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  1. Explored with -Raz- History from -Raz- report, hope you dont mind mate Milford was named for its river-crossing, on an ancient route from Derby to the Peak district. The power of the Derwent was used from medieval times to run a corn-mill, dying and fulling mills, and iron and scythe forges. Jedediah Strutt, a farmer turned hosier, recognised the potential of the site. Inventor of the Derby rib machine, Strutt owned a Derby silk mill, and had set up cotton mills in Belper. In 1781, he bought land in Milford to build a cotton spinning mill. It was one of a series of textile milles constructed on the Derwent between Matlock and Derby during the Industrial Revolution. These pioneering developments, which included the creation of new communities to house and cater for the workforce they required, are now recognises as being of international importance. The Milford Mill complex eventually included spinning, bleaching and dying mills, as well as foundries, joiners’ workshops, a gas-works and a corn-mill. The Warehouse, constructed in 1793, was an early attempt by William Strutt, Jedediah’s eldest son. To design a fire-proof multi-storey structure. Later, and more successful, attempts at fire-proofing are embodies in the Dyehouse building, near the bridge. Whilst almost all the early mill buildings were demolished in the 1950s and ‘60s, much of the associated industrial housing has survived. Many of these houses were built by the Strutts, from the late 18th century onwards, transforming Milford from a riverside hamlet into a company village. The Strutts also built the school, created several farms to supply produce for their workers, helped establish the village’s various religious and social buildings. The Explore; Not much to say about this one other than theres some really small holes under less than structually sound walls, and some really comfy car seats. decent mish out! Photos; If you got this far, thanks for reading
  2. Evening all, So whats the first thing you think of when you think yorkshire?? tea? pudding? terriers?? im going to assume its not the production of little wooden shoes! however, low and behold here we have just that, originally producing some of the finest wooden brothel creepers in the north, the walkleys clog mill turned into a popular tourist attraction throughout the 80s but tragically fell upon hard times during the 90s and also suffered a substantial fire which wrote it off as an attraction, walkleys sold the site to focus on the operational factory which is still running today. Planning was passed for conversion of the walkleys mill into apartments back in 2006 however nothing has been done with it since. The explore I dont think i made much of an effort with any photos i took here, if you can imagine mac from predator when hes got the mini gun and he's tearing down the rain forest with it, that's basically what i did with my camera, i ran around the place in about 6 mins with the camera on auto, the rest of the time i was playing in ball pits, sliding down slides and playing in wendy houses this place is great fun, its nothing beautiful to look at but there is plenty going on in the place and its just a great little explore to have a good time and a little mess around in! When we pulled up we were greeted by a couple of other "explorers" who it turns out had been pottering about for about 20 minutes trying to find a way in, not sure if explorers was the right term for these boys as they werent really built for this past time bless em. After a quick scout of the perimeter we found our way in, the two big guys stood and watched with sad faces as we did things they knew they simply wouldn't be physically able to, oh yeah this was after one of the big lads invited me to kick a door in with him....hmmmm yeeeeah-maybe another time mate?!? ??: Anyway yeah so we managed to get in without any potential criminal damage or breaking and entering charges, we were on the first floor and i had just started fiddling with a piece of old machinery when i hear the pissing alarm going off, the other 3 had gone down to the ground floor and set it off, we bailed out onto the roof and waited out the alarm and to see if any secca turned up, no one turned up but looks the like ground floor is out of bounds kids! knowing this we headed up to the second floor where we found the slides, ball pit and other fun stuff, santas grotto, weird little dolls, manakins, loads of really random stuff in this place, hence why its a little pic heavy, not because ive tae loads of good photos, just because there was so much going on in the place! Toffee and taste l'histoire from their website. Walkley Clogs is a clog factory where the great British clog is manufactured in its entirety. The company was started by Frank Walkley in 1946. The main styles manufactured at that time were the Safety boot clog, Derby, Gibson and the Bar clog. With slipon styles being produced much later. In 1978 Frank Walkley bought out the famous Maude clog sole works in Hebden Bridge, a company that at its hey day had over 100 employees that turned nothing but clog soles! Walkey Clogs still uses the old machines for turning the wooden clog soles, and manufacturing the irons. The clog making skills used are those skills that have been passed down from generations of Walkley Clogs clog makers. Many of our older clog customers will remember Gordon and Nelson real lovely characters, and John who only recently retired a few years ago.. and not forgetting Arthur who up to 86 years of age still worked making the Walkley clogs for two days a week. Walkey Clogs is proud to keep the old traditional styles and over the years has manufactured many more styles that fit in with today’s markets. Most years Walkley Clogs are seen on the cat walks, and every year work with budding fashion designers who always have their own ideas on clog design. Today Walkley clogs manufactures a wide range of styles of clogs which include wooden sandals and slip-ons and various types of boots and shoes in a good selection of colours. The uppers used are mainly leather but also a non leather clog can be manufactured if required. The company also produces a lovely range of children’s clogs styles and supplies clog dance teams in the UK with dancing clogs. Walkley clogs produces 40 styles plus and offers to make up custom made clogs in any style and any colour. and some photolaughs I DONT BLOODY THINK SO MY OLD FRUIT! CAN YOU SEE THE MOUSE!! ...playing the waiting game thanks for looking kids, take it sleazy!!
