Oxford mills

Former Oxford Cotton Mill

The town was affected by a period of severe depression following the “Cotton Famine” of the early 1860s, as the American Civil War disrupted imports of cotton from America.   Some mills were forced to close, and soup kitchens were set up to feed redundant workers faced with starvation.   On our left is the derelict site of the former Oxford Mills, built in 1845 by Thomas Mason.   During the Cotton Famine of the 1860s, his son, Hugh Mason, kept the workforce employed in these mills at his own expense. Unfortunately, a fire in July 2019 completely destroyed the building.

Community Spirit 2 - Portland Basin to Droylden and return
  1. Brief History
  2. Former Ashton Canal Warehouse
  3. The Hooley Hill Rubber and Chemical Company
  4. Prince’s Dock (former short-arm canal)
  5. Jeremy Brook Bridge
  6. Guide Bridge and Saint Stephen’s Church
  7. Winding Hole
  8. Fairfield Road Bridge, Droylsden (towards Fairfield Junction)
  9. Site of former Robertson’s Jam factory
  10. Lumb Lane Bridge
  11. Ashton Packet Boat Company (Boatyard) 
  12. Former Oxford Cotton Mill
  13. Margaret Street Bridge (and former Junction Mills)
  14. Dukinfield Aqueduct