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Report - Walkleys Mill - Mytholmroyd - March 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by The Amateur Wanderer, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. The Amateur Wanderer

    The Amateur Wanderer 28DL Regular User
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    Walkleys Clog Mill

    Introduction:

    Decided to make a visit here after seeing a few old photo's from the 80's/90's of the static steam engine that was in situ here... I wasn't sure if the engine would still be in place but having read through Urbexplore's recent report (Great work as per guys! :thumb) and hearing them mention large machinery on the ground floor that they where unable to photograph due to not having tripods, I decided there was a good chance it may still be hidden away in there! So I packed my lighting gear and headed off with high hopes of coming across the old engine, it's just as well I did too, as the report will show the rest of the place isn't quite as inspiring as I'd hoped Industry wise, interesting though nonetheless...

    History:

    Walkley clogs was founded in 1946 by Frank Walkley. The Factory initially produced four different styles of clog design, these where the Derby, Gibson, Bar and Safety Boot clogs, slip on clogs where introduced at a much later date. In 1978 Mr Walkley bought out the Maude clog sole works in Hebden Bridge, a company that at its hey day had over 100 employees.

    Today the company continues[​IMG] to produce clogs in Mytholmroyd, with quite a bit of success too by the looks of things, I don't know who buys clogs these days but somebody clearly does, and good on them too, keeping a British business above water! However production takes place now on the old Maude site rather than the original Walkley Mill premises...

    The Walkley Mill site proved to be a big tourist attraction in the Calder Valley during the 1980's however during the 90's interest dipped, then a large fire broke out on site... Walkley's decided to close down the once popular attraction and concentrate solely on their other main factory... The premises where sold and in 2006 a planning application to turn the mill into apartments was passed, however something evidently went wrong as the site is still abandoned in 2015 nine years on!

    Photo's:

    May be quite pic heavy this one, the place diversifies so much!

    Exterior:

    Starting off with the exterior, as you can see the building is of a similar design to most local West Yorkshire Mills...

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    Top Floor:

    Might seem a little bit strange starting on the top and working our way down, however the best bits including the engine are on the ground floor, so we'll save best till last!

    The top floor was the Fashion Exhibit when the museum was open, and there's not an awful lot up here, other than the old German built National Till and the shells of old arcade[​IMG] games...

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    Children's Play Area and Retail:

    The next floor consisted of the children's play area and a few shops, the Christmas Shop made for an interesting mooch and I almost broke my ankle in the ball pool trying to get the slide shot, good times...

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    There where a fair few shops like this one dotted about, I explored them all, but they where fairly repetitive...

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    It's always Christmas in Mytholmroyd! Complete with Santa's grotto and Christmas Tree! :D

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    Ground Floor, Kitchen & Cafe + Steam Engine and Mill Machinery:

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    The above was a nice bonus I guess, but it's what you're about to see now that really warranted my visit...

    The static steam engine that would have powered the Mill. I can see why people have had issues getting this in the past, absolutely pitch black in here, 30 second light painted exposures most of these...

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    Steam Pressure Gauges from the Dowson Taylor Engineers Company, Manchester...

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    Weaving Machine in the next room...

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    There where a few other machines too, I'll pop a few in for good measure, as well as these old archive pictures of the mill, just lying around...

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    And I think I'd better leave it at that, anymore and I might break the forum :eek:

    All in all though, this place made for an interesting few hours and is defiantly one of the more bizarre places I've been to, think there's almost a bit for everyone in here...

    Cheers for reading! :)
    TAW
     

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  2. Oort

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    Great report and some lovely old machinery! that slide looks fun :thumb
     
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    Outstanding report, though weirdly the ghastly 90s tourist attraction is what appeals more to me!
     
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  4. Idavoll

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    Fantastic report, thanks for sharing. I love how it all looks relatively in good condition still.
     
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    Good report. Quite bizarre really. Nicely lit snaps too :thumb
     
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    WTF how many other reports of this place have there been and ive never seen any of that machinery!
     
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  7. Bigian88

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    Nice interior shots mate!
     
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  8. Cuuvin

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    The place that keeps on giving ! Interesting lot of machines there, :thumb
    but THIS !!! :Not Worthy

    the 1st is deffo a background! :D got any more of the steam engine ??? :popcorn
     
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    Great pictures, that machinery is great.
     
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    That is rather nice indeed!
     
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    You're a good'un you aren't you ;) Glad we inspired someone to head back in and document what we didn't manage to!

    This, wow, absolutely in love with it! Think I might be stealing this bad boy for my desktop background ;)

    Great report overall as per usual, putting Yorkshire's mills back on the map (I say that as if they ever fell off the map haha!)
     
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    That's more like it!! How many pictures of that ball pit did we have to sit through over the past year to get to see that stuff!

    Great work, I knew there would be something more inspiring there!
     
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    Nicely done, might need a revisit at some point too...
     
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    Looks like there is plenty to see here mate, thankyou for sharing the report.
     
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  15. Fairdo's

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    Now that place looks awesome, great shots of the engine....
     
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