Report - Stevenson's Dye Works, Ambergate - July 2014

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The History

The factory was constructed by the Stevenson family in Ambergate in the late 19th Century. The dye works provided employment to many people in Ambergate and the surrounding area. At its peak in the 1970’s the factory employed almost 1500 people and was well known for its good working conditions.
The site remained under family ownership until 1966, when it was purchased by Coats Viyella Clothing and in 2002, and it became part of the Quantum Clothing Group. It was forced to close the plant soon after due to financial difficulties. It is currently being demolished.

The Visit

Another scorching hot Saturday visit. Didn't really know what to expect from this one, especially when we got there and found diggers and earth moving equipment parked up at the bottom of the hill. Luckily there was no one about and we managed to spend a good 3 hours mooching around despite the remaining structures being somewhat small compared what used to be there. Cool silos down one end and great views from the roof can be expected (though not for long) as well as some cool - if not small - staircases.









Thanks for looking.​
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