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Report - Tonedale Mill, Wellington. April 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by wellingtonian, Apr 26, 2015.

  1. wellingtonian

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    Fox Brothers Tonedale Mill, Wellington.

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    Prompted by OT's recent visit, and the thought of visiting the site without the usual cat and mouse games played out with our Eastern European secca friends (which they always ultimately won), and at a loose end on a sunny afternoon, I decided a revisit was in order.

    Some history of the Fox Brothers taken from their website:

    The visit was indeed very relaxed, all areas explored, with only a couple of other guys around. Didn't get their names, but if you're reading this, sorry for scaring the shit out of you :D

    First was the weaving room, long stripped of anything interesting, but quite photogenic

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    Then headed to the engine and boiler rooms, passing this along the way

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    The boilers

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    And the adjacent engine house

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    Always breaks my heart to see this slowly deteriorating. Real history here.

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    Next I headed to the multi floored Mills 2 and 3 where the textile spinning once took place.

    First 3 floors have been stripped, leaving a lot of open spaces

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    But there's still some epic machinery to be seen

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    Finally a shot from the top of the tower

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    Tried not to replicate too many of OT's shots.

    Thanks for looking :thumb
     
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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Nicely done, it's far better when you're not being hunted down.
     
  3. Lenston

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    Lovely pictures there mate, might pop along shortly.....
     
  4. wellingtonian

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    Mate, I've been escorted out of here more times that I care to remember.
    Even this time I avoided the cameras initially until I was confident that no secca were on site.
     
  5. tumbles

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    Nice work mate.. I haven't done this one really.. Time to head down the M5 southbound me thinks
     
  6. wellingtonian

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    Yes mate, give me a shout.
     
  7. Oxygen Thief

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    Yeah and me.
     
  8. The Kwan

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    Absolutely amazing building and some gorgeous machinery, but this really does it for me.
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  9. wellingtonian

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    ^^ @The Kwan Yes mate. That communication device (for want of a better description) is a massive piece of local history. Too sad to see it decaying away.
    I love this place, not only because it put Wellington on the map, but because my Grandmother started working here in 1914 and my Mother in 1958.
    Seems rather weird knowing when mooching around that I might have stood right where they did.
    Right, I'm starting to ramble, end of nostalgia :D
    Thanks for the comments.
     
  10. The Kwan

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    Youre not rambling mate, its what it is all about :thumb
    1958, you must have been old enough to get a start there yourself surely :D
     
  11. wellingtonian

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    Actually did my work experience week here while in my last year of school in, ahem, 1980...........
     
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    Very nice it looks amazing,
    You have some cracking shots :thumb
     
  13. wellingtonian

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    ^^Cheers :thumb
     
  14. Will Knot

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    Great work mate, must go back and re-visit one day :D
    Nice pics :thumb
     
  15. Seffy

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    Ooh and me! Need to do this one. Quality as usual mate, bet it's nice to have a leisurely stroll for a change...
     
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