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Manningham Mills, Bradford

Description: Manningham Mills

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 14 June 1963
English Heritage Building ID: 336556

OS Grid Reference: SE1445434910
OS Grid Coordinates: 414659, 434756
Latitude/Longitude: 53.8089, -1.7788

Location: Patent Street, Bradford BD9 4SH

Locality: Bradford
County: Bradford
Country: England
Postcode: BD9 4SH

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Listing Text

Heaton/Manningham BD9

Manningham Mills
SE 13 SW 8/135
SE 1435 22/135
SE 1434 NE 27/135 14.6.63


The largest and most imposing of the Bradford mills and a major landmark. Manningham
Mills were built in 1873 for Samuel Cunliffe Lister, later Lord Marham. This vast
industrial monument consists of 2 long six-storey blocks, a grandiose Composite
chimney, boiler house, large sheds and reservoirs, in all providing 16 acres of
floorspace. The frontage to Heaton Road extends to 350 yds and the return to
Lillycroft Road 150 yds. Lister commissioned Andrews and Pepper as architects and
in keeping with the scale of the mill they produced a boldly modelled Italianate
design, directly related to the style of the Little Germany warehouses. The most
striking feature is the unique campanile chimney stack, square in section and 250 ft
high. The elevations are of finely masoned sandstone ashlar rising from rusticated
basements. The multi-storey blocks have arcaded windows on sill bands and bold
dentil cornices with crowning deep panelled parapets breaking forward over corner
and centre breaks. The block fronting Patent Street was originally used as a
warehouse, and the mill block has a central feature to Heaton Road of a staircase
tower, elaborately detailed and with a steep slated French pavilion roof surmounted
by iron cresting and a flagstaff. The long shed range to Heaton Road has terminal
pavilions with battered bases and a monumental portal to the south end of the
frontage with heraldic achievement in the parapet: "Fides parit integritas". The
first 200 ft of the chimney shaft are decorated with full height round headed panels,
2 to each face, rising from a massive pedestal base. Boldly projecting cornices
define the base and crown of the 50 ft top stage, treated as a campanile. The scale,
richness of decoration and the unique chimney make Manningham Mills the grandest
industrial monument of the worsted trade.

Listing NGR: SE1445434910

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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