The Cottonworks


Heritage Category:
Listed Building
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Date first listed:
Statutory Address:
The Cottonworks, Blackburn Road, BL1 7LS


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Statutory Address:
The Cottonworks, Blackburn Road, BL1 7LS

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

Bolton (Metropolitan Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SD 71625 12251


This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 18/01/2018

SD71SW 797-1/2/39

BOLTON BLACKBURN ROAD (East side) The Cottonworks

(Formerly listed as Astley Bridge Mill) 04/11/96

II Former cotton spinning mill. 1927. By Bradshaw, Gass and Hope. For Sir John Holden. Brick, with steel and concrete internal structure and flat (concrete) roof.

EXTERIOR: five storeys and basement,14x6 bays with stressed angles (housing services), one with tower. Wide flat headed windows grouped in threes between pilasters with ornamented terracotta capitals. Cornice over fourth floor, and brick mullions to attic windows. Fretted parapet. Stair tower at north-west angle, with round arched windows with balconettes in upper storey, and domed copper roof. Two storey extension to card rooms (probably contemporary with building of main mill) runs along eastern elevation. Single storey extension (probably associated with electrical power system of mill) attached to north elevation. Short chimney of square section in centre of north elevation, serving heating boilers. South elevation divided by full-height pilasters with neo-Egyptian capitals.

INTERIOR: not inspected.

HISTORY: the mill was built to use mains electricity as its power source, and was the last mill to be built in Bolton.

Listing NGR: SD7162512251


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Books and journals
Longworth, J, The Cotton Mills of Bolton 1780 to 1985, (1987)
Williams, M, Farnie, D A, Cotton Mills in Greater Manchester, (1992)


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

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Date: 30 Sep 2007
Reference: IOE01/17000/13
Rights: Copyright IoE Ms Pamela Jackson. Source Historic England Archive
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