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Report - Wellington Mill (New Knoll Mill) - Greenfield, March 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Indecisive Moment, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Indecisive Moment

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    It's been a while since I did my first report so I thought it was high time I ventured out and found something interesting to report on. I was specifically looking for a very popular mill that has had many visitors from this site. However, I accidentally stumbled upon this place, which I didn't know much about. The place is pretty empty and there's not a lot there, but it was a bright sunny day, which was perfect for capturing the beauty of this place. ​

    As far as I know, the last report was done by The Lone Ranger back in Feb 2011 so it's been a while since anyone's been in.

    History borrowed, thanks to TLR

    The Wellington/Knoll Mill complex was a huge site and featured on here a fair bit. The site was demolished and a Tesco store built; which opened in December 2010. Much of the historical features of the site which Tesco promised to preserve have gone, for some reason one original mill building remained on the site. Wellington Mill had been up for sale and has been bought by a local business man.

    Wellington Mills in Greenfield, Saddleworth was built in 1852 for Shaw, Son and Lees cotton Spinners who traded until 1858 and were the succeeded by N Broadbent and Sons until 1932 after which the buildings were left unused for 6 years. 1938 saw part of the buildings used as a general engineering works and in 1941 the rest of the premises were opened up with the installation of 362 looms by the fabric weaver B. Kershaw.

    In the years up to 1946 the engineering section of the mill produced engine parts for bombers after which it became first a naval store and then a store for the British Wool Board. In 1946 the buildings and land were purchased by William Oddy who transferred their woolen carding and mule spinning operations form Shipley to the mill. This was the birth of the Knoll Spinning Company.


    FEB 2011

    A public meeting was arranged for Feb 2011 to discuss ideas for the mill refurbishment. The former Wellington Mill was originally part of the Knoll Spinning Company complex which has recently been redeveloped with the area off Chew Valley road and Wellington Road being occupied by the new Tesco supermarket.

    The mill has been renamed New Knoll to retain part of the original mill name and to mark a new point in the mill's development history.

    To date no development has taken place and the mill remains in state of disrepair

    I'm not entirely happy with what I got as it was high ISO and slow shutter all the way, which has resulted in some camera shake and a bit of noise! Be better prepared next time!


    Enough talking and on with the images - hope you enjoy them:



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