Bamber Bridge landmark is now wasteland awaiting redevelopment

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Twenty months after demolition work started, the final pieces of Wesley Street Mill in Bamber Bridge have gone.

Where once a looming, red-brick building holding 135,000 spindles stood, there is now a vacant piece of wasteland, ready for renewal.

DEMOLISHED: The mill mets its end

DEMOLISHED: The mill mets its end

When local campaigners lost their battle to save the mill, bulldozers moved onto the derelict site in June 2013 and council chiefs gave the go ahead for up to 200 homes to be built in its place.

But in November, the same year work came to a halt because the tower part of the mill was found to be home to a phone mast.

Now, after an agreement was reached with phone companies, there is nothing left of the iconic mill, which opened in 1907 and closed in 1959. Local resident Tony Yates said: “I think it’s a shame, it’s another piece of Bamber Bridge history that’s gone.

“I would’ve liked to have seen it refurbished rather than become a housing estate because we have enough problems with parking and schooling already. And I think we’re becoming too much a part of Preston, Bamber Bridge is losing its identity.”