Corona Virus Update
It is with deep regret that we must announce the closure of those parts of Leigh Spinners Mill occupied by Leigh Building Preservation Trust until further notice.
It is enormously sad watching our tenants suffer and we are doing our best to to support them and will continue to push forward on a partial solution for some.
We hope shortly to make a positive announcement but I will leave you with the message that we WILL be back - bigger and better than ever.
Peter Rowlinson Chair of Leigh Building Preservation Trust
The Leigh Spinners Mill is one of the most important mill complexes in the UK and has been described as the finest late era mill in the UK.
It is almost unique in being an intact double mill, complete with engine houses a mill lodge and chimney. As a result it has been Listed at Grade II by English Heritage.
A major feature of the mill is its steam engine, possibly the last surviving engine to have been placed within a mill and it is the largest of its type ever built.
The Engine House and Heritage Centre are open every Saturday from 10am till 12pm.
If you need to visit outside of those hours, please contact us to discuss your visit.
The first mill was constructed in 1913 to 1915 and was followed by the second built between 1923 and 1925.
The two mills aren’t quite identical but appear so at first glance. Mill Number 2 was one of the last mills ever built and may be the last surviving original mill.
The mill is almost unique in having a long relationship with the Horrocks family and the story of its founder is described elsewhere. In its heyday the mill employed nearly 800 persons and had a canteen, playing fields and even showers.
The Horrocks family played a major part in the life of Leigh with both the founder and his son being Mayors of the town.
The adjoining Bedford Park was donated to the people of Leigh by the family as were a number of stained glass windows and other features in Bedford Church.
You can find out more about our heritage by visiting this page...
Leigh Spinners Mill is one of the finest mill buildings in the United Kingdom but it's fabric is constantly under threat from the elements and ageing. The Leigh Building Preservation Trust was created to ownership of the renovation process. The roof of mill 2 was repaired and made watertight in 2018 and we are now able to use the first 4 floors of the mill for tenants.
However this process hasn't stopped and is continously happening behind the scenes. Plans for the 5th floor are already forming, there are existing plans to further restore the mill engine with the end game to have it running regularly.
We have charitable status and the Board is committed to the long term, sustainable future of the Mill, as an asset to our region. You can find out more about our plans by visiting this page...