There has been a textile mill on the site since 1767. It was acquired by Joshua Ellis in the 19th century and employed hundreds of local workers, reaching its peak employment weaving wool for the 1914 -18 war service uniforms.
During the Second World War silk was woven for parachutes and more latterly cashmere was produced. However, output declined throughout the later part of the 20th century as changing methods of manufacturing affected production.
Alternative premises were sought in 2003 and a planning application by CALA was made in mid 2003 which gained the approval of the Council in December of that year.
CALA acquired the 4.1 acre site in 2004 and commenced development. Only the six storey mill building was “listed” but in order to maintain the massing of the development and to create a unique sense of place, two of the adjacent older buildings were retained together with the two tall chimneys from the old factory. The old were complemented by the new CALA apartments and townhouses.We have created a development that is a catalyst for future quality development in Dewsbury.
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