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.