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Losser

Textile factory (25-11-01)

For a bit of variation in going to Gronau I decided to cross the border in Glane. Approaching Losser I noticed a large factory chimney. Next to the factory of the famous Johma salads is an old textile factory; "J. van Heek Textiles" (yes, van Heek again). It is still in use, so without much hope I cycled around it. On the back side however was an abandoned part of the factory. Partly damaged by fire, partly in use by a recycling company. The intact part I could not get into, but by climing to a badly burned door I got into the damaged part. The roof was mostly gone, steel stairs leading up to a room above the intact part. I took some shots of the grafity, some group calling themself "gang beng" left some tags. The other side of the building consists of a row of coal bunkers. Along a narrow and dark staircase (forgot to bring a flashlight) I climbed to the top, about 4 stories high, where there was a nice scary look into the depth of the bunkers. Also some old conveyer belt machinery. Going back down I noticed a lot of initials on the wall of the staircase, scratched in the black coal dust. The oldest was from 1967. Also some builder had left his initials in the cement, the date was pretty much unreadible though.


The smokestack is just to the right of the building


1926


The rest of the factory is still in use as far as I know.

 

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