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Ghosts of Keighley

At the end of Coney Lane, near the railway bridge to the southeast of Keighley station, you can find an ancient mill with a strange chimney. This is known as George Whalley's Mill - sometimes called 'the half-finished chimney'.


Look closely enough at Victorian architecture and you'll almost always notice some fascinating little detail. This stone head, embedded halfway up the building, is an intriguing mystery.


The story goes that the figure represents a workman who died whilst building the chimney. After he was killed, the work on the chimney stopped, never to be started again, and the head (complete with its workman's hat) was added. Apparently this was because the Victorians believed that if someone died whilst at work their spirit would return to finish their task. They thought that the only way to stop this was to put a replica of their head on the job they were doing.


Click here to see some incredible local architecture which is located downstream: Dalton Mills.

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Taken on July 13, 2013