Tales of the Urban Explorer: Jubilee Mill

in urbex •  last year  (edited)

You might call it luck but it’s been some time since I have marked an Urbex attempt as a failure.


It happened more when I first started but the more I do, the more daring I become which can turn a fail into a success.


Not so with Jubilee Mill, but I do have a story to tell.

Like most mills, the local council is attempting to tear it down in order for new houses to be built.

Not being able to find any reports about it should have told me something. Either it’s off the radar or it's sealed up.


Knowing just how difficult it is to seal up something so large, we set out to the Shaw area which is just outside Oldham in Greater Manchester in search of bricks, decay, rubble, and overgrown weeds.

An overhead view coupled with a Google maps street view told me there was an easy way to the entrance that looked suspiciously like a public right of way.

We were right, finding the location proved comparatively simple and we found ourselves in front of a rather ugly looking overgrown building.


I noticed a few houses close by and always not wanting to attract attention I hushed @goblinknackers into silence.

First impressions told me that even though the front appears to be sealed there would likely be a way in around the back.


Some signs were suggesting that security was in place, but the sign and the camera far up the wall looked in bad shape and I guessed inactive.


@goblinknackers was a little reluctant to climb up this weed infested track but followed me after a few minutes as I seemed to vanish into the dense jungle without a trace.

Getting around to the back of the mill proved a little challenging as I didn’t have my portable machete to cut back all the undergrowth, but I have been to worse places.



This was a roof, and I crawled on to it and hastily backtracked after seeing the big holes and the 8 feet drop below. This was a way in but would maybe yield me a broken leg to boot.


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The back was not well-trodden and @goblinknackers was making full use of the trees to stabilise his movements.


Concrete slabs had been placed on each window from the inside. There was no way in from this angle.



We tried to dislodge this machinery in hope of hopping over this wall, but it just wouldn't budge. There was too much sticky shit there anyway!

See all that black stuff on the wall? That’s sticky horrible tar. The owner has gone to great lengths to deter explorers going into his decrepit mill.


Even the trees had this horrible black shit stuck all over them. I got my hands covered in this stuff at one point. What a twat!




There’s an opening in the corrugated iron here, but guess what? There’s a concrete wall behind it.


Some of the outer buildings were covered in graffiti. Not the good stuff though, just non-talented artists spraying mindless writings.


Now, this was a way in. Peering down the hole we could see light, and not some murky death trap with no bottom.

It was a little too small for us to get through and had sharp edges which would nicely rip our clothes up.


See the tar-covered trees? I call it tree violence, and these were not the only ones.


Sulking, we reluctantly conceded defeat and left via the opposite entrance.


Passing a little more graffiti we may return to Jubilee Mill in hope that the sledgehammer crew has paid a visit.



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I guess spending money to seal it up is much cheaper than tearing it down. Strange about the tar.

The owners of these places must feel very hard done by. If they don't seal them up, the locals complain to the council, who bear down on the owners. It's a bad place to be.

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That's too bad that you weren't able to find your way in. Maybe next time!

Wow, those are some super cool pics! That looks like a really neat place to visit, but too bad it was all sealed up. Crazy about tar all over the building and the trees! Yes, perhaps check back after some other people visit and get some good openings made. :)

A pity you did not manage to get in but you got some great shots of the exterior at least

I love Urban Exploration, although that location has "Zombie Hideout" written all over it.

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Haha.. many of them are the same, they rarely host any guests though!

Maybe you need one of these to get in from above...

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Makes one wonder just what they're hiding inside there! Just be careful with these urban explorations, you may just stumble on some crime scene or a serial killer's den ;) Or maybe I've read too many James Paterson books?
I'd love to know why this one is so well sealed!

I'm surprised at the lack of people we meet in these places. It's a great reason not to go alone, though I do occasionally.

... as I seemed to vanish into the dense jungle without a trace ...

Ha ha, this was entertaining, even if you didn't manage to get in :)

It was riddled with nettles, and those spiky things that host blackberries. We had to climb a wall to even get on this track and he wasn't so keen. Damn amateurs!

What can you do? 😂

That is well sealed up. You needed a battering ram, but I know you don't like to cause damage.

No... never any damage. You have to keep to the Urbex code.

Just let other other vandals do the damage and then follow on after they leave. Sometimes it's luck and timing, whether they have visited recently.

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Oh well, its not like you didn't try. Seems like something fishy going on in there .....

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You got some great shots! Urban exploration is super interesting, but I'm admittedly way too chicken to have ever tried to enter 😅

Also this:

Urbex can be a typical after work hobby for the British Businessman. We need to look our best branding the finest suits while on the job.