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Grecian Mills

Photo from my album 2007

I was born in Bull Lane, my mother was working on Friday night, I was born 3 days later on Monday morning, then a week later she was back at work at Tommy Taylor's
Doreen Gill Class of 1950 July 2009


Updated July 26, 2009 6:31 PM


Location Lever St

1845 First Mill built - Thomas Taylor

1869 Mill extended

1884 Thomas Taylor and Sons Ltd, also at Grecian New Mill (Great Lever Spinning Mill)

1925 Mill extended again

1960c Closed as cotton mill

1973 June 5th
Bolton’s Housing Committee has abandoned its plan to buy Grecian Mill in Great Lever, Bolton, and redevelop the site for council houses after hearing that the property alone was priced at £250,000. It was decided to try to develop a slightly smaller area across the road from the mill for housing purposes.

1985 Multiple users and uses

2000 August 9th
A man was helped to safety from the roof of a mills complex in Bolton by two police officers. The man, who has not been named, was sitting on the edge of the roof at the Grecian Mill on Lever Street, Great Lever yesterday afternoon. Firefighters with a platform ladder were put on stand-by near the mill as police officers talked to the man. He was persuaded to climb down by two policewomen who helped him on to a first floor fire escape staircase.
He is understood to have received treatment for mental health problems.

2001 April 30th
Arsonists have been blamed for a blaze which swept through a Great Lever mill. The fierce fire swept through the Grecian Mill, Lever Street, late on Saturday. Firefighters reported signs of forced entry into the derelict commercial property. There was a strong smell of petrol. Smoke filled the immediate area but the fire was not thought to have endangered nearby residents. Fibre glass and drums of resin inside the building -- which was being used as a storage area -- quickly set alight and spread to the roof. It was the second fire at the mill in a week.

2008 Still in use, plans to refurbish this year

2008 Feb 12th
Part of a former mill building could be demolished to make way for a new industrial unit. Developer Fardan Ltd wants to knock down a ground floor unit which houses a car maintenance workshop at Grecian Mills in Lever Street, Great Lever. Fardan wants to use existing materials to develop a 335 sq metre replacement building reflecting the character of the original but which has improved access and is more adaptable. It plans to use the same architectural brickwork and slate tiles as the original building. Councillors are expected to make a decision about the plans in March.