This walk is mainly street walking, taking in some of the historical buildings around Rishton.
Approximate time: 90 minutes
Distance: 1.4 miles ( 2.24 Kilometres)
Parking; Turn into Spring Street, then School Street. A car park is situated at this junction.
Make your way to the canal bridge at the top of Hermitage Street.
Running down Hermitage street on the left hand side is all that remains of Rishton Mill. A stone wall of about 6 feet in height runs for about 200 yards with the old metal wall tie caps still visible.
Proceed down the ramp to the canal, and carry on along the old tow path.
As soon as you walk onto the canal, the first mill is directly opposite you, now known as Lancashire Boxes, this was the site originally of Spring mill, although there are now no remains.
On your right is the site of Rishton Mill, although nothing can be seen here. Gaskell Broadloom now owns this land.
Walking along behind the carpet works, watch for the walling changes on the opposite side. An old abandoned building can still be seen behind the houses on Spring Street, this was possibly Tommy Taylor's Ice Cream Factory.
On your right hand side you come across the end of the carpet works, overlooking the car park. Right before this is the original Wheatfield Mill. An old random stone building built in 1860. At the top is the name stone, but the date stone has worn away with age.
Passing the car park, a new factory is seen. This was the location of Victoria Mill, the largest mill built in Rishton in 1861. It consisted of 6 floors, and was also built across the canal at the point. A storage building was on the opposite side, with a goods carrier over the canal. The stone wall to the canal is still visible.
Keeping your eyes on the other side of the canal, Palatine foods can be seen, a red brick building built during the 1930's.
Down the side of this building is a side street, which sweeps round alongside the canal and runs into new houses, known as Bridgefield Close. These houses are built on the former site of Britannia Mill. The canal banking has been strengthened along here to handle the weight of the houses.
Spectacular views are afforded on clear days along the next section of the canal, to your right and ahead is Pendle hill, famous for the Lancashire Witches, while Clayton Le Moors, and Accrington stretch alongside and slightly behind you.
As you approach the canal bridge, the mill on the left which carries on all the way to the bridge is the Britannia mill. Still in use today and built in 1887.
Climb the steps leading off the canal, and turn left to walk over the bridge. From the top of the bridge on the right hand side is a housing estate. This was the site of Wellington Mill, which was destroyed by fire in 1930,
causing £30,000 of damage, and sadly never recovered from this. The empty site has been used for many different things over the years until this housing estate was finally built toward the end of the 1990's.
Carry on walking up the ash track, past the Britannia mill on the right. The remains of both Bridgefield and Britannia mills can be seen down the back alley.
Continue across Spring Street, walking up Bridge Street. This is one of the few Streets left in Rishton with the Stone flags still as pavements, which came from the local quarry.
At the top of the street, turn left onto Cliff Street. Norden High school can be seen on the right, built in 1942, and the house on the corner of Stourton Street was a former Co-op building, built in 1910.
Our next mill can be seen at the bottom of Livesey Street. York Mill travels all the way up Livesey Street, and is still in use today, although it is now split up into smaller units. The next street lets you get a glimpse of the lower entrance to York mill. The mill was built in 1910, and at one time employed almost 2,500 from Rishton. It was the first mill to be built in red brick in Rishton, the second and last being Albert Mill.
Take note of any water drains as you walk along Cliff street, these were all made in Spring Foundry on Spring Street, and are cast iron.
Along here you will also pass the Conservative club on the right hand side and the former doctors surgery opposite (the red brick building).
The last block of houses on the left were home at one time to the weavers association, and also the labour party. The former council yard was across from these houses were the old folks bungalows are now.
At the end of the road turn right into High Street, and cross the road at the earliest opportunity.
Take the next turning on the left, Mary Street.
Mary Street was once home to many famous Rishton residents at one time or another. George Clarke started his Rishton life here, as did Nobles stonemasons. Newish buildings on the right after Noble Street was the site of the former Mary Street Methodists Church.
At the end of the street is our next mill. Albert mill, built in 1912, was the last mill to be built in Rishton. Its water supply was feed directly from Rishton colliery which was situated directly behind it.
The mill is still pretty much original, the date stone is in the wall, and the engine house and cotton warehouse names can still be seen in the steel lintels in the buildings.
Turn around and take the street to the right, Knowles Street. At the bottom of the street cross over and proceed down Clarke Street. Note the houses on the left hand side, they were built by 3 different builders, the stone work in the front, and also the roofs are all of differing structures. One of the few streets in Rishton were it is plainly obvious to see.
Cross over George Street and walk down Company Street. Cross Henry Street into Ashworth Street. Our final mill is here.
This is Daisy hill mill. Built in 1870 it is the only mill to be built on the south side of the main road alongside the canal.
These days the mill has been broken up into small units, and is now known as daisy hill industrial estate, but most of the buildings are still there to see.
From here, turn around and walk back to Henry Street. Turn right down Henry Street until it becomes a junction with the main road. At the main road turn right again. After the row of shops is a building set back on its own. This is the former Methodists Church which has now been converted into flats. Proceed forwards to the canal bridge and looking to the right the Daisy Hill Mill can be seen on the right of the canal.
That concludes the walk round Rishtons mills. Hope you enjoyed it!