Xelflex, Chorley

Date Visited: September 2010

This mill was built as Pincock Spinning Mill in 1792 and closed in 1892. The factory was reopened as a weaving mill in 1896 to produce sateen’s, velveteen’s and Bedford cords, brocades and fancies. The mill closed in 1934 and reopened in 1940 producing checks, tablecloths and linings until it closed in 1954.

More recently, the site was owned by a company called Xelflex (pronounced 'excel flex') who made rubber mouldings for a number of different industries. They were acquired in 2003 by the PXL Group after they had been waiting for a major contract for the defence industry which did not come to fruition. In 2006 the site was closed with more than 40 staff losing their jobs.

In July 2010 planning permission was applied for 81 apartments and 9 two storey cottages, which to me is overkill for a 5 acre rural site, on a rather tricky bend, that is a known accident blackspot. Following my visit in August 2010 the mill was subsequently demolished but as of May 2016 the site remains empty.

To be honest, there wasn't much to see, and I only visited as it is literally 5 minutes from my house. Plus not only is Xelflex a palindrome, it is the only place I've explored (and likely to explore) that starts and ends in an 'X'!!!