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Report - Globe Mill 2 - Slaithwaite - January 2016

The Lone Ranger

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Globe Mill 2 - Slaithwaite

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History

In 1887 several small manufacturers in the Slaithwaite area joined forces to create the Globe Worsted Company, producers of textiles. They set about building a large mill, typical of the era, to house their manufacturing enterprise. Globe Worsted Mills were built in two stages – the construction of the first, Globe 1 began straight away in 1887 and was completed by the following year. Built to a design which was possibly drawn up by local architect Thomas Varley of Slaithwaite, Globe 1 was 5 stories high and consisted of 33 bays. A detached boiler house, chimney and offices were also included on the site between the canal and road.

In the second phase, Globe 2 was built in 1889 on the opposite side of the road, with an overhead walkway connecting the two buildings. Globe 2 was 5 stories plus a basement, and had 15 bays.

The Globe Worsted Company went from strength to strength over the years, and like many other textile mills saw a gradual decline in trade towards the end of the 20th century. The company went into administration in 2004 and closed later that year.

The site has recently been sold to a private developer and a £30 million project is under way to renovate the buildings into a multi-use complex comprising public and business facilities. The chimney has been demolished as part of the works.

Globe 1 is currently well under development, the link tunnel across Bridge Street having being demolished. Globe 2 currently lies quiet behind the current development. When work starts on this is unknown at present.

My Visit

As with many mills in this valley I have tried and failed, Globe 1 sits across the road and is now being developed; I didn't want to miss out on chance to see Globe 2. For the last few years I have had a stroll around the exterior knowing a few folk have managed to get in previously. This mill is one that you just have to bide your time and it may pay off. Alas it didn't for Globe 1 for me.

After a few aborted attempts I finally found myself inside, a big grin came across my face as I hooked my camera to the tripod and swung the torch around the basement.

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The mill itself is fairly empty, however it is in a great condition. Huge open floors, cast iron pillars and timber floors.

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The first floor was open, nice to have some natural light. Paint peeling from the roof.

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The second floor is a bit more interesting, some weigh scales and the odd bit of plant.

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A side stair well takes you up to the third floor and some old office equipment at the top.

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This floor has about the only evidence that this was once a cotton mill in days gone by.

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Looking back on the third floor.

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The fourth floor was probably the home of the offices, some lovely wallpaper is present in what would have been an office or showroom.

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The 5th floor is again open and has some great colours.

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Probabl ey the most symmetrical of the floors too.

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The upper floor again is open, but some nice features and views from here.

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Finally the lift motor room at the top of the mill.

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A couple of the views from the upper floor, there is roof access, however the roof ladder have seen better days which would take you to the edge of the mill.

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A quick photo from the lift on the way back down.

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Back in the basement, there are a few boxes full of ledgers and account if that floats your boat.

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Well that's it, a grand mill and not trashes at all. Was great to finally see inside these walls, shame I missed Globe Mill 1.

Cheers,

TLR.​
 
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ACID- REFLUX

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Nice ones :thumb even with a few of the set up shots ;)

I only managed Globe 1 in 2014 couldn't access 2 due to busybodies and never returned . Thought it would have all been converted by now with the big plans they had so that's a surprise.
Saying that Globe 2 actually looks better than I remember Globe 1 being.although it looks better alongside the Canal
 

dweeb

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Yeah I missed globe1 but I did enjoy a mooch here...

There was just enough left to make it more notable than the others in the area in my opinion...
 

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