Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | May 20, 2016

Photographs of the Week. Stormont Mill Cornwall, Ontario.


The Stormont Mill, decked out for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, June 2, 1953.  Taken by Alex McGillivray.

The Stormont Mill founded in 1870 by the Gault Brothers, was destroyed by fire in 1875.  Five years later, the Gaults built this new mill which was destroyed by fire on October 31, 1961.  The mill was no longer in operation.


Carding Machines in the Stormont Mill.  This photograph was donated to the museum in 1964.


Spinning Room, Stormont Mill.  This photograph was donated to the museum in 1964.


Stormont Mill Staff photograph.


An aerial view of the Stormont Mill, on the south bank of the Cornwall Canal, 1948.  The photograph also includes the first Hotel Dieu Hospital on the left, and the St. Lawrence Brewery, now a refrigeration plant on the right.

In 1948 the mill employed 500 people.  They worked on 94 carding machines, 479 looms, with 18,032 spindles and 408 twister spindles to dye and finished shirtings, tickings, denims, and cottonades.

The mill had 267,370 square feet of floor space and was powered by four boilers and three water wheels.


The Stormont Mill looking west.


The Stormont Mill Fire Hallowe’en, 1961.



After the fire.

The November 1, 1961 edition of the ‘Standard-Freeholder” said that “Rreplacement Value said $1 million.”

“A complete investigation will be carried out into the cause of the spectacular blaze which last night consumed the huge 5 storey Stormont Mill, formerly owned by Canadian Cottons Ltd.

Making the announcement this morning, Fire Chief Lucien Carrier said the investigation would be started as soon as the smouldering embers are dead.  Firemen are still pouring water into the tangled wreckage late this morning.

It was a Hallowe’en fire with a genuine, eerie Hallowe’en touch of mystery about it” which has never been solved.

This is a small sample from the 100s of photographs the Museum’s archives have concerning Canadian Cottons Limited in Cornwall.


  1. I will never forget the night the mill burned, very scary,

    Sent from my iPad


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