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Report - Dawson fabrics ltd, Huddersfield - January 2013 - February 2018



little_ boy_explores

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Dawson fabrics ltd


The history

Built in 1770 by William Marsden who's daughter married Richard Field who then traded there for a number of years until forming the partnership of Field & Bottrill in the 1880's. Now Dawson Fabrics Ltd. The company name Dawson Fabrics closed the doors at Greenside Mill sometime in the late millennium years with the loss of 70 jobs. Administrators from Leicestershire insolvency were called and are now handling the company affairs. The company was said to be doing well with orders from high street stores such as Marks & Spencer. Dawson Fabrics were making fleecing for jackets and blankets. The company closed it's premises on Wakefield Rd in 2000 with a loss of 60+ jobs to focus on their other sites including Greenside Mill. Outline planning for 149 houses have been submitted with
a demolition order which was denied but as recentley been re-subbmitted with agreed amendments.

The explore

This has taken some documenting. We have had everything from Alarms to some very sketchy Security (with authentic teeth missing)... chased around the Mill by guard dogs and the local mechanic filming us through one of the Mill's windows then giving chase up the driveway. But paying frequent visits we are now confident we have documented every part of the Mill. Starting in early 2013 we decided to take a look. Having been denied the first time we were persistent and on returning a further 6/7 times managed to start with some of the Mills out buildings.


The repair workshop


Typical tools left over which would have been used to repair various pieces of equipment in order to keep the Mill running... we were surprised to see so many of the original materials left behind perhaps not dissimilar to the day it closed albeit with a little more rust. I suppose when your out on an explore like this you know you've hit the jackpot when theres machinery of this nature untouched from vandals or travellers.













The roof

Offers reprieve when Charlie the guard dog is on the rampage..








The boiler house

One of the tricker out buildings to reach which took some careful manoeuvring to enter... The boiler house was a considerable size and housed some pretty impressive pieces of metal. There were quite a few boilers scattered around and we did mange to document a very old looking although perfectly immaculate Ruston & Hornsby boiler... which if we had the time to persevere with the controls would have provided some much needed warmth on the explore.














Climbing the boiler








The main factory

Block A

This building forms most of the internal workings of the Mill with huge generators lining the corridor. on previous explores we would have been more than happy with this has the main attraction... It was a little like looking around a museum and we wouldn't have been surprised if a guide had popped out and started talking about how the machinery was used to produce some of the garments. It was one of those buildings that if you had more time you could easily spend hours working out what pieces of equipment do what... maybe a guide wouldn't have been so bad.

















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little_ boy_explores

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Block B

What we thought was the processing area turned out to be a little more interesting... on entering there was typical garments stored in corridors.. filing cabinets etc. Making our way around we came to what appeared to be a Lab most probably used to test out dye's for the Mill's fabric. There was some wonderful looking pieces of apparatus that wouldn't look out of place on the starship enterprise. we were so tempted to start them up but again time was against us... In the basement we came across a kitchen area which was a little unusual as the main canteen area was in a different location of the site.





















Block C

Separate from the main Mill apart from the adjoining conveyer belt is the substantial finishing area... where guessing that this is where production was finished with garments ready to pack for distribution. standard apparatus consisted of looms ... drums filled with dye ... retro looking PC's and a general supervisors office. natural decay slowly taking over the various leftovers.













Supervisors office block C








The admin office

Beautifully presented and part of the Mills original build was this very well preserved admin block... we felt like we had stepped back into the 1950's with this one all that was missing was a typewriter with someone busy working away whilst smoking an old pipe. Original oak wood entry which expanded to the stairs and the facade. Searching further we came across what looked like a board room i suppose some important decisions will have been made hear over the years and most recently the current owners rubbing their hands in what potentially will make them millions if plans are approved for the demolishment of the site to make way for a housing estate.
























We've had it all with this explore... a beautiful preserved Mill dating way back. some very heart thumping games of hide and seek... very loud alarms... and a lovely guard dog barking incessantly whilst on site... we even got embroiled with the RSPCA and locals concerned about the health and safety of the guard dog. we're a little reluctant to put this out as the identity of the Mill will probably be compromised... I think though the old girls years are numbered and it won't be long before another part of our history is noted in text form whilst making way for another faceless housing estate.


That concludes the explore...​
 

Baggy trousers

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Well... that's probably one of the best posts I've seen upto now this year.
Really enjoyed that as mills really are my thing.
It's a shame to say that in the not too distant future all that will be some sort of fancy housing estate but i guess thats progress.. Well done and thanks for sharing oh and well done for dodging that dog!
 

host

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Very nice report and really well documented, heard a lot about the dogs here and having free roam of the place...
 

Speed

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So is it still worth a visit then? i get so many mixed messages about mills up that way nowerdays.
 

jST

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Good to see a bit more, shame you seem to have got yourself banned.

What's the score with that old bearded geezer?
 

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