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Report - Return to Newsome mill - Hudds

little_ boy_explores

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Vivien revealed that John Taylor built Croft House in the area around 1827 and used part of the land to build a shed in which he produced patterned fabrics for the fancy waistcoats beloved by Victorian businessmen.

Ten years later he’d completed a tall chimney and new warehouse, with a new dyehouse built three years after that. Soon the firm was exporting to many places in South America. By the mid 1850s the firm was also making trouserings and shawls and had mills at Colne Road, run by John’s sons John William and Ephraim Beaumont.

Later Ephraim formed a partnership with Joshua Littlewood to become Taylor & Littlewood. The Newsome site was managed by John Taylor’s sons, Fred and Joseph Walter. Unfortunately, Joseph Walter was killed in an accident in Newsome Mill and Fred went into partnership with Joah Lodge to form the firm of Taylor & Lodge. The Newsome site was managed by John Taylor’s sons, Fred and Joseph Walter, more than £10,000 of damage was done to machinery, stock and the building itself. When the mill was rebuilt, gas was installed to provide better lighting. Unfortunately, that was not without its problems when in 1874 there was a serious gas explosion which badly injured the nightwatchman.

A new mill was built next to the weaving shed around 1885. It included a staff dining room and was described in the newspaper as “a splendid block of buildings, mills and weaving sheds of great extent and admirable arrangement.” Much of the cloth was manufactured for export with the firm having agencies in Glasgow, Paris, New York and Melbourne. They exhibited in many trade fairs too, winning the gold medal for fancy cloths at the Paris exhibition of 1878 and first award for the same cloths at the Sydney exhibition of 1879.

Some of the cloth produced in the mill was supplied to Savile Row in London. In 1977 the firm celebrated 150 years. This was during an export boom for the textile trade and new jacquard machinery was fitted to the new Dornier weaving machines which had been recently bought. There were full order books, with most of the orders for export but the firm suddenly announced short time working and in 1980 made 60 workers redundant and 40 more in 1981. Only office and design staff remained at Newsome with a small weaving base for producing new design ranges before manufacturing. By 1984 the mill was sold off to be formed into units for smaller firms and the mill chimney was demolished in 1996.

More recently the grade II-listed Newsome Mill is set for demolition after a “suspicious” fire broke out in the early hours of November 2016. The mill’s windows blew out, the floors collapsed and roof was burned through leaving the beloved building a skeleton of unstable walls. Watch Commander Darren Bagley, from Huddersfield Fire Station, said the building was “totally gutted” by the flames which were seen for miles around, but that the iconic clock tower escaped serious damage.

Security fences at Newsome Mills might as well be 'made out of chocolate' says councillor
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From the town centre you can just make out the clock tower of newsome mill.. the mill sits just outside the centre and as been an iconic figure for many years... collapsed walls, burnt beams and twisted metal is all that sits in the footprint of the former mill.. Figuring away into the site we heard some noise coming from the rear so decided to take a look.. two youths firing air rifles round the site were able to show us a way through the fencing... It's a little dangerous navigating round the derelict mill but we managed to scale the clock tower and some buildings around the site..







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tarkovsky

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Well done on going for a look - it’s in a sorry state, isn’t it? Can you get up to the top of the clock tower any more? Loved it up there, but obv the rest of the mill was also attached at that point...
 

The Lone Ranger

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You can get up the clock tower and stand on the roof still, the spiral stairway of destiny is still there up to the clock faces. Surprised no clock photos @little_ boy_explores ? Had a mooch here 3 weeks ago and you couldn't tell there had been a fire as long as you didn't look out of a window of the tower.
 

Fudge

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Penny to a pinch of shit that tower will be demolished on safety grounds within 5 years.
I seem to remember that plans were drawn up for housing on the site with the tower to be kept as a feature.

More than likely that it'll get demolished but there's a glimmer of hope that it'll be kept.
 

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