Lancashire Textile Mills Stage 2 Survey

'Buildings At Risk Assessment' Survey Final Report

By Ian Miller

This report summarises the results of a survey of the textile-manufacturing sites in Lancashire and contains information gained in 2012.

The work was commissioned by English Heritage (now Historic England) and considered 541 surviving textile-manufacturing sites in Lancashire, which represented about a third of the total number of sites that once existed in the county. These textile-manufacturing sites included those engaged in the preparation, spinning, weaving and finishing of organic textiles, including cotton, wool, silk, fustian, and jute, and man-made fabrics such as oilcloth and rayon.

Ancillary works that were demonstrably part of the textile industry, such as textile-machinery works, were also considered, where all or most of their output was utilised directly by the textile-manufacturing sites.

The work comprised three principal elements:

  • a 'Buildings At Risk'-type assessment that was designed to provide information on the condition, occupancy, and potential significance of each of the surviving sites
  • detailed surveys of a selected sample of textile sites
  • the identification of sites that merited consideration for potential statutory designation.

Oxford Archaeology North were commissioned by Historic England to carry out the survey project.


  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Assessment methodology
  • Textile-manufacturing sites in Lancashire
  • Historical background to the textile industry
  • Textile sites in Blackburn with Darwen
  • Textile sites in Burnley
  • Textile sites in Chorley
  • Textile sites in Fylde
  • Textile sites in Hyndburn
  • Textile sites in Lancaster
  • Textile sites in Pendle
  • Textile sites in Preston
  • Textile sites in the Ribble Valley
  • Textile sites in Rossendale
  • Textile sites in South Ribble
  • Textile sites in West Lancashire
  • Textile sites in Wyre
  • Stage 2 Survey
  • Post Project Evaluation
  • Bibliography
  • Figures

Additional Information

  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Pages: 189
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