SD9004 : Nile Mill

taken 10 years ago, near to Chadderton, Oldham, Great Britain

Nile Mill
Nile Mill
This is now in multiple occupancy and showing signs of distress. In its heyday it was powered by a monstrous twin beam triple expansion engine (6 cylinders in total). I felt naughty and nervous - not because of the mill but because of the children bottom left.
Nile Mill
This is one of the few mills in the area with listed building status - Listed Grade II
The following is taken from the English Heritage listing details:
"Cotton spinning mill, steam powered. Built as a ring spinning mill in 1898 by P S Stott for the Nile Spinning and Doubling Co. Ltd. Top storey added 1905, the card room extended 1907. Cast-iron and steel-framed with brick-arched ceilings. Brick cladding with flat, probably concrete roof.
PLAN: double mill, with central engine house, partially projecting to rear, and balanced to front by projecting tower.
EXTERIOR: 4 storeys, with carding areas to ground floor, spinning floors above. Each half has 9 bays divided by pilasters and each containing 3 very wide windows. Yellow brick bands as lintels. Decorative corbelling to upper storey. Angle pilasters with corbelled panels to stair towers at each corner. Stone parapet. Card room extensions, single-storeyed in right-hand section, 2-storeyed to left, similarly divided and detailed.
Some alterations to central tower, which possibly housed taking-in doors, but which was altered, probably on conversion to electrical power. Loading doors with hoist to right of 13-bay return elevation.
Engine house partially within the body of the mill, and partially projecting from centre of rear elevation, with 2 round-arched windows, and lower upper windows. Stack with white brick lettering beyond engine house, linked by single storey boiler house. Sprinkler tower above engine house, projecting by one storey above the roof line.
Detached office block to south of the site, single storeyed, brick with painted stone dressings.
The mill is of interest both as a good example of a double mill, and also as a relatively early example of a purpose-built ring spinning mill, the largest in the world at
the time of its construction."
The fabric of the building is in generally rather poor condition (2010), particularly the southern (A) end. The office block is suffering from subsidence and is no longer occupied, and the engine house has lost most of its glazing and is heavily vegetated.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 16 February, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 18 February, 2008
Category
Mill   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 905 043 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:32.1266N 2:8.6882W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 906 040
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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