Report (Permission Visit) mount spring mill , lumb/waterfoot, november 2015

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Lancashire lad

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28DL Full Member
Apr 22, 2015
colne , lancashire
Cant find much on this particular mill but like most mills in this area of Lancashire they tend to be textile mills and this one was no different, built some where between late 1700s and early 1800s it was at one point water powered they converted to Lancashire boilers four in total , the whole mill was belt driven and continued to be so until late 1800s .
the mill like I say was a textile mill they would store there own cotton and mix there own dyes using methylated sprits to thin the dyes this was to be the mills undoing as the fumes from the meths built up in the top of the upper floors and a big explosion took the roof completely off now repaired by metal sheeting and steel girders.
After its life as a textile mill it became known as mount spring bottling factory where they would bottle the fresh spring water that came down of the cragg by the entrance to longbank mine.
the mill chimney is another oddity as the chimney is usually connected to the building not free standing as this one is the reason for this was the chimney had to be built higher than the surrounding hills or the smoke would get caught in a down draft bringing it back into the valley bottom and creating smog so as a way of saving time and money they used the extra hight of the hill behind the mill building to add 100 feet to the hight of the chimney creating the clearance needed , this particular stack was replaced with a red brick stack (remains can still be seen )and this was replaced by a concrete chimney stack. at the top of the cragg behind the stone stack can be seen the remnants of a stone building with modern rendering and pebble dash maybe 50s in style this could be the where they funnelled the water down from for bottling.

Explored with @CrazyNinjaSquirrel we saw the mill from the roadside and decided to explore this first before heading up the ridge for the mine , on entering the front we saw numerous stone in all kinds of worked states then we heard the voice 'can I help you' it was the owner of the stone masonry shop at the side of the mill, we stopped and had a chat this is where we got the history from good job too as there is bugger all on google, anyway he let us in through his shop as it connects to the rest of the place and he uses the bottom floors for storage and lives in a converted outbuilding round the back .
after what seems liked forever he left us to it with free reign of the place and there was a lot to see loads of little hidden rooms and bits and bobs , the main floors of the mill were a bit fooked if im honest as the explosion did a good job in seeing to that still a decent little splore permission or not and the chap is more than willing answer any questions about the history of the place .
















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...after what seems liked forever he left us to it with free reign of the place and there was a lot to see loads of little hidden rooms and bits and bobs .....
"...a lot to see, loads of little hidden rooms..." & only 12 pics ???​

;) Just ribbing, Goodo on that 'plore, Dude ! :thumb

p.s. got any more snappys? :D

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