THE site of a former mill knocked down last month has been photographed ahead of work on a housing development.

The demolition of the chimney at the ex-Duckworth Mill and Masta Bar site on Kirk Road in Church was captured and reported in the Lancashire Telegraph at the end of March.

The site is set to be transformed with 47 homes as part of the scheme by Gleeson Homes.

Gary Britland, who photographed the site following the demolition, said: “It is good that they are going to move on and build homes which are needed for the area.

“Church needs an influx of money and new homes will give that and will give us a lift.”

The old site which was built by WM Duckworth in 1881 and was a mill with printing and dying.

It was the last weaving mill built in Church and housed 936 mills but by 1889 that increased to 1048.

It was later taken over by Mastabar Mining producing engineering equipment for industry.