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Report - Huddersfield Fine Worsted Ltd (Josiah France Ltd) Kirkheaton 24.02.2008

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Frontline81, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Frontline81

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    Visited Huddersfield Fine Worsted Ltd yesterday to check out the Mill after Dweeb's report with earnie99_uk.

    The site closed in 2005 judging by calenders and newpapers everywhere. The company was started in 1894 and was later worth around £800,000 (based on share value) which was a lot of money back then. The place is quite big and takes a while to get around. There are thousands of samples of various cloth types from all around the world and bobins of thread everywhere as you would expect in a mill. There was very little machinery probably because it was sold in the auction they had. Luckily there is very little chav damage and most cabling is still intact. They didn't seem to invest much money in IT and other general office items because you can find things like old Amiga PC's and 70's syle hand dryers etc. The mill produced some of the finest cloth, which was used by big names such as Crombie.

    Left - the mill, right - admin
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    Bridge Between the mill and the office...
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    ...and this is what it looks like inside:
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    Classic Gothic style window
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    Up on the roof
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    Chimney stack and bobbin store
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    Plenty of fire houses all around the site
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    That graph is actually the number of accidents per month lol. Glad I didn't work there...
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    Found these two in the ladies toilets

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    Boiler?
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    The floor in here is like a waltzer, I kid you not!
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    Cloth Samples (there were thousands of these)
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    Basement
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    Electrical Substation
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    Global news events
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    Signs for shops
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    Incorporation Cirtificate
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    How it used to be...
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    #1 Frontline81, Feb 25, 2008
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  2. Frontline81

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    Re: Huddersfield Fine Worsted Ltd (Josiah France Ltd) Kirkheaton - Report (24.02.2008

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    Safe room - the room was a safe too!
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    Shares
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    I couldn't find the map of the building anywhere!
    Cheers :thumb
     
  3. Frontline81

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    Re: Huddersfield Fine Worsted Ltd (Josiah France Ltd) Kirkheaton - Report (24.02.2008

    I found this news article. It would seem that the closure of HFW and Global is a little suspect to say the least. It sounds like a massive tax dodge. Click on the bar to enlarge...

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    #3 Frontline81, Apr 7, 2008
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