De­mo­li­tions to change his­toric sky­line for­ever

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

MAC­CLES­FIELD’S sky­line is to change for­ever with the de­mo­li­tion of two his­toric struc­tures.

Work has started to bring down the chim­ney of Massey Dye Works, which dates back to 1838. The chim­ney was built in 1945.

In its place will be five town houses and six apart­ments on the cor­ner of Loney Street and Peter Street.

The dye works are im­por­tant build­ings lo­cally be­cause of the con­nec­tion to the town’s silk in­dus­try, but are not pro­tected from devel­op­ment. In­stead pho­to­graphs will be kept as a his­tor­i­cal record.

Mean­while, work is due to be­gin on bring­ing down the gas hold­ers at Black Lane.

The site con­tains some of the last re­main­ing fea­tures of the once ex­ten­sive gas works de­vel­oped by Mac­cles­field Cor­po­ra­tion in the 19th cen­tury.

Na­tional Grid has been given plan­ning per­mis­sion to dis­man­tle the large con­tain­ers which stored nat­u­ral gas. This is now stored within the main gas sys­tem.

Keith Smith, from Mac­cles­field Civic So­ci­ety, said: “The two gas hold­ers are an ac­cepted part of the lo­cal land­scape but it is ac­cepted that they have no sig­nif­i­cant ar­chi­tec­tural or his­toric in­ter­est as en­gi­neer­ing struc­tures.”

●● Massey Dye Works in Mac­cles­field

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