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Report - Rylands mill, Wigan - July 2013.

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Telf, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. Telf

    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    Hi all :hello

    Visited with Paul2129, After a second fail at Winstanley hall (Wigan) We decided to check out Rylands mill instead of going home without any urban excitement.

    The place is pretty trashed tbh. There was another part of the building that we didn't get into as access was much harder and it had a big diesel generator outside, We figured it may be there to power the alarm system that I'd heard about so we stayed out.

    Anyway's the older building that We did do was relaxed from start to finish..

    On with the history..

    In 1819, Rylands & Sons were established with their seat of operations being in Wigan.

    John, the youngest partner, occupied himself with travelling over several counties for orders until 1823, when he opened a warehouse for the firm in Manchester. Business increased rapidly, and in the course of a few years extensive properties at Wigan, along with dye works and bleach works, were purchased. Valuable seams of coal were afterwards discovered under these properties, and proved a great source of wealth to the purchasers.

    From 1847, John Rylands became sole proprietor of the company owing to the death of his father and retirement of his brothers around 1839. Designed by George Woodhouse in 1866, Rylands Mill was built and had served the local population for work until the overall demise of the textile industry had taken it's toll across the country.

    In 1985 it became an annexe to Wigan Technical College and became better known as the Pagefield Building until closure in 2007. The facade along the front was repointed and boasts some wonderful brick pattern work, this mill being the most expensive around at the time it was built.

    Owners Tower Gate recieved planning consent from the Planning committee for residential and office use but have yet to start any work onsite. There is a three year expiry date in which works must start or another plannning application must be lodged.

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    The access to the chimney was sealed up tighter than a submarine door. GUTTED
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    Mushroom soup anyone???
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    I need to get me one of these.
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    One of the many signs left behind from the college day's.
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    p.s this is not how we got in.lol
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    Thanks for looking, Telf..
     

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