Lane cotton spinning mill, Rainow, stood in the Dean valley
at the foot of Kerridge Hill. The picture, right, is the
only picture we have of this mill which was abandoned in the late
19thC. Note that there is a Cow Lane in Bollington - this is not
the same one!
Rainow village is in the background of the
picture. The road to the left is the
original Cow Lane. Today the name refers to another road just off
the right of the picture. Cow Lane mill is at the bottom of the
picture and consists of two buildings; the left one looks like
it might have been a house and the right one, with roof skylights
on the extreme right of the picture, looks like the main mill building.
The pale stripe through the trees is the reflection off the mill
pond. The bright mark descending from the centre of the pond is
the overflow back into the river, a tributary of the river Dean,
which flows right to left on the far side of the pond. The stone
wall along the bottom of the picture borders another track that
gave access to the mill. This continued to the right as a road
to the present day Cow Lane and was actually the main entrance
to the mill.
The mill employed water power for the original wheel. Later an
increased power requirement necessitated the construction of a
boiler house, chimney and steam engine. None of this is visible
in the picture; it was located off the right of the picture.
Today there are no buildings on the site. Various parts of the
stonework remain to show where the structures were located. In
2008 the Kerridge Ridge & Ingersley Vale (KRIV)
project excavated the ground where the main mill building stood
and identified many of the details of the layout. The site was
extensively recorded and then refilled to protect the remains.
A public footpath passes through the site allowing inspection
The picture comes from probably the oldest individual collection
in the Civic Society's picture collection and dates from the 1860s,
the dawn of photography.
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|The mill was located in the trees towards the end of Cow
Lane. The original Cow Lane is the track running at the
top of the field to the right of the trees.
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