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Report - Kingsley Cards , Skipton : September 2007

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Andyj23UK, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Andyj23UK

    Andyj23UK 28DL Full Member
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    Went for a bit of an amble / recce around Skipton , N Yorkshire today [ the 26th ] , it I a task I have had ` pending ` for some considerable time , a fact for which I am now kicking myself – as the prime explore I found has been partially demolished and comprehensively stripped in preparation for its conversion to …………… yup luxury fooking apartments , sigh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kingsley occupied the massive dewhurts mills complex on Broughton Road

    It moved there in the mid 80`s and closed in 2006
    Dewhurst's Mill dominated Skipton for more than a century when the textile industry was the town's major employer. Opened in 1828 by John Dewhurst, it was the first manufacturer in the town to use power looms. It was burnt down in 1831 and rebuilt six months later. It was the largest single employer for many years and the mill has continued to be known by the family name.
    Another classic mill down the plughole , and a further erosion of ‘ great ‘ Britain’s industrial capacity
    Pictures :

    This safe – in the canteen of all places , was the most interesting feature I found
    Another ` weird ` bit was this lift head – the winch is driven by an hydraulic motor [ the pump , reservoir and valve blocks are in the blue enclosure ]
    Never seen one with that set up before
    These sloped tunnels connect 2 sections of the complex
    I was gutted to discover that they were both bricked up – I hoped they would allow me to evade security and the developers
    Here are a [ random ] few shots of the buildings / architecture :





    Despite the bareness – some of the roofs / ceilings and floors were stunning – if they are not kept [ such as flags over a barrelled ceiling supported by iron columns ] – the developers should be drowned in barrels of lye

    As the place has been professionally stripped , most floors are quite bare – and very “ samey “

    I was unable explore the largest – and most interesting looking section [ this part]


    As there was a small but very active live section with developers , sales teams and security right on the point that controlled access to the entire site [ this ]


    So when in frustration I finally chanced wandering straight in the main entrance – with camera / tripod in hand – I got a couple of sideways looks but most people were unsure who I was – but eventually I was challenged

    And was told that photography was not permitted , as it was a private site , and dangerous . But I did manage to recce the entry points , and determine that there was a previously undiscovered cellar under a bit I explored

    So a re run at a more uncivilized time is on the cards

    I managed to scout some interesting locations for further research and future explores – and rounded out my list of company and mill names so if future closures / redevelopment / demolition are announced – I will know exactly what the site is and an better idea of its explore potential

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