iv'e been around lister mills for over 14 year's know and i never once hated seeing the site of the mill. The mill is like a mark showing me which way to get home, i never get lost in bradford because all i have to do is look for the mill.
Georgina (Keeping) Smith
I worked in the Stores and Buying Department for seven years. The office was to the left of the main entrance by the interview rooms. I have fond memories of the old mill. I would have to track down invoices to different departments and that enabled me to see many different departments. The electricians shop, joiners shop, burling and mending, import export offices, the counting house, the garages.............my very favorite though, was the Engineering Room. It was tiled and always spotless.I have no reason to visit Bradford anymore, however, perhaps one more trip should be taken to see the transformation of Manningham Mills. I lived on Chassum Street behind the Mill.Of course the old terrace houses behind the mill were torn down before I left for San Diego in 1969.
Christine Pattison (Auckland, New Zealand)
Wow! What a wonderful restoration and a pride for all of us living anywhere in the world who have any kind of family connection with the textile industry.
Kenneth Craven Windle
At the age of 14 I left school and my first job was at the mill in the weaving shed and to see it now My father work there all his life in the dye house
yes it was a lovely place in it's tme there used to be lots of jobs then as well.
I attended Lilycroft Road school during the war and passed the mill every day and often wondered what it was like inside. We were told that the top of the chimney was wide enough to take a horse and cart and couldn't understand why anyone would want to do that. Good luck to the nesdent in Kent.
Is there a museum for Lister's Velvet?
I have a lovely old 3 piece suite made in this,beautifull colours ,came from my Dad's
home,I sat on this as a child,now in my seventy's,
naturally it is not as good as new but if you would like it for your museum I know it will be appreciated,I love it dearly.very heavy,solid as furniture was made in those days.I cannot think that one day it may go on the tip.
mum & dad met through working at listers mill.grandma also worked there in the weaving department.They lived on Anvil street, so they didnt have far to go. Dad used to help paint the scenery for the pantomimes that the workers put on.mum was then known as Audrey Rix(before marrying dad)-Grandma,was Alice Rix, and dad was Stanley Searle.mum always used Listers velvet for their curtains- she said it was the best.
We were one of many Polish refugee families.Dad worked in salts and when he died mum worked at the mill.We lived in Farcliffe place just across the road from Listers.
My grandfather managed the dyehouse which dyed velvet and my aunt was one of their best burlers and menders, so good that she was invited to South America to pass on her skills, but she declined, she preferred Manningham! My own daughter will soon return with her new job with the theatre company Mind the Gap, which I now read will actually be in the dyehouse; that really is a family link. I am delighted by this re-generation.
What a wonderfull thing to happen to Listers Mill and being an old Bradfordian Listers was always an icon to me. May it stand for many years to come. Thank you. Peter Greenwood (Australia)
It's a great shame that these mill have been made redundate from being a working environment. But for the future of Lister Mills least it will have a new lease of life and not face with demolition like most mills have around the country.