HSBC 25th May 2009

Filed under: High Places,Industrial & Commercial — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

Explorers: j3bu, bungle666, Thompski

Woah, this one was pretty ontop. Especially as the explorers that went a few days after us got a visit from the police, ah well least they got to see it.

The Midland Bank building (later to become HSBC) was designed in 1928 by Edwin Lutyens as a classic art deco building. It was constructed between 1933 and 1935. It is a Grade II listing building and is quite eccentric, surrounded on all sides by roads and featuring a central courtyard which is inaccessible except from through windows.  John Ashton Floyd provided many carving throughout. The carvings on the roof which would be unseen from street level and even from inside the building are quite spectacular.

In the mid 1990’s the midland bank was taken over by HSBC however many features of the building still remind you that you are in a midland bank. The banisters on the stairs still feature a “M.B.” motif.

On the 6th of June 2008 the King Street branch closed its doors as a bank for the very last time as HSBC relocated their Manchester branch to St Ann’s Square, it is unknown what the building will now be used for.

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Buxton Limeworks 9th May 2009

Filed under: Industrial & Commercial — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

Explorers: j3bu, Thompski

In 1891 thirteen quarries within the Buxton Derbyshire area amalgamated. By Buxton Lime Firms Co Ltd, were mining 360,000 tons of Limestone and producing 280,000 tons of Lime from their 1522 acres of land, 3 Collieries, 89 lime kilns and 21 large stone crushers. They continued to flourish and bought and established nine more quarries in the following 20 years.
In 1918 John Brunner & Ludwig Mond were so dependent on the BLF limestone he bought into the company and by 1926 had full ownership. With the merger of all of the businesses I.C.I. was formed.

A crazy explore. Never before have I ever thought I was in an episode of Lost.

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Fletchers Paper Mill 16th March 2009

Filed under: Industrial & Commercial — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

Explorers: j3bu, Misterjk

Originally a woollen mill in 1780, a flood washed away several buildings in 1799. In 1850’s after a major rebuild, several hundred workers were employed in wool carding and spinning, many of the workers were housed in the row of cottages. By the end of the 19th century, it converted from wool spinning and became a bleachworks. In March 1914, cotton wool caught fire and destroyed several buildings. The Great War was a turning point for another industry. Cigarette paper became a staple for Robert Fletchers & Son. Who had been in existence since the 1820’s.

When the war ended, Fletchers searched throughout Britain for a suitable site (plenty clean water, close to ports, presumably close to their other mill), and in the end landed at Greenfield. The existing mill buildings were gutted, new parts added and two paper-making machines were installed. Robert Fletcher & Son (Greenfield) came into operation in 1921, and operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from then until it shut.

Further Reading:

Oldham Advertiser


F Robinson’s Brewery, Stockport 16th February 2009

Filed under: Industrial & Commercial,Live Infiltration — j3bu @ 12:00 pm

On the 29th September 1838 William Robinson bought the Unicorn Inn. In doing so he was establishing a company that was to become one of Britain’s largest regional brewers. Now run by the fifth and sixth generation of the family the company continues to use traditional brewing methods.

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Official Site