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Call for public to support preservation of historic mills

A #252,000 grant has been given by Historic England to Leigh Spinners mill in Lancashire Photo: Historic England

The North's historic textile mills are disappearing fast despite massive public support against demolition, Historic England said today.

Almost half across Greater Manchester alone have been lost since the 1980s, Salford has lost 66% and Bradford has seen more than 100 fires at historic mills since 2010, said a new report by the public body that champions and protects England's historic places.

But a survey found 90% of respondents in England believe mills are an important part of the nation's heritage, story and character.

And 85% said they do not want to see them demolished or replaced, according to the poll of 2028 adults by YouGov for Historic England.

Catherine Dewar, Historic England's Planning Director in the North West said: "With their ability to accommodate wonderful homes, workplaces and cultural spaces, our historic mill buildings deserve a future and should not be destroyed.

"They helped make us who we are in the north of England and have a profound impact on the physical and cultural landscape.

"Mills have so much to offer in terms of space, character and identity.

"By shining a light on successful regeneration projects, we hope to inspire others to recognise the potential of our former industrial buildings and start a conversation about their future."

A #252,000 grant has been given by Historic England to Leigh Spinners mill in Lancashire, one of the last great textile mills to be built in the UK and ripe for redevelopment.