Bat Survey in Coke Street, Derby

My favourite thing about doing bat surveys is getting to poke about buildings and places that the public don’t usually get to see.  Behind the scenes at amusement parks, back rooms of churches, cellars and stately homes. Sometimes I get to access abandoned buildings, which I have a soft spot for. Something about the history, purpose, and decay of these buildings is captivating.

This week I had the oppertunity to survey an old mill building – Tanglewood Mill in Coke Street, Derby.  I found some background information from an Urban Explorer website.

Originally known as Coke Street Mill (and later Rowditch Mill) it was originally constructed in 1898 for J Bonas and Son for the purpose of manufacturing tape. J Bonas and Son also had similar works in the California area of Derby at Lynton Street and Peet Street. The building burned down in 1917 and was rebuilt in the same style albeit with a different style of roof.

In the early 90’s the building changed hands and was used by Rykneld Tean until 2003 when it was used as a furniture storage site by Derby Furniture Project. The mill has now been empty for approximately 13 years.

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