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Report - Globe Mill 2 - Slaithwaite - January 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The Lone Ranger, Feb 2, 2016.

  1. The Lone Ranger

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    Globe Mill 2 - Slaithwaite

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    History

    In 1887 several small manufacturers in the Slaithwaite area joined forces to create the Globe Worsted Company, producers of textiles. They set about building a large mill, typical of the era, to house their manufacturing enterprise. Globe Worsted Mills were built in two stages – the construction of the first, Globe 1 began straight away in 1887 and was completed by the following year. Built to a design which was possibly drawn up by local architect Thomas Varley of Slaithwaite, Globe 1 was 5 stories high and consisted of 33 bays. A detached boiler house, chimney and offices were also included on the site between the canal and road.

    In the second phase, Globe 2 was built in 1889 on the opposite side of the road, with an overhead walkway connecting the two buildings. Globe 2 was 5 stories plus a basement, and had 15 bays.

    The Globe Worsted Company went from strength to strength over the years, and like many other textile mills saw a gradual decline in trade towards the end of the 20th century. The company went into administration in 2004 and closed later that year.

    The site has recently been sold to a private developer and a £30 million project is under way to renovate the buildings into a multi-use complex comprising public and business facilities. The chimney has been demolished as part of the works.

    Globe 1 is currently well under development, the link tunnel across Bridge Street having being demolished. Globe 2 currently lies quiet behind the current development. When work starts on this is unknown at present.

    My Visit

    As with many mills in this valley I have tried and failed, Globe 1 sits across the road and is now being developed; I didn't want to miss out on chance to see Globe 2. For the last few years I have had a stroll around the exterior knowing a few folk have managed to get in previously. This mill is one that you just have to bide your time and it may pay off. Alas it didn't for Globe 1 for me.

    After a few aborted attempts I finally found myself inside, a big grin came across my face as I hooked my camera to the tripod and swung the torch around the basement.

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    The mill itself is fairly empty, however it is in a great condition. Huge open floors, cast iron pillars and timber floors.

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    The first floor was open, nice to have some natural light. Paint peeling from the roof.

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    The second floor is a bit more interesting, some weigh scales and the odd bit of plant.

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    A side stair well takes you up to the third floor and some old office equipment at the top.

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    This floor has about the only evidence that this was once a cotton mill in days gone by.

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    Looking back on the third floor.

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    The fourth floor was probably the home of the offices, some lovely wallpaper is present in what would have been an office or showroom.

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    The 5th floor is again open and has some great colours.

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    Probabl ey the most symmetrical of the floors too.

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    The upper floor again is open, but some nice features and views from here.

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    Finally the lift motor room at the top of the mill.

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    A couple of the views from the upper floor, there is roof access, however the roof ladder have seen better days which would take you to the edge of the mill.

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    A quick photo from the lift on the way back down.

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    Back in the basement, there are a few boxes full of ledgers and account if that floats your boat.

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    Well that's it, a grand mill and not trashes at all. Was great to finally see inside these walls, shame I missed Globe Mill 1.

    Cheers,

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    #1 The Lone Ranger, Feb 2, 2016
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  2. Camera Shy

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    Nice, looked in here a few years back with Host, Very empty but nice enough. Shame that walkway between the Mills was locked up
     
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    The developers have removed it now, but a new one is on the cards at some point.
     
  4. scotty markfour

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    well done on gaining access , report n pics are most entertaining
     
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    Haha, did you do the squeeze?
     
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    gratz m8ty nice pictures there . I've pictures of globe 1 somewhere, globe 2 is a lot nicer in my opinion.
     
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  7. The Lone Ranger

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    A super slim explorer like myself it felt like a walk in :p
     
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    Nice one,

    Glad to see its still there, colourfull derp ;-)

    the safe in the basement was pretty unique too

    best..
    SOD
     
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    Some really nice shots there mate :thumb
     
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    Nice ones :thumb even with a few of the set up shots ;)

    I only managed Globe 1 in 2014 couldn't access 2 due to busybodies and never returned . Thought it would have all been converted by now with the big plans they had so that's a surprise.
    Saying that Globe 2 actually looks better than I remember Globe 1 being.although it looks better alongside the Canal
     
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    Yeah I missed globe1 but I did enjoy a mooch here...

    There was just enough left to make it more notable than the others in the area in my opinion...
     
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    am too fuckin big to do the squeeze .....pah
     
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    Classic millage fella. Nicely done as ever :thumb
     
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    Really nice pics and report. Looks a really nice mooch around. Gratz on getting in.
     
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    Yeah, fabulous report and pics :thumb
     
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