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Description: Main Building at Stanley Mills
Date Listed: 28 June 1960
English Heritage Building ID: 131897
OS Grid Reference: SO8118404242
OS Grid Coordinates: 381184, 204242
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7366, -2.2739
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SO 8104 KING'S STANLEY RYEFORD
10/23 Main building at Stanley Mills
(previously listed as Stanley Mill)
Mill building and offices. 1813, large addition of c1825. For
Harris and Maclean; later additions for Maclean, Stephens and
Company. Ashlar base: Flemish bond red brick with ashlar
dressings; Welsh slate roof. originally L-plan, 5-storey.
Matching block added to east with small 2-storey office projection
to north, enlarged to 3-storey. North side: main elevation of
west arm of original block to right; fenestration 4:5:4; central
Venetian window to each floor of break forward with keyed round
arch; stone voussoir lintels to other windows of break forward.
Original fenestration: multi-paned iron casements with gauged
brick flat arches, entirely unaltered. Alternating chamfered
quoins; sill bands at 3rd and 5th storey levels. Fenestration to
upper floor is round-arched without central Venetian window. Plain
parapet with stone coping, formerly with central pediment
(illustrated on C19 headed notepaper). Simplified fenestration to
other elevations of original block, very imposing on south side
with continuous run of 16 windows to each floor. Hipped roof with
long continuous rooflights. North side of additional block to left
with fenestration 3:4:3, this time outer parts of elevation having
central Venetian windows, each with oval central arch in gauged
brick supported on iron colonnettes; voussoir lintels to
fenestration of central break forward. Two-bay wide central
projection to elevation with 16-pane sash fenestration, enlarged to
3-storey and extended in late Cl9; large doorway on east side with
moulded architraves and flat timber porch hood on shaped brackets;
8-panel double doors with rectangular light over. At north west
corner of block roof top water tower with iron tank supported on
square base with round-arched stone-dressed recess on each face.
East end: elevation of additional block to right has 3-window
fenestration, central being tripartite.
Interior: L-block has very early fireproof construction. Central
arcade of classical cast-iron columns have round-arched tracery
supporting transverse iron beams; segmental-arched brick cross-
vaulting supported on beams and having stone flag floor finish.
This ironwork is of high architectural quality, the spandrels
above the arcade also being of a correct size to take power drive
shafts. Benjamin Gibbons was the manufacturer. Heavy iron doors
with self-closing weights are fitted to staircase doorways. A
mill building of great importance due to the fireproofed structure
(which survived a major fire in 1884) and the quality of the brick
elevations. At time of survey (October 1985) continues to be used
for the manufacture of cloth.
(N.M. Herbert, 'King's Stanley' in V.C.H. Glos. x, 1972, pp 242-
257; well illustrated in K.G. Ponting, The Woollen Industry of
South West England, 1971; J. Tann, Gloucestershire Woollen Mills,
1967; and D. Verey, Gloucestershire: The Cotswolds, 1979)
Listing NGR: SO8118404242
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