Leeds mill complex is shamed in Victorian Society’s ‘at risk’ poll

Crumbling Hunslet Mills.
Crumbling Hunslet Mills.
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A LONG-DISUSED mill complex in Leeds has been listed as one the 10 most endangered Victorian and Edwardian structures.

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The Victorian Society has published this year’s list of the top 10 most endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings - all of which are listed - in a bid to raise awareness of their plight and save them from destruction and decay.

They include the Grade II-listed Hunslet and Victoria Mills, which were built in the 1830s.

The site is owned by property developers but has been left to crumble. Hunslet Mills was one of the last of the great flax spinning mills, and helped to establish Leeds as an industrial giant. It is already on the Heritage At Risk Register.

Also in the top 10 are Kinmel Hall in Wales, a palatial house which has been dubbed “the Welsh Versailles” and Brighton’s Madeira Terrace, a seafront walk said to be the longest continuous iron structure in the world.

Director of the Victorian Society Christopher Costelloe said: “These buildings illustrate Britain’s history in tangible form. All of them deserve better than their current situations.”

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