Beehive Mill

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Beehive Mill
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The 1820, and 1824 blocks of the Beehive Mill
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Location within Greater Manchester
Room and power spinning mill
Architectural styleFireproof
LocationAncoats, Manchester
Serving canal Rochdale Canal
Current ownersUrban Splash
Coordinates 53°29′06″N2°13′34″W / 53.485°N 2.226°W / 53.485; -2.226 Coordinates: 53°29′06″N2°13′34″W / 53.485°N 2.226°W / 53.485; -2.226
Built1820, 1824, 1847
Floor count5
Main contractorCapital Properties (UK) Ltd.

Beehive Mill is a Grade II* listed former cotton mill in the district of Ancoats, Manchester, England. [2] It is located at (grid reference SJ850987 ) on a site surrounded by Radium Street, Jersey Street, Bengal Street and Naval Street.


The building was constructed in three phases, the first two being in the early 1820s with the third phase being added in 1847. The second phase, built in 1824 and used as warehousing, is an important example of early fireproof construction. [2] The roof of the 1824 warehouse belonging to Beehive Mill is the only known surviving example in Manchester of an advanced form of mill roof using cast and wrought iron, and which was prefabricated. [3] The third phase was five storeys high and built along Bengal Street; this block was damaged by fire and partially rebuilt in 1861. [4] The estimated value of the damage caused was £25,000. [5]

The adjacent Bengal Street block was completely destroyed by fire in July 2005. The fire threatened to destroy the rest of the complex, which housed Sankeys nightclub and offices. In an effort to extinguish the fire, water was pumped from the nearby Rochdale Canal. [6] [7] This site is now developed as residential.

In 2002, the upper floor of the building was used as a filming location in the film 24 Hour Party People, taking on the role of the Factory Records offices. [8]

In 2017 Beehive Mill was sold to Urban Splash. It is currently being redeveloped as office and co-working space.

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  2. 1 2 Historic England. "Beehive Mill, Manchester (1291735)". National Heritage List for England . Retrieved 27 May 2008.
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  4. Williams with Farnie (2003), p. 151–153.
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