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Aerial view of Houldsworth Mill (left) and Broadstone Mills (right), about 1931.
Image Number: 5000076
TitleAerial view of Houldsworth Mill (left) and Broadstone Mills (right), about 1931.
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CreatorRoyal Commission for the Historic Monuments of England
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DescriptionHouldsworth Mill, built in 1865 by William Henry Houldsworth. Broadstone Mills were constructed in 1903-7 and briefly held the record as the largest cotton-spinning mill in the world. Both Houldsworth Mill and Broadstone Mills were 'double mills', comprising twin factories powered from a central engine house.
Designed by A. H. Stott of Oldham, Houldsworth Mill has a symmetrical Italianate fašade rising dramatically above the rows of workers housing to the east. The mill consists of two five-storeyed blocks of eighteen bays used for spinning, separated by a narrower central block of nine bays containing warehousing, offices and the main entrance. The central block is flanked by two Italianate stair towers and features a large clock and cupola on the parapet. Now developed into a block of flats..
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Date Created1931
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Manufacturer/PublisherRoyal Commission for the Historic Monuments of England
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Holding OrganisationGreater Manchester Archaeological Unit
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Accession NumberSMR2501
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