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© Mr John Chester

IoE Number: 374033
Location: BOWDEN'S OLD LACE FACTORY, MILL STREET (north side)
  CHARD TOWN, SOUTH SOMERSET, SOMERSET
Photographer: Mr John Chester
Date Photographed: 26 September 2006
Date listed: 24 March 1950
Date of last amendment: 24 March 1950
Grade II

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CHARDST3308BODEN STREET756-1/4/6(East side)

CHARD ST3308 BODEN STREET 756-1/4/6 (East side) 24/03/50 Bowden's Old Lace Factory GV II Lace factory, now works. c1825. Flemish bond brick on limestone rubble plinth. 3 storeys, 14-window range to front, 3-window range to left return and 4 windows to right return; circular tie-plates between each window on each floor to front and back. Projecting loading bay to right in style of archway (qv) of 1901; stone coping to front gable end over canted bay with hipped stone roof. High door above plinth and entrance to right return, all with heavily rusticated quoins and dressings. INTERIOR: divided into small commercial lots, but mostly cast-iron piers to vaulted brick ceilings. The lace or plain net trade became established after 1820 by manufacturers who fled from the Luddite resistance they had faced in the Midlands. (Aston: Historic Towns in Somerset: 1977-; Buchanan CA: Industrial Archaeology of Central Southern England: 1980-: P.123).

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