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Report - Fox Brothers Tone Mill, Somerset - April 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Oxygen Thief, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. Oxygen Thief

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    Not to be confused with Fox Brothers Tonedale Mill, Somerset .

    A little bit of history first, from the Fox Brothers website...

    Now I don't know too much about this actual location, but I believe it's the finishing works for the cloth produced at Tonedale.

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    This machine was interesting...

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    I don't know what it does exactly, but it's made from thistle teasels...

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    Don't even ask...

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    An even older part of the factory...

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    A cheeky climb of the silos...

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    and an incredibly old publication...

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    goodfind
     
  3. Miss Mayhem

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    beautifully captured, it looks very interesting.
    I like the journal, cheers for sharing :thumb
     
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    Surprised you went up the ladder - it's well dodgy! I went there with WDW and when I got to the top a huge chunk of metal fell into one of the cylinders and scared the crap out of me.
     
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    " but I believe it's the finishing works for the cloth produced at Tonedale. " is a pretty good guess, i'd say . Now my guess that this machine is what's known as a "polisher" or "napper" in the textile trade. Essentially a woven cloth was passed over the drum with the thistles, which would "comb & fluff " (i.e. polish) the cloth. Big clue is apparently how the cloth is handled after processing. It would travel up and down through the small white rollers. The roller arm would be driven back and forth to lay the cloth in layers. Winding it up in a roll would compress the inner layer, which you have just fluffed up. here's a modern "Double Acting Napping Machine" with oscillating arm (arrows) and arm drive (circled) and this one, same arrows & circle


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    Did some further research on some old threads on hire >> TEASEL GIG
    Speed nailed it right on the head in his 20011 reporthttp://www.28dayslater.co.uk/fox-brothers-part-2-tone-mills-fulling-and-dye-house.t57578

    web search turns up various hits and pics.
     
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    Cracking stuff OT, love your 8th shot :thumb
     
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    Trust me, that ladder was in very good condition compared to some of the soggy wooden ones I've been up. The platform though, well, I genuinely didn't move up there.
     
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    Nice going mate. Wish I had been around to meet you.
    The old place is holding up quite well really. Mother Nature is slowly moving in though.
    Always pleased to see a new report from here.
     
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    Outstanding work..i really want to get here now i've seen this, just a hell of a drive from manchester.
     
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    Great pics. It really is a jungle in there (pic 8)
     
  11. WhoDaresWins

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    Lovely place this with some great machinery.
     
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    Looks great OT
    Spot on photos too mate
     
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    i could spend hours there
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