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India Mill

 

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  • The Venetian design is typical of many Victorian industrial buildings of that era that used the idea of a campanile to try and conceal their actual use. Amongst the most notable of these, India Mill aside, is the Grimsby Dock Tower and Wainhouse Tower.
  • The topping out ceremony occurred on the 12th of December 1868 when 58 men who were involved in the construction of the structure had a dinner on the top of the half built chimney.
  • Although the India Mill chimney has windows, and appears to have a staircase, these rumours were proven unfounded over one hundred years after it was finished during a restoration programme that found that there wasn't a trace of such a thing.
  • Originally the chimney was topped by an ornate crown of Victorian ironwork that boosted the height by an additional 14 feet, but this was removed during World War Two and used as scrap metal.
  • India Mill finally closed in 1991, and these days has been converted into a business centre with 800 occupants.

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Architect
Ernest Bates

Reference Data

Reference No.
6515
First Uploaded
10-03-2011
Last Editorial Date
10-03-2011
 

Building Location

Address
Bolton Road, Darwen. BB3 1AE
Council
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
County
Lancashire
Region
North West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1859
Completion date
1871
Heritage Status
Grade II
Style
Venetian

Roof Height (AGL)
88.07

Market Data

Primary Use
Office


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