ONE year on from the huge blaze that devastated a historic listed mill, the building’s future remains uncertain.

The fire at Dalton Mill in Keighley left just the outer walls of the structure remaining.

Twelve months on, no plans for the building’s future have been put forward.

But heritage body Historic England and Bradford Council both say they hope they can work together to “bring the mill back to a sustainable and beneficial use”.

The Grade II* listed mill, built in the 1860s, formed part of the town’s proud industrial past.

In recent years it has had many different uses. As well as being home to a number of businesses, it was used as a film set for productions such as Downton Abbey, the Limehouse Golem and Peaky Blinders.

The fire took hold of the building on March 3, 2022, and at its height over 114 firefighters and eight officers attended the scene.

The building’s roof collapsed, and many felt the mill would have to be demolished for safety reasons.

But an inspection shortly afterwards by Historic England found it was “stable in the short term” and would not require demolition.

When asked this month whether there had been any further movement in trying to retain the building, a Historic England spokesperson said: “Dalton Mill in Keighley is a Grade II* listed mill which has been on the Heritage At Risk Register for a number of years.

“As a hugely significant piece of Keighley’s heritage, we are keen to use our skill and expertise at Historic England to help Bradford Council find a way to bring the mill back into sustainable and beneficial use for the local area.”

A Bradford Council spokesperson said: “We know how important Dalton Mill is to Keighley and the wider district and we are working with Historic England and the owners of the mill to secure the long-term future for the site as we know it has great potential.”

At a Bradford Council meeting late last year, Councillor Alex Ross Shaw – executive member for regeneration, planning and highways – said: “Dalton Mill is a magnificent building, and it is a tragedy to see it in its current state. There is a lot of regeneration going on in Keighley, and this area is very much in the forefront of our minds.

“Hopefully the building can get a settled ownership and we can go from there.”