Industrial grunge can be so interesting! The Lindale Mill is full of bits and pieces of the equipment that originally made the textile equipment run. Somehow, I had pictured lots of weaving and spinning machines everywhere (there are certainly some of those) but much of what I saw was boilers and furnaces and all the pipes that would contain water or steam.
This image includes a maze of pipes and fittings. Some of it is rusty and crusty. Some broken and falling off the walls. And the surrounding make them even more interesting. Throughout the mill, walls are painted a light green color of shiny paint (probably lead-based) which peals back to reveal multiple layers and old brick underneath.
Fortunately for those who visit here, the buildings are also full of windows. I assume that the windows would have provided light for the workers and given a small amount of relief from the buzzing of the machines that surrounded them. In some of the buildings the windows are painted over but in this one, they were letting in the sunshine.
I guess part of what makes this place appealing is the urban decay and part is the mechanics of the mill. Many of us were bemoaning the fact that the owner has been progressively “cleaning up”. This means that some of the stuff that makes the character of the place is disappearing. There is plenty of legitimate clean up to be done. Just picking up trash and items that have totally disintegrated would be great. Hopefully, this won’t become a gentrified curiosity and get all the neat stuff sanitized out of it!
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