A talented, inclusive community within a former Grade II listed textile mill, we believe in the value of genuine partnerships. Our aim is to create a real impact on our residents’ lives, as well as our neighbourhood of Armley, through creative projects and support.
Castleton Mill is a home for freelancers, businesses and remote workers, we are an evolving, affordable space based just outside Leeds city centre.
More than just a building, our vision is to develop an ecosystem of experience-led mentorship, collaboration and connection, where anyone who wants to take part can succeed and grow.
The story of Castleton Mill begins in 1836 — fifteen years after the completion of the Leeds and Liverpool canal which it overlooks. Built by William Hargreaves, Castleton Mill was originally designed as a flax spinning mill; one of several that opened across Leeds at the time, all catering to a flourishing textile market. Several years later in 1850 and the construction of a weaving shed next to the factory meant that Castleton Mill could begin making linen and wools alongside flax thread. It meant greater efficiency and a larger profit, with several of the processes of creating textiles now housed in the same factory.
The mill operated as a working factory until the 1980s, when the steel industry began to decline. The mill had been producing Duffle coats for the likes of British Steel, and the downturn across the industry, alongside competition from other firms, saw Castleton Mill close its doors.
Having received a Grade II listed status in 1987, Castleton Mill changed hands a couple of times over the years that followed. It was purchased by its current owners in 2013 who carried out its most recent renovation. The Castleton Mill of today is a progressive, creative space that has remained true to its heritage of innovation and people-led design.
Castleton Mill is a community-driven enterprise made up of individuals and companies from diverse disciplines, at various stages of professional growth. The people that spend time in the mill, whether they’re working, socialising or dreaming up the seemingly impossible, are all part of its evolving story.
We believe in supporting their success through the facilitation of partnerships and projects — helping to make big ideas a reality through experienced advise and an inspiring environment.