Former Flax Mill, Catherine Street, Whitehaven, Cumberland

Former Flax Mill, Catherine Street, Whitehaven, Cumberland
Photograph taken 23 August 2000 © Mr Julian Thurgood. Source Historic England Archive ref: 75904

Barracks Mill was built in 1809. It is believed to have originally been a barracks. It was then used as a flax mill. The mill was once occupied by the company Dobson & Musgrave. The building is of national importance. It appears to be the earliest mill to contain a central engine house. This was more economical in getting the power to the large number of lines of looms. It is also one of the half dozen or so earliest surviving fire-proofed mills.

Location

Cumbria Whitehaven

Period

Georgian (1714 - 1836)

Tags

industry work textile industrial revolution Georgian (1714 - 1836)