  3. Recently moving into the area ive been finding some great little treasures, this is pretty much on my door step. Spotted at night whilst on way back from a night/star shoot and went back in day for a recce. I believe this has never been done so wasn't very hopeful. Looked well sealed, with metal sheets and a monitored system mmhh! One morning see me do a solo trip down road. I found a tricky entry point and in. The bottom floor is monitored with flashy red lights, quick exit and home to bathe in my success Constructed in 1897 with giant oak king post roof trusses, galleried landing and oak beamed floors with about 8,000 sq.ft. on each floor. Gordon Tulley bought the Gleadells Mill site around ten years ago, but has struggled to find private investors to back his project. He had previously planned to transform the derelict mill into modern apartments, but adjusted the plans to suit the demand for housing. Mr Tulley wanted to demolish the building to make space for 45 to 50 homes as part of a £4 million project to rejuvenate the area. The 'To be demolished' notice refers only to the sheds built of sheeting. The brick-built block has planning consent for conversion to residential use. Recently sold to a Doncaster based developer Hannabal Riley, he is seeking approval from North Lincolnshire Council to pull down the mill, he told planners he intends to clear the site and leave it vacant until a decision is made on its future use. The 117-year-old North Lincolnshire farm mill now looks set to be demolished to make way for new homes. The move comes ten years after plans from a Gainsborough-based developer were approved to renovate the mill for use as 55 residential apartments, 11 garages and five offices. This was only reported a few months ago, so this year may see the end for Gleadell's Mill. Time will tell. There is not a lot to see in here but its in great condition, id describe it as a mini bass maltings Hope you enjoyed the post
  4. While in the area me and Raz took a quick look in this small mill that was full of little treats. access was easy although it is on a main road and unfortunately i don't quite recall the name of this one. ill keep it short as usual so here you go... Thanks guys
  5. Ceulan Woollen Mill was one of 5 woollen mills in Tal-y-Bont and was situated on the banks of the river Ceulan (the other 4 were located on the Leri) It was built in 1847 by the Morris family and although the exact date that production/operation actually started is vague it was definitely working in 1860. Due to the success of the mill an extension was added in 1880. The water wheel is still on the side of the mill, although, it is not in great shape and is barely visible. The iron hub of the wheel is marked J Edgar Dublin and has 12 wooden spokes. The iron rim is marked Ellis Foundry 1891. The wheel was an overshot although the wooden trough carrying the water to the top of the wheel is no longer in situ. The wheel provided power for the factory and was the first provider of electricity to the houses of Tal-y-Bont which was the first rural village in Cardiganshire/Ceredigion to have any form of electricity. The clergy at Bethel Chapel decided to do away with the oil lamps and discussion was had about carbide lamps being used instead. Mr Morris announced he could provide electricity for the chapel, the houses and the main road. The parish council paid £10.00 per annum for street lighting and houses were charged 5 shillings (25p) for one 60W lamp which then cost a further seven shillings and sixpence for 3 months electricity supply. Mr Morris turned off the power at 10.30pm each night believing that was late enough for folk to be awake! To meet the increasing demand for electricity a peloton wheel was purchased and placed at the other end of the factory to add to the power generated by the main wheel. The factory produced cloth and flannel mainly for shirts for farmers and coal miners throughout mid and south Wales but production and profits suffered during the war. Although things picked up after the war ultimately it was unable to compete with the larger factories that were significantly bigger and were using (what was then) modern new machinery which was more efficient. After diversifying and turning part of the mill into a shop to sell the products directly to the public the mill eventually closed in 1962 although it still remains within the same family. A number of years ago the current owner tried to pass the property and machinery to the National Trust for preservation but as the owner was unable to provide some of the funding to restore/repair the mill the National Trust were unable to take the property. Unfortunately i left my tripod in the car, and had lost my proper torch so the pictures are not all that good. the dark patch you can see is the shadow from my wide angle caused by flash. history stolen from Oxygen Thief. the peloton wheel
  6. Two explores in one, a kinda crappy cottage and a suprisngly quaint church in a former Mill building! Half Cottage, only half of it remained! Mill Church Thanks for looking!!
