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  1. MK83

    Report - Penny Rigg Copper Mill and the Tilberthwaite deep level adit - Coniston, Cumbria - March 2022

    History - The Tilberthwaite deep level adit was first driven in 1849 by John Barret to connect with the extensive Tilberthwaite Copper mines, and as well as acting for drainage, to allow the passing of ore from higher levels. At the mouth was constructed the Penny Rigg Copper Mill, which was...
  2. MK83

    Report - Greenfield Mills and Battery Works - Holywell, Flintshire, Wales - January 22

    History - This site comprises the remains of the battery works and below it further down the valley the remains of some cotton mills, the whole site is a scheduled monument. The Battery Works were established in 1776 by the Parys mine company after discovering copper on Parys mountain on...
  3. David54321

    Report - Unity Mill June 2021-2022

    If you’ve ever been the canal in woodley and seen it’s chimney, then you probably know of the mill here. Unity was a spinning mill turned into a chemical works and brewery abandoned in 2003. Some other threads explain it’s history better than me as I can’t find much, so check them out for a...
  4. W

    Report - Dawsons Mill Skelmanthorpe - December 2021

    As I live quite local to this place and now it has the green light for demolition for new houses, we decided it would be a good time to visit. No security or Dogs appeared to be on-site, but was unable to find our way into the main compound due to nosey neighbours, settled for the smaller...
  5. TheBackpackExplorer

    Report - RYLANDS MILL - WIGAN- SEPT 2021

    The History… Rylands Mill has been named as one of the top ten most endangered buildings in the UK, by the Victorian Society. In 1819, Rylands & Sons were established with their seat of operations being in Wigan. From 1847, John Rylands became sole proprietor of the company after the death of...
  6. TheBackpackExplorer

    Report - BROCK MILL & HAIGH FOUNDARY - WIGAN - SEPT 2021

    The History... By the River Douglas, Brock Mill first began operation in the mid-1700s & was purchased by the The Earl of Balcarres including the Foundry half a mile down stream. In 1815 due to poor business the blast furnaces were retired but the company found success in building Fire engines...
  7. MK83

    Report - Unity Mill - Stockport - September 2021

    History - Unity mill is thought to have been constructed in the 1860s for spinning cotton and was formerly known as Trianon Mill. By the 1890’s the mill was converted to a rubber works then back again to a textile mill. The site has been used for the manufacture of products for the food, animal...
  8. Wastelandr

    Report - Millennium Mills, Silvertown - August 2021

    It's that time again folks. An age-old urbex classic still hanging on in there, with some brand new photography. Somehow, after first finding out about this gem back in 2012 at the start of my exploring days, its weirdly taken me a decade to actually get round to attempting it. I suppose not...
  9. TheBackpackExplorer

    Report - SPRINGSIDE PAPER MILL - BELMONT - AUGUST 2021 - Part#2

    The History Springside Paper Mill, where paper was made continuously since 1834 - originally belonging to John Livesey who had previously run paper mills at Prestolee & Springfield. At this time rags & textiles were recycled to make paper; wood pulp was not used in papermaking until about 1910...
  10. TheBackpackExplorer

    Report - SPRINGSIDE PAPER MILL - BELMONT - AUGUST 2021 - Part#1

    The History Springside Paper Mill, where paper was made continuously since 1834 - originally belonging to John Livesey who had previously run paper mills at Prestolee & Springfield. At this time rags & textiles were recycled to make paper; wood pulp was not used in papermaking until about 1910...
  11. MK83

    Report - Barkerend Mill - Bradford - July 2021

    This has been covered loads of times on here but we were in the area and it looked like it was worth a look so here's our take on it. History - Barkerend Mills was established in 1815 as steam powered worsted spinning mill. Early buildings included a four storey mill with eight bays with...
  12. MK83

    Report - Lightoller No.2 Mill/Haslam Print Works - Chorley - March 2021

    History - Lightoller No.2 Mill was built by John Goodair in 1811 and, it was reputedly destroyed by a fire in February 1829 and rebuilt by the Lightoller family. It is the oldest remaining mill in Chorley and one of the oldest remaining examples of a steam powered cotton mill in the country. The...
  13. MK83

    Report - Springside Paper Mill, Belmont, Bolton - December 2020

    History - Original built in the early 1800's as a dye works it was converted into a paper mill by Charles Turner & Co in the mid 19th century. It was sold to Canadian company Kruger after 150 years of operation to be used as a tissue factory. It eventually closed in 2007 after almost 200 years...
  14. Seffy

    Report - Stanley Mill, Stroud - August 2020

    Stanley Mill, Kings Stanley, Stroud Very brief stolen history para: From what I can find online, there was hope in 2018 that something was going to be done to regenerate the historic mill. These plans seem to have fallen through again, which us confirmed by the link to the project now going...
  15. Toriii

    Report - Toneworks wellington 30/07/2020

    Look a look around Tonedale mills today, first one I was unable to gain access due to work men but I will go back but managed to look around Tone works. History- Built in 1830s and owned and run by the fox brothers. They were originally powdered by water from the tone river that flows through...
  16. Pixels

    Report - Dawson Fabrics, Huddersfield - March 2018

    Greenside Mill was built in 1770 by William Marsden. He acquired Richard Field as an apprentice who later went on to marry Marsden's daughter, and by 1830 was in full control at Greenside. Marsden had previously bought some land which had a stream running through, suitable for damming to form a...
  17. LostPlacesForgottenFaces

    Report - Murphys Machinery aka Imperial Works Mill - Menston, England - March 2020

    MURPHYS MACHINERY AKA IMPERIAL WORKS MILL Menston, England March 2020 I know this one has been done to death (almost literally now) but the last report was over a year ago so here's an update. HISTORY G.L Murphy's Machinery Ltd was an industrial parts manufacturer established in 1930. They...
  18. Five.Claws

    Report - Leeder & Sons Ltd Grain Mill & Granary - Long Stratton, Norfolk - March 2020

    Well, there's no place more self-isolating than an abandoned granary miles from civilisation, so with that excuse ready to use on any military checkpoints and/or Gestapo patrols, today I ventured off into the Norfolk countryside on this (perhaps sarcastically) beautiful March afternoon. I'd...
  19. LostPlacesForgottenFaces

    Report - StoneBridge Mills, Leeds England, Jan 2020

    StoneBridge Mills Leeds, England January 2020 - HISTORY Stonebridge Mill is a Grade II listed building complex that has been empty and disused for a number of decades. It was built around 1805 alongside Wortley Beck, which was used to power its steam engines. By the 1830s, Thomas Pawson had...
  20. LostPlacesForgottenFaces

    Report - Barkerend Mills, Bradford, Jan 2020

    Barkerend Mills Bradford, England January 2020 - HISTORY Barkerend Mills is complex of former steam-powered worsted-spinning mills which began construction in 1815 by the Garnetts family, who owned much of the surrounding land. The Garnetts kept adding more buildings to the complex and the...
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