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Report - Victoria Mills, Burnley, and the vast hoard of treasures inside

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. dweeb

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    Well, what can I say... this place is amazing. It's amazing for a number of reasons, like the fact it seemed to escape any modernisation at all, like that it has had some huge collapses but is still navigable, and most of all it is full of amazing stuff, untouched by asset strippers and chavs...
    Met up with Explorette and headed in. I was hoping to bash a few mills during the day, but only managed two...I could have spent all day in the Victoria Mills...
    Originally a cotton mill, it seems the cotton trade was long gone by the 30's and a handfull of smaller companies had taken over, producing plastic signs, leather shoes and gloves, and other fashion products. The first part of the mill is good, but fairly empty. One floor was used by a printers and is still fullof old camera equipment and posters which was a nice find. Explorette then pointed out a small hole in the floor, explaning this was our access to the other half of the mill... how she ever found ths is beyond me, but nice one! The other half is amazing, and full of stuff. The ground floor had been used as a agrage, and still contained an Escort Ghia! It was the top floor that held the real treasures... Cobbler's lasts, half made hobnail boots, sewing machines, old tins and bottles, and all the company's paperworks from the 50's and 60's. We must have spent over a hour in the one room. I was ready to leave when Explorette went the opposite way to the exit... I had totally forgotten about the amazing stone water tower! The ladders are a bit dodgy, but the view from the top was fantastic, made better by blue sky and sunshine!

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    The reason I've been calling it "the holey mill"!
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    Some of the developing equipment in the printers
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    The Mill's chimney (which has been partially demolished and capped) pertrudes from the wall
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    Note in the background how the other two guages should be the size of the one in the above pic, but have been replaced with lame smaller ones
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    Has anybody any idea what would be packaged in these??!
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    Chloroform, obviously an important part of shoe manufacturing??
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    Cobbler's lasts
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    Big singer, for sewing leather
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    Old shoe box bearing the mill's name
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    Cotton, which claimed to be "Rot Proof"
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    The floor had collapsed here, but Cobbler's lasts were still hanging on the wall, unreachable
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    The paper used to line the glove boxes. One of the manufactures claimed to be a "specalists to the gold stamping trade"!:cool:
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    Base of the tower
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    A staircase and then two of these took us up
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    For amazing views
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