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Report - Oakwood Mill - Millbrook (Stalybridge) July 2010

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History

Oakwood Mill is on the edge of the village of Millbrook, between Stalybridge and Mossley, and about 4 miles from Ashton under Lyme. The mill; which is part of a conservation area, and is a Grade II Listed Building is becoming increasingly dilapidated; there are (were) hopes that the mill buildings can be preserved and converted for residential use. (looking at the current structural state of the mill I very much doubt it could be preserved).

The 3 story mill was built as a specialised spinning mill for the Staley Mill Company between1851and 1887, they sold it off and all machinery for £13,000 in 1937. During the second world was the mill was used to keep Italian prisoners.

Centrally is the clock tower which is dated 1857, a new engine house was built in 1908, which has white glazed bricks internally.
History from the end of the war is a bit sketchy, it ended life being used for various light-industrial purposes, probably closing in the late 80’s or early 90’s.


The Visit

I first had a look around here in October 2009, wasn't very inspired as the mill is empty, trashed and falling apart. The only thing of interest I found was the round windows, well missing clock faces on the clock tower.

I had an hour or two spare today and after a couple of failed explores, one very tedious visit I finally opted to revisit here; if for nothing else to find the stove in the basement that Hidden Shadow photographed on his visit.

Oakwood Mill

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Gate detail

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Stone chimney and engine house from the mill building

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Empty floors

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Trashed stairwell

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Colapsed roof (brick arches)

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The roof garden

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Long gone clock face

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View through the round aperture (an interesting bit!)

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An other interesting bit!! some workings at the top of the lift shaft

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The stove in the basement (final interesting bit)

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Rear of the mill building will piles of stone (not sure which buildings have gone, but have seen a mention of a warehouse dating from the same time)

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Well that's it, glad I have found a bit of history this time (Hidden Shadows report helped) and that I payed a revisit, fairly bleak building, but it's worth a wander round as there are a couple of other venues nearby.​
 
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