Ellenroad Ring Mill Engine

Alexandra, one of the twin preserved steam engines showing the rope flywheel

The Ellenroad Ring Mill Engine is a preserved stationary steam engine in Milnrow, Greater Manchester. It powered the Ellenroad Ring Mill from 1917, and after the mill's closure the engine is still worked under steam as a museum display.

At 3000 hp, the twin tandem compound steam engine is possibly the most powerful of the type in preservation. The two engines are named Victoria and Alexandra, multiple ropes around the flywheel drove the line shafts on each floor of the mill which in turn drove the ring spinning frames.

In addition to the mill engine, the museum also houses in operational condition the original Ellenroad mill pilot generator engine and sprinkler pump, the Whitelees Beam Engine, and the Marsden Engine. The museum trust also owns the surviving components of the Fern Mill Engine, which it hopes eventually to restore to working condition.

Name Architect Location Built Demolished Served
Ellenroad Mill Stott and Sons Newhey, Milnrow,
Rochdale  SD930116 53°36′04″N 2°06′25″W / 53.601°N 2.107°W / 53.601; -2.107
1890 1982 92
Notes: Five storey fireproof mule mill, brick 40 bays by 18, corner turrets , 3 projecting towers on south front. Damaged by fire in 1916. Rebuilt for ring. Triple expansion horizontal by J & W McNaught, rebuilt as twin tandem 1916, cylinders 23.5 in (60 cm) and 43.75 in (111.1 cm) diameter. Corliss valves on high pressure. 28 ft (8.5 m) rope cylinder. The mill itself is no longer standing, but the engine house, boiler house and chimney still are complete, with the steam engine which is maintained and steamed once a month by the Ellenroad Trust. [1][2]

See also


  1. Spinning the Web
  2. Ashmore, Owen (1982). The industrial archaeology of North-west England and where to find it. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0-7190-0820-4.
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Coordinates: 53°36′05″N 2°06′25″W / 53.60127°N 2.10690°W / 53.60127; -2.10690

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