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  1. Thought i'd keep these 2 in the same report because they were part of the same company. History Mills... Tonedale Mills, including Tone Mills, was a large wool factory in Wellington, Somerset that was the largest woollen mill in South West England. Owned by Fox Brothers, it was most famous for the production of “Taunton serge”, and later the khaki dye used by the British Army. The mill was established in the middle of the eighteenth century, and thrived during the industrial revolution. At its peak, around 6,500 metres of material was produced at the factory each day. The cheap cost of producing fabric in third-world countries contributed to the factory mostly closing during the 1980s. Dye Works... Due to the acquisition of the old flour mills this became the cloth finishing works. Sitting on the banks of the River Tone, the mills originally used water wheels on the river for power generation, the housing for which are still in place. Later with the introduction of steam and then electric power, the water was used as part of the cloth finishing process, and was managed more carefully with the introduction of a reservoir and sluice gates. Within the reservoir, the water was treated before its use. The finishing works and dye factory were both on this site. The former had a boiler house attached, while the latter had an engine house added. Explores Explored the first time with @TheVampiricSquid & @Biebs After arriving at the mills, we'd struggled to find a way in without alerting the neighbours, so we thought we'd try the dye works while waiting for some more info on easier access. when we arrived at the dye works, access was fairly simple, unaware of where access into the main bit, i'd managed to piss on it lmao, luckily there was shit loads of tarp laying around... When we finished up at the dye works, we headed back to the mills with a better route to take. This place was massive, and was slowly being taken over by nature! after spending a little while in there, we'd bumped into a couple of chavs who thought we were there ghost hunting... Then they started to trash the place, so we made a swift exit. During the first visit i was told about the boiler rooms... but we had to skip it incase the police turned up. so i headed back there a couple days later with @CuriousityKilledTheCat we'd gone back to the dye works so she could grab some shots in there, then up to the mills.... after a short look around, we'd soon discovered the boiler rooms, was definitely worth the revisit! Shout out to M.S for the info! Enjoy Mills Dye Works Cheers for looking!
  2. I got invited to this visit of someone I got chatting to on FB and was a nice place to look round to see how it it and what they are trying to turn it in to. HISTORY - Brierfield Mills stands on the east bank of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. It was established before 1844 as a steam-powered cotton mill but the buildings shown on the 1844 map, evidently a spinning mill and a weaving shed, were demolished when the site was rebuilt and substantially extended between 1868 and 1907. These new buildings survive and comprise a multi-storey spinning mill dated 1868 parallel to but set slightly back from the canal, an attached two-storey building, three weaving sheds, two freestanding east of the spinning mill and terraced into the valley side, and both of pre-1891 date, and one south of the spinning mill dated 1907, and offices. The buildings are all of squared stone rubble and steam powered. The 1968 spinning mill is four storeys high, 39 bays long, with a central engine and boiler house; it is of fireproof construction. The two weaving sheds to its east are single storeyed, the sheds with three-storeyed warehouse and yarn preparation blocks at their downhill ends. The south-east shed incorporates a stair tower surmounted by a later clock tower and is built up to a two storey range with a warehouse block formerly linked to the railway and a later Italianate office block. The south-east shed of 1907 is single-storeyed with its own corner engine house. The buildings survive in good condition although one of the weaving sheds is now just a facade with a modern interior. Listed.
