Boar's Head Cotton Mill Complex and Associated Housing, Darley Abbey. Thomas Evans began the mill building programme in 1782, and in order to attract an adequate work force to his new enterprise he created a new village, complete with school and other amenities. The Workers Housing: the earliest housing is 1-12 Flat Square, two storey terraced ranges facing each other across the Square … built in 1792. (1)
The houses of Flat Square were built in 1792 by the Evans family. They consist of two 3 storey terraced ranges of mill workers houses facing each other across the square and linked by a similar range in West Row (qv). They are built from red brick with slate roofs which are hipped at the open (east) ends. There is a brick header dentil course at all eaves although the windows have been altered. Along with West Row these are amongst the earliest houses to be built by the Evans family.
The 18th and 19th century houses and schoolrooms in Darley Abbey built or acquired by various generations of the Evans family for their workers are of interest as a group to be compared with the Arkwright settlement at Cromford and the Strutt settlements at Belper and Milford. (2)
Bibliographic reference: Fowkes, D (ed.). 2003. Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology. A Gazetteer of Sites. Part VII. City of Derby.. pp 54-5.
Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. List entry number 1216185.
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