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Historic Rochdale Canal mill destroyed by fire

The historic Walkley Clogs Mill alongside the Rochdale Canal at Mytholmroyd has been demolished after being devastated by fire on 1st August. Although the blaze was quickly brought under control, the local council took the decision to demolish the building for safety.

Previously home to clog manufacturers Walkley, the Victorian building had been turned into a World of Clogs tourist attraction when the company moved its manufacturing to another mill nearby.

Successive plans to convert it to housing or find a canal-related use fell through and it had become derelict.

The building was better known to succeeding generations of working boatmen as Maude's Clog Mill, and was built to take advantage of the canal. As Maude's it was the largest manufacturer of clog soles in the world, reaching a peak of 1.2m pairs by World War II, although the canal's role in their production ceased in the 1920s.

Wednesday 7 August  | Andrew Denny  | 1.19pm, Wednesday 7 August 2019

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