Centenary Mill chimney inspection attracts onlookers

Posted on - 14th January, 2014 - 9:29pm | Author - | Posted in - Photos, Preston City Centre



Going up in the World!

Taken today. Photos of probably the most unenviable job in Preston. Being lifted hundreds feet into the air by crane in a cramped basket then lowered down inside the tallest chimney in Preston.

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Workers were today inspecting the inside of the massive power house chimney which forms part of the Centenary Mill. complex.

Emsley Crane Hire hoisted a duo of inspectors inside a cramp cage from the ground into the air then down into the dark interior of the Victorian chimney.

The huge Emsley crane towered over the equally huge Victorian chimney. Its bright yellow steel could be seen for miles away.


Centenary Mill on New Hall Lane was built by John Horrocks in 1891 and celebrated 100 years of successful trading by Horrockses, ‘The Greatest Name in Cotton.’

Onlookers from the street below took photos and commented on the ‘bravery’ of the guys in the cage. ‘Rather them then me’ they said!

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