Mainly Robertson and Orchar 1861-4, prominent Italianate
jute carpet works comprising High Mill with tower and
West Factory attached to S, boiler house and former
mechanics' shop to N, linking with later offices and 1851
Low Mill No 1. All coursed rubble with ashlar dressings.
(a) 4-storey and attic 22-bay jute mill with tower, 1861,
cornice and parapet. N elevation 21-bay having advanced
3-bay quoined central section with 2 large doors at ground
floor, 2 large pilastered and corniced tripartites at 1st
floor and segmental-headed windows above. Ground floor of
E section of mill is attached to former mechanic's shop
and of W section is masked by later small brick addition.
Later external lift. W-most bay advanced to form 5-storey
square-section stair tower with arched windows to N and W. Campanile-type top stage with paired arched louvred bell
stage. Cornice, pyramid roof with corner acroteria and ball
finial 3-bay W elevation with channelled pilaster strip
to balance stair tower. 1st and 2nd floor windows in
architraves linked by cill-level band courses. Simple 3-bay
E elevation. S elevation 22-bay, ground floor adjoining
weaving shed. Small open pediment dated 1861 balances hoist
at 14th bay, later raised for a motor and clad in
corrugated-iron. Hipped slate roof with skylights and
original ventilators. Original 10-paned top-hopper windows.
Interior: fire proof, 2 rows of cast-iron columns with
bulbous capitals, cast-iron beams, wrought-iron ties,
brick arches and stone slab floors. Central beam engine
house rises through 3 floors with heavy masonry foundations
at ground floor, lengthwise cast-iron beams at 1st floor
to allow for beams of engine (hole later floored over).
Ceiling of 2nd floor carried on large composite cast-iron
girders with wrought-iron tie-rods. 1 bay to each side
forms gearing rooms. 3rd and attic floors are uninterrupted.
Attic has 2 rows of cast-iron columns with bell capitals
carrying lengthwise wooden beams tensioned by wrought-iron
rods. N aisle later strengthened by wood and wrought-iron
(b) West Factory, single-storey weaving sheds, adjoins S
wall of mill, 1861. Symmetrical 10-window W elevation
with roll-moulded band course on a rusticated base, advanced
end bays having rusticated pilasters and 2 arched windows
in architraves with aprons and nailhead mouldings. 6
central windows in architraves, 2 altered for a modern
loading door. Blank S and E elevations with cornices.
South-lit double-pitched piended slate roofs. Later
2-storey and attic loading bay to S with wide gable to
Taylor's Lane, bipartite and central arched door. Timber
Factory interior: unusual fire-proof design of wrought-
iron Polonceau trusses and wide spans along valleys
achieved by wrought-iron tension rods between columns with
bulbous capitals. Decorative iron ventilators. N wall
corniced with arched entrances to E section of High Mill.
(c) Old Mechanics' shop and packing room between E section
of High Mill and Offices, 1861. Single storey with corniced
blank E elevation to Taylor's Lane. Pilastered W elevation
with large arched door to original loading bay, steps to
office with arched door off. Cornice. 5 piended N-lit
Interior: iron columns and cusped cast-iron roof with
(d) Boiler House in yard N of High Mill, single-storey
rubble, 1861. S elevation: cornice on pilasters with
partial later brick infilling. 3 piended slate roofs,
2 now corrugated.
Interior: elegant curved cast-iron spans on cast-iron
(e) Offices, later 19th century, L-plan. 2-storey main
block with platform roof and clock to courtyard. Small
wing links office to Mill No 1. E elevation 5-bay with
arched keystoned cart entry, bipartite over. Large
wall-head stack. Original sash and case windows, except
(f) No 1 Low Mill, 1851, now "Weaver's Shop". 2-storey
and attic 3-by 8-bay mill. E gable 3-bay with windows in
margins and 2 windows and oculus in attic, flat-topped
finial. 2-storey S elevation has blocked engine-house
windows. N elevation blocked ground floor, later brick
lift tower. Harled and blocked W elevation where mill
adjoined No 2 Mill (now demolished). Slate roof.
Interior: iron columns, wooden floors and wooden roof.