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    Default Oakwood Mill, Stalybridge, Lancs, December 2019


    1. The History
    Located on the edge of Millbrook, between Stalybridge and Mossley, about 4 miles from Ashton, the three-storey Grade II listed building was originally built as a specialised spinning mill for the Staley Mill Company. Built in millstone grit, it had Welsh slate roofs and was configured in two ranges at right angles, forming a U-shaped plan. The south range, a warehouse (no demolished), had three storeys, and sides of 19 and four bays, while the north range (the mill itself) had four storeys and sides of 28 and six bays. The clock tower is dated 1857, which represents the most-likely completion date of the mill. The original beam engine was replaced by a Yates & Thom triple expansion engine and a new engine house was built in 1908 with white glazed bricks internally to house it. In 1911 the mill could drive 59,000 mule spindles and 7,000 ring spindles. Staley & Millbrook Ltd operated the mill until they sold off all machinery for 13,000 in 1937. During the second world it was used to keep Italian prisoners. Cotton spinning ceased in 1961 and it was put to use for a while by a bleaching and dyeing company, Dukinfield Bleaching Co.

    At the time of listing in November 1991, the mill was still being used for various light-industrial purposes. Now owned by The Casey Group, Oakwood Mill suffered major damage after three floors gave way on Friday, 9th February 2018 due to heavy rain falling on a build-up of ice on the roof. Despite locals saying they felt an earthquake, fortunately much of the falling brickwork and masonry landed in the mill’s yard.

    2. The Explore
    Hadn’t planned on looking around this place. Myself and Bikin Glyn were on our way to explore a nearby church when we saw this place so thought it rude not to go back and have a mooch. Given the dilapidated state of the place we were surprised by the relative thoroughness of the new looking heras fencing around the site. This will be explained by the recent collapse at the mill (mentioned above) and Casey’s attempts to secure the site. We could only find our way into the basement of the main part of the mill. Whether or not access to the upper floors went with the collapse, we couldn’t find a way up. Not worthy of a trip in its own right but if you are passing, well worth an hour of your time.

    3. The Pictures

    Full frontal:

    Oakwood mill 13 by HughieDW, on Flickr



    img4768 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Date stone:

    img4766 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The original company name on the front gates:

    img4767 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And round the back:

    Oakwood mill 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4762 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4756 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Boiler-house chimney:

    Oakwood mill 12 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Oakwood mill 04 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the boiler-house itself:

    Oakwood mill 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4753 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4752 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Oakwood mill 05 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The engine room:

    img4757bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4760 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4759 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Pipe from the engine room to the chimney:

    img4758 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    On to the mill:

    img4754 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And down into the basement

    Oakwood mill 11 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Oakwood mill 09 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    It’s all a bit derpy to be honest:

    Oakwood mill 07 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Oakwood mill 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    But this little stove is quite cute:

    Oakwood mill 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    The lift shaft:

    Oakwood mill 10 by HughieDW, on Flickr


    And back out again:


    img4763bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img4765 by HughieDW, on Flickr
    Last edited by HughieD; 6th Jan 20 at 16:39.

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    Yikes I thought it looked a bit ropey in there lol. wonder if it will ever be saved or just left to fall in on itself!
    What the hell am I doing, I mean really at my age!

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    Classic example of 'List It and it will demolish itself over time!'

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    Really like the gate and barbed wire photo.

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