“Designed by Scottish architect Gerald de Courcey Fraser. The building has had various uses throughout its life. It was originally the headquarters of Littlewoods, then the country’s largest family-owned business empire.
A year after it opened, during World War II, it was requisitioned and became home of the government’s postal censorship department, while its printing presses were used to print National Registration cards. Its vast internal spaces were used for manufacturing the floors of Halifax Bombers, barrage balloons and woollen material. In the 1940s the building was also used by Unity Pools (formed from Littlewoods, Zetters and Vernons). The building has stood empty since 2003. On 2 September 2018 a fire broke out at night in part of the complex. The roof and upper floor of one wing were lost, although the main structure was saved.”
Explored: October 2019
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