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20 BROWN STREET, AND RETURN ELEVATIONS TO 8 GUTHRIE STREET, AND SESSION STREET, SOUTH MILLSLB24965

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
18/05/1987
Local Authority
Dundee
Planning Authority
Dundee
Burgh
Dundee
NGR
NO 39720 30255
Coordinates
339720, 730255

Description

2 Flax mills:

(a) Old Mill: circa 1825, with some alterations in

1860s, W elevation to Session St and E elevation to

yard. 2-storey 14-bay rubble-built mill. Party wall

with skewputts and flat-topped finial divides 5 N-

bays, for hackling, from spinning section. Small square

ground floor windows in margins, some blocked or

boarded, 2 altered to doors, and some with original

glazing. Large cast-iron tie-plate. 1st floor larger

windows with altered glazing. N gable has skewputts and

flat-topped finial. E elevation large windows with

aprons at ground floor, some retaining original multi-

paned sash and case windows, others blocked. Some doors

inserted in 1860s and later. Interior: ground floor

a single row of cast-iron columns carrying a wooden

beam. 1st floor, hackling section, 4 timber pillars;

spinning section, iron columns, a cast-iron spiral stair

and a chute from the attic of the New Mill

(b) New Mill, Brown St, begun between 1851 and 1857,

extended in 1864 and 1874-5 3-storey, basement and

attic, 33-by 3-bay rubble built mill. 3-bay advanced

sections pedimented with acroteria, segmental-headed

windows and cornice over 1st floor. 1864 pediment

section has large timber mullioned and transomed engine

house window at 1st floor and large entrance inserted

circa 1930 in place of steam engine. Door at left

leads to original multi-paned wooden framed window

for view of engine, altered to a lodge. N pediment dated

1875, similar but without door or larger window.

Top cornice and N and S gables 3-bay with 3 oculi

and segmental headed window over cornice. Ball finials

missing. Mansard slate roof with 2 party walls behind

pediments.

W elevation similar; 1864 ground floor preparing shed

with ornate cast-iron roof attached to central section.

2 pediments, 1 behind circa 1930 brick lift shaft. All

windows are original wooden-framed top-hoppers.

Interior: basement sub-divided as flax store, and part

a pond Mill fully iron-framed with 2 rows of cast-iron

columns, bracketed for shafting, brick arched ceilings

and stone flagged floors. Engine house has fine internal

arched mullioned and transomed window and wooden

panelled ceiling. New floor. Gearing room in bay to S

retains wallboxes etc for verticial shaft. Cast-iron

gothic attic pendant bosses on 2 rows of clustered

columns. 2 stone stairs.

Statement of Special Interest

List excludes brick building and chimney at S, and

modern steel roof linking old and new mills.

Owned by J and W Brown, Brown and Miller, O G Miller

(also of South and East Mills), A J Brough, Cunningham

and Co, South Mills (Flax) Ltd, and has always spun flax

rather than jute. The Old Mill is now the second oldest

in Dundee, with alterations. The New Mill is now the

3rd longest multi-storey mill in Dundee and has a very

fine roof of unique design.

References

Bibliography

NMRS AND 513 (1874)

Warden (1864) p 627 DU MS 17/P34 (1837 J and W Brown's

Title Deeds and Plan)

Hume (1977) p 131.

Old Mill shown on 1839 map of St David's Parish.

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