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Report - Robert Fletchers Paper Mill, Oldham - September 2015

BrainL

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The Visit
Very early morning start for this one, having tried before a few months back and failing quite miserably I returned with some friends with more info.. lets just say I'm a little achy from the climbing today but well worth it for what was an epic explore!

The History
The death of the Crompton brothers left the mill ownerless and the succession was offered to Robert Fletcher, the mill’s manager at the time. Fletcher had risen through the ranks, to first become the manager of the bleaching department and later the whole mill.

Following Fletcher’s death on 17th May 1865, his sons John and James took over. They in turn passed down the mill to their sons, also named John and James. In 1897 the mill was incorporated as a limited company.

In 1921 a second mill opened, located at Greenfield, near Oldham. The mill specialised in the production of cigarette paper and at its height employed 1000 people to run seven paper machines. These machines produced only a fraction of the paper the later, much larger machines could produce. Upon closure the mill had three machines – two very similar lines from 19XX and a huge modern 1996 addition.

By 1986 the company was making a loss and was purchased by the Melton Medes Conglomerate who turned the company around and started to make a profit once again. However by 2001 the company was once again failing and the decision was made to close the Stoneclough Mill. Some people were transferred to the Greenfield mill, but the company could not sustain the increasing loses and was forced into receivership. The mill was closed down overnight.

The mill at Stoneclough has been demolished. To this day the mill at Greenfield still remains how it was the day it closed. Streams of paper remain inside the machines, connected to the rolls of finished product at the end of the production lines – a time capsule from a bygone era.

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The Lone Ranger

Safety is paramount!
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#2
Always good to see in here and glad folk are doing it again. Nice photos :thumb
 

Choo Choo m8ty

Mr Reality Hacker
Regular User
#6
Been on my list a while this. But keep getting side tracked lol. Nice pics of what looks like a stunning place thx for report
 

Marsden1002

Love it!
28DL Full Member
#8
Good photos these! My first explore back in around 2012 and not much has changed . . .