Brook Cottage is a Grade II house of c. 1790 or earlier with early 19th century additions and later 19th century remodelling. It has an asymmetrical two storey front of five bays constructed from coursed gritstone (now painted) and red brick, with rendered gable and ridge stacks, and a Welsh slate roof covering. It consists of a T-shaped range with a remodelled late 18th century part to the west and a service wing extending eastwards at the rear. Brook Cottage is listed in the survey undertaken for the Enclosure Award for Duffield of 1791. The site was subsequently absorbed into the textile manufacturing complex developed by the Ward and Brettles families, specialists in hosiery manufacture. The firm of Ward, Brettles and Ward was the largest hosiery manufacturer in the late 19th century. Brook Cottage became the factory manager's dwelling during this time. The association with hosiery manufacture in Belper lasted until the late C20. (1)
Brook Cottage was the residence of John Ward and later of Benjamin Ward, owners of the adjacent hosiery warehouse [SMR 17031]. This practice of using the cottage as a residence for the owners of the warehouse appears to continue when the site was taken over for use as an oil refinery by Dalton & Company. It was later used as an office. The company (later Silkolene, then Fuchs Lubricants) was wound down in 1999, and by 2002 the cottage was empty and boarded up. (2)
A photographic fabric survey of the site in December 2002 included both the interior and exterior of the cottage. (3)
Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. List entry number 1389589.
Unpublished document: John Samuels Archaeological Consultants (JSAC). 2002. An Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment of Land at Fuchs Lubricants, Belper, Derbyshire.
Unpublished document: John Samuels Archaeological Consultants (JSAC). 2002. A Photographic Fabric Archive of Land at Fuchs Lubricants, Belper, Derbyshire.
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BELPER, AMBER VALLEY, DERBYSHIRE
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