List of mills in Stockport

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

From the Industrial Revolution until the 20th century, Stockport was a major centre of textile manufacture, particularly cotton spinning and hat making. During this period, the valleys of the River Mersey, River Tame 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.

Standing Mills in Stockport[edit]

Name Architect Location Built Demolished Served
(Adcroft) Hat Works Manor [1] Standing
Aqueduct Mill Marple North,  53°24′24″N 2°04′03″W / 53.4066°N 2.0675°W / 53.4066; -2.0675 (Aqueduct Mill)[1] Standing
Avondale Works Edgeley & Cheadle  [1]
Battersby Hat Works Manor [1]
Belmont Works Brinnington & Central  [1]
Botany Mill
see Wellington Works
Bredbury ,  53°25′50″N 2°06′07″W / 53.4306°N 2.1019°W / 53.4306; -2.1019 (Botany Mill)[2]
Brinksway Leather Works Edgeley & Cheadle  SJ879899 53°24′21″N 2°10′53″W / 53.405970°N 2.181277°W / 53.405970; -2.181277 (Brinksway Leather Works)
Notes: three-storey hipped roof with short circular brick chimney[3]
Brinksway Bank Mill Edgeley & Cheadle  53°24′28″N 2°10′27″W / 53.4077°N 2.1742°W / 53.4077; -2.1742 (Brinksway Bank Mill)
Notes: A 50,000-spindle three-storey mill in existence in 1872. It was run by Samuel Moorhouse, who in 1891 had 20,000 spindles: then it became part of the Fine Spinners and Doublers Association.[4]
Brinksway Mill
a.k.a. Heaward's Mill
Edgeley & Cheadle  SJ884899 53°24′22″N 2°10′26″W / 53.405981°N 2.173755°W / 53.405981; -2.173755 (Brinksway Mill)
Notes: North of the river was a four-storey mill with water tower at east corner: there was a three-storey extension. The chimney was octagonal. There are traces of a weir sluice and mill race. South of the river was a three-storey mill. The first mill north of the River Mersey was in existence in 1790. It was worked from 1870 by J&G Walthew. In 1891 John and George Walthew, (together with Wellington and Springmount Mills) had 116,960 spindles. It became part of the Fine Spinners and Doublers Association in 1930. [4]
Britannia Mill Reddish South 53°25′19″N 2°09′55″W / 53.4220°N 2.1654°W / 53.4220; -2.1654 (Britannia Mill) Standing
Notes: A weaving mill in use 1870s to 1930s, manufacturing shirtings and towels. 100–200 looms. Occupied by Reuben Fildes, the Robert Atkinson & Co and McKay Mills & Co.[5]
Broadhurst Street Hatworks Davenport & Cale Green [1]
Broadstone Mill Reddish South SJ 892,930 53°26′02″N 2°09′50″W / 53.434°N 2.164°W / 53.434; -2.164 (Broadstone Mill, Reddish) 1903 Standing 56
Reddish, Broadstone Mill 3525.JPG Notes: A double mill with twin chimneys, only one mill survives.[6]
Canal Street Hat/Box Factory Brinnington & Central [1]
Carringtons Hat Works Davenport & Cale Green [2]
Chadkirk Mill Bredbury Green & Romiley [1]
Cheadle (Bleach) Works Cheadle & Gatley SJ854890 53°23′53″N 2°13′16″W / 53.398°N 2.221°W / 53.398; -2.221 (Cheadle Lower Mill)
Cheadle Lower Mill - - 558432.jpg Notes: Cheadle Lower Mill, often called Cheadle Bleachworks, and now renamed, The Bleachworks, is on a site used for this purpose since the 12th century.[1]
Churchgate Mill Lavender's Brow, Brinnington & Central  53°24′33″N 2°09′12″W / 53.4092°N 2.1532°W / 53.4092; -2.1532 (Churchgate Mill) 1828 Standing 189
Churchgate Mill (geograph 3656899).jpg Notes: Built by 1828, later mill on site 3-storey. In 1880s spinning sewing and knitting yarn. in 1891 Samuel Bunting and Co had (together with Newbridge Lane Mill) 16,000 spindles. [7]
Compstall Bridge Works Marple North [1]
Compstall Mill Marple North 
Compstall Mills 0161.JPG Notes: 1891-George Andrew and Sons, 56,162 spindles and 1,100 looms. [1]
Demmings Bleaching Works Cheadle & Gatley [1]
East Bank Mill Carrington Road, Brinnington & Central  
Notes: 1891-William Wilkinson and Sons, 2000 spindles[1]
