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East Midlands Industrial Mysteries

These industrial sites in the East Midlands were photographed after the Second World War. Some we believe to be in Lincolnshire and the others are from the 'Nottingham area', which includes much of Derbyshire and maybe other counties too!  

If you can identify a place, or spot a clue that might help our cataloguers, please contact us via email (canyouhelp@HistoricEngland.org.uk) with the details.

East Midlands industrial mystery 1

Archive photograph looking across an expanse of water towards the gable end of a brick building in an industrial complex.
MYSTERY SOLVED - our thanks to Toby for this one, and to Nigel for the correction to the street number we had assumed. Warehouse on the River Trent is William Gleadell & Sons, Corn Millers at 90 Bridge Street Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. The company appear to have owned two premises on this street - the other one is at number 54. Photographed by Eric de Mare (active 1945-80). © Historic England Archive AA98/05324

East Midlands industrial mystery 2

Archive photograph of the gable end of a brick building with double doors on two floors towards the street.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thanks to Nigel. A storehouse with a datestone reading "1819", Gainsborough, Lincolnshire. It formerly stood on Lea Road, adjacent to Gainsborough UDC waterworks. The site at 43-45 Lea Road is now occupied by modern housing. Photographed by Eric de Mare (active 1945-80). © Historic England Archive AA98/05328

East Midlands industrial mystery 3

Archive photograph of a five story weatherboarded building adjacent to a concrete-lined waterfront, with a semi-derelict boat beached.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you Dave. Warehouse that fronted onto the River Witham, located off the south west corner of South Square, Boston, Lincolnshire and now demolished. Photographed by Eric de Mare (active 1945-80). © Historic England Archive AA98/05332

East Midlands industrial mystery 4

Archive photograph of a raised road and four cooling towers dominating cottages. A fifth cooling tower and the buildings of a power station are in the background.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thank you Dave! West Burton A Power Station, Nottinghamshire. Commissioned by 1968, in which year it won a Civic Trust award as an "engineering work of great style". Photographed by Eric de Mare (active 1945-80). © Historic England Archive AA98/06099

East Midlands industrial mystery 5

Archive photograph of a five storey building of seven bays by three, with large windows apparent on the upper four storeys.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thanks for your help! Former silk mill on Markham Road, Chesterfield; it was demolished in the 1960s, not long after this photograph was taken. Faint sign-writing indicates "Harrison & Sons, Boo(t) Manufacturers", to whom the building was leased in the early 20th century. Photographed by Rex Wailes in 1964. © Historic England Archive AA043359

East Midlands industrial mystery 6

Archive photograph of a part two storey, part six storey industrial complex, with cars parked outside.
MYSTERY SOLVED: Thank you Toby. Calver Mill, Calver, Derbyshire Dales. Photographed by Rex Wailes in 1964. © Historic England Archive AA043360

East Midlands industrial mystery 7

Archive photograph of the entrance of a stone built building with one storey above the entrance level, and another just visible below.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Thanks Amanda. Cuckney Mill (now Cuckney School) School Lane, Cuckney, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire. A former corn mill of c.1723, converted to cotton in circa 1785. Photographed by Rex Wailes in 1964. © Historic England Archive AA043361

East Midlands industrial mystery 8

Archive photograph of a derelict cottage undergoing repairs, with an adjoining two storey workshop with large windows.
MYSTERY SOLVED - Richard has identified this as the house and workshop that formerly stood at 56 Portland Road, Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. The workshop has a sign advertising productions at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, and there is a petrol station just visible beyond it. Photographed by Rex Wailes in 1964. © Historic England Archive AA043362

East Midlands industrial mystery 9

Archive photograph with a house in the foreground, adjoining a two and three storey industrial building, with a man standing at the entrance.
An unidentified house and workshop somewhere in the Nottingham area. The house has distinctive mouldings on its frontage. Photographed by Rex Wailes in 1964. © Historic England Archive AA043363

East Midlands industrial mystery 10

Archive photograph through trees and along a river towards a three-storey building, with a square tower forming part of a large building complex beyond.
An unidentified mill building somewhere in the Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire area. The tower seems to be a water tower. Photographed by Rex Wailes in the 1960s. © Historic England Archive AA043365
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