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Coordinates: 53°25′10″N 2°08′04″W / 53.4194°N -2.1344°E / 53.4194; -2.1344

Welkin Ring Mill
Ark Mill
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Welkin Mill, Lower Bredbury is located in Greater Manchester
Shown within Greater Manchester
Spinning (ring mill)
Location Lower Bredbury
Further ownership Lancashire Cotton Corporation (1930s)
Courtaulds (1964)
Coordinates 53°25′10″N 2°08′04″W / 53.4194°N -2.1344°E / 53.4194; -2.1344
Built E20C

Welkin Mill, Lower Bredbury is a cotton spinning mill in Lower Bredbury/Portwood, Stockport, Greater Manchester. It was built in the early years of the 20th century for ring spinning. It was taken over by the Lancashire Cotton Corporation in the 1930s and passed to Courtaulds in 1964. Production finished in 1967.



Welkin Mill, is in the valley of the River Goyt, within the Metropolitan Borough of Stockport, in Greater Manchester, England, located 7.9 miles (12.7 km) south east of Manchester, 1.2 miles (1.9 km) east of Stockport and 3.2 miles (5.1 km) south west of Hyde.


This stretch of the Goyt, shares much of it history with Stockport whose textile tradition started with the silk industry in the late 17th Century. By the 18 th century the manufacture of silk was dominating the economic life of the town. Large silk mills, such as Carrs Mill, Park Mill and Adlington Square Mill, became the major employers of the town. By 1769 nearly 2,000 people were employed in the town's silk trade. In 1772 the silk industry was in depression and the town turned to cotton.[2] Stockport was very late in embracing the joint stock limited liability company boom. The first mill to be Financed by that method was Vernon Mill.

Welkin was a ring mill built in the early twentieth century producing 40's to 50's.

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.[3] Welkin Mill, Lower Bredbury was one of 104 mills bought by the LCC, and one of the 53 mills that survived through to 1950. Ring mill producing 40's to 50's. Housing Buckleys printers, until the firm collapsed in Oct 2008. It was soldon the 12 Mar 2009 to the Sterling Property Company for £700,000. It will be marketed, either as a whole or sub-divided, for commercial storage and warehousing. rental market.[4]





Later extensions



  • Lancashire Cotton Corporation (1930's-1964)
  • Courtaulds (1964-
  • Buckleys Printers ( -2008)
  • Sterling Property Company (2009-


Notable events/media

See also




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

External links


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