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Beoley Paper Mill

A Grade II Listed Building in Redditch, Worcestershire

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Latitude: 52.314 / 52°18'50"N

Longitude: -1.9222 / 1°55'19"W

OS Eastings: 405400

OS Northings: 268435

OS Grid: SP054684

Mapcode National: GBR 3HN.T0Q

Mapcode Global: VH9ZV.M3NF

Plus Code: 9C4W837H+J4

Entry Name: Beoley Paper Mill

Listing Date: 28 November 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1099992

English Heritage Legacy ID: 156614

ID on this website: 101099992

Location: Abbeydale, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98

County: Worcestershire

District: Redditch

Electoral Ward/Division: Abbey

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Redditch

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: Redditch Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

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SP 0568 Church Hill

8/138 Beoley Paper Mill


Paper mill, now warehouse. C17 on earlier site; remodelled late C18 with mid-
(:19 and mid-C20 alterations and additions. Part brick with corrugated iron
cladding, part timber-framed with brick infill and replacement -walling; plain
and machine-tiled hipped and gabled roofs. Main part of T-plan with large
four-bay range aligned east/west; overshot water wheel originally situated
at west end at junction with two-bay intersecting cross-wing which is lower
in height. Two levels. Main south elevation: three large and one small
ground floor windows with cambered heads; four first floor windows; two doors,
one with shuttered transom and one with cambered head; wheel was housed beneath
elliptical archway to left and there is a square opening above the archway.
Cross-wing gable end has a large doorway with a cambered head and three loft
doors, two of which have blue brick sills. At the east gable end there is a
truncated collar and tie-beam truss with two collars, three struts to lower
collar and two raking struts to upper collar. Adjoining the west side of the
cross-wing is a large timber-framed wing of roughly six framed bays and on
two levels; two rows of panels survive at the upper level and there is a collar
and tie-beam truss at the west gable end; in the south elevation there are five
square openings and one rectangular opening at ground floor level; most of the
upper row of panels are open or are blocked with wood boarding; three doors.
A large corrugated iron lean-to addition adjoins the two easternmost bays.
Interior not inspected Large C19 gabled addition adjoins the framed part at
rear. It is probable that the mill site was established by the monks from
Bordesley Abbey about half a mile away. From the late C18 until about 1940
the mill produced "blue" (purple) needle wrapping papers believed to have
been developed by Moorish craftsmen and introduced into this county c1560
by the Huguenots. The mill continued to produce various papers after 1940
until production stopped altogether in 1951. (J G Rollins, The Needle Mills,
SPAB 1970).

Listing NGR: SP0548568473

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