TL2471 : Riverside Mill, Godmanchester

taken 7 years ago, near to Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Riverside Mill, Godmanchester
Riverside Mill, Godmanchester
The northern range, seen from Huntingdon Bridge.
Riverside Mill, Godmanchester
Despite its riverside location, this fine mill on the Great Ouse was never water-powered, but always a steam mill. It appears to have been built between about 1853 and 1861, for the production of oil cake for cattle feed. The location would have been chosen as adjacent to Godmanchester Station allowing easy transit for incoming raw materials and outgoing finished products.
The mill was noted as closed in 1911, but there are reports that it had been used for making army uniforms during the Boer War, and it was again put to this use during the First World War. It then became idle again before being purchased by a London firm of hosiery manufacturers, Klinger Stern in 1924. It had passed out of their ownership to a local businessman, C.W.Plumpton just two years later, but the Klinger Stern name can still be made out on the western facade of the building.
The final stage in the history of the mills starts in the early 1980s. The hosiery business had ceased in 1972, with the building again becoming empty, but in 1983 it was bought by a firm of builders and conversion into apartments began. Due to the building being Grade II Listed, the conversion has had to include minimal adjustment to the exterior, the provision of balconies being one of the most obvious changes.
Information about the mill is derived from the excellent website of the local Porch Museum LinkExternal link
River Great Ouse
The Great Ouse rises in Northamptonshire and flows generally north east, 143 miles to its mouth at Kings Lynn.
It is the fourth longest river in the UK.
Wikipedia: LinkExternal link
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TL2471, 164 images   (more nearby )
Photographer
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Date Taken
Friday, 28 December, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 2 January, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Housing, Dwellings  Business, Retail, Services  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Former (from Tags)
Mill 
Housing (from Tags)
Converted Mill 
Building Material (from Tags)
Brick and Tile 
River (from Tags)
Great Ouse 
Period (from Tags)
Mid 19th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 2433 7147 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:19.6348N 0:10.6206W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 24282 71480
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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High Water Levels  Grade II Listed 

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