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Report - Rylands Mill - Wigan - July 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by VauxBex, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. VauxBex

    VauxBex 28DL Regular User
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    Rylands Mill - Wigan - July 2016

    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 façade 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.

    The building itself is in a dire state on the upper levels after being targeted by numerous arsonists.


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    That huge room with the pile of moss covered rubble is very strange isn't it... confused the hell out of me when I walked in there haha
     
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    The question is...did you climb it?
     
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    New youtube link cause can't edit the report for some reason. Had to re-upload due to music copyright issues.

    @BrainL Yes it is indeed a very weird room, stood there bemused myself for a minute!
    @Bolts Nope I didn't, there was a mass of pigeons half way up that sort of put me off.
     
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    This is also Wigan and Leigh College - Pagefield Campus! They build it around the Mill:)
     
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    Wondered why there were so many different buildings, I just assumed the college rented some of the mill! Thanks @ladybrade
     
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    I visited Rylands Mill today and it was great! I'm planning on returning in a few days since I've found a better camera to take some more photos. ^-^
     
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    No pics of the air raid shelters?
     
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