New Mill was a massive local landmark, towering over the main street and neat terraced streets of Bamber Bridge. It could also be seen quite prominently from the M6, and was adjacent to the Blackburn – Preston railway line. You really had to try hard not to see it, as it was the tallest building for miles around.
Conseqently, it became a real eyesore as it became ever more derelict. It’s been decaying for the 10 or so years I’ve lived in the area, and because, unlike areas of Preston, Bolton, Oldham and Burnley were there are mills on every other street, this was the only remaining large mill in the district, it looked very much out of place.
And yet, I never felt the urge to explore it. I had a recce a few years back, but never felt inspired to go back and have a look round. I’d even read some recent reports on 28 Days Later stating that the end was nigh, but still didn’t feel compelled to have a look.
So, I knew what to expect when I pulled up one afternoon in early July, as the demolition workers were on their dinner break. The engine house had gone, and progress was being made on the main mill building, but all was quiet as the crew sat in the sun, reading their papers.