So a (belated) third part to my 2016 retrospective continues with a quick look at Mutual Mills in Heywood – not an explore, more a drive by as I was in the area. I’ve a few more from the Manchester area that I’ve not yet got round to posting up – I’ll put these up some time this year (they’re also in this gallery on www.theviewfromthenorth.org)
I last visited Chatterley Whitfield in 2007, and not much has changed, except you can’t go in the bath house now, which is a shame.
Gas holders are an increasingly rare sight in Britain now, and this one in Burnley was in the middle of demolition when I had a quick look.
I was pleased to visit English Fine Cottons to have a look round their impressive mill. While the textile industry hasn’t died in manchester, it’s a fraction of the size it once was, so to see a spinning mill re-opening was a real treat.
And finally the year ended with a trip back to Grove Rake, a place that unlike Chatterley Whitfield, had changed quite a lot since my first visit in 2008.
Finally, I published the second edition of Shadows of the North, on sale here if you are interested!
So, quite a productive year, more so than the previous few! What will 2017 bring……?