Parrett Iron Works

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Parrett Iron Works
Two culverts opening into a river. In the background are industrial and residential stone buildings
Parrett Ironworks from the Carey's Mill Bridge
Location Near Martock, Somerset, England
Coordinates 50°57′52″N 2°47′28″W / 50.96444°N 2.79111°W / 50.96444; -2.79111Coordinates: 50°57′52″N 2°47′28″W / 50.96444°N 2.79111°W / 50.96444; -2.79111
Built 1855
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name: Mill at Parrett Iron Works
Designated 28 February 1978[1]
Reference no. 421338
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name: Boiler Chimney
Designated 28 February 1978[2]
Reference no. 421339
Parrett Iron Works is located in Somerset
Parrett Iron Works
Location of Parrett Iron Works in Somerset

The Parrett Iron Works was a series of industrial buildings next to the River Parrett, near Martock, Somerset, England.

The site was originally named Carey's Mill, which had been used in the production of snuff,[3] and the adjoining bridge is called Carey's Mill Bridge which was built of Ham stone in the 18th century.[4] The sluice which powered the waterwheel[5] and sluice keepers cottage still exist.[6]

Carey's mill was unoccupied in 1853 but by 1857 had been bought by the West of England Engineering and Coker Canvas Company, who built the mill which included a foundry,[1] with a prominent chimney,[2] a large workshop,[7][8] and several smaller workshops and cottages.[9][10][11][12] They produced horizontal, high pressure and condensing engines for mining companies traction engines, threshing machines, water wheels, corn mills, flax and spinning machinery, power looms and iron and wooden wheels. In 1866 a new power loom shed was opened, but by 1869 the company had gone into liquidation. It was taken over by William Sibley's West of England Engineering Company, who lasted until the 1920s.

Some buildings were taken over by G H Smith, makers of rope and twine in a ropewalk,[13][14] workshops and chimneywere still operating in 1941.[15]

In 1974 the premises were held by the West of England Warehouses and also used by the Somervale Foods and Somerset Joinery.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mill at Parrett Iron Works". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Boiler Chimney". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Mill at Parrett Iron Works, Martock, Somerset". Heritage Explorer. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Carey's Mill Bridge". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Waterwheel house". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Sluice and sluice keepers house". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Workshop buildings etc, Carey's Mill.". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Workshop building etc. Carey's Mill". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Nos. 1 & 2 Parrett Works Cottages". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Nos. 3 & 4 Parrett Works Cottages". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Nos. 5 & 6 Parrett Works Cottages". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Carey's Mill Cottage". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Former rope walk, about 65 metres south-east of main building, Parrett Iron Works, Carey's Mill". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "Former Rope Walk etc, Carey's Mill". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  15. ^ a b "Carey's Mill and Parrett Iron Works, Carey's mill, Martock". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 14 March 2010.