I have no idea when this old mill was built but it was probably during the later half of the 19th century and was owned by silk manufacturers Henry Bermingham & Son. It was sold to White & Davis Ltd on 28 September 1912 for the princely sum of £6250.
White & Davis changed their name to Job White & Sons around 1914. They were the manufacturer of Moorcroft Knitwear, which was one of the country’s biggest knitwear labels during the 1950’s. In 1964 the Mill suffered a massive fire which destroyed most of the building (most of the damage was concentrated at the rear of the property) but luckily it was rebuilt and re-opened in 1965, but the Company went into liquidation on 16 June 1970.
The Mill later became a massive antique emporium, which is home to several businesses but now that the lease is due for renewal, the plan for the mill is to convert it into 60+ flats for senior citizens by a retirement home company. I think is a shame as the businesses that are housed there now have to move and some of them will probably leave the town due to the lack of suitable premises.
Feature Image – Canon EOS 550D & 18-55mm kit lens, Exposure 30 secs, Aperture f/9.0, ISO 100, Focal Length 18mm
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