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Report - Curtis Fine Papers, Guardbridge Paper Mill - January 2010

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

  1. Oxygen Thief

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    Explored with Dweeb, Raddog and Rooks.

    Originally designed as the Seggie Distillery by William Haig in 1810, it was converted to a paper mill in 1873. The mill closed without warning to the employees at midday, 23rd July 2008.

    Despite parking 'miles away' etc etc...

    The mill...

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    The first building we came to was the powerhouse...

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    The ground floor was no big deal.. Imagine our surprise when we went up the stairs to see this beast...

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    We've seen plants this big, but usually they have been concealed by levels of floors, this however was more visible.

    At the top, there was the worlds most contrasting wheel...

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    and more pipey, asbestos-clad goodness...

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    Looking down...

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    The coal hopper was pretty amazing as well...

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    Next stop was the effluent house. It's had a modernisation or two...

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    Pictures of the founders maybe...

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    and a working model of an unknown process...

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    So, we made our way through stripped out stores and processes, and eventually came accross this... an intact production line...

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    We've done quite a few paper mills now, and never seen one. The mills we saw on this trip really helped us to understand the paper making process.

    And what's just around the corner, another much older line getting stripped out...

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    and it's associated offices...

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    and these really shouldn't have been left behind eh?...

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    A good explore, thanks to all involved :thumb
     

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  2. BenCooper

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    Old photos:

    Esparto grass storage sheds, pre-1955:
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    Grass boilers, built in 1920, removed in 1972 - photographed in 1950:
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    The grass shed in 1949:
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    Left: Rag breakers, 1950 - Right: Potchers, 1951:
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    A Wagner furnace for grass boiling, 1951:
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    Modern refiners in 1970:
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    No.1 machine, from 1873, shown just before it closed in 1971:
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    No.2 machine, from 1879, shown in 1951:
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    No.3 machine, from 1887, shown in 1950:
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    No.4 machine, from just after it was installed in 1897:
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    No.4 machine in the 1930s:
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    No.5 machine, from 1923, shown in 1948:
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    No.5 machine, after a full rebuild in 1966:
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    No.6 machine, from 1953, the largest in the mill:
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    No.6 machine, after a rebuild in 1971:
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    Left: The beaterman in 1952. Right: A rag cutter in 1950:
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    A potcher in 1949:
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    Feeding grass into the boilers, 1950:
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    The salle (packing dept.) in 1900:
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    A group of workmen, about 1900:
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    The Babcock & WIlcox boilers, in 1950:
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    The boilers in 1971 - they were converted from coal to oil in 1968:
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