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Visited with @albinojay and @GK_WAX a early start to our first location only to rock up and find security parked up with his dog. Tried to sweet talk our way in but he was having non of it. So head back calling at other locations including fletchers paper mill. What a top place this is loads to see including the security sat in there hut Lolz. Spent a good few hours here and it was pissing down so we was onto a winner. Here’s some history and photos..

The history of Robert Fletcher & sons paper mill dates back to the industrial revolution. The company was once owned by Ralph Crompton and Nephews, producers and bleachers of paper. Their first mill was located in Stoneclough, Manchester.


The death of the Crompton brothers left the mill ownerless and the succession was offered to Robert Fletcher, the mill’s manager at the time. Fletcher had risen through the ranks, to first become the manager of the bleaching department and later the whole mill.


Following Fletcher’s death on 17th May 1865, his sons John and James took over. They in turn passed down the mill to their sons, also named John and James. In 1897 the mill was incorporated as a limited company.


In 1921 a second mill opened, located at Greenfield, near Oldham. The mill specialised in the production of cigarette paper and at its height employed 1000 people to run seven paper machines. These machines produced only a fraction of the paper the later, much larger machines could produce. Upon closure the mill had three machines – two very similar lines from 19XX and a huge modern 1996 addition.


By 1986 the company was making a loss and was purchased by the Melton Medes Conglomerate who turned the company around and started to make a profit once again. However by 2001 the company was once again failing and the decision was made to close the Stoneclough Mill. Some people were transferred to the Greenfield mill, but the company could not sustain the increasing loses and was forced into receivership. The mill was closed down overnight.


The mill at Stoneclough has been demolished. To this day the mill at Greenfield still remains how it was the day it closed. Streams of paper remain inside the machines, connected to the rolls of finished product at the end of the production lines – a time capsule from a bygone era.

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cool mo d - most definitely ! I love mooching round old buildings, the bigger the better.... looks like there's lots of good tat left behind at this place as well - i managed to kit my old lorry out with bits and pieces from the offices of an old paint factory in Barcelona .... also I bet theres loads of good scrap metal in that place, the steel might be hard to get out if its gated, but you could get the copper / brass / lead out pretty easy, and unless they gas powered them forklifts will have some fat batteries in them, worth weighing in as well .... i got family in the North West, maybe i'll have a little look see next time I'm in the area......
 
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