Wittock – Van Landeghem

Abandoned: 1996

Demolished: 2010

Visited: 2008

Temse, Belgium

This old textile factory ‘Wittock – Van Landeghem’ was abandoned some years ago.  The factory produced sails and other special textiles. In 1983 the factory was in the news because of a robbery by the Nijvel gang. This criminal organisation stole seven bulletproof vests and killed the security officer. These vests were produced in this factory, in secret, for the Belgian police. The factory closed its doors in the mid-1990s. The highly polluted grounds were cleaned just after my visit in 2008 and the buildings are partly demolished in 2010. The remaining halls are used again by some local businesses.

Photos Wittock – Van Landeghem

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