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Building record MDR3423 - Speedwell Mill, Wirksworth

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Speedwell Mill appears to have been built in three stages, but to house the 200 employees reported by Pilkington in 1789, it probably reached its present size quite early. [Pilkington's report may refer to Haarlem Mill, rather than to Speedwell Mill]. (1) The mill is shown on the 1st ed. 25" Ordnance Survey map of c. 1880 as Millersgreen Mill. (2) By the end of the 19th century it was known as Speedwell Mill. (3) By 1790 a cotton spinning mill was in operation by John Dalley, a local merchant connected with the Nottingham hosiery trade. The mill was converted to tape weaving in the 1840s. (4) Three storey former mill building with iron windows, originally the site of a corn mill. A successor cotton mill was built in three stages, the earliest section at the south end around 1790. It fell into disuse around 1808 and in the 1820s it became a hat factory and the northern extension of the building may date from this period. From 1844 it was a tape mill established by Joseph Wheatcroft. A row of gritstone cottages on the access road seem to be associated. (5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Index: Council for British Archaeology (CBA). CBA Industrial Archaeology Report Card. Speedwell Mill.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1882. OS County Series, 1st edition, scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). Sheet XXXIX.2.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1896-1900. OS County Series, 2nd edition (1st revision), scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile). Sheet XXXIX.2.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Bounds, S. 1995. 'Wirksworth in the Nineteenth Century. A Town in Decline?' Unpublished MA thesis, University of Nottingham..
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Fowkes, D (ed.). 1997. Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology. A Gazetteer of Sites. Part IV. Derbyshire Dales.



Grid reference Centred SK 28221 52939 (65m by 37m)

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Sep 22 2020 11:59AM

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