Since 1892, St John’s Works in Falkland (known locally as “the factory”) has been a key feature in the village, originally a cotton mill and latterly a paper bag factory.
As reported previously, work started at the end of 2016 to demolish the buildings, marking the end of an era for the village, where many of its residents have worked.
On Monday 27th February at 10am, the deconstruction work will commence on the chimney, the last part of the factory to be demolished and the community are invited to come together at a safe distance behind the fencing as Central Demolition start to chip away at the structure.
Many residents in the village are sad to see the factory come down, particularly those who have fond memories of working there. Falkland has a long history, including royal lineage, magnificent houses and remarkable features, and the factory is very much still a part of the living history which will be remembered and become part of the story in years to come.
On 4th March, 1pm – 4pm, Visit Falkland are hosting the annual Community Gathering in the Town Hall, a large part of this event is about having input to the community and much of this will be in relation to the factory site, discussing what, as a community, we would like to see happen with the site in the future.
Stuart Pearson, secretary of Visit Falkland, say’s “this is a defining moment for Falkland, with a story which has many parts to it through the centuries, this is the end of one chapter and the start of another.
The factory has brought a lot to the village and many residents settled here because of it, it is a sad day for many, others have questions about what next and some are excited about the future.
One way or another, it will be an interesting story”
The deconstruction will commence at 10am on Monday 27th February, anyone is welcome to come and watch, but please note there is the potential that it will be dusty and a lot of noise.