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Report - Green Vale Mill, littleborough - Aug 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by othersideofmidnight, Aug 27, 2014.

  1. othersideofmidnight

    othersideofmidnight 28DL Full Member
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    hi all...been a member for a while so i thought id bite the bullet and post a report :) but please be nice..lol

    had an afternoon off works so went out with some good friends of mine and as it was my first outing (shall we say), they decided to settle me in gently :)with this place, which i wasnt too upset about.My friends did get dismayed at the state of the site it has deterioated massively in the 12 months since they were last there. Not to sure how much longer this will be a viable visit as it is now open to the elements and the floors are already feeling the effects :(

    brief history of site:

    The mill was originally constructed by Fothergill and harvey, The company was founded in 1846 by Alexander Harvey, son of Charles Berry who adopted the name Harvey, and two Fothergill brothers. The company specialised in merchanting cotton cloth in Manchester.
    In 1859 they took over a small weaving shed in Littleborough from a small family firm, King & Co, and this was to become Sladen Wood Mill.
    Sladen wood was expanded greatly till the turn of the century, But the company’s main expansion was almost entirely due to the expansion of
    weaving facilities at Summit and, in 1886, the construction of the Rock Nook Spinning Mill. sometime in the early 1900's Rock Nook was extended to accommodate more weaving and yarn preparation. Raw cotton was carried overnight from Manchester by canal barges until, the twenties, when it became essential for this movement to be made by Motor Lorry.
    The history then goes very hazy, although the mill continued to be used (and still is used) by Fothergill and Harvey, who has been producing technical textiles since 1848.
    Originally, fabrics were woven from natural fibres such as cotton and the company produced the first khaki drill for servicemen's uniforms.
    By 1945, as a research unit had been established, the company was diversifying away from cotton and into glass and other synthetic fabrics.
    The company was amongst the first weavers to produce fabrics from new aramid fibres and during 1972 took advantage of the technology available from the Royal Aircraft Establishment to weave carbon fibre.
    The Fothergill and Harvey Group was acquired by Courtaulds in 1987 and using the technology of Courtaulds commenced production of knitted fabrics.
    Fothergill Engineered Fabrics regained its independence as a private limited company in early 1995.
    After this the fate of "tygaflor" isnt 100% known, although what is clear is that "Tygaflor" is still a trading brand name, but it is owned by Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Composites Group. and still trades out of Rochdale, albeit at a different location! I think it would be safe to assume Fothergill and Harvey sold that section of the business off although why isnt clear.

    anyway now for the scary part...pics :)

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    and got to say if you get the chance get to the very bottom floor, very spooky and very very dark...but it means you can have some fun :)

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    Hope you like (sorry if its a bit pic heavy but didnt know what to add)
     

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  2. The Kwan

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    Thankyou alot for posting this mate, on the question of what images you should add, an external shot is always a winner and sometimes any old historic images to show just how far into shitsville it has travelled to date :)
     
  3. othersideofmidnight

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    ok....for next one i will do...thanks for the advice :)
     
  4. 1nk4

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    loving the windowsill shot! nice report! loving the decay!
     
  5. huey

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    Enjoyed that,nice one mate.
     
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    Really nice pictures, thanks for documenting it!
     
  7. dweeb

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    Interesting, no access to the weaving sheds?
     
  8. othersideofmidnight

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    thanks all for the nice comments, may need to get out and do another one..lol.

    Dweeb, didn't see any weaving sheds, any my mates didn't see any either but then there were a couple of buildings that looked like they had been knocked down recently so this may have been them.
     
  9. dave

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    Good effort shame its so trashed though. As has already been said would have liked to have seen a external pic.
     
  10. dweeb

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    You can see the weaving sheds out of the window in one of your shots... the glass roofed affair.
     
  11. Ojay

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    They were still in use when we first went in here a number of years ago, the other bit of the site is still live

    I once caught Stepping Lightly lift surfing here :D

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