Sunday, 13 January 2013

Above: This view (January2013) of the Hainsworth Road frontage of Waterloo Mills is in marked contrast to the photograph below, probably taken in the early 1960s. The substantial Waterloo Mill, between Howden Road and the Leeds/Liverpool Canal, was built in the early 1860s and over the years was occupied by several well-known textile firms. The part of the mill shown above was home to Hebert Green before being converted into swish apartments and houses.

Above: View through the archway at Waterloo Mill from Hainsworth Road showing part of the handsome courtyard, or rather mill-yard, housing development.
Above: the eastern end of Waterloo Mills (the title varies between singular and plural) is occupied by Snugpak, which started more than 30 years ago as a cottage industry and has grown to become an international brand for sleeping bags and insulated clothing for extreme weather. The company has twice won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade.