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October 11th, 2011, 00:02
Came across this mill on a walk around Ramsbottom, At first it looked small, but once we went round it was actually pretty massive. We went twice, and the pictures are a mix of the two visits. The second time we went there had been more vandalism, and part of the mill had actually been burnt down. Actually on the way out of the second visit we met some kids who told us that they had been the ones who burnt it. Such a waste. (they didnít seem the types, so it could have just been talk). A search about the mill has brought up an article talking about the fire, stating:

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A FIRE chief has sounded a warning after arsonists torched a derelict mill last night.
The yobs set fire to the floor in Eden Wood Mill, in Eden Wood Road, Ramsbottom, at 8.40pm, forcing firefighters to head inside the mill.
Crews spent two hours there, before finally extinguishing the blaze, which left the floor with extensive damage.
Rawtenstall fire station crew manager Lee Garnett said: ďIt put our firefighters at risk and it was a risk to anyone else because the floor was ready to collapse.
ďThe people who did this may think it is good fun but the building needs knocking down.Ē"

Unfortunately, as the fire chief says, I don't think that this mill is going to be around too much longer and the floors have started to cave in in several places.

The mill seems to be referred to as two different names - sometimes called "Rose Bank Mill", and other times called "Edenwood Mill", and was used up until 2001. The mill was made by Turnbull and Stockdale as a textile mill back in 1801, but was later used for printing between 1968 and its closure in 2001.

On Approach, not looking the biggest of places, but on the inside - huge!
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The mill is made up of several large rooms, some of retain more of their floor than others:

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and some completely missing their roof:

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Whilst other bits remain intact

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You can get a good idea of the history of the mill from some rooms, Here we can see some of the textiles left over from its working life:


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And some miscellaneous stuff in barrels, and a slightly dilapidated toilet:

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On the second visit, we found part of the mill which we must have missed the first time, but which had a completely different feel to the rest of the mill. In here we could see remnants of a more technological age:

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For some reason, a car registration plate was also nailed into the roof with huge nails:

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Downstairs, in one of the larger rooms, a small pool has been filled with clutter including a childís ride on tractor. Not sure how that got there...

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In the same room as the tractor, broken stairs lead up to a non-existent room...

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...and whatís left of a ladder clings to the side of a wall round the corner:

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The mill has a fair amount of graffiti throughout it;

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Whilst most of the mill is unburned, the fire has gutted several whole rooms, and left quite a mess:

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Donít let the door hit you on the way out:

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