List of mills in Oldham

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This list of mills in Oldham Borough, lists textile factories that have existed in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England.

From the Industrial Revolution until the 20th century, Oldham was a major centre of textile manufacture, particularly cotton spinning. During this period, the valleys of the River Beal, River Irk, River Medlock and their tributaries were dominated by large rectangular brick-built factories, many of which still remain today as warehouses or converted for residential or retail use.


Name Architect Location Built Demolished Served
Abbey / Neville Mill A.H. Stott Neville Street  [1] 1875 1936 59
Notes: Built by Abbey Mill Spinning Company, renamed between 1884 and 1889 as Neville Mill. Extended in 1891.
Ace P.S.Stott Hollinwood SD897037 53°31′48″N 2°09′25″W / 53.530°N 2.157°W / 53.530; -2.157 (Ace) 1914 Standing 53
Ace Mill, Chadderton - - 905798.jpg Notes: [2][3]
Acorn Mill Lees  
Notes: Now housing
Albert Mills Derker   2010
Notes: Demolished in 2009/10 for Housing Market Renewal [4]
Albion Bradshaw Street, Oldham [3][5] 1884 (1884) 1938
Anchor J. Stott Featherstall Road North, Westwood 53°32′39″N 2°07′43″W / 53.5441°N 2.1285°W / 53.5441; -2.1285 (Anchor Mill) 1881 Standing 135
Anchor Mill, Oldham-geograph-1947901.jpg

Grade II Listed building No. 1282545 Daisy Street

Notes: 5 storey iron frame and brick, 18 bays by 6 bays, with internal engine house with and upright shaft transmission; but external boiler house
1891 Anchor Spinning Co Limited, 53,136 spindles, 201/50, twist, 308/701 weft
Athens Mill Lees Brook  SD9504 1905 1982>
Notes: Built 1905, suffered fire damage early 1980s and demolished several years later
Bank Top Mill Salem  
Bank Top Mill, Edmund Street, Oldham - - 354269.jpg Notes: Now housing
Belgrave Potts, Pickup and Dixon Hathershaw  1885 Standing 127
BnWMills.jpg Notes: Prominent in the history of Bagley & Wright, used for sewing cotton. Later owned by Platt & Hill. The company bought land off Honeywell Lane, Oldham and erected Belgrave Mill in 1880s which subsequently became known as 'Belgrave Number 1 Mill' as a further three mills were erected on the site in the early part of the 20th century. Yarn produced at the Belgrave Number 1 Mill was bleached or dyed in an on-site facility. Belgrave No. 1 was designed by the architects Potts, Pickup and Dixon. Engine by Woolstenhulmes & Rye.[6]
Bell Claremont St, Oldham  1904 Standing 112
Bell Mill, Claremont Street, Oldham (geograph 2118169).jpg Notes: 1904 Bell Mill Co Ltd
1957 Ceased production
Broadway Mill Joseph Stott Goddard St & Scottfield Rd   1875 1964 89
Notes: Enlarged 1890 and 1896, Production ceased March 1936, used as a warehouse. Burned 28 March 1964 (Easter Saturday). Goddard St wall demolished Easter Sunday by Connell & Finnegan to prevent it falling outward onto street and houses. Remainder demolished over following weeks. The northwest corner tower was demolished with explosives. The first charge was inadequate and a second charge had to be used. The chimney was the last structure to be demolished. The lodge (cooling water pond) was un-fenced and at least one person drowned in it. In the early 1960's the police and fire brigade used boats from nearby Alexandra Park in the search for a missing boy, the body of a teen age boy was recovered.[7]
Brook Hollins  2010
Notes: Demolished to make way for academy
Cairo P. S. Stott Greenacres Road, Waterhead 53°32′53″N 2°04′30″W / 53.5481°N 2.0749°W / 53.5481; -2.0749 (Cairo) Standing
Cairo, Orme and Majestic Mills - - 1707169.jpg Notes:
Coldhurst Mill Rochdale Rd, Coldhurst  1876 1974 86
Notes: Extended in 1884, 1914 and 1922. 1891-Coldhurst Cotton Spinning Co, Limited, Coldhurst Mill, Rochdale road; 61,308 spindles, 508 twist,701 weft.
Closed in 1962 but was used to store goods until 1967. After being left empty it was demolished in 1974 to make way for extensions to Boundary Park Hospital. [8]
Cromford Mill Derker  
Derker Mills Derker  
Notes: 1891-James Greaves, (and velvet manufacturer), Derker Mills, Derker Street; 107,000 spindles, medium counts; 1,590 looms. Replaced with industrial units for Glyn Webb/Ferranti)
Devon Mill George Stott Hollins  1908 Standing 108
Mill & Church - Oldham.jpg

