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    Turner Brothers Asbestos

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    Turner Brothers Asbestos was one of Greater Manchester’s oldest firms and was forced to leave its hometown after more than 100 years. TBA Textiles Ltd has been based at the Turner and Newall factory in Rochdale since 1875But the developer which owns the site has told the firm to leave by May 2012. The Rochdale site was the birthplace of the modern asbestos textile industry and headquarters of the T&N worldwide empire until 1948.

    The site of the old Turner Brothers asbestos textile factory at Spotland upon which plans for developing a housing estate of 650 houses is currently being considered.

    Turner Brothers Asbestos (TBA) were pioneers of asbestos material fabrication, and developed spinning and weaving processes. Production commenced in the early 1870’s, and it ended in the Spodden Valley in the mid 1990’s.

    Well, what a difference 4 months makes, since this site was first posted in November LAST YEAR, to say things have gone downhill is a vast understatement, what was once a pretty good looking site is now one of the derpest derps around!

    For the first hour or so, whilst exploring this place I felt totally disinterested with the place, constant crunching of glass and nothing but mess as far as the eye could see was not very appealing and the thought to abandon the explore was crossing my mind.











    A brief rest bite from the constant crunching was found in the office, but once again, this was found to be a modern and uninteresting office with very little to offer.







    But then, things started to look up, as we entered a very 'mill looking' building, complete with familiar columns and wooden floors and a bit of machinery.







    We then moved onto what was probably my favorite bit of the whole explore, I can only assume this was some sort of records room and it was jam-packed with vast amounts of paperwork (and a couple of hardcore porn mags)











    The next part was some sort of production room which contained huge machines which looked like they had just been left, mid-production as they were complete with plastic bags which we thought contained asbestos, but looking at other photos & reports, I am now not too sure about this.









    Then, it was once again back to the standard fair in this place...more trashed rooms and broken glass under-foot.









    Just after taking this shot (excuse the Urbex Tilt, I was short on inspiration), one of the last few bits of glass you see in upper left of the shot still left in the roof was broken by some sort of concrete-block which has been launched by one of the feral locals who have turned this place into their own play ground..queue a quick G.T.F.O moment



    Apologies for the number of shots, but this place is probably the biggest UK site I have visited and got a bit photo-happy, despite spending half the time feeling uninspired.

    Full gallery Here

    Visited with Explorer62 & a Fragglehunter
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    Awesome shots as per mate! Been wanting to see this place for a while now, such a shame to see it going down hill so quickly but I suppose it was bound to happen given it's place in the media over the past few months.

    Cheers for sharing your shots dude!
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    good shots
    but i doubt id have left my car

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    Thanks for sharing mate and telliing it like it is , love the 3 rd from last pik of the drapes the best, was thinking of checking this one day but thanks for the heads up and the saving of petrol :)
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    Still liking the look of the place if I'm honest, and want to see it before its gone for good! Great pics ;)

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    Great shots.

    The photos of the machine with bags of asbestos lying around - this is the dust/fiber extraction system. Basically they are huge vacuum suction plants. They would have ducting running from them to other areas of the factory where dust was an issue and the dust would be 'vacuumed' away and collected in the bags for disposal.

    There used to be identical system in carpet factory i worked in for many years.

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    Great shots thanks for posting :).
    Looking beyond the pictures. :p


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    Cheers for the comments people :)

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    I would have felt the same, but you did a great job and a top report too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stmilloy View Post
    The photos of the machine with bags of asbestos lying around - this is the dust/fiber extraction system. Basically they are huge vacuum suction plants. They would have ducting running from them to other areas of the factory where dust was an issue and the dust would be 'vacuumed' away and collected in the bags for disposal.

    There used to be identical system in carpet factory i worked in for many years.

    Cheers for that info mate, make me feel slightly less concerned about being in that room!

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