The Cotton Mill, Leicester


The Old Cotton Mill

Fancy living in an 1840’s built grade II listed former cotton mill, run by its own ‘Right To Manage’ company? The building, formerly known as Richard Harris & Sons Factory, and used as a hosiery warehouse by Pool, Lorrimer & Tabberer from 1890-1970 was given grade II listing in February 2000. Designed by William Flint of Leicester who also designed the Corn Exchange in Leicester it’s a historic building located in a historic quarter of the city which has seen a number of similar factory conversions in the last ten years or so.

History Cotton Mill

I’m lucky enough to have a few pics from the original conversion work done to a high standard by Enterprise Heritage. Their page about the Cotton Mill is also worth a look, in case you’re interested have a look here too.

So with refurbishment work starting from this shell-like state in around 2002, before completion of the 40+ loft style apartments in 2003:

As an industrial archaeology geek from Leicester originally (I even went to the same school as Marianne Suhr) I was already interested in buying a loft apartment from seeing all the great warehouse properties in London, but was put off by the sky high price tag. So it was great to see the same quality but over a third cheaper in my home town.


What do you call a bunch of budding industrial archaeologists?!

Then in 2007, I went to view one of the apartments owned by a holographer & sci-fi fan – and decided it was the property I wanted:

The Cotton Mill

Cotton Mill door

And if that ‘loft living’ style appeals to you too, there were (at the start of 2013) around 10 properties for sale at the Cotton Mill. Of course once you move in you may want to add a little of your own interior style too. I used Which? Local which recommended Malcolm Pollard to fix up an interior wardrobe for me, using a neat design idea I borrowed, to make best use of the narrow but tall space available!

Custom built cupboard, complete with its own ladder!

Custom built cupboard, with its own ladder…


3 thoughts on “The Cotton Mill, Leicester

  1. Reply from the City Mayor’s office in answer to my suggestion to the Connecting Leicester vision, to connect New Walk across King Street:

    “It is proposed that King Street will be closed to traffic except for essential access from Marlborough Street to Welford Place. Initially we will not be making surface changes, however, it is intended to design a suitable paving scheme which will make an appropriate connection across King Street to link the two sides of New Walk.”

  2. Looks like the plan to go ahead with the plan to connect New Walk across King Street is going ahead, according to a news report from Tom Mack at the Leicester Mercury on 10 December:

    “The plan to extend New Walk to the historic heart of the city could get under way within a couple of months.

    “The first phase will be closing the top of King Street to traffic so people can walk to the end of New Walk at the junction of Welford Road and Newarke Street.

    ​”At a later date, the Victorian promenade will be extended all the way to the 15th century Magazine Gateway.

    “After consultation on the King Street plan, the bollards could be put in place early next year, with a proper makeover for the King Street crossing being completed when the crumbling New Walk Centre is replaced in the near future.”

    The existing plans to demolish Leicester City Council’s towering New Walk Centre means the area around the Cotton Mill will look quite different in by the end of 2014.

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