SK4433 : Draycott Mills, leavers shed

taken 5 years ago, near to Draycott, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Draycott Mills, leavers shed
Draycott Mills, leavers shed
This is the building on the left, built 1840-50.
Draycott Mills

The complex of buildings comprising Draycott Mills date back mainly to the 1840-50 period. They represent an integrated lace manufacturing business, processing raw cotton into finished lace products. The oldest building was the original doubling mill of 1814, around which others were added. The completeness of the group of buildings and their relatively original condition, has resulted in most of the buildings being Listed Grade II.

The main building on Market Street with its long symmetrical facade incorporating a central pedimented section dates to around 1842. At the back of the building is a courtyard onto which the former engine house faces. This group of buildings is Listed as a unit.

Behind the front building are, to the north, the older two storey doubling mill, Listed Grade II as a unit, and to the south the large single storey building comprising the leavers shed and spinning shed, of the 1840-50 period. These are built in a form of fireproof construction that is rare outside the Manchester area and particularly so in single storey buildings. These two components of the site are Listed Grade II as two separate items.

West of the doubling mill is an L-shaped building, also of the 1840-50 period, originally for processing the cotton, also Listed Grade II as a unit.

At the western end of the site, attached to the spinning shed, is a two storey warehouse with a chimney attached. The chimney, now shortened from its original height, is dated 1850. Listed Grade II as a unit.

On the north side of the entrance into the factory yard is a small cartshed and stable, also Listed Grade II.

(Later buildings in the north west part of the site are not Listed.)

The buildings have over the years been converted to various uses. The front building now houses apartments, with its rear wings occupied by various retail units. The doubling mill currently houses a furniture manufacturing business with showroom. The rest of the buildings are occupied by a variety of light industrial businesses.

Listed Buildings and Structures

Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Friday, 11 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 15 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Industry 
Former (from Tags)
Lace Factory 
Period (from Tags)
Mid 19th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4423 3319 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:53.6607N 1:20.6400W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4425 3319
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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