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    Default Hawton Gypsum Grinding Mill, Newark, Notts, November 2017


    1. The History
    This run-down Gypsum Grinding Mill is the last remaining remnant of the former Hawton Gypsum works. Built in the late 19th century, the works were established when the nearby Beacon Hill Quarry opened in 1881. It was linked to the quarry and to a wharf on the River Trent by a tramway. The grinding mill was an important part of the gypsum plaster manufacturing process. Although now in very poor condition, it is a rare survivor, primarily due to its Grade II Listed Building status, previously granted largely due to the completeness of the machinery. The site was in use until 1993 but after its closure the arson and metal thieves obliterated the interesting equipment, leaving an empty shell. The mill itself is a two storey linear building with semi-circular arched openings, built in red brick with blue and buff brick decorative elements. Most of the former corrugated sheet roof covering has now gone.

    2. The Explore
    Came here just over a couple of years ago after finding this place on the "Buildings at Risk Register". Not too much has changed since the last visit and the building remains in a critical state. Shame really as it has some nice features. It's very much open-access and a walk up. It's also a bit of a shell with little of interest 'inside' bar the three former grinding wheels. That said it's an atmospheric and quite photographic place worth twenty or so minutes of your time.

    3. The Pictures

    Hello old friend:

    img3708 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Ah, and some new editions to the landscape since my last visit:

    img3710bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3711 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3714 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Not much of the roof left:

    img3715 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3716 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    This arch looks pretty precarious:

    img3717 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3718 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Grinding wheel no.1:

    img3719 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Grinding wheel no.2:

    img3720 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3721 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    Grinding wheel no.3 with tree!

    img3722 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3725 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3726 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3727 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3730 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img3732 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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    Probably at one time it looks like it was a spectacular building but alas, its slowly falling down.
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    Looks worth a look, Good crop of teasles, Thanks
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    Typical of the 'Let's List It and the building will maintain itself' attitude of many so called 'do gooders'. The actual value was in the production equipment inside the building - which nobody made any effort to secure properly; not in the brick structure - this is in fact no different to a number of brick warehouses of that era, that one can find still standing up and down the country. Of course the building structure is at risk - so what? Without the machinery, it is just another derelict, roofless four walls, not worthy of listing at all! When there are so many really worthwhile structures crying out to be listed; a large brick shed that has lost the whole of what made it originally listable, does not. Listing will have placed huge cost implications on how this structure is conserved and maintained - no wonder it is falling down. That amount of money ain't there, never was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirus_Strictus View Post
    Typical of the 'Let's List It and the building will maintain itself' attitude of many so called 'do gooders'. The actual value was in the production equipment inside the building - which nobody made any effort to secure properly; not in the brick structure - this is in fact no different to a number of brick warehouses of that era, that one can find still standing up and down the country. Of course the building structure is at risk - so what? Without the machinery, it is just another derelict, roofless four walls, not worthy of listing at all! When there are so many really worthwhile structures crying out to be listed; a large brick shed that has lost the whole of what made it originally listable, does not. Listing will have placed huge cost implications on how this structure is conserved and maintained - no wonder it is falling down. That amount of money ain't there, never was.
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    Excellent pictures, shame it is falling down, would love to do a ghost hunt at night in this location see what it picks up, such a shame that vandals have been.

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    Nice bit of history. Great write up and pics HughieD :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubex View Post
    Nice bit of history. Great write up and pics HughieD :)
    Cheers Rubex!

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