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Cotton Spinning Mill 'Eilermark'

All the information I could find on the internet:
Founded 1888 (1868?) by the Van Heek brothers (well known textile producers).
Name: Baumwollspinnerei Eilermark (baumwolle is German for cotton).
Many workers move to Glanerbrug from impoverished regions of the Netherlands.
Closed: 1982?
Railconnection: era 3 (1953-1986) Abbreviation Gbrh -> Glanerbrug racc Van Heek



Cottonspinning mill Eilermark. You can recognize the railroad, on this picture still out of use. The border, the stream Glane, is just to the left of the picture. Picture from gronau online


25-03-01 (Sunday)
:
Tried to explore the old textile factory in Glanerbrug, just across the border into Germany.
I entered on the railroad side. The railroad has been abandoned for some time but is now being renovated to be used again sometime this autumn (see Railtracking: Enschede-Gronau).
A large wall with barbed wire separates the railroad from the factory terrain, however on the east side is a chainlinked fence gate where the railroad connection of the factory used to go through. It is locked with a chain but you could crawl underthrough it. Unfortunately some kids were playing on this side so I could not get in this way.
On the west side, close to the stream (de Glanerbeek), where there used to be a gate, now boarded up, the barbed wire is missing. The hinges are still there in the wall, which makes climbing over the wall easy. I had to wait for an elderly couple to walk by - they took there time :-( - and then jumped the wall.
The old railroad tracks of the factory are still there on the other side of the wall, now overgrown by trees. I walked very quietly, afraid more people may be strolling along the railroad. Running water warned me of some nasty open pits next to the railroad track, about 2 meters deep. Watch out for those if you ever happen to be there.


Tracks and a pit (on the left) overgrown by trees.


The first open door (a sliding door) I passed by for now because entering would mean climbing up a loading platform which would put me in plain view above the wall. I went to a small inlet between buildings and had a look at the chimney which also seems to have served as water tower. The large brick chimney has a smaller brick smoke flue inside, don't know if this is normal. Next to the chimney is a silo of some kind, which once held oil or chemicals.



View up the chimney and silo


One doorway was walled of, the other large doors seemed to be stuck (but as I noticed all entryways were firmly blocked it may well have been locked or welded shut).



N ice arch-shaped door, quite rigorously blocked though.

Walking further I noticed someone had bothered knocking in a window and bending away the grating. Inside was a washing machine (not so very) conveniently placed as stepstone. After I had clambered in far too noisily for my likings I had a look around the room. High ceiling, but quite small. Nothing much interesting. A little graffiti left behind by probably the same people who opened the window, but not much. This place is not often visited it seems. A steel door blocked the way further into the factory, locked of course. Someone had been trying to knock it in using a brick but only managed to bend away a small corner. The view I got through that small opening was quite promising, a large factory hall. No way of entering though. I climbed back out through the window and continued my way along the old track.



Paint pealing from the walls. Someone once thought dark blue would be nice. The next person found white with army-green much more cheerful.


A view in the other direction. Notice the washing machine. There's some kind of rustbrown stuff on the floor, don't know what it is.


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