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Monument record MDR7918 - Tannery and later laundry (site of), Tanner's Lane, Repton

Type and Period (1)

  • (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1275 AD? to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

'Tan Vats' are named on the 1st edition 1" Ordnance Survey map of 1836 at approximately SK 299 271. (1) The tanyard was still in use in the 1880s (2), but by the end of the century the site had been enlarged and occupied by Repton Laundry. (3) The earliest map and terrier of Repton, dated 1829, show that a tanyard lay to the west of the village, close to St Thomas’s Well (SMR 24512) and probably on a stream arising from St Ann’s Well (SMR 24527), further west. There are references to a tanner at Repton in 1275 and again in 1545, and it seems likely that the latter, and possibly the former also, were on the same site. The tanyard was still present in 1881, as shown on the OS map of that date; however by 1901 a steam laundry had been established on the site. An advertisement for it, printed in 1905, boasted its healthy situation, good spring water, open-air drying grounds and new and up-to-date machinery and methods, noting that 'Visitors to Repton are cordially invited to inspect the Laundry at any time when working’ . It was demolished in September 1973. The site now forms part of Repton School's Tanyard Sports area. (4)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Map: OS. 1836. OS 1" 1st Edn: 1836 with later revisions. sheet 71.
  • <2> Map: OS. 1888. OS County Series, sheet Derbys LVII NW/Staffs XLI NW. 1:10560.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1896-1900. OS County Series, 2nd edition (1st revision), scale 1:2500 (c. 25" to one mile).
  • <4> Unpublished document: Stroud, G. 1999. Extensive Urban Survey: Repton. Archaeological Assessment Report.. p 22.



Grid reference Centred SK 2986 2711 (73m by 54m)

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Record last edited

Sep 15 2016 4:45PM

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