Harper Mill, off Mossley Road in Ashton, was built in 1855 for the Lees brothers on land next to existing workshops. Most of the building was destroyed in a fire in 1871 and it was re-built over the next two years, larger than before.
It was then home to the Harper Twist Company until the 1920s after which it was used for the "preparation and spinning of cotton-type fibres" by M. Pickles & Sons.
In 1999 fire again destroyed much of the building but about half of the empty shell was retained and the interior re-built as apartments with new extensions replacing the demolished part. In 2005 it was named Ashton Civic Society's "Building of the Year".
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