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Coordinates: 53°26′02″N 2°09′50″W / 53.434°N -2.164°E / 53.434; -2.164

Reddish, Stockport
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Broadstone Mill, Reddish is located in Greater Manchester
Shown within Greater Manchester
Spindles 260,000
Location Broadstone Mill
Coordinates 53°26′02″N 2°09′50″W / 53.434°N -2.164°E / 53.434; -2.164
Built 1903
Decommissioned 1959
Destroyed South block-1965. North block extant.
Mule Frames 260,000

Broadstone Mill was a double cotton spinning mill on the northern bank of the Stockport Branch Canal in Reddish, Stockport, Greater Manchester, in England. The mills were started in 1903 and completed in 1907. They closed in 1957, and the southern mill was demolished and engine houses were demolished in 1965. The northern block went into multiple usage. It is now part of the Houldsworth Village development. It is used as an centre for small businesses, and a shopping outlet.[1]



The double mills were built next to Houldsworth's Reddish Mills, fronting on the the Stockport Branch Canal. It is close to Reddish South railway station on the Stockport to Stalybridge Line


The Broadstone Spinning Co., Ltd., Reddish, was incorporated in 1903, with the intention of erecting a large double mill. No. 1 mill covered 7,658 square yards, and No 2 mill 8,457 square yards. Each mill was six storeys high, 270 feet long by 143 feet. and .Work commenced on No. 1 mill at the end of 1906, and No 2 mill a year later. The mills contained 260,000 mule spindles, and cost £480,000 when fully equipped . They were entitled to draw water for the condensors directly from the canal at no cost. In 1919 the mills were sold to the Broadstone Mills Limited.[2]

The decline of cotton spinning was accompanied by high farce. In November 1958 the company sold a number of spinning mules as scrap for just over £3,000. By agreement, the machines remained in the mill over the winter. A small number had been broken and removed by April 1959, when the government announced a compensation package for firms that agreed to scrap spinning capacity. As the title in the mules had passed to the scrapman, it was decided that the company was not entitled to compensation amounting to over £60,000, despite the fact that the machinery was still on its premises. Actions in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in 1965 were fruitless.[3][4]


This was a large six storey double mill with 260,000 spindles. It was built by Stott and Sons, and its features were described as Byzantine in style. [5]



It was powered by a George Saxon twin 1500 hp triple expansion vertical steam engines, ith Corliss valves They were powered by steam at 200 psi and ran at 75 rpm. The cylinders has 22in, 35in and 54in bores, and 4 ft stroke.[6]




Originally they spun best Egyptian cottons, in what was technically termed "combed" and "super carded yarns." The range of counts was 160's to 30's for the home and export trade, and they employed 700 people.


  • Broadstone Spinning Company Ltd.
  • Broadstone Mills Ltd.
  • Multi usage
  • Part of the Houldsworth Village- shopping outlet, small business units

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See also


  1. ^ a b Houldsworth Village History
  2. ^ Kiernan, Mike. "Mike Kiernan's Local and General History Site". Retrieved 2009-10-28.  
  3. ^ "Source of rueful reflection". The Times (The Times): p. 5. 24 April 1965.  
  4. ^ "Eliminated too soon". The Times (The Times): p. 5. 19 October 1965.  
  5. ^ Williams & Farnie 1992, p. 126
  6. ^ Roberts 1921


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