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Report - Baxter Bros Jute Mill, Dundee, Jan '10

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. dweeb

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    Explored with OT, Raddog, Rooks and Minnen Ratta

    Jute was to Dundee what pottery was to Stoke on Trent. Jute is an organic fibre which was used to make sacks, sheets and some garments. By the 70's and 80's, like so many other trades that made the towns and cities of Britain famous the jute industry was all but dead. Most of the mills were demolished, some converted, and Baxter Bros left derelict. Dundee residents have the Baxter Bros to thank for "Baxter Park", which he gave to the city in the 19th C.

    The mill is a "U" shape, with the bottom of the U being a later addition which linked two oder mills. The old mills are beautiful, with ornate cast iron roofing, stone spiral staircases, and huge windows. One of the mills boasts two towers, one with a flagpole, the other with arches supporting a huge dome. This was the main goal for the explore.

    We eventually found the stairs to the tower, if you could still call them stairs. The roof of the tower was not watertight, and the stairs were completley rotten, so much so that one side of each step was missing, meaning it was only attatched on one side! Needs must and all, and wading through the mush of putrid wet pigeon crap on each rivetaesque step OT and I made it to the top!

    Views, arches, bell all amazing, it really was a fantastic place to be with A++ scenes of the Tay bridge, Dundee city centre and the river. I could not relax too much with the thought of having to make one more trip down the stairs, but we both made it without incident

    A top explore, and a highlight of the trip...

    Mr Baxter, one half of the Bros...

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    Some real Dundee Jute, which I pulled out of a cavity in the wall
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    Speaker tube to allow a man at the top of the mill to call down to the bottom of a chute. I have never seen one of these in real life...

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    Hmm, the stairs dont look that great
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    My fav shot from the top...
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