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Report - Guardbridge Paper Mill, Fife, July 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by CommunistCat, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. CommunistCat

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    Just a quick bit of history (nicked from wikipedia)

    In 1873, William Haig and two of his sons formed the Guardbridge Paper Company to find a more profitable use for their Seggie whisky distillery which had been established there since 1810. The mill went into production in 1874. As the mill developed the village grew around it, with new housing and roads to attract and accommodate workers. Before the First World War the labour force reached over 400, reaching a peak of 620 in the late 1950s.

    The paper mill was previously the main local industry and was operated by Curtis Fine Papers. On July 24, 2008, the mill went into receivership and 180 workers were made redundant. Many locals were employed elsewhere in Fife, Dundee, Edinburgh or even further afield.

    First off we start at the Power station which was a lovely, very intact, asbestos filled area

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    In the basement area of the powerstaion there were three of these huge chunks of asbestos covered machinery
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    This part of the building was an Effluent Treatment Plant

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    Then we moved on to the rest of the paper mill

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    There were a few empty rooms and most of the doors were big red sliding fire doors.
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    On top of lift machinery is an odd place for a chair

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    Thats quite a lot of accidents for a closed down paper mill
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    Theres a few more photos on my flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/communistwolf/sets/72157630606766722/with/7584414146/
     

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