Fam­ily firm breathes new life into for­got­ten silk mill

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

A FAM­ILY who run a join­ery firm are breath­ing life back into a for­got­ten silk mill.

Brunswick Mill on Lowe Street was founded in around 1860, one of the mills to be part of Mac­cles­field’s bustling silk in­dus­try at the time.

The build­ing later be­came home to metal fab­ri­ca­tors ER Burgess, which made items in­clud­ing bread tins for 20 years un­til around 18 months ago. But it has been empty since the com­pany moved out.

Now a fam­ily which runs join­ery com­pany Ate­lier, in Lan­g­ley, is bring­ing the mill back to life by mov­ing in.

It’s a suc­cess story for David Al­bis­ton and sons Richard and Si­mon who are mov­ing their firm into the premises to ex­pand their busi­ness – and em­ploy more Mac­cles­field peo­ple.

They have been car­ry­ing out work since get­ting hold of the keys to the 10,000 sq ft of space over three storeys to adapt it for their work, which in­volves making be­spoke fur­ni­ture for pri­vate cus­tomers, ar­chi­tects and busi­nesses.

Si­mon, 30, who works as the fi­nance man­ager for the fam­ily firm, said: “We have been look­ing to move from our ex­ist­ing site at Lan­g­ley Busi­ness Park and buy big­ger premises in the area due to the growth of our busi­ness. We wanted to stay lo­cal but it has been dif­fi­cult to find some­thing be­cause we didn’t just want to move any­where, we wanted some­where with char­ac­ter and history so this is great. It has ticked all the boxes.

“The mill has been empty for some time and needs a lot of work but we’re ex­cited about the move. We have stripped back the build­ing to a shell and have been work­ing hard on it, in­stalling the wood work­ing ma­chin­ery we need, with a view to mov­ing in late Jan­uary.

“We are bring­ing the empty mill from the 1800s back to life and cre­at­ing more jobs in the area.”

Dad David, who is mar­ried to Ruth and lives in Rainow, has worked in car­pen­try for many years and used to run a firm in Stock­port.

Son Richard, 32, is mar­ried to Jo and they have a baby daugh­ter. The broth­ers have an­other brother Matthew.

Si­mon said: “We really are a fam­ily busi­ness.

“The mill has a really in­ter­est­ing history with old log books and jour­nals from the silk weavers when it was a silk mill.

“The old silk mills are so im­por­tant to Mac­cles­field and we hope to bring it to life for the next 100 years.”

●● David Al­bis­ton, Si­mon Al­bis­ton, Richard Al­bis­ton have moved their firm into the mill. Be­low: Brunswick Mill on Lowe Street was founded in 1860

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