  7. In between Euro jaunts I done some UK bits... This was one of em... A revisit to the rather splendid... ....TONE MILLS.... Thanks for lookin'
  8. Back from the latest mini road trip with Lost aka Hector Scorn. We set off for a easy leisurely drive down the road with a quick stop in past a old asylum that is well under way to being demo'd, quite sad really but always good to see it one last time, pics of that will follow sometime. Off we set again to reach our destination and find a nearby spot to get some sleep for the night before hitting this derpy derp that has eluded me 3 times in the past. Parking up in a quiet car park I decided to camp it outside and went off to set up the tent, it was a bit windy, but wasn't too cold out. Getting into the tent, the wind picked up, I should've pitched my tent elsewhere, it was getting battered everywhere! The next problem was it turned out the car park we were in was a dogging car park, so whilst I was hidden away in a tent, Lost was being entertained by several cars throughout the night obvisously wanting a bit of promiscuous fun ahahahah! Early morning was soon around and after maybe only 2 hours total sleep we were packed up and off in search of my nemsis. Previous visits we had been caught by Secca, couldn't find a way in and found a fire engine there the last time. Not to be detered we made our way down a different route to the site, no Secca to be seen or heard, just the geese making lots of noise! After a good 40 minutes of searching we made eventually found a route in and with some difficutly navigated it. We were in, inside the derp that has been on my list for so long, but never been able to get done. Today would be different. Time was up, but I could've wandered around here for so much longer, this has to be one of the most under rated sites going about. Fantastic machinery left, not a lot of pikeyness going on and hardly any graffiti. To say I was impressed would be a huge understatement, this was everything I had dreamed it would be and sooo much more. Thanks for looking!
  9. Millennium Mills 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, 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. My visit I had been wanting to visit this place for over a year, I heard that original access via Leap of Faith had be plugged, and there hadn't been any reports for a fair while, so I assumed it was not doable. I was itching to get my teeth into something and this was just the ticket!! A quick beverage was had with Southside Assassin and Gabe, I was pleased to hear there were lots of explores on the cards that night, we had a couple of successful ones and two fails, towards the end of the the long walk around London Southside called it a day, all credit to him he had been working all day and had to make his way home. It was getting early/late and the old legs of this old boy were getting a bit tired! but I had to wait for train home anyway, so Gabe and I headed over to Millenium Mills, this was the jewel in the crown for me, this was the big one! I had seen reports from 2013 and had to visit! So we finally got there and after a little brush with security, we managed to evade them with our ninja stealth skills lol ok more like Gabes expertise we were in and headed straight up to the roof! As soon as I was in that Mill and on that roof, the tiredness just went, I reckon it must have been the excitement of being in such an awesome place, the 5hr walk flew by and seemed like 2, an amazing place and I need to visit again, this place is addictive, Hope you enjoy the report! Like to say a massive thanks to Gabe for getting me in this place and the fabulous tour of the mill, couldn't have asked for a better explore guide! Top Man! On roof Inside Very strange surreal sight this was for me, sort of thing you expect to see in a "Saw" film Room with a view Couldn't resist going with the fan shot, even though been done to death! Thanks for looking! Sorry for soo many photographs! love the place though!
