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Report - Old Lane Mill, Halifax - July 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by degenerate, Jul 24, 2015.

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    Old Lane Mill was a steam-powered worsted mill built by James Akroyd in 1825 and was said to be fire proof. This wasn't true as on Saturday 21st January 1905 there was a fire which caused damage estimated at £8,000. In 1827 Akroyd built the first Jacquard looms in Britain. This building is listed because it is the oldest and largest surviving example of a multi-storey, steam-powered, iron-framed textile mill in the important textile centre of Halifax, it is probably also the best preserved example for its date in Yorkshire. Obviously as it's a listed building it's in quite a state, holes litter the floors, especially the roof. Sadly not a lot to see but somewhat atmospheric to walk about the place but by all accounts it's been like this for years.

    Dubbed " The Lee Mount and Ovenden Youth Club" by Merkal Jackson (one of the chaps I visited with) due to the amount of the local scruffs that hang around causing mayhem and destruction. Here's two stories of teens that have been hurt inside the place, with one even falling through four floors which the lucky sod survived!

    http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/new...loors-of-derelict-factory-and-lives-1-1911195
    http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/fire-crews-rescue-teen-from-derelict-mill-1-7181960

    You can see it in 1902 at around 1 minute 20 seconds.



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