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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1149864



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Knaresborough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 25-Mar-1983

Date of most recent amendment: 12-Dec-1985

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 330876

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WATERSIDE (south side)

8/206 25.3.83

Castle Mill: building to north, (formerly listed as Block A under Castle Mills (consisting of blocks A to E))


Mill building. Late C18 and C19. Coursed gritstone and brick in random bond. Pantile and Westmorland slate roof. This block is situated along the road side and follows the curve of the road. 3 storeys, 10 bays, with 2- storey, 3-bay brick addition at north end, not of special interest. West facade (towards river): ground-floor openings all boarded over; first floor: 6 sashes with glazing bars to left, 3 side-sliding sashes and a 16-pane sash to right. Second floor: 11 square windows, most of 5 fixed panes. There is a straight joint in the building between the 3 windows to right, and those to left; the roofing is continuous. East (road) side: blocked openings at ground-floor level. First-floor loading door, blocked windows to second floor. South gable end: stone ground floor with blocked window. Wooden lintel at first-floor level; upper 2 storeys brick. Second floor: boarded 2-light window with cambered header arch. Notice erected by Knaresborough Historical Society: 'Castle Mill, built in 1791 as a cotton mill, soon became the centre of the towns most thriving industry, the linen trade. Linen was woven in this mill until 1972'. A sign-board above was erected by Walton and Co who manufactured 'Knaresborough' linens. Low 2-storey brick porch with board door, wooden lintel, and small square window links this building with another range to south-west (q.v.). Interior not inspected. This building is probably the new cotton mill opened in September 1791 after an agreement to build one was drawn up between John and Charles Lomas, who ran the paper mill and water-works on the site, and Robert Thornton, a cotton spinner of Airton, near Skipton. The structure might previously have been used as a paper mill, and adapted to new use shortly after November 1790 when a new water wheel was planned. Castle Mills was converted to flax spinning for linen in 1811 and Walton and Company leased it in 1847 for yarn spinning and power loom weaving, which took place in other buildings on the site. Linen production ceased in 1972 and Walton left the site in 1984. E Hargrove, The Castle, Town and Forest of Knaresborough, 1809, p 55. B Jennings, Harrogate and Knaresborough, 1970, pp 264, 316, 321 and 438.

Listing NGR: SE3479156843

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Hargrove, E , History of the Castle Town and Forest of Knaresborough, (1809), 55
Jennings, B, A History of Harrogate and Knaresborough, (1970), 264,316
Jennings, B, A History of Harrogate and Knaresborough, (1970), 321,438

National Grid Reference: SE3479156843


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