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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NO 39768 30432
339768, 730432


Gilroy Brothers' Engineering Department, 1851, 1863-5,

3- and 4-storey and attic 58-bay jute mill in 2 adjoining

pedimented blocks, coursed rubble with ashlar quoins and

dressings. Slate roofs.

S block by Joseph Lindsay (later of Urquhart, Lindsay and

Co) 1865; 3-storey and attic 23-bay mill. Advanced quoined

5-bay central section with channelled ashlar ground floor,

large segmental arched cart entrance with original ornate

wooden gates, bold voussoirs and keystone, and 2

roundheaded openings to each side. Band course. 1st floor

windows in margins with aprons and consoled pediments,

2 segmental 2nd floor windows in architraves with arched

shell heads. Large pediment with dentil cornice, carved

foliated tympanum, shield dated 1865 with cyphers of R,

G and A Gilroy and apex acroterion. 10-bay S wing with 2

advanced bays at end. Main cornice.

S elevation 3-bay gable end with large ground floor arched

door, now a window, 2 oculi and window in gable head over

cornice continuing from main elevation. Apex ball finial.

3-storey and attic. 7-bay extension along Guthrie Street

built between 1865 and 1871. W gable blank except doors

to the now demolished Arch Mill.

Section N of pediment, an 1865 rebuild of 1830s mill.

3-storey and attic, 8 bays including engine house at N

with consoled pediment over blocked window. 1st floor large

in architrave, formerly with round arched head.

N block 4-storey and attic 35-bay mill with 5-storey,

7-bay central section.

(a) South Mill, 1851, 14 bays including 2 advanced quoined

bays at each end. Cast-iron spandrels at ground floor of W

elevation formerly carried roof linking main block to

West Mill (25 Brown Street). Main cornice continued on S

gable cut by 1865 mill roof; attic sash and case window

and 2 oculi. Ball finial.

(b) 1863-4 5-storey, 7-bay "Centre Mill", with original

wooden framed segmental-headed windows. 2 1st floor hoist

doors. Main cornice. 4th floor windows divided by pilasters,

cornice above. Small pediment with Dundee arms. Square

plinth formerly, statue of Minerva. Acroteria and urns.

(c) North Mill, 1863-4, similar to 1851 South Mill. 3-bay

N gable elevation with ground floor adjoining Dudhope

Works. 2 oculi and window in gable head. Apex ball finial.

W elevation similar to E elevation, except that S block

lacks a pediment. Main engine house has tall round-headed

1st floor window over blocked consoled pedimented window

at ground floor. N block has simple oculus in pediment

with acroteria and urns. Ground floor of North Mill had

access to weaving sheds via large openings under cast-iron

lintels. 3 wooden boxes project at 2nd and 3rd floors for

hoists. All windows are original sash and case, multi-paned

in the main mill blocks and 4-paned in central sections,

except 2nd floor of S block which has later 2-paned sash

and case windows. 2 bipartite for offices. Occasional hoist

doors. Interior: each floor has 2 rooms of tall cast-iron

columns with flanged capitals carrying cast-iron beams

and brick arches with wrought-iron ties. Various internal

stairs, hoists, gearing rooms with wall-boxes, main engine

house has wooden floors, stairs and cast-iron features.

Attics have fine single-span wrought-iron tie roofs except

central section of N block which has perpendicular gothic

cast-iron trusses on 2 rows of clustered columns.

Statement of Special Interest

At 650', one of the longest textile mills in Britain. W

Boyack's works were founded in about 1833, becoming the

biggest flax works in Angus in 1836 but bankrupt in 1842.

In 1849 "Hospital Ward Mill" was bought and renamed "Tay

Works" by Gilroy Brothers and Co (Robert George and

Alexander - the RGA cypher in the 1865 pediment). Became

in 1877 Gilroy Sons and Co, the world's second biggest

jute manufacturers with plantations near Calcutta and their

own ships for jute imports. Specialised in jute carpeting

and so became the chief carpet works of Jute Industries

Ltd, 1920, with a large dyeworks on Brown Street. Converted

to student residences 1986.



DUL. MS66/III/5/10. MS66/III/5/12. Millar p.66-7 and 110.

Hume (1977) p.131. McKean and Walker (1984) pp.84-5.

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