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Sutcliffe Speakmans Carbon Works (Formerly Leigh Brewery)

A Grade II Listed Building in Atherton, Wigan

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Latitude: 53.4974 / 53°29'50"N

Longitude: -2.5074 / 2°30'26"W

OS Eastings: 366438

OS Northings: 400201

OS Grid: SD664002

Mapcode National: GBR BWXZ.YZ

Mapcode Global: WH986.GC74

Plus Code: 9C5VFFWV+X3

Entry Name: Sutcliffe Speakmans Carbon Works (Formerly Leigh Brewery)

Listing Date: 19 December 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1068452

English Heritage Legacy ID: 213532

Location: Wigan, WN7

County: Wigan

Electoral Ward/Division: Leigh East

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Atherton

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Leigh St Mary the Virgin

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text

SD 60 SE

BREWERY LANE Former Leigh Brewery


Former brewery, then a carbon processing works, 1903-10, by Christopher Simpson M.S.A., for Messrs. George Shaw and Co at a cost of £53,000 . Steel-framed, brick-clad tower (originally containing the cooling, racking and fermentation gear and water tanks), with attached range of brick-clad reinforced concrete. Tower, 4 bays (one of which is blind, containing stairs and lift shaft): 5 storeys of unequal height with smaller 2- storey recessed water tank, brick cased. Bays divided by brick pilasters with shaped capitals: variety of window arches, the most prominent being round-headed to the 4th storey: Lombard frieze. Shaped parapet rising at centre to contain the words `LEIGH BREWERY' in white bricks. Returns, 4 bays and rear, detailed as above. Adjacent range, 10 bays, 3 and 4 storeys, with concrete pilasters, the windows with varied arches as tower. The lower part with terracotta panelled parapet with scrolls, festoons and ball finials. 8 bay return with simpler decoration. Rear, as front elevation, but with some additions. The brewery was noted at the time as being uncommonly concentrated in terms of the different functions required on a large scale site. It represents an early example of the use of both steel framing and reinforced concrete ( the latter dating from 1905-6), and is one of very few pre-1914 reinforced concrete buildings to survive in this region.

Listing NGR: SJ6643800201

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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