At our March meeting, Trish gave us a wide ranging talk on the architecture of textile mills. We started with the ‘satanic mills’ of the early eighteenth century, through the ‘iron-framed mills’ of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century to the more flamboyant brick built mills of the late nineteenth century. During our tour we visited more than 30 mills, including silk, cotton, jute and flax mills, plus cloth and tweed mills. Many of these mills are now Grade I or II Listed buildings and are exhibition centres or have been converted into apartments. A fine example of the latter is the Bliss Tweed Mill (1872), near Chipping Norton which is now Grade II listed. The Egyptian-inspired Temple Mill in Leeds (1836-40) is pictured in the Gallery.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 26 April when several members will give short talks on a range of topics including Singapore; St. Benet’s Abbey, Norfolk; Temporary Buildings and Military Architecture.