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Report - The Big Mill, Leek 04/2010

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by host, May 3, 2010.

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    The big mill visited with Eotech and Oldskool, this is a beautiful building with fantastic feature's, not a lot is left but has a great charm about it. the variety of windows in the stair well alone is worth the visit at the rear you can see the old bridge that would have joined the other part of the mill now redeveloped also the old chimney well worth a look in if your in the area.
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    The Big Mill Leek or Wardle & Davenport Ltd is in Staffordshire Built in 1857 by the famous Victorian architect William sugden, originally built for Lovatt and Goulding but later became Wardle and Davenport.The firm Wardle and Davenport was formed in 1867 with the partnership between Henry wardle and George davenport over many years they ran many successful business's employing up to 2500 people by the 1960's the company was suffering great losses and by 1970 they went into receivership, they also pioneered the way forward in artificial silk stockings, the building is currently under redevelopment other mills in the area have been redeveloped , work seems to have stopped on this site for the time been.

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