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  1. A stunning grade two listed gem decaying right on the high street. Featuring the stunning architecture of Alfred Waterhouse who also designed Strangeways prison the Manchester town hall. The main building has been used for many different purposes over the years as well as Prudential themselves. And the basement club was once a Berni inns restaurant (Cafe Monico) a chain that served a post-war British public such delight's as sherry schooners steak and chips and black forest gateau as well as becoming a dance club in the 90's. We had a wonderful two hours in this grade two listed time capsule. Hope you guys enjoy the pics as much as we enjoyed the explore. Thanks for any feedback The Urban Collective We Film It...
  2. Whats This a report from me NOOOOOO Wayyyy lol. Sorry aint been upping much hopefully that will change. Anyways i know a few been here etc but thought i would up mine. History: Not much im afraid and i aint copying anyone else. What i do know is a pub/club was underneath and its been up for sale quite a bit. Also it has some lovely terracotta walls etc . Explore: Visited on a invite from @GRONK after a little look with @stranton and mentioned it to gronk has it could be worth a visit has me and strant didn't get time. And even though a lot is trashed a lot was deffo worth the trip. And getting in well it was more open than some of the ladies of the night i have seen in both Leeds and Sheffield lol. A big difference from when me and strant went. Anyways on with what you want to see the pics. so enjoy all. A few shots from bar area .. Dont forget your coat lol.. Now my fave bits .. @GRONK getting in my shot lol The smell in here ffs was unreal. #URBEXPOO lol Ok thats it for now enjoy sll. Will deffo try to get some more done. If not before crimbo have a cracking Christmas all and a urbex filled 2018 for all. Thanks for looking.....
  3. The Visit 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 The History 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.
  4. The Visit Very early morning start for this one, having tried before a few times before and being caught by secca, police and just plain failing to find access this time I was successful and managed to find the way in after some crazy climbing. Have to say it was worth the wait and bother though The History The death of the Crompton brothers left the mill ownerless and the succession was offered to Robert Fletcher, the mill’s manager at the time. Fletcher had risen through the ranks, to first become the manager of the bleaching department and later the whole mill. Following Fletcher’s death on 17th May 1865, his sons John and James took over. They in turn passed down the mill to their sons, also named John and James. In 1897 the mill was incorporated as a limited company. In 1921 a second mill opened, located at Greenfield, near Oldham. The mill specialised in the production of cigarette paper and at its height employed 1000 people to run seven paper machines. These machines produced only a fraction of the paper the later, much larger machines could produce. Upon closure the mill had three machines – two very similar lines from 19XX and a huge modern 1996 addition. By 1986 the company was making a loss and was purchased by the Melton Medes Conglomerate who turned the company around and started to make a profit once again. However by 2001 the company was once again failing and the decision was made to close the Stoneclough Mill. Some people were transferred to the Greenfield mill, but the company could not sustain the increasing loses and was forced into receivership. The mill was closed down overnight. The mill at Stoneclough has been demolished. To this day the mill at Greenfield still remains how it was the day it closed. Streams of paper remain inside the machines, connected to the rolls of finished product at the end of the production lines – a time capsule from a bygone era.
