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The Old Mill

A Grade II Listed Building in Colchester, Essex

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Latitude: 51.8896 / 51°53'22"N

Longitude: 0.915 / 0°54'54"E

OS Eastings: 600690

OS Northings: 225242

OS Grid: TM006252

Mapcode National: GBR SN5.J4Z

Mapcode Global: VHKFZ.TR2T

Plus Code: 9F32VWQ8+R2

Entry Name: The Old Mill

Listing Date: 17 January 2003

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1350373

English Heritage Legacy ID: 489942

Location: Colchester, Essex, CO1

County: Essex

Electoral Ward/Division: Castle

Built-Up Area: Colchester

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Colchester St James and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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584/0/10055 EAST BAY
17-JAN-03 The Old Mill


Granary, subsequently mill for animal feed, store at time of inspection [November 2002]. Mid/late-C18 with C20 additions. Timber-framed and weatherboarded, on rebuilt brick plinth. Corrugated asbestos roof covering. Brick stack. Aligned E-W on west bank of river.
EXTERIOR: 2 storeys with loft. Loft door opening to West gable. C20 additions to East and South not of interest.
INTERIOR: Timber frame of Baltic pine, retaining primary bracing. Massive E-W chamfered spine beam supporting first floor with large oak hanging knees, both ends with finely worked stops. Incised assembly marks visible on spine beam (east end, north face) and on east gable construction in roof. Possible Baltic pine merchant's identification mark visible on tie-beam at first floor level. Roof with single purlins to each side, carried by brackets on the rafters, which are pegged at the apex. Collars have been cut-away. Rudimentary bolted scarf joint in wall plate. Re-used oak timbers throughout, especially in roof. East gable re-built in brick for C20 extension, and considerable interventions to south wall where C20 shed extends, but principle framing remains.
HISTORY: The building is identified on a watercolour of East Bridge dated c.1775 (Colchester Museum Collections) where it appears to be thatched, and is depicted as part of a 'Farm Yard' on Sparrow's Map of Colchester 1767. Interior formerly weatherboarded but removed mid-C20 when framing in-filled with brick and blockwork.

A small urban riverside agricultural building with much of its mid/late-C18 frame, including a massive stopped and chamfered spine beam of Baltic pine, and both group value and townscape value.

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