Building record M7516 - Pleasley Mills: Lower Mill, Number 1 Mill


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


Grid reference Centred SK 52072 65062 (117m by 99m)
Map sheet SK56NW
District Mansfield
Locality Pleasley Vale
Civil Parish Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

In 1798, a second mill, Lower Mill, was built. In 1844 Lower Mill was destoyed by fire, then largely rebuilt using fireproof construction. A painting depicting the fire shows a building of 4 storeys and c.20 bays length. Replaced by a 4 storey structure of c.15 bays, later extended to the S and E. Perhaps some remains of pre-fire mill. (Description of present structure - see file). (1)
The second or Lower Mill was built in 1799, burnt down in 1846 and rebuilt by 1850 as a four storey mill. In 1804 10hp Boulton and Watt steam engines were added and both mills remained steam and water powered until at least 1900. The Lower Mill pond is badly silted. Arches remain underneath the mill taking the river tail race. There are some nice paddle gears with double reduction but no further machinery obvious. (2)
The four-storey Lower Mill, dated 1847, is on the site of the second mill built in 1798. (4)
See M7515 for Upper Mill, M7520 for No 2 Mill. See MNT27059 for demolished water tower.
Mill straddles county boundary.

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

(1), Parish File

<1> Glenn C, 12/03/1993, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT712.

<2> Morley D, 1997, Corn and Cotton - Waterpower in Notts (draft), pp 17-18 (Unpublished document). SNT1693.

<3> Smith DM, 1965, The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands, p 274 (Published document). SNT1304.

<4> Palmer M & Neaverson P, 1992, Industrial Landscapes of the East Midlands, p 111 (Monograph). SNT5.

Sources/Archives (5)

  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • <1> Personal comment: Glenn C. 12/03/1993. Pers Comm.
  • <2> Unpublished document: Morley D. 1997. Corn and Cotton - Waterpower in Notts (draft). pp 17-18.
  • <3> Published document: Smith DM. 1965. The Industrial Archaeology of the East Midlands. p 274.
  • <4> Monograph: Palmer M & Neaverson P. 1992. Industrial Landscapes of the East Midlands. Phillimore & Co Ltd. p 111.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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