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Prospect Mill

A Grade II Listed Building in Thornton and Allerton, Bradford

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Latitude: 53.7895 / 53°47'22"N

Longitude: -1.8471 / 1°50'49"W

OS Eastings: 410167

OS Northings: 432586

OS Grid: SE101325

Mapcode National: GBR HSJM.W9

Mapcode Global: WHC9F.L0MQ

Entry Name: Prospect Mill

Listing Date: 9 August 1983

Last Amended: 12 October 2005

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1314121

English Heritage Legacy ID: 337194

Location: Bradford, BD13

County: Bradford

Electoral Ward/Division: Thornton and Allerton

Built-Up Area: Thornton (Bradford)

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Thornton St James

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text

The entry for:


39/1088 Main Block of 3 Parallel
Ranges with linking blocks
At No 297 (Prospect Mill)


Shall be replaced by:-


Prospect Mill

09-Aug-1983 II

Four ranges of mill building, parallel with the road and descending the hillside. Begun 1848 with additions 1849, 1855, 1850-60. Built in sandstone 'bricks' with stone slate roofs.

Road-side warehouse block dated 1855 of 3-storeys with basement (4 storeys to rear), and 14 bays in length. Road elevation is the main fa├žade, having roughly dressed rustication to ground floor and shallow ashlar quoins. String course over ground floor. Console brackets to eaves cornice. One bay incorporates superimposed hatches. Ground floor windows have segmental voussoir arches. Large segmental arched waggonway entrance with grooved ashlar surround and voussoirs to centre right, giving access to mill yard. Two further doorways in north wall. Eastern end windows have parallel splays suggesting a possible office area next to owner's house. To the centre of the front at first floor level, is a fine cast iron bracket supporting an octagonal lamp. Date plaque of 1855 has ivy pattern surround and a relief carving of a hanging fleece. West and south walls plainer. Single storey projection to south west, of unknown function.

Single storey building links to second warehouse, dated 1849, parallel to road-side block. Three storeys, with south-projecting arm of two storeys plus basement. Western bay has carriage entrance with keystone bearing date of 1849 and initials JAC. Third storey probably a later addition. South arm originally not accessible from main block: probably an office area.

Linked from south arm to large mill, probably the earliest building, in existence by 1849. Earlier part is four storeys with attic, eleven bays long and three wide. The gable ends have Venetian windows at attic level. Round-headed windows to south side with sill bands. Wooden beams, joists and floorboards. Roof has trusses of queen-strut form with king posts above a collar. Taking-in doors central on north wall and privy tower on opposite wall. Several different types of cast-iron columns. Eastern extension of large mill of six bays, largely in same style but with columns with acanthus/lotus flower capitals on ground and basement floors. Taking-in doors in east gable, privy tower on south wall. Stair tower to north. Former engine house to west of large mill, projecting south.

Small mill, joined by engine house to the large mill and running parallel to the south, also of 3 storeys, 4 to south, and eleven bays long. Privy and stair towers projecting from southern angles with 4 round-headed windows to front. Sill bands to each floor and console bracket eaves cornice. Sashes with keys and impost band. All the windows retain glazing bars. This range is probably of circa 1850-60. The mill chimney has been felled.

The site was first used around 1831 by Joshua Craven as the centre of a putting-out system, and developed as a mill from around 1848. The first mill building, the large mill, was in existence by 1849 and the first warehouse, dated 1849, followed soon after. Craven continued to buy up plots of land to accommodate his growing business, and by 1851 the firm was described as a worsted manufactury employing 240 people. The business continued to expand, with the small mill built in around 1850-60, and the second warehouse fronting the road in 1855. The firm of Joshua Craven & Son continued until 1875, when the buildings were bought by Adolphus Getz of Bradford, and subsequently by others until at least 1929. The mill is now used in part for textiles and otherwise as light industrial units.

Listing NGR: SE1017632608

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