1. It was supposed to have a twin
Pear Mill was originally envisaged to be one of a pair – twin mills that were planned by A. H. Stott. They were constructed between 1907 and 1912, but by the time that construction was finished by P. S. Stott, there wasn’t enough budget for the second mill. That’s why Pear Mill ended up standing alone.
2. It functioned as a cotton mill for many years
Cotton spinning was once a big business in the Manchester area, and Stockport was no exception. After opening in 1912, it functioned as a cotton spinning mill right the way up until closure in 1978. The buildings are all still intact from that time, too.
3. It’s a listed building
Because of the history of the mill and its impressive architecture, it is now a Grade II listed building. This means that there are limits to the amount of work that can be done to the façade, as well as protections against it being knocked down. We’re glad, too – we wouldn’t change this beautiful exterior for anything.
4. It’s had a huge renovation
A multi-million-pound renovation has been carried out at Pear Mill – but before you panic, no, it didn’t contravene the listed status. Actually, the work was all done inside! This helped to modernise the building and create office spaces which are fit for any modern business, with all the facilities that you might need.
5. It signified the end of an era
Sadly for the original owners, Pear Mill was actually one of the last cotton spinning mills to be built in England. This helps to explain why the original project was not seen through to the end, although it does make the fact of it lasting for so long even more impressive.
6. Pear is more than just a name
If you look closely when you visit us, you will realise that ‘Pear Mill’ isn’t just a cute name chosen in recent year. It’s the original name of the mill, and you can easily confirm this by looking at the architecture. There is a pear-shaped concrete cupola on top of the water tower, the flat roof has pear-shaped finials at each corner, and there are bas-relief carvings of pear tree leaves and fruit in the terracotta friezes above the main entrances.
7. It has a history of modernisation
The owners of the Pear Mill were never shy about progress. They made changes such as changing the type of yarns spun in 1913, dropping the various types of cotton down to just two (Egyptian and American) in 1916, and dropping American in 1929. The whole mill was changed to electric power in the 1950s with new equipment brought it. The spirit of innovation is strong here!
8. It’s now home to many different brands
After no longer being needed to spin cotton, the mill might have had a tragic end. Instead, it now has a new lease of life, with brands both big and small taking up residence here to work alongside one another. It’s now a cornucopia of services and products that would tempt any shopper!