Wesley Street Mill demolition progressing

Demolition of Wesley Street Mill, Bamber Bridge
Demolition of Wesley Street Mill, Bamber Bridge
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The skyline of Bamber Bridge is changing daily as work to pull down an iconic mill continues.

Work to demolish Wesley Street Mill has been underway since June, after plans to build houses on the site were given the green light.

South Ribble Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead for plans to build up to 200 homes on the site, much to the dismay of campaigners who have been fighting to save the historic building.

Prior to the approval of the plans for the houses, the council completed a deal to buy the former Mackenzie Arms site off Station Road, to open up the way for development. When the work started, demolition bosses said it was expected to take a number of weeks due to the size of the building.

It is hoped that historic features of the mill will be saved and used as part of the new development.

A stone inscription of the Bamber Bridge Spinning and Weaving Company, together with a 1907 date stone on the mill building could be reused, possibly as an entrance feature to the site when it is redeveloped.

The mill, which is more than 100 years old, has been derelict for almost 15 years, having closed as a working mill in 1959.