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Coordinates: 53°24′52″N 2°08′50″W / 53.4144°N -2.1471°E / 53.4144; -2.1471

Palmer mills
Palmer Mills, Stockport is located in Greater Manchester
Shown within Greater Manchester
Location Portwood
Further ownership Lancashire Cotton Corporation (1930s)
Courtaulds (1964)
Coordinates 53°24′52″N 2°08′50″W / 53.4144°N -2.1471°E / 53.4144; -2.1471
Floor count 6
[1] Helen Clapcott

Palmer Mills, Stockport were cotton spinning mills in Portwood, Stockport, Greater Manchester. Built in the late nineteeth century, It was taken over by the Lancashire Cotton Corporation in the 1930s and sold on. Renamed the Stockport Paper Mill they survived into the twenty-first century when they were demolished to be replaced by Courts Warehouse.



Stockport is a large town in Greater Manchester, England. It lies on elevated ground on the River Mersey at the confluence of the rivers Goyt and Tame, 6.1 miles (9.8 km) southeast of the city of Manchester. Stockport is the largest settlement of the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport.

Historically a part of Cheshire, Stockport in the 16th century was a small town entirely on the southbank of the Mersey, and known for the cultivation of hemp and rope manufacture and in the 18th century the town had one of the first mechanised silk factories in the United Kingdom. However, Stockport's predominant industries of the 19th century were the cotton and allied industries. The Stockport Branch of the Ashton Canal terminated at the top of Lancashire Hill, in Heaton Norris, but Stockport was rich in railway connections. The Cheshire Lines Committee built their viaduct across the River Mersey and ran the Stockport, Timperley and Altrincham Junction Railway which serviced Portwood and Stockport Tiviot Dale railway station.

Portwood to the east of the town centre, alongside the River Goyt, was the location of many of Stockports Mills, Palmer Mills were adjacent to the Vernon Mill. Interestingly, Palmer Mill was on Mersey St reflecting the view at the time that the River Mersey started upstream at the confluence of the Goyt and the River Etherow.


They were built in the late nineteeth century when cotton was booming.

The industry peaked in 1912 when it produced 8 billion yards of cloth. The great war of 1914- 1918 halted the supply of raw cotton, and the British government encouraged its colonys to build mills to spin and weave cotton. The war over, Lancashire never regained its markets. The independant mills were struggling. The Bank of England set up the Lancashire Cotton Corporation in 1929 to attempt to rationalise and save the industry.[2] Palmer Mills, Stockport was one of 104 mills bought by the LCC. It was sold on and became Stockport Paper Mills. It was finally demolished about 2002.





Later extensions



  • Lancashire Cotton Corporation (1930's-)
  • Stockport Paper Mill


Notable events/media

See also




  • LCC (1951). The mills and organisation of the Lancashire Cotton Corporation Limited. Blackfriars House, Manchester: Lancashire Cotton Corporation Limited. 

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