Victorian antiques mill back on the market

Pendle Antiques Centre, now on the market with Pettys. (s)
Pendle Antiques Centre, now on the market with Pettys. (s)

A historic village mill is back on the market after it failed to sell at auction last year, despite considerable interest from an assortment of potential buyers.

Constructed in 1856, Union Mill, the former cotton mill which has been home to Pendle Antiques Centre for the past 30 years has been completely renovated by current owners Walter and Beryl Aspinal, who are now looking to scale back their work commitments.

Walter said: “The mill has been up for sale for the past few years with different agents and also went up for auction last year. It is still fully operational as home to the antiques centre, but my wife and I are now ready for a different pace of life and feel that it’s time to step down from working seven days a week as we have been doing since we bought the business. The building and renovations have required a lot of time and effort and we now feel ready for a bit of time to ourselves, though I’ll still be trading in antiques – I’m not ready to give up completely yet.”

Ribble Valley Borough Councillor Richard Newmark who represents Sabden said: “I know the family very well and they have done a great job of renovating the mill and also made a very good job of running the business over many years. It would be a shame if the centre was to close to visitors – It is in a very commanding position in the centre of the village and has been a firm fixture of the Sabden landscape for more than 150 years.”