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Centenary Mill
New Hall Lane, Preston, Lancashire
Centenary Mill
associated engineer
Not known
date  1895
era  Victorian  |  category  Building  |  reference  SD549297
photo  Paul Dunkerley
An excellent example of later generation cotton spinning mills, which tended to have much larger windows, made possible by the use of steel in their building frames. Centenary Mill was one of the first to have steel beams and concrete floors.
Built by the Horrocks family, famous for high quality cotton products, the mill's front elevation faces south, giving it maximum natural daylight on the four factory floors. The engine that drove the machinery was located in an engine house north of the main building and the square brick chimney is at the north-west corner.
The mill offices were located in the small adjacent building to the south-west. This building has decorative stone quoins in its window arches and has the date 1895 inscribed on it.
The main builiding comprises four floors and a basement. Its facades are made of red brick and its large windows have stone lintels. Not only does the use of steel allow the windows to be larger by reducing the need for solid brickwork to support the building, but the bricks are laid at right angles to the facade between the windows, making a narrow profile for the piers.
The building has been converted into appartments and new modern windows were fitted in 2005. The nearby smaller warehouse to the west has been converted into an hotel, also in 2005.
Research: PD
"The Industrial Archaeology of Lancashire" by Owen Ashmore
David & Charles, Newton Abbot, 1969

Centenary Mill