In the Beginning
On waste ground at the junction of Flapper Fold Lane and Gloucester Street, Atherton, the first sod of ground was broke in 1908. Various delays ensued and Ena Mill, the fantastic building you see today, was finally completed 5 years later in 1913.
A classic example of the type of cotton spinning mill that prevailed in the early 20th century, Ena Mill has stood the test of time, withstanding 2 World Wars and providing employment in the Atherton area for over a century.
By the 1960’s production of cord yarn was running at record levels with workers operating the machinery day and night to cope with demand. Manufacturing ceased in the late 1990’s and the mill was then used primarily for warehousing and distribution up until 2010.
But where did the name come from?
We're not 100% sure! It has been rumoured locally that Ena Mill was reputedly named after a Spanish Queen, who would have been a granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. However it may be more likely that the mill was named after the granddaughter of Joseph Atack, the founder of the Ena Mill Cotton Spinning Company. We'll let you decide!
Grade II Listed Status
Ena Mill attained Grade II listed status in January 1991 and is decribed by Historic England as follows;
"Cotton spinning mill (formerly for mule spindles). 1908 by G Temperley & Son architects of Bolton. Red brick with stone and buff terracotta dressings; iron (or steel) girders with concrete floors. Aligned east/west.
A good, complete example of a late Edwardian mill; it was lit by electricity generated by its own dynamo. It was designed to accommodate 87,072 mule spindles and 12,880 ring spindles."
Business owners Simon Yates and Jonathan Addis recognised the importance of preserving the fantastic Grade II Listed building and therefore the need to breathe new life into it. In January 2011, they came up with the concept of developing the site as a major retail destination and in April that year the Ena Mill project commenced with a team of builders carrying out substantial work to open up the ground floor and making it suitable for retail.
In September 2011, Ena Mill opened to the public with an initial 25,000 sq. ft. of retail space and the expansion plans began almost immediately. The huge ground floor area is now 100% open and is one of the largest retail spaces in the country with over 200 brands packed into 40,000 sq.ft. You’ll literally be spoilt for choice whether it’s gifts, home goods or fashion - there’s so much to see and so many savings we hope you’ll love your Ena Mill experience.
The Perfect Shopping Experience in the Heart of the North West
Ena Mill is a wonderful retail outlet located in a beautiful Grade II listed mill right in the heart of Lancashire. A place where high street prices are nowhere to be seen and a shop that’s full of your favourite well-known brands. You'll certainly know the names it's the prices that won't be too familiar!
We know our customers love to save money – and enjoy finding something special that's why we invest loads of time and effort finding the very best brands at the best prices. We seek out products that reflect great quality, style and value for our customers.
Being located in this beautiful Mill means the original open-plan layout is perfectly suited to a retail environment. So with over 200 brands packed into 40,000 square feet you’ll literally get a real sense of space as you browse through our various departments.
Customer service is our number one priority so if you can't find a certain size or colour in any of our items just ask a member of our team and wherever possible we will get it ordered in for you.
Something for everyone
At Ena Mill, you’ll find all sorts of unexpected items at truly remarkable prices. These items include but are not limited to fashion, footwear, jewellery, accessories, bedding, home goods, gifts, lighting, books, soft furnishings, handbags, luggage, menswear, lingerie, toys and much much more.
Ena Mill is located in an impressive 20th century mill and is ideally located for easy access from every direction and with our huge FREE car park right outside the front door visiting us couldn’t be easier.
This beautiful mill now transformed into an exceptional retail outlet is a magnificent example of our industrial heritage. This retail outlet also allows you to relax and enjoy a nice cuppa, fresh sandwich or treat yourself to a slice of cake in our authentic Italian coffee shop.
We are dedicated to giving you exceptional value on every single item so you can expect to find genuine bargains all around the store.