SK4433 : Draycott Mills, courtyard

taken 1 year ago, near to Draycott, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Draycott Mills, courtyard
Draycott Mills, courtyard
The two storey building on the right is the engine house from where all the machinery would have been driven by line shafting. Listed Grade II.
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.
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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  Business, Retail, Services 
Former (from Tags)
Lace Factory  Engine House 
Period (from Tags)
Mid 19th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4424 3317 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:53.6499N 1:20.6313W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4425 3318
View Direction
West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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Retail Units  Grade II Listed 

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