Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 59417 64043
259417, 664043


1816-17 cotton mill. L-plan southern wing, 203 Old Rutherglen

Road, built 1817-21. 4-storey 10-bay brick with stone base

and dressings to large central arch cart entrance. Modern

sash windows. Slate roof. Interior: ground and 1st floor modern

offices. 2nd and 3rd retain cast-iron columns, lengthwise

wooden beam and supports for former line shafting. Wooden

attic is free of columns. Each floor connects with S bay of

main mill.

Main Mill, 1816-17. 6-storey 5-by 21-bay mill, brick with

stone base course and eaves cornices. The central portion of

each side elevation is slightly advanced.

Elevation to road: 5 bays, left bay containing stairs, right

bay a hoist, still in position, which had doors on each floor

below it. Another hoist faced W, doors still in position. 12

E. and 9 W. bays have original brick wall, windows and

cornice. A further 5 W bays to the liftshaft are a more

modern rebuild, retaining the original window pattern and

fronting original iron framed interior. Exterior is

substantially altered N of lift shaft.

N 4 bays are narrower due to the removal of large engine

house. Ground floor retains part of old arcaded boiler house.

Square stack. Attic is 20th century except southern bay which

has original wood and slate roof. Most windows are

iron-framed top-hoppers, wood or iron casement, or modern.

Interior: iron-framed with 2 rows of cast-iron Doric columns,

thicker on the ground and 1st floors than above. Cast-iron

beams carry low brick-arched ceilings and fittings for line

shafting. The S bay has a spiral stair, iron beams at right

angles to those in the rest of the mill and the original

wooden roof.

Statement of Special Interest

The oldest surviving iron-framed mill in Glasgow, possibly

the oldest in Scotland. Internal features are especially

important. First owned by Robert Humphreys Cotton Spinner,

Millfield Hutchesontown, then by Robert Thomson, also of

Adelphi Cotton Works. The subject of industrial disputes in

1824 (2 shootings in Ballater Street) and 1837 (when some of

Thomson's employees were attacked). Probably ceased spinning

in the 1860s. Cleland wrote in 1816 that "2 mills lately

completed in Hutchesontown are fireproof and the cost of

each, including machinery is upwards of $40,000." 2 storey

block NE of mill is not listed. The N section of the mill

was altered in, perhaps, the 1920s.



Hume (1974) p.222 Smith's 1821 map. Directories. TRIAL OF



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