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Report - albion mills , Blackburn : July 2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Andyj23UK, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. Andyj23UK

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    Sadly in a state of advanced demolition

    Albion mills : the history

    1 allbion Cotton Works Albion Street, Livesey

    A spinning and weaving mill built in 1856-8 by George Whiteley & Co Ltd. cotton spinners & manufacturers. The spinning factory had 30,000 mule spindles and the weaving shed 480 looms powered by a double beam engine by Woods Bros. of Sowerby Bridge. Production came to a halt in 1975 due to lack of orders. Had 22,104 spindles and 264 looms. The 50ton flywheel and the double beam steam engine were scrapped in 1951. “
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    Closures continued in the 1960s with, for example, the Parkside, Fountains, Malvern and Pioneer Mills shutting in 1964. In 1967 the Eclipse Mill at Feniscowles closed, unable to compete with imported cloth sold at nine pence cheaper per yard than the mill could produce it. By the end of that year there were 26 mills left operating in Blackburn. The 1970s saw further closures, and the number of textile workers in Blackburn reduced to 6,000 by January 1975, the year in which the Albion and Alston mills also stopped production with the loss of a further 400 jobs. The following statistic gives some idea of the rate of decline of Blackburn's cotton industry: in 1976 there were 2,100 looms still operating, from a peak of 79,405 in 1907.



    Its recent history has been a clusterfuck – with no viable industrial usage the mill was sidelined for “ lesuire use” -

    The pics

    Therese been a couple of reports already – so I have tried to select bits not previously covered

    The roof was my # 1 prioroty all along – but the heavens opened when i found the ladder [ pisser ]

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    #1 Andyj23UK, Aug 1, 2010
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