Water Eaton Grain Silo, Kidlington Oxfordshire

Coming back from the 28 Days Later 5th Birthday celebrations in Birmingham we noticed a huge building along the side of the A34. Water Eaton grain silo.

Pulling up outside, which has been used as a dumping ground, we got suited & booted and headed on in.

water eaton grain silo being demolished
Update: Demolition commenced at the site in October 2013 to make way for a new rail link:- BBC article

Most of the metal fixings and fixtures in the Water Eaton grain silo have been stripped by thieves. However there’s still a lot of nice workings on the upper levels. Floors are very scary in places and if you’re visiting, be really careful!

The views from the top of the building are pretty special but almost impossible to capture the scale of everything in a photo.

Once out, we had a little look around the outbuildings surrounding the area and found some interesting bits which were still kicking around from the war!

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  1. Steve keenan says:

    Hi all, I’m just getting in to the urban exploring thing and would be very grateful if you could recommend any good places to explore about 90min drive is my limit.
    Thanks steve K

  2. Fish says:

    There is an exact replica of this in Andover, it is still used, however it is locked down as it is still in use, not much to see, just some stairs, a lift and some sub level floors.

  3. Adam says:

    Just to say if you didn’t know already, the railway station has been built and the building was completely torn down about a year or two ago I always wondered what was in it when I was on my way to my grandparents sad to see it’s gone.

  4. Matilda says:

    I actually went to take photos there in late August, having always looked at it when taking the bus to Kidlington and wanted to explore! It was amazing, but my camera storage ran out and we intended to go back. Not much later, we found out it was going to be knocked down. Very sad, I loved that place. I edited a video of it if you would like to see?

  5. Caper Lamb says:

    I know that this is a stupid question, but i am using the theme of derelict buildings for my photography GCSE, and i wanted to know if urban exploration is illegal or not. Thanks.

    1. I’d recommend you look up the definitions and laws around trespass if you’re that worried about it. There’s great posts on 28DL about it too https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/threads/trespass-law.47513/

      1. Caper Lamb says:

        Thanks, will check that out!

  6. Jan says:

    Hi I took my grandson aged 2 3/4 he loved watching to diggers nibbling away the building, went back the next day with a picnic, had become an eye sore but very iconic in our area bit sad to see it go

  7. Ted says:

    I live in the area and love the photo, thats the type I like to take,
    I thought the silo was staying, but my wife called me from the other room to say it is down,30/10/13

  8. Larissa says:

    My friend and myself stumbled across the old silo about a year ago now after a trip around Oxford. The building had a horrid feel to it but the graffiti was great. It’s a shame I’ve read it’s due to be knocked down, I will definitely be back before it goes!

  9. Kat says:

    Hi Adam

    I’m Kidlington born and bred, I came across your photos of the silo while trying to investigate what the council is planning to do with the area. To my sadness I hear that the area is to be demolished and a rail station built. I have always wondered what it’s like inside and so was pleased to see that someone has gone into explore! Great photos!

    1. The Urban Explorer says:

      Hi Kat, thanks for the comment.

      It’s a really interesting building, but I can see why the council would want to demolish it. The vast majority of it has been raped of metal by thieves and the whole area has unfortunately become a bit of a dumping ground!

      Also… I expect it’s not the greatest advert for the area for people parking up in the new Park & Ride!

      1. LeeBee says:

        Sorry to say the silo is nearly gone, I was there last night and this afternoon and there are cranes nibbling away at the structure. I expect it to be gone by the weekend

        1. Ah that’s a shame! I’ve had A LOT of traffic to this part of the website this week so that’ll explain why!

          Thanks for the update

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