SD9303 : Maple Mills

taken 8 years ago, near to Bardsley, Oldham, Great Britain

Maple Mills
Maple Mills
The remains of the west wall and the huge mound of rubble resulting from the devastating fire of April 2009.
This shows to good effect the layout of the end of the building. The blank walls left would have housed toilets and the access to the main staircase in the tower. Then comes an open circulating space in front of the goods lift, the sliding doors to which can be clearly seen. Beyond this is the rope race. Various metal frames can be seen built into the brickwork which would have carried bearings for the line-shafting, oil from which has stained the walls. The shafts would have had pulleys attached inside the rope race, driven directly by ropes running round the flywhell of the steam engine.
Maple Mill
This is a double mill, but consisting of two independent blocks rather than a large symmetrical building. Both mills are to the design of P.S.Stott, No.1 mill was built in 1904 and No.2 in 1915 to a very similar design. Both were spinning mule mills. Interestingly, the engines driving each mill were very different, that for No.1 being a vertical triple expansion unit of 1000hp by Saxon, that for No.2 being an 1800hp horizontal by Urmson and Thompson.
On April 21, 2009, No.2 Mill suffered a disastrous fire which resulted in the destruction of the bulk of the structure. In June 2010 only the western facade with its tower and the engine house survived; the rest was just a huge pile of rubble.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 29 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 5 July, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 9306 0326 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:31.5574N 2:6.3693W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 9311 0323
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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