Dixon’s Chimney, Shaddon Mill, Carlisle

Dixon's Chimney


25 October 2010

Carlisle, Cumbria

NY 39463 55664 54.89201°N, 2.94534°W

Further Information

Restored by Carlisle City Council in 1999, Dixon’s Chimney now stands at 270 feet. Completed in 1836 with an original height of 305 feet, it served Shaddon Mill, the largest cotton mill in England at that time. The mill building was converted into luxury apartments by developer Story Homes in 2005. It also houses part of the Cumbria Institute of Arts (part of the University of Cumbria).

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Dixon's Chimney

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Dixon's Chimney and Shaddon Mill

7 thoughts on “Dixon’s Chimney, Shaddon Mill, Carlisle

    • Apparently, by the 1830s the existing mill of Peter Dixon and Sons was becoming inadequate for their volume of production, so they built the seven-storey Shaddon Mill ‘to rival all the glories of Manchester and other places’.

      There are further details of the mill’s history in this page: http://www.carlisleshistory.co.uk/page42.htm (search for ‘SHADDONGATE MILL’, or scroll a loooong way down the page).


      • I used to work for BT , our stores depot was opposite Todds mill one day while the contractors where in the Duke Of York inn (opp. Todds mill) 2 of my Bt mates decided they would like to climb it (contractors had fixed ladders to the side) so up they went. They liked the view so much they went home got their cameras and went back. No mean feat considering the height and when they reached the top they had to climb out to get onto the contractors working platform.


  1. Great photos, Graham. It beats me how they built these chimneys…all so accurately with the correct batter and inclination. Each one was a work of art and such a pity that so many have been lost. When I was sixteen we lived high above the Tame Valley…looking down from my window, I could count 15 chimneys from the mills in Stalybridge and Ashton. A year later there were only 6.


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  3. In 1972/3/4 I installed woollen machinery in Shaddon /Dixons/ Todds Mill, in addition to woollen machinery already there. If I remember rightly Michael Potts was the owner, great guy who played a mean Jazz trumpet
    The labourer who assisted me was a toothless chap called “Geordie” who used to drag me into The Duke of York just across the road, where he and his mates used to treat me to stories of when Geordie worked on the Gasometer. I am 83 now but I remember tales of ” Mickey Potts ” going to the top of the chimney when a section was taken off the top. Happy Days.

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