Goyt Mill, Bredbury Brinnington, Bredbury border SJ910910 53°24′57″N 2°08′13″W / 53.4159°N 2.1370°W / 53.4159; -2.1370 (Goyt Mill, Bredbury) 1840 1981 141
Notes: Main building parallel to the river was a four-storey brick-built non-fireproof construction. There were 2 rows of cast-iron columns and iron roof ties. The five-storey extension was 100 ft by 120 ft with three rows of cast-iron columns. It was purchased by Isaac Pearson around 1890. Taken over by Fine Cotton Spinners and Doublers Association.[8]
Goyt Mill, Hawk Green, Marple Stott and Sons Marple South 53°23′07″N 2°03′54″W / 53.3852°N 2.0651°W / 53.3852; -2.0651 (Goyt Mill, Marple) 1905 Standing 55
Goyt Mill.jpg Notes: Goyt Mill was built in 1905 by Jonathan Partington of Middleton for the Goyt Spinning Company, to a design by Stott and Sons. It is a six-storey with a total floor area 260,000 sq.ft. on its 6 floors. It had 82,000 mule spindles and 45,000 ring spindles, spinning 24 and 38 twist and 22 and 46 mule weft. All the machinery was by John Hetherington &Sons of Ancoats. The 165 carding engines, 25 draw frames, 26 intermediate frames, 50 roving frames were on the bottom two floors, the 30 pairs of mules were on the top three floors. It employed 480 mill staff and 12 office staff. The engine was a Carel Frères 2500 IHP condensing drop valve, cross compound ( 5ft 3in stroke, 27in and 63in bore). There were six Lancashire boilers with the firing end facing the Macclesfield Canal. The coal for its engine was supplied from the mines at Poynton and in Staffordshire.It was supplied directly to the boiler by a steam crane. The mill is now in multiple use.[1][9]
Hallam Mill
a.k.a. Heaviley Mill
Davenport & Cale  
Hallam Mill, Stockport (geograph 4930968).jpg Notes: 1891-Ephraim Hallam. The former Squirrel Sweet Works. Home of a photo studio.[1]
Hampstead Mill Stepping Hill  [1]
Heapriding Mill Edgeley & Cheadle  SJ886902 53°24′31″N 2°10′15″W / 53.408682°N 2.170758°W / 53.408682; -2.170758 (Heapriding Mill)
Notes: A six-storey mill and weaving shed, that had 10,000 mule spindles in 1909. Occupied by John Greaves Son & Co in 1872 and John Edward Clegg in 1887. In 1891 Clegg had 6000 spindles and Samuel Holland 300 spindles.[4]
Hempshaw Lane Works Manor 
Notes: 1891- George Hooley and Son [1]
Hopes Carr Hatworks Brinnington & Central [1]
Houldsworth Mill Abraham Stott Reddish North  1865 Standing 152
Reddish, Houldsworth Mill 3484.JPG Notes: Grade II* listed [10] [6]
Kershaws Tannery Brinnington & Central  [1]
Kingston Mill Chestergate, Edgeley & Cheadle  53°24′31″N 2°10′09″W / 53.4086°N 2.1692°W / 53.4086; -2.1692 (Kingston Mill, Stockport)
Stockport, Kingston Mill 3476.JPG Notes: 1891-Lucas Micholls, and Co, 33460 spindles[2]
Lancashire Hill Ropery Reddish South 53°25′19″N 2°09′50″W / 53.4220°N 2.1638°W / 53.4220; -2.1638 (Lancashire Hill Ropery) Standing
Notes: Reuben Rivett used it in the 1880 to make main drive ropes, later it was occupied by the Lancashire Hill Rope & Twine Co Ltd.[1][11]
Lincoln Bennett Hat Works Edgeley & Cheadle  [1]
Lockside Mill Marple North SJ926890 53°23′53″N 2°06′47″W / 53.398°N 2.113°W / 53.398; -2.113 (Lockside Mill) 1801 Standing 216
Marple Lock 9 Oldknows Warehouse 0381.JPG Notes: Now called Lockside Mill, this canal side warehouse was built in 1801 by Samuel Oldknow. It is a three-storey 7- by 3-bay stone-built building with internal canal arm parallel to the canal, with cart entrance on the first floor. It is on the top pound of Lock 9, by lock 10.[1][12]
Lower Carrs Mill Brinnington & Central  SJ 898902 53°24′32″N 2°09′18″W / 53.409°N 2.155°W / 53.409; -2.155 (Lower Carrs Mill) 1800 175
Notes: There were three mills built by Samuel Oldknow on Hopes Carr.In 1891 Samuel Bunting and Co had 13,926 spindles.
