Littleborough’s History

Littleborough - Mills in and around

There were many mills in the Littleborough Area ranging from Woollen and Fulling Mills to numerous cotton Mills together with the associated Bleachers and Dyers etc.. This page includes a small selection of the many mills.

Booth Hollins Mill (above) dates to the early 18th century when it was originally built as a farm.The barn was then converted into a water powered Fulling mill, later a single storey extension was built and the mill was used for spinning wool (probably originally using water frames)  a second storey was then added and the mill converted to mule spinning. Later a small steam engine was installed to provide power when water supplies were low. It ended it's commercial days as a fell mongers processing skins prior to tanning, this closed in 1938. The building still exists and is used by a local farmer.


Python Mill (right) - enlarged from Aerial Photograph of Littleborough was originally built as an asbestos factory and later taken over by the Dutch company Breda Visada to produce artificial silk (rayon). In later years it was taken over by British Enka textiles and became known as British Visada closing down in the 1960's. The site is still used for industry with the engine house still extant (but in alternative usage). The lodge in the front is now the IMO car wash on Featherstall Road


Shore Mill (left) (Land Lake Works) Messrs Leach & Clegg and Consterdine & Kershaw took over a small mill in Shore in 1845. Shortly afterward Consterdine & Kershaw left to set up Brookfield Mill next to the canal in Littleborough. Shore Mill was greatly expanded by the Clegg’s. This mill was the second mill opened by Clegg's in order to expand production of their cotton products. They were famous locally for producing Shore Sheets. The mill ceased textile production in the 1960's and was used for a number of years by Ashe Chemicals who made pharmaceutical products, this ceasing in the 1980's. The site of the mill is now occupied by housing but the Company’s War Memorial still remains within a remembrance garden.

Uber Mill (below taken from canal side) - Opened in 1863, was located next to Durn Bridge  and was a typical 19th century stone built cotton mill. In 1893 it converted to making confectionery and when that failed in reopened as Victoria Bleaching and Dying Works. It burnt down late September 1916, was demolished and never rebuilt. A local garage now occupies part of the site.

Frankfort mill (Right - also now demolished) was situated across the road from Uber Mill, between the canal and the railway line. Its early history is detailed under Coop Mills.

The mill continued  with different enterprises but most failed. In 1874 it was converted to soft drinks manufacture and then other products etc. During the Second World War it was used as a supply depot by the Ministry of Supply. It was later involved in the building and painting of truck bodies.

After closure and demolition, it was for many years a vehicle scrap yard which later concentrated on lorries, vans etc.

After the scrap yard closed planning approval was finally given for a new housing development and work started but came to an end and the site lay almost abandoned for some years (in line with earlier history of failure).  A new developer took over the site and previously built foundations cleared away and the site levelled with hardcore before the new houses were built over 2018/9.