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Report - Rank Hovis Clarence Mill Hull, Sept 09

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Runner, Sep 29, 2009.

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    One of my long time "want to do" sites, visited with Chauffeur and UK Stormtrooper - a cracking explore.

    Clarence Mill was designed By Alfred Gelder and opened in 1891, it was driven by a triple expansion (whatever that was) steam engine which was one of the first applications of its type in a flour mill - real cutting edge technology!
    It was redesigned in May 1941 by the Luftwaffe, with the exception of the 41m high silos which they missed. The mill was rebuilt around the Victorian silos in 1952, it stands proudly beside the River Hull.

    Mill and silos:

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    Clarence Mill operated until closure on Dec2nd 2005 with the loss of 30 jobs. Rank Hovis announced it would cost megabucks to update and anyway it would allow the developers to move in, demolish it and build a new 70m tower full of student apartments, restaurants and a casino.

    I've seen some great views of Hull lately, but these have to be the best; taken on a warm still morning waiting for the sun:

    Some well known buildings:

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    Nee Nah:

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    Mushroom:

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    Inside it's like stepping back in time, lineshafts, pulleys and row upon row of wooden milling machines and flour dust everywhere.

    Silo tops:

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    The mill floors are full of these amazing machines:

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    Control panel:

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    Screws:

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    Finally the manlift - still operating in 2005!

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    Thanks for looking!
     

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