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IoE Number: 458198
Photographer: Mr M. I. Joachim
Date Photographed: 01 July 2003
Date listed: 10 September 1987
Date of last amendment: 17 November 1995
Grade II

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SHREWSBURY SJ41SE SPRING GARDENS, Ditherington 653-1/4/754 (West side) 10/09/87 Stables of former Ditherington Flax Mill (Formerly Listed as: SPRING GARDENS Shropshire Maltings, workshop and store approx 14m SW of main block) GV II Stable and hayloft of former flax mill, subsequently workshop and store, now disused. Early C19 (pre-1805) with minor late C19 and C20 alterations . Great brick with Welsh slate roof. 2 storeys, with inserted early C20 ground floor openings. At first floor, doorway with heavy timber-frame and brick segmental arch. Double roof, gabled to east. Internal structure to first floor divided into 4 bays, with brick jack arches sprung between cast-iron beams. HISTORY: The Stables building was an early component of the Flax Mill site established by Marshall, Benyon and Bage 1796-7. and forms part of the expansion of the site under the impact of increasing specialisation during the early C19. It is sited close to the core mill complex, part of which, Main Mill,( the first component to be built ), is the earliest iron-framed building in the world. The other main components, the Warehouse and Cross Mill, are respectively the third and the eighth oldest iron -framed buildings. The stables share some of the constructional form of the main complex, using brick jack arches and iron beams to support the upper floor. Purpose-built as a flax mill, Ditherington is also notable as marking a transition to the factory production of flax. After its closure as a flax mill in 1886, the site was acquired by William Jones and converted into a maltings in 1897-98, closing in 1986. Forms a group with the Flax Mill (q.v.) the Apprentice House (q.v.), the Dye House and Stove Building (q.v.) and the Workshop and Offices (q.v.) The Ditherington Flax Mill complex, of which the Stables building was an early component, contains the worlds' earliest iron framed building, an advance in constructional technology which made possible not only the development of multi-storeyed, fire proof industrial buildings, but, more significantly, changed for ever the way buildings were designed and constructed. That this advance was expressed first in a textile factory has led to the now- iconic status of the building type as the most potent symbol of the Industrial Revolution. The closely- related subsequent additions of the Warehouse and the Cross Mill components, sequentially the third and eighth oldest iron- framed buildings, endow the Ditherington Flax mill site with a unique architectural and historic significance. Macleod M, Trinder B, Worthington M: Ditherington Flax Mill, Shrewsbury: Ironbridge: 1988-).

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