Weisse Dame (White Lady) - Gronau
According to local newspaper the most delipidated factory
building of Gronau (Germany).
The history of this building is still under investigation.
I had cycled around this factory a few times allready, but was still in
doubt if it was in use for something or not. On the north side a lot of
houses have been build right next to the factory, but they didn't seem
to have any connection with it. On the south is an empty field between
the factory and a busy road. There is a fence around it, or rather, around
the road or something they're constructing in front of the building.
I waited a little while for the traffic to thin out (waiting for a traffic
light just out of sight), and went to have look inside. Getting around
the fence was easy at the edge of river Dinkel. Getting into the building
was even easier, the doors were wide open.
The white lady
The factory can be roughly divided into two parts, an eastern
and western part, with technical rooms, rooms for workers to hang there
jackets and storage rooms in the middle. There's a staircase with elevator
on the front (southern) side, you can clearly see in the picture above.
There is an other elevator and toilets at the rear (northern) side of
the building. A seperate building, most left in the picture, houses electric
transformer equipment and maybe in sometime housed a steam engine (?).
First view inside, eastern side
A lot of broken glass and the occasional hole in the floor
made sure I had to walk careful. Stilll now and then a piece of fluorescent
tube (tl-buis) shattered under my feet with loud bang, echoing through
the whole building, or so it seemed.
Ehm, deep-frying fat? Don't know why it's
on the floor in an abandoned factory
Not deep enough to fall dead, but an unexpected
step into it will probably not be healthy. Luckily there's a broken piece
of ladder to get you out again.
There were more, smaller but nastier, holes around the ground
Junk again, now including a teddybear
I thought it strange the place wasn't used for anything
like storage. It seemed still pretty dry inside.
The toilets were smashed to tiny bits, not completely surprising..
Mens toilets. Somehow I doubt workers