Back at the end of October I posted the first of these features about old mill buildings, starting with Upper Mills in Slaithwaite. Now, I have focused on the cluster of units which once made up Britannia Mills right in the centre of the village, and clumped between Britannia Road and Kiln Hill. The magnificent Victorian chimney, though not the tallest in the village, is one of Slaithwaite’s landmarks.
I haven’t had time to dig deep into the history of these buildings, and unearthing relevant information, seems to be as elusive as the moon when you’re trying to rake it out of the canal*. Brooks dye works was once housed there, I am reliable informed, and they produced the blue colour for the garter room carpet at Windsor Castle.
Today there are shops and units which occupy the buildings, so it hasn’t been difficult to do some snooping at the original features both inside, and round the yard at the back. Here are the results of my sneaking about.
*Moonraking, for anyone unfamiliar with this custom, may appear in a future post.