Grade II Listed building No. 1210051 Chapel Road

Notes: Cast-iron and steel-framed with brick walls. 4 storeys and basement, 36 bays by 10 with corner stair towers with raised parapets. Flat roof.
Dowry Mill Lees/Waterhead (Turner St) 
Notes: 1891-Dowry Spinning Co, Limited, Dowry Mill, Waterhead; 66,760 spindles, 308/408 twist, 401/508 weft.
Durban Mill Hollins Rd, Hollinwood 53°31′28″N 2°07′52″W / 53.5245°N 2.1311°W / 53.5245; -2.1311 (Durban Mill) 1905 Standing 111
Durban Mill, Hollinwood - - 216102.jpg Notes: To be demolished and site used for housing. Chimney demolished in 2015.
Earl Mill P.S.Stott Dowry St/Ashton Rd, Hathershaw  1860 (rebuilt 1891) Standing
Earl Mill (geograph 1947991).jpg Notes: 1891 Earl Spinning Co Ltd


Name Architect Location Built Demolished Served
Fox Mill Hollins  
Notes: Now housing
Glen Mill Wellyhole St  1903 1970 35
Notes: Ceased spinning cotton in 1938 and was then used as prisoner of war camp until 1947.[9]
Granville Mill Derker (fire) 
Greenacres Mill Littlemoor  
Notes: Now Littlemoor Junior School
Greenbank Mills Glodwick Road/Greengate Street 
Gresham Mill Westwood  
Notes: Burnt down
Hartford Mill F.W.Dixon Werneth   1907 Standing 52
Hartford Mill, Oldham - - 695319.jpg

Grade II Listed building No. 1210026 Block Lane

Notes: Built 1907 by the Hartford Mill (Oldham)Co Ltd. Extended 1920 and 1924. Closed 1959 and used by Littlewoods as a mail order warehouse until 1992. Architect was F.W.Dixon, there were 120,000 spindles and power was provided by a very impressive 1500 hp Urmson & Thompson engine. To be demolished for Housing Market Renewal
Heron Hollins  Standing
Heron Mill, Oldham.jpg Notes: Ceased production 1960
Holroyd Mill Waterhead  
Notes: Replaced by Orb Mill
Holyrood Mill Higginshaw 
Notes: Fire in 1961
Honeywell Mill Hathershaw  1874 142
Notes: Fire in 1955


Name Architect Location Built Demolished Served
Leesbrook Stott Lees  1884 Standing 132
Leesbrook Mill - - 354268.jpg

Grade II Listed building No. 1253536 High Street

Notes: Cast-iron columns and steel beams carrying brick arches, externally, brick with multi-ridge slate roof four storeys and basement of 21 bays extended by four bays.
Littlemoor Mill Littlemoor  Standing
Lowerhey Mill Lees  
Notes: Replaced with Hey Junior School
Majestic F.W. Dixon Greenacres Road, Waterhead 53°32′52″N 2°04′23″W / 53.5479°N 2.0731°W / 53.5479; -2.0731 (Majestic) 1903 Standing 79
Cairo, Orme and Majestic Mills - - 1707169.jpg Notes: ceased production 1982
Maple 1 P.S.Stott, Hathershaw, 53°31′34″N 2°06′26″W / 53.5262°N 2.1071°W / 53.5262; -2.1071 (Maple)  1904 Standing 112

It was designed as a double mill by P.S.Stott, in 1904. The first mill was built then and the second mill in 1915. It worked as a mule spinning mill.

