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Tower Colliery, Hirwaun

The story of Tower Colliery is one of fighting the system and of great success & local pride. Along with all deep mines, Tower was closed by British Coal in 1994 on the grounds that it would be uneconomic in current market conditions to continue production. Rather than accept the …

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Tone Mill, Wellington

First Visited this back in January 2010, one of the best industrial sites I’ve ever visited. Returned again in 2011 to see more of site. Tone Mill in Wellington is the last woollen mill in the West Country, with a priceless collection of original machinery still in place in the …

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George Barnsley & Sons, Sheffield

George Barnsley & Sons Ltd specialised in tools for shoe makers and leather workers. The building closed around 2004. This was my third visit to the site, over the years the site has deteriorated and before long the building will start to crumble. This was my first visit since the …

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D & H Mallalieu Ltd – Bailey Mill, Delph

It’s difficult to find anything out about this mill. Due to the vast amount of cotton mills around the area of Oldham I guess they are all too common to each other. Bailey mill in Delph was built in 3 stages, starting in 1863 with later additions in 1865 and …

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Holding Bros. Pottery, Oswaldtwistle

A Return visit to one of my favourite little industrial sites in the north west The Broughton Barn Pottery was founded on a large clay deposit on the windswept moors of Oswaldtwistle, this was dug, blended, washed and processed on site before it was thrown into pots. The Holding involvement …

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Stanley Mill, Kings Stanley

Stanley Mill is grade 1 listed woolen mill located just oustide of the village of Stonehouse.  Work started on building the mill in 1812 and completed in 1813. It remained in use until 1989 when the majority of the mill was closed down.  Given its listed status English Heritage have …

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Penallta Colliery, Hengoed

Penallta Colliery

Situated near Hengoed, in 1905 Powell Duffryn began the sinking of Penallta colliery, and had employed 291 men by 1908. The two shafts Nos.1 (downcast) and 2 (upcast) were 783 and 750 yards deep respectively, and at the time were the deepest in the South Wales coalfield. The first coal …

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Dinorwic Quarry, Dinorwig

The Dinorwic Slate Quarry is a large former slate quarry, now home to the Welsh National Slate Museum, located between the villages of Llanberis and Dinorwig in north Wales. It was the second largest slate quarry in Wales, indeed in the world, after the neighbouring Penrhyn Quarry. It covered more …

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Hanson Jetty and Conveyor, Llanddulas

The jetty, owned by Hanson, closed in 1993. The conveyor runs from Llysfaen Quarry (a former limestone quarry) though a tunnel below the A547 to a works on the north side of the road. It then carries on under the A55 and the railway down to the jetty. Nearby to …

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H.Hey & Sons, Bradford

Again another bit of Bradford’s rich industrial history rotting away. Part demolished, part ravaged by fire damage and yet it still managed to make for some rather lovely external shots as the early evening sun descended on Bradford. Again very little information other than it was  built around 1894  for …

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John Crabtree & Sons, Bradford

Finding information on these buildings is pretty thin on the ground. It’s another abandoned mill in Bradford awaiting a magical conversion into residential apartments. Sadly there are so many mills in this part of the world that not every one will get converted. The current buildings appear to have been …

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