SJ8599 : Rochdale Canal and Victoria Mill

3 km from Manchester, Great Britain

Rochdale Canal and Victoria Mill
Rochdale Canal and Victoria Mill
A view along the towpath of the Rochdale Canal from lock#80 (Coalpit Lower) towards lock#79 and the impressive Victoria Mill.

Victoria Mill is Miles Platting’s most prominent building. A huge former textile mill which looms over the Rochdale Canal. The six-storey building is composed of two symmetrical mill blocks separated by an engine house. Its distinctive chimney rises within a stair tower and at roof level there is a gallery of windows.

The mill was built in two phases in 1869 and 1873 to a design by the famous Bolton architect George Woodhouse. The mill was built for William Holland who moved his textile business to Miles Platting from his Adelphi Mill in Salford.

The Victoria Mill continued to operate until the 1960s but once it closed it fell into an almost derelict condition until it was restored in the 1990s. Today it is home to apartments, an adult learning centre, and NHS offices.

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Rochdale Canal
The Rochdale Canal runs for 33 miles between Manchester and Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire, UK. In Sowerby Bridge it connects with the Calder and Hebble Navigation. In Manchester it connects with the Ashton and Bridgewater Canals.

The canal was opened between Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden and from Manchester to Rochdale in 1799 and between Todmorden and Rochdale in 1805. Most of the canal was closed in 1952. Restoration work began in late 1980s and by 1996 the canal was opened to navigation once again between Sowerby Bridge and the summit level. The canal was re-opened to navigation along its entire length in July 2002 and forms part of the South Pennine Ring.

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Saturday, 29 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Sunday, 30 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Canals  Industry  Suburb, Urban fringe  Historic sites and artefacts 
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Rochdale Canal 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8584 9916 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.3375N 2:12.8926W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8578 9910
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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