SD7113 : Brook and Bridge Mills

taken 6 years ago, near to Toppings, Bolton, Great Britain

Brook and Bridge Mills
Brook and Bridge Mills
When the site was at its height, there was another mill to the right of Brook Mill (left) which would have completely obscured Bridge Mill in the background; the modern car park site was also completely built over.
Eagley Mills
The three extant mill buildings at Eagley are all that remains of a much larger textile mill complex on the site. There were two other multi-storey mills, one on the site now occupied by Cottonfields, and the other on the area between Bridge and Brook Mills and Threadfold Way on the south side of the river. A large single storey weaving shed occupied the area now developed as Threadfold Way. Originally developed by James Chadwick and Brother, the mills became part of the Coats empire - best known as makers of sewing threads - in 1896.
Bridge Mill dates back to the earliest period of development at the end of the 18th century.
Brook Mill (formerly Spinning Mill No.2) was erected in 1887 after an earlier mill of 1881 was burnt out.
Valley Mill (formerly Spinning Mill No.3) was built in 1881.
Coats closed the mills in 1972, and after being used for a variety of industrial purposes, eventually most of the site was demolished for housing and the three remaining mill buildings, all Listed Grade II, were converted into apartments by 2007.
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
Wednesday, 25 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 10 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Suburb, Urban fringe  Industry 
Housing (from Tags)
Converted Mill  Apartments 
Former (from Tags)
Textile Mill 
Building Material (from Tags)
Stone and Slate  Stone and Brick 
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Date (from Tags)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7183 1313 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:36.8373N 2:25.6370W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 71807 13163
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Grade II Listed  Car Park 

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