Rostowrack China Clay Works: This is currently used by Goonvean Aggregates for the processing of sand. I had a look around this amazing site in 2016. The plant which is nicknamed “The Sand Monster” is nearly 50 years old, it take an experienced person to operate it as she has moods of her own, what a lovely piece of machinery. All the material fed through the plant are the waste products from the Imerys Clay Pits. I was most surprised to find out Goonvean Aggregates did no quarrying of their own, only using the materials usually thrown away from the clay extraction process.
Rostowrack China Clay Works 1 – The entrance to the China Clay Works, in the background is the “Sand Monster” standing proud..
Rostowrack China Clay Works 2 – A closer image of the plant showing the long conveyor arms leading from the processing plant..
Rostowrack China Clay Works 3 – The plant in all her glory, I climbed up the ladders with Huw (a long way) to have a look it was full of crushers and equipment, it was very hot in there with the sun beating down. It was quite cramped getting into the machinery space so I could not really get the camera up there to take any photographs.
Rostowrack China Clay Works 4 – The conveyor leading out from the plant works, it was like a desert there with all the processed sand spread around.
Rostowrack China Clay Works 5 – Piles of processed sand beneath of of the conveyors.
Rostowrack China Clay Works 6 – This image is taken underneath the “Sand Monster” plant, framed by one of the feed valves looking towards the conveyor.
Rostowrack China Clay Works 7 – A closeup of one of the valves underneath the plant.
Rostowrack China Clay Works 8 – A closer view of a conveyor leading to a secondary smaller plant.
Rostowrack China Clay Works 9 – A view of the machinery at the end of one of the conveyor arms, this held a secondary crusher unit.
Rostowrack China Clay Work 10 – A water/settling tank at the edge of the pit. In the foreground are electrical sub stations.
This was an amazing place I wish I had taken more images of this piece of history. Over its life it must have processed 1000’s of tons of sand and it is still going strong.
This site is on private property, it should not be entered without permission, a suitable escort and health and safety equipment.
Melbur China Clay Works