It was taken over by Fine Spinners and Doublers in the 1950s.
Maple 2 P.S.Stott Hathershaw SD9303 53°31′34″N 2°06′26″W / 53.5262°N 2.1071°W / 53.5262; -2.1071 (Maple)   1915 2009 94
Notes: Was built as an addition to the existing Maple Mill in 1915. The building was destroyed by fire in 2009.[10] Some sections, including the tower remain standing. [11]
Orb Mill Waterhead 53°33′02″N 2°04′19″W / 53.5505°N 2.0719°W / 53.5505; -2.0719 (Maple)
Notes: Site now used for Waterhead Academy[12]
Orme F.W. Dixon Greenacres Road, Waterhead 53°32′52″N 2°04′26″W / 53.5478°N 2.0740°W / 53.5478; -2.0740 (Orme) 1910 Standing 50
Cairo, Orme and Majestic Mills - - 1707169.jpg Notes:
Owl Mill Lees 
Notes: Now housing


Name Architect Location Built Demolished Served
Prince of Wales Mill Derker 
Notes: Now industrial units
Rome Mill Springhead Lees  
Notes: Now housing
Royd Hollins SD 53°31′38″N 2°07′58″W / 53.527188°N 2.132708°W / 53.527188; -2.132708 ("Royd") 2015
Royd Mill, Hollinwood - - 404139.jpg Notes: The four tall arched windows mark the engine house that contained a J & E Wood inverted vertical triple expansion engine. The open doors in front mark the boiler house that contained a row of Lancashire boilers. It ceased production 1981. It was demolished in 2015 to make way for a housing scheme.[13]
Ruby Mill Littlemoor  
Notes: Part of Littlemoor Estate
Springhey Mill Waterhead  
Tay Mill Higginshaw 


Name Architect Location Built Demolished Served
Vale Mill Chapel Road, Oldham 53°31′32″N 2°08′09″W / 53.5255°N 2.1358°W / 53.5255; -2.1358 (Vale) 1868 Standing 78
Notes: Extended twice — in 1882 and 1920. Was used for a wallpapering business which left the building in 2006. Refurbished in 2008 as the Chambers Business Centre [14]
Werneth Mill Manchester Rd, Werneth 53°33′00″N 2°07′20″W / 53.5500°N 2.1223°W / 53.5500; -2.1223 ("Werneth Mill") Standing
Werneth Mill, Oldham (geograph 2344687).jpg Notes: 1891 Daniel Dronsfield, 44,000 spindles, 108/608 twist and weft and 840 looms


  1. ^ Gurr & Hunt 1985, p. 20
  2. ^ Gurr & Hunt 1985, p. 53
  3. ^ a b Chadderton Historical Society
  4. ^ Doherty, Karen (24 April 2009). "JCB Jackie leads mill demolition!". Oldham Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Gurr & Hunt 1985, p. 51
  6. ^ Gurr, D. and Hunt, J. The Cotton Mills of Oldham, edition 3, ISBN 978-0-902809-46-8
  7. ^ The author of the Broadway Mill section lived at the corner of Goddard St. and Belgrave Rd. and witnessed these events.
  8. ^ Hayes, Cliff (1997). Oldham in Old Photographs (Britain in Old Photographs). Sutton Publishing Limited. p. 111. ISBN 0-7509-1692-3. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Generator probe as mill still burns". Oldham Evening Chronicle. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  11. ^ "Maple Mill - Now part demolished". Retrieved 2016-02-12. 
  12. ^ Oldham chronicle article refers to frustration of the parents.
  13. ^ "New Lease of Life for Mill Sites". Oldham Evening Chronicle. 2015-08-11. Retrieved 2016-02-17. 
  14. ^ "Vale Mill is revived". 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2016-02-14.