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Mills of the North

Textile mills once defined the North of England’s landscape. From Bolton to Blackburn, Bradford to Leeds, they were the workshop of the world. Sadly, the North’s historic mills are rapidly being lost.

48% of Greater Manchester’s historic mills have been destroyed since the 1980s and there have been over 100 fires at historic mills in Bradford alone since 2010.

What future for historic mills?

Hundreds of mills across the North West and Yorkshire stand empty, neglected and derelict. But they could be so much more.

We want people to take notice of these monumental buildings and see their potential to be brought back to life.

These mills are ours. Those that still stand, stand for our history and our future. We believe they can inspire us, house us and employ us once more.

Interior of brewery at Holmes Mill showing seating for customers and plants dotted around a large mill wheel and other original milling equipment
Holmes Mill, Clitheroe, converted into a brewery and general use community space © Holmes Mill

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Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield, converted from a silk mill into a furniture store in the mid 1800s
Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield, converted from a silk mill into a furniture store in the mid 1800s- a very early example of a mill conversion © Arighi Bianchi
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