  10. On the way back from another site, I thought I'd swing by and have a crack at finding these lovely looking machines... After finding my access to the site, which was hampered by a constant stream of dog walkers, I soon realised that the site has CCTV on every bloody corner! But with time ticking away, I thought 'sod it!' And just ignored them!! Really glad I ticked these off, they look ACE!! Thanks for lookin in!
  11. I haven’t been able to find a great deal of history on this place. Originally owned by H & R Ainscough the mill was acquired by Allied and the closure of the factory was announced in 1995 along with a plan to close 2 other mills and refurbish / modernise another 12 existing Mills around the country. The Mill finally closed in 1998 and was purchased by Persimmon Homes as part of a redevelopments plan to convert the building into Mill apartments. I can only assume that plans have stalled due to the recent poor economic climate.The building currently stands abandoned. After our trip to Camelot Theme Park we were on the hunt for another spot close by and this one was suggested. None of our group had ever visited the mill so we didn’t quite know what to expect but when we got closer and we could still see the chimney we were hopeful there might still be something to explore. Having now viewed a few reports from the mid 1990′s I can see that the places has really gone down hill and a lot of the cool features have been removed. The building itself is becoming a bit of a death trap with floors crumbling and machinery removed leaving significant drops often concealed by chipboard sheeting. Highlight for me was access to one of the higher rooftops which gave us a great view of the sprawling housing estates which surround the Mill. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Thanks for looking a few more shots and a video on my blog: http://www.proj3ctm4yh3m.com/urbex/2013/04/14/urbex-allied-flour-mill-ainscough-mill-burscough-lancashire-march-2013/
  12. It's grim up North! Myself, Drinkinbud and the Beardyemukidwhotagsalong went for a mooch around this mill, we've all passed, either discounted it, it was tight or more recently full of pikeys with diggers?!?!?!!? Comedy of the day involved drinkinbud complaining that he liked southern places better, electricity, carpet, warm........he is now our honorary southern softie LOL! Anyway, here's some stolen history: "The woollen mill was owned by Samuel Firth of Gatehead in Marsden, and opened in 1888. He also owned Holme Mill. By the 60s, it was owned and run by Fisher, Firth & Co. which became Cellars Clough Woollen Mills Ltd, managed by another Firth son, in 1981. The company has now been dissolved. Situated just off the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, the mill’s pond is now a popular fishing spot. Planning permission was granted for the conversion of the mills and former offices to 101 dwelling units, 9 live/work units, a resident’s gym, pool, shop, meeting room, bike store, car park and improvements to the access road. Previous planning applications have been unsuccessful as bats were found to be residing in the mill. The bats weren’t forcibly removed, so the hope was that they would eventually choose the ‘improved accommodation’ for themselves." Beardygirlpants doing his thing. Drinkinbud attempting to stare at his strongbow till it magically fills up again.. Graffreflection, just had to. At the top. My big shaft shot. It's full of big rooms. And doors. And lift shafts. HI! Also has an outside. Actually, for somewhere with very little detail, this place was great, well worth a wonder round if you can! Cheers for looking.
  13. Walton Mill also known as 'Bump' Mill was built in the 1770's by partners Hewitt (a linen and woollen draper) and Bunting (a mercer and draper and later a tallow chandler. "Bump" refers to cheap cotton that was manufactured there in the 1790's. I read somewhere, that dressings for the Crimea War were manufactured here.
  14. 'Healings Flour Mill, Tewkesbury' This splendid old girldates back to 1865 and was once considered to be the largest and most modern flour mill in the world! Grain was brought in by road, rail and river, it must have been a major hive of activity at the height of its production. However, the mill closed its doors in November 2006 after 140 years of milling! It has recently been sold to the 'St Francis Group' who prepare sites for 'redevelopment. Visited after a 'no go' in Cheltenham on the off chance that she was open and bugger me she was!! A really fascinating splore, so much amazing machinery and pipe work, most of it looking like its hardly been used! Mmmmm... Shiny!! Hope you enjoy the pics as much as I enjoyed takin 'em... Thanks for looking...
