SD9104 : Hartford Mill and urban decay

taken 10 years ago, near to Oldham, Great Britain

Hartford Mill and urban decay
Hartford Mill and urban decay
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.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 16 February, 2008   (more nearby)
Monday, 18 February, 2008
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 911 045 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:32.2621N 2:8.1455W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 912 044
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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