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filing cabinets Williamsons Fire and Rescue equipment Oldham Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration 2015 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict

Explore #136: Williamsons Fire and Rescue Equipment, Oldham – July 2015

“It’s like a mini George Barnsleys” someone once said (apparently). Turns out it was nothing like the size or calibre of GBs, so we made this a very quick explore! History Williamsons was a private family business which had traded since 1920, and from 1969 had become a major supplier of Fire Fighting and Rescue Equipment. Much of this equipment was to Home Office Specification and was available in both new and refurbished condition. Since 1975 they were also suppliers…

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George Barnsley & Sons Barnsleys Sheffield toolmakers Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration 2015 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict

Explore #9a (revisit): George Barnsley & Sons toolmakers, Sheffield – April 2015

I almost forgot to do a report for this revisit which I paid to the location of one of my earliest and favourite explores… History For a full history of George Barnsley’s toolmakers, please see the report from my first explore back in September 2013. My Explore This was a quick solo explore one sunny lunchtime whilst driving back from visiting a mate in Leeds for the weekend. GB’s was one of my earliest explores, and I absolutely loved it…

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Office Robert Fletcher and Son paper mill Greenfield Oldham Urbex Adam X Urban Exploration 2015 Abandoned decay lost forgotten derelict

Explore #135: Robert Fletcher and Son Limited paper mill, Greenfield, Oldham, UK – July 2015

History (also partly including abridged and rewritten histories from here and here – all original rights acknowledged) Robert Fletcher joined the paper mill business of Ralph Crompton and Nephews, Bleachers and Papermakers, Stoneclough and Manchester in 1830 shortly after it had opened, and rose through the ranks to eventually become manager of the whole mill. After the last of the Crompton brothers died the succession of the mill was offered to Robert Fletcher. Fletcher controlled the mill until his death…

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