  15. I'm lacking transport at the moment, so I decided to take a walk and have a revisit of my most familiar UE haunt. Sadly the place has gone downhill fast - it was sealed recently, but they left it a bit late... Once upon a time the site was in great condition, but has sadly become a victim of its popularity with local kids. The building is still sealed up well - so after a comedy entrance, I was inside. You could hear a pin drop - even though it was pitch dark, it was reassuring to know I would not have any unwanted company, after seeing how well the place is secured. I remember, months ago my girlfriend and I had a nasty shock while on the roof - hearing an angle grinder start up, before an awkward encounter with the culprits downstairs... There has been a mill on this site for roughly 150 years, with the large silo structures built considerably later. As I recall, the site ceased operation around 2005 due to modernization. The site is now in development hell (the plan was to convert the Grade II listed building into apartments) - the buyer paid too much and couldn't make a profit, and left the whole site unguarded for years. Anyway, as it was a good night for it, half the photographs are taken from the roof. The other half were taken while I tried not to fall through rotten floorboards... Thanks for looking!
  16. Tilty Mill is an early 18th Century 3 storey watermill in the Essex village of Tilty. It was extended in the 19th Century and most of the machinery dates from this time In 2007 planning permission was submitted to develop the Grade II* listed mill into residential dwelings. The battle that followed went all the way to the Secretary of State A 1937 water colour of the mill by Walter E. Spradbery (1889-1969) The old grade two listed building located near to Duton Hill had fallen into disrepair following many years of neglect but land owners Mr and Mrs Collison proposed to convert it into luxury housing. The proposal was met with fierce opposition from local residents and trusts who want to turn the mill into a working museum or visitor centre, but a planning application was approved by Uttlesford District Council in March 2007. Local campaigner Peter Rolph from Abbey View in Duton Hill was one of the leading campaigners who attended a two day consultation in October last year. He said: "We managed to get a consultation by appealing against the Uttlesford Council decision. They just agreed to grant planning permission without even looking properly at the site." The consultation resulted in the application being thrown out on appeal on the grounds that the grade two listed building was an important historical site and any major development work would be a threat to its future. Mr Rolph spoke of his delight that the application had been rejected and has approached the owners with a sum of £10,000 to take control of the mill's future. He said: "There appears to be nothing that the owners can do with the mill other than let it fall completely into disrepair. "It is listed so they cannot knock it down or sell it for any massive amount of money. I want to restore the mill back to its former glory." The old mill still has all its main components and although no water flows through the area at the moment, Mr Rolph said that a sluice gate further upstream can be removed to allow water to power the mill once more. He said: "I used to play there when I was just a 10-year-old boy, I'm 65 now and firmly believe that something amazing can be done with that building. Mr Rolph has offered that cash because he has a vested interest in the area after growing up around the mill.
  17. Hi guys, a bit of a rare appearance from me into the Military Section, but I'm told that you don't bite POW CAMP 116 - MILL LANE - HATFIELD HEATH Prisoner of War Camp 116 was set up in 1941 to house Italian prisoners of war, and from 1943-1944 it mainly held German and Austrian prisoners. The POW's were allowed out to work on the nearby farms and one local has this memory of it...... "The Austrian and German prisoners of war were kept in a camp at Hatfield Heath and sent out daily to 'help on the land'. Our first batch were Austrian and they were hard workers and Mum was so sorry for them she looked at their ration for the day and promptly invited them to share our food - they even ate with us. The next lot were German and all but one of those were also polite, hard workers and they too shared our food and ate in the kitchen with us. My biggest impression was the way they stood whenever Mum got up and would never sit until she too sat down. Dad corresponded for some time with one of them, a Walter Scheile from Beilefeld in Germany." The English Heritage Document entitled "PRISONER OF WAR CAMPS (1939 – 1948)" has this to say about it Camp 116 (Mill Lane Camp, Hatfield Heath) conforms to the so-called ‘Standard’ layout, with the guards’ compound consisting of MoWP huts, while the living huts are all timber Laing huts. In one of the outside barns was a Massey Harris combine harvester And a few old classics (I'll sneak these in and see if they get past the "All Seeing Eye"
  18. Right guys i allmost feel not worthy to post this in the "high"stuff section,But it is a roof top and any one of you who knows me or has waffled to me on chat or fb will realise i suffer that vertigo fear of edges thing. That said i have been up MM roof but that was a nice enclosed staircase,this was a different matter shonky steep angled ladder/staircase right out there on the edge of the building where the small metal meshed platform that had been there a long time was less than stable looking in my mind.Big shout to Space Invader for getting me up there and giving me that little push needed to get me to do it on my 2nd attempt.. Not great views but im told it's the highest point in ramsgate.... A few pics from what turned out to be ..not as bad as i thought Thanks to SI for getting me up there!
