Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Magnificent View !

Here are a couple of photo's sent to us by Karl Barlow with the description below.

"Hi Hydonians,
Here are two pictures I took of Gee Cross Mill in the early eighties. 
The view of the tower  in the distance is St Georges church and, I think, James
North's Mill...The black and white photo is of the ladder inside the tower of GX Mill known as a Jacobs Ladder.It led to the hatch that
opened at the top of the tower. I climbed it a few times. There was a water tank up there if I remember and lot of pigeon muck ! What a view from the very top of the tower you could see for miles around!...."


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Many Thanks Karl ! :)


waterman said...

Super photo. I think the mill is senior service though?

Hydonian said...

I think it's Norths personally.
Both Mills were very similar though....

Dave Williams said...

If you were looking from the roof of Gee X Mill towards St George's Church then the mill you'd see to the right of the church would be North's. Hyde Mill (or Senior Service) would have been to the left of St George's.

Dave B said...

Hard to believe people actually climbed vertically up that ladder with no handrails (one slip!) I think in this day and age the accident-claim companys would all be rushing to open an office at the bottom of it!

Anonymous said...

Barry in Oz. Too close to St Georges to be Senior Service.

Werneth Low said...

Great pictures these - you'd have to have some bottle to climb that ladder and I doubt Elf and Safety would allow it today!

I may well be imagining this but I seem to remember that there was a time when the mill was used for the manufacture and/or dostribution of bleach which was called Mountainzone and that this name was painted on the tower. Does anyone else remember this?

Werneth Low said...

What a breath-taking view from up there. I bed that ladder wouldn't get past Elf 'n Safety today though.

I seem to remember bleach being manufactured at or distributed from this mill. It was called Mountainzone and I think the name was incribed on the tower. Does anyone else remember this?