the pier for Community use and it has since re-opened to the public. Future plans for developing the structure were unveiled that November. The pier closed in late 2014 so that refurbishment could begin, but did not start until March 2015 with an expected re-opening date of July 2015. The pier opened without ceremony in early September and is now a great venue for weddings, functions and afternoon tea.


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G Denny Builders – Grimsby: Historic Local Buildings – Thornton Abbey

Thornton Abbey was a medieval abbey located close to the village of  Thornton Curtis in North Lincolnshire.

It was originally founded as priory in 1139 and then raised to the higher status of Abbey in 1148.

The abbey was closed in 1539 by King Henry VIII as part of the dissolution of the monasteries. Thornton was a wealthy and distinguished house and was valued at the time of the dissolution for the great sum of £591 0s 2 ¾ d.


Although there is nothing left above ground of the original 12th century founding abbey building, a few remains still do exist of the later abbey from the 13th/14th centuries mainly three walls of the chapter house and part of the cloister.

Different architecture has been used through the ages on the abbey from the popular Romanesque style of medieval Europe characterised by semi-circular arches to the Gothic style which flourished in the early medieval period.

The gatehouse is amongst the earliest largescale uses of brick in England. It stands two storeys high and is structurally intact. Notably there are few windows in the building and due to the depth of the walls the interior dimensions are quite restricted.

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The outside of the building is decorated with three almost lifesize statues directly above the gate. A bridge over the moat adjoins the gatehouse and is fortified with walls and guardrobes.

The nearby Abbot’s Lodge is a grade I listed building.

The site is currently in the care of English Heritage and and is open to the public and well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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G Denny Builders Grimsby: Glastonbury Tor

I recently visited Glastonbury Tor which is one of the most famous and sacred landmarks in the West Country.




From the summit at 158 metres you see three counties – Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire.



The ‘Tor’ is a West Country word of Celtic origin meaning hill, It has been a place of pilgrimage for over 10,000 years. It draws people for its links with religion, legends and beliefs and of course the famous Glastonbury Festival held each year.

The conical shape of Glastonbury Tor is natural, due to the rocks. It is made up of horizontal bands of clays On the summit at 158 metres is St. Michael’s Tower, part of a 14th-centuty church. This was built to replace a previous church destroyed by an earthquake in 1275. The second church survived until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539. At this time, the Tor was the scene of the hanging of Richard Whiting, the last Abbot of Glastonbury.



Sourced from: Information obtained from National Trust and my own pictures taken in August 2015

The Roman Baths – G Denny Builders

The Roman Baths is a historical attraction in the city of Bath, attracting over 1 million visitors each year.

The Roman Baths were constructed in 70 AD as a grand bathing and socializing area, and is now one of the most preserved Roman ruins in the world. With 1,170,000 litres of steaming spring water filling the bath site every day, the Romans believed this was mystical work of the Gods however we have discovered otherwise.

The Roman Baths are below modern street level, hosting 4 major features: The Roman Temple, The Roman Bath House, The Sacred Spring and the Museum holding finds from the Roman Bath.



The Hot Springs form when the water which bubbles up fro the ground at Bath falls as rain on the nearby hills, it then filters through limestone to a depth of between 2,700 and 4,300 metres, this is where geothermal energy increases the temperature to between 69 and 96 Degrees Celsius.




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GDenny Builders Grimsby – Inspirational Buildings

The Shard in London I an amazing looking building which gets it name from looking like a ‘Shard of Glass’.

The Shard

At the moment it is the tallest skyscraper in London and currently the tallest building in the European Union and the second-tallest free standing structure in the UK.

It has 87 storeys; 72 of which are habitable and is situated in Southwark forming part of the London Bridge Quarter development. The Shard’s construction started in March 2009 and was inaugurated on 5 July 2012 and then practically opened in November 2012. The tower’s privately operated observation deck ‘View from the Shard’ opened to the public in February 2013.

The Shard inauguration ceremony light show

It stands 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) high and was designed by an Italian architect Renzo Piano. The Shard was developed by Sellar Property on behalf of LBQ Ltd and is jointly owned by Sellar Property and the State of Qatar.

View of the Shard

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G Denny Builders – Great Builders: Grimsby Dock Tower

Grimsby Dock Tower was built and finally completed on 27 March 1852 for the purpose of providing hydraulic power to power machinery such as cranes, lock gates and sluices at Grimsby Docks.



The tower was designed by a man called James William Wild who based got his inspiration from the impressive Torre del Mangia which towers above the Palazzo Pubblico (palace) in Siena, Tuscany.

The tower was opened by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in October 1854.

The tower is 309 feet high and 28 feet wide at the bottom; its walls are 4 feet thick. Around one million bricks made from clay taken from excavations  in the nearby marsh was used in the construction of the tower.


It is a maritime landmark that is instantly recognisable by all the people of Grimsby & Cleethorpes and surrounding area; a particularly good view of the tower can be seen as you leave the A46 Caistor Road approaching  Laceby Road. It even appears in Legoland in Windsor as a miniature version.



