Barkerend Mills Bradford

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Easy Relaxed explore. Some local Teens also turned up for a peep. It’s a pretty dangerous building with each floor having a free fall wide open exit to your death so go careful if you venture.
I could have posted a thousand photos but this report contains just a few randomly picked. The creepy basement freaked us out a bit as it looks like it’s a place for all the homeless folk in Bradford to set up camp. The Mill contains massive floors with a familiar likeness but each with its own photogenic attractiveness.

History Taken from Web Sources

Six story Grade II Listed building.
Established in 1815 as steam-powered worsted-spinning mill. Early buildings included mill (timber-floored four storeys, eight bays with internal end engine house), warehouses on street frontage, and house. Later expansion of warehouses, addition of new mills (1852, four storeys plus basement and attic, twenty-four bays, timber-floored, projecting privy tower designed by W Metcalf of Bradford; c1870, six storeys, seventeen bays, fireproof); and construction of combing sheds (1864, by Milnes and France of Bradford, replacing earlier provision for combing. Mill of c1870 shows evolution of transmission system from upright shaft In shaft tower to rope race. Late 19th-century partial conversion to room and power mill. Largely demolished.
Worsted mills were first built on this site in 1815, although they were later extended and replaced. Barkerend Mill, the largest building on the site, was built in the 1870s. It is thought that the building was designed by Bradford based Architects Milnes and France.

Mill work stopped in the 1990s, and the buildings have since been used for storage and the manufacture of aquariums.

There have been two major fires in the site. One, in 1987, damaged much of the North Mill building. In 2007 another fire in that building left it without a roof.
Thanx For peeping.

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Sep 30, 2018
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Great photos - thank you.

I read in the local paper that planning permission has just been granted for conversion to flats.

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