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Report - Spillers' Tyne Mill, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne - January 2011.

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by AJ, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. AJ

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    Source: Engineering Timelines | In attendance: emotive69, Forsaken, Horus & UrbanFox

    Standing tall on the Newcastle Quayside are the vacant remains of what was once the largest flour mill in Europe and the tallest milling building in the world. The site has been stripped of cables and has recently suffered minor fire damage due to scrap metal thieves. There's a vast amount of industrial heritage to discover on the inside and a stunning view of Newcastle city centre from the rooftop. The buildings design owes much to the Art Deco movement and boasts the most colourful interior I've seen within an industrial setting. I took the opportunity to visit three times as it's a large site to cover with much to photograph. The first and second visit were with Horus and the third with emotive69 and UrbanFox. Once darkness fell on two of the three visits, we weren't alone on site. On the second visit vandals were tearing apart the ground floor and on the third visit thieves were stripping one of the buildings in the main yard. It's up to you how you deal with this. On with the photographs.


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    14. The Sage, Gateshead:
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    Thanks for looking. More photographs to follow from Horus.
     

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  2. Horus

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    Nice report mate, i now understand why it takes you 3 days to take pictures! ;) You can see on the old picture where the building used to be that had the fire damage, those vandals soon shifted when we came plotting down the stairs.

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  3. AJ

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    You may have only been happy with the one photograph, but it's the best photograph I've seen from this location and the lighting is perfect.

    As for the fire, Horus is incorrect as that part of the building was demolished in 1987 and replaced by the warehouse you see today. The fire in August 2010 was brought under control within one hour and only caused minor damage to the top three floors of the mill building and much of the metal sheeting protecting the SE side of the building was lost.

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    Two photographs of Spillers Wharf in 1972 here.

    Part of the mill building was demolished in 1987 and replaced by a warehouse.

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    Reference Number: BB93/20331

    Photograph of Spillers' Mill in 2009 here.

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