On the Redhill deposit, the most successful quarry operating at the turn of the century was the Copyhold Works of Fuller’s earth Union Ltd, established c. 1860-70. Initially supplying the woollen trade, demand later shifted to the growing chemical and commodity sector. In 1954 the works, by now employing close to 800 men, were bought by chemical company Laporte Industries. Production was stepped up to meet increasing demand and a large factory consisting of kilns, granulators, silos and transit systems on several floors was built.
The Copyhold site was sending loose earths and packaged cat litter around the world.
By 1995, however, due to falling profits it was announced that the company would close some of it’s 100 worldwide plants. After Fullers Earth was closed, the main factory was used as a waste transfer station before later also becoming abandoned.
On our way up there, we couldn’t help but ask ourselves ‘what if security and their evil dog are on site’ as we were walking down the 250 meter driveway, the buildings started to pop out from behind the trees, as it turned out, security was no were to be seen, we think after some time, they decided to not bother keeping it Secure. So we managed to explore the entire site without being disturbed and the weather was perfect! We have a great time here and if you are in Surrey! Make sure you go check it out!