Historic Nelson mill goes up for sale for £1m

The historic Scholefield Mill in Nelson

The historic Scholefield Mill in Nelson

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A MILL which was requisitioned in the First World War is up for sale for £1million.

The historic Scholefield Mill, in Nelson, is being sold off after it was closed by the Department for Work and Pensions earlier this year.

The building, in Brunswick Street, was used for the storage of military medical records after the war, and then NHS medical records.

Recently, it has been a file storage site for the DWP, which was managed by Capita.

In July last year it announced that the site was to close, with the loss of 96 jobs.

The building is described as a ‘substantial mill with a great history’ by Petty’s, which has been instructed to sell it for offers of around £1million.

A Petty’s spokesman said: “The property comprises a former textile mill with a three-storey block to the front along with a single-storey former north light weaving shed to the rear.

“The three-storey section is constructed of stonework walls with a pitched slate roof with concrete ground floor and suspended timber upper floors.

“The north light mill is of both stonework and brickwork under a slated and glazed north light roof supported on cast iron columns.

“We understand that the property was constructed around 1907. The property has been used for the storage of Government records for the last 75 years.”

The mill is three storeys and Petty’s is advertising its industrial benefits, with its close location to junctions 12 and 13 of the M65. As well as being up for the sale, the mill is also being offered for let if an acceptable offer is received.

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11:35pm Tue 1 Apr 14

retsofad says...

This is just what the residents are afraid of.
Yes it has plenty of history it is where the strike started in the 1920's over fining weavers for broken gas mantels on the weaving shed floor. Mather was the owner who closed the mill and moved away after he lost the strike.
It was the largest weaving mill in Europe in its day.
The problem with this building is there is only one road in and out through a residential are called Clover hill Brunswick St. Nelson
This road was built for the horse and cart like the mill itself with very little room for heavy goods vehicles there is enough 60ft lorries coming into the area as it is to the other factory units.
The Mill is built over Walverden river that does flood so the area would not be suitable for housing needs. to turn it into units again would be a disaster for Clover Hill with more and more delivery vehicles coming into a cul-de-sac. it may sound cheap at a £ million but the cost to redevelop would run into £millions
When used by the DWP the deliveries were by small vans not 60ft lorries.
The Local Residents Group will no doubt appose any development that will increase traffic through the residential area, so be warned any prospective buyers of this mill
This is just what the residents are afraid of. Yes it has plenty of history it is where the strike started in the 1920's over fining weavers for broken gas mantels on the weaving shed floor. Mather was the owner who closed the mill and moved away after he lost the strike. It was the largest weaving mill in Europe in its day. The problem with this building is there is only one road in and out through a residential are called Clover hill Brunswick St. Nelson This road was built for the horse and cart like the mill itself with very little room for heavy goods vehicles there is enough 60ft lorries coming into the area as it is to the other factory units. The Mill is built over Walverden river that does flood so the area would not be suitable for housing needs. to turn it into units again would be a disaster for Clover Hill with more and more delivery vehicles coming into a cul-de-sac. it may sound cheap at a £ million but the cost to redevelop would run into £millions When used by the DWP the deliveries were by small vans not 60ft lorries. The Local Residents Group will no doubt appose any development that will increase traffic through the residential area, so be warned any prospective buyers of this mill retsofad
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6:40pm Wed 9 Apr 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

retsofad wrote:
This is just what the residents are afraid of.
Yes it has plenty of history it is where the strike started in the 1920's over fining weavers for broken gas mantels on the weaving shed floor. Mather was the owner who closed the mill and moved away after he lost the strike.
It was the largest weaving mill in Europe in its day.
The problem with this building is there is only one road in and out through a residential are called Clover hill Brunswick St. Nelson
This road was built for the horse and cart like the mill itself with very little room for heavy goods vehicles there is enough 60ft lorries coming into the area as it is to the other factory units.
The Mill is built over Walverden river that does flood so the area would not be suitable for housing needs. to turn it into units again would be a disaster for Clover Hill with more and more delivery vehicles coming into a cul-de-sac. it may sound cheap at a £ million but the cost to redevelop would run into £millions
When used by the DWP the deliveries were by small vans not 60ft lorries.
The Local Residents Group will no doubt appose any development that will increase traffic through the residential area, so be warned any prospective buyers of this mill
sorry m8 but you know Pendle council and their paymaster Barnfields of Colne will buy it for next to nothing and build what ever they want even if its not suitable..and our sorry excuse of an MP wont say anything that's why it shut down because our esteemed Mr Stephenson has no balls
[quote][p][bold]retsofad[/bold] wrote: This is just what the residents are afraid of. Yes it has plenty of history it is where the strike started in the 1920's over fining weavers for broken gas mantels on the weaving shed floor. Mather was the owner who closed the mill and moved away after he lost the strike. It was the largest weaving mill in Europe in its day. The problem with this building is there is only one road in and out through a residential are called Clover hill Brunswick St. Nelson This road was built for the horse and cart like the mill itself with very little room for heavy goods vehicles there is enough 60ft lorries coming into the area as it is to the other factory units. The Mill is built over Walverden river that does flood so the area would not be suitable for housing needs. to turn it into units again would be a disaster for Clover Hill with more and more delivery vehicles coming into a cul-de-sac. it may sound cheap at a £ million but the cost to redevelop would run into £millions When used by the DWP the deliveries were by small vans not 60ft lorries. The Local Residents Group will no doubt appose any development that will increase traffic through the residential area, so be warned any prospective buyers of this mill[/p][/quote]sorry m8 but you know Pendle council and their paymaster Barnfields of Colne will buy it for next to nothing and build what ever they want even if its not suitable..and our sorry excuse of an MP wont say anything that's why it shut down because our esteemed Mr Stephenson has no balls ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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