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Report - Walkley Clogs - July 2015 ( A Bit Pic Heavy)

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Misfit, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. Misfit

    Misfit "barry"
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    Hi All.

    A while since I last posted a report but actually ventured out to this place today with it not being so far from me. I'd seen a few reports but wasn't quite prepared for how much there was to see. It's starting to suffer from all the usual vandalism but compared to the usual empty mills I wander around, this made a nice change.

    Visited with Bromaz and a couple of none members.

    History (Shamelessly stolen from OakleyFramer

    Walkley Clogs is a clog factory where the great British clog is manufactured in its entirety. The company was started by Frank Walkley in 1946. The main styles manufactured at that time were the Safety boot clog, Derby, Gibson and the Bar clog. With slipon styles being produced much later. In 1978 Frank Walkley bought out the famous Maude clog sole works in Hebden Bridge, a company that at its hey day had over 100 employees that turned nothing but clog soles! Walkey Clogs still uses the old machines for turning the wooden clog soles, and manufacturing the irons. The clog making skills used are those skills that have been passed down from generations of Walkley Clogs clog makers. Many of our older clog customers will remember Gordon and Nelson real lovely characters, and John who only recently retired a few years ago.. and not forgetting Arthur who up to 86 years of age still worked making the Walkley clogs for two days a week.


    The clog factory was one of the Calder Valley's most popular tourist attractions during the 1980s but began to wind down during the 1990s after a devastating fire, December 1990.
    The building has been closed for some time now, with apartment approval pending.


    Pictures: If they're too big/ there are too many let me know so I can swap em :)

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    How to scare people. Stick these things in a dark corridor with no warning.

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    (spot the tripod :wanker)
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    Cheers for looking! Hoping this place stays fairly intact so I can get back and do some more shots with a better torch and some more time!

    Misfit
     
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  2. silentwalker

    silentwalker 28DL Regular User
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    Some cracking pictures in there, nice report man :D
     
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