Pickle Factory, Blackburn

Date Visited: February 2008
Known locally as the Pickle Factory, Peel Fold Mill was first developed between 1849 and 1894 and was supported by the construction of a purpose-built row of terraced houses (Nos. 42 – 56 Stanhill Road) and Stanhill Working Men’s Club. It was substantially altered during the twentieth century and was occupied by Escourts, a manufacturer and supplier of herbs, spices and speciality foods until 2001.

Thereafter, it was left empty and decay set in. When I visited in 2008 it had been heavily vandalised and had suffered an arson attack which made the first floor inaccessible.

The site was bought by Barratts who despite some stiff local opposition, redeveloped the site into a housing estate. In fairness, it was a dump and of little architectural or historical merit.