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County Durham (Unitary Authority)
Barnard Castle
National Grid Reference:
NZ 04923 16004



NZ0416SE THORNGATE 770-1/5/223 (East side) Mill Court


Formerly known as: Thorngate Factory THORNGATE. Woollen mill, then chamois leather factory, this part now flats. Mid C19; 1935-82 used by North of England Chamois Leather Co.; 1982-85 conversion of most of factory for Teesdale Buildings Preservation Trust. Coursed squared stone with ashlar dressings; roofs of stone and Welsh slates with stone gable copings. PLAN: north elevation to courtyard 3+2 storeys; 3+2-opening range. Rear elevation to river 3+3 lower storeys; 5+3 window range. EXTERIOR: north elevation to courtyard: former vehicle shed has voussoirs to 2 round-arched openings below and flat stone lintels and projecting stone sills to 2 small fixed lights above, and one set-back bay with 4-panel door below and fixed light above; roof hipped at left. At right taller build continues with side steps to 4-panel door, and metal mullions and transoms to 6-light windows with flat stone lintels and projecting stone sills. Roof has gable copings, and butting onto front slope is the roof of a bridge at right with window strip above weatherboarding. Front to river has one extra storey below to water's edge, with metal mullions and transoms to fixed lights, and tiers of end plates for cast-iron reinforcing rods at right of tallest build. HISTORY: this was the last of many industrial buildings erected on the river in Barnard Castle; it was not water-powered. From 1935-83, it was a factory for the North of England Chamois Leather Co, used for making protective clothing for the steel industry and the Admiralty. Only this mill, Thorngate Mill (qv) and the mill at No.22 Bridgegate (qv) now survive. (Teesdale Buildings Preservation Trust: Rackham RA: Barnard Castle and Teesdale, A Victorian Perspective: Barnard Castle: 1988-: PLATES 11 AND 28).

Listing NGR: NZ0492316004


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Books and journals
Rackham, R A, Barnard Castle and Teesdale A Victorian Perspective, (1988)


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

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Date: 01 Jun 2003
Reference: IOE01/10806/23
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