Building record M1838 - Minta's Printers; Dovey's Shop, Main Street


FRAMEWORK KNITTERS WORKSHOP (Georgian to Mid-20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 61065 49304 (14m by 11m)
Map sheet SK64NW
District Gedling
Civil Parish Calverton, Gedling


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Dovey's shop. The best known of the framework knitters' workshops in Calverton. It was used for hosiery manufacturing on hand frames by Messrs Allen Solly of Arnold up to 1956. Of brick, it has 2 storeys with long rows of windows on both floors. A photo of the interior of the shop when at work can be found in (2). (1)
Dovey's workshop, an early workshop which was in use for hand knitting until 1956. (3) Workshops using hand frames, e.g. one of c.1800-20 in Main Street, now Minta's. (4)
Early hosiery factory, now a printing works, c.1830. Brick with gabled and hipped pantile roofs. Single ridge stack. 2 storeys, 5 bays. 2 builds. Single range. Windows are large glazing bar sashes. Openings to ground floor have segmental heads. South side has 5 casements on each floor. Rear has 3 casements. West gable has door and a casement. East gable has a casement on each floor. (NCC/js)
Built in the first years of the nineteenth century this brick building is an early example of a hosiery factory although it has recently been in use as a printing works. Hosiery was made in the factory on hand frames by Allen Solly of Arnold until 1944. The windows to both floors are very large to allow maximum light into the working area. (5)

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

(3), Ind Arch File

Data Held: Ground Photograph (Ground photograph). SNT2646.

4 BW print, W13-W16, SMR

Listed buildings slides, (Photograph). SNT2648.

<0> Palmer M & Neaverson P, 1992, Industrial Landscapes of the East Midlands, p 108 (Monograph). SNT5.

<1> Smith DM, 1965, The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands, pp 236-7 (Published document). SNT1304.

<2> Abbott JR, 1964, 800 Years of Hosiery and Knitwear (Published document). SNT410.

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

<4> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 89 (Monograph). SNT4.

<5> Gedling Borough Council, 1991, Gedling's Heritage, 53 (Published document). SNT1552.

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  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. .
  • <0> Monograph: Palmer M & Neaverson P. 1992. Industrial Landscapes of the East Midlands. Phillimore & Co Ltd. p 108.
  • <1> Published document: Smith DM. 1965. The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands. pp 236-7 .
  • <2> Published document: Abbott JR. 1964. 800 Years of Hosiery and Knitwear.
  • <3> Personal comment: Reedman K. 1977. Pers Comm.
  • <4> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 89 .
  • <5> Published document: Gedling Borough Council. 1991. Gedling's Heritage. 53.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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