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General - Aarol Johnston Car Factory/ Gates / interfloor Dumfries SCOTLAND visited June 2nd 2019


Jamie94

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Hello and thank you for visiting my first thread.

This is the first time i have ever reported about what i found so bare with me until i get the hang of things please. Much appreciated.

This place is a site i have visited many times over the last 2/3 years but this time was the first time i took any photos and again i appoligise about photo quality unfortunately i was stuck using an iphone camera due to my nikon being dropped and broken last weekend.

So lets start with a little history of this building or what i know anyway. Feel free to add in or correct me if i’m wrong anywhere guys.

The Arrol Johnston Motor co. Opened its doors first here in 1913 after being on the scene for about 20 years, It’s manager a Mr Thomas Charles Pullinger was inspired by the way Henry Fords factories were built in America, designed by Albert Khan. Khan designed the Heathhall Factory and it very closely resembles Ford’s Highland Park Factory in Detroit. The Heathhall factory was once named “The most advanced light engineering factory of its day”.
The Factory in 1946 was bought by “North British Rubber Company” then in the 60’s became “Uniroyal”and in 1987 changed its name to “The British subsidiary of Gates Rubber Company” (Gates). In 2002 it changed hands again becoming “INTERFLOOR” a company which makes carpet underlay but closed just over ten years later with a loss of about 50 odd jobs. Although INTERFLOOR used this building for 10 years we ate led to understand alot of it was not used which may point us to why some of this place is alot more derelict than the rest.

So we visited here, stupidly a bit late in the evening as the sun was going down while we were exploring so sorry for the rubbish photos i promise i will go back here and take some better photos when i replace my camera.

Alot of this building is in a rough shape of disrepair alot of mould and decay spread throughout the buildings and unfortunately vandals attack this place alot. Pretty sure there wont be a single peice of copper in the whole place ‍♂.

Its a good walk around with alot of area to cover you can also get on the roof which is a chilly and eerie visit but Definitely worthwhile. Theres also a number of basements in the factory aswell as an attic too. The factory its self is an amazing building, so big and revolutionary at the time it was built. I do advise visiting this place in daylight and night time because you miss so much in the dark.

I took soo many photos of this place and i am sorry again about the quality of some of them.
I’m new to all this but having a fantastic time so far.

I hope for my first report it wasn’t too bad, im sure they will get better as time goes on and i really appreciate you taking your time to read through this.
Many thanks and Happy Exploring
Stay safe.
J94

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Jamie94

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Thanks for the advice, nee to this so again i apologise. Will add some more photos just shortly been back for better daylight shots
 

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