Building record M514 - Silk Mill/JB Gill, Beeston


SILK MILL (Hanoverian to Edwardian)


Grid reference Centred SK 52859 36896 (20m by 21m)
Map sheet SK53NW
District Broxtowe
Civil Parish Beeston, Broxtowe


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Silk mill built c 1832. Remains of the 4 storey mill, largest mill between Derby and Nottingham. Belonged to Wm Lowe in 1820s-30s. Burnt down by Reform Rioters in 1831 but was rebuilt. 4 storeys, red brick, windows with many small panes (of the 1830s period). 200 employed at the time of riot, 500 in the new larger building. JB Gill of Nottm owned it and employed 530 in 1851. Silk Treaty of 1860 led to foreign competition and decline of English Silk Mills. John and Samuel Watson managed the mill for Gill in 1860s. Mill finally closed 1902. Now only a small portion remains, adjoining back of electrical shop. In danger of demolition (--/03/1966). (1)
Demolished 1992. (5)

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

(3), Ind Arch File

<1> CBA, Industrial Survey (Published document). SNT184.

Other Refs: IA4 7/6

<2> Smith DM, 1965, The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands, p 231 (Published document). SNT1304.

<3> Reedman K, 1977, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1180.

<4> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 69 (Monograph). SNT4.

<5> Baddeley V, 1993, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT433.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • <1> Published document: CBA. Industrial Survey.
  • <2> Published document: Smith DM. 1965. The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands. p 231.
  • <3> Personal comment: Reedman K. 1977. Pers Comm.
  • <4> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 69.
  • <5> Personal comment: Baddeley V. 1993. Pers Comm.

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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