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Report - Fox Brothers Tonedale Mill, Somerset - April 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Oxygen Thief, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. Oxygen Thief

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    A little bit of history first, from the Fox Brothers website. Yes they still exist to this day almost adjacent to this mill...

    The weaving sheds were first. One massive open span...

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    This was eye-catching and obviously painted by somebody talented...

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    At one end, a lot of reclaimed tiles and bricks from the days when they were cracking on with a conversion...

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    There was an interesting first-floor long narrow room...

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    Hide containers...

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    A couple of external shots...

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    This one shows a pair of Mather and Platt water powered fire alarms...

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    They look like this on the inside of the building...

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    The old waterwheel...

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    Parts / spares / pay?...

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    Above that building is this lovely wooden attic, complete with massive shaft drive in a cupboard...

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    More buildings...

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    The building that looks the most stripped and ruined, actually is full of interesting things.

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    A quick view from the tower...

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    On the ground floor of one of the buildings were all the removed windows, in a pretty bad way...

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    Around the corner from that were all the restored windows.

    A fantastic bridge over the leet or mill pond or whatever it is...

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    and here's the business end of that water...

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    Now, in the past there's been various obstacles (of the Eastern European type) that have stopped me seeing inside the boiler rooms. Not a problem today.

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    What that is 'exactly' I don't know. It's got all the areas of the complex with a red bulb for each. What's interesting though is two things. Remember the history about the puttees? Right column, third down, is the 'Puttee Dept.' Third from the bottom is the 'Grease Works' which is being levelled right now.

    But that's nothing compared to the machinery in here...

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    At the far end of the building there was a large frame that would had held these incredibly heavy slate slabs...

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    ...and on those would be mounted the dials for volts, amps etc, it seems.

    Just three random pictures that don't fit in anywhere else now...

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    Mr Sam and Height junky like this.
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    that graffiti in picture 3 is amazing :eek:
     
  4. Miss Mayhem

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    Brilliant report , it looks nearly mint in places,
    cracking shots :thumb
     
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    It looks so cool :thumb
     
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    Love the machinery pictures and interestesting read.
     
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    Really like the light in #17, way more to see than I thought!
     
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    Decent set if there ever was one mate. Sorry I couldn't join you!
     
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    Awesome Shots, looks like a great explore.
     
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    Cool stuff :thumb That machinery is epic
     
  11. Speed

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    Still looks epic..
     
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    Very nice. Love the green machinery
     
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    That's lovely mate and still looking good!
     
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    Very nice OT. Good the see the boiler/engine house again.
    No sign of Serge and his mate then?
     
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    Nothing at all mate, which surprised me, I had to do a double take, make sure I was in the right place.
     
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