  3. Visited with Raz, Fat Panda & Rott3nWood Background; Leri / Lerry Mills, situated at the confluence of the Ceulan and Leri rivers produced Tweed for suit making using both water wheels from the river and workers to power the looms and spinning machinery. Little history can be found about the mills but they were built on the site of an old furnace which smelted the lead from local lead mines. Records date this back to 1642. The mill itself stopped meaningful production around 1958-60 in-line with when the UK became a net cotton importer and the general demise of the industry put paid to over 800 mills. At this time the two mills were purchased by Mr J Hughes – he ran the mills with his wife till the end of 1980 as a popular tourist attraction. In the August of 1981 they put the whole site, including a 6 bedroom house, the two tweed mills, a craft shop and 14 acres of land around the river bank with shooting & fishing rights, for sale at a guide price £150’000. The site is now owned by a lovely old guy who was very helpful once we explained why we were in his garden Explore; So whilst out on one of our many trips into deepest darkest Wales we decided to drop in on this place. So parking up, in a car small car park and grabbing our things we then proceeded down a small grassy path... or someones garden as it appeared when an old bloke pops his head out of a door shouting at us, and as i was nearest he grabbed me by the arm and dragged me towards the house when i tried to walk off. So whilst being dragged along, trying to explain why we were there and getting ready to twat him with my tripod he suddenly seemed to pick up on one word. "Photography", he then instantly changed from being angry to being very very interested and by the end of the conversation we knew exactly where we were going, we knew the history of the mills and also why he had acted the way he had... Please if you go here, just knock on the blue door and tell him, he's a lonely guy and would appreciate the company im sure So we ventured around the mills and up and down the river for an uneventful hour or so. Once finished, Myself, FatPanda and Rott3nwood headed back up to the house and he had made us a CD full of old photos of the place and all the history, along with his email address and phone number We again chatted for a while before our conversation was cut short by the sound of an accident, Raz decided he wanted to go for a swim... Casualties for the day - One camera and Raz's pride Heres some shots; All in all, a great explore. The owner suggested that we come back in spring.. and considering the beauty of the place... I think i just might. Thanks for looking
  4. After the mega success at the nearby Tonedale Mill myself and OverArch headed down the road after a quick late lunch. I had been to this fantastic place twice previously but it was Mr. OverArch's first visit and I think he enjoyed it quite a lot. Even though a lot more graffiti has appeared inside and it's all looking a little bit more tired than I remember from my first visit, I never tire of shooting this place. It deserves it's place in UE folklore as one of the best ever. All shot handheld with my 30mm prime lens, a piece of kit I really should use more often. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157651875818383
  5. The original Abbey Mills Pumping Station, in Abbey Lane, London E15, is a sewerage pumping station, designed by engineer Joseph Bazalgette, Edmund Cooper, and architect Charles Driver. It was built between 1865 and 1868. It was designed in a cruciform plan, with an elaborate Byzantine style, described as The Cathedral of Sewage. It has a twin, Crossness Pumping Station, south of the River Thames at Crossness, at the end of the Southern Outfall Sewer. The pumps raised the sewage in the London sewerage system between the two Low Level Sewers and the Northern Outfall Sewer, which was built in the 1860s to carry the increasing amount of sewage produced in London away from the centre of the city. Two Moorish styled chimneys – unused since steam power had been replaced by electric motors in 1933 – were demolished during the Second World War, as they were a landmark for German bombers on raids over the London docks. The building still houses electric pumps – to be used in reserve for the new facility next door. The main building is grade II* listed and there are many grade II listed ancillary buildings, including the stumps of the demolished chimneys. The modern pumping station (Station F) was designed by architects Allies and Morrison. The old building (Station A) has electrical pumps for use as a standby; the modern station is one of the three principal London pumping stations dealing with foul water. One of world's largest installation of drum screens to treat sewage was constructed as part of the Thames Tideway Scheme. The historic pumping station at Abbey Mills is an operational by Thames Water and access is by special pre-booked tour only as you can see this place is still running in standby mode. this building use to house great big pumps all thats left of them is the base's sitting in the water. Same building as above but from higher up and taken in the day. well there you go guys
  6. After a long trip earlier on in the weekend a short trip over to Bradford and Huddersfield was the plan for the day, a few frustrating fails later we found ourselves in Keighley outside Dalton Mills waiting for the builders to piss off so we could make our way in and after a short wait we was in! Visited with Fat Panda Cheers for looking
