Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 39078 30357
339078, 730357


1851, with new Engine House 1890 by C and L Ower. 3-storey

and attic front with 3 power-loom sheds at 1st floor level

on rising ground to rear. Coursed rubble with ashlar quoins

and dressings. N front: 3-storey and attic 19-bay block

with advanced quoined 3-bay sections at each end. Ground

floor centre bay a wide door altered to a window, end

bays stair doors, and 3 sliding doors (circa 1890). 1st

floor 2 bays at W end held gangway and drive shaft from

engine in calender (now car park), blocked 1890. Cornice,

slate roof with skylights. E elevation 3-storey 4-bays

with ground floor door and 1st floor roll-moulded band

course. Cornice below gablehead 2 windows and 3 oculi in

gable with skewputts and flat-topped finials. 8-bay

symmetrical front to 3 sheds at 1st floor; end bays

tripartite, quoined and advanced on a roll moulded band

course. Cornice, parapet.

Forest Park Place elevation plain, with 2 loading bays

and others blocked. Slate shed roofs. W elevation of

3-storey and attic front similar to E elevation with

adjoining rope alley fronted by 3-storey 1-bay gabled

block added 1890 in simiar style to original building.

Large 1890 Engine House with W window under iron cill,

lower part obscured by modern brick wall. Stair removed.

Piended roof with clerestory window. Most windows are

wooden-framed top hoppers, 1890, but 1 is 1851 multi-paned

sash and case.

Interior: Ground floor mechanics shop, (batching from

1890) brick arches on 2 rows of cast-iron columns, one

bracketted for shafts running N under powerloom sheds.

3 rows of cast-iron boxes in the arches carried belt drives

to 1st floor looms (an unusual feature in a multi-storey


1st floor: 2 rows of cast-iron columns with brick arches

and a row of stout columns with Doric capitals supporting

a cast-iron beam and the S wall of N block.

3 power-loom sheds with wide-span double-pitched king-post

roofs on 2 rows of cast-iron columns. Small 1890 addition

at SW. Second Floor: 2 rows of cast-iron columns and brick

arches. Attic: wide-span wrought-iron ties with no

intervening columns, used for winding and warping. Stone

flagged floor, lift shaft and spiral stair at each end.

Engine House, 1890, C and L Ower, with a later boardroom

built inside it and brick partition form wheelpit and rope

race. Green and white glazed tiles to dado, plastered above

with large plaster cornice. Superb timber roof of tie-beams

with pendant bosses and dark herring-bone panels. Wheelpit

with large bearing for fly-wheel, and rope alley stepped

upwards to S with underfloor shafts leading off, rising

to a 3-storey front at W end of N block. Heavy masonry

basement for engine with tunnels and pump.

Statement of Special Interest

The only factory in Dundee to weave fine linen damasks by power


Now the oldest and biggest complete pre-1860s power loom linen

and jute weaving factory in Dundee. Owned by A and D Edward of

Logie Works, and later by J Sharp of Miln St and Bower Mills,

who converted it to spinning. One of the 1st 3 iron-framed

buildings in Dundee to have an iron roof. The wrought-iron ties

have the same pattern as in Tay Works and Saltaire, Bradford,

both 1851 and the latter, by W Fairbairn, thought to be very

advanced. The iron colonnade carrying a wall is an early example

of a type to be repeated in later mills. The wide spans of the

weaving sheds were made possible by underfloor shafting. The

boxes in the arched ceiling of the ground floor give an unusually

good view of the machine layout.

List excludes modern brick boilerhouse at NW.



Warden LINEN TRADE (1864) p624. DUA MS60/1/3 (sketch of

Engine House by the manager of Ashton Works looking for a

model for his own new engine house) Information from David


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