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Report - Messrs Typhoo Tea Limited, Birmingham - June 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by clebby, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. clebby

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    Messrs Typhoo Tea Limited, Birmingham.

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    I've had my eye on this place for a good two years, but some of the Midlands explorers of a superior vintage have been wanting to get inside for more like ten. In many ways it exceeded my expectations; I always knew it was going to be old-fashioned - even if it was modern when it ceased to be Typhoo in 1978 it would be dated today - but I couldn't have imagined quite how unmodernised it would be. Whilst it appears to have taken several guises since 1978 (most notably the clothing wholesaler S. Rose) the upstairs has been disused since Typhoo left and so there were plenty of gems to be found if you raked around. The decay made for an instagrammers wet dream, and we managed to turn finding stuff with 'Typhoo' written on it into some kind of lame competition.

    A comprehensive history of the company can be found here. Some pictures:

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    Again, the staff cloak rooms haven't been used since the Typhoo days. There was still a 1978 wage slip in one of the lockers - £45 a week, £14 tax, or £2500 a year.

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    Love these partitioned offices:

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    Canteen:

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    The roof was my favourite bit of the whole place. I loved the stark juxtaposition between the modern city and the decaying industrial time-warp below. How very Bradley Garrett of me :gay

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  2. Session9

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    Thats really nice. Best brew around :thumb
     
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    Love the Typhoo hosepipe.
     
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    great looking site, well captured
     
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    You got my typhoo oooh! You got some proper nice pics there :thumb
     
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    Love the look of this place, quality report as ever...
     
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    Cheers fellas
     
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    Nice pics of this historic site, I read the history link for once and it's an interesting story :thumb
     
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  11. Goldie87

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    Some great proper old skool industrial stuff that is!
     
  12. Clarence Trumble-Lovegod

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    Haha...amazing. I'll have to pop in next time I am back in the UK. Jeyes bleach? I remember that when I was little. Is that still around?
     
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    really good that, love the last shot too, lovey
     
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