The textile mills of West Yorkshire were the original Northern Powerhouses at the centre of the Industrial Revolution. These impressive structures still shape the rural and urban landscapes of the region but they are taking on new roles as desirable homes, offices, funky bars and chic restaurants and even an NHS Centre for Outpatients (at Acre Mills, Huddersfield).
Many of these amazing places have been successfully and creatively adapted but more remain underused and awaiting a new purpose. To mark the publication of Historic England’s report Engines of Prosperity: New Uses for Old Mills we have chosen some of our favourite conversions to show just what new dreams can be stitched from the historic fabric of the mill. We’d love to hear about your favourites, whether you live or work in a mill or just admire them from afar.
Written by Deborah Wall, Historic Places Principal Adviser, Historic England, Yorkshire.
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