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Report - William Paton's Lace Mill, Johnstone - Apr. 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by BenCooper, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. BenCooper

    BenCooper Mr Boombastic
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    I haven't been back to Paton's Mill since October 2008, and the past 18 months have not been kind to the place. First, on-site security left, then the metal thieves and neds moved in to trash the place, then (far too late) the council eventually secured the building - it's now breeze-blocked to second-floor level and there are internal walls as well. It makes entry a lot more entertaining :)

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    In a storeroom off the sales office, there was a flip-chart presentation that must be 40 years old - it was soaked through and every page disintegrated as I turned it...

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    Some more entertaining climbing, and up onto the flat roof:

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    Into the main part of the mill:

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    Lace samples from 1932:

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    One mission was to do the tower - never been up this before, and considering the state of the wooden ladders it's not going to be do-able for much longer...

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    Just down from the roof is a cast-iron water tank.

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    And the floor below this has a surprise - a wooden pattern store. These patterns must be very old...

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  2. pub111

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    Well we don't have much of a mill for the next generation to look at so all we will have is history :banghead so here are a couple of ads to keep it alive.

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  3. BenCooper

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    Some of the local lads:

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    One little detail left:

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    The destruction:

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    In the dye store:

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    One spool of thread survived the inferno:

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