12 July 2012

The fourth listening post is at Crypt Square

Crypt square is a reinvigorated public space that is overlooked by Soveriegn homes and backs onto St Lukes Church and the Crypt Youth Centre. The square has been designed to provide a public space which can be used for community events.

St Luke’s Church has a memorial garden where the workers who died in the Great Western Cotton Mill are buried. The Cotton Mill along with the Chemical Works would have dominated the area at the turn of the 20th century. The Cotton Mill was operational between 1838 and 1923. In 1839 it employed 958 employees of whom 600 were girls and 113 boys aged between 13 and 14 years old. Working life in factory was very tough where workers risked their lives while undertaking their daily role.