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Websters Ropery

A Grade II Listed Building in Millfield, Sunderland

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Latitude: 54.9139 / 54°54'49"N

Longitude: -1.401 / 1°24'3"W

OS Eastings: 438494

OS Northings: 557848

OS Grid: NZ384578

Mapcode National: GBR V8T.VJ

Mapcode Global: WHD55.GR2B

Plus Code: 9C6WWH7X+GH

Entry Name: Websters Ropery

Listing Date: 10 November 1978

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1207121

English Heritage Legacy ID: 391562

Location: Millfield, Sunderland, SR4

County: Sunderland

Electoral Ward/Division: Millfield

Built-Up Area: Sunderland

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Millfield St Mark

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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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

Listing NGR: NZ3849457848

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