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Report - Edward Thompson Paper Mill, Sunderland, August 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by catbalou, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. catbalou

    catbalou off the wall
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    The Hendon Paper Works commenced business in 1872 producing esparto paper and employed approximately 400 people in the early years of the 20th century. The two paper-machine mill manufactured a wide variety of fine stationery and printing papers, printing games for markets as far away as Vietnam and Venezuela and also papers for the first election in South Africa after apartheid.
    The company was acquired in 1962 by “Dominion Tar and Chemical Company†of Canada and was then renamed “Howard Smith, Hendon Ltd. The plant closed in 1980 with the loss of 600 jobs.

    Taken over by the Edward Thompson Group in 1981, eleven months later, the mill was back in business producing 100% recycled paper keeping a tradition of paper making alive in Sunderland. Further expansions were made to Richmond Street, but the paper making division at the Ocean Road site closed in 2006 with the loss of 94 jobs. In 2008, most of the paper making machinery was stripped down and shipped across to India.
    Parts of the site remain active today, printing bingo type scratchcard tickets… and one of the buildings is currently used for storage.
    Plans were drawn up in 2009 for a 40 million project to build 300 homes on the site, but as with a lot of these projects it never came to fruition... due to buyers backing out of deals.

    Visited with the usual suspects, thanks a lot for coming along... was good to get this one ticked off and was a lovely place to visit. There is now nothing left of interest for me to explore in Sunderland at the moment! So its back the research drawing board and road trips. Apologies for the pic-heavy report, and the quality of them, which havent turned out as good as they could have.

    This place has always held a certain amount of fascination for me over the years, hence the amount of photos.
    It seems to still hold the same fascination with others too, as we spotted at least 4 other people wandering about with cameras at various places around the site. Certainly a busy place for a weekday morning.


    The original Paper Works from above, 1926
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    Paper-Making Machine circa 1935
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  2. Fudge

    Fudge 28DL Regular User
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    Nice one cat, I really like that spiral staircase.
     
  3. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    That looks a pretty nice site....great pics and report there Cat :thumb
     
  4. Sed

    Sed Lets be positive ...
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    I don't know why you don't think the quality of the pictures is very good ... They look great to me!! Well, that's Sunderland ticked off and completed now then ... Where are you tackling next?!! :):thumb
     
  5. Lenston

    Lenston Bajo Tierra
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    Looks a good mooch :thumb
     
  6. catbalou

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    a particular site in boro ?
     
  7. dave

    dave 28DL Regular User
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    Your pics have come out very well Cat a great report indeed.
     
  8. dweeb

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    Looks pretty good that, nice one!
     
  9. stranton

    stranton subterranean explorer
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    l never got too return here, will sometime tho
    please You got this done nice report. :thumb
     
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    pigdog 28DL Regular User
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    nice
     
  11. The Lone Shadow

    The Lone Shadow Industrial Fanatic!
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    Great place. Love how the old pictures bring this place alive.
    Nice photos all round.

    LS
     
  12. neizt

    neizt Lazy Explorer
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    Looks like my sort of place that! Great photos and report! :p:
     
  13. mackemlad11

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    I work for a local bus company and when on certain routes I have always wondered what these building look like inside. great pictures!!!
     
  14. Session9

    Session9 A life backwards
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    Looking good Cat :)
     
  15. Collingwood

    Collingwood The quiet one..
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    Nice report & Pics :thumb
    Funny how the Indians seems to love buying up our industry. All the paper machines from Stowford mill in Ivybridge were dismantled, put in shipping containers and sent over to India too....
    Maybe they're after world domination in the paper industry!!
     
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