Telegraph owners accused of ‘washing hands’ of historic Leeds building

By Helen Pidd North of England editor

Temple Works flax mill, which once boasted the biggest room in the world, has been put up for auction with no reserve after years of neglect

The billionaire owners of the Telegraph have been accused of “washing their hands” of one of the UK's most important and unusual industrial buildings after leaving it to rot for more than a decade and then putting it up for auction for a pound.

Temple Works is a Grade I-listed former flax mill in Leeds which boasts a 0.8 hectare (2 acre) factory floor which was once the largest room in the world. It also saw the installation of the first ever hydraulic lift, used to transport sheep up to the roof for grazing. The sheep were part of a revolutionary rainwater collection system used to make steam to spin flax into yarn.

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