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Kippax Biscuit Factory, Colne - April '14

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by Joetry, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. Joetry

    Joetry 28DL Full Member
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    Not a report, as this place is locked down tight, I just wanted to post info on it (but couldn't seem to find the "Leads or Rumors" Pre-fix!

    Anyway, Kippax biscuits is of particular interest to me as it's situated in my hometown and since it's closure in 2006 I've been intrigued by it. It was built in 1937 to serve as Colne's market hall and converted into Mrs.Kippax's Biscuits at some point between 1940 and 1980 although the year of which isn't readily available info! In 1992 it was bought by Farmouse Biscuits, a rival firm and in 2006 the gates closed for the last time as all 67 staff at the Kippax site were moved to a newly built extension of the Farmhouse Biscuits factory in neighboring Nelson.

    Kippax to this day exists on the same street it was on initially, in a small factory-shop unit further up with the same name, but as an outlet for locals to buy Farmhouse biscuits under the Kippax name.

    The site is particularly interesting to me as for a time I was seeing the owner of Farmhouse biscuits (and Kippax)'s grandaughter and we spoke a couple of times about her borrowing the keys and me nipping in to take pictures but unfortunately I caught her cheating and publicly shamed her before that ever happened.

    I also had a other shot at gaining a permission visit into the factory as it transpires that a guy I used to go exploring with in Summer of lastyear was also able to get hold of the keys as his dad is a manager at Farmhouse. Ended up falling out with him before we could sort out a day to explore Kippax.

    It seems asif I am fated to never enter! The only other route would be to don a suit and pose as a buyer to Petty, the letting company that currently have this on their books! I doubt three twenty-somthings (Myself, and fellow members / exploring partners #35 and Gidged500) showing up with cameras is gonna look like a legit buyers meeting.

    I have noticed a few of the windows breeze-blocked up and some grills have been bent so I'm assuming someone has gained entry at some point! Anyone that's got photos from the interior, let me know :)

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  2. Derphouse

    Derphouse "fella"
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    well i've just learnt where Colne is im so geographically clueless
     
  3. Joetry

    Joetry 28DL Full Member
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    Honestly, it's in the arse-end of nowhere! If anyone asks where I'm from I say Burnley and they're only familiar with that due to Football and it having the country's lowest house prices and highest rates of teenage pregnancies! There's about 20 abandoned building here not posted about on 28DL, I'm slowly getting round to writing reports about them
     
  4. Fudge

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    north.
     
  5. Derphouse

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    i think i can soon qualify as half northener im there enough.... need to brush up on my north then
     
  6. Fudge

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    you'll never be a northerner you cobbing cobbler. must get epic.
     
  7. Derphouse

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    true dat. even when i move, I AREN'T SAYING BREADCAKE
     
  8. Fudge

    Fudge 28DL Regular User
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    bap.

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  9. Nickindroy

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    muffin all day
     
  10. Derphouse

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    totally different kind of breadlike item
     
  11. Fudge

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    bip bap bop
     
  12. catbalou

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    north indeed.... its two and a half hours south from me!
     
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