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Report - Eckersley Mills, Wigan, Mar 19



albino-jay

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#1

Swan Meadow Mill was built by James Eckersley in 1827 and became Old Mill when a new, larger mill was built in 1838. It was demolished in 1960 followed in 1963 by the larger mill. James Eckersley and Sons had three four-storey mills by 1880.Musgraves of Bolton supplied a tandem compound steam engine in 1884.Eckersleys ran six spinning mills and two weaving sheds in the town, Swan Meadow Old, Swan Meadow large, Water Heyes, and Western Mills No.1, No.2 and No.3. The mills housed a total of 236,572 ring spindles, 14,554 mule spindles and 1687 loom.


It's a massive complex and there just seems to be mills everywhere here. Deffo loads more to see and more look disused. We just ran out of time to check the rest out.

Visited with @Ferret

The damp derpier mills most recent use looks to have been a motorbike\scooter garage. The larger mill was used as a multi level go kart track and then more recently airsoft and paintball.

Not a bad mill to be fair. Had a good laugh messing about on a kids go kart. The engine house is a B E A UT.




























































 

albino-jay

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#5
Some lovely tiling in there. Another great mill report.
Cheers, the tiling is awesome aint it.

Ohhh this would have been lovely in its day with all the glazed bricks and winderful tiles.
I know wouldnt it just. Waiting for @dweeb to sort his photos out from the other engine house here. So i can see what that one was like.

That's beautiful. Don't like the look of the excavator parked inside the fenceline though :eek:
I think its for the damp derpy one in my pics. Not the main one with the engine house.
 

dweeb

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#6
In the planning years ago it said that both engine houses were for demolition... which is a shame but I suppose it's a challenging space to find a use for.
 

albino-jay

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#8
In the planning years ago it said that both engine houses were for demolition... which is a shame but I suppose it's a challenging space to find a use for.
Yeah as you said it's a challenging space to use. Especially with it's location. Not like it's in a swanky town centre where it can be converted into some trendy offices or something.

They probably will end up being demo'd at some point.


Nice work mate pity the mills full of crap. The engine house is a winner.
It really is isnt it. The mills full of crap but I smashed my leg up and had a laugh so it's all good eh lol
 

Tom Rudd

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#10
Is this place easily accessible? From what i have seen there a few different companies that store things hear, and ive seen plenty of vehicles surrounding the building
 

albino-jay

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#11
Is this place easily accessible? From what i have seen there a few different companies that store things hear, and ive seen plenty of vehicles surrounding the building
Pretty straight forward when I went. Theres a few businesses on the grounds so there will always be cars about. Just dont be obvious about it.
 

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