"H" is for "Harper Mill" and today's photo shows the rear view of this former cotton mill in Ashton.
Cotton was one of the main industries in Ashton, with many spinning and weaving mills around the town. The first mill here on Mossley Road was built in 1855 and was unusual at that time for not being built near the canal. After a serious fire, the building was re-built and enlarged in 1873. It was then occupied by the Harper Twist Company and, by 1900, had over 40,000 mule spindles in use.
The mill ceased cotton production in 1920 and was used for other industrial purposes until seriously damaged by another fire. However, much of the shell of the building remained in good shape so the mill was developed into apartments.
Previously this blog has shown views of this building from Mossley Road and from the railway line.
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See Birds Eye View of this location.
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