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West View of Mellor Mill

West View of Mellor Mill

Engraver: Jukes, Francis

Medium: Aquatint, coloured

Date: 1803

Shelfmark: K Top Vol 11

Item number: 17

Length: 31.2

Width: 45.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Print

View of Mellor Mill, in Marple near Stockport. This cotton mill was built by Stockport industrialist Samuel Oldknow in 1790-3. He was the country's leading manufacturer of Muslin cloth, which had previously only been made in India. He had ambitious plans for site, and the resulting building is impressive: 6 stories high, 42 feet wide and 210 feet long. It was powered by a waterwheel fed by diverting the nearby river into a series of mill ponds. Oldknow was also involved in building roads, bridges, canals, coal mines and housing for his workers. Although the building of Mellor Mill, proved financially disastrous to Oldknow, he is remembered as a genorous and enlightened employer.

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