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Thread: Volcrepe Ltd, Glossop, Derbyshire, November 2016

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    People's Republic of South Yorkshire.

    Default Volcrepe Ltd, Glossop, Derbyshire, November 2016

    1. The History

    Volcrepe Ltd was a large former rubber producing factory in Glossop, Derbyshire. Formed in 1931, and based in the 200-years old Woods Mill, it began manufacturing rubber soles for footwear. Later on it began producing specialist equipment to the Ministry Of Defence including gas masks for horses and the Home Guard as well as radio equipment as part of the war effort between 1939-1945. In the 1950s the company was still producing footwear soling, but with the market becoming more and more competitive it started concentrating its efforts into cellular rubbers which it had earlier pioneered. It went on to produce produced rubbers for the aviation industry, oil, automobile, domestic and communications industries..

    Woods Mill was at the eastern end of what was originally the larger Howard town Mill complex built by John Wood in the 19th Century. In its day it was one of the largest integrated cotton mills in England. Volcrepe was split over in two sections with the aptly-named Milltown road dividing it. The only connecting point was a small walk-way over Mill Street emblazoned with the company’s logo. To the east of Milltown were the extensive single-storey drying shed. The factory closed down in 2002 when Volcrepe merged with another company, St Albans Rubber and has been empty.

    In October 2015 High Peak Borough Council were split in a decision of five votes to five as to whether the site should be demolished and redeveloped. However the councillor with the deciding vote decreed the mill should in fact be demolished. Now all of the site to the west of Milltown has gone leaving a smaller three-storey mill to east of Milltown and some of the perimeter buildings, including former weaving sheds and administrative buildings, around the former drying sheds still standing.

    2. The Explore

    Another opportunist explore. Checked the site out as I’d seen reports on this place dating back to around 2011/12. That would have been the time to come here. On initial sight it looked like we were too late. All of Woods Mill and its surrounding buildings to the west of Milltown have now all been completely demo’ed. To the east a smaller mill building still stands albeit completely sealed.. The extensive single-storey drying sheds have all gone leaving a big open expanse and a few buildings round the sites perimeter. What’s left is only a fraction the site but there’s still enough the get a report out of it.

    3. The Pictures

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    Thanks for looking!
    Last edited by HughieD; 14th Nov 16 at 00:00.

  2. Thanks given by: ajarb, Conrad, Hugh Jorgan, jsp77, krela, Mearing, oldscrote, smiler, thorfrun
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    Lost in Cornwall


    Looks like you had a nice relaxed nose Hughie, I liked it, Thanks

  5. Thanks given by: HughieD
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    Aberdeen, Scotland


    A nice report and detailed photographs.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

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    Oh that takes me back...has the iconic Volcrepe bridge gone too?
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    People's Republic of South Yorkshire.


    Quote Originally Posted by mookster View Post
    Oh that takes me back...has the iconic Volcrepe bridge gone too?
    Sadly it has Mook. The building on the west side of Milltown has been demoed along with the bridge :-(

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