Modern apartment living rooted in heritage
The cosmopolitan town of Bury was formed around its ancient marketplace with evidence dating back to Roman occupation, however it wasn’t until the early 19th centuries as the Industrial Revolution took hold that Bury swiftly developed as a key town at the centre of the textile industry.
With the rivers Roch and Irwell providing natural power for spinning mills, and the locality of the great coalfields in Lancashire, Bury caught the attention of local businessmen looking to build their cotton empires.
One such man was James Hutchinson, a local businessman and High Constable of the Division of Bolton and Bury who chose to build his mills at Woodhill. His last mill, now Wharfside, was constructed around 1850. Following Hutchinson’s death, his heirs sold the estate in 1867 and the Mills were bought by the Bury and Heap Commercial Company Ltd. The Mills continued producing cotton until 1933 when the world economic situation changed, the cotton boom ended and they filed for bankruptcy, ending almost a century of cotton manufacture at the Mill.
Bury Boot And Shoe
The Mill enjoyed a renaissance when The Bury Boot and Shoe Company took up residence in 1953. As ‘specialists in comfortable footwear for difficult feet’, the company enjoyed many years of manufacturing quality footwear within the building. It remains a company name which is remembered with tales of fondness in the town. Unfortunately, the company closed in 2002 leaving the Mill unoccupied once again.
Empty for many years, in 2009, planning permission was granted by Bury Council to breathe new life into this historical building and the exciting Wharfside development of 51 contemporary apartments that you now see was born.
Today, the Mill has undergone a massive refurbishment and the one- and two-bedroom apartments and airy duplexes have been revitalised creating stylish and modern homes that rival the contemporary cool of mill conversions in Manchester city centre.
Painstaking research has been undertaken to ensure that this revitalisation of Wharfside, one of Bury’s most iconic buildings, is true to its heritage and location as well as providing all the modern amenities for today’s fast-paced living.
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