  7. After The Blue Church; we headed towards Leeds and stopped off at this Mill en-route to another site in Thornton. The outside looked promising but the inside proved to be pretty derpy and trashed sadly. It would have once been a nice site but has had large sections demolished and also suffered a ground floor fire in 2011. The roadside part appeared sealed and the bit at the back that we explored was divided up into smaller units after the operations ceased, a lot of it sealed off from the inside. Not much interesting went on after the mill closed. Mainly Graphic Design and Keyboard Lessons. The site began operating at around 1831 with Joshua Craven as the centre of a putting-out system, and developed as a mill from about 1848. The first building; the large mill, was completed by 1849 and the first warehouse, dated 1849, followed soon after. Craven continued to buy land in the area to accommodate his growing business. By 1851 the firm was described as a worsted manufactury which employed 240 people. The operations continued to expand, with the small mill built around 1850-60, and the second warehouse which fronted the road in 1855. It soon traded under “Joshua Craven & Son” which continued until 1875, when the buildings were bought by Adolphus Getz of Bradford, and subsequently by others until at least 1929. In 2015 the buildings still sit disued. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157650462368544
  8. Whilst heading into Leeds myself and Landie Man spotted what looked like a promisingly large derelict structure from a distance, so after a quick about-turn we parked up and made our way inside not knowing what the place was other than some kind of mill. Further research afterwards revealed it to be Prospect Mills. Sadly not much of the place is accessible, after it closed as a fully functioning mill it was divided up into many smaller units which also blocked off a lot of the stairs so only one building and one floor of the larger building is accessible, with the roadside building sealed up and the central part demolished. There was a big fire on the ground floor of the accessible building in 2011 which has seriously compromised the floor above - it was quite unnerving seeing charred wooden beams supporting broken flagstones balanced precariously above my head on the ground floor thats for sure! Overall not a bad wander for an accidental discovery, it's just a shame that more isn't accessible as the unaccessible bits looked a lot more original. A bit of history from the British Listed Buildings website. Thanks for looking, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157652331295758
  9. Haven't posted anything in a while guys but hit this place up with Raz just the other day. Really easy access to the rear building and some really cool things to see Unfortunately we could only get into one room of the main building you can see from the road but hey ho. Heres some snaps enjoy...
  10. My first report over here For sure not a new place to anybody but... Since I've arrived London no more than a month ago I had just one thing on my mind: I have to go there! I'd checked a lot of reports of the place and in all of them the place seemed to be freaking massive, but nothing compared when how it feels when you arrive there yourself. A bit of history (wikipedia copy-paste, forgive me about that): The Millennium Mills is a derelict turn of 20th century flour mill in West Silvertown on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock, between the Thames Barrier and the ExCel exhibition centre alongside the newly built Britannia village, in Newham, London, England. Along with Millennium Mills, there remains a small section of the now destroyed Rank Hovis Premier Mill and a restored grade II listed grain silo, labelled the ‘D’ silo. Described as a "decaying industrial anachronism standing defiant and alone in the surrounding subtopia", the Millennium Mills has become a well-loved icon of post-industrial Britain and has made its way into many aspects of popular culture, being used as a backdrop in films and television shows such as Ashes to Ashes and Derek Jarman's The Last of England. Millennium Mills is also a destination for Urban Explorers despite high security, dangers of structural weakness, ten-storey drops and asbestos, and there are many reports and internal photos of the site. The explore where a bit easier and expected, but the place still has some dodgy parts. Went there with a friend and we also met another guy inside taking pictures (he seemed to be there from 8 in the morning in a Sunday, early birds everywhere) No secca at all, but the photo guy told us the the secca cars are still driving around the place, so keep an eye on that. I definitly have to visit it again, it is just too big and too good for just one visit and I've probably missed a whole lot of things. As I said, I've been expecting to go for a long time... and it hasn't disappointed me at all Here are some pictures of the places, hope you enjoy them guys
  11. History The Millennium Mills is a derelict turn of 20th century flour mill in West Silvertown on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock, between the Thames Barrier and the ExCel exhibition centre alongside the newly built Britannia village, in Newham, London, England. Along with Millennium Mills, there remains a small section of the now destroyed Rank Hovis Premier Mill and a restored grade II listed grain silo, labelled the ‘D’ silo. Described as a "decaying industrial anachronism standing defiant and alone in the surrounding subtopia", the Millennium Mills has become a well-loved icon of post-industrial Britain and has made its way into many aspects of popular culture. Visited with The_Raw, Sentinel and 5RINK5, and a few non-members. We also bumped into Gabe inside and a couple of others. We spent 10 hours in there fence to fence. It was a great day with many laughs! Standard external shot. Used my phone for this because I didn't want to get my camera out in case we had to get out of sight in a hurry. Tried to find a different angle to photograph the iconic table set up. This little patch of foliage struck out to me because although we were standing in a massive industrial unit, I found it incredible how nature can always find a way to reclaim growing space. Finally a relax on the building of Rank Hovis to unwind after a hectic day!
