Web
Analytics
Report - - Wolsey Hosiery Factory (13/1/06) | Industrial Sites | 28DaysLater.co.uk
  • Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections, plus Private & Local Groups and a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. However, creating an account allows you to search, post replies, start new threads, use bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems. Also, it removes some ads.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Wolsey Hosiery Factory (13/1/06)

B

batman

Guest
Guest
#1
Myself, Turkey and Dweeb (thanks lads) took a look around this old factory in Leicester. It's mostly single storey, and quite large - I think we saw about 1/3 of it. But it is totally empty and well gutted inside. Opened in 1910, closed fairly recently (the company has moved to a new site about 1/2 a mile away).

Wolsey was founded in Leicester in the mid-eighteenth century by Henry Wood. When he died in 1768 his wife and sons carried on running the company. Originally producing stockings, socks and vests, they expanded to produce sweaters and underwear. Robert Walker joined as a partner in the 1840s and, following the retirement of Richard Wood, the company name was changed to Robert Walker & Sons. By 1883 this was the largest hosiery company in the Leicester region with goods exported world-wide.

When the company decided to change its name again in 1897, it chose the name Wolsey after Cardinal Wolsey whose body was buried in Leicester Abbey, near to the site of their main office. In 1910, the Company moved to new premises at Abbey Meadows, which are still the Company's headquarters today.

Wolsey managed to survive the depression of the 1930's, and many changes in taste and fashion. In 1967 the company became part of the Courtaulds Group, one of the largest textile companies in Europe, but by 1996, following a management buyout from Courtaulds Textiles, Wolsey once again became an independent Company - trading as Wolsey Limited. In April 2002 the company was bought by Matalan.


The main driveway:

driveway.jpg


The easy way in:

big_hole.jpg


Big Bertha the boiler:

boiler.jpg


Water pipes to the boilers:

pipework.jpg


Looking up the chimney:

chimney_inside.jpg


Another boiler-esque machine:

boiler_2.jpg



Period lockers:

lockers.jpg


Some stairs:

workshop_stairs.jpg


Not much upstairs. An old workbench:

cabinet.jpg


And a pair of legs:

artist_at_work.jpg


Back downstairs, and we were looking for this:

water_tower.jpg


Pipework for the sprinker system:

Sprinkler_plumbing.jpg


Finally found the way into the water tower.

tower_stairs.jpg


We got most of the way up, but the last bit was locked up. Turkey got intimate with a pigeon! Looking back towards the chimney:

Chimney.jpg


And The Space Centre across the river:

space_centre.jpg
 

Attachments

Similar threads