Building record M2582 - Grange Mill; Old Mill, Hucknall


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


Grid reference Centred SK 54821 50180 (129m by 121m)
Map sheet SK55SW
District Ashfield
Civil Parish Hucknall, Ashfield


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

A range of outhouses in an architectural style which echoes that of Castle Mill. (1)
Grange Farm contains some of the remains of the Robinsons Grange Mill where the first steam engine (for cotton spinning) may have been located (see below). (2)
The outbuildings here seem to have been the offices and warehouses of Grange Mill, where the first Boulton & Watt steam engine to provide power for the cotton industry was installed in 1786 (see below). (3)
Old Mill - a stone building 100ft long and 5 storeys high, built by Robinsons and finished by 1778. "New Mill" built nearby, larger than Old Mill. Most buildings demolished. 2nd Boulton and Watt engine installed here, 1791 (see M5288 for 1st, at Lower Mill). (4) (5)
By about 1785 the … Grange Mill had been erected. (6)
Watermill shown. (7)
Old Mill was at the centre of the enterprise and was situated where Papplewick Lido is now. The original wheel was 30ft diameter, later increased to 42ft diameter. Nothing remains other than remains of the water courses. Some idea of the style of the buildings can be seen in Grange Farm which was presumably the centre of the business. Extensive remains of watercourses and dams are north of the building site. (8)
See M2587 for Grange Cottages, M5288 for Lower Mill, M2588 for Castle Mill, M8948 for Papplewick Dam.
Locally Listed by Ashfield District Council (ADC Ref: 206) (9).
Heritage Impact Statement produced 2020 (10).

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

(2), Ind Arch File

<1> Smith DM, 1965, The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands, pp 80 -90 (Published document). SNT1304.

Other Refs: p 272, ill p 204

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

<3> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 289 (Monograph). SNT4.

<4> Assoc for Industrial Arch, 1986, Ind Arch Review (No 1), pp 37-55 (Article in serial). SNT181.

<5> Assoc for Industrial Arch, 1987, Ind Arch Review (No 2), pp 119-139 (Article in serial). SNT182.

<6> Thoroton Society, 1956, TTS, p 35 (Published document). SNT370.

<7> Chapman J, 1774, Nottinghamshire - approx 1in (Map). SNT550.

<8> Morley D, 1997, Corn and Cotton - Waterpower in Notts (draft), p 13 (Unpublished document). SNT1693.

<9> Ashfield District Council, Ashfield Local List (Document). SNT4755.

<10> Trigpoint Conservation and Planning, 2020, An Archaeological and Heritage Assessment: Grange Farm Cottages, Grange Gardens, Papplewick, Nottinghamshire (Unpublished document). SNT5200.

Sources/Archives (11)

  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • <1> Published document: Smith DM. 1965. The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands. pp 80 -90.
  • <2> Personal comment: Reedman K. 1977. Pers Comm.
  • <3> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 289.
  • <4> Article in serial: Assoc for Industrial Arch. 1986. Ind Arch Review (No 1). 9. pp 37-55.
  • <5> Article in serial: Assoc for Industrial Arch. 1987. Ind Arch Review (No 2). 9. pp 119-139.
  • <6> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1956. TTS. 60. p 35.
  • <7> Map: Chapman J. 1774. Nottinghamshire - approx 1in.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Morley D. 1997. Corn and Cotton - Waterpower in Notts (draft). p 13.
  • <9> Document: Ashfield District Council. Ashfield Local List.
  • <10> Unpublished document: Trigpoint Conservation and Planning. 2020. An Archaeological and Heritage Assessment: Grange Farm Cottages, Grange Gardens, Papplewick, Nottinghamshire.

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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