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Brownsfield Mill

A Grade II* Listed Building in Ancoats and Clayton, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.4821 / 53°28'55"N

Longitude: -2.2291 / 2°13'44"W

OS Eastings: 384892

OS Northings: 398400

OS Grid: SJ848984

Mapcode National: GBR DNG.0R

Mapcode Global: WHB9G.QQQX

Entry Name: Brownsfield Mill

Listing Date: 11 November 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1207994

English Heritage Legacy ID: 387930

Location: Manchester, M1

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: Ancoats and Clayton

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Manchester St Ann

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text

SJ 8498 SE,

BINNS PLACE (West side (off)),
Brownsfield Mill




Cotton spinning mill, built as a room and power mill. Now in
use as cash-and-carry premises. Built c1825 and extended
shortly afterwards to form an L-plan. Brick, rendered to all
but SW elevation; slate roofs; cast-iron and timber internal
structure. Main block of c1825 is parallel to the Rochdale
Canal: 7 storeys, 12 bays, with internal engine house at gable
end marked by round-arched openings to SW. Small windows with
segmentally arched brick-heads. Small privy tower on N
elevation, which also has taking-in doors on lower floors to E
of centre. 6-storeyed 7-bay wing at right angles to this range
a slightly later addition, probably used for warehousing. It
has central full-height loading bay, and privy and stair
turret enclosing chimney, built at angle of the two ranges,
with main entrance at base of tower. The chimney is now
Manchester's oldest surviving mill chimney. Original site of
boilers probably in detached fireproof room situated beneath
the level of the yard. Internal construction has cast-iron
columns carrying heavy timber beams which directly carry floor

Included as an excellent example of an early C19 mill, its
plan form typical of early Manchester mills, and which in its
detailed layout and design demonstrates the development of an
industrial architecture in the relationships between function
and plan. A rare surviving example of a type of construction
employing heavy timber and cast iron, a system which provided
load-bearing strength (well-suited to room-and-power mills in
which upper floors would also be used for very heavy
machinery) and slow-burn properties.

Listing NGR: SJ8489298407

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

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