Lower Carr Mill:Built before 1900 on site of former silk mill. A room and power mill in the early 19th century. An earlier 5-storey mill built over Carr Brook, with a mill dam to the south. It was 30 ft wide, and cast-iron pillars added to support the floor. A later 5-storey mill(1826) to the west, parallel to Hopes Carr, This is 80 ft long by 35 ft wide with cast-iron pillars in the centre at 9 ft intervals.
Middle Carr Mill:
Upper Carr Mill:
Stockport Navigation: was a short canal/reservoir that was built here on the Carr Brook to improve the flow to the water mills. The scheme involved a steep embankment at the top end, and a siphon under Waterloo Road.[13]
Stockport Aircrash 1964: This happened at this point in Hopes Carr.
Marriot Street Mill Brinnington & Central  53°24′13″N 2°09′21″W / 53.4035°N 2.1557°W / 53.4035; -2.1557 (Marriott Street Mill) Standing
Marriott Street Mill, Stockport.jpg Notes: Now an apartment building[1]
Meadow Mill Brinnington & Central 53°25′04″N 2°09′09″W / 53.4177°N 2.1524°W / 53.4177; -2.1524 (Meadow Mill) 1880 Standing 137
Meadow Mill, Stockport - - 733198.jpg Notes: Grade II listed building [15] Owen Ashmore in The Industrial Archaeology of North-west England (1982) lists this as Meadow Mill (not Valley Mills). Circa 1880 built for T & J Leigh, cotton and wool spinning. Had 120,000 spindles in 1914. Twin six-storey brick built mills with ornamental engine house between. Fireproof construction. Cast-iron pillars between windows on top storey. ,[2][16]
New Mill Reddish North [1]
Oak Street Shed Hazel Grove  [1]
Oakwood Mill Bredbury Green & Romiley 
Notes: Tipping and Plant, 34,000 spindles.[1]
Pear New Mill A.H. Stott,
P S Stott
Bredbury  53°24′50″N 2°08′03″W / 53.4138°N 2.1341°W / 53.4138; -2.1341 (Pear New Mill) 1912 Standing 66
Pear Mill, Bredbury - - 686556.jpg Notes: A Grade II* listed building [17] Pear Mill, Stockport, was an Edwardian mill, one of the last cotton spinning mills to be built, commencing production in July 1913. The architects were A.H. Stott & Sons and the building is typical of their work. It was constructed with concrete floors, and meticulous detailing. The power was provided by a Manhattan type steam engine by George Saxon & Co. Transmission was by rope drives. The mill had 137,312 mule spindles which remained until the 1950s when they were replaced by 33,636 ring spindles, the mill being electrified at the same time. It ceased operation as a textile mill in March 1978[2][18]
Portwood Hatworks Brinnington & Central  [2]
Primrose Mill Mellor SJ 899911 53°24′03″N 2°01′55″W / 53.4009°N 2.032°W / 53.4009; -2.032 (Primrose Mill) 1780 1961 181
Notes: Was built as a Fulling Mill in 1780, enlarged in the 1820s and used as a cotton spinning mill. It was finally used eventually used for spinning and weaving gas mantles. It was burnt down in 1961, the site is used commercially by Marple Polymer Processors[1]
Reddish Spinning Co.,
Victoria Mill (North mill)
North Reddish  53°26′24″N 2°09′55″W / 53.4400°N 2.1653°W / 53.4400; -2.1653 (Reddish Spinning Co., Victoria Mill) 1870 Standing 147
