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Report - Buckfast Spinning - Axminster Wool Mill. NOV 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Dave W, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. Dave W

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    Buckfast is a small village in Devon. its probably better known today for its Benedictine abbey than it is for its mills but it was an area that once boasted several mills all powered by water from fast flowing tributaries of the river Dart.

    The woolen mill was bought in the 1950's by british carpet giant Axminster. Axminster wanted to control the whole process of production from fleece to final product. Buckfasts role was to receive wash and prepare the fleece. Then dry and store them before carding, spinning and dying. The finished wools were then sent to Axminster’s main site to be woven into premium quality carpet.

    In 2013 Axminster carpets went into administration and while the parent company survived Buckfast Spinning did not and in March 2013 production stopped. What was one of the most advanced wool preparation systems in Europe was auctioned off to a new home in Turkey back in June and stripping out is now almost finished.

    It's a shame some of the West country members didn't make the effort to do this earlier in the year....


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