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Report - SPRINGSIDE PAPER MILL - BELMONT - AUGUST 2021 - Part#2


TheBackpackExplorer

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The History
Springside Paper Mill, where paper was made continuously since 1834 - originally belonging to John Livesey who had previously run paper mills at Prestolee & Springfield. At this time rags & textiles were recycled to make paper; wood pulp was not used in papermaking until about 1910 meaning Livesey's enterprise did not prosper & was closed down in 1839.

The mill was purchased by William Spencer - The mill remained in the Spencer family until 1972, it was then owned by Courtaulds until 1984 - in February 1994 a blaze destroyed a warehouse which contained 200 tons of paper tissue & cotton. The factory closed in the mid-2000s after being owned by the Canadian Tissue company Kruger - Springside Paper Mill shut it doors after over 150 years in operation.


The Explore
My first ever explore came in a very similar factory aged 10 that was situated behind my house & had been made derelict at the time due to a fire - little did I know where it would lead years later or that it even had a name what I was doing. Therefore, I found this explore very enjoyable - it is such a massive site & I made all in all 3 visits roughly 3 hours long each time - it is so easy to miss the labrythn of buildings & certain doors are the only access to most areas due to the collapse of roofs. Access isn’t a massive issue with some good map scouting although the front gate should be avoided as it contains the only newly installed cameras - no on site human security but the abundance of owls & a horny looking deer had me wondering if this was the new ploy of the security sector…


Here is part#2 of the Photo dump...


The Photography...


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Thankyou for reading & enjoy the Decay :)
 

TheBackpackExplorer

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Did you not have a look at the lower section with the old school style canteen? Seems like alot of people miss it out
I did! but sadly by that point my camera batteries had gone - there's that section & the outside building with the lift in it I want to go back & grab. reminded me of school dinners that canteen!
 

TheBackpackExplorer

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I really enjoyed exploring this place, It's in a bad way but still a great explore! Great pics!
I really enjoyed it & its pretty peaceful there as its such a quiet area so you can literally just take your time & enjoy it.

Its getting worse there now too - I had my Asbestos mask on for most of the explore & im still convinced a 3rd arm will grow soon.
 

Yelreppa

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Great write up...My friend has been there, twice flying his drone,seem to be easy Access,he did get asked to leave on a speaker system thought on his second visit so still seem to have active sercuity..
Think when I go willl deffo bringing a mask as it looks, well worst the the GoPro footage my mate took.
 

TheBackpackExplorer

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Great write up...My friend has been there, twice flying his drone,seem to be easy Access,he did get asked to leave on a speaker system thought on his second visit so still seem to have active sercuity..
Think when I go willl deffo bringing a mask as it looks, well worst the the GoPro footage my mate took.
100% a mask is needed! Asbestos all over the floor in some sections & from my understanding that’s the worst way to end up inhaling it from kicking up all the dust. Despite the decay it isn’t in the worst state footings wise so you’re totally fine walking around - there’s a camera on the front gate section so imagine that’s where it was - I’ve avoided that section the 3 times I’ve been & didn’t have any issues. Be safe if you venture in!
 

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