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Monday, 25 April 2016

Old Mill


This is the former mill at Hilden, site of the former Barbour Threads empire. To say this place fascinates me is an understatement.  The site is huge and comprises several more large factories, some badly fire damaged, all derelict and disintegrating.

The factories here were built about 1823 and by the 1890's were considered to be the largest linen-thread manufacturing site in the world.

My FIL was a foreman at the mill many decades ago.



Below is  the former mill workers entrance




Plans to regenerate the mills into homes and leisure facilities have fallen through and so it languishes.


I thought these monotoned edits added a particularly nostalgic feel.


Many thanks for your visit.

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18 comments:

  1. the textile industry has seen huge changes on both sides of the ocean

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  2. wow, fantastic pictures of this adorable Building.

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  3. I too am drawn to these gems. Brilliant architecture.
    Here's to hoping the rejuvenating plans can find new life.

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  4. The mill is huge. Such a shame that plans to save it have fallen through.

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  5. Hello, it is a huge place. I would like to see it restore and renovated into something useful and beautiful. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  6. I have a soft spot in my heart for old buildings and homes...the history, the loving craftsmanship, the creative architecture. So many have been lost...I hope there are new plans in the future to save it. Anything new just can't compare...thanks for letting us take a look.

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  7. they don't build them like this anymore, i can see why you love it. it's a big one, what a shame they can't do something with it. it has all the makings of a beautiful place!!!!

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  8. This place looks huge and when you said it was disintegrating, you weren't kidding. It is literally crumbling away. It is a shame that regeneration plans have fallen through. The longer it sits, the least likely it will be preserved. You photographed it beautifully.

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  9. That looks like an amazing place. So interesting. It's too bad, it probably wouldn't be safe,, but I bet the interior is even more exciting!

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  10. Amazing photos, my friend! It's sad to see that it's no longer up and running, but the abandonment of the building makes for incredibly pictures :)

    Have a great week! Hugs!

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  11. Very nice photos. I bet this place was gorgeous in its day.
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  12. I hope the buildings are saved - they would be expensive lofts here!

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  13. Fantastic photographs of the old Mill - pity to see buildings like this deteriorate.http://www.outandaboutnorthernireland.com

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  14. Great shots of the old mill ~ BW does add a special look and feel to the photos ~

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

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  15. Oh that is too bad the plan for renovation has fallen through. You took some great shots!

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  16. Lindas fotos.Bem antiga a fábrica! bjs, chica

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  17. Such a shame it is not going to be restored but I like the way the shotsturned out in B & W.

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  18. What a historic place! You've preserved it in photos now, too, just in case it's torn down. I love this collection of images!

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