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Various Workshop Buildings Attached to East Side of Front Block at Jackfield Tile Museum

A Grade II* Listed Building in Broseley, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.6234 / 52°37'24"N

Longitude: -2.4639 / 2°27'50"W

OS Eastings: 368692

OS Northings: 302948

OS Grid: SJ686029

Mapcode National: GBR BX.7VGD

Mapcode Global: WH9DH.3BZ5

Entry Name: Various Workshop Buildings Attached to East Side of Front Block at Jackfield Tile Museum

Listing Date: 26 May 1992

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1254402

English Heritage Legacy ID: 437801

Location: Broseley, Shropshire, TF8

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Broseley

Built-Up Area: Telford

Traditional County: Shropshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Broseley with Benthall and Jackfield

Church of England Diocese: Hereford

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Listing Text

The following buildings shall be added to the list:-


9/10003 Various workshop buildings
attached to east side of front block
at Jackfield Tile Museum


Specific and combined-purpose workshop buildings. c1874 with
various alterations and additions. Laid out by Charles Lynam for
the Craven Dunnill Tile Company. Plum coloured brick with red
brick dressings; tiled and corrugated sheet roofs. Adjoining
east side of front block is a 2 storey, 20-bay range under 2 roof
levels - this housed the Tile Press Shop with mould makers and
pattern makers shops over; also the drying room and decoration
workshops. To south side of this is the Kiln House of 1 storey
but with raised roof; essentially of 3:1 cells each formerly
housing a kiln, the single cell broader and with lower roof. To
east end of the Tile Press Shop is a 1-storey, 8:2 bay clay-
storage building known as the Clay Arks. Attached to south side
of the Clay Arks by a wooden bridge is the Blunging House of 3
storeys and 4 bays with additions to rear and each side.
Described in order of industrial process:
Blunging House: doorways to bay 1 on ground floor and to bays
1 and 3 on 1st floor; large opening to bay 3 on ground floor;
segmentally-arched window openings, some with remains of wooden
casements. Cogged eaves. Interior: white-tiled walls; open-
tread staircases. The 1st floor doorways are now bricked up -
a surviving wooden bridge links to the roof of the Clay Arks.
Outbuilding to left houses Lancashire boiler.
Clay Arks 10 doorways to south side each have chamfered jambs
and segmental arches; cast-iron, tie-rod plates. Later
addition to east end. Cogged eaves to partially-stripped roof
with wooden ridge vents and remains of 2 boarded penthouses
through which the clay was barrowed into the left space via
wooden bridges linked to the Blunging House. Rear (facing road):
heavily buttressed; blind windows. Interior: each door leads
to a triangular lobby off which are 2 doors into clay storage
bins known as Arks - each has flying buttressing and boarded
ceiling with hatch.
Tile Press Shop et al: west end of south side obscured by Kiln
House. Taller east end with segmentally-arched doorways and
windows; chamfered brick sills to later casements; cogged
eaves. Rear (facing road); moulded brick sills to various
casements (some iron casements with glazing bars). Various ridge
stacks and wooden ridge vents. CRAVEN DUNNILL & CO LTD/JACKFIELD
ENCAUSTIC & DECORATIVE TILE WORKS painted in bold white letters
on lower wall.
Kiln House: each cell originally with central door flanked by
windows beneath segmental arches; the central cell now with
large opening inserted on left of former window and with stump
of later external chimney. Upper wall of later date. Broader
cell at east end has full-height opening flanked by pairs of
segmentally-arched windows (bricked-up).
Interior: circular foundations of 2 downdraught kilns inserted
c1890. Partition walls not heightened.

An important group of industrial buildings which, in their
planned layout, help describe the processes involved in C19 tile
manufacture. Firstly the liquidation, filtration and drying of
powdered clay then its storage in various arks depending on
colour. Then pressing, inlay and decorations of the tiles
coupled with the biscuit firing which required 3 kilns to
maintain continuous production. Finally the glost kiln firing
of shorter duration and thus requiring a single large kiln.
Best surviving example of the major tile works of this period.
Tiles produced here were used by Alfred Waterhouse for Manchester
Town Hall. Also used in ecclesiastic buildings (Chester
Cathedral), public buildings and public houses of which the Crown
Hotel, Belfast (National Trust) is the most opulent example.

Listing NGR: SJ6869202948

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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