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  1. After a day of totally rubbish fails and nothing of note in Liverpool me and Punto Man were a little disheartened but had a good sleep and as this place was within easy walking distance of our hotel for the night set off a little reinvigorated and hopeful....and whaddaya know, we got in. Mostly stripped but has a few good features which made it worthwhile, so was a nice relaxed wander. A little history...the original mill was built in 1868 on land purchased from the Rawden Baptist Church. The owner was a clothier called Thomas Pratt who lived in Little London. Cloth was produced in the mill until 1906 when a huge fire gutted most of the buildings. Most machinery was lost but the weaving shed wasn't badly damaged, the estimated cost of the damage was £20,000 at the time and left 300 workers without jobs. The mill was rebuilt and became a Dyehouse for Naylor Jennings & Co., which then became part of the Viyella group. The buy out only lasted until 2010 when the site closed for good. Redevelopment was slated to start in July 2013 but the two mill ponds on site have become diverse natural habitats for all sorts of wildlife which is holding up proceedings. More here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mookie427/sets/72157642252738564/


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