Abandoned Cooling Towers in Northern England

Abandoned cooling towers (Image: Scott Willoughby. Abandoned cooling towers)

Pollution aside, (derelict) power stations are unlikely to be the most inspiring of buildings, and abandoned cooling towers have a habit of dominating the landscape for miles around. To many, such structures are eyesores, and it’s an understandable sentiment. Often standing amid relatively flat surroundings, they’re hard to escape, and when they close down, the benefit of the jobs they provided is lost also. But as these images by photographer Scott Willoughby reveal, there’s something truly awesome about the scale of these lost industrial leviathans.

The abandoned cooling towers are like the tombstone of the defunct power station that once stood here. (Image: Scott Willoughby)

(Image: Scott Willoughby)

(Image: Scott Willoughby)

The abandoned cooling towers are all that remains of a defunct power station in the north of England. Rising like modern megaliths from the flat landscape, these ghostly sentinels are like a symbol of the post-industrial north.


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