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The Dye House, Acklington

Description: The Dye House

Grade: II
Date Listed: 15 September 1988
English Heritage Building ID: 236693

OS Grid Reference: NU2061002956
OS Grid Coordinates: 420610, 602956
Latitude/Longitude: 55.3203, -1.6768

Location: Acklington, Northumberland NE65 9AB

Locality: Acklington
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE65 9AB

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Listing Text

NU 20 SW
The Dye House

Mill building. 1775, converted into flats 1968. Squared stone with roughly-
tooled dressings (except for top floor, brick in Dutch bond). Welsh slate
roof. 3 storeys, 14 windows. Each floor slightly recessed. Ground floor
shows C20 openings; upper floors have 2-pane casements with slightly-projecting
sills, those on top floor under segmental arches. Coped gables. The two left
bays are a 1985 extension in facsimile. Similar fenestration to rear.
Initially built as a foundry for tin and iron, and converted to a woollen mill
by John Reed in 1791, remaining in use as such until 1884; the derelict
building was taken over by Ellwood Holmes of Newcastle in 1915 to make Hydrate
of Alumina, a white pigment previously obtained from Germany. A Gilks water
turbine in the millrace provided hydroelectric power, the mill being one of
the first business premises thus lit in the country. The factory closed in
1930 after pollution of the river caused the Duke of Northumberland to refuse
renewal of the lease.

Listed for historical interest.

Listing NGR: NU2061002956

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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