SK2862 : Ladygrove Mill

taken 5 years ago, near to Two Dales, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Ladygrove Mill
Ladygrove Mill
This site has a long and fascinating history. There was initially a cotton mill that was for sale in 1789. The site became associated with the Dakeyne family a flax mill was erected by Daniel Dakeyne and we know it was offered for sale in 1802 following bankruptcy. Things must have looked up because Daniel's sons, Edward & James, built the three storey mill seen here in 1826. The mills had a variety of water wheels and even a part built steam engine at the time of bankruptcy. The real innovation though was c1830 (the patent date) when the Dakeyne disc engine was built to utilise a 100' head of water and develop 35 horsepower. The engine was 10' diameter and weighed 7 tons. Sadly, both it and its house have long gone. There is a Gilkes water turbine still near the foot of the bell tower (visible right background).

The disc engine was apparently noisy and produced a roar that led the locals to say the mill was driven by a 'romping lion'. The engine belonged to the class of engines now called a swashplate engine or nutating disc engine.

The mill was latterly used for animal feed production but is now apparently used for storage and a degree of multiple occupancy.

This view shows the bell tower and the penstock for the Gilkes turbine that actually passes right through the building.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 3 August, 2014   (more nearby)
Saturday, 9 August, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Industry 
Former (from Tags)
Textile Mill 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 2861 6294 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:9.7692N 1:34.4126W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 2863 6289
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Animal Feed Mill  Penstock  Bell Tower 

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