Served its purpose: One of Blackburn’s oldest Chimney Mills demolished for housing estate


One of the last remaining functioning chimney mills was demolished in the remote town of Feniscowles, Blackburn to make way for a massive 500 home estate enterprise.                                                                                          It took no less than three quarters of an hour for the 42 metre chimney to cool down after dominating the Blackburn skyline for more than 140 years.          It was one of only a few original structures remaining from the Sappi Paper Mill that took control of the estate in the mid-1970s.                                  63 year old john Warburton who owns the Cherry Tree firm said that “It was a real softie. This was my 101st demolition of a mill chimney. It’s a bitter-sweet experience as we used to maintain them, including this one at Sappi. “It is the best in the borough and will remain.”                                                                                                       

You can watch the footage of the historic structure collapse at the following link