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  1. Whitley Bridge Mill was originally built in 1870s by John and Thomas Croysdale. Powered by electricity and steam, the mill utilised roller milling, a technique that had revolutionised the flour industry. For more than 100 years the mill was owned by James Bowman & Sons Ltd. Bowmans ceased operations at the mill in 2016 after making the decision to move away from flour milling, and the mill was subsequently closed. Much of the machinery and equipment had been sold at auction, and extensive damaged caused to the building during the removal of the equipment. However enough remained to make this an interesting visit. The building is like a maze, and we kept find more and more bits every time we thought we'd covered the entire place. Visited with @The Amateur Wanderer. Archive image of the mill The mill as it stands today Autoroller roller mills More roller mills The roller mills were the main machinery in the flour milling process One of the few remaining original windows, although now with a metal sheet covering The laboratory was quite interesting Note the Bowmans logo used to form a pattern in the tiles Rear exterior and silos Fuel pumps
  2. Its my 3rd visit here but before my Easter trip to Eastbourne I was informed that it was open, I was unable to get in the other times and was told it more or less wrecked anyway with not floors left. There's not much left and its a bit dodgy in places but well worth the visit. I have added the photo to the end of my ones already on flickr which can be found here. https://www.flickr.com/photos/cunningplan/sets/72157638254295313/ Thanks for looking
  3. I'm looking through some of my old photos hoping to get the spark back, which I've kind of lost lately. Les Grands Moulins de Paris is a still-active Milling company in mainland Europe, but their mill in Lille, built in 1920, closed in 1989. This was our first glimpse of a European site, we'd been travelling since 4am but seeing this place floored us....it makes Millenium Mills look like a dolls house, maybe not in height but in sheer length and imposing presence. It was by far one of my favourite places from the trip. It was fairly busy also as it was a Bank Holiday, whilst parking the car we saw two guys ride in on a scooter, and as we were picking our way through the undergrowth we saw a group of three French explorers entering so introduced ourselves using the small amount of English they knew, we went our separate ways after a while though. We then realised there was some commotion on the outside and saw the two guys who had ridden the scooter in joined by a large group of Airsoft players so they had the run of the outside, we ran into a few of them from time to time and they were fine, mutual nods and smiles go a long way to not being shot.... Two thirds of it is mostly wood floored which has mostly disappeared so is pretty much impassable after a few floors as what little wood hasn't vanished is totally rotten, the other third is mostly concrete but still has an enormous amount of holes in the floor from old equipment, vents, and wooden hatches that have disappeared so navigation was fun to say the least. The roof space was amazing, in terms of dereliction and being able to quite literally sit on the edge of the roof and take in the views. Thanks for looking more here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/ ... 712848662/
  4. 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
  5. I was out having a walk around and seen a few reports of this place and thought why not, the gate was open so I walked in, I saw a landrover parked around the corner, then I went and walked straight into a security man, nice enough fella he let me wander around taking a few pics, tried all doors, but couldn't get inside, this was a unplanned visit lol, it was built in 1865 and closed in 2005, then sold, I do believe it is going to be turned into yet more apartments, but as yet work hasn't started, the inside from what I've seen of on other sites was mint inside. Enjoy the pics. The main gate and entrance. This amused me for some reason. Enjoy the pics, this was a nice little explore.