Thought i'd keep these 2 in the same report because they were part of the same company.
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.
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.
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!
Cheers for looking!
As a Star Wars fan since my childhood and hearing rumours of the Millennium Falcon landing nearby I knew it was my destiny to explore it. We took a BBQ and some beers into the forest of Endor and set up camp. After fending off a few horny ewoks and getting ourselves a couple of hours sleep we woke up to the sound of the Imperial March music coming from my alarm clock. We set about our quest nervously but knowing “fear is the path to the dark side......”
Thanks and kudos to @bauhausgirland friends for some helpful tips, lifts and for getting in here first, also thanks to Ash for having the foresight to remember his Jedi cloak, and everyone else who came along for the ride, definitely one of the most fun places I've had the pleasure to explore! Enjoy
1. “You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon?"
2. "It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs."
3. "She'll make point five past lightspeed. She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've made a lot of special modifications myself."
4. "It's true. All of it. The dark side. The Jedi. They're real".
5. "Chewie, we're home...."
6. On entering the ship you would hope to find it like this and maybe sit down for a game of hologram chess or something but it's not quite like that
7. "It's a trap!"
8. The reality is that it's made mostly out of wood and is held together with scaffolding poles
9. However you can just about get into the cockpit
10. "Laugh it up, Fuzz ball."
11. "Punch it"
12. "This bucket of bolts's never gonna get us past that blockade."
13. "Would it help if I got out and pushed?"
14. "You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought ..." (This one sounds a bit strange out of context.... )
15. The level of external detail is amazing
16. Even the ground on which the ship is sat is fake
17. "What a piece of junk"
18. "She's the fastest ship in the fleet."
19. "She's the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy!"
20. Ahch-to, the planet where Luke Skywalker was living in exile at the end of The Force Awakens
21. Other vehicles sit waiting to be uncovered, a land speeder amongst other things, not sure what else yet.....
22. "The Dark Side of the Force is the pathway to many abilities some consider to be… Unnatural."
"Remember...the Force will be with you, always."
That's all folks
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.
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.
Visited with Raz, Fat Panda & Rott3nWood
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 Â£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
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
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