  19. Shame this mill is soooooooo abused it would have housed a well nice engine in the old engine house..... Built 1907 by the Hartford Mill (Oldham)Co Ltd. Extended 1920 and 1924. Closed 1959 and used by Littlewoods as a mail order warehouse until 1992. Architect was F W Dixon, there were 120,000 spindles and power was provided by a very impressive 1500 hp Urmson & Thompson engine. history on the engine builders John Urmson and John E Thompson started business in 1865 in Hathershaw, Oldham. While Urmson was a trained engineer who had worked at Woolstenhulmes & Rye, Thompson is thought to have contributed capital. Thompson died in 1882, and Urmson with his sons John and Andrew continued the business. On the sons' death in 1888 the firm was incorporated, and continued until 1933.[1] The firm operated out of the Hathershaw Foundry. Initially millwrights, in the 1870s they started making stationary steam engines as well. From 1904 they made a series of large mill engines. The largest was a 2000ihp engine for Ace Mill Co. Ltd., Chadderton in 1914. This was erected in 1919. The later engines were large. Arthur Roberts reported that Hartford Mill was powered by a 1800 hp twin-tandem compound engine by Urmson and Thompson, built in 1907. It was steamed at 160 psi at 68 rpm. It had a 5 ft stroke driving a 24 ft flywheel. The transmission method was a rope drive using 40 ropes. The engine was reputed to be the only twin-tandem that Urmson & Thompson built. It had two 30" diameter HP (high-pressure) cylinders at the rear, and two 60" LP (low-pressure) cylinders in front. There were Corliss valves on all cylinders. The air pumps were driven from each crosshead. There was a Whitehead governor. The engine cost £5400 and the three boilers cost £1900. Mills driven by Urmson & Thompson engines Urmson & Thompson produced mill engines in the boom years of the 1870s, and millwrighted (ie produced the bevelled gear shafts) for mills such as Nile Mill, Chadderton. The period 1904–1914 was productive, when they created engines rating a total of 14,300 ihp for nine Oldham mills:[1] Parkfield Mill, Oldham – 1874 Hollinwood Mill, Failsworth – 1874 Honeywell Mill, Oldham – 1874 Copster Mill – 1904 Hartford Mill, Werneth – 1907 Gorse Mill, Chadderton – 1908 Ace Mill, Chadderton – 1914 (aka Gorse No.2 Mill) Falcon Mill, Chadderton – 1915 time for the pic's to get into the boiler house go through the small crawl hole leading into the chimney connector tunnel (left to chimney and right to the boiler house) Engine house and rope race area... looking to the rope race area where a drive shaft came through the wall the bottom half of this cup bearing is still intact, shame the rest has been removed within the lower floor wish i could find more history on this place........
