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Report - Fletcher's Paper Mill, Greenfield, June 11

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    Robert Fletcher sounded like a right character..
    Heres a bit of history
    The history of Fletcher's goes way back to the early 1800's (no one is quite sure when, although the paper making business got its limited status (and new name) 'Robert Fletcher & Son ltd' in 1897, taking over from the rather long winded "Ralph Crompton and Nephews, Bleachers and Papermakers, Stoneclough and Manchester".
    Robert entered the company as a young man of 26 in 1830. After four more or less uneventful years under the Croptons, an ingenious fix to a longstanding dimities problem impressed the brothers so much they put him in charge of the whole bleaching dept. After only three years in this position, he was to become manager of the whole mill. The man took his position seriously. The riots of the luddite movement in the summer of 1842 saw the machines of many factories in the area destroyed but Fletcher wasn't going to let anything happen without a fight.

    "Arming himself with a watchman’s truncheon he fearlessly took up his stand at the entrance to the narrow passage that led past the timekeeper’s office into the mill yard. When the rioters arrived on the scene they were presented with the spectacle of a big, powerful man brandishing a truncheon in an entrance not wide enough for more than one man to pass at a time. However, they were bold enough to ask if the mill was working, and getting a negative reply said they would come in to find out for themselves. This however, did not have the intimidating effect on Robert Fletcher they had anticipated, and he retorted promptly by asking them who would like to try first. "

    When Roger, the last of the Crompton brothers left the business to him (and two others who were paid off) in his last will and testament he took over as director of the company. It grew substantially over the next 100 years (being passed from father to son and eventually to an equity firm), but financial pressures forced closure in 2000, with its workers downing tools on the friday, never to be back in the building again. Over the past few years, this place has been allegedly leaking toxic chemicals into the local water system, and as of yet there hasn't been any offer to buy the place.

    The Visit:
    Been wanting to check this place out for a while, as there are some stunning snaps on the interpipes. Our visit to fletchers started much later than it should have due to an alarm clock fail, but the trip in was undisturbed. The reports of lockdown at this place are very true indeed though (every entrance we could think of was battened down and locked hardstyle). Security are doing their job well (we saw a couple doing the rounds on our mooch) and the 20 or so houses that look down on the site probably help alot to keep out the looters and pikeys.
    What we did manage to take a look at though, was the oft neglected turbine room and boiler complex. So without further ado....

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