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Cannon Mills

Description:-
"...The mill stands at the foot of the streets of workers cottages, the main block parallel with Great Horton Road. The main 4-storey sandstone "brick" range of 20 bays probably comprises much of the original 1826 build. The long front is broken by 2 stair turrets crowned by pediments; sill bands, moulded stone eaves, quoin pilasters. Close set linteled windows, coupled and tripled narrower ones to turrets, ashlar arched and impost bands. Adjoining to west is an extension of the same height fronting what was probably the engine house..." (From the listing description).

History:-
Originally built in 1826 by Samuel Cannon. In 1839 the chimney fell causing serious damage. The mill was advertised for sale in December 1846 and described as: '... lately in the possession of Samuel Cannon, deceased, but now in the occupation of Mr William Wells. ... The mill is 24 yards long by 12 wide, and is well and substantially built. The Steam Engine is of 20 Horse Power with two 20 Horse Boilers, and is in good condition, and the supply of Water is excellent and abundant.'

The mill was largely rebuilt and extended circa 1850 by Charles Tetley, who gave the mill its present name.

Giles & Goodall wrote: "Steam-powered worsted mill established in 1826 as a room and power mill. Main surviving buildings are fireproof mill (four storeys, twenty-two bays) of 1855-6 by Andrews and Delaunay of Bradford, incorporating fragments of original mill and of shed of c1850, engine house, boiler houses, warehouses (c1855 and later), large sheds, built probably for combing and weaving, and stable block. Associated buildings: terraces of workers' housing with corner shops."

Now (2019) in use for a variety of industrial, retail and commercial puposes, including outdoor Sunday market.

References:-
Yorkshire Textile Mills 1770-1930 Colum Giles and Ian H Goodall 1992 London HMSO.
The Bradford and Wakefield Observer, Thursday, December 31, 1846.


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Key Words :- textile mill woollen worsted
Address :- Gt Horton Rd, Horton, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 3HW
Grid Ref :- SE 1450 3205
Co-ordinates :- Lat - 53.784574 , Long - -1.781415
Site Condition :- Site in alternative industrial use
Site Status :- Listed - Grade II
Monument No :- 1314410
Site Dates :- 1826 -