  12. I shot this over a few weekends , its a bit long but as I'm sure most of you know this is one very building so I had to do it justice.
  13. I don't know if any of you have seen ITV news this afternoon (possibly the London regional version) but the Millennium Mills has been used in a training exercise for the emergency services. A simulated aircraft crash was set up to test the response times of the fire crews, medical teams and security services etc. in time of crisis. As soon as the news started I recognised the place. Scrutinising the footage it would appear that the 'Leap of Faith' window has been boarded up! How mad it would have been to be inside the building 'sploring' while all this was going on... another missed opportunity! u>.<n
  14. This site has done the rounds in the last few weeks, so I'm not going to go into boring details about the place. Definitely the biggest and best playground I've been to yet. A return is very likely. Visited with Miss.Anthrope and Mulman13. I'll try and avoid the common pics that everyone has seen...... A film crew arrived...not sure what they were filming, but my guess would be music video Thanks for looking, hope you enjoyed
  15. So back to the old mill for visit no.6, explored with SK, Lara, Starlight, Miss_anthrope, and a non forum member, a great night with great company. History if you're interested can be found on my previous reports http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/4607-Millennium-mills-4-visits-Pic-heavy!-2012?highlight=millennium+mills The explore was rather chilled with no problems with Secca, once in we headed straight to the roof to enjoy the sites and take in the London evening. Sorry this one is rather short, after visit no.5 photos can get a bit Samey Excuse the quality : A sneaky exterior shot Thanks
  16. So I visited this site back in January. The secca let us look around and take some external shots of the building.
  17. Wasn't going to bother with a report as to be fair there may be one from about 4 years ago from me,well it was this mixed with another place.. Anyhow its sunday and im so very bored so here's some pics from a recent less crowded trip Brief stolen history Pictors And an odd portrait one cos i dont have another to match it up Nothing new by any means but i was killing time in here so be rude not to grab some more updated pics
  18. Ever since I first stepped foot in Tone Mills in February 2012 I had wanted to get back there so badly but the opportunity never presented itself until now unfortunately. Me and Landie/Punto Man headed off down here as the first part of what was to be a pretty interesting and frustrating few days of explores covering a large portion of England in the process. Anyway we were in and as this was a revisit for me I decided to give my new Sigma 30mm lens it's first proper try out in a location, so some experimentation was required and I'm sure I'll get the hang of it soon enough More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157642224179933/
  19. Had this one my to do list for a couple of years now but it did not really grab me until I saw the stunning green Coner machines which prompted me to get my ass in gear and drive down to check them out. Similar to Perjury-S I saw all the CCTV so we proceeded with caution. Taking a long route through the site we thought we'd sneaked our way past. While we discussed which building to search in I looked up to see we were standing 15 feet and direct in line with a new looking CCTV camera . Not much we could do but smile for the cameras and press on :-)
  20. Evening all, As promised, the second part of the report and the main Tone Mill. First report here http://www.oblivionstate.com/forum/showthread.php/6563-Tone-Mills-Dyeworks-Part-1-2013 Still pouring it down, still only 10am and muddy everywhere, we left Martyn sleeping in my car (as he came to mine straight off a night shift) and made our way over to Tone. Bit of a climb involved on this one but we managed to get in and made our way to the only floor worth doing. Loved this area and the machinery. On with the photos. Thanks for looking in.