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Grimsby builders Inspiration – Hampton Court

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, in the historic county of Surrey, and within the postal town East Molesey, Surrey. It has not been inhabited by the British Royal Family since the 18th century. The palace is 11.7 miles (18.8 kilometres) south west of Charing Cross and upstream of central London on the River Thames. Redevelopment began to be carried out in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII. In 1529, as Wolsey fell from favour, the King seized the palace for himself and later enlarged it. Along with St. James’s Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces out of the many owned by King Henry VIII.




Builders Grimsby Inspiration – Globe Theatre

This weeks builders inspiration comes from the Globe Theatre, Fjallraven Kanken Big Shakes… nike air max 1 Hollar_Long_View_detail The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s playing company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, on land owned by Thomas Brend and inherited by his son, ray ban pas cher Nicholas Brend and grandson Sir Matthew Brend, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613.[4] A second Globe Theatre was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed in 1642.[5] 300px-Southwark_reconstructed_globe A modern reconstruction of the theatre, Nike Air Max 1 Pas Cher named “Shakespeare’s Globe“, nike air max pas cher opened in 1997, with a production of Henry V. Fjällräven Kånken Ryggsäckar It is an academic approximation of the original design,

GDenny Builders – Inspirational Ideas for Building Materials

We all know the traditional building materials of bricks, blocks, steel and concrete that are used in today’s modern buildings but its amazing what materials can be used to build with that you would never dream of:

Building with Plastic Bottles

Over 125 million plastic bottles are discarded each day in the U.S. of which, 80% will just end up in a landfill. This waste could potentially be diverted and used to construct nearly 10,000, 1200-square-foot homes (taking in consideration it takes an average of 14,000 plastic bottles to build a home that size). Many believe this process could be a viable option for affordable housing and even help solve homelessness.

In Nigeria, the plastic bottle house has proven to be a success, turning trash into an affordable (and beautiful) housing material. By packing plastic bottles with soil or sand, and then stacking and bounding them with mud and string, one can build an earthquake-proof home that is 18 times stronger than regular bricks.

Building with Glass Bottles

This idea isn’t new as over 100 years ago in 1902 a man named William F Beck built a beer bottle house in the small but booming mining town of Tonopah, Nev. nike air max 2017 goedkoop As western mining towns were often short of necessities and far from freight lines, the saloons and the vast amount of empty bottles proved to be more plentiful than construction materials. Peck’s Bottle House, which used more than 10,000 empty glass bottles, is believed to be one of the earliest examples of a now more common act of using glass bottles in architecture. Recently, Buddhist Monks in Thailand celebrated the completion of a 25-year labor of love. The monks began collecting empty beer bottles and caps from the community in 1984 to build the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple. One million beer bottles strong, the temple is definitely the most elaborate glass bottle effort to date. Glass bottles have been found to make excellent building materials if properly spaced, stacked and set for stability. They are a plentiful resource, hold their color well over time, provide great indoor lighting and are generally easy to clean. When combined with a binding material such as cement, stucco or adobe, they prove to be a stable building block as well.

Building with Shipping Containers

They are more traditionally used to carry goods aboard trains or cargo ships but recently shipping containers have been proving themselves as structurally strong, modular building blocks when no longer needed for freight hauling. The steel containers have an average a lifespan of about 20 years before being sent to scrap yards. When stationary and properly maintained in architecture, their lifespan is likely to outlast other traditional building materials. goedkoop nike air max They are constructed to withstand huge amounts of weight and pressure, as well as extreme weather conditions, so make these containers ideal building blocks – not to mention the fact that they are plentiful, relatively cheap and easily transported. As the U.S. generally imports more than it exports, containers end up stacked at shipping ports by the thousands, so it isn’t financially feasible to ship the empty containers back

Building with Used Tyres

Around 300 million tires are disposed of in the U.S., and the EPA estimates a market exists for approximately 80% of those tires. Although it’s an impressive percentage, it still leaves approximately 60 million scrap tires to be stockpiled or landfilled. . nike air max 2017 zwart People have used sand, clay and other compacted soils for centuries in building, from Jericho, the oldest recorded city in history, to the forward-thinking architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. As the name suggests, “rammed-earth” construction continues the tradition of using earth as a building material. Recycled tyres are filled with compacted soil to form rammed-earth bricks, the principle building blocks in this form of construction. Used in place of traditional wood framing, a typical 2,000 square-foot home uses 1,000 scrap tyres on average. Small gaps in the frames, due to the tyres’ round shapes, are even filled with recycled materials, typically aluminum cans or bottles and adobe. nike tn rouge An alternative to rammed-earth bricks, is a more recently developed system of using recycled tyres in construction. A tyre-bale is a square brick comprised of approximately 100 compressed tyres, weighing about 2,000 pounds. Homes built with tire bales use thousands of compressed tyres, many more than standard rammed-earth bricks. lunette de soleil oakley pas cher They are stacked like oversized bricks to frame the outside walls of the home, smoothed with earth and finished with layers of plaster or stucco.