Reddish, Victoria and Elizabeth Mills 3494.JPG Notes: Built by the said company in 1870, which became part of the Fine Cotton Spinners and Doublers Association in 1898. Together the mills had 133,000 mule spindles in 1909. The north mill had four storeys and with cast-iron pillars. Water and stair tower at SE corner joins the middle mill. The mules were supplied by Dobson & Barlow including 40 hand mules. They produced fine and super fine counts. In 2010 marketed as apartments, in Houldsworth Village development[19][20]
Reddish Spinning Co.,
Elisabeth Mill (Middle Mill)
North Reddish  53°26′21″N 2°09′55″W / 53.4393°N 2.1652°W / 53.4393; -2.1652 (Reddish Spinning Co., Elisabeth Mill) 1870 Standing 147
Reddish, Victoria and Elizabeth Mills 3501.JPG Notes: Built by the said company in 1870, which became part of the Fine Cotton Spinners and Doublers Association in 1898. Together the mills had 133,000 mule spindles in 1909. The middle mill had four storeys and with 6 rows of cast-iron pillars, 17 pillars in a row. Powered by a 500 hp, horizontal John Musgrave & Sons engine- produced fine to super fine counts. In 2010 marketed as apartments, in Houldsworth Village development[19][20]
Reddish Spinning Co.,
(South mill)
North Reddish 53°26′20″N 2°09′57″W / 53.4390°N 2.1658°W / 53.4390; -2.1658 (Reddish Spinning Co., South Mill)
Notes: A two-storey + cellar mill with 5 rows of cast-iron columns[20]
Reynolds Mill a.k.a. Cromer Street Mill Brinnington & Central, Portwood 53°24′48″N 2°08′41″W / 53.4132°N 2.1448°W / 53.4132; -2.1448 (Reynolds Mill)
Stockport, Cromer St Mill 6474.JPG Notes:
Shaw Heath Mill
a.k.a. Holland's Mill
Shaw Heath, Brinnington & Central   2007
Hollands Mill gate post (geograph 3848590).jpg Notes: 1891-Shaw Heath Mills Co Ltd, 8000 spindles
2007-Demolished after storm damage.[1]
Sovereign Works Edgeley & Cheadle  [1]
Springmount Mill
Brinksway Bank Bleach and Printworks
Edgeley & Cheadle  53°24′22″N 2°10′45″W / 53.4061°N 2.1792°W / 53.4061; -2.1792 (Springmount Mill, Brinksway Bank Bleach and Pintworks)
Disused Mill - Edgeley (geograph 2828958).jpg Notes: A three-storey mill, with 2-storey extension. A five-storey mill with arched brick windows and stair tower to south with cast-iron water tank above. Separate boiler house with round chimney. Later three-storey buildings on Brinksway. 1891-John and George Walthew, (together with Wellington and Brinksway Mills) 116,960 spindles. Taken over by Fine Cotton Spinners and Doublers Association[2]
Spur Mill Reddish South 53°25′46″N 2°09′40″W / 53.4295°N 2.1612°W / 53.4295; -2.1612 (Spur Mill) 1907 Standing 65
Notes: A 1907, single-storey doubling mill with 20,000 spindles. Closed in 1972[20]
Swallow Mill Brinnington & Central  [1]
T W Bracher Leather Brinnington & Central  [1]
Thorn Works Bredbury  [1]
Throstle Grove Mill Manor SJ 894907 53°24′47″N 2°09′40″W / 53.413°N 2.161°W / 53.413; -2.161 (Throstle Grove Mill) 1820 1870 50
Notes: Ralph Orrell Spinning[7]
Unity Mill Bredbury  [1]
Valley Mill Hazel Grove [1]
Vernon Mill Portwood, Brinnington & Central  53°24′51″N 2°08′45″W / 53.4143°N 2.1457°W / 53.4143; -2.1457 (Vernon Mill) Standing
Stockport, Vernon Mill 6485.JPG Notes: Graces Guide 1891 Portwood; 150,000 spindles, 45'/55' weft, 30'/42' twist. Grade II listed building [21]
1891-Vernon Cotton Spinning Co, Stockport, Ltd, 150,000 spindles[2]
Victoria Dye Works Hempshaw lane, Manor SJ907895 53°24′07″N 2°08′28″W / 53.402°N 2.141°W / 53.402; -2.141 (Victoria Dye Works)
Notes: Documented from the late 19th century.
