STEEPLEJACK'S CORNER 2012

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Re: STEEPLEJACK'S CORNER 2012

Post by Stanley » 05 Nov 2017, 04:25

John corrected me this morning, it was a senior moment!

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Would this have been better?

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The interior of the stack. By the way John told me this was his first climb and I take my hat off to him. It isn't easy. He couldn't have been with a better man than Young Tom, he will have looked after him.
What struck me about this pic is the similarity, but on a smaller scale, with Swabs at Middleton which was exactly the same construction, octagonal, no firebrick liner, just a short rise of protective common bricks and the big putlog holes left over from the build. I asked John if there was any evidence of internal lightning conductor tapes because Swabs had them but he said no.
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Post by Stanley » 06 Nov 2017, 06:40

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Tom coming off the Spotland Stack.
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Post by Stanley » 07 Nov 2017, 06:42

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Spotland Mill today.
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John sent me this video clip of the mill and truncated chimney before the present lowering even further.
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Post by chinatyke » 08 Nov 2017, 06:06

Looks like he may use a drone for chimney inspections, what a great use of technology.

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Post by Stanley » 09 Nov 2017, 05:03

I think the video was unrelated China but I agree.

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I think this is Tom coming off the stack...... Lancashire laddering I see....
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Post by Steeplejerk » 09 Nov 2017, 20:24

Some good pics by John ,hats off to him for getting up there,as you now Stanley,not the best place to be unless your nuts or used to it on a day to day basis,the big guy in the orange overalls is our man Swifty..
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Post by Stanley » 10 Nov 2017, 04:02

First climb is always interesting...... I did mine with Peter at Bancroft. John sent this yesterday, a better pic of Swifty.

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Post by Stanley » 11 Nov 2017, 06:51

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Is there anything more depressing than the decay of what was once a thriving mill employing workers? Spotland Mill as it is now.
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Post by Stanley » 12 Nov 2017, 04:53

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Men at work on Spotland stack.
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Post by Tripps » 12 Nov 2017, 11:01

With the phrase 'Northern Powerhouse' in mind -
it's almost embarrassing to see these photos. :smile:
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Post by Stanley » 13 Nov 2017, 04:31

It's an indictment of a failed policy David. From what John told me they are only dropping it to 45ft for safety reasons. Perhaps Tom can tell us more.....
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Post by Steeplejerk » 14 Nov 2017, 07:45

The reasons for leaving the chimney at 45ft is a mystery apart from the rumour that there was bats roosting in it which I find hard to believe with all the other ideal roosts for them in the mill, all I know is there was a local councillor who bought the vicarage of the church just up the road ,the last thing he got passed before he retired was to turn it all into a conservation area,the new houses you can see behind the chimney had to be a certain spec ie slate roofs..
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Post by Stanley » 15 Nov 2017, 04:24

That sounds a bit suspect to me Tom..... Perhaps the old stack was spoiling his view.....
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Re: STEEPLEJACK'S CORNER 2012

Post by Stanley » 17 Nov 2017, 05:33

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Another pic of Tom and Swifty from John. They pulled his leg about it feeling as though they had a time and motion man on site!
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Re: STEEPLEJACK'S CORNER 2012

Post by Stanley » 19 Nov 2017, 07:18

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John has sent me some images of Dee Mill. First time I have seen any. My experience was only with demolishing the chimney and engine house.
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Post by Steeplejerk » 19 Nov 2017, 07:58

I can still remember the day me and Peter went to Dee mill mill with you Stanley,all the shiney bits had been stolen from the engine and another mill was being demolished across the railway tracks,you commented "That's not demolition its vandalism" :biggrin2: ,the job was a complete mess,nothing stripped out just wacking it with the ball.
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Post by Stanley » 19 Nov 2017, 08:48

And look at the trouble I got into when I tidied everyone's mess up for them..... I got hate mail for weeks! In case anyone has forgotten, here's what I did....

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Re: STEEPLEJACK'S CORNER 2012

Post by Stanley » 20 Nov 2017, 04:29

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Dee Mill engine in its hey day.

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How it looked when we went down. A sad sight and I put a lot of effort into it. At one point Oldham were considering re-erecting it at another location. I even got the quotations for moving it but it all fell through. My argument for Scheduled Monument Consent to Demolish was that as it stood it was an indictment of English Heritage and the system of protecting Ancient Monuments. It took them a year to admit I was right and Littlewood's demolished it.
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Re: STEEPLEJACK'S CORNER 2012

Post by Stanley » 21 Nov 2017, 06:28

If you look carefully at that last picture you'll see a clipboard and tape on the left hand HP cylinder and a man in a white hard hat on the right. This is the man who supported me right through Ellenroad, my architect, Peter Dawson. One of the sweeteners I offered English Heritage was a complete photographic and measured survey of the house and Peter and I were doing a measure up.
There were a couple of interesting things.... There were places where we couldn't get accurate measuring points and we rounded all the measurements up to the nearest 3". When Peter collated all our measurements in a drawing the totals were exactly right. Furthermore the engine house was, as near as dammit, perfectly square. This is not always the case!

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Another of John's images. The engine house as it was.
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