Created 8-Dec-12
Modified 8-Dec-12
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During the 19th century mill design was dramatically improved with cast iron being used extensively. The Hudcar Mill used a revolutionary fire-proof mill construction by the great Manchester engineer William Fairbairn.
The demolition of this early cotton mill clearly illustrates how it was constructed using cast-iron columns and beams. The floors were vaulted with brick arches or 'jacks' and layered with sand, cement or ash. Then finally, they were covered with covered with tiles or flagstones. The vertical columns were tied together using wrought-iron tie-bars.

The cast-iron columns are dated 1822 and were cast by local iron founders Kay and Routledge to Fairbairn's specifications.

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Category:Architecture and Structures
Subcategory:Buildings
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Keywords:1822, bury, cast-iron, cotton industry, fire, fire-proof mills, houses, hudcar mill, kay and routledge, lancashire, mills, textiles, victorians, william fairbairn

HRS 3506 Bury, Hudcar Mill, Cast-Iron support pillar 1977

"industrial archaeology"

HRS 3505 Bury, Hudcar Mill, Manager's House 1977

HRS 3505 Bury, Hudcar  Mill, Manager's House 1977

HRS 3507 Bury, Hudcar Mill 1977 cast iron beams

"industrial archaeology"

HRS 3508 Bury, Hudcar Mill 1977 fireproof arching

HRS 3508 Bury, Hudcar Mill 1977 fireproof arching

HRS 3509 Bury, Hudcar Mill fireproof vaulting exposed April 1977

HRS 3509 Bury, Hudcar Mill fireproof vaulting exposed April 1977

HRS 3510 Bury, Hudcar Mill section during demolition 1977

HRS 3510 Bury, Hudcar Mill section during demolition 1977

HRS 3511 Bury, Hudcar Mill interior gen view April 1977

HRS 3511 Bury, Hudcar Mill interior gen view  April 1977