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Bliss Tweed Mill, Chipping Norton

Description: Bliss Tweed Mill

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 3 July 1980
English Heritage Building ID: 251706

OS Grid Reference: SP3043426696
OS Grid Coordinates: 430434, 226696
Latitude/Longitude: 51.9379, -1.5587

Location: Station Road, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5JR

Locality: Chipping Norton
Local Authority: West Oxfordshire District Council
County: Oxfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: OX7 5JR

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Listing Text


1169/4/90 Bliss Tweed Mill


Tweed cloth mill; converted into apartments. 1872, as dated below clock on the circular chimney stack, by George Woodhouse, a Lancashire architect specialising in mill structures. Bliss Mill is an exceptional design, rivalling Lister Mills, Bradford and the earlier ones at Saltaire. Built of local limestone, the elevations of the spinning mill proper, of 5 storeys, one treated in a manner that owes much to a Barry-type conception of the country house, with square belvedere staircase towers to the corners segmented by balustraded parapets with pairs of urn finials. The top storey windows have twin arcaded lights. The dominating feature is the chimney stack rising from an engaged circular tower, a sophisticated aesthetic solution to a functional requirement, with a ribbed leaded dome providing the transition to the lofty Tuscan order shaft of the stack proper. The multi-gabled weaving shed adjoins. The internal construction is of cast iron columns supporting transverse beams bearing the longitudinal segmental brick vaults which spring from slender I section girders. A remarkable opulent design in a park-like setting.

Listing NGR: SP3043426696

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Source: English Heritage

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