Cotton Spinning Mill 'Eilermark'
All the information I could find on the internet:
Founded 1888 (1868?) by the Van Heek brothers (well known textile
Name: Baumwollspinnerei Eilermark (baumwolle is German for cotton).
Many workers move to Glanerbrug from impoverished regions of the
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
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
Tracks and a pit (on the left) overgrown
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
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.
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.