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Report - Dalton mills, july 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Lancashire lad, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. Lancashire lad

    Lancashire lad chief taster for costa coffee
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    Dalton Mills was once the largest textile mill in the region, employing over 2000 workers. It was built by Joseph Craven in 1869, replacing the original mill which was owned by Rachel Leach in the 1780's.
    The mill was named Dalton Mills after the manager employed by Rachel Leach, a man called Dalton.
    In its heyday between 1869 and 1877 the mill provided jobs for workers all over Keighley and the Worth Valley.
    As the textile industry declined, the fortunes of Dalton Mills changed and up until 2004, it had been virtually empty for almost a decade. John Craven, the great-great grandson of Joseph, who had built the mill, eventually chose to sell Dalton Mills, to ensure it’s survival.
    Part of the renovation of the Clock Tower has included restarting the landmark clock which has not ticked for 25 years. In the mill's heyday, thousands of workers relied on the clock to get to work on time, but the hands had not moved for a quarter of a century, The clock was repaired, so it can display the time to the whole of Dalton Lane again.

    So our excursion into Yorkshire saw us waiting about doing little derps but this was the main target of the day, unsure as to what to expect from a mill so big we ventured in tentatively .
    We were not disappointed work has begun on drying the mill out from the roof down they have started renovating the original floors and a new roof is already in situ on one half of the mill.
    its a massive site and this place took a lot longer than I was originally planning on but worth every minute I don't know what it is but I love a good mill explore (maybe its because in a northerner lol), theres some fantastic features in place here especially the lathe room with all the tools still in place bit a bit trashed by uncaring urban explorers and petty thieves :( its gutting to see just take piks nothing else ffs.
    and theres plans afoot to convert into office space or luxury apartments so if you need to explore this do it now oh and you can ask permission they seem to appreciate it more anyway on with the piks

    warning pik heavy sorry

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  2. purplesmudger

    purplesmudger 28DL Full Member
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    Nice photos :thumb Especially like the clock tower and the cute car!
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  3. Telf

    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    Cracking report and photies, I know for a fact that there's secca on here as I often visit a company that rents out a part of the mill, and with your comments at the end of the report Should it have been a permission visit?
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