  21. Evening all, This report covers the first part of Tone Mills - the dyeworks. Not all the photos so far but a good mix for the report...... Visited here with 2 non members and camerashy on a very rainy and muddy morning. For me and Martyn, it was about 80 minutes in the car but for the 2 Marks, it was about 4 hours to get down and the same back. Tone Mills is a complete water-powered cloth finishing works, established by the Fox Brothers and Co at the confluence of the River Tone and the Back Stream and dates from 1830. The remains of the water wheel remain in-situ and so too do all the line shafting and gearing. The Mill later had an electric motor installed to supplement the water-wheel during times of drought, although the water wheel continued to be used for many decades after. Put simply the mill comprises of a number of key areas to accommodate the various stages of production: A Fulling area, where wet cloth was dried, scoured, cleaned and milled to the desired finish. A dying room, adjacent to the fulling area which specialised in producing an indigo colouring. Reservoirs and Sluice gates, to manage the flow of water into the wheel chamber. The wheel chamber and a later power house. The associated machinery for all the stages of production are all in-situ, making it an industrial archaeologists paradise. The works finally closed in 2000 and production was moved to a more contemporary location. The buildings and machinery are Grade II listed. The photos processed so far... More to come when I have the time. Will post some from the main mill soon. Cheers for looking in. Tim
  22. Visited with trav,project mayhem,shush,lorry, mr D, skanky pants After looking at Leri mill and hanging around outside a man appeared from the houses and said he owned the mill so we all got chatting at which which he said he owned another mill down the path and that we should go take pictures, on the way back up he came out and gave us a copy of some old pictures of the mills. Stupidly didn't do the other mill in the area, just an excuse to go back I suppose. Cheers. Leri Mill (the one at back) Cwm Mill
  23. Visited one early December in 2011. I was in the area for a birthday party and popped along to visit the Mill on the way back to the big smoke of London. I was amazed all the machinery in place in the mill. All of it left in-situ and looking back to a by-gone era when Britain ruled the way for making good wool clothing! It looks like something from the turn of the industrial revolution and you could imagine workers slaving away here! Water mill works, big machinery, chimneys and history being a Grade 2 listed site. What else could you want?! This visit was more of a flash explore before heading home to avoid the traffic. Pictures:
  24. So I’ve seen a few other perm visits on OS forum so thought I’d add this one into the mix as I could not find any other reports from Abbey. I know in the past people accessed this site without permission and must admit was pretty surprised (and impressed with the ingenuity used to get in . Its now sealed up tighter than a tight thing; and still an active pumping station, but I believe Abbey participates in London Open Week (so try and get your name down if you fancy a visit). The Blurb from Wiki - Abbey Mills Pumping Station is a sewage pumping station, designed by engineer Joseph Bazalgette, Edmund Cooper, and architect Charles Driver. It was built between 1865 and 1868. It was designed in a cruciform plan, with an elaborate Byzantine style, described as The Cathedral of Sewage. Another of Bazalgette's designs, Crossness Pumping Station, is located south of the River Thames at Crossness, at the end of the Southern Outfall Sewer. Pano of the main pump hall (this shot gave me so much grief when processing due to distortion and this is the best I could do with it). The Victorians who built this place really went to town. Unbelievable this is just a sewage pumping station!! outlet valves vertical shot up into the roof lantern C- Station Pano of walkway above the main pump hall.
  25. One of the seminal Urbex locations in the UK so I really had to pay this place a visit. Seen loads of pictures and love industrial locations so was pretty excited about seeing this one. I’m sure a few on here could tell me a thing or two about the history of the place so I won’t even try to do a write up. Think we made a 'bit of a meal' of getting in. After taking the wrong route several times through bushes and undergrowth, we finally made it onto the site. Access into the building was also a little more awkward than I had imagined but well worth it.
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