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Report - Walkleys Clog Mill - July 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Robbo, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. Robbo

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    Visited this rather interesting place recently. The usual wrecking by kids etc. But mostly intact, with some great pieces of machinery still in situ. Visited with penn, the building looked in good condition, the usual smashed windows & rot as you would expect, but overall a great explore. – The ball pool was a hoot.!

    Some history

    The building itself has been manufacturing cloggs since 1870, started by James Maude, his sons continued the business on after his death in 1914.
    The Walkleys business 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 heyday had over 100 employees that turned nothing but clog soles! Walkey Clogs used 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.

    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.


    The pictures, hope you enjoy

    There were old pictures of the mill everywhere, adverts & the like

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    House of Horror - was wrecked by water ingress once inside

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    what a smile.!

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    Had to put her in the stocks

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    The Ball Pool - loved it.!

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    The wall of pictures

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    This was a Spitfire engine.!

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    Apologies for the poor picture, it was pitch black. - The Spitfire engine.

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    A machine

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    How it used to look

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    Thanks for looking
     
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    Nice work, not too far from me, I can remember going in that place a few years ago shopping of all things or should I say just looking.
     
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    Interesting place ... with airplane engines!?!
    Umm, spitfire engine ? Spitfires had Rolls-Royce Merlins or in later marks, a Griffen. Inline "V" liquid cooled,like this

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    What we have here is an air cooled radial, [​IMG] possibly russian. looks like Cyrillic lettering on that name plate , with a "CCCP" on it.[​IMG][​IMG]
    Of course, Ordnance will probably come aboard & blow me out of the water, but i'd thought i'd give 'er a shot
     
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    Nice work mate, nice to see something new too.
     
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    That is nice, great report there, interesting place, thanks for sharin':)
     
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    Ah so this is the ace you were going to tell me about :)

    Even I came here once £27 for some wooden Clogs ......sod that :)

    Nice pics mate :thumb
     
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    Jesus, that place looks like it chose some kind of shit "lets make a theme park out of our factory" marketing strategy that clearly failed! Beyond the ball pits and fake trees it actually looks a decent place. This was actually one of my many lists at some point, but I had forgotten all about it. Nice to finally see inside!
     
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    I'd probably have never left the ball pit. This is great, really different with lots to see! Loved it !
     
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    Fancy a blast on that slide into the ball pool :D
     
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    There were signage for spitfires around so an assumption. I sit corrected.
     
  13. Robbo

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    yeah, this is the place, the doors have been ripped totally off so walk straight in. Don't know if secca will do owt about it
     
  14. Robbo

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    best get in quick, may get shuttered up as someone have ripped the doors off, we walked straight in
     
  15. Robbo

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    nice one, there were references to spitfires in the place, so an assumption.
     
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