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Minerva Needle Works

A Grade II Listed Building in Alcester, Warwickshire

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Latitude: 52.2169 / 52°13'0"N

Longitude: -1.8759 / 1°52'33"W

OS Eastings: 408575

OS Northings: 257637

OS Grid: SP085576

Mapcode National: GBR 3JW.SPT

Mapcode Global: VHB08.FJNW

Plus Code: 9C4W648F+QJ

Entry Name: Minerva Needle Works

Listing Date: 21 February 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1250089

English Heritage Legacy ID: 432323

Location: Alcester, Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, B49

County: Warwickshire

Civil Parish: Alcester

Built-Up Area: Alcester

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Warwickshire

Church of England Parish: Alcester St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Coventry

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419-0/4/10000 (North East side)
Minerva Needle Works

Needlemaking factory. Circa 1880-5 for Alfred Allwood, needlemaker; C20 extension at
rear. Red brick with terracotta dressings. Hipped Welsh slate roof with lead roll hips and
crested ridge tiles. 2 small brick axial stacks. PLAN: Long and shallow 20-bay range with 2
short rear wings at either end, the righthand wing's SE return has a 5-bay front; the space
between the rear wings has been infilled by a C20 extension. Italianate style. EXTERIOR:
3 storeys. 20-bay south west front with round-headed windows in recessed panels with
enriched moulded terracotta imposts and heads and ramped cills. Also moulded terracotta
eaves course. Multi-pane cast-iron windows. Central doorway with segmental arch.
Righthand south east return is similar, but 5 bays and with round-headed doorway. At rear
2-bay wings to left and right, C20 extension between the wings and 3 bays to right.
INTERIOR: Part of the rear wall of the main range has been demolished creating partly
open plan on the ground and tint floors. HISTORY: William Allwood and his son Joseph
were needlemakers in premises at Henley Street, Alcester, but here they employed
outworkers for such stages in the manufacturing process as spitting and packeting and the
scouring would have been done by another mill. The firm was so successful that in circa
1880-5 Joseph Allwood's son, Alfred, moved to this purpose-built factory in Station Road.
It is believed that all the processes of needlemaking were done here. The needle's brand
name was Minerva and the firm also produced hat-pins with glass birds on the end. In 1912
the premises were bought by Terry's Springs, makers of the Anglepoise lamp. SOURCE:
Needlemakers and Needlemaking of Alcester, Sambourne and Studley Area, paper no.24;
Alcester and District Local History Society; 1981.

Listing NGR: SP0857557637

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