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In April 1998, seen from by the bridge over the Ashton Canal, the mills of Ancoats look mostly unchanged from previous decades. The exteriors are grimy and decrepit, the interiors abandoned. Closest to the bridge is Waulk mill. Still visible on the end facade is the mark left by the roofs of two smaller buildings which have disappeared.

In 2005 Waulk Mill has been renovated. It is now an office building and is fully occupied. The yellow poster on the end facade advertises the Will Alsop's Chips apartment buildings in nearby New Islington development. The neighbouring mills are shrouded in scaffolding. The canal looks mostly unchanged, though the water level is currently lower. The plants on the left have grown considerably.
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