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Report - Providence Mill Bradford May/June 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dave, Jun 28, 2013.

  1. dave

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    At a bit of a loose end so thought i would stick up a report on a place ive visited over the past couple of months, TBH this mill in the centre of Bradford wasnt really very inspiring and i originally didnt think it was worth reporting on. Went to do a bit of history on the place and this came up first.... BBC News - Fire-damaged Bradford mill to be demolished
    So yet another Mill in Bradford bites the dust they certainly have had their fair share of mill fires in recent years just wondering if this one is suspicious also. Anyway a bit of history on this area of Bradford and a link to this site for more info..... if your not up to checking out the link there is an extract of it below. Goitside Development Trust

    The Goitside area of Bradford is important locally being the first area of the city to become industrialised. This process formed the basis of the city’s wealth, influence and prestige during the 19th century.

    The Goit, an artificial water channel that runs through the area, is the most noteworthy element of the conservation area. Its placement suggests that, in origin at least, it is a medieval goit. The Goit is thought to have redirected water from Bradford Beck to power medieval corn mills once situated in the area. It stands as evidence of early engineering practices and re-instates the importance of water in the development of Bradford.

    Holme Mill, the first factory in Bradford, was built alongside the Goit, on a meadow known as the Holme, at the turn of the 18th / 19th century. Following this a number of additional mills, factories and foundries, along with the associated residential properties, were constructed in the vicinity. The area continued to develop along these lines through the first half of the 19th century as Bradford became a leading city in the Industrial Revolution and secured its position as Wool Capital of the World.

    A survey of 1852 establish Goitside as the industrial hub of the city but such rapid increase in Bradford’s development and population meant living conditions in many parts were squalid and Bradford was describe as the dirtiest place in the country.

    In 1847 Bradford became a municipal corporation and the Bradford Improvement Act of 1850 started to improve the quality of live for the city’s workers and inhabitants. Most of the early buildings in Goitside were destroyed in the redevelopment of the area in the late 19th century through to the early 20th century although some evidence of their existence has survived in the form of visible structures and it is thought underground industrial archaeology.

    By 1920, Goitside had acquired the shape and form that it has today. Some infill development and a small amount of redevelopment has taken place, but structurally the area has changed very little since this date. It is therefore a unique collection of buildings that record the 19th and early 20th century changes with Bradford, reflecting economic and social currents of the era.

    Some pics pre fire

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    External of the rear This is the Goitside area of Bradford as mentioned earlier. I assume this was a textile mill originally.

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    Roof space the wooden floors were wafer thin in places.

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    Typical mill scene.

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    The ground floor was full of junk and what looked like cheap repro furniture.

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    More junk in another room.

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    Some parts of the ground floor were stripped back to the bare stone.

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    Finally 2 externals to finish with this is the front.

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    To the left of this pic was the old Thompsons Mill one of Bradfords oldest thats now been demolished and with this one probably about to go more changes to this part of the city.
     

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