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Statutory Address:

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

Sunderland (Metropolitan Authority)
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
NZ 38494 57848



NZ3857 ROPERY ROAD 920-1/10/183 (North side (off)) 10/11/78 Websters' Ropery


Ropery building, now offices. c1793. For Messrs. Webster and Grimshaw; restored 1985-7 by Sunderland Borough Council. Coursed squared stone with ashlar dressings; rubble returns and rear; Welsh slate roof with ashlar copings. 4 storeys, 11 windows. 5 central bays project slightly; keyed round arches with plain stone heads on impost blocks in bays 4 and 8 have recessed renewed doors. Painted metal windows, those on ground floor longer and on top floor shorter than the intermediate windows, were originally iron, and have glazing bars and pivoted central sections. Roof on paired plain brackets has end gable copings on plain kneelers. Gabled rear wing has wedge stone lintels to windows. This was built for the manufacture of ropes using the first machine rope-making process in the world, patented in 1793 by Richard Fothergill; in 1795 it received the first steam engine to be installed in a ropeworks. (Milburn GE and Miller ST: Sunderland River, Town and People: Sunderland: 1988-: 29; In Trust: 2 June 1976: Newcastle upon Tyne).

Listing NGR: NZ3849457848


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Milburn, G E, Miller, S T, Sunderland: River, Town & People, (1988)
'In Trust' in 2 June, (1976)


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: 14 Apr 2002
Reference: IOE01/05481/06
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr D.H. Bottoms. Source Historic England Archive
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