Brookside dyers, Sketchley / Johnsons, Hinckley, May 2009

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sj9966

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A large site which started life as A.E.Hawley and co.

Part of the site became Brookside Dyers and finishers which closed sometime in the 90's and the other half was Sketchley Industrial dry cleaning.

After Brookside Dyers closed Sketchley took ownership of the entire site until Johnsons Apparalmaster took over and eventually closed it down after relocating.

There has been loads of stuff left behind such as overalls, workboots, gloves, respirators, computers, paperwork etc, in some places is does not look as though it has been empty for long.

I spent a good 3 hours here and in no way did I cover it all. I stayed away from tha back part of the site as there was a lot of activity with workers stripping out the buildings ready for demolition, which in some parts of the site does not look as if it will be long.

I am glad I got to see what I did

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Richard Davies

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:lol: I thought about you as soon as I saw the keys! Some fab rusty ones there. :mrgreen:
Those 1945 booklets are great...hope they can be saved! :)

When I was in my teens I started collecting keys, I managed to collect about 500 over the years, but havn't added much to them since then. They are still on my "Keyboard" at my parents home.
 

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i was told about this place recently and is only a very short distance from where i work so i will hopefully be visiting this place very shortly before the bulldozers finally move in.
 

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thought i would have alook at this place myself today but as i was about to turn into the little pull in road next to the main gates.there was a man sittin in the guard box so i just thought id leave it and maybe things had changed there now! o another wasted trip
 

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Great report there, does this factory back onto the railway line? If so I used to pass this on the train often. I love those lights, dig that 70's feel:mrgreen:
 

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Part of the site became Brookside Dyers and finishers which closed sometime in the 90's and the other half was Sketchley Industrial dry cleaning.

After Brookside Dyers closed Sketchley took ownership of the entire site until Johnsons Apparalmaster took over and eventually closed it down after relocating.

This is innacurate.

The brookside dyers section had been the dying part of Skecthley. Sketchley stopped dying when the hosiery trade dwindled, and sub let to Brookside dyers. When that too closed that section lay unused. I explored that 4 or 5 years ago and it was in a state then, so it must have closed in the 1990's...
 

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