REC Archaeological Survey: New Mill, Eccleston


As part of a multi-disciplinary approach combining acoustic assessments, dispersion modelling and ecological services, the recently completed REC archaeological survey at the former New Mill (now Carrington Centre) in Eccleston involved painstaking searches of the local authority planning records offices, Lancashire records office as well as historical trade directories such as Kelly’s Directory.

The REC Archaeological Survey identified that the site and its sister mill (Grove Mill) had a colourful history of fires and bankruptcies before emerging to become the largest rayon weaving mill in the world. Through the use of a detailed desk-based report, REC was able to develop a pragmatic cost effective solution which helped to secure the discharge of outstanding archaeological planning conditions without the need for costly onsite intrusive archaeological investigations.

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