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Building Facing Car Park at South East End of Thorp Arch Mill (Premises of Blanella Limited

A Grade II Listed Building in Thorp Arch, Leeds

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Latitude: 53.9075 / 53°54'27"N

Longitude: -1.3447 / 1°20'41"W

OS Eastings: 443145

OS Northings: 445903

OS Grid: SE431459

Mapcode National: GBR MR18.N0

Mapcode Global: WHDB7.91WR

Entry Name: Building Facing Car Park at South East End of Thorp Arch Mill (Premises of Blanella Limited

Listing Date: 8 February 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1319990

English Heritage Legacy ID: 342031

Location: Thorp Arch, Leeds, LS23

County: Leeds

Civil Parish: Thorp Arch

Built-Up Area: Boston Spa

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Thorp-Arch All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York

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Listing Text

LS23 (west side, off)

6/108 Building facing car-
park at south-east end
of Thorp Arch Mill
(premiss of Blanella


Water mill now part of factory. Late C17; raised C18, altered C20. Coursed,
squared magnesian limestone, Welsh slate and stone slate roofs. 2 storeys
with basement and attic, 3 cells; short, lower wing to rear right. Basement
(partly buried as a result of infilling) has 3 doorways: that to left has a
deep, chamfered lintel with triangular soffit; central doorway has deep C17
lintel cut out to form a shallow segmental arch and dated 1867; doorway to
right is chamfered and has basket-arched lintel. Set higher between the
doorways are boarded 3-light double-chamfered windows without their mullions.
1st floor: 2 casement windows beneath segmental arches; small window to far
right; double-chamfered, 2-light window without mullion on left. Above these
windows the walling is of later date; 2 half-dormers to the attic floor.
Rear: similar fenestration; to centre of wall is a corbelled C17 external
stack now capped off; wing on left has stone slate root. Left return:
blocked basement opening with wooden lintel; incomplete double-chamfered
window on right; C20 casement to gable beneath corniced C18 opening. Right
return: later external steps to a wide, chamfered and quoined doorway with
cambered lintel and raised keystone. High-level doorway gives access to
bridqe (not of special Interest) forming link to range of buildings to north-
east (q.v.).
Interior:central cell of basement (filled with debris at time of resurvey,
1987) has buried front windows; left cell houses water wheel with cast-iron
hub and remains of wooden spokes. Later floor and roof structures.
Built as a rape-seed oil mill and later used to manufacture paper and then
bobbins, Ralph Thoresby of Leeds notes in his diary of 1691 (Atkinson p.321)
that he rode with Mr. Ibbertson "to view the lately erected rape-mill at
Thorp Arch".
D. H. Atkinson,Ralph Thoresby : The Topographer. His Town and Times, Vol 1,

Listing NGR: SE4314545903

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