Textile machinery and other assets at a doomed former Holme Valley textile mill have been sold – fetching more than £1m in an online auction.

More than 560 lots from the Westwood Yarns mill at Holmfirth attracted interest from more than 200 registered bidding from as far afield as Turkey, Russia, India, Denmark, Italy and France.

Now efforts are continuing to sell the mill buildings at Choppards Lane – with a number of interested parties already identified.

The auction sale was managed by Manchester-based chartered surveyor and property consultancy, Sanderson Weatherall, which was appointed by administrators KPMG in December last year to handle the disposal of the buildings and assets.

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John Noon, senior manager at KPMG, said: “This is a pleasing result for the creditors of Westwood Yarns.

“Sanderson Weatherall’s ability to connect with a wide range of interested buyers, both in the UK and overseas generated significant interest in the auction, strengthening the return available to creditors.

“Offers are still being received and considered for the property itself.”

Westwood Yarns Ltd

The sale of the machinery and equipment was arranged by Roy Tubman and Mark Lord, partners in Sanderson Weatherall’s machinery and business assets division. The property sale is being led by David Murray and Craig Watson.

Lots on offer ranged from blending, carding, spinning and winding equipment, milling and drilling machines to vacuum cleaners, pressure washers, work benches, heaters and tool trolleys,

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Commenting on the response to the auction, Roy Tubman said: “While the UK textile industry has declined in recent years, there is a robust trade overseas so assets of this quality are in high demand, as is shown by the significant amount raised at auction.”

Westwood Yarns, which produced specialist carpet yarns, ceased trading at the end of January with the loss of about 135 jobs.

The mill buildings comprise 168,551 sq ft including a mixture of production workshop, office and ancillary space set in an 8.54 acre site that would be suitable for redevelopment or conversion, subject to planning.

Westwood Yarns Limited, Washpit Mill, Holmfirth.