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Report - Foxs Mill (Tonedale Mill) Wellington, Somerset - May 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Styru, May 3, 2010.

  1. Styru

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    Hello boys (and girls) - and what are you wearing tonight???

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    (picture posed by actress - actual explorer may differ from illustration)

    OK - so that may seem a strange way to start a report - but if it wasn't for Tonedale Mill we might all be trying to explore in bright red clothing, for it was Tonedale that developed the colour khaki for the British Army.

    A potted history poached from the developers brochure:

    So, what better way to spend an afternoon than a little wander in the fine company of Urbanity? - safe in the knowledge that we were helping to document a little slice of history in a relaxed, and - as it was Bank Holiday - security guard free - way (one major part of that statement turned out to be rather wrong)

    Anyway - on with a few pics.....


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    Firstly, the single story weaving shed....

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    (please fasten your seat-belts)

    It was whilst packing away our gear (in order to move on to the rest of the site), and generally chatting that, to shamelessly parody the great Douglas Adams, the word yellow wandered across my mind (plenty of space to wander you see)

    As I tinkered with my tripod that word yellow continued to try and find something to connect with - it found it!

    Ah yes, that was what was yellow - that nice jacket on the security bloke stood right outside the window!!

    A few silent hand gestures later and we were standing against an inside wall wondering how on earth he could have failed to see us - then it hit me - I was wearing KHAKI - if it had been RED we would have been buggered - thank you Tonedale!

    Having waited a reasonable length of time we ventured back out to take a little wander around the site.....

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    (Loved the patterns on the far wall/floor made by the shadows of the roof on that one)


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    Before venturing into the main mill building....

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    And so there we have it, a mill with a vitally important place in weaving/military history.

    Oh - but hang on - what good is a mill without decent machinery? :crazy

    Continued below.....


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  2. Styru

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    .... and so the holy grail - the development into yuppie flats stalled a while back - thanks to the recession.

    Not all the machinery was removed :D

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    And a final look across the rooftops of Tonedale towards the Wellington Monument:

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    175 feet of (internally) climbable goodness - perhaps a job for another day :rolleyes:


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  3. urbanity

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    update: The Engine House

    Boilers with loading hopper:

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    Steam-powered fire pump that could have auto-started:

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    More contemporary replacement?

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  4. Incognito

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    very nice update, I take these have gone now. If not I really need to open my eyes as I have been recently and I think i'd remember seeing those lol
     
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    Well the EXIF data says 25:01:11 ;)


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    well spotted.....looks like another trip is in order then. :popcorn
     
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    Nice start lol
     
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