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Paper Mill Lodge in May 2002

The paper mill lodge is situated on Hermitage Street, at the Eastern end of Rishton and is currently part of Rishton's Green belt, although with building regulations being what they are today and the European courts, this doesn't seem to mean a lot in England.

It was once used to feed the paper mill with water, and there is still plenty of evidence of this around the waters edge.

The lodge is fed from the same stream as that which feeds the reservoir at the Western end of Rishton, the Shaw Brook, the stream splitting near Cowhill, and one part going to the reservoir and the other feeding the lodge.

The paper mill was fed water via a sluice gate at the Eastern end of the lodge. A big wheel was fitted to the top of a screw mechanism to open or close the gate.

Sliuce gate for feeding the water to the Paper Mill May 2002

For many years the paper mill was supplied by water from Rishton Colliery until the closure of the paper mill, despite the fact that the colliery was closed in 1941.

In 1960 the coal board obtained permission from the Dunkenhalgh estate to demolished some of the buildings at Rishton Colliery to install 2 new electric pumps to pump the water to Dean Reservoir. The National Coal Board owned the mine, but the Dunkenhalgh owned the land. The buildings demolished were part of the mines headgear.

During February 2003 the lodge was drained of most of its fishing stock. The lease to the land expired shortly before this and when the Accrington and District Angling club applied for the rental of the lodge they were turned down, even after updating the offer to 4,000 over a four year lease.

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The Angling club had been using the lodge for many years for fishing purposes, but this would appear to be the end of that association.

The lease was (is) owned by a development company in Preston. How the land came to be owned by a development company I have not found out yet.

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