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Another one of our February Nothern Road Trip with Mookster, our American friend and myself. A bit of a strange one this. An old mill, but vastly converted for commercial use and modernised. Massively decayed in places. There isn't much early history on the mill building itself; but it has been extended over the years to accommodate the increasingly expanding business Dronsfield Mercedes until its closure in around 2009. The building has workshop areas, storage areas, offices and also a living quarters. Dronsfields Mercedes are the largest independent Mercedes car & commercial vehicle specialist in Europe. A Saddleworth based company based at Wall Hill Mill. This family run business has over 30 years experience in the industry. The Dobcross site covers 8 acres, which means the company were able to fully fulfil customers requirements directly from under one roof while on the site. #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 More At: https://www.flickr.com/photos/landie_man/albums/72157694322755981
On the West side of the Yorkshire Pennines sits the village of Diggle, which has a history of sheep farming and weaving. It's idyllic location is very popular with walkers, especially on the canal which runs parallel with the site. Ã¢â‚¬â€¹It was formerly known as the Dobcross Loom Works. This is how it used to look...... A substantial amount of original buildings have already been demolished, which is a shame as they were used for munitions in WW1 , and for making parts for Russian Subs in WW2. Now there's just vast amounts of rubble. The main building is commonly known as The Cathedral, and grade 2 listed. She's a beauty for sure There's trouble at mill though? http://www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/news-features/8/news-headlines/82937/diggle-confirmed-for-new-school Rumor has it that the rather majestic Cathedral may bite the dust regardless of it's stature. Personally I wouldn't trust Oldham Council's decision making. It's not rocket science to work out how many buildings have been lost under their care. The former Cotton Mills for one. But that's another story Sorry to digress there peeps. Normal service now ensues. At the rear, the Cathedral is connected to the main complex via this rather splendid looking overhead walkway. Parts of the site are still live (probably rented out) and when you start hearing voices close by during your explore, It can make for squeeky bum time. The overhead walkway from the inside looking towards the Cathedral. Sadly locked at that end. Empty sheds! A nice space all the same. Switch Gear Room. Comes complete with crusty flying rat shit. Some nice pipeage. Looks a though someone left in a hurry. Maybe they were heading here.... Mmmmm, the being careless book. The boys room........ ......that doesn't seem to have seen this sign in a while! Talking of signs!! I think It's safe to say, That this one doesn't apply anymore either! The obligatory reflection shot on the way out. Not a bad way to spend a couple of hours. So It's adios from a lonesome rocker. Ã¢â‚¬â€¹Ta for looking