Which of our relics should be rescued?

ENGLISH Heritage wants to list Calderdale industrial relics in danger of disappearing.

The aim is to start a debate about what needs saving and how that can be achieved.

Already in the sights of the experts is a 19th century gas- manufacturing plant at Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax, that used to provide gas for lighting.

A waterwheel at the former Mayroyd Mill, Hebden Bridge, and Old Lane Dye Works, Halifax, could also be added to the list of buildings at risk, which English Heritage plans to publish in October.

Team leader Nigel Redfern said: “From 1750 to the First World War shaped the region’s place in the world and laid the foundations of the modern age.

“Everywhere you look there are mills, workshops, warehouses, watermills and abandoned mines.”

He added: “Much of this industrial heritage is now at risk and the current economic climate isn’t helping.

“Owners are finding it hard to look after their buildings as well as their businesses.”

Mr Redfern said developers were cautious about taking on vacant industrial buildings and public bodies and regeneration agencies were less able to support schemes.

He said: “There are no easy answers but we’re determined to see what can be done. Our industrial past is too important to ignore.” .

Calderdale’s list of buildings at risk will form part of a national catalogue which will include Yorkshire’s earliest cotton mill at Low Mills, Keighley, Temple Works in Holbeck, Leeds – a former flax mill dating to 1836 and inspired by the Egyptian temple of Horus – and the Cloth Hall Leeds, circa 1710.

People are being urged to visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/industrial-heritage-at-risk for more information and to post photographs and comment on favourite industrial buildings on a Flickr group run in association with the Council for British Archaeology and the Association for Industrial Archaeology.

l Do you know any relics that need to be saved? Email your say@halifaxcourier.co.uk.