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King Cotton

By backbeat    
In the height of the industrial revolution, Burnley in Lancashire was the biggest cotton cloth producer in the world, and was dubbed 'King Cotton'. This weaving shed is typical of the ones where thousands of women and children (and some men) worked long hours and in deafening noise..

All are now gone now except this, which is why the only places to work around here are either McDonalds or the Pound Shop...

Queen St Mill is the last surviving steam powered mill, some say in the world, and is now a museum that is well worth a visit if you're in the area..

Thanks for looking

Tags: General Architecture Hdr Weaving Queen street mill burnley

Voters: Lexical, fatherpie, JohnParminter and 61 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes



Lexical 16 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2008 10:02PM
Brilliant Composition
fatherpie 14 18 12 England
9 Aug 2008 10:04PM
Stunning processing to go with a great composition
Like this a lot
9 Aug 2008 10:06PM
very interesting shot, well done
Eviscera 16 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2008 10:09PM
culinary mill , superb
DaveU 17 1.4k 127 England
9 Aug 2008 10:23PM
Detail overload. I need paracetamol.
backbeat Plus
17 134 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2008 10:27PM
have a nice glass of red instead dave..its better for your heart..

DaveU 17 1.4k 127 England
9 Aug 2008 10:30PM
Soz Phil .... I'm trying to do more cryptic comments than Mr. Eviscera.
SRC15 15 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2008 10:31PM
Awesome Shot really like this one,,

User_Removed 19 16 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2008 10:40PM
a glimse of what once was, that we can only imagine...

great work

kitsch 17 439 4 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2008 10:53PM
great shot phil! your comp is spot on & treatment is too Smile

Quote: I'm trying to do more cryptic comments than Mr. Eviscera.

you'll have a job doing that! lol
comma 15 108 6 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2008 11:37PM
A wonderful image. The absence of people operaitng these woonderful machines, gives it an eerie quality
BERTRAM 15 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2008 11:41PM
Excellent composition.
Sezz 18 619 15 England
9 Aug 2008 11:45PM
I can only just begin to image what it must of been like here, the noise, the hustle and bustle and the comaraderie that must have been there, even in times of hardship - thanks for a glimpse of a bygone age Phil!

Sarah *
LynneJoyce Plus
14 22 101 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2008 12:09AM
My Nan worked in a mill like this. Excellent picture.
chuckspics 16 14 United States
10 Aug 2008 12:54AM
I love the old looking equipment, so facinating to sel all the over head drive pullys and belts, When I first sarted going to a Trade school in 1960 some of the older macines and lathes were pully driven, brings back memories, now everything is Computer generated, how weve advanced in such a short time, would love to see some more shots, Chuck
jdenman 15 19 5 Spain
10 Aug 2008 1:21AM
Fantastic capture, all the detail would have me searching this for ages.
ade_mcfade 19 15.2k 216 England
10 Aug 2008 2:04AM
I remember a folk singer called Roger Westbrook used to sing King Cotton at the Wellsprings on a Wednesday back in the 80's when I was a 6th former.

powerful song - one line was

"Where life and death mean the self same thing"

Glad they've got at least one left anyway!
cassiecat 14 39 46 England
10 Aug 2008 4:16AM
the place looks vast. nice composition and HDR work
10 Aug 2008 8:08AM
Thought provoking image giving a visual of what it must of been like,all the machines rattling and clanking away.Not quite like the Pound Shop though.
POOCHIE 17 21 6 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2008 8:19AM
Cracking shot Phil excellent record.

AlleyCatz 17 274 6 England
10 Aug 2008 8:52AM
Excellent shot and treatment Phil.
Looks a very interesting place.

LesF 16 182 9
10 Aug 2008 9:07AM
2nd Alley,s comments, superb

cjl47 15 5 3 England
10 Aug 2008 10:31AM
Excellent detail and write up.
fossilized 18 79 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2008 2:35PM
A very effective shot.
wyatturp 17 2 England
10 Aug 2008 2:47PM
As it is today the workforce is going, good to look at

bliba Plus
17 1 2 Austria
10 Aug 2008 4:14PM
super composition and processing
Buffalo_Tom Plus
16 2.3k 29 Wales
10 Aug 2008 6:58PM
Fantastic detail and view.Not much room to move in there.My guess is that there were a few people hurt in that environment.
Excellent photo journalism.
Diana 16 2.0k 19 Netherlands
10 Aug 2008 7:32PM
great PJ shot of a bygone age...not sure if McDonalds and the pound shop will look as good in fifty or so years time

backbeat Plus
17 134 1 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2008 8:11PM
thanks everyone

HowardA 16 231
11 Aug 2008 10:58PM
Great processing Phil and a really strong comp. Overload for the eye - but in a good way!

MissPea 16 8 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2008 11:25PM
What a fantastic image - they look so complicated and intricate - the colours are fabulous too. Well taken.
shortski 17 3 1 England
12 Aug 2008 10:08PM
Fantastically detailed image phil...
Possum 16 148 England
25 Aug 2008 6:17PM
Fantastically composed and processed.
JackMarge 15 20 England
26 Aug 2008 10:07PM
alot of my family still live in burnley, my home town aswell.
been here twice, really enjoy going!.

dunczilla 17 74 England
18 Sep 2008 12:43AM
Some hdr shots can look a little overdone, but this is masterful. Superb in every detail!


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