1891-Oswald Hazeldine (dyer and sizer)[1]
Victoria Mill South Reddish 53°25′50″N 2°09′40″W / 53.4306°N 2.1612°W / 53.4306; -2.1612 (Victoria Mill)
Notes: Four-storey.
For the Victoria Mill in North Reddish see: Reddish Spinning Co., Victoria Mill (North mill)[1][20]
Virginia Mill Manor SJ 899892 53°24′00″N 2°09′11″W / 53.400°N 2.153°W / 53.400; -2.153 (Virginia Mill) Standing
Virginia Mills, Stockport.jpg Notes: Two-storey building on Hillgate. Documented in 1872[7]
Waterloo Mill Brinnington & Central  
Notes: 1891-John Reynolds, 4,000 spindles[1]
Wear Mill a.k.a. Weir Mill Edgeley & Cheadle  53°24′32″N 2°09′57″W / 53.4090°N 2.1658°W / 53.4090; -2.1658 (Wear Mill) 1884 Standing 133
Stockport, Wear Mill 3474.JPG Notes: Grade II listed building[22]
1891-Thomas Fernley and Sons, 60,000 spindles [2]
Welkin Mill Bredbury  53°25′10″N 2°08′04″W / 53.4194°N 2.1345°W / 53.4194; -2.1345 (Welkin Mill) Standing
Welkin Mill, Bredbury 3396.JPG Notes: Grade II listed building[1]
Wellington Mill Wellington Road South Brinnington & Central 53°24′31″N 2°09′44″W / 53.4085°N 2.1622°W / 53.4085; -2.1622 (Wellington Mill) Standing
Stockport, Wellington Mill 3466.JPG Notes: Grade II listed building [23] [24]
Wellington Mill, a.k.a. Wellington Bridge Mill, was originally an early fireproof cotton spinning mill[25][23] built in 1830–1831. In 1891 John and George Walthew, (together with Springmount and Brinksway Mills) had 116,960 spindles. Became a hat works in the 1890s.[26] From 2000 it has housed the Hat Works museum.[27] [28][29]
Wellington Works (formally Botany Mill) Woodley, Bredbury  53°25′50″N 2°06′07″W / 53.4306°N 2.1019°W / 53.4306; -2.1019 (Wellington Works) Standing
Wellington Works, Bredbury.jpg Notes: Now Morrell's paint works[2]
Wood Mill, Woodley Woodley, Stockport 53°25′57″N 2°06′08″W / 53.4324°N 2.1022°W / 53.4324; -2.1022 (Wood Mill) 1964
Wood Mill, Woodley, just prior to demolition (1963).jpg Notes: [1]

Other Mills[edit]

Name Architect Location Built Demolished Served
Albert South Reddish 53°25′36″N 2°09′43″W / 53.4268°N 2.1619°W / 53.4268; -2.1619 (Albert) 1845 172
Notes: A four-storey mill built by Robert Hyde Greg. In 1911 it had 50,000 spindles[6]
Albion Mill Hazel Grove 
Albion Mills, Hazel Grove - - 377560.jpg Notes:
see: Beehive
 53°24′59″N 2°09′13″W / 53.4164°N 2.1536°W / 53.4164; -2.1536 (Alligator)
aka Bankfield
aka Halliday's Bleach and Dye Works
Reddish Newtown 53°25′15″N 2°09′37″W / 53.4208°N 2.1604°W / 53.4208; -2.1604 (Bankside)
Notes: Bankfield mill was 6-storey mill, using water from the Reddish Canal for its condensor.[30]
Beehive Portwood 53°24′59″N 2°09′13″W / 53.4164°N 2.1536°W / 53.4164; -2.1536 (Beehive)
Notes: A collection of seven mills which were owned by T & J Leigh in 1872.There was an earlier mill on this site known as Brewery Mill, then
  • North East mill:- 6-storeys with water tower at SW corner.
