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Report - Cotton Wool and Cloth, A Decade In The Great Mills Of The North

Discussion in 'Noteworthy Reports' started by dweeb, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. dweeb

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    Yesterday marked the exploration of my 100th textile mill, and as many have done over the past few months I've decided to reflect back over the past decade at some of the sights the textile industry has brought to the table. I've focused on the mills of Lancashire and Yorkshire, although I could share as many photos again from the Scottish wool and Jute industry, as well as the other mills dotted around the UK.

    Like coal and shipbuilding, I've developed a heavy interest in the textile industry. The "dark satanic mills" of the North of England are structures to be marvelled at, almost standing as a relic from the days when our empire's need for textiles was relentless. The rise and fall of this once great industry is a fascinating turbulent tale, and the more I learnt the more I wanted to see for myself

    A decent mill offers a lot to an explorer. They usually have a tower to climb, stunning tile work to gawk at and are most probably a hundred years old or so, which means your bound to find something of antiquity if you look hard enough. The sight of a mill lying in a valley as you drive over a hill gives me a great felling inside, and if it has broken windows that feeling is accentuated. We've had some great fun in these buildings over the years, working out how to climb fetted rotten towers, or how to get down into the wheel race. Most of all it's been a great experience having the pleasure of a gentle wander around the vast shop floors, imagining them with the clatter of loom or spinning machine.

    The images from the 70's and 80's of mill after mill standing idle and being demolished, their chimneys being toppled made me thirsty to see some of these majestic beasts of buildings for myself, and they have not disappointed. On the whole I am easily pleased, a wicker skep or a few stray bobbins will satisfy me that I have seen something from the industry, even if the machines have long since been removed.

    Below are a selection of images, not all photographically brilliant, but in my opinion encapsulate a snapshot of an industry which has largely vanished from the North of England...

    I just hope I get to see a hundred more before they are all converted or smashed to rubble!

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    100 mills, there's bound to be a couple in there you beat me to the top of. Not fair.

    Nice work though, was a pleasure being at at least some of them with you.
     
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    Still a few gems left in the North West partially in use, someone ought to just go and do a permission visit on them all for the sake of seeing them, I think Host made a start on that front

    It's also sad to see the demise of these places, and infact a fair few giants in this thread are no Longer, however like yourself are pleased to have been fortunate enough to poke about many of them

    Great thread and some decent pics that capture many memories :thumb
     
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    I work in one of them :D still has some of the old features & old skool lift i'll get some snaps next time i'm in.
     
  7. Speed

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    A pipe.. with a VALVE!
     
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    Some mint pictures in there mate. Still not touched the goat yet though. ;)
     
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    I was going to say 'but plenty of horse though' but his mrs might take it the wrong way.
     
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    Haha I bumped into him at Royds since then, he was rambling on about the beer mats
     
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    sounds grumpy.
     
  12. dweeb

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    Don't people who touch the goat have bad things happen to them?

    Still time anyway, its like the slowest conversion in the history of conversions!
     
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    are you planning on doing a full report on durban - would love to see more from there!
     
  14. Squirrell 911

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    True, it seems to have halted so I better drag your arse up there next time your up here. :)
     
  15. Camera Shy

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    Impressive stuff Dweeb.
     
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