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Report - Newsome Mills - Huddersfield-September 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Derphouse, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Derphouse

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    Another site that it pretty busy busy at the moment! August has had a grand total of 0 derps for me and 3 weddings so it was time to get something done.... and with time in mind i fancied a bit of the clock here, so off i have popped.......

    a little history

    The mill is most familiarly associated with the firm of Taylor & Littlewood, formed in 1873 when Ephraim Beaumont Taylor went into partnership with Joshua Littlewood. Under their management, it developed into a “Splendid block of buildings, mills and weaving sheds of great extent and admirable arrangement.â€￾ All cloth manufacturing processes were carried out on the site – starting with raw wool and ending with the production of fine worsteds. There were 200 looms and 600 employees making trousers, coats and woolen goods. .The declining use of suits as an essential part of a man’s wardrobe and the collapse of the Japanese economy, an important export market for Taylor and Littlewood, were in part responsible for the closure.

    The original mill building is a prominent feature of the Huddersfield skyline and has Grade II listed building status- and local residents want to preserve it. In 2008 it was included on the Victorian Society’s list of ten most endangered Victorian buildings in Britain. Newsome Mill was pioneering, in that it was not sited near running water. It was steam powered from the beginning. Rain water running off Castle Hill was piped to the mill for processes such as scouring. The resonance of this building extends far beyond the familiar chimes of its clock tower, which have fallen silent since the demolition crew arrived on site during Easter 2007.

    The mill also features a "Potts Clock" which was quite a large company that made clocks for Mills, Churches, Asylums, Town Halls loads of places.

    As has been said not really that much left here, big place, DODGY floors, Beautiful clock being left to ruin, a big bell..... and a lovely staircase, (that feels like it's made of Jelly)

    All in all......i actually quite enjoyed it, just for the clock tower bit :) hence the reason most of my pictures are based in there! But i shall show you my take.....and it was good to get out there and have a mooch...

    Visited with GeoVdub and Fudge















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