One of the first textile mill buildings on the site was The Old Woollen, built in 1830. Originally used for ‘scribbling’ which combed the wool fibres and ‘fulling’ which washed and shrank the woven cloth, this huge atmospheric space, derelict for 50 years and now described by owner John Gaunt as in a “state of arrested decay” is a 500-capacity performance venue.
It is where Caroline Brown of Rose & Brown Vintage runs her vintage and home fairs, with the next on May 7-8.
She says: “The room now has a concrete floor and a heating and ventilation system and thankfully it still has the untouched look with those wonderful windows, walls, columns and ceiling.
“We’ll have 25 traders selling original vintage for the home, from industrial and mid-century to brocante finds and rustic treasures.
“One specialist dealer here is Goods in – General Store which sells salvaged pieces from Yorkshire mills – old mill tubs, letter trays, pigeonholes. Things left behind in mills when they closed.”