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Houses workers

Lodz is a truly fascinating, magical city. One of the most intriguing places in Poland, Ksiezy Mlyn (Priest's Mill) underwent a massive overhaul and is now open to the public. Ksiezy Mlyn was first mentioned in 1484 in reference to a mill built on the Jasien River in 1387. The original complex was burnt to the ground on May 9, 1822 . In 1854 the 28-year-old Belgian-German Karol Scheibler arrived in £ódz. Scheibler opened a modern factory and was soon leaving the competition behind. Here Scheibler built not only mills, but an entire gasworks to light his factories and the neighbouring workers’ houses too - the first private gasworks in the city. In 1875 Scheibler added several two-story houses for his workers and opened a school for their children. At the height of its existence in 1879, Lodz’s Ksiezy Mlyn included all of the above plus more residential buildings and a wall around the entire complex that was locked at night. In 1881 Karol Scheibler died. Ksiezy Mlyn continued to grow, with the opening of a hospital (again another first, this being the first factory hospital in Poland), and on June 20, 1884, Lodz’s first voluntary fire brigade unit was founded inside Scheibler’s factory.

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