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Report - Parkwood Mills, Longwood - February 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by tweek, May 23, 2016.

  1. tweek

    tweek Huddersfield Tourist Information Board
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    Parkwood Mills and the Longwood Brook

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    Nestled in the Longwood valley sits the mammoth Parkwood Mills. But don't be getting your hopes up! The majority of this complex of six or seven distinct mill buildings has been converted to apartments, with some buildings being flattened, and a couple stood idle. Empty, disused and waiting for a buyer in 2005 - by 2007, work on the conversion had started.

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    On the whole, it's a successful conversion that has retained the basic footprint of the complex where other massive factories in the village have long since gone, most commonly to be replaced with only the natural landscaping of the overgrowth of time.

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    Evidence of textiles amongst the overgrown rubble of nearby Sunnybank Mills (demolished in the early 80s!)

    Some areas along the Longwood Brook have been become modern housing estates, and despite the general feel of a textile valley being maintained through existing businesses occupying the surviving former mills, the course of the brook as it flows down off the Pennine hills is a lot more quaint and unassuming a setting now than it would have been even 30 years ago.

    This report is actually part of a larger body of work I've been compiling on the Longwood Brook; a stream running from it's source at the ancient Roman fort at Slack near Outlane (a village now sliced in half by the M62 motorway) to where the brook meets the Colne River at Milnsbridge. I'll save you the extent of all that waffle, as it's of a very anoraky, interdisciplinary nature that, although inevitably includes some recreational trespass, isn't all relevant to "urban exploring". What I feel is, will be outlined in this report.

    Fudge and I had initially been under the mills some time ago; charting the course of the Longwood brook and dropping in and out of it's culverted sections as it passes through the townships of Longwood and Milnsbridge to it's confluence with the Colne.

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    There is also a large, floorless building on the site that has remained undeveloped, and although large, the building was totally gutted and could only one warrant one photo on my roll of film.

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    The main focus of this report, however, was a much smaller building furthest to the east of the site. It's been covered in an advertising vinyl for a few years now, and had remained inaccessible (at least to me) for as long as I'd known about it. If I'm honest, I never truly expected much to be inside, and upon finding an entry, I found the building has very disappointingly been used largely as a dumping ground for the various elements of building waste, equipment and storage for the redevelopment of the other, much more substantial, buildings on the large site. Still, you never know until you check do ya!

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    History

    There is actually a great deal of information regarding these mills to delve into, so I have cherry-picked a couple of the more obscure, interesting and colourful sources I managed to uncover.

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    I couldn't decline the opportunity of including a couple of relevant excerpts from the book 'Colne Valley Folk: The Romance and Enterprise of a Textile Stronghold' by Ernest Lockwood, published in 1936. A chance find from scouring the local history section of a second hand bookshop. The book is brilliant - for it's insights and also for the prose of the era in which it was written.

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    Warping

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    So there you have it. A load of building materials and zero evidence of textile production remaining. Still, it's always good to find out one way or another. Thanks, if you made it this far!

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  2. The Lone Ranger

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    Nicely done :thumb

    Didn't know there was that much left! Been up that chimney a fair few times :D
     
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    smashing
     
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    "HTFC shit" lol :)

    Nice, amazing how the insulation for the conversion is already stowed away next to mill trolleys!
     
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    While much has changed in the industrial landscape of Huddersfield over the past few decades, it's reassuring to know nothing has changed in the field of local sport!

    Incidentally, I have a burgeoning collection of Huddersfield Town related photos amassed from derps.
     
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    Some great pics there :thumb
     
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    Ha, i thought that htfc thing was in one of the marsden mills when i saw it on your tumblr.
     
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    Another cracking report mate, keep em coming.
     
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    Some cracking shots there as always, bro!
     
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    Cheers, yo!

    Will do, just working through a mammoth back catalogue of derp.

    Love you homeslice.
     
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    great photos, really enjoyed this post.
     
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