CWS Sun Flour Mills, Manchester

A electricity- and steam-powered corn mill in the historic county of Lancashire, England.

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The mill was opened in 1906, after it purchased from Baxendells by the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS). The mill was then immediately enlarged. The original warehouse and provender mill were turned into silos whilst the old office, a small warehouse and cottages were pulled down to make room for a new warehouse and provender mill. The Sun mill had a capacity, which ran at 30-40 sacks per four. This was increased to 70 sacks in the first three years of ownership.

In 1913, it became the U.K.’s largest mill. It was damaged during the Second World War. After the mill became financially unviable it was closed in December 1978 and demolished a few months later.

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Power source Electricity, Steam
Mill type Roller flour mill
River Irwell
Mill function Corn mill
Archive ID 13258
Location Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester
Historic county Lancashire
Country England, United Kingdom
NGR SJ 809 966
Latitude/longitude 53.46619600, -2.28940000




  • John F. Wilson, Anthony Webster, Rachael Vorberg-Rugh, Building Co-operation: A Business History of The Co-operative Group, 1863-2013 (2013)
  • Ordnance Survey 25 inch map, Lancashire CIV.13 (1922)
  • Shorland-Ball, Rob & Brian McGee, The roller milling revolution: Master list of researched and located mills (2013), mill no. 117
  • The Co-Operative Wholesale Societies Limited Annual 1915 (Manchester, 1915)


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