Money for old rope factory... For sale: Overgrown mansion with rich industrial history dating back to the Civil War
factory can be knocked down, but the house can be ripped out and done up. It has one of those old, spiral staircases. The problem is, people don’t want to spend the money.
“We’ve had so many people come here and say they love the place, but it’s the cost involved.”
The company hired a handful of women who plaited the raw straw into lines of rope. The siblings’ mother was also employed at the firm.
“They’d make it look like a tail,” said Mr Morton, who also helped at the factory. “It was hard work. We’d go to Oxford to get the straw and when you opened the packaging, steam would rise up. That steam carried the spores that caused Farmers’ Lung.
“The straw rope was used to stop stone pipework cracking and we were delivering as far as Skegness.”
Mr Morton remembers a very young Lenny Henry entertaining the women with his comic routines. He said: “He was a cheeky little lad.
“He’d come into the pub with us after work.”
In a 2016 property review, the Post’s sister paper the Birmingham Mail highlighted the unique property, stating: “The derelict factory building was part of the West Midland’s industrial heritage when it was in operation as a rope factory, but is now in need of some refurbishment to bring it back to former glories.
“And despite being in a state of extreme disrepair, the size of the property makes this an investor’s dream.
“If you aren’t scared of a bit of DIY, this historic property would be perfect for anyone looking for a new property project or maybe even
> The Castle View and the former rope factory in Dudley