Whetley Mills, Bradford – July – 2012

‘The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.’
Milton Friedman

Whetley Mills, home of Daniel Illingworth and Sons spinning business, designed by local architects Milnes and France for Alfred and Henry Illingworth in 1865. By the mid 1890s 1000 people were employed here which made it the largest employer in Bradford. Now nearly 150 years later, after a half done conversion to offices this complex holds a Lawn Mower repairman and a small security man with a big ass dog.

Unusually, no JT on this jaunt, Timmy the dangerman joined me this time, great to see a mate who I haven’t seen in a while and to share a passion of ours.

Thanks for Looking.


This is an unfortunate case of another beautiful Mill crumbling slowly, it’s once beautiful brick vaulted ceilings now dusty and decaying it’s only full time occupants the rats, pigeons and carp in the pond outside.


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