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Socket | by tricky (rick harrison)
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Old fashioned electrical socket @ Temple Mill, Leeds. In the uk we still use a 3-prong socket, but the pins are rectangular rather than circular - not sure if you'd be able to plug a modern appliance into this or not.


I was one of a handful of local photographers given access to the old Temple Mill warehouse in Holbeck a few weeks ago (i've only just now had chance to process them).


The building was originally built as a flax mill for John Marshall, founder of the Leeds flax industry and an entrepreneur of the industrial revolution.

It was designed by egyptologist and architect Joseph Bonomi Jun to be a direct copy of the Temple of Horus at Edfu, Egypt.


As temperature and humidity were very important to the flax industry, the building had a quirky way of maintaining that - the roof was covered in earth and grass, where they had sheep to keep the grass length down! The roof it also full of glass domes flooding the inside with light.


More recently, until a couple of years ago the site was used by Kays Catalogue as an order fulfilment warehouse, but since then has been left dormant and started to decay.


The site is now undergoing a major redevelopment to turn it into an art space - this was the last chance to document it's current state before the builders move in.

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Taken on March 27, 2009