The only “surviving” part of this mill, it’s in a poor state of repair. Access is straightforward, even inside; however there is evidence of people living inside so I didn’t venture too far in
I was very interested in the remains of the sluice gate and could have easily wasted a roll or more just on that
From various sources
First cotton-spinning mill built in Keighley and Yorkshire, begun as speculation by Thomas Ramsden of Halifax and completed in 1780 by Claytons and Walshman.
Four-storeyed sixteen-bay water-powered mill, Water power from Keighley beck giving seventeen horse power, by 1788 with adjoining warehouse and steam engine to pump water back into dam. Extensive sheds and warehouses added after site taken for worsted manufacture c1840 by John Craven.
Listing NGR: SE0655241165
It hasn’t changed much over the last few years Google Maps 2009 except maybe a bit more decayed?
It’s a very sad site, as the first cotton mill in Yorkshire surely it should have some significance? The council seem more interested in granting planning permission for supermarkets and other needless buildings than preserving the rich heritage we have; however this is a photography blog and not a political one, so lets leave it at that.
Speaking of photography, all were shot on a Canon EOS 3, 28-135 lens and an orange Soviet Tair filter. Some used flash as well
Kodak Tri-X Pushed to iso 800 and developed in HC-110 dilution B
I pushed the film to 800 as the lens is relatively slow @ f3.5-5.6 and the filter has a factor of 2 stops but it really brings out the stonework. Only minimal post processing such as cropping and resizing, this was an exercise in getting it right in camera
I plan to return here, and to some other sites, once Autumn is on its way and some of the greenery has died back.