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.
How we support industrial heritage
- Read our blogs about inspiring mill conversions in West Yorkshire and the North West
- Read our study of the regeneration of textile mills in West Yorkshire
- See more on our work to save Industrial Heritage at Risk
- Find out how heritage can support delivery of the Northern Powerhouse
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