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Report - Tonedale & Tone Mills, Somerset - April 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by TallRich, May 6, 2015.

  1. TallRich

    TallRich 28DL Regular User
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    Tuesday night, I was sat at home wondering what the weekend would bring and idly messaged @Oort to see if he fancied a trip to Tonedale, he did and it turns out so did quite a few others!

    Visited with @Oxygen Thief, @Idavoll, @Oort, @Seffy, @Styru and @The Queen. great to meet you all (again :rolleyes:)

    The day started out really nice, but got greyer and was starting to rain by the time we got back to the cars, that didnt stop us having a great chat with @Oxygen Thief and @Seffy for an hour before we hit the road :thumb

    History: (Pinched from the BBC - but at least its different)

    I took loads of pics at both sites, but wanted to try not to share the obvious shots of machinery, instead showing some of the great features and detail. - ok i did fail a bit, but couldn't resist!

    Tonedale Mill

    1) Most of the air extraction system was belt driven, just like much of the other machinery, That big fan must have shifted some air!
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    2)
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    3) A loading winch survives on one of the upper levels
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    4) The one I couldnt resist throwing in
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    5) The floor was dodgy here!
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    6) Shouldnt that be one a roof?
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    7) The view of the chimney from the water wheel
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    8) A large generator in the boiler room
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    9)
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    10) Out of steam
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    11) Do they still make things this well?
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    Continued...
     

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  2. TallRich

    TallRich 28DL Regular User
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    Tone Mill

    1) Triklon
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    2) or what?
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    3) some of the pulleys are really detailed
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    4) a higher up shot, the roofspace was great, i didnt bang my head once :-)
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    5)
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    6)
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    7) The stories this lamp could tell...
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    8) I could look at this for ages and still not see it all, I can only imagine the noise the place must have made when it was in full production!
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    9) One of the last pieces of cloth produced is still hanging on the rollers, slowly falling to bits
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    10)
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    11)
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    12) A Rozalex Barrier cream dispenser
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    13)
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    14)
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    15) Another of those nice belt driven fans
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    16)
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    17) Has @Oort been "middle class exploring" again?!?
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    18) The roof space was great, I love old timber frame buildings
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    19)
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    Thanks for looking :thumb
     
  3. Seffy

    Seffy Bally up lads!
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    Comprehensive set there dude. I think you took a photo that had a few of us in, which I thought would be good, did it turn out well? It was in Tone Mills when you were standing up higher than the rest of us..
     
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  4. TallRich

    TallRich 28DL Regular User
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    This one?
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    I posted it in people pics, wasn't sure who wanted their faces blurred so i did the lot :-)
     
  5. Cuuvin

    Cuuvin 28DL Colonial Member
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    Excellent Shots, the way it should be! :thumb
     
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  6. wellingtonian

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    Very nicely done. Lots to see eh?
     
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  7. Idavoll

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    Great report, Rich!!
     
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  8. Mr Beady

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    Nice, always liked the look of this place, shame it's a bit of a journey down
     
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