Empresa Fabril do Norte

THE ABANDONED TEXTILE FACTORY IN PORTUGAL


Empresa Fabril do Norte is an abandoned textile factory in Portugal that closed its doors in 1994.

The factory in better days

In 1885 the first mills form along a river in this Portugese region. In 1888 company Baerlein & C º from Manchester bought some ground to start this textile factory. The textile mill survived the economic crisis of 1891 and made fame in the following century. In March 1897 important changes were made. For example the weaving section is expanded, 144 new looms are installed. This new section requires a steam machine and a new boiler.

A central corridor splits the weaving and spinning section inside the factory building. In 1936 the inventory was replaced by modern spinning machines.

The 1970s were difficult times for Empresa Fabril do Norte. Due to the changing economic and technical environment of the 1980s was the beginning of the end. As a result the contracts of the employees in the weaving section were terminated in 1982, marking the closure of this sector. In 1988 a new company took over the remaining spinning section, trying to extend the life of the mill. The technical aging of the factory made it impossible to reconvert, it was closed in 1994.

The photos of Empresa Fabril do Norte were taken in 2017. You can see more reports of abandoned textile factories around Europe here.

Empresa Fabril do Norte
Empresa Fabril do Norte
Empresa Fabril do Norte
Empresa Fabril do Norte
Empresa Fabril do Norte
Empresa Fabril do Norte
Empresa Fabril do Norte
Empresa Fabril do Norte
Empresa Fabril do Norte
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