Building record M4049 - Field Mill, Mansfield (DEMOLISHED)


COTTON MILL (Elizabethan to Early 20th Century); WATERMILL (Elizabethan to Early 20th Century)


Grid reference SK 53700 60350 (point)
Map sheet SK56SW
District Mansfield
Civil Parish Mansfield, Mansfield


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

Watermill shown on (1) and (2).
Watermill for cotton textiles on the R Maun, built c.1810. The mill was demolished in 1923. The iron water-wheel was the largest in Britain and was transported for scrap during WW2. The mill is no longer working, is demolished and the only remnant is the sluices where the water from the pond entered. The original building was of stone but of the machinery little can be discovered. The mill pond is considerably large, and bleaching, dyeing and laundry works have sprung up nearby. There is a large waterfall where the water left the original site of the mill. (4)
Two water corn mills in 1608, it was a water grist mill in 1653. By 1746 there were water problems as tenants were being covenanted not to withhold water from Town Mill or flood same. In 1785 it was a corn mill with two waterwheels, converted to a cotton mill 1788. In 1840 there was an iron tension overshot waterwheel with 124 buckets, 40ft diameter by 10ft wide. It had steam engines by 1903. It was bought by Mansfield Borough Council in 1923 and demolished in 1925, the wheel being the last to go. The pond remains and some nice stonework along the wheel intake. (6)
In about 1583 William Cotton newly erected two water corn mills "in a certain place called Nottingham ford near unto the town of Mansfield where never any mill had been before". (7)

Listed buildings slides, (Photograph). SNT2648.

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

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

<3> OS, 1917, 1:2500, County Series 1917 (Map). SNT1026.

Other Refs: 28/1

<4> CBA, Industrial Survey (Published document). SNT184.

Other Refs: IA4 50/10

<5> Smith DM, 1965, The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands, p 260 (Published document). SNT1304.

<6> Morley D, 1997, Corn and Cotton - Waterpower in Notts (draft), p 20 (Unpublished document). SNT1693.

<7> Thoroton Society, 2007, TTS, pp 89-93 (Serial). SNT2594.

Sources/Archives (8)

  • --- Photograph: Listed buildings slides. .
  • <1> Map: Chapman J. 1774. Nottinghamshire - approx 1in.
  • <2> Map: Sanderson G. 1835. 20 miles around Mansfield - 2 in.
  • <3> Map: OS. 1917. 1:2500, County Series 1917.
  • <4> Published document: CBA. Industrial Survey.
  • <5> Published document: Smith DM. 1965. The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands. p 260.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Morley D. 1997. Corn and Cotton - Waterpower in Notts (draft). p 20.
  • <7> Serial: Thoroton Society. 2007. TTS. 111. pp 89-93.

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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