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Kirk Mill, Chipping, Lancashire. Archaeological Building Investigation.

Miller, Ian (2013) Kirk Mill, Chipping, Lancashire. Archaeological Building Investigation. Project Report. Oxford Archaeology North. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Kirk Mill in Chipping (centred on SD 61975 43615) was established as a cotton spinning mill in 1785, occupying the site of a medieval corn mill. The extant structure comprises a three-storey, 14 bay rectangular mill, with projecting wings at both ends, and a stair tower against the northern external wall. All external elevations are of roughly dressed and coursed local sandstone rubble, bonded in a pale lime mortar, with dressed quoins to the elevation returns. Internally, the walls are generally rendered but, where exposed, the wall face is of irregular random rubble, typical of stone mill buildings from all periods within the Ribble Valley. The original mill measured approximately 33' (10.06m) wide, and around 69' (21.03m) long, with the original waterwheel probably being external to the mill. Internally, the building was of non-fireproof construction, and was sufficiently narrow for single large-scantling beams to span the entire floor; these were unsupported within the original construction. Although evidence for many line shafting positions survives within the mill, it is probable that deeply gouged scars placed to the north of the centre-line of the mill represents the position of the original shaft.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Lancashire
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:4403
Deposited By: Watson
Deposited On:27 Sep 2018 13:35
Last Modified:27 Sep 2018 13:35

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