Don’t lose the history

The Luneside East development oon St George's Quay in Lancaster.
The Luneside East development oon St George's Quay in Lancaster.

Now that the old James Williamson’s site on St George’s Quay has become a sea of new houses, I am concerned that the history of what was Lancaster’s biggest and most influential employer has been buried in the rubble.

As a member of the Wolfendale family which helped to both build and run the Lune Mills factory, I would be interested to discover if Lancaster Council or the city’s museum has stored away valuable mementoes, photographs and historical documents relating to the factory and its business which were stored in the derelict buildings.

Like many others in this area, I am keen to let future generations have access to the fascinating life and times of an important player in this city’s proud manufacturing past. James Williamson, who became Lord Ashton, financed not just our beautiful park but contributed to other major buildings like the Ashton Hall, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Morecambe’s Queen Victoria Hospital. We owe it him and all the thousands who worked at Lune Mills to preserve its history and its legacy to Lancaster.

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