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Report - Springside Paper Mill, Belmont, April 2021


Shaun

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History
In the mid 19th Century paper-making became a major business in the UK with This mill taking part. It was Briefly the site of a dye works in the earlier part of that century, this Spencer family site (under Charles Turner) was sold to Canadian Tissue company Kruger after 150 years of operation. Despite care in running the business, the factory closed in the mid-2000s. Kruger left the UK around 2010.
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The site was something I had wanted to visit ever since I spotted it in early 2020, The large papermill had mainly been under the radar (apart from two 2011 reports) here and here. The mill is absolutely huge and there are sections that I was happily surprised with since I had never seen them before. It took us around 3 hours to venture the entire site avoiding the metal fairies and some kids who were in a shipping container. There didn't seem to have been any active security measures I could spot which is surprising for something of this scale. All in all was well worth the trip to see as i can only imagine this place will get worse.
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Some interesting stuff left in employee lockers.
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Shaun

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I saw three of these in different places in a matter of a couple of days.
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A peak inside the only inaccessible building (it was with a bit of a climb but just was not worth it.
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Shaun

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I imagine PPE was not Rona masks back then!

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Kruger is just about visible under the graff.
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While all things considered this is nowhere near the level of somewhere like Fletchers it is more than worth a visit. There is probably stuff that I have even missed on here knowing the size of the place. Hope you enjoyed :)(Sorry for being so photo heavy!)
 
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westernsultan

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The original mill belonged to John Livesey who had previously run paper mills at Prestolee and Springfield in the Haulgh. Following a row with his partner at the Haulgh he moved to Belmont and started a new business. At this time rags and textiles were recycled to make paper; wood pulp was not used in papermaking until about 1910. Livesey's enterprise did not prosper, and he closed it down in 1839.
It was bought by William Spencer, of Belmont bleachworks. He took as his partner his wife's cousin Charles Turner. The mill remained in the Spencer family until 1972, it was then owned by Courtaulds until 1984. It became the subject of a management buy-out, and it was a customer of mine between 1984 and 1986. Thanks for the memories, especially the PM% production log
 

tweek

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Well this makes me feel old. 10 years. Wtf.

It was a Speed lead we followed up originally, i can't remember too much about it other than it had barn owls and we were noobs.

Good report and pics.
 

Calamity Jane

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Nice comprehensive report. Good coverage. I like that you've done the report in sections, explaining where each bit is. Plenty of interesting bits there.:thumb
 

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