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Report - Milford Mill, Derbyshire - June 16

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by ledgehammer, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. ledgehammer

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    So during our Derbyshire day, we ended up failing a few times - Middleton alternative access details were a false flag for anyone of normal size, and sadly the train house in Buxton had been knocked down recently. The house in Belper (house of the damned) managed to evade us also, although we didn't prepare our intel too well and tried to wing it. We were searching for the details for the house when we came across this mill in Milford, it looked nice so we took a gamble and managed to get in. It absolutely chucked it down, thunder and lightening while we were inside which was an interesting experience on the metal roof - it seemed to get heavier and heavier. It reminded us of and mini Fletchers with a bit of T.T.Browns thrown in.

    Part of the mill has been used more recently as an antiques centre, only screenshots of these - couldn't find any details for it other than basic ones. They used to sell fireworks, and random bits and bobs. It wasn't open on the day we visited but there is also a car wash operating on the forecourt of the site, we had a poke around here and a chill in their lunch area waiting out the storm, which we eventually embraced. Not bad for a random find on the day, fairly chuffed with it - the redeemer ;-)

    The new vid- camera is in use, still playing around with settings, but the quality is much improved, running with more relaxed music too - if you haven't go time to watch the whole thing, take a look at the time lapse water drip at the end - I've barely grazed the surface of what the camera can do.

    History: (sorry I pilfered this from another report)

    Milford was named for its river-crossing, on an ancient route from Derby to the Peak district. The power of the Derwent was used from medieval times to run a corn-mill, dying and fulling mills, and iron and scythe forges. Jedediah Strutt, a farmer turned hosier, recognised the potential of the site. Inventor of the Derby rib machine, Strutt owned a Derby silk mill, and had set up cotton mills in Belper.

    In 1781, he bought land in Milford to build a cotton spinning mill. It was one of a series of textile milles constructed on the Derwent between Matlock and Derby during the Industrial Revolution.
    These pioneering developments, which included the creation of new communities to house and cater for the workforce they required, are now recognises as being of international importance.

    The Milford Mill complex eventually included spinning, bleaching and dying mills, as well as foundries, joiners’ workshops, a gas-works and a corn-mill. The Warehouse, constructed in 1793, was an early attempt by William Strutt, Jedediah’s eldest son. To design a fire-proof multi-storey structure. Later, and more successful, attempts at fire-proofing are embodies in the Dyehouse building, near the bridge. Whilst almost all the early mill buildings were demolished in the 1950s and ‘60s, much of the associated industrial housing has survived. Many of these houses were built by the Strutts, from the late 18th century onwards, transforming Milford from a riverside hamlet into a company village. The Strutts also built the school, created several farms to supply produce for their workers, helped establish the village’s various religious and social buildings.

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    Cheers for taking he time to read / watch :-)
     
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  2. The Amateur Wanderer

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    Nice one fellas :)
     
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    Awesome live really near this but wasn't sure wether it had been converted or not any chance you could give me a hand on how to get in there had a little recce mission and could work out how to get in lol
     
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    Its one of the easiest to be fair mate, theres no secret - maybe try again and earlier?
     
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    cheers mate, need to go back and finish the fails ;-)
     
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    knowing me i was probably looking at the wrong building lol i'l take another look at the weekend
     
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    google maps it mate :-) but there is a car wash operating, that makes it fairly obvious...
     
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    went today mate the car wash is what put me off before we ended up going in some dodgey way from the back to avoid it lol
     
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    Nice shots! (and some nice graf)
     
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    cheers, yeh we recognised the worms from Sheff, not sure on the artists name - but small world...
     
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    Artist is Sheffield based 'Color'.
     
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    Great report, I had a quick look around this place a while back,I didn't take any photos though as it was just a quick visit and planed to come back with the he missus from a better look, gutted to see some arse hole has graffiti'd in there, it had a really nice untouched look to it before, no llitter etc,

    I had a chat with the fella that runs the car wash, seemed a nice guy.
     
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    Cheers :-)

    dont mind graff, if its not mindless - in this case it was amusing, and I guess they need to do it somewhere :-)
     
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    Great Photos,

    I personally quite like the Graffiti on this site,

    went yesterday at 7pm.. gates were locked was tempted to hop them but my mate wasn't so keen on the idea,

    to be fair with it being in plain daylight it would be quite obvious...

    when the car wash is operating do people generally just walk through ?
     
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    Awesome find! You really captured this place well with your camera. This is definitely on my bucket list for a vlog exploration!
     
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