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Bath Mill

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Bath Mill is a derelict mill located in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and has a grade II listing.

This disused watermill was built at the turn of the 19th century for Richard Hardwick to make cotton and lace thread but then converted in 1880 to a hosiery mill. Made from coursed rubble stone with a slate roof, four and a half storeys high it was an impressive sight. Out of twenty window bays, eleven window bays were of cast iron casements. The square brick chimney still stands at the northwest corner of the site. The building was still in use up to about 1985 when it was abandoned.

Planning permission was granted for residential use but this lapsed and the building then changed hands. In 2003 an urgent works notice was served and the building again was sold. Planning permission was sought to covert the mill into flats.

After vandal attacks on the Mill most of the site was demolished in 2008. The owners of the building were working alongside Mansfield Council to repair and save the building but had to pay for the demolition.

The attacks on the building intensified. Four fires were set in arson attacks, steel safety props were stolen, steel shutters ripped off and even assaults on the security guards, bricks were thrown at fire crews when they came to fight the fires. After all these attacks the building was in poor shape and the local council decided to demolish the mill.

Only a small part of the mill remains, the chimney sits in one corner. The rest is a pile of rubble.