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Report - Kilbagie Mill House - January 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by sherbetdab, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. sherbetdab

    sherbetdab 28DL Full Member
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    2016 update.

    So it was the start of a new year and there was no better way to kick-start it off with this wee beaut!
    I had known of this site for some time and was 99% sure it had all gone when the new land owners, oran, took over the place.
    Just as i had feared, the mill itself had long gone, with only a steel chimney remaining on the old footprint of what had once been.
    all was not lost though, two of the mill houses used as admin were still standing proud and after a couple hours mooch, several blood pumping close shaves with security and some dodgy floors later, we left very happy chappies.

    HISTORY

    Originally founded 1720 as a distillery by John Stein, whisky was produced at Kilbagie until 1845, after which the Kilbagie Chemical Manure Co used the site to produce chemical fertilizer until the late 1860s.
    J A Weir commenced the production of fine papers using esparto grass pulp in 1875, and by 1896 had formed the limited company, J & A Weir Ltd. Kilbagie began supplying Gestetner in the early 1920s, who, in 1965, bought J & A Weir Ltd and began modernising the mill. After operating under the name of Gestetner from 1969, the business was bought by the Pratt Group of Melbourne, Australia, and traded under the name of Weir Paper Products Ltd until its acquisition by Inveresk plc in 1995. Inversk announced the closure of Kilbagie in 2001 to concentrate production at caldwell mill in inverkeithing.

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    Thanks for looking

    full set and others https://www.flickr.com/photos/urbexscotland/albums
     
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  2. dweeb

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    Great to see, we gazed through the windows many years ago, it looked mint in there back then!
     
  3. sherbetdab

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    glad the memories are flooding back pal!
     
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    A lot of those old boxes and files look interesting :thumb nice report
     
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