  5. 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
  6. 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. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/sets/72157652301116110
  7. Following yet more fails after leaving Naylor Jennings we were headed south gradually and found ourselves outside Hartford Mill, a stalwart of the UK Industrial urbex scene for many years standing defiant amongst the many converted cotton mills in Oldham. Hartford Mill closed in the early 90s and is pretty much a shell but a massive very photogenic one, so me and Landie Man were excited to finally get into something else. We made our way gingerly to the top floor knowing full well we'd been clocked by a pair of contractors out fixing some street furniture on the road outside. The sounds of kids enjoying lunchtime in the school playground down below drowned out most other noise so we got down to it shooting the top two floors, however all was suddenly about to change dramatically.... Before going down to the above floor (3rd from top) Landie said he'd seen some kids hanging around outside, we thought nothing of it and pushed on. A few minutes later he said he looked out a window and saw what looked like smoke coming from a building on site, I looked and to me it looked like wind kicking up dust or something so carried on. About five minutes later we heard all manner of crashes and bangs from somewhere below us so knew something was up - and then I looked out the window to discover what had become a fully developed fire down below. So the executive decision was made to get out bloody quick, as we knew it'd look pretty bad and suspect if we were seen hanging around the site much longer with a fire going. Once we were clear of the site and back on the street Landie called 999 and the fire brigade turned up pretty sharpish, they did their stuff efficiently and we were on our way. It was quite an experience at least! I could have spent much longer in there, I loved it....I'll be back hopefully. Phone photos... More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157642261484564/
  8. Hello ! Another one of my "older explores" but one of the more enjoyable ones. Combine a derelict school with a chance to have some rather good views, and you have the now demolished school based in Oldham. I've had my eye on this one since January, never been able to gain access and then forgot about it for around a month. I then reminded myself and headed up to the school! Started of with a good wander around the site. Around 40% of the site has already been demolished, and the internals have been stripped of anything valuable and trashed. It was still worth a wonder just to gather the size of the place and get a "feel" for it. We then went onto a roof above the clock which give stunning views. The friend who i took with me could see his house, and proceeded to ring home and began waving. It was confirmed his family could see us on the roof .. . . . At this point i clocked a police car approaching up the road. We ducked down and kept having a little look. Next minute there was 4 police vans (transit connect size) and 3 police officers running around the back. We decided to climb down and approach one of the offices at the front gate. We had a quick chat, explained what we was doing and he told us we were trespassing. Two offices went inside and the officer who was with us said "Go on then, show us how you got up". We had a good chat about how we wanted some pictures before it goes . . . . The officers also agreed it was a very good view! They led us back to the front gate and basically said they can't stop us from entering, and if more officers come out we just need to tell them the same thing The views combined with a cold beer, understandable police and good company made the few hours we spent inside fly by
  9. Hi All. Quite an old explore of mine but thought i would share it on this forum! Hi All! These flats were stopped during 2008 when a local company "Hillstone Developments" went bust. They had some major developments which included six floors of apartments and retail units at The Victory, Union Street; 58 two-bed apartments at Cardinal Court, Scholes Street; 57 apartments at The Bank, the former NatWest Bank and Northern Carpets store in Mumps; and a 15-storey development at the old Gaumont Cinema building in King Street Had my eye on this for a while just for the views! Visited on my lonesome, External Shot of the shell of a building . . .. Looking over parts of Oldham towards Ashton Under Lyne Bluecoat School, Oldham - Where i went to secondary school Me looking over the main high street leading towards oldham and the shopping centre What the scaffolding has ended up like after 4 years in certain sections Oldham Metrolink station being built Looking towards Scouthead, Delph, Lees and various other areas . . Quick bit of tv All of the building inside is like this . . . Hope you have enjoyed! Don't know why i didn't do this one sooner but oh well!!
  10. Sadly i cant find much about this place all that i know is it is part of the Borough Mill triangle & is due to be demmo`d soon to make way for re-develpoment.. I think down the years many companys have come & gone here because there are few different names still up on the wall but its obvious that majority of the building was used for car/motorcycle salvage... Quite trashed but a good mooch. thanks..
  11. ...The Rizla Factory... Been on my list for quite some time now this one, so after meeting up with Peter C4 and Sonyes at stoopid oclock, we were soon on site and almost immediately a game of cat and mouse ensued with the VERY keen secca!! 30 minutes later, with secca thwarted, we were in!! It really is a fantastic site this one! Surpassed all my expectations! Top day all round!! HIGHLY recommended if you've not been... Not gonna bore you with any history, not really my thing and theres loads of reports out there with plenty Heres some pics... Thanks for lookin'
  12. 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........