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Demolition of Windsor Cotton Mill Radcliffe 2004

Discussion in 'Personal' started by By_the_BrownKnoll, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. By_the_BrownKnoll

    By_the_BrownKnoll Occasional commenter

    Radcliffe, a Lancashire mill town, once a thriving a thriving coal mining area with bleaching works on the River Irwell during the Industiral Revolution right up until the sixties, is now sadly part of the metropolitan borough of Bury, Greater Manchester; nothing more than a dormitory town with high crime.

    During 2004 Bury was finding ever more ways to build houses to house the influx of immigrants from the African continent and Eastern Europe, resulting in the closure of coronation Mill in Bolton Road and more recently the demolition of the 1930s Radcliffe High School, and closure (to be demolished) Coney Green High school. Vandalism of a disgusting nature,

    This is Windsor Mill in early 2004 standing derelict

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  2. VanEyssen

    VanEyssen Established commenter

    Lived in nearby Ramsbottom in the 1970s. John Spencer was born in Radcliffe.
     
  3. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    That is a hideous building, and removing it for modern housing would be a good idea. Building on brownfield is a good idea... except.... All the building in Bury MBC seems to have been "executive style" crappy boxes attached to a garage that the owners cannot get their huge 4X4 in to, and no allowance is made for extra public transport and any sort of expansion of roads to accomodate all the wallies in their 4X4 w*nker wagons, and there is no joined up thinking into which local school their snot-faces will go to creating chaos in the "school run"!
     
  4. By_the_BrownKnoll

    By_the_BrownKnoll Occasional commenter

    In this photograph Jacob, the mill has been empty/unused for over 5 years. I recall it as a working mill, with ladies sitting outside having a tea break. It was a stunning site.
    The metrolink (opened 1992) runs right through Radcliffe giving a 20 minute journey to Manchester, 4 minutes to Bury.
    That much is very true.
     
  5. By_the_BrownKnoll

    By_the_BrownKnoll Occasional commenter

    Demolition underway in May 2004

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  6. By_the_BrownKnoll

    By_the_BrownKnoll Occasional commenter

    The area containing the 72 looms levelled.

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  7. By_the_BrownKnoll

    By_the_BrownKnoll Occasional commenter

    The manager's office

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  8. By_the_BrownKnoll

    By_the_BrownKnoll Occasional commenter

    Mather & Platt engineering

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  9. Burndenpark

    Burndenpark Star commenter

    I agree about the practicalities of replacing it with housing, but I can't help feeling that we lose a little something as we demolish our history though.
     
  10. By_the_BrownKnoll

    By_the_BrownKnoll Occasional commenter

    Placing more housing here was anything but practical: right on a very busy main road in an already overcrowded residential area. With a little imagination the existing building could have been converted for recreational/eductional use thus retaining a little of Radcliffe's history.

    Instead, in its place went medium/high density flats which added considerably to the jams/pollution on Bolton Road.
     
  11. By_the_BrownKnoll

    By_the_BrownKnoll Occasional commenter

    Work was fast. Here 3 months later excavating the foundations. During this period many old artifacts could be had up for grabs: Victorian bottles galore, and coins.

    The existing Victorian terraces along Bolton Road are now once again visible.
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