This is part of the imposing structure which was known as New Mills. Continuing my jaunt around some of the Colne Valley’s old mill buildings with my camera, I have come back to Marsden, the last village in West Yorkshire’s Colne Valley, which grazes the Lancashire border. In my last post on Colne Valley mills, back on Jan 12th this year, I had a quick look at Bankbottom Mills which were owned by the Crowther family.
I haven’t found out an awful lot about the actual building, but I haven’t really dug too much. At one time there was a chimney, four men were doing repairs when falling masonry hit two of them, knocking them off and killing them.
When the various small mills began springing up in Marsden, there were a lot of them. In 1897 this mill became a limited company, and New Mills became the property of Crowther Bruce and Co Ltd. It was a thriving village centre mill, my grandma worked there for a time I believe. Now, as you see, it is condemned to the weeds and whims of our sometimes harsh Pennine weather.
The mill shut down in 2002, a year before Bankbottom did. There were ideas of regeneration for both mill buildings in an attempt to reutilise for modern purposes, like has been achieved in the neighbouring village Slaithwaite. A new health centre was considered, but to MPs’ and councilors’ dismay, these plans never came to fruition. The owners seem to want to wait for ‘favourable market conditions’.
From a photography point of view, the various bits of building are really quite interesting to someone like me. There’s a lot of fab windows, flaky doors, rusty old gates, ponderous perspectives and odd angles.