Globe Worsted Mills, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield

Globe Worsted Mills

Globe Mills were built in 1887-9 by the newly established Globe Worsted company of Slaithwaite in the Clone Valley near Huddersfield. The site is now being redeveloped.

Visited February 2014 Huddersfield, UK Undergoing redevelopment

History of Globe Worsted Mills

In 1887 several small manufacturers in the Slaithwaite area joined forces to create the Globe Worsted Company, producers of textiles. They set about building a large mill, typical of the era, to house their manufacturing enterprise. Globe Worsted Mills were built in two stages – the construction of the first, Globe 1 began straight away in 1887 and was completed by the following year. Built to a design which was possibly drawn up by local architect Thomas Varley of Slaithwaite, Globe 1 was 5 stories high and consisted of 33 bays. A detached boiler house, chimney and offices were also included on the site between the canal and road.

In the second phase, Globe 2 was built in 1889 on the opposite side of the road, with an overhead walkway connecting the two buildings. Globe 2 was 5 stories plus a basement, and had 15 bays. [1]

The Globe Worsted company went from strength to strength over the years, and like many other textile mills saw a gradual decline in trade towards the end of the 20th century. The company went into administration in 2004 and closed later that year. [2]

The site has recently been sold to a private developer and a £30 million project is under way to renovate the buildings into a multi-use complex comprising public and business facilities. The chimney has been demolished as part of the works.

Globe Worsted Mills, c. 1983. Image by Chris Allen, Geograph
Globe Worsted Mills, c. 1983. Image by Chris Allen, Geograph
Globe Worsted Mills - One of the five open plan floor spaces
Globe Worsted Mills – One of the five open plan floor spaces
Globe Worsted Mills - Red staff or office area
Globe Worsted Mills – Red staff or office area
Globe Worsted Mills - Curtained wall, possibly a backdrop for presentations
Globe Worsted Mills – Curtained wall, possibly a backdrop for presentations
Globe Worsted Mills - Columns supporting the building and the hills through the windows
Globe Worsted Mills – Columns supporting the building and the hills through the windows
Globe Worsted Mills - Ladders and steps on the decaying top floor
Globe Worsted Mills – Ladders and steps on the decaying top floor
Globe Worsted Mills - Skylights on the top floor
Globe Worsted Mills – Skylights on the top floor
Globe Worsted Mills - Old fashioned style fire alarm
Globe Worsted Mills – Old fashioned style fire alarm
Globe Worsted Mills - Avery weighing scales
Globe Worsted Mills – Avery weighing scales
Globe Worsted Mills - Avery scales dial face detail
Globe Worsted Mills – Avery scales dial face detail
Globe Worsted Mills - Addmaster adding machine
Globe Worsted Mills – Addmaster adding machine
Globe Worsted Mills - Lexicon 80 Typewriter
Globe Worsted Mills – Lexicon 80 Typewriter
Globe Worsted Mills - Overhead walkway connecting Globe 1 and Globe 2 buildings
Globe Worsted Mills – Overhead walkway connecting Globe 1 and Globe 2 buildings
Globe Worsted Mills - Beams and columns supporting the floors
Globe Worsted Mills – Beams and columns supporting the floors
Globe Worsted Mills - Picture on the windowsill with Slaithwaite behind
Globe Worsted Mills – Picture on the windowsill with Slaithwaite behind
Globe Worsted Mills - The presentation room
Globe Worsted Mills – The presentation room
Globe Worsted Mills - View down another open plan floor
Globe Worsted Mills – View down another open plan floor
Globe Worsted Mills - Roof inside the top floor
Globe Worsted Mills – Roof inside the top floor
Globe Worsted Mills - Padlocked door marked "females"
Globe Worsted Mills – Padlocked door marked “females”
Globe Worsted Mills - Doors that have been removed - maybe for re-use in the new development
Globe Worsted Mills – Doors that have been removed – maybe for re-use in the new development
Globe Worsted Mills - Avery scales with barrels behind
Globe Worsted Mills – Avery scales with barrels behind
Globe Worsted Mills - Hook of small manual crane
Globe Worsted Mills – Hook of small manual crane
Globe Worsted Mills - Adler Typewriter
Globe Worsted Mills – Adler Typewriter
Globe Worsted Mills - Amp meter
Globe Worsted Mills – Amp meter
Globe Worsted Mills - Books containing old records
Globe Worsted Mills – Books containing old records
Further Reading
If you liked this report you may also want to look at Proj3ct M4yh3m's Globe Mills Report on his website

References

1. Source: http://yorkshire.u08.eu/?b=62992
2. Source: http://www.thefreelibrary.com/28+jobs+lost+at+Globe+Worsted.-a0126356059

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