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Report - Williamsons Fire and rescue Equipment, Oldham - (Early August 2015)

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by ZoroLime, Aug 5, 2015.

  1. ZoroLime

    ZoroLime 28DL Full Member
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    So this explore was the first time the rest of the team had some form of camera equipment which meant they didn't have to complain at me for being too slow with my picture taking! This is another one of those buildings that i have drove past twice a day and never noticed but anyway i visited with @TechyTadpole who should be posting his report very soon as well as a non member sporting his new Go Pro (unlikely to post on here).

    A little bit of history and information:

    Williamsons is an Oldham original family business specializing in the trading of fire and safety equipment. The business opened in the 1920s which will probably explain the stable's inside and the variety of relics. These relics contrast the running years of the 21st century. As far as i know the business closed in 2011 from previous posts and articles. The reason for closure is a matter of opinion in some of the articles claim it was the metrolinks fault cutting off access whilst others suggest the company was just not keeping up with modern times, which i can see both sides of the story.

    Our visit:

    This place was next on my list after Gateshead Mill but never got round to it at the time but after seeing some posts recently i had to go for myself before anything changed too much haha. So we arrived at Oldham Mumps tram station at about 6 in the evening glad to see the rain earlier had cleared and the sun was out. We made our way to the back of the main warehouse looking for a less obvious entrance than the front door. To get out of view we climbed over a very sharp and pointy gate which took me about 2 seconds but the rest of the team a little longer as clearly their climbing skills were not on point, only to find a dead end. So we prepared the Go Pro and went in through the front door literally, entering into what looked like the first part of the shop. All together we spent around an hour or so exploring making sure we were alone as this place just went on and on with little nooks and cranny's at every aspect, we then spent around an hour and a half going back through taking pictures of all our favorite bits... so pretty much everything. I loved the caged scaffold storage area up on the top floor and the photo room even though it did have a distinct smell of crap. I was actually surprised at the lack of graffiti with it being so close to the town but i'm not complaining! All in all one of my favorite explores yet and a definite for anyone who lives in the area with a bit of spare time on their hands.

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    Thanks for viewing, open to criticism :thumb
     
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  2. Coolboyslim

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    I enjoyed this place aswell. The stable is great. Thx for report
     
  3. JunoTheMuffinMan

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    Good pics :thumb
     
  4. The Lone Ranger

    The Lone Ranger Safety is paramount!
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    Nicely done, it's a great little venue with plenty to see but not all in one place. Cheers for posting :thumb
     
  5. Will Knot

    Will Knot 28DL Regular User
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    Great place, called in recently, some decent bits in there :D
    Well done, nice pics too :thumb
     
  6. scotty markfour

    scotty markfour 28DL Regular User
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    this is now on my todo list ...cheers
     
  7. Ferox

    Ferox 28DL Regular User
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    Some nice pics there bud. Captured the place well :thumb
     
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