The Warwick Mill is an imposing landmark in the centre of Middleton, in recent times it found itself empty and due to be redeveloped. However the building is now back in daily use and partly tenanted.

In February 2010 Inpsire Middleton signed a lease to move its office into the ground floor of the Warwick Mill with a view to setting up a new community drop-in centre called ‘The Lighthouse Project‘. The Lighthouse opened its doors to the public on 7th June 2010 and is currently offering a number of activities to the people of Middleton, including free internet access and online computer training.

Being in the Warwick Mill was an intentional choice for us, and whilst the buildings future is still a little uncertain we were keen to take the space so that we could play our part in bringing some new life to this grand old building. Carl says “If it was up to me I would love to take this building on, restoring its exterior and bringing some new uses to the inside.”

Many people who have visited us in the Lighthouse have told us of how they used to work in the ‘knicker factory’, or some other part of the building when it was used for clothing manufacture. It seems that the building has played a part in the lives of many people. In recognition of this, and being curious local people, I am interested in finding out some more of the stories about life in the Warwick Mill.

So my question is simple, “Do you have memories of working in the Warwick Mill, and are you willing to tell those stories for the benefit of local people?”

If you have any old pictures of the building when it was in use, or of the people you used to work with, then I’d be glad to see these as well. Please get in touch with me.

Our address is – Carl Roach, Inspire Middleton, Warwick Mill, Oldham Road, Middleton, M24 1AZ. You could also come down in person and visit us at the Lighthouse between 10am – 4pm any day, Monday to Friday. For those who use computers my email address is – carl@inspiremiddleton.org.uk

A few years ago we ran a photography competition called ‘Faces & Places’ where we wanted to inspire local people to tell positie stories about Middleton through the use of photographs depicting the face of someone who had inspired them, or a place of interest, or place of work that held good memories.

With our new photography group running at the Lighthouse we hope to be running a new ‘Faces & Places’ competition again later this year, and perhaps the Warwick Mill would be a great place to focus on for some good stories.

Carl Roach