My family owns a launderette in the centre of town where I live, my Dad has managed it for twenty years so I've grown up with it, lived in it, lived by it and I work there too. In 1893 Rhys Jones, an enterprising local trader, opened a small shop called Ford Mills this is now the launderette. Rhys concentrated on drapery items, supplying goods by horse and cart, and quickly developed a thriving business. He spotted an opportunity to manufacture and purchased a number of second hand Griswald hand operated circular knitting machines to produce thigh high woollen socks for local colliers. This business has grown and is now known as Corgi Hosiery. In 1989 they were awarded a Royal Warrant by the Prince of Wales.
But there are also two other buildings hidden behind the launderette a large shed and this brick building.
As a child i loved going upstairs it was filthy and worn out but it gave me a sense of adventure, danger even. I always found objects that intrigued me, pointless things but i thought of them as something more. But anyway I know this building has had plenty of life in it and i don't want it to turn into nothing.So here it comes.....
For Christmas I am going to refurbish the place, it will then be a place for me to work, like a studio, as i am always making a mess in the house. I will finally have some room to get maddy arty.