Historic Longlands Mill throws open doors for Heritage Open Days

Longlands Mill, home to Mossley Industrial Heritage Centre and Emmaus Mossley, is opening its doors for two days of activities as part of Heritage Open Days 2015.

The mill was built in 1871 for John Mayall and was part of one of the largest cotton spinning companies in the world and still has unique architectural features present.

Richard and visitors
Richard Darlington (Patron of Emmaus Mossley) showing visitors the Mossley Industrial Heritage Centre

And on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September the mill on Queen Street in Mossley will offer behind the scenes guided tours.

Dyllis Wolinski, Secretary of Mossley Civic Society, commented: “Visitors can see displays, artefacts, an exhibition about the Saving of the Market Place, learn about the new Blue Plaque Scheme and can join in the creation of a new Civic Society banner.”

Emmaus Mossley, which supports formerly homeless people, runs a social enterprise at Longlands Mill, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods and vintage wares.

Hazel Hodkinson, Shop Manager at Emmaus Mossley, said: “Mossley has such a rich history and we want visitors to learn more and share their memories as part Heritage Open Days.

“Everyone who visits the centre over the two days will be able to enjoy a free brew in the Emmaus Mossley café.”

Kate and Hilary
Kate Adams and Hilary Cope, both Mossley Civic Society volunteers

The events will take place on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September from 9am to 4:30pm at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.

Guided tours will depart from the Emmaus Mossley café at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm on each day.

Heritage Open Days is England’s biggest heritage festival involving 40,000 volunteers. It celebrates history, architecture and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are free to explore.

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to www.emmausmossley.org.uk. If you would like to get involved or donate an item, call 01457 838608.

 

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