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UK Beehive Mills, Bolton, Jan 19

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Beehive cotton spinning mills, comprising 2 spinning blocks with some ancillary buildings. The first mill (spinning mill No.1) was built in 1895, the second (spinning mill No.2) added in 1902. 2 spinning blocks with original offices and gate lodge, and later (c1920) office. Spinning mill No.1 is 5 storeys, with multi-ridge roof and cast-iron, steel and concrete internal structure. Brick externally. Large rectangular windows have central dividing mullions. Yellow brick bands as lintels. Stair/sprinkler tower at south-east angle raised an additional storey with high parapet. Stepped pyramidal cap now missing. Mill No.2 is similar in style, 6 storeys. Stair/sprinkler tower similar in style to that of mill No.1 at south-east angle, and additional smaller tower at north-west angle. Spinning mills are linked by loading bay, with mill name and date (1902). Engine house projects from the rear of mill No.1, and there is also a boiler house and truncated stack to rear. Several bays of single-storey, saw-tooth roofed building at front of mill No.2 - preparation or carding areas. INTERIOR: not inspected. HISTORY: documentary evidence suggests mill No.2 also formerly had engine house to centre-rear, and that there were card-room extensions to the rear of mill No.1.

 

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Visited with @Ferret and @Drew howe good end to a good day having finally done St Joes earlier in the day. Just a good chilled mooch around a mahoosive set of mills, rooftop chills, winding scallies up, nearly falling into water tanks. 

 

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Nice one. Looks in pretty decent nick that. These pics look far better on a large screen than the teeny ones btw :D

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The shots with the many peeled paint on the floor, the reflection of the tower and the lettering are my favorites.

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12 hours ago, The_Raw said:

Nice one. Looks in pretty decent nick that. These pics look far better on a large screen than the teeny ones btw :D

 

Yeah I've linked the full image rather than a medium thumbnail. I just thought they'd take forever to load but it seems to be ok. 

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