Globe Worsted Mills, Slaithwaite, Huddersfield

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.

Globe Worsted Mills
 

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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.

Chris Allen, Geograph">Globe Worsted Mills, c. 1983. Image by Chris Allen, Geograph

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Globe Worsted Mills, c. 1983. Image by Chris Allen, Geograph

Our Visit
Driving through the area with Proj3ct M4yh3m, Kriegaffe9 and Lowri, we could see numerous chimneys of the historic mills dotted throughout the Clone Valley. Making the decision to stop off and check a few out, we pointed the car in the direction of some of the chimneys to see what we could find. Globe Mill turned out to be our best find of the day, and although stripped proved to be a nice explore. We only gained access into Globe 2 as work had commenced in Globe 1. I understand work is now fully under way throughout the entire site, sadly including demolition of the chimney we’d homed in on to find the place.

 

Globe Worsted Mills - One of the five open plan floor spaces

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Globe Worsted Mills – One of the five open plan floor spaces

Globe Worsted Mills - Red staff or office area

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Globe Worsted Mills – Red staff or office area

Globe Worsted Mills - Curtained wall, possibly a backdrop for presentations

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Globe Worsted Mills – Curtained wall, possibly a backdrop for presentations

Globe Worsted Mills - Columns supporting the building and the hills through the windows

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Globe Worsted Mills – Columns supporting the building and the hills through the windows

Globe Worsted Mills - Ladders and steps on the decaying top floor

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Globe Worsted Mills – Ladders and steps on the decaying top floor

Globe Worsted Mills - Skylights on the top floor

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Globe Worsted Mills – Skylights on the top floor

Globe Worsted Mills - Old fashioned style fire alarm

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Globe Worsted Mills – Old fashioned style fire alarm

Globe Worsted Mills - Avery weighing scales

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Globe Worsted Mills – Avery weighing scales

Globe Worsted Mills - Avery scales dial face detail

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Globe Worsted Mills – Avery scales dial face detail

Globe Worsted Mills - Addmaster adding machine

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Globe Worsted Mills – Addmaster adding machine

Globe Worsted Mills - Lexicon 80 Typewriter

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Globe Worsted Mills – Lexicon 80 Typewriter

Globe Worsted Mills - Overhead walkway connecting Globe 1 and Globe 2 buildings

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Globe Worsted Mills – Overhead walkway connecting Globe 1 and Globe 2 buildings

Globe Worsted Mills - Beams and columns supporting the floors

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Globe Worsted Mills – Beams and columns supporting the floors

Globe Worsted Mills - Picture on the windowsill with Slaithwaite behind

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Globe Worsted Mills – Picture on the windowsill with Slaithwaite behind

Globe Worsted Mills - The presentation room

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Globe Worsted Mills – The presentation room

Globe Worsted Mills - View down another open plan floor

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Globe Worsted Mills – View down another open plan floor

Globe Worsted Mills - Roof inside the top floor

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Globe Worsted Mills – Roof inside the top floor

Globe Worsted Mills - Padlocked door marked "females"

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Globe Worsted Mills – Padlocked door marked “females”

Globe Worsted Mills - Doors that have been removed - maybe for re-use in the new development

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Globe Worsted Mills – Doors that have been removed – maybe for re-use in the new development

Globe Worsted Mills - Avery scales with barrels behind

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Globe Worsted Mills – Avery scales with barrels behind

Globe Worsted Mills - Hook of small manual crane

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Globe Worsted Mills – Hook of small manual crane

Globe Worsted Mills - Adler Typewriter

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Globe Worsted Mills – Adler Typewriter

Globe Worsted Mills - Amp meter

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Globe Worsted Mills – Amp meter

Globe Worsted Mills - Books containing old records

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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

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