A LANDMARK Huddersfield mill has vanished in a cloud of dust and rubble.
But the demise of Huddersfield Fine Worsted, yet another giant reminder of the town’s textile history, has not been forgotten.
Examiner readers have been busy with their cameras, capturing the last few days of the Kirkheaton mill which once employed hundreds.
Examiner reader, John Taylor, captured the moment the chimney fell in a shot taken from Shop Lane.
The mill offices are in the foreground.
And another reader, Martin Lyons, spent time recording part of the mill history using a complex photographic technique.
Mr Lyons, who now lives in Mirfield, spent many years in Kirkheaton. He said: “The mill was the backbone of industry in the village.
“It is a shame that the heart of the village is being ripped out like this.”
Mr Lyons’ images of the demolition have been captured using a technique called High Dynamic Range.
It involved the keen amateur photographer setting up a tripod on the edge of the mill site and taking three identical images of the same shot.
One was at normal exposure, a second was under exposed and the third over exposed.
Mr Lyons said: “It enhances the light and dark elements of the shot and the image appears almost like an oil painting.”
The mill site is being levelled to make way for redevelopment.
Huddersfield Fine Worsteds, one of the town’s leading textile names, ceased manufacturing at Kirkheaton Mills in 2004 with the loss of 240 jobs, after it was put into voluntary administration by its parent group.
A sales and marketing operation continues to operate as HFW Huddersfield from offices on Albert Street, Lockwood.
Huddersfield Fine Worsteds was a leading maker of cloth for business suits and country wear as well as the famous Balmoral tartan.
It supplied some of the world’s greatest fashion houses such as Gucci, Versace and Prada, as well as bespoke Savile Row tailors.
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