Built in 1842, Springfield and Overbridge Mill was a four story cotton spinning mill with a sorrowful history. Before long the mill fell into disrepair and five years ago burnt down leaving only what you can see here – the stair tower. Originally a Grade II listed building, the tower was eventually de-listed by Heritage England in April 2015 and there are now plans in place to demolish it entirely to make room for a car park.
Sad and lonely, this relic stands in the middle of a wasteland. With its future undetermined one can’t help but see beneath the intimidating exterior of this building to a more vulnerable core. Once a hive of activity, the stairwell now could not be more of a contrast - uninviting doors that lead to nowhere, an unsound structure and an ever crumbling sign.
The stair tower was not even Aitchison’s first thought when visiting this part of Manchester. Peter went with the intention of photographing a gate at Strangeways Prison that was covered in graffiti. On arrival he found it had been steam cleaned and only as he was walking away did he spot the top of the tower. Thank goodness for this accident because otherwise we would be without a truly inspiring photograph… and oh that sky!