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Old Brass Mill

A Grade II* Listed Building in Saltford, Bath and North East Somerset

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Latitude: 51.4012 / 51°24'4"N

Longitude: -2.4511 / 2°27'4"W

OS Eastings: 368714

OS Northings: 167002

OS Grid: ST687670

Mapcode National: GBR JX.QXVX

Mapcode Global: VH893.G1KP

Plus Code: 9C3VCG2X+FH

Entry Name: Old Brass Mill

Listing Date: 19 June 1975

Last Amended: 17 July 2000

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1384676

English Heritage Legacy ID: 485129

Location: Saltford, Bath and North East Somerset, BS31

County: Bath and North East Somerset

Civil Parish: Saltford

Built-Up Area: Saltford

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

Tagged with: Mill building

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739-1/6/94 (East side)
19/06/75 Old Brass Mill
(Formerly Listed as:
Old Brass Mill)


Brass mill, now disused. C18 origins, substantially rebuilt
early C19, in operation until 1924; restored 1995. Coursed
rubble with ashlar quoins, stone and pre-cast copper slag
dressings and gabled pantile roofs.
PLAN: complex building on an island site between the River
Avon and the mill leat to west. 3 parallel ranges running east
and west towards the river; further range runs at right-angles
over the mill leat on west side. At north side is the former
annealing furnace with tall, battered square stack. Evidence
for 4, possibly 5, wheel pits.
EXTERIOR: single-storey building. Segmental-headed openings on
south ranges with paired casement fenestration; east gable
ends now exposed revealing internal simple king-post roof
structure. An undershot millwheel with metal blades and some
related machinery survives in an open-arched recess facing
INTERIOR: some segmental stone arcades to internal dividing
walls and kiln areas survive. Collar trusses and king post
trusses reflect different phases of development within the
HISTORICAL NOTE: the strong local brass industry began in the
early years of the C18 with 2 brass mills established by
Abraham Darby. The Saltford mill is an important survivor of
this industry. A full analysis and historical account is given
in the report by the City of Hereford Archaeological Unit.
Scheduled Ancient Monument.
(White E: Keynsham and Saltford: Keynsham: 1990-: 26, 27;
Journal of the Historical Metallurgical Society: 1988-: 24-37;
City of Hereford Archaeological Unit: Report on Saltford Brass
Mill for English Heritage: 1995-; BIAS Journal Vol.9: Joan
Day: 1976-; Research Paper No.77: Ironbridge Institute:

Listing NGR: ST6871467002

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