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Report - kearn mill ,waterfoot , may 2015

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The business was established by James Livesey for finishing wool products from handlooms, and the mill was one of the few in the woollen trade to remain so throughout the last century.
James Ashworth and his brother Richard married two of James Livesey’s daughters. and by 1828 Richard Ashworth was partner of his father-in-law, having already started business in 1814 at Holt Mill in partnership with David Ashworth.

About 1830 steam power was introduced, and the work in nearby cottages ended.
At the same time the mill was extended and business grew.
The raw wool was obtained from Rochdale, and they began to market the finished product independently in Ireland, and as far afield as South America.
However only eight years after the improvements there was a disastrous flood.
It is perhaps surprising that so high up, the water could have enough force to sweep away part of the mill and several cottages, which it did.
By this time James Livesey had died, and the mill was run solely by Richard Ashworth — ‘Owd Dicky’.
He ran the mill very successfully for over 40 years. and when he died in 1874 his son, Edward, took over the business at Cowpe and Holt Mills. Only two years later a leakage of gas as Cowpe Mill was being lit up started a fire which burnt the mill to the ground an estimated £20,000 worth of damage.
This was one of the worst mill fires there has ever been in the district but the mill was immediately rebuilt, and the present mill dates from that year.

The business was continued by Edward Ashworth until 1897, when the mill, with land and water rights, was sold to Bacup Corporation for the construction of a reservoir, largely at the instigation of Henry Maden.
Nevertheless the mill stayed in the textile trade, and has been run for most of the present century by Kearns, a firm specialising in dyeing.
The Mill has now closed and awaits redevelopement.
A revised scheme recently approved will now see 19 new apartments created in the original mill building and 20 big family houses on reclaimed parts of the site.

Some demolition has taken place, but since then, the developers have pulled out and the old mill has been left in the state it is today

So kearns mill its a death trap , an accident waiting to happen. Access is bad the ground is uneven and when you enter the mill its like walking on sponge :(

but if you can see past what is ultimately a ruin there are still a few hidden gems to be found here:thumb, the upper floors of the more recent mill were not possible to reach as the stair cases had been removed shame because the floors here looked ok so would of supported our weight , nearly all the windows had been boarded up but one and this was the entry point the iron supports are still in situ and some old features still in place it wasn't the worst explore ive done and I would go back but its very unsafe:gay

Lancashire lad

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@Miss Mayhem if you have a few hours to kill , like cold northern weather, love foisty damp mills and death in every footstep then this is for you lol:p naaa its a good place to kill a few hours very derpy it wont last much longer


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Called here today with a view of calling in and getting some photos, unfortunately what remained has since been flattened as the housing development has now resumed.....!
I'm sure the sight of some new build houses will look lovely in comparison to what remained of a bygone age...!

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