  • Three-storey mill on Brewery St.
  • Three-storey mill to the south
  • North-west Mill:-A four-storey mill on Marsland St
  • Two-storey office block on Water St.
  • Alligator Mill:- 6 storeys. Occupied by the Alligator Rainwear Company until 1978
  • Mill to east:- 4 storeys
The site is now occupied by Tesco[31]
Brewery Street
see Beehive
 53°24′59″N 2°09′13″W / 53.4164°N 2.1536°W / 53.4164; -2.1536 (Brewery Street)[2]
California Mill Joules Court, Stockport 53°24′26″N 2°09′11″W / 53.4072°N 2.1531°W / 53.4072; -2.1531 (California)
Notes: Brick built 2-storey, in use from 1858 to 1890s. In 1880s used for waste spinning and candlewicks. In 1891 it was occupied by Thomas Brandreth with 180 spindles.[7]
California Mills Stockport 
Notes: 1891- J. and W.H. Lomas, 500 spindles, T. Marsland and Son, 900 spindles and J.W. and J.G. Davies, with 312 spindles
Cataract Bridge Mill Longhurst Lane, Mellor, Stockport 53°23′47″N 2°02′47″W / 53.3964°N 2.0464°W / 53.3964; -2.0464 (Cataract Bridge Mill) Standing
Notes: In 2010 redundant, planning application pending for conversion to housing.
Coronation Newtown Reddish 53°25′18″N 2°09′44″W / 53.4216°N 2.1623°W / 53.4216; -2.1623 (Coronation)
Notes: Occupied by J&T Read in 1872. Occupied by Balfe and Co. (doublers) in 1891 who, together with West Gorton Mill, had 6,500 spindles. 1900-John Whittaker & Son. Backing onto the Reddish Canal it had 35,000 spindles.[6]
Crow Park Portwood SJ 899911 53°25′01″N 2°09′11″W / 53.417°N 2.153°W / 53.417; -2.153 (Crow Park) 1833 184
Notes: A fireproof mill built of brick in 1833, it is six storeys plus basement and attic.The main rooms are 120 ft by 48 to 50 ft. The brick archeded floors are supported by cast-iron beams carried on two rows of cast-iron pillars, set 9 ft apart. Shafting was carried on brackets attached to the beams. The engine house was separate to the west of the mill. There was an earlier mill (Crow Park Wing Mill) believed to be 6 or 7 storeys that was narrower, having one row of pillars and cast-iron beams.[8][14]
Dysart Street Shed  Great Moor SJ909882 53°23′28″N 2°08′17″W / 53.391°N 2.138°W / 53.391; -2.138 (Dysart Street Shed)
Notes: Producing towelling in 1909 from 100 looms[32]
Elder Romiley, Marple 53°24′41″N 2°05′47″W / 53.4114°N 2.0963°W / 53.4114; -2.0963 (Elder)
Notes: Elder Mill was powered by a 600 hp vertical cross compound engine by Daniel Adamson, installed in 1937. It had a 3 ft stroke. It ran at 106 rpm. The flywheel was 16 ft.[33]
aka Warren Street Mill
 53°24′49″N 2°09′18″W / 53.4135°N 2.1551°W / 53.4135; -2.1551 (Faulder's) 1989
Notes: Rebuilt after a fire in 1871. Acquired in the 1890s by Henry Faulder & Co for use as a cocoa and chocolate factory.[34]
Gorsey Bank Higher Brinksway SJ878899 53°24′21″N 2°10′58″W / 53.405967°N 2.182782°W / 53.405967; -2.182782 (Gorsey Bank)
Notes: Main mill is two storeys plus basement, featuring 5 rows of cast-iron columns, flat roof with parapet. Second mill to the east, brick built three-storey mill with basement. It was powered by a 1908, 400 hp horizontal tandem compound engine by J & E Wood of Bolton. Lancashire boiler by Galloways of Manchester with Greens economiser and flue to octagonal chimney.
