Building record M2588 - Castle Mill; Linby Mill; Top Mill, Linby


COTTON MILL (Medieval to Mid-20th Century); WATERMILL (Medieval to Mid-20th Century)


Grid reference Centred SK 54520 51008 (37m by 17m)
Map sheet SK55SW
District Gedling
Civil Parish Linby, Gedling


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Upper or Castle Mill is on the site of the mill of Linby mentioned in a perambulation of Sherwood Forest in 1232. It is a pseudo-Gothic structure of local stone, "pebble-dashed". (1)
The mill building is now a private house. Its appearance is consistent with a C18 date, no evidence of a Med structure. The mill pond is dry. (2)
Upper Mill, built by 1785, fed by a pond. Stone built, of 4 storeys, with embattled towers on N front. (3)
"Top Mill" and pond built by Robinsons. 3 storeys with dwelling attached. Became a corn mill, then a house, dam was drained. (4)
Once … beautified in a most extraordinary way ... but stripped of all this character, except the towers, when turned into flats [in the] 1950s. This was always powered by water, not by steam. (5)
Named 'Top Mill' (6).
Spinning mill and adjoining cottage. c.1783. Remodelled c.1960. Built by the Robinson family. (7)
Stone built, three storeys with embattled towers on the N front and slated roofs. The S front is typical mill building. It is now a private dwelling. As well as cotton spinning it has been used at times as a corn mill. Old photographs show the enclosed wheel. The wheel was 18ft diameter by 6ft wide in iron. (10)
See M2114, M2082, M5288, M2582, M2645 for Robinsons' mills, M8948 for Papplewick Dam.

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

05/05/93, Castle Mill Court, Linby Lane (Plan). SNT4017.

14/04/93, The Barn at Castle Mill, Linby Lane (Plan). SNT4018.

<1> Thoroton Society, 1916, TTS, p 74 (Published document). SNT342.

Other Refs: p 8-9

<2> Woodhouse WC, 1959, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1437.

<3> Smith DM, 1965, The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands, pp 81, 89 (Published document). SNT1304.

Other Refs: p 272

<4> Assoc for Industrial Arch, 1987, Ind Arch Review (No 2), pp 43, 54 (Article in serial). SNT182.

<5> Pevsner N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed., p 166 (Monograph). SNT4.

<6> Sanderson G, 1835, 20 miles around Mansfield - 2 in (Map). SNT48.

<7> DOE, Listed Building Description (Published document). SNT228.

<8> Thoroton Society, 1956, TTS, p 34-43 (Published document). SNT370.

<9> Palmer M & Neaverson P, 1992, Industrial Landscapes of the East Midlands, p 109 (Monograph). SNT5.

<10> Morley D, 1997, Corn and Cotton - Waterpower in Notts (draft), p 15 (Unpublished document). SNT1693.

<11> Gedling Borough Council, 1991, Gedling's Heritage, 108 (Published document). SNT1552.

<12> John Samuels Archaeological Consultants, 1994, The Historical Water Management of the Mills on the Rivers Leen & Erewash (Unpublished document). SNT5726.

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  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. 2 slides.
  • --- Plan: 05/05/93. Castle Mill Court, Linby Lane. 1.
  • --- Plan: 14/04/93. The Barn at Castle Mill, Linby Lane. 1.
  • <1> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1916. TTS. 20. p 74.
  • <2> Personal comment: Woodhouse WC. 1959. Pers Comm.
  • <3> Published document: Smith DM. 1965. The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands. pp 81, 89.
  • <4> Article in serial: Assoc for Industrial Arch. 1987. Ind Arch Review (No 2). 9. pp 43, 54.
  • <5> Monograph: Pevsner N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Nottinghamshire 2nd ed.. Penguin. p 166.
  • <6> Map: Sanderson G. 1835. 20 miles around Mansfield - 2 in.
  • <7> Published document: DOE. Listed Building Description.
  • <8> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1956. TTS. 60. p 34-43.
  • <9> Monograph: Palmer M & Neaverson P. 1992. Industrial Landscapes of the East Midlands. Phillimore & Co Ltd. p 109.
  • <10> Unpublished document: Morley D. 1997. Corn and Cotton - Waterpower in Notts (draft). p 15.
  • <11> Published document: Gedling Borough Council. 1991. Gedling's Heritage. 108.
  • <12> Unpublished document: John Samuels Archaeological Consultants. 1994. The Historical Water Management of the Mills on the Rivers Leen & Erewash.

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Jul 23 2024 3:31PM

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