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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 39741 30379
339741, 730379


Old Mill: Circa 1833-36 1-2- and 3-storey and attic iron

framed flax mill, rubble-built, consisting of:

(a) 1834-6 3-storey and attic 10-bay mill with 3-bay

gable to Brown St. Gable with hoist door at 2nd floor

and 2 windows in attic. Projecting 1-by 2-bay stair and

hoist doors with pedimented gable, oculus and the base of

a small bellcote at E. Windows in N elevation blocked,

others are multi-paned sash and case, some with original

hoist doors. Tall engine house attached to E gable with

2 round-headed windows each to N and S, 1 with larger

door inserted for replacement of engine.

(b) W wing circa 1836, 3 storey with smaller attic,

7 bays to Brown St and blank S gable with skewputts and

flat-topped finial. Windows 4-paned casement to Brown

St and multi-paned sash and case to rear.

(c) 1849-51 2-storey batching house forms U-plan with

mill. Walls partially hidden by later concrete external

stairs. Piended roof. Court roofed in 1860s with

kingpost trusses and ground floors of 2- and 3-storey

blocks is carried on stout flanged iron colonnades. 1-

storey batching shed with piended roof added to S,

circa 1889-91. Slate roofs.

Interior iron framed and brick arched with stone

flagged floors. Oldest mill has 2 rows of iron columns

with Bell capitals, eyelets and no tie-rods visible.

W wing has a single row of columns. Fine spiral stair.

Timber collar-beam roofs. Engine house has massive

masonry base, wooden stair, platforms and a large

belt-driven pulley.

West Mill: circa 1851, between dyeworks and the Lochee

Road block. 2-storey rubble iron framed block for

batching, preparing and winding with 5 wide arched

ground floor doors. 14 large cast-iron brackets held

lean-to roof (glazing removed) linking with the main

mill. Iron framed interior. Pieneded slate roof.

Engine House to N 1851, rubble with 2 round-headed

windows, cornice, parapet and piended slate roof.

Interior plastered and painted with decorated corbels

and timber roof. Was used to drive the first power-loom

factory (demolished) and later the N section of Lochee

Road block. N elevation blank, with cornice, adjoining

1851 square-section-chimney, rubble to the height of

the engine house, brick beyond, with firebrick at the


Statement of Special Interest

List excludes 1920s steel-framed dyeworks and associated

brick buildings. Originally known as "Hospital Ward


Wm Boyack was the biggest flax spinner in Dundee in 1836

but bankrupt in 1842. His mills lay empty for 7 years

until bought by Gilroy Brothers and Co. Tay Works. After

the Coffin Mill, this is the biggest pre-1850 mill in

Dundee, with a particularly interesting interior,

similar to that at Pitalpin Mill. Contains 19th

century foundry patterns. The West Mill, Engine House

and Chimney closely relate to the Tay Works Lochee Road




D U MS 66/III/5/10 Millar p64-5. Dundee Advertiser,

19-8.1851: "while a labourer was engaged in conveying

lime to the workmen building the stalk of Messrs

Gilroy's Mill, he lost his balance and was precipitated

to the ground". E Gauldie, THE DUNDEE TEXTILE INDUSTRY

(1969) pp 99, 129

Shown on 1839 map of St David's Parish.

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