Thursday’s Special


The Ditherington Flax Mill is one of Shrewsbury’s most important buildings. Constructed in 1796 as the spinning works of Marshall, Benyon and Bage it later became the Maltings and as the first wholly iron-framed building in the world, is the great-grand-daddy of New York’s mighty skyscrapers.

Throughout the 1990s it was left empty and decaying, and various ideas for regeneration have been and gone, most failing due to a lack of private sector investment. Now it is in the hands of Historic England in partnership with Shropshire Council and Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings. Let’s hope its future is secure.


Paula’s (Lost in Translation) challenge this week is Traces of the Past

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

34 thoughts on “Thursday’s Special”

  1. I love whatever effects you used on these pictures, Jude. They really take the viewer back in time. Nostalgia captured perfectly. (Or maybe you didn’t use any effects, and this place naturally looks like this!) Either way, it’s wonderful. 🙂

  2. These are great views of this familiar (to me) landmark, Jude. We went to its open day a year or so ago. It is pretty dour and dank inside, and one imagines a huge job of resuscitation is required. But as you say, it would be good to see it brought back to life in some form. It’s been hanging on by the skin of its teeth for decades.

  3. I really hope Historic England finds a way to restore this building, such an important part of our heritage. It needs someone with real vision as well as the financial backing.

    1. It has been like this for decades – at some point it was supposed to be developed into apartments but never happened.

  4. I hope that they do better than converting it into flats. Perhaps a gallery, or exhibition centre?
    As you say, it is of great historical importance.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  5. Wow! This is the first!!! It seems that it is in the right hands now. It is a treasure to be preserved. The close-up is delightful, looks much more glamorous than the wide frame, but I like them both. The cheeky branches in the frame enhance its state of abandonment. Thank you, Jude. This is a terrific entry.

    1. Isn’t it just! And it really is a VERY important historical building so pretty shocking that it was allowed to decay in such a fashion.

    1. You’d be pug ugly (I love that!) if you’d been neglected for decades… I’m surprised it hasn’t actually fallen down!

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