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  1. 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!!
  2. Now I know you’re probably thinking. Another rambling Wevsky intro.Well im not going to disappoint chaps. This building as it’s in my home town and as a child was just up the road. Shame on you mum and dad for never taking me here as a child. Since I became interested in UE it’s been something I have wanted to visit even though I knew it was stripped bare from its closure in 2006 as I’d seen some pics a friend took early last year when he found his way in, despite that I still wanted a look inside this building I must have wandered past several thousand times since I was old enough to venture out on my own. So it’s been on the list but I’ve never actually put the effort into getting in here up until now and im so glad I did..it has the still semi intact bath’s/toilets which has its original staircase leading up to the now capped off entrance along the promanade,not every ones cup of tea old loo’s etc but the tiling is all original! Enough from me, here’s some brief History and some snaps from back in the day.. Visited with Obscurity and Mrs Obs The West Cliff Hall was opened in 1914 as a theatre, concert hall and promenade venue, staging outdoor plays in the garden amphitheatre with indoor weather cover . The West Cliff Hall and Gardens was one of three indoor/outdoor performance spaces constructed into the cliffs of South East England prior to World War 1 including the Winter Gardens in Margate and Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone. However, the West Cliff Hall and Gardens is the only site to retain its garden and so keeps its indoor/outdoor performance capabilities making it a unique piece of South East England’s heritage. The building has been empty since closure of the Ramsgate Motor Museum in 2006,in its previous life as a concert hall amongst others the Rolling stones played here back in 1973 I believe! It has a 600 Square metre terrace which over looks the Port and is the only cliff top hall left in the country. That being said its left rotting at the moment even though there are plans by some actress to open it all back up again as a entertainment venue! Some old pics A modern view Now inside One of the booths under a balcony Main reception area Very empty and a bugger to light Now some shots some people may overlook of the old baths and toilets Staircase leading up to the old promenade entrance Old signage, well part of it And finally one from the terrace Thanks for looking
  3. As I can not remember if I posted this and find no record on this site This is a late post. After a few fail splores within the Boilton area This was the only place left. If it was not run by steam it was fired up by compressed air.....or held up by screws on d'a walls... There are many forms of engines within this cramped museum and if your lucky enough like I was i ended with a photo shoot and talk with Alf (Fred Dibnah's right hand man) After leaving here is only seamed fit to see Freds house, short drive later and been told £12 each we decided to grab a pic from the road side instead.....when i'm back in work I'll call again.
  4. Boy do i pick em !, there is that much to see and write about I can not fit it on this site so this is a snippet and the end link is to my blog where i'm about 3/4 way through what I want out of this place. On my blog is a nice video which i took of the main engine from full speed to reverse in just 2 seconds. What a cracking day out this was for both me and Jo a reet nice trip round the Museum, only down side was when I asked to obtain a few shots from the gantry around there steam engine the answer was NO......... sad really I will have to contact the Manager of the museum and see if we can work some thing out !..... A Bessemer converters inside the Museum grounds, this item is big.....real BIG !. Built in 1905 by Davy Brothers of Sheffield, this powerful 12,000 horse power engine worked for 73 years in the city, initially powering a rolling mill at Charles Cammell's Grimesthorpe Works. The rolling mill made armour plate for the first Dreadnought battleships in the mid 1910s, and during World War II it rolled plate for the King George V battleships. In the 1950s the engine was transferred to British Steel Corporation's River Don Works where it powered the rolling mill for producing heavy plate to be used on oil rigs and as reactor shields. The engine was moved to Kelham Island Museum in the late 1970s, and is now in working condition and steamed for museum visitors. It represents the power and volume of Sheffield manufacturing industries during the 1900s. This engine is on 4 floors..... 3 you can see and 1 below to access the crank shaft etc. Looking into the stores. Mock set-up of Sheffield from days gone-by. A reet nice gas lamp. hope you liked this report the best is in the below link..... http://nick-myurbex.blogspot.com/2011/05/kelham-island-museum.html
  5. The history will have been done on here before i guess so ill go straight to the pictures and some you will not have seen before i hope !. now for the bitz i think you have not seen ! hope to get alot further soon.....VERY SOON !!!
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