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Report - Stanley Mill, Stroud - February 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by clebby, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. clebby

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    Stanley Mill, King's Stanley, Stroud

    This can be moved to non-public plz ? Thnx.

    Stanley Mill is the finest and largest of all the Stroud textile mills. Constructed in 1813, it is often regarded as one of the earliest fireproof buildings in the world and attracts international architectural acclaim. The original proprietors were Harris & MacLean, who sold the mill to Marlings in 1839 who still operate in a separate factory nearby; however the original buildings became defunct in 1989.

    Today, a very small portion of the mill is used as offices for the nearby factory. Until a few years ago it was also used in parts for storage, meaning it is in better condition than other buildings that have been empty for similar lengths of time. Recently planning permission was granted to convert the Grade-I listed building and surrounding site into 135 dwellings; work should begin next year.

    It's truly stunning site aching with original features, well worth a visit if you've got ingenuity and you're feeling flexible.

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    Main Mill

    This is the original 1813 structure, by far the largest building on site. The cast iron framework makes it one of the finest buildings I have ever seen.

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    Unlike most mills, there's a fair bit of machinery left sitting inside as well:

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    Some of the carding machines have been restored to a working order, and in recent years demonstrations were shown to visitors 3 times a year. This appears to have come to a close now, and the machinery will no doubt be removed in the conversion process.

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    Check out the fold down ladder for the hose pipes!

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    One of my favourite finds was a couple of store cupboards on an otherwise stripped floor, packed with old parts like dials, cogs, spare parts and belt shafts:

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    The loft floor: completely empty, but an awesome, massive space nonetheless.

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    Piered Building

    The Piered Building is so named because it stretches over the River Frome. Unusually, this building is of more historical interest than the main building, despite being a later and less attractive addition. Von Schinkel, a German architect credited for most of 19th century Berlin took inspiration from the Piered Building when designing the world famous Bauakademie.

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    The original power loom shed, this building really is showing signs of 20+ years of decay.

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