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By Philip_H
The Bancroft weaving mill was the thirteenth and last mill built in Barnoldswick. The town was originally in the West Riding of Yorkshire but is now administered by Lancashire County. It was at the very edge of the Yorkshire woollen industrial centre. Construction of the mill started in 1915, but was delayed by the Great War, and only finished in 1920. James Nutter had died in 1914, but the firm was carried on by his sons, and the ceremonial starting of the mill engine took place on 13th March 1920, when Jamesī surviving daughter, Eliza, opened the stop valve to set the engine in motion. The engine cylinders were then formally named "James" and "Mary Jane" after her parents.

The engine and mill ran without interruption for 58 years producing high quality cotton cloths until, in December 1978, when the last orders were woven out, the mill closed. In its heyday 200,000 yards of cloth could be produced in a week.

Following its closure the buildings and machinery were then sold for demolition and scrap, with a view to levelling the whole site and covering it with houses. Very much at the 11th hour, proposals were put forward to Pendle Council by a group of interested people, to preserve at least some of the mill, namely the engine in its house, boilers and boiler houses, and the chimney. In 1980 the Bancroft Mill Engine Trust was formed by volunteer members as a Registered Charity for this purpose; it has fulfilled its aims and is healthier now than at its inception.

Tags: General Industry Lancashire Engine shed Flywheel Stationary steam engine Cross compound engine Bancroft mill Barnoldswick Bancroft mill engine trust

Voters: 213hardy, G3, NDODS and 41 more

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NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2014 7:31PM
Both interesting and very well composed and captured.

Thanks for sharing Philip...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.4k 2295 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2014 7:43PM
Perfectly balanced, precision engineered composition.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
5 Aug 2014 7:44PM
An impressive piece of machinery--I did enjoy your text as well!
Nicely captured and interesting info. Smile
5 Aug 2014 9:22PM
Impressive machinery Philip, great write up..Lin
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
5 Aug 2014 10:16PM
Wonderfuılly captured and framed, Philip.
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 165 16 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2014 10:26PM
Great capture PhilipSmile

Herge88 Plus
13 40 6 England
5 Aug 2014 11:00PM
The backdrop creates a nice abstract to this image.

Best Matt
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2014 7:20AM
Interesting write up
Can you include the map Please
Philip_H 8 1.4k United Kingdom
6 Aug 2014 7:10PM

Quote:Interesting write up
Can you include the map Please

Hi Barbara,

Map location added as requested.

You may find this web link of use/interest too.

P Grin
Richsr 13 91 223 England
6 Aug 2014 9:31PM
Well composed with that angle and back drop I like the good details and tones here Philip, good information too
Regards Richard
xwang 11 56 8
7 Aug 2014 4:55PM
Superb shot, Philip. The background works so well with the machine. Wonderful colour shows the excellent condition. Thanks for the interesting information, glad to know...
pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2168 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2014 9:21PM
I like stories with happy endings, and am so glad this was preserved.
The background panels splay out nicely to form a fan shape for the backdrop that is very effective, making the engine look like the star of the show, which it undoubtedly is.
Rende 13 38 4 Netherlands
10 Aug 2014 11:32AM
Gorgeous composition Philip!
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2014 1:02PM
A very good metalic!
Good image!

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