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Report - Reins Mill, Huddersfield. January 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by MadBeetle, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. MadBeetle

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    The Visit
    We've meant to pay this place a visit for a while now and just haven't had chance despite passing it almost every other day. After an early morning visit to George Barnsley & Sons after spotting a possible access the night before, we ended up in another building and it really wasn't worth setting up the camera to photograph! To dissolve some of the disappointment we decided to visit Storthes Hall before meeting the live in security guard and never got any photos of that either. The only successful explore of the day was here, Reins Mill in Huddersfield.

    I'll apologise in advance for getting a little carried away with photographing the forklift truck. It was nice to visit somewhere that's hasn't been plastered with graffiti and is somehow so intact! I'm also used to visiting everywhere at night, so the light streaming through the windows presented a new challenge for me as I've only really started getting into photography over the last year or so, plenty to be learning! The only lighting I had on me was a torch with an almost flat battery, surprised I managed to light anything with it!

    History
    Sorry to just re-use history, but I suppose there's only so much you can say about a place:

    Reins Mill was originally built in 1847 and occupied by a Mr Charles Dean from 1866 as a Fancy Woollens Manufacturer.
    During its time it produced woollen Tweeds, Cheviots, wool-dyed Melton’s and Beavers, Worsteds, and Army cloths, all stock of exceptional finish and high commercial value.
    The complete processes of manufacture was carried here, including both dyeing and finishing, with the mill housing four sets of carding and scribbling machinery, four spinning machines, and two thousand spindles. It employed a work force of a hundred and twenty people.
    Around 1960 it became the “Holme Rug Company” weaving rugs and small carpets. The Company was in business about 15 years but went bankrupt and the Official Receivers moved in.

    In 2010 a planning application was made for a change of use and conversion into an MOT garage, the application was approved but it appears the new business didn’t last very long and the building now stands empty.

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    Still looking a worthwhile explore, some nice photos there :thumb
     
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    :cool: Noice ! :thumb
    Sometimes the ambient light does a decent job of conveying the atmosphere of a place ... That being said ... get yer arse back in with some decent torches / lighting !!!! :p ;)
     
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    My thoughts exactly...
    Nice work @MadBeetle
     
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    Cheers guys, I got a new torch and left it in Firth Brown's Medical Centre when my pockets decided to drop all their contents at once. Saved my flash and batterys and never noticed the torch had rolled away. Never even got to use it :D

    The agricultural place next door is quite a nice place to photograph too with the moss covered silos. :thumb
     
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