SD5919 : Canal Mill (Botany Bay)

taken 7 years ago, near to Chorley, Lancashire, Great Britain

Canal Mill (Botany Bay)
Canal Mill (Botany Bay)
This area was formerly known as Knowley Moss. It was christened “Botany Bay” during the time that it was being used as a base for navvies building the Lancaster Canal (now part of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal); locals likened it to the penal colony in Australia. (LinkExternal link -

After the building of the canal, several mills developed in the area. This one, Canal Mill opened in 1856 and was used to manufacture various cotton goods until the late 1950’s when it closed down due to a general decline of the cotton industry.

After ceasing textiles production, the mill was used for truck and vehicle repairs until the early 1990s, when it was turned into a “Themed Visitor Attraction” which officially opened on the 1st December 1995.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 26 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Thursday, 26 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  Industry 
Place (from Tags)
Botany Bay 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 5906 1923 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:40.0761N 2:37.2664W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 5908 1955
View Direction
SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Former Mill  Converted Mill  Retail Outlet  Visitor Attraction  Garden Centre  Shopping  Nineteenth Century  19th Century  Victorian 

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