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Report (Permission Visit) Imperial Mill, Blackburn September 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Sep 5, 2015.

  1. dweeb

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    Visit with Host, cheers for sorting this out mate...

    The mill today is in use on the ground floor but the vast majority of it stands as it did the day Courtaulds left in the 80's. It seems the workers are battling with the elements to keep the weather out, which is a tough job when the roof is bigger than a football pitch and the building has over 500 windows! The top floor still has the dust extraction system in situ along with signage and other bits and bobs from Courtauld's days.

    Once again the main event was the engine hall, which originally housed a a triple expansion engine manufactured in the town by Yates and Thom. The whole interior is lavishly tiled in an unusual colour scheme for a cotton mill engine hall. You have to admire the craftsmanship of both the tile manufacturers and the tilers, as not only is the spacing literally perfect on every wall, but over a hundred years later and with water dribbling down the wall the tiles are still stuck tight! It was interesting to see that in the worse condition parts of the hall the salt was seeping from within the tile through the crazing on the glaze.

    Quite sad to see it just rotting away, but the owners don't really have much of a use for it so it's only going to fall further into disrepair as the years pass by...

    Cheers to the guy who spent the better part of his morning at work wandering around with us!

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  2. Coolboyslim

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    Wow some nice looking pics there. Looks a nice place to walk round etc. Thx for report
     
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    They must be sick of seeing host here ! Very good that some nice original bits here.
     
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    Yeah kind of gives me hope there are a few gens left out there!
     
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    Great looking mill :thumb
     
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