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Comet Works

Vivienne14

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Comet Works on Princip Street is being converted into apartments (or may even have been completed by now). In the process of conversion acknowledgement of the building's history seems to have been one of the project's priorities.

Features within the building have been retained. And images of the building's features provide us with a useful historical record. Even the hoardings around the site have featured old photos of workers. This is good to see. If only more conversions/refurbishment projects took the time to do this. At least we would have a valuable historical record of a building's former use despite its change to an entirely different purpose.

In the words of the architects their philosophy is "to preserve and enhance the patina in historic buildings, built up over a lifetime. The result is a genuine industrial feel to their developments, often in buildings others deem as being beyond repair. Javelin Block challenge the conventional approach to converting buildings through creative and imaginative use of space and reclaimed materials".

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One of the large images on the site hoardings.
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Astoness

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formally M A lloyd...did a bit of research on this building in 2015..formed in 1867 although they were not always at this building....will have to find my notes to confirm this..ceased in 1991..noticed the old work buildings in the yard and as i was taking a few photos one of the directors came out..explained my interest and he very kindly said he would take me around the place as they were selling up and moving...i was told i could come back after the holidays to take some more photos but when i phoned up a few weeks later the director who i saw had left the company so i did not pursue it..i thought i had posted the photos but cant seem to find them on the forum....luckily i still have them so i will post them asap..link here with info

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Astoness

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viv i think the reason i didnt post the photos i took was in anticipation of going back there..thought i could better ones...still never mind at least i have a few...
 

Vivienne14

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All the same be good to see them Lyn.

For all you motorcycle enthusiasts, this article is of A.H Haden Motorcycles (or Haden Bros) at Comet Works. Nice photo of the office and staff. Viv.
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Astoness

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on the top floor now which was disused...roof caving in...boxes and draws full of handbag clasps..there was also boxes full of ornate ink wells and other things which i intended to take photos of on my second trip which never happened..i was promised the cabinet you see full of clasps which i intended to try to donate to a museum..alas that didnt not happen either:(never mind..you cant win them all
 

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Vivienne14

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Great photos Lyn. Although you didn't get to go back, your photos show us a a lot. I now remember the cabinet and a discussion about what to do with it. Can you remember the name of the thread? If so I'll merge this with the other thread. Viv.
 

Astoness

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hi viv sorry i cant...i am not even sure if these photos have been posted before...yet another senior moment:rolleyes:..must say i was sad to see that the old work shops had been demolished
 

Vivienne14

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Not to worry Lyn. Shall have a dig around. The cabinet photo looks familiar but not the rest of the photos. Viv.
 

mbenne

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Always fascinated by ghost signs. Its not very often I go to town but on this occasion was making my way on foot to VW commercials and took a picture on passing. I had no idea where it was and had to zoom in on the photo to try and identify the address, which shows Comet Works, so it would be at 44 - 47 Princip street . The second picture is also in Princip Street but off Google Maps street view when I was trying to identify the location of my picture - I recall going past here and that it is now a handbag / purse manufacturers. One of the amazing features of Google street view is that it allows you to view the same location view over time - on this occasion the old sign can be seen before it was painted over!

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