Monument record MDR11122 - Amber Mill or Shirland Mill, Toadhole Furnace, Shirland and Higham

Type and Period (3)

  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Shirland Mill. Three storey former corn mill on the River Amber, with two storey outbuilding. Local sandstone with corrugated asbestos-cement roof and largely original windows and gritstone quoins. There is a later brick extension to the rear with brick chimneys. The water courses are in situ. Now used by Amber Valley Windows, and in 2000 one window had been converted to advertise the firm's products. (1) Amber Mill was originally water-powered and is of three storeys and three bays. An attached wheelhouse, originally lower than the mill, was later raised to full height. The mill was used for corn grinding. Nothing survives of the machinery internally, but parts of the water supply system - a mill dam, sluice and gates controlling the flow of water back into the river - remain externally. (2)

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Fowkes, D. 2000. Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology. Part V. North East Derbyshire. p 36, illust..
  • <2> Unpublished document: RCHME (Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England). 1992. Historic Building Report, Amber Mill, Amber Farm, Shirland and Higham/Wessington, Derbyshire. SMR Doc. No. 691.



Grid reference Centred SK 38668 56899 (101m by 576m)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR2440

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Record last edited

Jul 3 2015 12:23PM

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