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Report - Tone Mill Greaseworks, Wellington, July 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by wellingtonian, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. wellingtonian

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    Thought I'd have a look on the other side of the road where the greaseworks and laboratory were.
    I knew the roof had been off for ages. So wasn't expecting much.......... I wasn't wrong.........

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    This small piece of history is taken from an English Heritage report:

    The firm also had to deal with high levels of water pollution created by cloth finishing and dyeing.
    The contaminated water from the scouring machines was treated in a grease works by adding acid, converting the soapy effluent into a lanolin grease which had a commercial value. Solid contaminants were removed using a system of filtration tanks.
    Waste material was originally simply spread onto the surrounding meadows, but by the 1870's a grease works was located close to the main site.
    This was replaced by a new boiler house added in 1884.
    The new larger grease works was built from 1882 across the road to the east of the site.
    After Fox Brothers lost a major legal case concerning their pollution of the river in 1893, this was
    greatly enlarged, with two rows of filter tanks alongside the river by the 1920's

    Not a great deal to see, but here are the photos.....

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    Not sure if this part of the works has been covered before?
    I can see why :D
    Thanks for looking.
     

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