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Mill in't woods feb 2017

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whilst doing the usual research on the net i came across a mention of a mill i'd never heard of. Surprised that somehow i'd overlooked this mill on previous forays into the net (especially as it was only a spit and a cough up the road), i thought we'd better go and have a look and see what was left. 
On arrival at the rather dodgy entrance drive i wondered if driving up it was a bad move but having already commited we drove right up to the entrance and decided to worry about it later. 
some history....   
 Built in 1801 this mill has been empty and derelict since 2001.In the early part of the last century the factory was extended using red brick which was developed as a dyeing facility for Turnbull and Stockdale Limited, to compliment their weaving, bleaching, printing and distribution activities.
Between 1968 and 2001 the site was solely used as a hand block printing factory. A process that Turnbulls specialised in, and it is thought that this is the only place in europe where this was still done. Material was laid on a 50 metre table. Each printing block is used for one colour only and each colour put on seperately. Sometimes over 200 blocks were used to print one pattern. The process was unique to the works and because the cloth took so long to print it was very expensive. This possibly contributed to the demise of the mill
In early 2007 the mill had plans passed which were to give a new lease of life to the empty mill and transform it into twenty five luxury apartments which would have seen the mill chimney and part of the red brick buildings being demolished.
The apartments were expected to range from £250,000 to £400,000 but with the
credit crunch of 2009 the whole site is now to be torn down which is no surprise as 2009 saw all the buildings totally vandalised and most of the roof tiles stolen.
the visit....
 Access was easy with multiple options but it was instantly apparent that we'd have to tread lightly as some of the upper floor had collapsed and the rest was as much hole as floor. Down on the lower floor it was a mud bath, during the recent floods the river next to the mill had decided to take the shortest route which was through the mill itself, resulting in about 2 inches of silt being deposited along with countless pieces of debris which was then trapped inside as the water subsided. There was also some fire damage to the part of the mill that spanned the river, this was possibly a pumping house originally. It is not clear if there was ever a waterwheel here but there is a lodge behind the mill somewhere. 
 Its always a shame to see these old mills in such a state but im glad we got to see it before it is scrubbed from the landscape permanently. On leaving, my thoughts returned to the consequences of driving up the unmade road but fortunately after a fifty point turn we were able to drive away unscathed......
33763058005_a588b14921_z.jpgDSCF4090 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
33721967086_a6721361f9_z.jpgDSCF4096 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
33606295452_e84bae7956_z.jpgDSCF4008 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
33378273590_50905c8c5c_z.jpgDSCF4013 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
32950132733_02aa8aa1bd_z.jpgDSCF4062 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
33763263955_e02b0e97c6_z.jpgDSCF4029 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
33378478810_b400ec28b6_z.jpgDSCF4046 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
33378506960_58b0eaba01_z.jpgDSCF4036 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
33634067751_fc0f9e7339_z.jpgDSCF4024 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
33722192546_9f73752511_z.jpgDSCF4031 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
33378516390_db3ec92918_z.jpgDSCF4035 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
32919923584_e2079fa611_z.jpgDSCF4044 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
32950177203_ee0dfcebb7_z.jpgDSCF4037 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
32919941554_b6a30f7c84_z.jpgDSCF4038 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
33606397142_be5bfcf7b1_z.jpgDSCF4075 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
32950138683_e61309dab1_z.jpgDSCF4059 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
this doorframe looks so out of place in this wall
33378418930_cafb282c78_z.jpgDSCF4078 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
33633907391_09139e1fc9_z.jpgDSCF4082 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
strange marks on this block
33606362812_5b86c6fbbe_z.jpgDSCF4084 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
32919702954_1447582dc0_z.jpgDSCF4015 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
world war 2 air raid shelter
33881890592_149591c09a_z.jpgDSCF4020 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
anti pikie block with drill holes
33633873231_d62170fd3f_z.jpgDSCF4087 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
50 point turn needed to get out of here
33763081515_7f68bd7ffa_z.jpgDSCF4086 by Tazz & Moomoo, on Flickr
more on flickr, ta for looking

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40 minutes ago, Tbolt said:

One of my first explores this and not sure if it was some sort of protest but a chap killed himself here shortly after I'd been. :o

I never knew about that. Surprised the paranormal brigade ain't bin down there saying it's haunted. I ain't afraid o' no ghosts lol

39 minutes ago, Tbolt said:


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On 15/09/2017 at 21:28, Judderman62 said:

I went through the floor at this death trap to about half way up my thigh. Scared the shit out of me !!!

Ouch! I prefer to use the stairs

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16 hours ago, Dystopia said:

Going through floors is scary!  Happened to me and I have more likelihood of being mangled due to physical issues. Luckily my mate pulled me out. Blood big drop below too! :o

Fortunately I haven't gone through a floor as yet ,surprising ,considering the amount of sketchy floors I've been on. Thank fuck for hoverboots!

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