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Spinnerei Deutschland, Gronau


(Picture from Bierbaum website, the company this spinning mill belonged to)

Saturday 17-08-02

Gronau keeps surprising me. The amount of abandoned buildings is amazing. They are working hard at cleaning the town up for the LAGA 2003, demolishing buildings as they go. This time spinning mill Deutschland is the target. I never really noticed this factory. It is half hidden behind trees and when I last checked it was still in operation. Now a housemate warned me however that it was being demolished, so suddenly time for exploration was running short.

This Saturday was a hot and sunny day, almost 30 C. I cycled around the factory first, not only to find a way in but also to see if everything was quiet. Front gate was closed and everything seemed quiet enough so I had the place to myself.

First I wanted to enter by a walking bridge over the moat which partly surrounds the complex, but as this bridge had a doorbell and a postbox I thought I might end up in the garden of the house build next to the factory. So I took a different route, along the abandoned railroad where I could climb through a hole in a fence.


Abandoned railroad track. This railroad by the way once continued as tramtrack into the Netherlands, along Glane, Losser to Oldenzaal, continuing to Deurningen.
Handy hole in fence on a loading ramp.


First view of factory grounds.

Once on the factory grounds, I started looking around and for a way into the factory of course. One shed had obviously already been taken apart, stacks of asbestos "roofing plates" thoroughly packed in plastic and a row of concrete columns was all that was left.

A halfopen shed on this side of the factory, looks more like a farmers shed.


Asbestos wrapped in plastic.
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