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Lead or Rumour info - Former Shirt Factory - Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by Black Box, May 9, 2015.

  1. Black Box

    Black Box 28DL Member
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    I've spotted quite a large former factory on A636 Denby Dale Road in Wakefield. A friend believes it used to be a shirt factory but I can't find anything online to confirm this. The building is in the middle Headway Business Park which is active, although the factory building itself is disused.

    Might see if I can have a scout around the perimeter and check it out further. It's not easy to see properly from the road as it's set back. The post code is WF2 7AZ - Google Maps satellite view puts the marker right on this building.

    Does anyone have any further information on this place?

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  2. Yorrick

    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    Thornes Mill? Office space for rent I think. Looks in good nick on bing maps? It's on an open business park so just walk or drive round the back :thumb
     
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    Yeah it's not in bad nick - a lot of the windows are broken though which drew my attention to it.
     
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    Go for it then. Look forward to seeing some photos!
     
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    I suspect the ground floor is active but I'll certainly have a look. Sadly I don't think the business park is open all the time...only when people are there working, which could be dodgy.

    Anyway, I'll have a drive down and see what's what. If it's doable it'll be my first explore...been a lurker on here for a number of years.
     
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    Update - had a very good look around but there doesn't seem to be a way in anywhere.

    The problem is the building is surrounded by live industrial units and it's impossible to get close...not so much because of onlookers, but the way the units join on to the target building.

    Managed to get up a fire escape but that was about it.

    I'll keep my eye on it but aside from maybe asking for a permission visit, I don't think I'm getting in.

    Maybe someone more experienced could have a gander?

    Found out since my last post it was a sportswear factory owned by Star Sportswear, who went bust and were taken over by Prostar who moved it to their site across town in about 2009. There's a lovely old gold logo that reads "BB" on the front of the building so there must be loads more history.
     
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    Its also used for police dog training too so watch your arse when you get in!!
     
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    That's the separate building next door...there's signs in the windows
     
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