Crest Mill, Castleton, Rochdale, Lancashire (1906)



56 x 96 cm

Crest Mill in Castleton, Rochdale, was built in 1906. It was designed by Sir Philip Sidney Stott, the English architect, civil engineer and surveyor.

Crest Mill was demolished long ago. The mill engines were sent to the United States, but the ship carrying them sank in the Atlantic. Scott’s mill chimneys all had two distinctive bands towards the top.

Stott was born in Chadderton, Lancashire, and joined the family firm of architects upon leaving school. In 1883, he set up his own business, P. S. Stott, specialising in the design of cotton mills – he designed 22 mills in Oldham and 55 elsewhere in the county, plus many more in Europe, India and the Far East, amounting to 124 in total. He became a baronet in 1920, and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Architects and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

He was a significant figure in Lancashire mills, being responsible for 40% of the spindles laid down in Oldham between 1887 and 1914, and 44% of the increase in Lancashire’s spinning capacity between 1887 and 1925. He retired a wealthy man having accumulated shares in the mills he designed.

Condition: generally very good; some slight staining marks to mount, and possible faint time staining in areas.

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