1891-Gorsey Bank Doubling Co, 12,000 spindles[4]
Hanover Mills Reddish 53°25′41″N 2°09′41″W / 53.4280°N 2.1613°W / 53.4280; -2.1613 (Hanover Mills) 1865 152
Notes: Hanover Mill was built in 1865 for cotton spinning and doubling by Heywards, but in 1889 was converted to make silk, velvet, woven fur etc.[19]
Heaton Mersey Works  
Hollins Mill Stockport Road, Marple  1957
Notes: Built early 1800s for Charles Walmsley
c.1860 Bought by Samuel Hodgkinson and the Carver family
1954-Closed down
Hope  [2]
India Heaton Mersey SJ 888903 53°24′35″N 2°10′04″W / 53.409585°N 2.167752°W / 53.409585; -2.167752 (India)
Notes: A combined mill. In 1891 it was occupied by Kershaw, Leese and Co with 89,700 spindles. In 1909 it had 90,000 spindles and 1800 looms.[5]
Lancashire Hill Mill
see Rivett's Mill
Logwood   1732 285
Notes: An early silk throwing mill. It was one of the first three silk throwing mills in the UK, set up by John Guardivaglio in 1732. It was built in the park, with the blessing of Lord Warren on the site of a logwood mill, that ground logwood to create dyestuffs. Twelve years later they dammed the Carr Brook (tin Brook) to build a further mill, and then another at the confluence of the Carr Brook and the River Mersey. There were 2000 silk throwing workers by 1760.These early silk mills built up a labour force accustomed to factory work- that was on hand for cotton in the 1780s[35]
Mellor Mill Marple SJ970878 53°23′13″N 2°02′49″W / 53.387°N 2.047°W / 53.387; -2.047 (Mellor Mill) 1793 1892 99
West view mellor muslin mill2.jpg Notes: This was a six-storey, 42 feet wide and 210 feet long mill with additional 3-storey wings making it 400 ft in all. The mill was built for Samuel Oldknow and used to spin coarse counts. It was originally driven by the Wellington water wheel. The River Goyt, and with it the then county boundary between Derbyshire and Cheshire was diverted and a weir built, the leat fed a millpond that in later times was named the Roman Lakes. This in turn fed a second mill pond along with water from reservoir in Linnet Clough. Supplementary power was provided by a second exterior wheel known as the Waterloo wheel.The Mill reached its peak production in 1804, when 10,080 spindles were operating and around 550 people were employed. In 1891 it was occupied by John Clayton and Co Ltd with 26,656 spindles. It was destroyed by fire in 1892.[36]
Middle Mill
see Reddish Spinning Co
Houldsworth Street, Reddish,  SJ891937 53°26′24″N 2°09′58″W / 53.440°N 2.166°W / 53.440; -2.166 (Middle Mill)[37] 1874 143
Newbridge Lane  
Notes: 1891-Charles Cheetham and Co, (together with Churchgate Mill) 16,000 spindles; Lowe and Unsworth (waste); Scott Bros, 198 looms; G. H. Swallow [38]
Newbridge Mill Stockport 
Notes: 1891-Milne J. Stott, 15,400 spindles
Newbridge Mills Stockport 
Notes: 1891-Henry Marriott and Co (bleachers or dyers)
North Mill
see Reddish Spinning Co.,
Reddish,  SJ891937 53°26′24″N 2°09′58″W / 53.440°N 2.166°W / 53.440; -2.166 (North Mill)[39] 1870 147
Orrell's Mill
a.k.a. Travis Brook Mill
Travis Street, Heaton Norris SJ 886903 53°24′32″N 2°10′23″W / 53.409°N 2.173°W / 53.409; -2.173 (Orrell's Mill) 1834 183
