Help uncover history of the region’s mills

Robert Beach, of Tingley, outside the historic Crank Mill. (D558A342)
Robert Beach, of Tingley, outside the historic Crank Mill. (D558A342)

Historic England is ‘crowd sourcing’ knowledge and photographs for the official list of the nation’s 400,000 most significant historic places.

Morley’s grade II-listed Crank Mill, the first steam-driven woollen mill in West Yorkshire, is one of the sites on list.

The mill on Goodman Street in Hunslet.

The mill on Goodman Street in Hunslet.

And the organisation wants people in the town to share images and stories about the mill’s history,

Director of listing at Historic England Roger Bowdler said: “The list holds details of the most significant places that mark the country’s history and tell the story of Yorkshire.

“But there are still secrets to uncover and stories to be shared about many on the list.

“So for the first time ever Historic England is asking the public to share their knowledge and photos of some of our most treasured historic places.”

Other local buildings of interest include Hunslet Mill, a grade II-listed flax mill, Rutland Mill on Wakefield waterfront, a grade-II listed spinning mill, and mill buildings at Low Mills, Bradford, which are important because they contained the first cotton mill in Keighley.

The National Heritage List for England identifies the buildings, sites and landscapes which receive special protection, so they can be enjoyed by current and future generations.

Textile mills hold a wealth stories of what life was like during the Industrial Revolution and in many cases have been converted into offices, houses, restaurants and even hospitals. There are 181 listed mills in Yorkshire but many have gaps in their histories.

Mr Bowdler said: “The history of our land and its people is marked in the fabric of England’s places. Many buildings on the list are well-known and even world-famous.

“But in some cases there is much that remains unknown. That’s why we need your help.”

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