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Report - Volcrepe, Glossop, Derbyshire, June 1019


HughieD

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1. The History
Volcrepe Ltd was a large former rubber producing factory in Glossop, Derbyshire. Formed in 1931 and based in the 200-years old Woods Mill, it began manufacturing rubber soles for footwear. Later on, it began producing specialist equipment to the Ministry of Defence including gas masks for horses and the Home Guard as well as radio equipment as part of the war effort between 1939-1945. In the 1950s the company was still producing footwear soling, but with the market becoming more and more competitive it started concentrating its efforts into cellular rubbers which it had earlier pioneered. It went on to produce produced rubbers for the aviation industry, oil, automobile, domestic and communications industries.

Woods Mill was at the eastern end of what was originally the larger Howard town Mill complex built by John Wood in the 19th Century. In its day it was one of the largest integrated cotton mills in England. Volcrepe was split over in two sections with the aptly named Milltown road dividing it. The only connecting point was a small walkway over Mill Street emblazoned with the company’s logo. To the east of Milltown were the extensive single storey drying shed. The factory closed down in 2002 when Volcrepe merged with another company, St Albans Rubber and has been empty.

In October 2015 High Peak Borough Council were split in a decision of five votes to five as to whether the site should be demolished and redeveloped. However, the councillor with the deciding vote decreed the mill should in fact be demolished. Now all of the site to the west of Milltown has gone leaving a smaller three-storey mill to east of Milltown and some of the perimeter buildings, including former weaving sheds and administrative buildings, around the former drying sheds still standing.

2. The Explore
There were quite a few reports on this place dating back to around 2011/12. That would have been the time to come here. It was famous for its bridge over the road connecting the two sites. See the report by @Ojay HERE to get a feel for the place

On initial sight it looked like I was too late to this place. All of Woods Mill, the bridge and its surrounding buildings to the west of Milltown have now all been completely demo’ed. To the east a smaller mill building still stands albeit completely sealed. The extensive single storey drying sheds have all gone leaving a big open expanse and a few buildings round the site’s perimeter. What’s left is only a fraction the site but there’s still enough to merit half-an-hour of your time.

3. The Pictures

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img1688crop by HughieDW, on Flickr

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Volcrepe 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Volcrepe 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Volcrepe 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Volcrepe 07 crop by HughieDW, on Flickr
 

The Lone Ranger

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Nice set of photos, surprised there is this much left of the site!

I demolished the 120ft stone chimney here probably 12 years ago, it was the last industrial stone chimney in Glossop.
 

albino-jay

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No way i thought this was long gone. Loads of demo/building machinery on site when i went probably about 8 years ago now. I thought it was being flattened. Good to see an update. Nice one mate
 

tarkovsky

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nice update HD - I also thought it had all gone. Loved it here, the top floor was nice with all the plants growing a few years ago.
 

dave

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Amazed at whats left here, glad i saw it before demo thanks for the update btw.
 

HughieD

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Nice set of photos, surprised there is this much left of the site!

I demolished the 120ft stone chimney here probably 12 years ago, it was the last industrial stone chimney in Glossop.
Did anyone film it TLR?

No way i thought this was long gone. Loads of demo/building machinery on site when i went probably about 8 years ago now. I thought it was being flattened. Good to see an update. Nice one mate
Cheers AR.

I honestly thought this had been demolished
Cracking pics
Thanks mate much appreciated.

nice update HD - I also thought it had all gone. Loved it here, the top floor was nice with all the plants growing a few years ago.
Cheers @tarkovsky still worth a wander
 

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