Textile Mills of South West England

Textile Mills of South West England

by Mike Williams


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The textile industry has been one of the most prolonged and widespread influences on the development of historic buildings in the South West. The regional industry pre-dated the classic period of the Industrial Revolution by several centuries, resulting in distinctive types of vernacular buildings, industrial buildings, townscapes and landscapes, all contrasting with those in other areas. This book provides a wide-reaching analysis of historical context, an account of the origins and development of each of the industries, an interpretation of the distinctive features of the buildings, a clarification of the historical importance of South West textile mills and clear statements on the benefits of their conservation. A range of topics is introduced to enable the reader to appreciate the national significance of the region’s textile industries, including a general introduction to textile processes and the historical importance of the factory system, together with an initial overview of the main industries. The core of the book deals with the industries in detail, each chapter providing historical context followed by an account of the distinctive features of the buildings based on descriptions of representative examples. The final chapter emphasises the tradition of re-use and conversion in the South West textile industries, encourages the continued adaptation and conservation of both mills and related townscapes, and concludes with new statements on national significance and comparisons with other regions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848020832
Publisher: Historic England Publishing
Publication date: 08/15/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 8.63(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mike Williams is an Architectural Investigator with Historic England. His other publications include Bridport and West Bay:The buildings of the flax and hemp industry (Historic England, 2006) and Cotton Mills in Greater Manchester (Carnegie Publishing,1992).

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