Broadcrown factory on fire, Stone

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Description:On 26 December 1993 this three-storey factory building off Mill Lane was severely damaged by fire.

It was originally built in the 19th century as a fustian mill. Fustian is a type of velvet, a mixture of cotton and linen. During the First World War it was used to house German Prisoners of War who were employed on local farms. Its last use was as part of the premises occupied by Broadcrown Ltd, manufacturers of generating sets.

The building was due for demolition in order to make way for a new road, Christchurch Way, which opened on 13 February 1995.

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Creators: Photographer Herbert, Douglas Piggott - Creator

Image courtesy of: Mr Herbert Douglas Piggott

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Source: Miscellaneous Collection

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