Report - - Dawson Fur Fabrics, Greenside mill, Huddersfield - January 2019 | Industrial Sites | 28DaysLater.co.uk

Report - Dawson Fur Fabrics, Greenside mill, Huddersfield - January 2019

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This has been a long time coming tbh, we always fancied dabbling in the massive company of Dawson Fur Fabrics and after seeing the recant security we didn't accept the entrance to be, well, so easy!

The History - by @tarkovsky

Greenside Mill was built circa 1770 by William Marsden. His daughter married Richard Field who then traded there for a number of years until forming the partnership of Field & Bottrill in the 1880's.
‘Richard Field, born in 1804, the son of John Field, had worked in the family business from a young age, but at 14 became apprentice to William Marsden at Greenside, eventually marrying Marsden’s daughter, Ruth, and taking full control of the business, which he gradually changed from fancy weaving to shawl production [...] a staunch Methodist, he was also involved in the running of the Old Town School and Sunday School. His son, Samuel, inherited the business. He had, like his cousins, attended Sheffield Wesleyan College.

In 1861 he expanded the Greenside works. He employed, and later took into partnership, the designer, Thomas Gothard Bottrill, forming the company “Field and Bottrill” in 1872, concentrating on pile fabric and astrakhan production. But an import duty imposed by the United States government in 1889 badly

affected the company. Samuel was a trustee and secretary for the Weslyan chapel and, when the building became dilapidated, helped erect a new one on the same site. He was a member of the local school board and the water board too. Having no direct heir, he brought his nephew, Percy Richard Jackson, into the company and it was he who steered the company to safety, taking on a partner, Francis Child, in 1901 (although the name “Field and Bottrill” remained). It was, however, taken over by the Keighley company, Haggas, in 1967.’

The staff of Field & Bottrill's formed a male voice choir in order to take on their rivals at Edwin Field's to decide who was best. The winners were men of Field & Bottrill. Largely as a result of this village competition the Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir was formed. The photograph is taken in front of the finishing department.

Dawson Fabrics were the most recent and final business to occupy the mill. Although it’s uncertain when the company opened, an archive bio from their now defunct website gives some info on the company:

Dawson - a new generation textile business, geared for the way the world operates today.
Dawson is a £30million business, specialising in the 'Circular' and 'Sliver' Knitting processes, operating three sites in West Yorkshire, England. In 2001 a multi million pound buy in began to turn Dawson from one of the leading suppliers in its markets, into a flexible resource driven by creativity and best practice.
Dawson is a first choice partner in textile innovation. We work closely with designers, retailers, manufacturers and industrial customers all over the world. We are constantly developing new techniques and finding fresh applications for our fabrics.

In Feb 2006 it was reported that most of the 70 strong workforce were made redundant.
However, the company continued until 2016 when, in May they went into liquidation.
In October 2017 an initial plan to demolish the site to make way for housing was refused.
Dawsons was a great company, I remember it working and the door been open when I was younger and having a sneak peak, if only I knew about 28DL and took some pictures...

the transition from it been a working mill, to Derelict, to really Derelict is very apparent and most parts now aren't even worth going in.

Our explore was pretty uneventful, but it was still nice to see some knitters (that still work) in an disused building...

The people in the sounding area, are lets say 'jobs worths', the mechanic (from what I gathered from other explores)... is mental in the head, the kids (that approached us in the mill) think there security, and the residents who live next to the mill think they own the joint, and it really adds atmosphere to your exploring.

Ive tried to make the best of the place, so hope you enjoy the pics...









Then the bells of new york set off... time to get out

Thank you for reading... and cheers to @TheFoxyOne for joining me