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Powick Mills

A Grade II* Listed Building in Worcester, Worcestershire

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Latitude: 52.1709 / 52°10'15"N

Longitude: -2.2426 / 2°14'33"W

OS Eastings: 383507

OS Northings: 252542

OS Grid: SO835525

Mapcode National: GBR 1G9.XGQ

Mapcode Global: VH92T.2PSN

Plus Code: 9C4V5QC4+9X

Entry Name: Powick Mills

Listing Date: 7 March 1989

Last Amended: 12 June 2001

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1390029

English Heritage Legacy ID: 488980

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire, WR2

County: Worcestershire

District: Worcester

Town: Worcester

Electoral Ward/Division: Bedwardine

Built-Up Area: Worcester

Traditional County: Worcestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Worcestershire

Church of England Parish: St John in Bedwardine

Church of England Diocese: Worcester

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Listing Text


SO85SW OLD ROAD, Lower Wick
620-1/3/680 (South side)
07/03/89 Powick Mills
Formerly Listed as:
(South side)
Former City of Worcester
Electricity Works)


Former hydro-electricity works. 1894 with C20 extension. WH
Preece, FRS, consulting engineer, T Rowbotham of Birmingham,
builder, for Worcester Corporation. Converted into housing 1999.
Blue brick basement, red brick with buff brick panels in part and
corrugated asbestos roof with truncated ridge stack to right and
massive tall moulded chimney on left end. L-plan with range
extending to rear over river and further office wing on right
end. C20 extension projecting forward on left. Mainly tall single
storey and basement. Triple-span roof with wide gables facing,
the span to right with entrance. Double panelled doors up ramp
with blocked overlight and round brick arch with keystone. A tall
pilaster to either side and a tall round-arched multi-pane window
beyond within slightly recessed panel. Above is a large wide
plaque inscribed 'City of Worcester Electricity Works 1894' with
coat of arms. C20 extension projecting forward on left. To left
are 2 spans with blocked round windows in moulded and panelled
gables, the walls below each formerly of 3 windows, now mostly
blocked and with C20 extension to front. To right a 2 storey, 2
window range with sash windows and 5-panel door with overlight
and pediment to left and simpler door to right. Similar arched
windows to rear of main ranges. Below these are round arches in
the basement. In the range over the river were situated the 3
turbines. On the up-stream side are breakwaters now partly
filled-in between. The range to the side of the river was the
boiler house, the chimney for which is on the left end and is a
prominent landmark. Steam power assisted in the night-load as a
INTERIOR: remodelled as housing, and not inspected.
HISTORICAL NOTE: Worcester was the largest C19 hydro-electric
public-supply works in Britain. having a water-generated capacity
of nearly 400KW. The city was the first municipality to build and
operate on a long-term basis its own hydro-electric power
Graded as an outstanding and early example of the electricity
industry, remarkable for its strong external character and degree
of survival in a national context.
(Industrial Archaeology Review: Tucker DG:: Hydro-Electricity for
Public Supply in Britain, 1881-1894: 1977-: 126).

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