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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: 1384676



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


District: Bath and North East Somerset

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Saltford

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 19-Jun-1975

Date of most recent amendment: 17-Jul-2000

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 485129

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ST6867 THE SHALLOWS 739-1/6/94 (East side) 19/06/75 Old Brass Mill (Formerly Listed as: KEYNSHAM THE SHALLOWS, Saltford Old Brass Mill)


Brass mill, now disused. C18 origins, substantially rebuilt early C19, in operation until 1924; restored 1995. Coursed rubble with ashlar quoins, stone and pre-cast copper slag dressings and gabled pantile roofs. PLAN: complex building on an island site between the River Avon and the mill leat to west. 3 parallel ranges running east and west towards the river; further range runs at right-angles over the mill leat on west side. At north side is the former annealing furnace with tall, battered square stack. Evidence for 4, possibly 5, wheel pits. EXTERIOR: single-storey building. Segmental-headed openings on south ranges with paired casement fenestration; east gable ends now exposed revealing internal simple king-post roof structure. An undershot millwheel with metal blades and some related machinery survives in an open-arched recess facing south. INTERIOR: some segmental stone arcades to internal dividing walls and kiln areas survive. Collar trusses and king post trusses reflect different phases of development within the building. HISTORICAL NOTE: the strong local brass industry began in the early years of the C18 with 2 brass mills established by Abraham Darby. The Saltford mill is an important survivor of this industry. A full analysis and historical account is given in the report by the City of Hereford Archaeological Unit. Scheduled Ancient Monument. (White E: Keynsham and Saltford: Keynsham: 1990-: 26, 27; Journal of the Historical Metallurgical Society: 1988-: 24-37; City of Hereford Archaeological Unit: Report on Saltford Brass Mill for English Heritage: 1995-; BIAS Journal Vol.9: Joan Day: 1976-; Research Paper No.77: Ironbridge Institute: 1991-).

Listing NGR: ST6871467002

Selected Sources

Books and journals
White, E , Keynsham and Saltford, (1990), 26,27
'Ironbridge Institute Research Paper' in 77, (1991)
'Journal of the Historical Metallurgical Society' in Journal of the Historical Metallurgical Society, (1988), 24-37
Day, J, 'Bristol Industrial Archaeology Society' in 9, (1976)
Report on Saltford Brass Mill for English Heritage, City of Hereford Archaeological Unit Report, (1995)

National Grid Reference: ST 68714 67002


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