SD7107 : Grecian Mills from the south

taken 6 years ago, near to Bolton, Great Britain

Grecian Mills from the south
Grecian Mills from the south
The original 1845 mill building forms the main block in the centre. The projecting block to the right is a later 19th century extension. The later engine house with its range of 5 round headed windows projects to the left of the mill. The area to the right of the picture was occupied by a doubling mill, now demolished. The immediate foreground was originally occupied by lodges/reservoirs which would have become redundant when the steam engines were replaced with electricity.
Grecian Mills
The Grecian Mills site is particularly interesting for the range of buildings of different types and dates. The original mill of 5 storeys dates from 1845 and represents a very large mill for this date.

Subsequent buildings, mainly concerned with secondary operations to the main spinning process, are dated 1859, 1869, 1878 and 1925. The last named is an unusual late extension to the original 1845 mill in an architectural style that matches new-build mills of the same period. The site is Listed Grade II, principally because of the way that it represents the organic growth of the mill with a diversity of buildings.

Most of the buildings are still in use housing a diversity of industrial, warehousing and retail businesses.
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, 21 August, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 30 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Industry 
Former (from Tags)
Textile Mill  Engine House 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 7165 0787 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:34.0001N 2:25.7715W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 71651 07812
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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