Posted by: dianesims | September 28, 2009

Huddersfield mill in nation’s top 10 endangered buildings

Huddersfield mill in nation’s top 10 endangered buildings

By David Himelfield, Huddersfield Daily Examiner

24th September 2008


A Huddersfield mill in a sorry state is one of Britain’s top 10 most endangered buildings.

Newsome Mill, at Ruth Street, has been included in the list published today by the Victorian Society.

The Victorian Society campaigns to save Victorian and Edwardian architecture in England and Wales.

The top 10, which includes a church built for Swedish mariners in Liverpool and the country’s grandest working Edwardian swimming baths in Birmingham, was compiled from a public vote.

Newsome Mill, which includes a clock tower and inscribed gateway arch, was included because of the building’s uncertain future.

The former worsted mill, which was grade II listed last year, was built in the 1880s. It has suffered vandalism and remains empty.

Meanwhile a scheme to fill in the mill ponds and build housing on top threatens to strip another feature from the building.

The fate of the mill ponds will be decided at the Huddersfield Planning Committee meeting tomorrow.

Diane Sims, from Newsome Ward Community Forum said: “We’re really delighted that Newsome Mills has been given this national recognition. This is a sensitive historic site and the people who live here have been working hard to try and protect it.

“We have received fantastic support from The Victorian Society and we’d like to thank them for acknowledging the importance of this site.

“The mill means a lot to the residents of Newsome – we’re really proud of our mill and what it has contributed to our community.”

Alex Baldwin, conservation advisor to the Victorian Society, said: “Newsome Mill is a significant landmark in West Yorkshire.

“As a symbol of Huddersfield’s historic importance, it has huge potential to contribute to the future of the region and be a source of local and national pride.

“We hope this further recognition of its significance will help manufacture a better future for this sleeping giant of Yorkshire’s industrial past.”

Newsome Mills was founded by John Taylor in 1827. The Victorian buildings on the site were constructed during a period of rapid expansion in the 1880s.

The mill is best known for the successful fine worsted firm of Taylor and Littlewood, who took over the mill in the late nineteenth century.


  1. I’m a Newsome resident who doesn’t hold any great affection for Newsome mill. If there was any chance of it being used either for business or for residential purposes I would be all for it.
    This does not seem likely! Therefore we are left with a deteriorating building which is now an eyesore, a clock that doesn’t work and looks a mess and the surrounding area which is very unfriendly in its current graffitti ridden state.
    We can’t save every old building! There are loads of mills in the area. I suspect that this building will still be derelict 20 years from now. What are we saving it for?

  2. Hi Michael,

    I hope that the recent planning application for converting Newsome Mills into residential properties helps to reassure you that these buildings can be useful again. There are more details at:

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