Orrell's Mill Ure p296c.png Notes: A grade II listed building.[40]. A historical significant mill that was used as a principal example in Andrew Ure's book. It pioneered the use of the cast-iron I-beam. It was built by William Fairbairn for Ralph Orrell. Originally a six-storey combined mill 280 ft by 50 ft, with side wings. It was designed to house 125,000 throstle and 33,000 mule spindles. Later in 1891 it was recorded as being occupied by Robert M'Clure and Sons, with 140,000 spindles and 993 looms The original beam engine was replaced around 1912, and a new separate engine house built. At this time a rope race was added to the mill to replace the former fixed vertical main shaft. It was damaged by fire in the 1960s, and one storey was removed, and was demolished in the ?1980s. [11][41]
Palmer Mills Portwood 53°24′52″N 2°08′48″W / 53.4144°N 2.1466°W / 53.4144; -2.1466 (Palmer Mills)
Notes: 1891- Palmer Mills Co, Limited, 167,000 spindles[38]
Reddish Mills
see Houldsworth's Mill
Reddish Vale Printworks Reddish Vale 53°26′11″N 2°08′39″W / 53.4363°N 2.1443°W / 53.4363; -2.1443 (Reddish Vale Printworks)
Notes: Started before 1800 by James Fletcher a calico printer. In 1840,Becker Bros & Co had 4 printing machines and 118 block printing tables. Taken over by Bradshaw, Hammond & Co in 1862 and then the Calico Printers' Association in 1899. It was originally drive by water taken by a race from the River Tame. Later there was a central engine house, and a reservoir for condensing.[20]
Rivett's a.k.a. Lancashire Hill Mill Lancashire Hill, Heaton Norris 53°25′16″N 2°09′48″W / 53.4212°N 2.1632°W / 53.4212; -2.1632 (Rivett's)
Notes: Thomas Rivett in 1887, then Joseph Rivett & Sons until taken over by the Fine Cotton Spinners and Doublers Association. It had an Octagonal Brick Chimney, was a three-storey mill with an open cast-iron water tank.[5]
Springfield Longshut Lane SJ 897894 53°24′04″N 2°09′22″W / 53.401°N 2.156°W / 53.401; -2.156 (Springfield)
Notes: 1891-Barker and Co Ltd
In 1897 this single-storey mill was weaving towelling on 260 looms[32]
Squirrel Works  
Stockport Ring Mills Heaton Norris 53°24′26″N 2°10′39″W / 53.4071°N 2.1774°W / 53.4071; -2.1774 (Stockport Ring Mills)
Brooks and Doxey Stockport Ring Mill TM141.jpg Notes: Three mills 1892–1911 that ran 200,000 spindles.
  • No 1 Mill : three-storey brick built with boiler house and circular chimney
  • No 2 Mill : five-storey brick built mill large engine house and twin boiler house. A north side tower with white lettering.
  • No 3 Mill : two-storey
Became part of Lancashire Cotton Corporation, but sold by 1951[11]
Strines Print Works Strines, Marple 53°22′35″N 2°02′23″W / 53.3765°N 2.0396°W / 53.3765; -2.0396 (Strines Print Works)
Notes: Acquired by the Calico Printers' Association in 1899.[42]
Top Mill Bredbury & Woodley 
Travis Brook Mill
see Orrell's Mill
Travis Street, Heaton Norris 53°24′32″N 2°10′23″W / 53.409°N 2.173°W / 53.409; -2.173 (Travis Brook Mill)
Notes: A grade II listed building.[40][11][41]
Wards Hat Factory  
Waterloo Road Mill  [43]


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