Keys to the Past

Thorngate Mill, Barnard Castle (Barnard Castle)

Thorngate Mill. South elevation. July 2001
Thorngate Mill. South elevation. July 2001

Thorngate Mill from the south-east. July 2001
Thorngate Mill from the south-east. July 2001

Thorngate Mill from the North. July 2001
Thorngate Mill from the North. July 2001

Thorngate Mill, attic space. July 2001
Thorngate Mill, attic space. July 2001

Thorngate Mill, ground floor. July 2001
Thorngate Mill, ground floor. July 2001

This building standing on the banks of the Tees at the bottom of Thorngate was once a cloth mill. It house six large looms which produced fine worsted cloth.

It was built in the early 19th century, and stands among a group of old weavers' cottages . It has four storeys and is right-angled in shape. There are eleven windows on each floor on the side of the building facing the river, but only ten on the side facing Thorngate. Inside, the wooden floors are supported by iron columns. The staircase is built into a small separate wing of the building. Although there are no outward signs it is probable that the building has been extended, as it appears shorter on a map of 1827.

By the late 1980s the building was being used as a book retailers and since the mid 1990s has stood empty.

Reference number:D772
Historical period: Georgian (1714 to 1830)
Legal status:Listed Building
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1201696
Event(s):Building Recording at Thorngate Mill, Barnard Castle 2001 - 2002; Brigantia Archaeological Practice
Photographic Recording, Thorngate Mill, Barnard Castle, 2004; Brigantia Archaeological Practice

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See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Barnard Castle


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