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Report - Volcrepe Mill, Glossop, Jan 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dan, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. dan

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    Volcrepe Ltd. was formed in 1931 and started its beginnings manufacturing rubber soles for footwear. In its later years it began producing specialist equipment to the Ministry Of Defence including Gas Masks for horses and the Home Guard as well as radio equipment.

    In the 1950s the company whilst still producing footwear soling concentrated its efforts into cellular rubbers which it pioneered.

    The company then produced rubbers for the aviation industry, oil, automobile, domestic and communications industries also.

    The company closed down in 2002, to merge with another company, St Albans Rubber.

    Volcrepe is split over in two sections with a road dividing it. The only connecting point is a small walkway high above the road with the company logo proudly painted on it; although now some what faded and decayed.

    We explored the left hand building
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    My first explore and i really enjoyed it. Went With The Lone Ranger and Ojay, after wandering around for a bit we found a suitable 10ft wall to drop Ojay down, a good effort on his behalf as he still can only use 1 leg and relies on crutches to get about!

    The larger building was out of the question as even though Ojay is nimble on his crutches, it would still have been interesting with both legs. We were hoping the access bridge was not boarded up so we could just wander across, unfortunately it was.

    The smaller building if fairly empty, but has some interesting features making it worth a visit.

    Top of the stairwell (3rd floor)
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    Broken glass on the 2nd floor
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    The bridge
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    and the inside of the bridge
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    1st floor
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    The door to the stairs
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    The basement
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    part of the roof, moving in the wind
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    All in all, I thought it a good way to start off my exploring career. :)
     

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