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Report (Permission Visit) Ham Mill, Thrupp - Dec 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Oort, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. Oort

    Oort The spice expands consciousness.
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    Ham Mill, Thrupp - Dec 2014

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    Visited with Huey, we have been trying to get this one done for a few months now and finally managed
    to hook up with Site Manager and arrange a date to visit. Unfortunately this wasn't to be as on the
    day he was ill. Three weeks later we have rescheduled and are on our way!

    If anyone does want to have a wonder around please get in touch with the Manager, he's a really nice
    guy but is very busy and the last thing he needs is to be giving guided tours to explorers all day long!
    Trying to break in would not be a good idea as the place is locked up very tightly and securely.

    All in all we spent about three hours on the site, couldn't find the remains of where the water wheels
    were but other than that I think we got everything.

    Thank you very much Rod! We really appreciated your hospitality and the history lessons!

    History

    Ham Mill was occupied in 1608 by Robert Tayloe, and in 1634 Robert Tayloe, clothier, and his son Thomas
    sold it to Samuel Webb. Samuel received grants of protection against the plundering of his goods from
    Prince Maurice in 1642 and Prince Rupert in 1643. (fn. 137) He was succeeded by his grandson Samuel who
    owned the mill in 1685; it then had two fullingstocks, a gig-mill, a grist-mill, dye-house, presshouse,
    and 5 racks, and the property also included a mansion called Doleman's Ham and a considerable estate.
    Samuel was succeeded, apparently before 1723, by his son Robert). Robert's widow Anne was entitled to
    dower in part of the property while the remainder passed to his aunt Susannah, who, however, granted her
    estate to Anne for life. On Susannah's death in 1737 her reversionary right passed to the daughters of
    William Webb, Mary who married Samuel Aldridge and Jane who married Ralph Lampthorn, but in 1743 Samuel,
    Ralph, and Jane joined with Anne Webb in a release of Ham Mill to James Winchcombe, mercer, reserving to
    Anne an annuity and the right to occupy the house for life. Winchcombe was making cloth at the mill in
    1764. By 1803 John Knowles and a partner were working it, and it was put up for sale in 1812 following
    Knowles's death. It was apparently bought by Sir Paul Baghott of Lypiatt Park, and in 1822 it was owned
    by Obadiah Wathen and occupied by Joseph Wathen.

    Shortly afterwards Ham Mill was acquired by William Marling, founder of one of the most successful clothier
    families of the Stroud region. William took his son Thomas into partnership at Ham Mill in 1825, and in 1832
    another son, Samuel Stephens Marling, joined the firm. In 1833 the mill was powered by a steam-engine in
    addition to 3 water-wheels, and in 1838, when Thomas and Samuel were carrying on the business, it contained
    45 power-looms and 29 handlooms. By 1842 Ham Mill belonged to Nathaniel Samuel Marling, another of William's sons,
    but it was occupied by William Stanton of Stafford's Mill. It possibly became a saw-mill after 1846 when Marling
    leased it to Thomas Barrett of Painswick, turner, but from 1852 the lessee was Thomas Sampson, a woollen shawl
    manufacturer, whose business was hit by a change in fashion in the late 1850s and complicated by the financial
    difficulties of his partner, William Barnard of Lodgemore Mill. Alfred Ritchie & Co. were making cloth at Ham
    Mill by 1863; they worked it until 1900 when they sold it to Thomas Bond Worth & Sons, carpet weavers, who had
    300 looms there and employed c. 700 hands in 1907. Apart from a few years after 1941 when the mill was put to
    wartime uses, Bond Worth carried on carpet-weaving at Ham Mill until 1954, and from c. 1920 a factory north of
    Bowbridge, formerly the Eagle brewery, was used for spinning the yarn for the mill. In 1954 the Bowbridge factory
    was given up and from that date Ham Mill was used only for spinning for the firm's parent works in Stourport.
    From 1906 until the Second World War a part of Ham Mill was occupied by firms of cloth-merchants. The buildings
    on the site, which in 1833 comprised the original mill building and three new blocks put up in 1814, 1825, and
    1832 respectively, were severely damaged by fires in 1841 and 1866. In 1971 some substantial early1 9th-century
    stone-built blocks survived together with later brick buildings.

    The factory was still making carpets up to 1999 when it was closed down and all the looms were sold to a company in Thailand.

    Pics

    The Carpet Shop
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    Ham Mill External
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    Woodworking Side
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    The Chimney
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    Chimney Bottom
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    Looking Up
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    Chimney Door
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    The Boiler
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    Fuel Tank for the Boiler
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    Outbuildings

    Random empty space
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    Pigeon Poo Barn - This was absolutely minging
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    More Random Junk
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    Massive Factory Space
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    Some art found inside
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    Extractor Fan
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    Hopper
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    Inside Hopper
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    And there's more...​
     
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  2. Oort

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    Part 2

    Ham Mill

    All the floors are empty and it is in a much worse state since it was last reported. Still a good to look around but nowhere near its former glory.

    Infamous Fire Control System (suffice to say I didnt try the handle)
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    The rest of the mill in no particular order.

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    I think its only the poo that's still holding all the stairs together!
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    Heavy shit man
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    Top floor
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    Old Winching Mechanism
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    Various things found around the Mill

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    One of the literally hundreds of Doves that
    live in the Mill
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    Davey Boy!
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    Nice one man! Well done for getting permission. Looks like a big photogenic site. :) Shame about the pigeon crap, stinks. :eek:
     
  4. Speed

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    Some great bits and bobs in there. Yes to the CO2 death cupboard
     
  5. Oort

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    Cheers guys! Was a good way to waste a Monday morning :thumb
     
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    Nice work. Did I write about the fire extinguisher somewhere?
     
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    Was a good trip. Yeah you mentioned it in your report from way back in 2005.
     
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    Its the oldest report on the forum isnt it??
     
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    Yeah found it, just want sure it still existed. Jeez that's going back a bit.
     
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    Good work getting a visit there mate, I know it's been difficult to get in! Pics and report look like it was worth the wait tho :)
     
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