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

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Marsden1002, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Marsden1002

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    Well this was number 2 out of 3 on our day out!

    This one was not planned but after seeing Indecisive Moment's report we thought we should give it a quick visit.

    History taken from Indecisive Moment post, but that's been taken from The Lone Rangers report!

    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.


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    Did they have to slide down the handrail like we did as children?!


    Thanks for looking!
     

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