1. The History
Continuation of my earlier report on the Loxley Valley so please see HERE for a fuller history. Found a bit more info on the impact of the flood. The valley was badly hit by the Great Sheffield flood of 1864. Thomas Marshall & William Crapper, Clay & Brick Dealers, claimed £1,217 in insurance including the loss of 2,600 tons of clay and the loss of brick production for 26 weeks at 30,000 Bricks per week. Fire Brick Manufacturer Thomas Wragg’s losses were more modest at £560.

Looking over Thomas Wragg’s in the Loxley Valley:

Loxley Valley 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Advert for Thomas Wragg’s:

Loxley Valley 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

2. The Explore/3. Pictures
It’s such a big site that I decided to spread it over several reports. I’m going to cover everything apart from the main Hepworth’s factory and Claremont House in this report. The kilns factory is due south-east of the main factory. It is on the opposite side of the River Loxley of this section was demolished years ago, but there's still some of the long kilns remaining. In some ways this is more interesting than the other site as the long kilns are quite photogenic as is the iron roof supports. It’s an easy in now Bovis have given up on the site:

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Loxley 13 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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Yup – he’s been here:

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Some half-decent graff too:

img4636 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Loxley 14 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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Crumbling long kiln:

Loxley 15 by HughieDW, on Flickr

An old works chart:

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Loxley 17 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The electrics room:

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All bathed in the winter morning sun:

Loxley 16 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Nearby, the work’s own water purification plant:

Loxley 18 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And another building pretty-well sealed up:

img4666 by HughieDW, on Flickr

We did check one big factory down-stream, but it was, surprisingly, pretty well sealed up:

Loxley 19 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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So, it was up the bank and into the woods behind the factory of the clay mine:

Loxley 25 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Loxley 20 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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Loxley 21 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Loxley 24 by HughieDW, on Flickr

This old Colorquix piece was a nice surprise:

img4651 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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Here’s the entrance:

Loxley 22 by HughieDW, on Flickr

…and beyond:

Loxley 23 by HughieDW, on Flickr

No wellies, so one for next time. And finally, just down the hill from here, this cue little WWII air-raid shelter:

img4665 by HughieDW, on Flickr

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