#320 – The Last Days Of Bamber Bridge (New) Mill – 4

IMG_0294 The view from the north (end)

The once monolithic landmark is reduced to a much more compact form. The demolition has been a methodical dismantling, and a relatively neat affair (or at least as neat as deconstructing thousands of tonnes of brick, concrete and other dusty, dirty materials can ever be), and just one section of this vast mill remains. It reminded me of a large celebration cake that progressively gets smaller as people cut away slices to eat, leaving just one tall, narrow icing laden section at one end, precariously balanced.



Same viewpoint, wide angle and telephoto

As what is left of the mill is getting further and further away from the main gates at the south end, I took a walk round to get some different perspectives. The mill site borders streets at either end, but is side on to a large (technically) inaccessible field on the east, and backs onto a primary school on the west, neither of which I could reasonably stroll into in broad daylight on a Friday afternoon. However, I did take advantage of the school playing fields being empty of children to get some shots. I did want to do this previously, but the site of a man with a camera near a school playing field full of children normally results in the Police being called, irrespective of motives, so I erred on the side of caution on earlier visits.

In addition, the north end is now more viewable as the modern portal frame warehouse extension has been dismantled, giving a clearer view, of the remaining slice of the mill, just a pity there were no puddles for some nice reflections. The unpredictable summer we are having has resulted in my visits coinciding with glorious sunshine, rather than downpours – c’est la vie I guess, at least we’ve had a summer. Thing is, I normally end up visiting places on cloudy, wet gloomy days, so I’ve failed quite spectacularly to take my usual moody photographs. In addition, I’ve mainly been using a small sensored compact camera with a dismal dynamic range, which has resulted in the skies quite often blowing out. The reason for using this as opposed to an SLR or my Fuji X10 is the very long zoom range (14x) it has which has been very useful to capture the mill as it’s got smaller and moved further away from the main gates.


Slicing nicely, yes?

It’s also been useful to isolate and pic out detail as well as juxtaposing elements. In addition, the small diameter of the lens barrel makes it useful for poking between the gaps in fences, something that cannot be done with a big fat SLR lens. I guess it’s all a trade off – the quality is acceptable even if the files aren’t as malleable in post processing as a raw file would be.  Better to have  a picture, any picture, of what you want than none at all due to hardware and access limitations.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Eddie Devall says:

    Speaking strictly as an amateur I am both happy and grateful to see these pictures, recording as they do the sad demise of the mill.
    How long might the final end be delayed by the presence of the mobile phone equipment? In the case of the Orama Mill at Whitworth near Rochdale it was several years.


    1. andy says:

      These photos were taken on Friday 16th August, when work had pretty much finished for the week. I managed to get a glimpse last night (19th) as I travelled past on the M6, unfortunately it was just a split second glimpse, and it looked like the remainining floors had gone and there was just one wall left. However, it could have been a trick of the light. I’m out of the country until Friday, but I’ll see what, if anything, is left at the weekend.
      I do recall that demolition started on Fernhurst Mill in Chadderton, but work was halted once the sheds had been cleared, and was left for some weeks before the mobile phone masts on the main mill tower could be removed / deactivated / whatever. The mill got cleared pretty quickly after that though, far quicker than the relaxed progress at Bamber Bridge.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s