I tried to go ghost town hunting for week 13 mostly in the Mississauga area as I had time to kill and fresh from the PHSC show. I used Ron Brown’s books as a guide, the one place I did find wasn’t exactly a place where I could use up a roll of 36. Going back to the book I realized that I was close to the famous Cheltenham Brickworks. These massive ruins sit behind barbed wire topped fences (which I quickly realized were breached in several spots affording me better angles.
In 1820 British Millwright Charles Haines, from Cheltenham, England emigrated to Canada, and by 1848 he had established a settlement in the area with the name Cheltenham, one of the many Grist Mill settlements in the area. Brick making increased in the area by 1914 when the Interprovincial Brick Company acquired a site between Cheltenham and Terra Cotta that is rich with Medina Clay. In 1953 the site was acquired by Domtar, which seeing that all other industries in the area had disappeared they promptly shut down the brickworks and demolished many of the buildings. Only the old Kilns remain, and some scattered ruins. In 1993 however another company started working once again on the site, but have left the buildings intact.
It was funny how many other people I saw happily photographing the site through the fences, where as I merrily duck in and out of the fence line, and let them know that they’ll get better angles from inside the line.
Nikon F3/AI-S Nikkor 50mm 1:1.4/Agfa Precisa 100 (CT100)