Demolition begins (above)

Demolition nearly complete

Dobroyd (woollen) Mill in Jackson Bridge, near Holmfirth, was founded in the 1820s and provided employment for the local villagers from then to early in the 21st century. The mill has been closed and derelict for several years and is now being demolished to make way for a proposed housing development.

In 2004 I painted a watercolour of the main mill building as seen from across the millpond adjacent to a popular local footpath. In 2017 I decided to systematically document the mill’s disappearance in a series of sketches that one day may form the basis of a more imaginative sequence of oil paintings. The demolition work began in earnest in 2020 and going along to make my sketchbook record is now part of my regular outdoor exercise in this worrying time of isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here is a pair of sketches in ink and coloured pencils on Strathmore toned tan paper.