Listed Building record MDR9616 - Framework knitter's houses, The Common, Crich

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Numbers 12, 14 and 16 The Common are a grade II listed range of late 18th century houses. They are built of coursed squared gritstone, with intermediate and end ridge stacks, slated roofs, of even height, but otherwise irregular. They are three storeys high, with an irregular pattern of fenestration. The window openings are plain, with plain lintels and cills, most with 20th century renewals of sash frames, but with some 20th century top hung lights to small paned windows to No. 16. Renewed windows to frame knitting workshop to third floor of No. 12, with eight nine-paned lights. Four doorways, all with massive jambs and lintels, those to the north end are a coupled pair. Plain planked and six-panelled doors, all 20th century. Projecting wing to rear of No. 12 has a blocked frameshop window to the second floor. (1) Framework knitter's cottage. Three storey house on Main Street with elongated 'top shop' windows. Perhaps the best example in Derbyshire. (2) Crich was an important centre of the framework knitting industry, with remnants of the industry lingering on into the closing years of the 19th century in this part of Crich Common. These cottage were originally 18th century in origin, with quoins of a smaller structure showing in front. They were enlarged later to accommodate the knitting shops on the upper storey. (3)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <1> Listed Building File: Historic England. 2011. The National Heritage List for England. NHLE no: 1067815.
  • <2> Index: Council for British Archaeology (CBA). CBA Industrial Archaeology Report Card. Knitters house, Crich.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Fowkes, D (ed.). 2011. Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology: A Gazetteer of Sites, Part III, Borough of Amber Valley (second edition). p. 8.



Grid reference Centred SK 35025 54007 (19m by 19m)

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Nov 2 2020 2:43PM

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