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Leigh Spinners Mill Engine House & Heritage Centre

The mill is one of the most important mill complexes in the UK and has been described as the finest late era mill. It is almost unique in being an intact double mill complete with engine houses, mill lodge and chimney. As a result it has been Listed at Grade II*. A major feature of the mill is its a twin, horizontal cross compound engine of 1800 horse power, possibly the last surviving engine to have been placed within a mill and the largest of its type.

Operator

Leigh Building Preservation Trust

Address

Park Lane Leigh Lancashire WN7 2LB

Open days

Sat 1000-1200.

The first mill was constructed in 1913 to 1915 and was followed by the second built between 1923 and 1925. The two mills aren’t quite identical but appear so at first glance. Mill No. 2 was one of the last mills ever built and may be the last surviving original mill. It is almost unique in having a long relationship with the Horrocks family and the story of its founder is described elsewhere. In its heyday the mill employed nearly 800 people and had a canteen, playing fields and even showers.

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