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Report - Turner Brothers Asbestos, February 2013


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Turner Brothers Asbestos

History
Turner Brothers Asbestos was one of Greater Manchester’s oldest firms and was forced to leave its hometown after more than 100 years. TBA Textiles Ltd has been based at the Turner and Newall factory in Rochdale since 1875But the developer which owns the site has told the firm to leave by May 2012. The Rochdale site was the birthplace of the modern asbestos textile industry and headquarters of the T&N worldwide empire until 1948.

The site of the old Turner Brothers asbestos textile factory at Spotland upon which plans for developing a housing estate of 650 houses is currently being considered.

Turner Brothers Asbestos (TBA) were pioneers of asbestos material fabrication, and developed spinning and weaving processes. Production commenced in the early 1870’s, and it ended in the Spodden Valley in the mid 1990’s.

Well, what a difference 4 months makes, since Speed's first report from here, to say things have gone downhill is a vast understatement, what was once a pretty good looking site is now one of the derpest derps around!

For the first hour or so, whilst exploring this place I felt totally disinterested with the place, constant crunching of glass and nothing but mess as far as the eye could see was not very appealing and the thought to abandon the explore was crossing my mind.

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A brief rest bite from the constant crunching was found in the office, but once again, this was found to be a modern and uninteresting office with very little to offer.

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But then, things started to look up, as we entered a very 'mill looking' building, complete with familiar columns and wooden floors and a bit of machinery.

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We then moved onto what was probably my favorite bit of the whole explore, I can only assume this was some sort of records room and it was jam-packed with vast amounts of paperwork (and a couple of hardcore porn mags)

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The next part was some sort of production room which contained huge machines which looked like they had just been left, mid-production as they were complete with plastic bags which we thought contained asbestos, but looking at other photos & reports, I am now not too sure about this.

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Then, it was once again back to the standard fair in this place...more trashed rooms and broken glass under-foot.

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Just after taking this shot (excuse the Urbex Tilt, I was short on inspiration), one of the last few bits of glass you see in upper left of the shot still left in the roof was broken by some sort of concrete-block which has been launched by one of the feral locals who have turned this place into their own play ground..queue a quick G.T.F.O moment

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Apologies for the number of shots, but this place is probably the biggest UK site I have visited and got a bit photo-happy, despite spending half the time feeling uninspired.

Full gallery Here

Visited with Explorer62 & a non-member
 

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