Huncoat Power Station


Brief History of Huncoat Power Station
Huncoat power station (also known as Padiham ‘B’) was built by the Lancashire Electric Power Company in the 1950’s as a sister for the power station at Padiham (Padiham ‘A’). Situated on the Burnley coalfield meant that the power station had a ready supply of local coal, and until 1968 was served by a half mile railway line to Huncoat Colliery.

The Power Station had a fairly short life, closure coming in 1984. The cooling towers were brought down in 1988 and the main buildings were demolished in 1990, apart from this one building.

The derelict building also made the news, here is a quote from the article.
‘URBAN explorers armed with spray paint cans have transformed the former Huncoat Power Station into a graffiti paradise. Some of their work has been described by experts as ‘strong’ and ‘creative’, reclaiming a derelict building for art and the community.’

My Visit

Please note I do not break in to any building to gain access. I use an access point that already exists or I leave, I am not a vandal.

On the weekend of the visit my partner was away so my daughter was left to look after me, so, she chose a nice safe explore for us 🙂 …..

Ok ok i will start again…

As this site is very safe compared to most places we have been, myself and my friend decided it would be safe to take the kids with us. I am glad we did as they really enjoyed themselves looking around at all the graffiti.

Even though the site is small we still managed to spend 3 hours here. So many opportunities for pictures with all the amazing colours left on show by the graffiti artists.

I was rather surprised how much I enjoyed the time we spent here even with the lack of features.

Finally I would like to say thanks to the person who recommended this site to me as a safe explore when you have children. Thanks mate, you know who you are 🙂

Ok time for some pics…. You can click any image for a larger view.

Outside the Power Station
Huncoat Power Station

Group Photo Inside

Main Room on the ground floor

Some of the amazing Graffiti



A few shots taken during the day for Giggles

No fluids were released in creating this photo!

We found an empty can on the floor and decided why not!

The four kids having fun!

I will now finish up with my favourite shot of the day. My daughter loved this graffiti and asked for a photo in front of it.


More Images Available on Flickr
The images above are just a small selection of the images I have edited. I will be adding lots more photos of Huncoat Power Station on my Flickr page which can be found here.

Final thoughts
Although a small site I enjoyed every minute we spent here. We did see a couple more explorers on the day as well, one talked to us for a short time and the other two that appeared a little later on disappeared into thin air!

So, overall a great day with the kids who loved it just as much as the big kids!

If you would like to purchase a print of any of the above photos or any photos on this website you can contact me via the email form on my contact page for more information.

Thanks for reading,

Alan Duggan

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