The Association for Industrial Archaeology has been working with local experts to draw up a nomination for Queen Street Mill in Burnley, the world’s last surviving cotton weaving mill still powered by its original steam engine, to be included in the Europa Nostra 7 Most Endangered Sites Programme for 2018.
The Mill is not yet in a ruinous condition but since its closure to the public in September 2016 by Lancashire County Council as a cost-saving measure, neither the steam engine nor the machinery has been worked. This will in time lead to rapid deterioration, especially with the water-filled lodge alongside. The area is subject to vandalism and there have been numerous mill fires at disused Lancashire mills in the last few months, as reported in a previous issue of IA News.
No site in the UK has yet appeared on these biennial lists of the 7 most endangered sites in Europe, and we hope that Queen Street Mill may be the first, and that its inclusion may help in finding a solution for the future of this unique site.