Basic Site Details

Name: Bowater's Mersey Paper Mill, Netherpool
Town, district or village: Ellesmere Port
City or county: Cheshire
Country: England
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Notes: Announced in 1929 and built 1930-1934 on a site alongside the Manchester Ship Canal which had previously been occupied in part by British Dyestuffs. The scheme also included a wharf on the Ship Canal for the direct import of wood pulp and the paper mill was also served by a rail link. By 1932 the plant had a capacity to produce 120,000 tons of paper per year, newsprint destined for use in the northern editions of the national daily newspapers printed in Manchester. In 1929 the estimated cost of the new works was a staggering £1,000,000. Contractor Robert MacAlpine

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Mill  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 119291934Build/construction 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 4Alastair Marshall McMichaelArchitectA19291934Estimated cost £1,000,000
Item 2 of 4George MacCallum DavidsonArchitectA19291934Estimated cost £1,000,000
Item 3 of 4John Muir McRobbieArchitectA19291934Estimated cost £1,000,000
Item 4 of 4Simpson, McMichael & DavidsonArchitectural practiceA19291934Estimated cost £1,000,000


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Bowater’s Mersey Paper Mills Limited121 Queen Victoria Street London EC4


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder2 August 1929  p201
Item 2 of 2Builder22 November 1929  p897

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Mrs Fiona M H Campbell, McRobbie's daughterInformation sent via 'Contact Us' on website Sent August 2010