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    Posted 7 months ago

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    I had a call today to visit a local out of the way bottle dump. The caller lives in the same area this is in and only stumbled upon it the day before. I didn't even know about it so it came as a surprise. There are thousands of bottles on this site that date back to 1900's up to the 1950's and plenty in excellent condition. Amazing that it's not widely known about, which isn't a bad thing as they've lasted many years untouched. I took many more images but can only post four in total.

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    1. keramikos, 7 months ago
      Rooster123, Wow. :-)

      In that first picture, it looks like somebody was building a house, or at least a foundation for one out of bottles.

      Bovril is a product that was advertised in London's Piccadilly Circus for many years:


      Another Beverage if you could call it that, had been advertised in Piccadilly Circus since the first advertisements went up in 1908. “Bovril” was a Beef extract which could be dissolved in hot water or even milk to make a hearty drink in the winter, it was and is popular at football matches, it can also be used as a spread on bread or toast. The product had its origins due to the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, the French government ordered one million cans of beef for its Army from a Scottish businessman living in Canada named John Lawson Johnston, but he had problems transporting and storing the beef before processing, so he came up with the idea of “Johnston’s Fluid Beef” which in 1889 became “Bovril” with the formation of a production company in the UK. The name is a composite word, the “Bov” is taken from “Bovinus”, the Latin for Ox and “Vril” from the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel, “The Coming Race” the plot is about a superior race of people, the “Vril-ya”, who derive their powers from an electromagnetic substance named "Vril". Despite becoming a solely vegetarian product in 2004 due mainly to the BSE problem, after two years Beef was once again on the list of ingredients.

    2. Rooster123 Rooster123, 7 months ago
      Many thanks Keramikos for the history of Bovril. I never knew it went vegetarian for a while but I do remember the BSE problem.
      This site is right next to an open road and isn't even fenced off but it's not apparent from the roadside.
      This place is in close proximity to an old landfill site so maybe children in the area at the time got busy building walls with the bottles, or even a former worker on the site.
    3. keramikos, 7 months ago
      Rooster123, You're welcome. :-)

      It would be interesting to get some back story on that bottle dump, especially the part that looks like a foundation. Are there perhaps property records available to the general public?
    4. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 7 months ago
      Years ago when I lived up in New England I would go to the library in the winter and get the oldest topographical maps I could find. I searched for old settlements or farms that no longer existed. Come spring I would search with my metal detector and found many old farm dumps. Those old dumps can be profitable to say the least. Thanks for sharing this. Wish I were younger again now.
    5. Rooster123 Rooster123, 7 months ago
      This is on the site of a former brickworks where there are a couple of old quarry's now filled with water either side of this, so it has to be an old dumping ground but can't find much other material lying around, mainly glass bottles and jars.
    6. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 7 months ago
      There’s a quirky place in Summerville Georgia called Paradise Gardens which was the home of a man named Howard Finster, a preacher and artist of sorts. Mr Finster created art work from anything- scraps of metal or wood or rocks-whatever was available to him.
      One of the beautiful things he built was a small shed-sized building made entirely of glass bottles.
      The bottles were laid exactly as the ones in your pictures are. The bottles were mortared together. Standing inside the structure, it’s beautiful as sunlight shines thru the glass.
      Maybe someone was building (or did build) similar structure.
    7. RichmondLori RichmondLori, 7 months ago
      Now starts the adventure and investigation - how cool is that. Wow.
    8. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 7 months ago
      /me too is *most curious* how all those bottles ended up there (or anywherever?!) all stacked up like that -- what a fun puzzle to maybe possibly figure out, or at least have fun guessing at?!! <applause>
    9. Golgatha Golgatha, 7 months ago
      Some sort of shrine for alcohol worshippers ?
    10. keramikos, 7 months ago
      Watchsearcher, Cool. :-)
    11. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 7 months ago
      Keramikos, you are always so nice and helpful to post links to better inform us; it’s much appreciated!
      I’ve visited Paradise Garden several times over the years and enjoy lingering just to take everything in.
      That tall building that looks a bit off-kilter was actually built that way by MrFinster. It’s his ingenious idea of a spiral art gallery whereby you go to the very top floor, sit in an ordinary office chair with wheels, and the very slight downward elevation change in the wooden floor causes your chair to very slowly roll along giving you time to enjoy the art work on the walls.
      I have only been able to walk thru the gallery and receive a verbal description of how the chairs transport you thru the gallery from top to bottom since various portions were closed for repairs and chairs were not present.
      By the article, it sounds like repairs have been made but it didn’t specifically mention that building with it’s sloping spiral floor.
      If I should visit there again, I hope they have the gallery operational just like the artist would certainly be fun!
    12. keramikos, 7 months ago
      Watchsearcher. You're welcome.

      I'm usually educating myself, but I figure if I haven't encountered something before, what are the odds that there aren't others who haven't previously encountered it?

      Oh, and who's educating people now, out of their own personal experience? };-)

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