Money for old rope fac­tory... For sale: Over­grown man­sion with rich in­dus­trial his­tory dat­ing back to the Civil War

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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

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