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John Lawson

Joined: 09/12/2010
Location: Castle Douglas Dumfries & Galloway

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Nenthead Mill
Posted: 28/10/2018 20:51:44
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Hi,
Just passed through Nenthead today, and observed that the building which housed the Krupp dressing mill, until it’s take over during the war when a floatation plant was installed has been completely demolished.
I have not noticed any other members post this, but there again, maybe someone has?
After the world war 2 operations the building housed the processing plant of the Anglo Austral company.
Then it was worked by a small company lead by ‘Monty Banks’ who had just finished working the plant when I first became interested in this area, around 1967.
Subsequently to this closure the mill building was used to house buses, and part of the plant demolished!
Now presumably they have decided the building was too derelict and it is no longer there!
Another mining heritage had been lost!
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Joined: 20/02/2008
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Nenthead Mill
Posted: 28/10/2018 22:16:19
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I've seen some photos by spartylea of it coming down on Facebook on 23rd September IP: 2.220.89.57
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Posted: 29/10/2018 13:00:09
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I gather that it was allowed to be demolished on the grounds that there are complete examples still existing; presumably in Belgium.
The earlier demolition of the 4 storey bit coupled with the removal of floors meant that the shed, though distinctive, was basically a liability with no likelihood of restoration.

Wrights seemed to have been keeping buses in the shed until quite recently.

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Nenthead Mill
Posted: 29/10/2018 17:12:28
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They've been trying to get permission to demolish it for at least 15 years.
Personally I would have preffered to see it retained but it was never really on the cards.

The building has been knackered for decades and nobody had any desire to preserve it.
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Nenthead Mill
Posted: 30/10/2018 11:33:28
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I've put some pics of the demolition in the nenthead mill folder, sad to see it go but pretty much inevitable given the state it was in.

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Nenthead Mill
Posted: 30/10/2018 13:56:49
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Plenty of steel for digs going spare, hope some of it grew legs
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Posted: 31/10/2018 19:39:16
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Hi Helen,
Thanks for posting up the Mill’s demolition photos.
I am glad that someone recorded it for posterity!
As I understand it, the mill was partially prefabricated In presumably, Germany, since the window frames were made to a metric measurement, and certainly at the time of its erection, prior to the First World War, these frames were unlikely to have been available here.
I would, naturally like it to have stayed in place, but realise that it was beyond repair. One can hope that the locals may now clamour for a clock tower which I understand was removed along with wash houses when V.M. built this mill.
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