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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
Entry Name: Websters Ropery
Listing Date: 10 November 1978
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1207121
English Heritage Legacy ID: 391562
Location: Sunderland, SR4
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
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
Listing NGR: NZ3849457848
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