The old 19th century mill has been filled with state of the art milling technology ©English Fine Cottons
The old 19th century mill has been filled with state of the art milling technology ©English Fine Cottons

English cotton mill spins back to life

6 October 2016

A luxury cotton manufacturer is bringing an old mill in the north of England back to life.

The company has restored a grade II listed mill, constructed in 1885, and has turned it into a modern textiles manufacturing facility.

English Fine Cottons claim when the mill goes into production it will be the only commercial cotton spinner in the UK. It said it will be able to produce more than 10 tonnes of spun cotton a week when it is finally running at full capacity.

“Our mission to bring cotton spinning back to its spiritual home in the North West of England has been several years in the making… We’re getting ready to launch English Fine Cottons as the only commercial cotton spinner in the UK,” it said.

The company said the majority of raw cotton it will process will be a variety called American Pima, sourced from California. It is what’s called an extra long staple (ELS) cotton, with longer fibres to make a higher quality finished product.

So far the mill has been calibrating its new machinery using standard “commercial grade” cotton, but said on its website it was ready to start processing the higher-grade cotton.

“The fibres are longer, 32-34mm as opposed to the 28mm we were previously working with,” said Paul Storah, divisional manager at English Fine Cottons. “To start a blow-room from scratch like this is a terrific project but the machinery is so modern there are a few trials we have to run.”

The mill will clean and blend the raw cotton before it is combed, spun and packaged.

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