Established c1795 as water-powered woollen scribbling mill by John Shaw, previously a shalloon (worsted) manufacturer. Firm of John Shaw and Sons changed from woollen to worsted manufacturing c1866. Additions on a restricted scale before 1850, then massive expansion with construction of five multi-storeyed mills and a weaving shed before 1880. Three mills survived in 1986: B Mill and A Mill of 1860 and 1866, both fireproof, form a single long five-storeyed range of thirty-five bays with central engine house, and New Mill, of c 1920, a five-storeyed structure of reinforced concrete with brick outer walls. Associated buildings: workers' housing, manufacturer's mansion (Brooklands), Chapel, Mechanics' Institute. Largely demolished.
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