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Great Britain Beehive Spinning Company, Bolton, Lancashire, England - January 2019

Landie_Man

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Day two of @Mookster and my first Northern Explore of the year; and in true Mookster style; we get up from our cosy beds and leave the sleepy world of The Premier Inn before breakfast is even a thing in these hotels; a point that hurts me to the core as the Designated Driver, but clearly pays off once the wall of fatigue is overcome.

We leave the hotel and take a drive to Bee Hive; this weekend has been a little hit and miss so far; so we have high hopes of this as it had been the Tour Bus stop off of the month; and after parking up and spending much time trying to get inside having been spotted by the sleepy street waking up numerous times; we set about a great explore.

This site is very stripped out inside; but the lighting is just divine; the paintwork, features and the things that are left behind are just lovely.

We both REALLY enjoyed this one; despite the bareness, it had a really nice feeling about it.  

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The first of the two mills on this site, was built in 1895, with the second larger mill following soon after, in 1902. 

The complex was constructed in a rather lovely Italianate style, with staircases disguised as campaniles along with terraced roofing and balustrades and including a very picturesque lodge/office building at the front gate. 

The mill span cotton up until 1967 when that venture closed.  Ever since then; Bee Hive has had various other industrial uses, seemingly most recently it was occupied by a bed/furniture warehouse until they vacated some time ago. 

The place eventually closed down entirely in 2016 and plans to demolish this beautiful building, despite its protected status have been heavily criticized by the locals; and rightly so.  Would be a tragedy.  

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As always Guys, thank you for taking the time to look, More At:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157703821237512
 

 

The_Raw

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What an epic building. Reminds me a bit of Terry's in York from the outside and with the glass dome. Your lens needs a wipe though m8 ?

 

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Lol right on my doorstep still not been. Went ages back when first shut but secca was there. Great pics and nice old buildings around it. Thanks for posting. 

 
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