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Report - Volcrepe Rubber Mill, Glossop - Jan 2011.

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Ojay, May 2, 2011.

  1. Ojay

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    Volcrepe Rubber Mill, Glossop

    From small beginnings in 1931, Volcrepe has progressed from being a local producer of footwear soling, into one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialist cellular rubber

    Volcrepe Limited was first registered as a company on 3 July 1931. It was formed to acquire the business of a small firm of shoe manufacturers in Northamptonshire whose chemist, named Salmon, had developed a shoe soling material in which wool was incorporated with crepe rubber

    Patented in 1926, this was the only alternative then available to crepe rubber, which was widely used for footwear such as sandals. The new material, Vo-la-Crepe, had several advantages and its name was adapted as the company's title

    The company bought the Great Eastern weaving shed, formerly part of Woods Mill at Milltown in Glossop, and production of both shoes and Vo-la-Crepe began there in 1932 - a welcome new industry in a period of acute depression


    Shoe manufacture was moved during the 1939-45 war to G H Palmer at Anstey in Leicestershire, with whom High Peak Shoes at nearby Hollingworth was formed after the war. High Peak Shoes took over the shoe manufacturing interests completely in 1949

    Volcrepe Limited's contribution to the war effort was to produce a wide range of equipment for the services and the Home Guard. An extensive product list includes such things as "6,000 gas masks for Horses and Mules" and "48,250,000 Earphone Pads for Service Radio Equipment"

    The company began to make latex foam products in 1950 and four years later a polyurethane division was formed. This was sold in 1960, to become Coopers Plastic Foams and later Coolag Ltd then Kooltherm in Charlestown, Glossop, which is now part of Kingspan

    Volcrepe Limited was still producing rubbers for shoe soles and heels but, with increased competition in the footwear industry, began to concentrate on the cellular rubbers which the company had pioneered, expanding in 1956 to a second site at Wren Nest Mill on High Street West in Glossop

    Volcrepe now specialises in the manufacture of these industrial cellular rubbers which have a wide range of applications in the aerospace, automobile, building, domestic appliances, oil, packaging and telecommunications industries

    The site at Woods Mill finally closed down in 2002.

    Shouts to The Lone Ranger & Dan for whom this wouldn't have been possible :thumb

    The mill site is divided into two sections with a road through it. Connected by a tunnel some 25ft above the road, decorated with the companys logo, this once provided access between the 2 buildings, but today sadly is sealed up

    Below is a view of the mill site as approached from the rear, we visited the smaller 4 storey building on this occasion as there was no easy way in for a cripple :D


    We started on the Ground Floor, a typical construction of supporting cast iron beams, with a wooden roof, which since being stripped by the pikeys is now rotten and collapsing under it's own weight


    One of two stairwells which led up through the building, this one was much safer as it was made of stone


    First Floor


    Second Floor

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    Third Floor

    Also on this floor is the metal walkway that once divided the 2 buildings, access isn't possible these days, as it's sealed at one end




    Fourth Floor

    As we made our way through the pidgeon poop with dead carcases crunching beneath our feet we reached the top floor, not much to see now except the old goods chute



    To be continued....
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  2. Red_Phos

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    Sorry to dig up an old thread, but does anyone know of the air raid shelter in Volcrepe? I've been told there is one, but I'm yet to find it.
  3. Miss Mayhem

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    It may be an old thread,
    But stunning shots, looks awesome :thumb
  4. The Lone Ranger

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    Was a good Sunday stroll that. 3 people, but 8 legs not including the tripods :D
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