Building record M1883 - Knitter's cottages, 1 to 8 Windles square, Calverton


FRAMEWORK KNITTERS COTTAGE (Hanoverian to Late 20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 62066 49108 (35m by 41m)
Map sheet SK64NW
District Gedling
Civil Parish Calverton, Gedling


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Windles Square originally formed part of a group of 22 dwellings built round 3 sides of a square, but the E half has been demolished to leave the present L-shaped terrace. Some of the long ground floor windows have been filled in and replaced with a more usual type, but others can still be seen. (1)
The most interesting group of cottages is Windles Square ... now only N and W sides remain, but have recently been renovated sympathetically. (2)
Built in 1834 and unusual because they have large windows front and back on the ground floor. Now eight instead of eleven dwellings, simply restored in 1972-4 by the [NBPT] to designs by Nottingham University. (3)
The eastern side of the square was apparently demolished c.1957. (4)
When built in 1834 Windles Square had cottages on three sides. Only two of the rows, in an L-plan, now remain standing and until the 1970s were in poor condition. In 1972 a scheme for restoration was drawn up by Nottingham University School of Architecture and paid for by the Nottingham Building Preservation Trust. Built of brick and partly rendered the cottages have modern casements with segmental heads. They are particularly important as an early example of ground floor framework knitters workrooms with large windows to both front and rear giving maximum light. (5)
11 knitters' cottages, now 8 houses. 1834. Restored and remodelled 1972. Brick, partly rendered, with pantile roofs. Corbelled eaves. 10 ridge and 2 gable stacks. 2 storeys, 10 bays wide by 10 bays deep. L-plan. Windows are casements, 1972, mostly with segmental heads, some being large knitters windows. West side has to left, casement and doorway with segmental head. To its right, a knitter's window and to right again, door and 2 small lights. Beyond, 2 casements flanked by single doors. Beyond again, door flanked to left by 2 small lights and to right by 2 casements. To right again, a blocked opening. Above, 11 casements. North side has 3 lean-to additions, 1972, and regular fenestration with 5 doors and 6 casements. Above, 11 casements. Rear elevations have similar regular fenestration with ground floor openings with segmental heads. This building is an early group of knitters' cottages with ground floor workrooms. (NCC/js)

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

(2), Ind Arch File

Listed buildings slides, 12 slides (Photograph). SNT2648.

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

Other Refs: fig 121

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

<2> Reedman K, 1977, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1180.

<3> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 88 (Monograph). SNT4.

<4> White J, 2002, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1529.

<5> Gedling Borough Council, 1991, Gedling's Heritage, 51 (Published document). SNT1552.

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  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. 12 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. p 236 .
  • <2> Personal comment: Reedman K. 1977. Pers Comm.
  • <3> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 88 .
  • <4> Personal comment: White J. 2002. Pers Comm.
  • <5> Published document: Gedling Borough Council. 1991. Gedling's Heritage. 51.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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