Filature De Leie

Built: 1911

Reconverted: 2007

Visited: 2006

Ronse, Belgium

This old spinning mill, Filature De Leie, is abandoned for several years. The factory was founded in 1911 by Jacques Van Ex–Toelen. The factory consist of a spinning, weaving and a dyeing division. The immense production areas makes up the largest part of the buildings, its built with an iron skeleton and sheddak roofs. During the First World War the factory was used as a German military base. The factory was named ‘Herzog Albrecht Kazerne’ and housed stables. All the machinery was removed and shipped to Germany.

1922

In 1922 the factory was sold to Oscar Thomaes that renamed it ‘Teintureries Belges’. After the Second World War the business was booming until the early 1980s. In 1992 the factory was sold and renamed Filature De Leie NV and two years later De Nieuwe Leie. The last owner Flotex stopped production in 2000 after the site was flooded. The local youth found a second life for the factory. The empty walls are used for graffiti. Not a single wall isn’t sprayed. Some artists made some great wall art here, a museum for the poor. During my visit the place was totally trashed, only some rotting textile and some trolleys reminded of the past. The site was cleaned in 2004 and reconverted to a cultural center in 2008.

Photos of Filature de Leie

Teintureries Belges leie ronse
Teintureries Belges leie ronse
Teintureries Belges leie ronse
Teintureries Belges leie ronse
Teintureries Belges leie ronse
Teintureries Belges leie ronse
Teintureries Belges leie ronse
Teintureries Belges leie ronse
Teintureries Belges leie ronse
Teintureries Belges leie ronse
Teintureries Belges leie ronse
Teintureries Belges leie ronse
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