  20. I have tried to hunt information for this mill but have at this moment drawn a blank ! sorry peeps i will have to do better :panic on with the pic's within the old boiler house
  21. one of my first explores and defintley a place i will never get bored of visiting ... visited with wevsky and paulk a litte history The Ramsgate Flour Mill was built in 1865, and closed in 2005 when the site was sold by Rank Hovis to a private developer, as it was no longer commercially viable. It is situated next to the site of the old Ramsgate Town Station, which has long been demolished and is now a block of flats The mill survived two world wars, but sustained heavy bombing during World War 2. As the threat of war came nearer, air raid tunnels were dug. One “for the men� was dug under the old railway cattle pens (to the rear of the site), which gave the shelter about 25 feet of chalk and concrete as protection.For the office workers, a separate shelter was constructed, which was a brick lined tunnel dug from the general office down into the ground. Under the mill, this was made wider to give a fair size room. A way out was up two long flights of concrete steps ... a few from the roof ... silo the office workers shelter thanks for looking
  22. This was the first location of the day it has taken me hours of going through by reference books and one long phone call to the mill owners once I got passed the receptionist who was adamant they did not have a 'Sara' working for them !, little did this woman know after working there for some years they owned a steam engine under the guise of 'Sara' so explaining I was heavily into steam and all manner of machinery I was permitted to enter there premisses at Skopos Mills 'Fabrics Factory'. Myself and Mutilated_Pixie entered the main receptionists area to be greeted with yet another receptionist and when we stated we were hear to photograph Sara saw going to call a woman out of the officers by the name of Sarah ***** to our amusement I had to re explain the Engine again, now our goal was back on coarse we met up with Ernest the Operations Manager who took us to see her, through the mill boiler room and towards what i can only describe as a very old looking door,once through this you could feel a time change from 2011 to back in the year somewhere around the early 1900's we went up some old steps the door in the roof swung open and in we went, reet lads is she going into a magazine, no Ernest I replied just for my own portfolio and after that he left us to it........and i do mean left us !, never once did he return so now I give you Sara as we found her. After about a good half an hour we had stripped away the protective coverings to a really good restored steam engine. Originally built by W & J Cardwell of Dewsbury in 1883 as a single cylinder engine, Sara was rebuilt in about 1894 by Woodhouse and Mitchell of Brighouse in her current form with a 18" bore x 42" stroke HP cylinder with steam admission by Corliss valves and a 24" bore x 42" stroke LP cylinder with slide valve. Developing 300 HP when supplied steam at 120 psi, the working speed of 88 rpm is governed by a Proell No 2 governor acting on the HP valve gear. A reet nice looking multi oil lube system. Running until 1965 Sara was left in poor condition, fortunately she was restored by Chris Evans and Paul Ackrigg, the restoration which, finished in 1987 was of such a high calibre that the project was winner of the NCB sponsored Steam Heritage Award stationary steam engine class for 1990. Some other parts within this museum like room. A good old sink with cast iron fixtures. A hand spinning frame. Power output readings from the Engine, it was a shame who ever made the plaque misspelt 'SARA'. Before we left the premises we re-covered her locked all the doors and left looking like we had never been there putting her back to sleep, we were told on the way out at the reception desk that the Engine was named after the mill owners wife and they would contact me the next time she has a full head of steam.
  23. Well myself and Mr Beady tried to hit the Brighouse swimming pool but too many peeps about and getting watched by the coach company reet next door didn't help Plan 'B'.....time to hit an old mill I've known about for years ! Most of this mill has now been converted but lucky some of the mill has not been touched, after bartering 3 goats and a ferret a business backing onto this site let us through his land and over the wall to our quarry wooot ! I have no info on this mill as yet (hope to update later) but we did find a nice old piece of kit ! Part of the roof collapsed onto the compressor. a reet nice find !.
  24. listed building grade 2 and the earliest surviving Woollen mill (if thats what you call it) building in the Colne Valley !. The nearliest part of the building dates back to 1798 and for many years was run and owned by the Shaw Brothers still trying to obtain more information on this nice site.....
  25. Right dunno why im putting this up really,was pitch black pissing it down didnt get in the part of the building that had nice open spaces ..or to be honest climb up higher places..me boots have fallen apart and torch light is a major issue at 9pm..would have loved some shots to show the scale of the place from the outside but it was very dark and a last resort just to have done something as our dover mission got postponed!!so i apologise about some of the pics they really are not my best,but did what we could a neighbour basically saw us climb in so we went back to the car had a chat and he was kewl..but wasnt the longest of trips i must admit! Right not my best report by far but considering i live down the road i should have done this a long time ago and in daylight!