Mill’s towering landmark saved

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A CRUMBLING landmark has been saved – with the help of an emergency grant from English Heritage.

It has given £13,500 towards the cost of repairing the 200-ft chimney at historic Shaw Lodge Mill, Halifax, which was built in 1855.

The owner, St James Securities, is carrying out repairs, which are expected to cost at least £27,000.

The work has been prompted by the corrosive effect of rain and ice on metal bands around the chimney which have begun to fail and cause masonry to drop off.

Work will involve replacing rusted metal braces and removing loose stonework, repointing and replacing damaged mortar.

Richard Jaques, an English Heritage architect, said the chimney at Shaw Lodge was a major landmark and part of an important and nationally significant complex of worsted mill buildings.

There are plans to convert the mills into an urban village, complete with houses, offices, shops, restaurants and a medical centre.

Originally built by John Holdsworth and Company, it operated until 2006, making moquette for bus and coach seats.