Building record M2573 - Hermitage Mill, Mansfield


COTTON MILL (Medieval to Late 20th Century); WATERMILL (Medieval to Late 20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 52396 59878 (48m by 60m)
Map sheet SK55NW
District Mansfield
Civil Parish Mansfield, Mansfield


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Textile mill - building of stone and brick, slate roof, 4 storeys, 22 bays long. The River Maun is ponded and most of the water passes through the sluice into the mill where the wheel was situated. The original mill is still standing but many extensions of different periods are built onto it. The mill is rectangular. Stone walled mill and other parts now used for storage by Clumber Brick Co. Machinery removed (04/06/1963). (1)
Shown on (2).
Hermitage Mill in Hermitage Lane, three and four-storey stone with a later brick extension but with its mill-dam preserved. (3)
A large mill probably built before the end of the eighteenth century … There are a number of later extensions of no great interest. (4)
This was one of five water-powered cotton mills on the River Maun financed by the Duke of Portland. (5)
Former water-powered textile mill. Late C18, with early, mid and late C19 and C20 alterations and additions. For the fourth Duke of Portland. (6)
If this is L18, then it could not have been 'for the fouth Duke' as he did not succeed to this title until 1809, at the age of 41. (7)
Earliest reference to a mill on this site is 1302 when the owner was Thomas Beck, Bishop of St David's, and his tenant was the Prior of Lenton, who used it as a summer house…. The wheelhouse is centrally placed but all traces of machinery have long gone. The mill pond remains and bypass sluice. A lease of 1835 mentions Hermitage Cotton Mill including cottages, stores, dam, waterwheels, fan wheels, cast iron upright and tumbling shafts and cast iron wheels. It was built in the late C18 and leased from the Duke of Portland. (8)

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

Sketch, IS card

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

3 BW print, SMR

Listed buildings slides, 2 slides (Photograph). SNT2648.

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

Other Refs: IA4 50/8

<2> Sanderson G, 1835, 20 miles around Mansfield - 2 in (Map). SNT48.

<3> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 174 (Monograph). SNT4.

<4> Smith DM, 1965, The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands, p 259 (Published document). SNT1304.

<5> Palmer M & Neaverson P, 1992, Industrial Landscapes of the East Midlands, p 109 (Monograph). SNT5.

<6> DOE, Listed Building Description (Published document). SNT228.

<7> White J, 2004, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1728.

<8> Morley D, 1997, Corn and Cotton - Waterpower in Notts (draft), p 19 (Unpublished document). SNT1693.

Sources/Archives (11)

  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. 2 slides.
  • <1> Published document: CBA. Industrial Survey.
  • <2> Map: Sanderson G. 1835. 20 miles around Mansfield - 2 in.
  • <3> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 174.
  • <4> Published document: Smith DM. 1965. The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands. p 259.
  • <5> Monograph: Palmer M & Neaverson P. 1992. Industrial Landscapes of the East Midlands. Phillimore & Co Ltd. p 109.
  • <6> Published document: DOE. Listed Building Description.
  • <7> Personal comment: White J. 2004. Pers Comm.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Morley D. 1997. Corn and Cotton - Waterpower in Notts (draft). p 19.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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