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Explore #131: Perseverance Mill, somewhere in the North of England – March 2015

The final target for our UK exploring weekender was this huge disused Mill, nestled amidst rolling hills in the North of England. History I’m not going to give much history in order to protect its location. The Mill dates back to the 1820s, and was a very large producer of woollen cloth, with nearly seven hundred looms by the early 1900s. The Mill eventually closed at the start of the 21st century, and has laid disused ever since. Plans for…

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Explore #130: Fisons / Sanofi Aventis adminstration building, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire – March 2015

The next stop on our whistlestop UK exploring weekender was the battered remains of this art-deco former admin building… History Originally opened by Bengers Ltd in 1937, the site was purchased by Fisons in the 1960s and used for pharmaceutical research – the drug Intal (an anti-inflammatory, used to treat/prevent asthma attacks) was developed here. The site closed circa 2004, when Sanofi Aventis bought the site and built a new factory next door. The site was sold for £13m in…

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Explore #34: Bush Boake Allen, near Long Melford, Suffolk – February 2014

Another fairly local site which has been on my list of “to do”s for a while. Stafford Allen set up a farm and factory on the outskirts of Long Melford in 1899 to make natural pharmaceuticals, condiments and perfumes by milling herbs and spices, many of them grown on the spot. These included belladona, digitalis, liquorice and peppermint. The factory also milled imported ginger and pepper, a variety of gums and other spices, and made food flavouring essences (butter, almond,…

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