It's another one of those really nice houses which Belgium seems to have in abundance where the owner dies and leaves most of, if not everything, they own behind to just turn moldy or get stolen. Judging from all the paperwork downstairs and in the basement, the previous owner was in the legal profession in some way. He also had a drinking problem based on the many, many empty 1 litre bottles of Johnnie Walkers Red Label. Anyway, this was the last of 3 places we visited on a one day jaunt to Belgium.
Saturday, 26 July 2014
BB Mill was built in 1801 and established in 1867. Employing 1900 people, it covered 14 acres, and has been said to have used 680 looms and 43 carding machines. During the second world war, it had around 1000 looms in operation, producing blankets for soldiers, and material for uniforms. In recognition of this, the mill received a visit from King George V and Queen Mary. I visited here last year a couple of days before I moved to Manchester and I've been wanting to revisit ever since, so it was good to see that nothing much had changed and it's still as good as it ever was.