SD9104 : Hartford Mill

taken 8 years ago, near to Oldham, Great Britain

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Hartford Mill
Hartford Mill
The western end of this now derelict mill. Although Listed Grade II, it cannot be long before the demolition teams arrive. The former access road to the mill is now a contractor's yard for the Metrolink development.
Hartford Mill
Built in 1907 to the design of F.W.Dixon, this is one of the few mills in Oldham to have listed building status. Listed Grade II.
The following is taken from the English Heritage listing:
"Cotton spinning mill. 1907. By FW Dixon for the Hartford Mill (Oldham) Company Ltd. Extended 1920 and 1924.
Probably cast-iron and steel-framed with concrete flooring,
and brick walls with large areas of window. Steam powered with rope transmission. 4 and 5 storeys accommodating to sloping site, 25 bays long and 12 bays wide. Corners of main building stressed with wider pilasters between the windows, otherwise ornamentation confined to tower which projects from NW corner and rises 2 stages above main roofline, in heavy Baroque style with stone dressings, including chamfered cornice below lantern-like upper storey possibly missing former dome.
Additional stair tower in centre of north elevation, with
stone pedimented cornice. Wide windows to each bay, with panelled pilasters to upper storey only. Present loading bays in north east range. Single-storeyed extension to card room along south elevation.
Power transmission at SW of main block, the engine house projecting and expressed as 5 window range and 3 storeys. Rope race in western elevation, which has triple central windows flanked by blind panels with pilasters at angles. Boiler house detached to west of mill, and chimney to south of engine house, with mill name and corbelled bands in white brick."
Sadly, earlier plans to develop it for housing and workshops failed to materialise and it is now in a condition where refurbishment is unlikely to be viable. The engine was one of the largest locally, being an 1800hp twin tandem compound engine by Urmson and Thompson, reputedly the only one of this configuration built by this firm. The engine house is lined with superb Art Nouveau style glazed tiles.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 29 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 5 July, 2010
Cotton mill (disused)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 9106 0454 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:32.2459N 2:8.1817W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 9094 0454
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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