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Report - Westwood Mill, Linthwaite Huddersfield - Oct 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by the_gerbil, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. the_gerbil

    the_gerbil 28DL Full Member
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    Hello all,

    My first report - so apologies please if I get something wrong, and all comments criticism etc greatly appreciated in advance.

    Took a little time out today to explore Westwood Mill down near Linthwaite. I'd only seen a report on here from some time back and it looked "easy" to do from a quick drive past so I thought I'd test drive my new camera there....

    From a distance the mill looks derelict, with saggy roof over a field returned to nature. It's not better close up...

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    The walk in is pleasant enough, with much blackberries for the picking along the way as well..

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    Once I arrived, it was clear that the locals use the grounds - there was a couple of chaps happily doing a spot of archery in the grounds. One of them also had an air pistol which he was practicing, quite responsibly with, but that is armed trespass and that's not clever if the police catch you. I steered well clear of them. Just something to watch for if you visit!

    The south buildings are in good nick - well compared to the rest of the structures with a nice selection of porn mags strewn across the ground inside as you approach the turbine hall. These rooms have all been stripped, but the floor is reasonably stable with large holes clearly seen in the gloom with a little care..

    The turbine has had some metal fencing installed, so it doesn't leap out and attack you... Turbines are know to do that you see. Common problem. They drag you into the deep water sump near their lairs and drown you....

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    Meanwhile in the other room all the windows are bricked up, giving it a more underground cellar-ish,
    dungeon-y feel... with a disturbing part dug hole in the corner that looked worrying like a grave...

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    Here we have a "ladies" shoe. In size 12 no less. I couldn't find the other one.

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    Outside moving to the NW courtyard there is fresh artwork on the wall. Has Banksy been here? It reminds me a little of his style...

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    Moving inside the NW buildings, it is clear they are in an advanced state of decay. I would strongly recommend a hard hat - there was the occasional rattle of pebbles falling and a larger crash as a more substantial block fell and cut the visit short. The whole building is bulging and in danger of loosing a lot of masonry from high up. It would fall straight through the split beams and sagging floor without even slowing...

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    The building to the north is no better....

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    With a series of upper floors that are really just not altogether there....

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    The room to the West just south of the dangerous area has also been braced with RSJ's and props. I never found the armchair that the previous report mentioned.

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    In here is about the only remaining old ironmongery apart from the turbine thingy... looks like line shafting and a belt drive wheel

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    Peering out the window at the "banksy" if you were in the buildings over the road you would never ever see it. Only those willing to seek will ever appreciate it. I really like this picture - it made the whole afternoon worth it just this one.

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    On the other side of the "banksy building" is the only scrap wire worth pinching.... all four inches of it!

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    There's also the transformer, but it's a bit bulky....

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    So that's it. Rather more decayed than the previous reports, and there's my urbexing cherry popped. Hope you enjoyed it all, and hopefully the first of many more to come.
     
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  2. Cuuvin

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    Hmmmm .... ;) , good form, variety of pictures with narration , not bad ! only thing is you'll probably asked for a bit 'o history or linkys (w/credits) to some. Other than that , good first effort :D
     
  3. Coolboyslim

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    Yea decent first post. And yea history only thing missing i think. Love pic 1 and 2. Really like pic 2 reminds me of a fairytale pic. And god dont it just look like a banksy lol. nice first report
     
  4. the_gerbil

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    By history do you mean previous reports from others? I've just inserted a couple of links if that's what is meant...?

    Thanks for comments from both of you much appreciated.
     
  5. the_gerbil

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    By history do you mean previous reports from others? I've just inserted a couple of links if that's what is meant...?

    Thanks for comments from both of you much appreciated.
     
  6. the_gerbil

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    By history do you mean previous reports from others? I've just inserted a couple of links if that's what is meant...?

    Thanks for comments from both of you much appreciated.
     
  7. Cuuvin

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    yup, that's the ticket
     
  8. Will Knot

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    Like it...nice that...great pics :thumb
     
  9. garybrown28

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    Great photos - check out our video we did on Sunday
     
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    The other shoe could still be attached to the lady... maybe in the grave.....
     
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