Continuing on with my fascination with Victorian Industrial Architecture, I visited Shaw Lodge Mills in Halifax. These mills are still in excellent condition externally, although they have been converted to offices and work units inside. The buildings and location are ripe for Black & White Photography. I visited on a bank holiday, so there were no cars around, infact the place was deserted, it could almost have been anytime in the past, I have tried to replicate this “timeless view” by some judicious removal of obvious 21st Century parephenalia, such as street lighting, CCTV cameras and the such. More history on the mills and my images can be found below.
Details taken from: Shaw Lodge Mills History
Shaw Lodge Mills – the site of the present complex of mills, and headquarters of John Holdsworth & Co Ltd.
By 1830 John Holdsworth was joined by his four sons, William, George, Tom and John, and it was during their management of the firm in the 1850’s that most of the buildings, which are still in use, were erected.
The main weaving shed which is 240 yards long, bears the date 1852 and was constructed from stone excavated from the railway cutting which runs alongside the works.