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Report - Ainsworth Mill, Bolton - May 2015

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by chieftain, May 19, 2015.

  1. chieftain

    chieftain 28DL Full Member
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    Ok so this is my first report so go easy on me, Visited here with @Myths access was straightforward enough and was a nice little wander considering its just up the road. I have found a little bit of history regarding this place although there isn't much.

    History

    The site was in use in 1850. It was reconfigured in 1893. It was driven by a condensing stationary steam engine which required a reservoir or mill lodge to contain water to condense the steam; this was filled in the 1970s. The mill took advantage of the copious soft water to engage in finishing yarn or fabric. The processes involved bleaching, mercerising and dyeing. The industry peaked in 1912 when it produced 8 billion yards of cloth. The great war of 1914–1918 halted the supply of raw cotton, and the British government encouraged its colonys to build mills to spin and weave cotton. The war over, Lancashire never regained its markets. The independent mills were struggling. The Bank of England set up the Lancashire Cotton Corporation in 1929 to attempt to rationalise and save the industry.

    Ainsworth Mill, Breightmet was one of 104 mills bought last by the LCC. It one of the 53 mills that LCC owned in 1950, and was extensively refurbished to provide a mercerising facility. They established a research and quality control laboratory here to service the group and ensure the stability of the colour. Yarn was received from other mills in the group in warp or in hank, and is mercerised, bleached and dyed, then wrapped into hank, cone, quiller pirn, back beam, weaver's beam, cheese or precision wound multiple end cheese as required. On LCC demise, Ainsworth Mill continued in business as a bleaching and dyeing work until the dyeing company that went into liquidation in 2006. The works is derelict, but surveys have been done showing an intention of bring the mill back into industrial use.

    I havent managed to find anything online with regards to bringing the mill back into industrial use.

    heres a link I found of a picture within the mill around 1910 : https://www.flickr.com/photos/manchesterarchiveplus/5238930878/

    anyway heres some shots from the visit.
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    Thanks for looking :thumb.
     
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  2. dweeb

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    That's a good first report. Shame there is not much left in there but good work all the same,keep at it!
     
  3. Miss Mayhem

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    That's a nice first report you have there,
    Good shots and cheers for sharing :thumb
     
  4. Myths

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    Top work there pal. Puts mine to shame. Keep it up!
     
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    Nice first report mate, well done. :thumb

    May have to check this place out myself.
     
  6. chieftain

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    Thanks everyone for the nice comments :D hopefully will have another report up next week just have to get this damn uni work finished :banghead
     
  7. Funlestet

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    Visited this place yesterday, loads of kids running round and hiding think we were security.
    On our exit we found that the main gate had been open, not sure if kids or proper security.
     
  8. Hutchy1995

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    Nice report :thumb, I live fairly local to this place literally one bus journey away may have to give it a look :rolleyes:
     
  9. scotty markfour

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    Interesting read, well done!
     
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    I occasionally see the gates open with a car parked outside so I just assumed that the owner goes back periodically.
     
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