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Report - Sketchley Dry Cleaners, Hinckley.

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. dweeb

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    Sketchley, which takes it's name from the brook on which it's works was built upon, was originally A.E.Hawley and co. Hawley set up a dye works, dying hosiery for the many stocking factories in Hinckley.

    He later drew his attention to french (or dry) cleaning. This venture was a huge success, setting up branches in most English towns.

    The hosiery dying portion of the works was sold off at somepoint, and became "brookside" dyers and finishers. This has been closed since the 1990's. Sketchley's was taken over by Johnstones and the old Sketchley works was eventually closed.

    The boilerhouse is epic... 4 huge boilers take water from the work's own reservoir to create the huge amount of steam and hot water needed for the cleaning process.

    The works is full of overalls, aparell, mats, chef's whites and all the other stuff they used to clean. Laundry bags are still on the conveyer. It's as if the E-stop was hit and the walked away. Much of the works looks as though it has been dusused for a long time, indicating a gradual wind down over a decade or so...

    I am lucky, I have had an interest in this place for a long time, and found lots of photos and history on the explore adding to the bigger picture of the work's history.

    Demo is underway, if you want to see it it needs to be soon...

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