Moota’s Abandoned Weighbridge & Repurposed POW Camp

moota-weigh-house-cumbria (All images by Alexandra Smith, all rights reserved)

An abandoned weighbridge and former quarry buildings stand on the track to an old limestone quarry near Clints Crags in Cumbria, UK. As the structures are quickly falling into ruin, this could be a last glimpse at them.


The weighbridge platform, which was once used to tell drivers how much stone their vehicles were carrying away from the quarry, is now completely covered in undergrowth. The roofless section of the dilapidated building behind the platform appears to have been a comfortable space with a tiled hearth. But the passage into the structure, the room on the right and the WC space at the rear are gutted beyond recognition.


Opposite the weighbridge, huge barns creak and groan in the still woods that hide the disused enclosure from the nearby main road. There is an apocalyptic eeriness about the area, which is overshadowed by a neighbouring derelict motel and the site of a World War One prisoner of war camp and former YMCA.


Signs of life still exist alongside the decrepit motel, where part of the former POW camp has been transformed into a popular garden centre.

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