How Queensbury's Black Dyke Mill may reclaim its former glory

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The mill's interior which could become a community space The mill's interior which could become a community space

One of the most impressive mill buildings in Bradford could soon be restored to its former glory and become the hub of the community. again.

Black Dyke Mills in Queensbury, the chimney of which towers over the village, is home to several businesses, but much of the former textile factory remains empty.

But that could soon all change, with ambitious plans to turn the premises into a major draw with shops, a cafe, community hub and performance centre.

If all goes according to plan, the mill might soon be the new home of Bradford’s Peace Museum, allowing it to massively expand from its small city centre location.

The building dates back to 1835 and was run by John Foster and Sons. The company also sponsored the famous Black Dyke Band, one of the oldest and recognisable brass bands in the world.

Mill owner Paul Clark said he is committed to making it a major attraction for Bradford, and is working with several different groups to make the most of its impressive floorspace.

He said: “The mill is the centre of Queensbury, but it hasn’t really had a community presence for a while and I’m very keen to support that.

“I want to bring it back to its former glory.”

He hopes to clean and restore the mill’s brickwork, expose covered cobbles, repair damage and restore parts of the building that haven’t been used for decades.

One group involved in trying to reverse the fortunes of the mill is the Queensbury Heritage and Action Partnership, formed from various different community groups.

The group hopes to create a community base within the mill, that could provide a space for displays of the textile, transport and musical heritage of the village and a cafe for visitors.

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2:55pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Apollo says...

I would be keen to see greater community use of the site.

I would also be keen to see the road through the mill closed as it has become a rat run from the High Street to the A644. The mill gates should be closed at the High Street end.
I would be keen to see greater community use of the site. I would also be keen to see the road through the mill closed as it has become a rat run from the High Street to the A644. The mill gates should be closed at the High Street end. Apollo

3:56pm Tue 14 Jan 14

viholdings says...

Sounds a great idea. Hope the Planned Residential Development of 102 Houses and construction of an access road on land surrounding this Historic Mill will not detract from the Upgrading and Utilisation of the Mill.
Planning Reference - 13/03817/MAF
Sounds a great idea. Hope the Planned Residential Development of 102 Houses and construction of an access road on land surrounding this Historic Mill will not detract from the Upgrading and Utilisation of the Mill. Planning Reference - 13/03817/MAF viholdings

4:23pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Apollo says...

viholdings wrote:
Sounds a great idea. Hope the Planned Residential Development of 102 Houses and construction of an access road on land surrounding this Historic Mill will not detract from the Upgrading and Utilisation of the Mill. Planning Reference - 13/03817/MAF
Unfortunately I suspect it is all part of the 'development' but it is on green land and we have just been told there is no need to build on green land in Bradford (see other story today) so presumably it will never happen.
[quote][p][bold]viholdings[/bold] wrote: Sounds a great idea. Hope the Planned Residential Development of 102 Houses and construction of an access road on land surrounding this Historic Mill will not detract from the Upgrading and Utilisation of the Mill. Planning Reference - 13/03817/MAF[/p][/quote]Unfortunately I suspect it is all part of the 'development' but it is on green land and we have just been told there is no need to build on green land in Bradford (see other story today) so presumably it will never happen. Apollo

10:27am Thu 16 Jan 14

glorious1911 says...

Peace Museum? Groan, more right-on clap trap.
Peace Museum? Groan, more right-on clap trap. glorious1911

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