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Karrier Works (Karrier Motors), Hudds

Visited solo in 2018, and went back and had a look with @The Amateur Wanderer in 2020

Only just managed to get around and sort some of my photos from this place, thought some of you might be interested in seeing what is left of the original Karrier motors building... was originally going to do a thread on this place, but its only a one room wonder really! Karrier was a British manufacturer of motorised municipal appliances, light commercial vehicles and trolley buses - all once manufactured at the Karrier Works in Huddersfield. If you are interested in the entire detailed company history and what they exactly made, a nice write up can be found here - there is some good info on the building "Karrier works" there too! Unbelievably the original building is still standing today... it has recently been turned into a small in-door carpark, but thankfully, apart from the bays for cars, all of the original architecture remains, including a beautiful cross patten roof (no clock tower tho unfortunately). Interior has stayed the same for 3years, TAW and i managed to make our way into a small office above the main factory space that i didn't managed to see in 2018, unfortunately it was empty and modern so i didn't bother with any photos.








Empress Works (Brook Motors), Hudds

Visited solo in 2021

There was a small engineering works down the road from the Karrier works, mays well add some snaps up of that too. The empress works was an electrical engineering works that manufactured Motor's which were shipped around the UK. The company was founded by Ernest Brook. Eventually in 1949 it was incorporated as a private company "Brook Motors". I believe they even did some work with Karrier, although i could be wrong! The entire works was bought and later got letted out to lots of different companies. As of 2021 the industry side of the works has been demolished but the admin still remains derelict, it is currently getting worked on and eventually is going to be letted out again this time with the "modern look" everyone seems to want of white washed boards and grey windows (yuck). Having missed the main works, we were curious to see what was left of the admin. Not much unfortunately. The entire building has been stripped down to its bare bones, ready for the big conversion. Although all the floors were disappointingly empty, there was a nice original file storage area in the attic space... no paper work, but some original shelving and wood panelling!






And there you go! Thats about it unfortunately, not much else to both works, all being a nice look into some local engineering firms :thumb



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When looking for windmills I happened to stumble on an article on this. It's known as little Switzerland in Norfolk. It was a massive series off marl pits, which were quarried for use in agriculture for soil. Small canals were run through the land this enabled the wherries to transport the marl to the river. The soil was heaped up creating a mountain style landscape which led to its name. It was the large bridge I wanted to see, known as the high low bridge. Built high enough for the wherries, but with a low approach to the top of the bridge. The quarry operated during the 18th and 19th century and closed in 1877. The bridge is now left with trees taking over the former pits. I was determined to find this mythical bridge, so a little research I had a rough location quite quickly. I took the trek to it and found it eventually hidden in woodland. I have a love of old brick bridges and their construction, and this one is a beauty.






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I have passed this ghost sign many times when in Scotland. And was glad to stop and photograph it. The factory opened in Linwood, Paisley in 1963 by Prince Philip churning out Hillman imps. The factory had loads of strikes, often planned by management to lay workers off without pay. In 1973 it was bought out by Chrysler who stopped production of the imp in 1976 and was sold to Peugeot/Talbot in 1978. The factory closed three years later. A massive part of the Thatcher era of killing industry in the UK. Linwood was devastated as a community with the closure and loss off 6000 jobs at the plant. All that's left is this sign on a bridge.



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I decided to go check the former RAF Mildenhall bomb dump to see if anything was still there. After a long walk around the fields I got in. A large traveller site sits next to the dump and they had taken over most of it. So I could only see a small part. But the old cranes were well worth a look at.








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