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Report - R&J Partington / Failsworth Mill, Manchester. February 2014.

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by jST, Feb 26, 2014.

  1. jST

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    A little day out to the other side of the country, first to Liverpool to meet up with Host and then on to Manchester to look at some of the great INDUSTRIAL CREAM / textile mills there. There's nothing quite like a lovely Victorian textile mill, dat smell, dem details etc.

    Smashing chance find by 'Ost, still held a lot of its charm despite being a little worse for wear and having everything inside chucked about. Here's a link to Host's report where you'll find some proper boss photos as usual

    Historywise, details are thin on the ground. The mill seems to have been inhabited by a company named R&J Partington (1920) who manufactured cloth for export, later being incorporated into a division of Indo Afican Exports Ltd. Judging by some of the documentation and business cards found around the offices, the company ceased to trade in August 2012 with Chinese, Indian and African clients. That being said, there were many letters, invoices and all manner of bills etc stretching back to 1920, when the company was set up. Prior to 1920, who knows? I couldn't find a date when the building was constructed.

    Typical Mill arrangement: column supported open floor plates for spinning / carding, seemingly partitioned on some floors for offices in the 60's possibly, the top floor holding the Failsworth Air Rifle club with targets etc. Strangely for a mill of its size, the timber flooring had been lifted leaving a deadly array of upwardly pointing nails - i've pierced my foot on a spiiiike etc. An oily engine house was tagged onto the rear but the only photo I took in there was shit so look at Host's report for the niceness.

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