Building record M7515 - Pleasley Mills: Upper Mill, Number 3 Mill


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


Grid reference Centred SK 51640 64911 (73m by 74m)
Map sheet SK56SW
District Mansfield
Locality Pleasley Vale
Civil Parish Mansfield, Mansfield


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

Watermill shown, named Pleasley Forge. (1)
Grey stone. Originally 60ft by 30ft. A corn mill taken over and adapted to textile purposes (05/07/1963). (2)
In 1784 a partnership was formed to build a cotton spinning mill ... built in 1785 on the site of a corn mill and attached forge. In 1840 Upper Mill was destroyed by fire ... largely rebuilt using fireproof construction. (Detailed description - see file). (3)
A corn mill is thought to have been on site in 1225. It was an iron forge site from 1660 to 1770, there being both a Nether and an Upper Forge. Possibly run by George Sitwell, iron master. Disused in 1784 when Hollins an partners set up a cotton spinning mill, known as Upper Mill. A document of 1794 says waterwheel was 16ft diameter and 16ft wide. There are very few remains of the waterpower machinery. The mill leats date from 1785 onwards and the leat from the river to the Upper Dam is canal like. At the river junction there is a control paddle. An iron paddle drains the leat, operated by a screw (see source for more features). (4)
The Upper Mill … built in the 1840's still survive[s. It] is on the site of the original mill of 1785. (5)
See M7516 for Lower Mill, M7520 for No 2 Mill.
Mill straddles County Boundary.

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

(3), Mansfield Woodhouse Parish File

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

<2> CBA, Industrial Survey (Published document). SNT184.

Other Refs: IA3 65/1

<3> Glenn C, 12/03/1993, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT712.

<4> Morley D, 1997, Corn and Cotton - Waterpower in Notts (draft), pp 17-18 (Unpublished document). SNT1693.

<5> Smith DM, 1965, The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands, p 274 (Published document). SNT1304.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • <1> Map: Chapman J. 1774. Nottinghamshire - approx 1in.
  • <2> Published document: CBA. Industrial Survey.
  • <3> Personal comment: Glenn C. 12/03/1993. Pers Comm.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Morley D. 1997. Corn and Cotton - Waterpower in Notts (draft). pp 17-18.
  • <5> Published document: Smith DM. 1965. The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands. p 274.

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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