Fond memories of Crank Mills and its workers have inspired an engineer to recreate an important part of the Morley’s past.
Engineer Robert Beach said his interest was truly sparked when he stumbled upon Crank Mills, a Grade II listed building in New Bank Street.
Mr Beach said: “I’m sure many people will know that Crank Mills was the first mill in West Yorkshire to be powered by a steam engine.
“I love the architecture and ever since I have wanted to do something.”
Mr Beach, who lives in Tingley, hopes to build a replica of one of the mill’s steam engines – Gertrude – during his forthcoming retirement.
With the help of Peter Aldred from Morley Heritage Centre, Mr Beach has tracked down an original Newcomen mill engine presented to the Science Museum in 1912 by Mr Wilson of Morley.
But the 65-year-old said finding accurate historical information about the engines used on the site had been an “uphill struggle”.
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