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Report - Curved Railway Warehouse, Oldham - Feb 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Steely Glint, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. Steely Glint

    Steely Glint 28DL Full Member
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    Yesterday a very small window of opportunity came my way (well 2 hours to be exact with my partner at work and our daughters at my parents) so I jumped at the chance to visit this place.

    Done a solo explore before, but this place is cold, damp and very dark and I managed to spook myself somehow. Luckily around 3/4 hour in, two more explorers popped in, a lad called stoker and a girl called pixielulu, which was great. I ventured into the dark corners full of confidence of others in the building. Turns out they didn't stay long and went while I was out of site.

    I know this place has been visited a few times before on here, so I tried to do some different shots.

    1. From the outside (taken on a previous visit)


    2. Take your torches ! - This is how dark it is inside.



    4. Going off the damp, I doubt the floor would hold anything these days.




    7. Some idiot trying to stay still for a 10 second exposure. Oh wait, that's me.



    9. No way up to these floors.


    10. HDR Grunge



    "The Park Road, or more correctly Clegg Street, Railway Warehouse at Oldham was built in 1876 and although it often know as the London & North Western Railway warehouse it was actually built by the Oldham, Ashton & Guide Bridge Railway which was jointly owned by the London & North Western and the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway (later the Great Central Railway). It was last used in the 1960s and since then has stood empty and becoming increasingly derelict. It owes its survival to the fact of being listed grade 2 on the basis of its unusual curved layout. Over the years there have been many proposals for the re-use of this building but none have succeeded. The building is now owned by the Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council who are prepared to give it to a developer. Another redevelopment plan was announced recently, involving a hotel, office and retail development (Oldham Evening Chronicle, 20 May 2004) and it is felt that if the current scheme fails then it may have to be demolished on account of its condition. But although it was listed because it was unusual, one could now argue that its listing status is further justified on the basis that it is one of the very few surviving Victorian railway warehouses in the region. There are some survivors of course, the Liverpool Road and the Great Northern warehouses in Manchester and the Heaton Norris warehouse in Stockport, but large numbers have been demolished. There were other warehouses in Oldham which have all gone as have those at Shaw and Royton. Similarly warehouses have been demolished in Rochdale, Bury and Bolton. Many of these were built for the use of the cotton trade and one small warehouse survives at New Hey station labelled "Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Cotton Warehouse" (which may justify its listing as a unique survivor)."

    (from the Manchester Region Industrial Archeology Society Aug 2004 newsletter).

    Steely Glint
    #1 Steely Glint, Mar 1, 2010
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2010
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