Web
Analytics
Report - - Dalton Mills – Keighley – Apr 2011 | Industrial Sites | 28DaysLater.co.uk
  • Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections, plus Private & Local Groups and a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. However, creating an account allows you to search, post replies, start new threads, use bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems. Also, it removes some ads.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Dalton Mills – Keighley – Apr 2011

sho

28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
#1
Dalton Mills – Keighley – April 2011

This was a bit of a gem when it hit the scene over the last few years. A very naturally decayed and relatively untouched place, with a few distinctive areas that really set it aside from the average mill. Then there was the mysterious fire over New Year which ravaged the building. I kept meaning to get back and find out what the extent of the damage was and crucially if the workshop had survived. I ended up visiting solo recently on a lazy afternoon.

Access was pretty amusing as per usual. After some minor pretending and a bit of sneaking I was soon pleased to find that the place was still pretty stunning and the internals of the main buildings still largely intact, By UE standards anyway.


QZGbl.jpg



History


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. In its heyday between 1869 and 1877 the mill provided jobs for workers all over Keighley and the Worth Valley.

In 1904, the flywheel which transferred the power from a huge beam engine (the largest in the world) to drive the looms exploded. Desperate not to lose production, the owners brought in droves of traction engines to stand outside the buildings, linked by belts to the power system, and the clatter of the spinning works went on. Two new beam engines were commissioned and delivered in record time.

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 Magna Holdings, to ensure its 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. Magna Holdings repaired the clock, and illuminated the faces, so it can display the time to the whole of Dalton Lane once again. They are yet to find a suitable developer to take on the redevelopment.


Pics

8GRRi.jpg


Eze6t.jpg


9LqvA.jpg


KpucD.jpg


ADKQr.jpg


2V6hE.jpg


uNnMf.jpg


qrsIb.jpg


4OzQQ.jpg


yhUQZ.jpg


3Jg7Z.jpg


KPlZG.jpg


tvBsn.jpg



I checked out the fire damaged area, lots of burnt wood and rubble lying around in places. This section of the mill is completely destroyed but luckily the fire didn’t spread into the main long buildings.

dT4NC.jpg


BErQW.jpg

Burnt out lift

EtOa3.jpg


1rTlF.jpg



I climbed the water tower. Bit of a tight squeeze but the views were great. This shot also shows the fire damaged area of the mill.

HajpL.jpg


Chilled up here for a bit..

BmoXM.jpg



As the light was fading I made it to the workshop. This room is spectacular. Although I was alone, even my subconscious was lost for words. I would love a workshop like this one day. It’s fully catastrophic but warm and beautiful at the same time. Really glad this survived.

gcd3K.jpg


sTqXI.jpg


ODO4Z.jpg



So in conclusion, this is still a great mill and well worth seeing.

jcSpf.jpg



Thanks for looking, Sho :thumb
 

Attachments

Similar threads