Hat Works

Coordinates: 53°24′31″N 2°09′44″W / 53.4085°N -2.1622°E / 53.4085; -2.1622

The Hat Works is a museum located in Stockport, Greater Manchester. The museum opened in 2000. Prior to that, smaller displays of hatting equipment were exhibited firstly in Stockport Museum and then from 1993 in the former Battersby's hat factory.

The building called Wellington Mill, was originally a cotton spinning mill built in 1830–1831 before becoming a hat works in the 1890s. It is a Grade II listed building and is situated on the A6 Wellington Road South, between the town centre and the railway station.

The mill building

Wellington Mill, was built in 1828 by Thomas Marsland to spin cotton, four years after the opening of the turnpike now known as Wellington Road South. It was one of the first fireproof mills. The mill was built with cast iron columns and brick vaults, which are filled with sand. The ceiling cavities were also filled with sand. There are 2 rows of 14 cast iron columns on each floor and cast iron roof trusses. Wellington Mill was seven stories tall and thus is one of the tallest mills in Stockport. The 200 feet (61 m) chimney was added in 1860. Ward Brothers, who were hatters, occupied part of the building from the 1890s to the 1930s.

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