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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1388070



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
BoltonMetropolitan AuthorityNon Civil Parish

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 26-Apr-1974

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 476068

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SD70NW HIGHER SWAN LANE 797-1/4/123 (West side) 26/04/74 Swan Lane Mills Nos. 1 AND 2


Formerly known as: Cotton Mill HIGHER SWAN LANE. Cotton spinning mills. Built in 2 phases to form a double mill 1903 and 1906. Stott and Sons of Oldham, architects. Brick with flat concrete roof built to house reservoir, and internal construction of cast-iron columns and brick arched ceilings. Although the mills were built separately, they form a single block and were built to a common style. No.1 mill (to the west) was built in 1903, with No.2 mill added in 1906. EXTERIOR: both mills are 5 storeys with a basement; No.1 mill is 25x5 bays, No.2 mill 23x6 bays. Both have wide segmentally arched windows, many blind in end walls, and some blocked in principal elevations. Neither mill has an internal subdivision, the processes separated by storeys, although the end walls of both mills now form an important lateral division separating processes. Projecting stair towers towards each end in south wall. Projecting double engine house to north-west. apparently built as a double house with No.1 mill in anticipation of the addition of No.2 mill; rope race tower projecting behind it. Minimal decoration to both mills, comprising yellow brick eaves band and stone dentilled cornice, with some Italianate detail on the towers, which have balustraded parapets. No.1 mill has single storey and basement extension to north side, possibly originally a card room extension, but now forming warehousing. No.2 mill has 2 storey office block attached to the mill adjacent to the site entrance. Chimney with emblem of swan in white lettering (not surviving to its full original height) adjacent to the engine houses, and possible boiler houses alongside. INTERIOR: not inspected. HISTORY: at the time of completion of the second mill, the complex formed the largest spinning mill in the world. In 1914, Swan Lane Mill No.3 (qv) was added to the site. (Williams M: Cotton Mills in Greater Manchester: London: 1993-).

Listing NGR: SD7074007548

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Williams, M , Cotton Mills in Greater Manchester, (1992)

National Grid Reference: SD7074007548


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