It was a morning it was sunny, 25 degrees. I already had a few hours of driving in my arms when I arrive at the castle. I do like my habit, a small tour around the castle to watch the outside architecture and also find an entry. I managed to find an entry that made me go through the underground. In the underground I find a small staircase to go up, it remains only a small door and I'm officialy in the place. My first impression (when i see the big orange staircase) was "there someone who still lives here" The furnitures are in perfect condition, nothing is damaged, the paint of some ceilings begins to flake ... I decides to explore at great speed in case something could happen. 45 minutes later, I'm outside and falls on the neighbors with whom I speak 1H. The neighbors, who are also the guardians of the castle tell me that since 1951 no one lives in the castle, but there is an owner today ... What luck to have been able to explore here. I let you appreciate the intérior. FULL SET on my web site: http://www.msixphotography.com/reports/gallery/chateau-jumanji/#reports Some pictures of this place:
After exploring Fletchers this was only a few miles down the road so decided to take a look and have to say we were all a bit disappointed, nothing on the ground floor and just mess on the first floor!
Horse stables at the back were a bit strange.. would be interesting to know if anyone knows anything of the history of this part of the building
Williamsons have been trading from the same premises in Mumps Bridge Oldham since 1920. This private family business is still run by members of the Williamson family. The business has grown considerably since the outset and now covers over two acres of warehouse space. Since 1969 they have become a major supplier of Fire Fighting and Rescue Equipment much of this equipment is to Home Office Specification and is available in both new and refurbished condition. Since 1975 they have also been suppliers of all variant types of new and refurbished conveyor systems.
Next after Fisons, Mookster and I drove over to Manchester to explore a little known site nestled in a street right next to a Metrolink.
The site was amazing, some of it had clearly been disused for decades, and other parts that were used until the 2013 closure, looked like something from the mid 20th century; with type writers, analogue tooling and typewriters, though they did have a website and it looked as if an auction had taken place on site so maybe they had one PC?
Williamsons had traded at the same site in Mumps Bridge, Oldham since 1920. The private family business was still run by members of the Williamson family. The business grew considerably since the outset and soon covered over two acres of warehouse space.
In 1969, the company have become a major supplier of Fire Fighting and Rescue Equipment. A large amount of this equipment was to Home Office Specification and was offered in both new and refurbished condition.
By 1975; Williamsons were supplying all variant types of new and refurbished conveyor systems, holding considerable stocks of equipment, and manufactured bespoke items to customers specification.
The company went into liquidation in 2013 when the new MetroLink cut off customer’s route to the already tucked away factory site.
It’s a crying shame as this type of industry is fast dying UK wide. I expect it was a really nice, tight knit place to work.
Judging by their website they had a wide range of products ranging from not only Conveyor Belt Spares and Fire Fighting Equipment, but to 4X4 Accessories and Factory Surplus Equipment.
To me this was some proper exploring. All I had been given by Mr. Perjury Saint was the name of a premises in Oldham that might be worth a look on the way past, a few days before I set off up north with Landie Man. I had no idea what it looked like on the outside, hadn't seen any photos of the inside on the internet and had no idea how to get in beforehand. Considering the last time I had explored a building in Oldham it was set on fire by some yobbos whilst we were inside I was slightly skeptical of doing anything in the area!
It turned out to be a really nice site, not the biggest industrial location ever but one with a lot of goodies to poke through and some lovely features which in turn reminded me of both George Barnsley's and George Dyke's factories elsewhere.
A bit of history borrowed from their still active website...
Sadly the company went into liquidation in June 2013 (although parts, particularly the upstairs of the shop area looked to have been empty for decades!) and the land has sat vacant since. The owners put the closure down to the development of the metrolink cutting off their business from customers.
We were pushed for time a bit with parking restrictions etc so my time poking around in the offices was sadly shorter than I would have liked, but I enjoyed my wander around here. Oldham has redeemed itself.
Thanks for looking as ever, more here https://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157652627091411