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Report - Big Mill - Leek - Jan 14

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Stopford_lad, Jan 10, 2014.

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    Big Mill - Leek - Jan 14

    After a morning dodging security at Derby Royal, Noodle and myself thought we'd take a look at an old faithful.
    Very big and admittedly very empty it's still worth a wander, if only for the nice rooftop views.

    History bit

    The Big Mill Leek or Wardle & Davenport Ltd is in Staffordshire Built in 1857 by the famous Victorian architect
    William sugden, originally built for Lovatt and Goulding but later became Wardle and Davenport.The firm Wardle
    and Davenport was formed in 1867
    with the partnership between Henry wardle and George davenport over many years they ran many successful
    business's employing up to 2500 people by the 1960's the company was suffering great losses and by 1970
    they went into receivership, they also pioneered the way forward in artificial silk stockings.

    The building is currently in a rare old state, with the owners unsure it's future.

    On our way out, we ran into two senior bods from Staffordshire County Council who seemed fairly keen to secure
    the building to make sure no pesky explorers hurt themselves in future...nice chaps tbf :thumb


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    The scale of the building is impressive, the walkway leads over to the furnace and a new development of offfice blocks

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    Nice stairwells and a rather dangerous lift shaft are two of the main features here

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    Big empty open floors with very big holes in them...and little else

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    apart from this one which was full of all sorts of junk

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    Lift machinery in the attic, covered in poop from a million and one pigeons

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    Nice view, but rather precarious rooftop

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    The old flagpole from back in the Mills halcion days, now home to the entire pigeon population of staffordshire

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    No more than a 20 minute explore, but well worth a look if your passing...cheers for looking :thumb
     

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