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  1. For those that know me will know i hate mills, i think there boring but as my urbex partner in crime loves them i find myself frequenting them often ....ok mill f was abit of a fail a very long drive to find NO access so we hit the smaller version across the way . Still holding some original features and some excellent light ....i must admit it was pretty photographic .....all reet on wit pics...visted with Mr.Host 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Ok few hours past time to drive back up north .....now still being early we decided to pay a re-visit to Mill Delph .......now we explored this mill over 2 years ago but i saw some photos from Zero81 on the net and asked him were they were from he told me mill delph,i was like no there not we didnt see that when we were there ....but to my knowledge two years ago that part was locked (we only missed the best part ....go figure) the first few pics are from 2 years ago the machinery is from this week ..... 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. No light in the basement ..... 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. Cheers for looking ...........Oldskool
  2. A really nice mill with a little hidden jem.The workshop is like a time capsule worth the trip just to see this, a little history.... Dalton Mills was once the largest textile mill in the region, employing over 2000 workers. It was built by Joseph Craven in 1869, replacing the original mill which was owned by Rachel Leach in the 1780's. The mill was named Dalton Mills after the manager employed by Rachel Leach, a man called Dalton. In its heyday between 1869 and 1877 the mill provided jobs for workers all over Keighley and the Worth Valley. As the textile industry declined, the fortunes of Dalton Mills changed and up until 2004, it had been virtually empty for almost a decade. John Craven, the great-great grandson of Joseph, who had built the mill, eventually chose to sell Dalton Mills to Magna Holdings, to ensure it’s survival. Part of the renovation of the Clock Tower has included restarting the landmark clock which has not ticked for 25 years. In the mill's heyday, thousands of workers relied on the clock to get to work on time, but the hands had not moved for a quarter of a century. Last year Magna Holdings repaired the clock, and illuminated the faces, so it can display the time to the whole of Dalton Lane again. Swoooooooosh....... Smurf Surf......... Thanks for looking Oldskool....
  3. I am a filmmaker and YouTuber, and i'm trying to get into Urbex. I really enjoy finding out about the history of the sites that i want to visit and exploring them with my son. Last week we visited a site in West Yorkshire. The site is an old fur fabrics mill and has been covered before on this forum. This is a first attempt at Urbex, so go easy on me! Exploring local abandoned mill in a cinematic style. Dudfleet Mills (Abandoned) - URBEX - Urban Exploration - DJI Spark Footage - Cinematic Edit
  4. Explored with Therealindianajones and one non member
  5. Explored with Therealindianajones and one non member, Called snake River Mills because it was by a river and we found a snake lol
  6. Now then. Recently Maniac, Frosty and I went out for a spot of Dover derping and this is "wot we done" South trollands #1: Troll mills west: Thanks to the guys for an entertaining evening out, and thanks to you for looking in, R. Jewson
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. With this being my first reported post on here as regards a derelict site, I thought it apt that I include one that is literally a cock stride from me. In fact, the rather nice non smoking stack can be seen poking above the roof tops from the bedroom window "GLOBE MILLS". She stands proud and dominates the center of the village. Slaithwaite is the only village in the entire country that has a canal system running straight through it. The mill was founded in 1887, and produced high quality worsted yarns. There's one thing for sure though! The words 'Made In Huddersfield' will always be synonymous with quality cloth. A man was always proud to wear a suit bearing the said same label. The firm was taken over by the Bradford based Amalgamated Textile Company in 1923. In the 1960's they employed 700 people. Many would travel from surrounding areas such as Barnsley in fleets of buses that were especially laid on. Oh happy days eh! By the 1980's the number of employed had dropped to 200, and by 1987 the company was spinning over 10 million miles of yarn a year,producing luxury fibres such as alpaca, mohair, angora and camel-hair. It finally closed It's doors in 2005, and had a massive impact on village life. Not just regarding unemployment, but small retail businesses also suffered because of the closure. ............................... Good things come to those who wait though! http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/local-west-yorkshire-news/2013/05/23/multi-million-pound-plans-to-transform-slaithwaite-mill-submitted-to-kirklees-council-86081-33370830/ ​It seems the sleeping beauty may have a new lease of life after all. Fingers crossed eh ........................................ The Mill is stripped of all It's former humble attire, but she still looks good in my eyes. There were some nice situations in here with great light to play with. A dirty sink and some form of cheese. Very nice. This is the connecting walkway between the Mills. Unfortunately blocked at one end. But this is how it looks from the outside. I simply loved all the colors in here. I then found the steps to heaven via the roof void. And up into the central tower and out to the roof. The Mill in the background is Spa Mill. It's still in operation today. One of the very few left in the Colne Valley that are. It's sister company Sybro Spinning, just up the road, closed not too long ago. It's now trashed beyond belief. The chavs around here certainly know how to conduct the wrecking ball? Back inside then......... Is it pushing the right buttons for you!! It's one of these places you just don't want to leave. This poor buggers here for the duration though. I could have used those maggots for fishing. ....................... Arty shot of the fire escape. And plant life desperately seeking an entry point. Air filters from the air con system. These were massive. Part of the original rope race which powered the looms. Beautiful. Lovely vintage lift. It never came though. Down the stairs and out we go. Visited with fannyadams and judderman 62 on more than one occasion. .............. So It's adios from...... Thanks for looking. ​Pub time. ​
  16. 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...
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. So I visited this site back in January. The secca let us look around and take some external shots of the building.
  25. 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/
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