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Marshall's Mill, Temple Works


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Undated. Exterior of mill built for John Marshall, flax-spinner. Marshall was the son of a Briggate linen draper, he had worked with Leeds engineer Matthew Murray, on the development of flax-spinning machinery. He had built a mill in the Holbeck area to spin flax, business had extended to the extent that a new, larger mill was needed. This copy of the Temple of Horus, of Edfu, was built on the two-acre site. Designed by engineer David Roberts, and architect, Igratius Bonomi. The Egyptian link was influenced by Bonomi's brother, Joseph, an Egyptologist. Marshall was also fascinated by Eygption culture, flax-spinning had been one of Eygpt's important industries. Temple Mill was built between 1838-1840. It was a unique building, boasting of ducts for air-conditioning, the largest single room in the world, a giant obelisk for a chimney and a glass roof for light, later covered in grass for sheep to grazed on. Marshall became one of the first millionaires of the industrial revolution and was MP for Yorkshire between 1826-1830, Temple Works is a Grade I listed building, now used as offices.

User Comments:

Name:
Cynthia

Comment:
In 1871 Census my great grandfather lived with his young family at No.50 Marshall Street where he was a clerk at Marshall St Mills and later became the Flax Mill Manager. His two daughters also worked there when they left school. When my grandmother was in her eighties she had dementia but she had this great desire to visit Marshall St Mills so she was taken there in the 1960's but she could'nt recognise any of the area that had played such an important part of her early life. I do believe she started work there at 11 years of age and a man with a very long stick used to tap on the bedroom windows about 5.30am to wake the millworkers up. He was called "the nocker up".

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Name:
vickie mackintosh

Comment:
i do hope that this lovely builing is put to good use and not made in to flats,offices again or shops.this building is a thing of beauty and should be kept that way.may be a museaum on how the mill was run back when it was first built to the last days when it was used as offices and may be why it was built in the way it was (the temple at edfu).

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Name:
Peter Moore

Comment:
There has been a lot of controversy about this building in the local press recently, apparently the columns on the building have begun to crumble and collapse, and it is being argued who should spend the money if anyone, and would it be money well spent, I think it would.

Date:
08-Jan-2009

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dipetmo@aol.com

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Name:
Graham A. Schofield

Comment:
With reference to the comments made by Vickie Mackintosh, and Peter Moore:- I passed this building only a few weeks ago, (September 2010), and noticed that scaffolding had been erected at one end of it. Could it be that restoration work has begun?

Date:
26-Oct-2010

Email:
GrahamScho@AOL.com

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Name:
Joan Williamson

Comment:
For Halloween 2010 Fearmasters used Marshell's Mill for their terrifying production-HOSPITHELL.

Date:
03-Feb-2012

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Name:
michelle bennett

Comment:
Can anybody please tell me if the scare festival that was held here in 2010 will be on again this year? Many thanks

Date:
13-Jul-2012

Email:
shellhead2008@hotmail.com

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