Lune Mills, Lancaster


These serif letters with their Blackletter features, sit of alongside Lancaster’s coat of arms, are set above the door of a derelict industrial building on St George’s Quay. This is the site of Luneside Mills, built in 1875 by James Williamson, and once one of the largest industrial complexes in the world. It was the powerhouse of a business, founded initially on the invention of ‘table baize’, a type of oil cloth, and later the manufacture of linoleum floor cloth. The plant closed in 1999 after a long decline in the face of economic downturn and overseas competition.

Location: St George’s Quay, Lancaster.


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4 thoughts on “Lune Mills, Lancaster

  1. This stonework may now be residing in the pile of stone across the road from where the mills were… It looks like a lot of the special stonework has been singled out for salvage, but who knows where it will end up..


  2. It’s been some time since I visited that specific part of the Quay and the photo posted was probably taken around three year ago, so i’d be very upset to know that this specific building has now gone. Given Williamson’s impact on Lancaster it’s an historical feature that should, in my opinion, have been preserved in situ along with a lot more of the industrial heritage of that part of town. I’d be very surprised if in a hundred years anyone will be taking photographs and writing about the architectural and cultural value of the type of housing and buildings that we are likely to see appear on that site.

    Simon Hawkesworth. Fast Foot Press.


  3. Unfortunately, the pile of stonework (I think) Barry is referring to is what was salvaged from the old Gas Works at St. George’s Works, rather than Lune Mills which is the site much further down that has been completely flattened and is about to become a series of Barratt houses.

    That particular stone was directly underneath WIlliamson’s office, which was the sole bay window that protruded along the front. You can see the dilapidated inside of the office 4 pictures from the end of this page on 28dayslater:

    I’m not sure what happened to the stone, but I did see ome vague talk about trying to rescue it. I’ll see what I can find out.


    1. Hi Graham
      I’ve still not had a chance to get down to view the changes, so thank you for the update. It seemed only a matter of time before the Gas Works facade was removed – another sad loss. I have some images that I took of it four or five years ago which I’ll post in the next few days. I did see other images of Gas Works on your excellent Flickr site as well. The The images from 28dayslater are really great – thank you for posting the link. If you do find out about the salvage of the stone work I’d be really interested to hear about it.

      Best Wishes.


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