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Rhyddings Mill, Oswaldtwistle

Description: Rhyddings Mill

Grade: II
Date Listed: 1 September 1989
English Heritage Building ID: 183911

OS Grid Reference: SD7409827510
OS Grid Coordinates: 374098, 427510
Latitude/Longitude: 53.7433, -2.3942

Location: Rhyddings Street, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 3JA

Locality: Oswaldtwistle
Local Authority: Hyndburn Borough Council
County: Lancashire
Country: England
Postcode: BB5 3JA

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Listing Text

The following building shall be added to the list:-

SD 72 NW

4/193 Rhyddings Mill


Former cotton weaving mill (used for light industrial purposes at time of inspection,
July 1989). Built 1856 by Watson Brothers, with later alterations and extensions.
Coursed rubble, much of it rusticated; Welsh slate roofs. The listed items consist
of the principal warehouse and preparation block with weaving shed to rear, the
works entrance and engine house adjacent to left, the chimney stack, and the front
perimeter walls and two entrance lodges. All other buildings are excluded from
this listing. Principal range: 2 storeys, symmetrical, 6 window bays to either
side of central projecting 3-storey gabled delivery entrance block (which has
pedimented gable and angle pilasters, with renewed casements; sill course; hoisting
gear in gable apex; open ground floor with 2 large round-headed arches with keystones
to front, one similar to each side). Segmental-headed windows and doorways to
flanking elevations, thoseground-floor windows to left altered to form doorways.
Stone moulded gutter with console brackets; string course at sill level; rusticated
throughout. Right return 3 bays, the centre projecting with superincumbant arch
containing lower storeys with a separate arch to attic window; segmental-headed
window to each side bay, ground-floor only; side bays rendered. Weaving sheds,
conventional type, 11 x 13 bays, to rear. Works entrance to left (between main
range and engine house), approached by external stairs, with debased Gibbsian
surround to doorway and side windows, and round-headed window above. Engine house:
2 bays, gabled with corner pilasters, round-headed windows and 2 similar doorways,
all rusticated. The 1856 stack, with octagonal shaft and large plinth carrying
the date, now concealed within late-Cl9 boiler house of little special interest
(although containing 2 Lancashire boilers). Stone perimeter wall to front, with
central gateway flanked by single storeyed gatehouses, both gabled with similar
architectural detailing to main range; doorways with segmental heads and 2 and
3-light windows with horned sashes. Internally only the principal range and weaving
sheds are of special interest: the warehouse was not fireproof, with timber floors
and chafered beams supported by iron cradles on piers of circular section with
rudimentary moulded capitals; similar columns to weaving sheds. Rhyddings Mill
is an interesting example of a mid C19 textile mill designed with considerable
architectural pretensions as part of a larger-scale urban development consisting
of employees' housing, speculativehousing and the parish church.

Listing NGR: SD7409827510

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Source: English Heritage

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