Filature Ernest De Porre

Built: 1895

Abandoned: 1982

Demolished: 2013

Visited: 2006

Gentbrugge, Belgium

Filature Ernest De Porre, or EDP was founded in 1895 in Gentbrugge. De Porre started as a cotton weaving mill. The factory was expanded in 1926 with a spinning mill. The factory peaked in 1937 when 476 people were employed. The buildings I photographed are mostly built after the Second World War, when most of the old factory was bombed. In 1964 a confection atelier was added to the factory. The mill mainly produced household textiles. De Porre was mainly known for the quality of its flannel sheets and reached its peak in the 1960s with exports to 25 countries.

1976

In 1976 the spinning mill closed its doors and in 1982 the other parts of the factory followed. Many of the buildings on the site have a new function and are still in use. A big hall was used by a carnival club to build the most beautiful carnival floats. The front part is in use as a meeting place for the elderly and the local Red Cross.

2007

The center halls are the interesting part, time stood still here. Ivy is growing through the broken windows in the rooftops. I found different spinning wheels and many sewing machines covered in rust and dust. Even the old big steam engines are still present in the old factory. In 2007 the place was cleaned and partly demolished.

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