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Report - Saw Mill - Yorkshire - January 2012

The Lone Ranger

Safety is paramount!
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Saw Mill – Yorkshire – January 2012


As much as I like to find out my own information; I drew up a huge blank even knowing the name of the owner!

All I can add to my plagiarised history from jST and Zer081 is the last bit of paper work I found was dated 2008; but looking at the state of many of the buildings and sheds it had been in decline for a long time prior to that.

A fantastic eclectic collection of agricultural machinery, vintage cars and truck, stored timer, computer parts, various workshops and sheds, a nice brick chimney and a head of a Triceraderps.

It seems that it was predominantly a business that produced sawn timber for structures and cladding with storage perhaps as a sideline. There’s a hell of a lot of dry timber that's been stored and just left throughout all the different structures on site, looks to have been there 15-20ish years.

There are dozens of vehicles dotted around, ranging from a 1949 Bedford MLC (last taxed in 1969) to a 1993 Ford Escort all in varying states of disrepair. I apologise now if I don’t give the car/van the correct name; for me as long as they get me from A to B that’s what matters, beyond that I can usually tell you the colour and how many wheel it has!

My Visit

Having been laid up with man flu for far too long I needed to get out; I had seen this site reported before and was keen to see it before the masses descended, I hope this never happens.

Getting close to the site I could kick myself as I spent many weeks sleeping in my van in a lay-by about a mile away, after working night shifts. At least I knew where I was, spent a couple of hours on site; I enjoyed it that much I went around it twice which was good as I missed the odd bit on my first mooch.


Not really sure where to start, the site just rambles about the major landmark probably being the old brick chimney. I’m sure there must have been a lager building on this site at some time as this chimney is too big for what’s left, there’s a smaller chimney about 400m East of this one, again no evidence of any building.

Anyway; I don’t know about ‘I will get you’ but the Volvo got it!


One of the many tractors and agricultural machinery on the site.


East of the buildings and sheds were this collection of vehicles and a caravan.


Close up of the Hymal digger (I won’t pretend to be an expert, it was written on it in BIG letters)


Back amongst the buildings is the remains of what I’d say is a Transit van, whatever it’s seen better days.


Close to the van were the remains of old computers and monitors.


Nearby were the remains of a Mark 1 Fiesta with a large saw in the rear!


After wandering outside for a bit to get a feel for the place I headed into one of the many sheds, outhouses and lean-to’s; inside this was a great looking 1982 Bedford Tipper.


Opposite was a Drott Caterpillar Bulldozer abandoned amongst the piles of timber.


Nearby was a Sanderson front end loader left looking as if it was picking up the last pile of timber before the place closed.


Heading to the next shed I passed this old plough and pickup; the pickup had a fertilizer spreader in the back.


Now this is a 1949 Bedford MLC; last taxed in Dec 1969. I presume it will be road tax exempt these days if it ever set tyres on the road again?


Next in the shed is a fine looking motor; a 1956 Sunbeam 90 Supreme MK III.


A quick glimpse inside of the dash board.


I missed this the first time round, but glad I had a second mooch, may be wrong with the make and model, a Ford Thames Van - Circa 1950?


Close by lurking at the back of a shed was the 1981 Renault 4F6 Van.


It was good to see even though the work shop was totally disorganised and a few people had obviously had a close look over the years, much of it was still intact with tools and equipment still in boxes and trays.


Well the obligatory Triceraderp photo had to be taken on the way out, it sort of sums up the eclectic collection of stuff which lie in and around the Saw Mill.


A grand day out, (Cheers jST)



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