Room and power mill, established 1825 by Joseph Kaye, a local entrepreneur and builder. By c1850 complex included six-storeyed seventeen-bay fireproof mill, rebuilt in 1844 after fire, two further mills, a 'weaving factory' of loomshop form, 'stoves' (probably heated cloth dryhouses), teasing shops and a gas plant. In 1844 the mill tenants included merchants, manufacturers, cloth finishers and 'country jobbers', and in 1861 twenty-eight businesses operated from the complex. The largest mill, that of 1844, has an elaborate main front with a central pediment and smaller pediments over the end bays; internally the roof has arched cast-iron trusses. The mill, with about 4,300 square metres of working space, was among the largest structures in the woollen branch before 1850.
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