RYLANDS MILL - WIGAN- SEPT 2021

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The History…
Rylands Mill has been named as one of the top ten most endangered buildings in the UK, by the Victorian Society. In 1819, Rylands & Sons were established with their seat of operations being in Wigan. From 1847, John Rylands became sole proprietor of the company after the death of his father & retirement of his brothers in 1839.

The mill was designed by George Woodhouse & built in 1864 for Manchester's first millionaire, John Rylands. Rylands Mill soon became the lifeblood of the local community, offering work within the textile industry for many of the local residents. As business increased rapidly extensive properties in Wigan, along with dye works & bleach works were purchased to accommodate the expansion. Also at the time, valuable seams of coal were discovered under these properties, providing a great source of wealth to the purchasers.

The mill carried on trading until in 1985, as the textile industry was lagging, it became an annexe to Wigan College & became better known as the Pagefield Building until its closure in 2007.


The Explore…
Its safe to say there isn’t much left here at all - this was a revisit to see the current state of the building. Most the floors are all rubble, the ceilings are not far behind & even the pigeons are exiting. A few areas are very well secured but generally speaking access to the whole sir is pretty easy & open. Most the areas are now mirror images of each other, but this really is a massive site.


The Photography...
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Thankyou for reading & enjoy the Decay!
:)
 
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