Monday, 14 December 2009
The Continuing Demolition of Hyde Mill
These two photographs of Hyde Mill were taken about a week ago.
A couple of days ago you could see through these windows to the remaining walls behind them.
Another image from last week is on Hyde Daily Photograph.
Hyde Mill, designed by the architect Sidney Scott, was completed in 1906. The site had been acquired by The Hyde Spinning Co Ltd from the trustees of CJ Ashton at a rent of £10 per annum, with free water rights. The Mill was four storeys in height and 47 bays in length and was faced with bright red brick with an Italianate water tower at its south western corner. When the mill was fully furnished with all the machinery it contained 116,532 mule spindles.
Hyde Mill closed in 1958 with 250 jobs being lost. It was sold to J. A. Pattrieouoex, manufacturers of Senior Service cigarettes. The Gallagher group purchased the mill for £110,000 in 1959 from the Hyde Spinning Company. The Mill continued to be used as a cigarette factory for over 40 years with considerable extensions being carried out. In 1999 the factory was closed by Gallaghers as production was transferred to Northern Ireland.
It was bought by the Findel Education group of companies, who erected new offices on the site. Demolition of the old mill began in September 2009.