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GRO Wallbridge Mill map
What: Historic Mill Site
Where: Wallbridge
Then: References to an existing mill start from 1470, when the mill was linked to the cloth industry, right up to 1870. The Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway then bought it and promptly demolished it to make way for the viaduct across the River Frome. Wallbridge House was the mill owner's house
Now: The house still stands today (now apartments)

Wallbridge Mill existed by 1470, when it belonged to Thomas Bigge. In 1608, it was apparently occupied by a clothier called William Trotman, who had six employees, giving an impression of the small scale of cloth-making firms at this date.

In 1761, when it was bought by Samuel Watts, clothier, Wallbridge Mill consisted of three fulling mills, a gig mill, a dyeing furnace, a brewing furnace and a dwelling house. His descendants sold the mill in 1820 to the Smith brothers, who were dyers, and they held it until 1870.

It was then purchased by the Stonehouse and Nailsworth Railway Company, which partially demolished it to make way for the railway viaduct they built across the River Frome.

After the railway had been built, the rest of the mill was eventually sold back to Howard & Powell, cloth manufacturers, who continued to make cloth here until the late 1950s. The mill buildings were demolished in 1964, although sections of what may have been the dye-house still remain to the east of the railway viaduct.

Wallbridge House was the mill owner's house. It was rebuilt in about 1800, as a three-storey, ashlar-fronted house of five bays, with a Tuscan pedimented porch and fanlight. It is still standing today.

More information: GSIA - Wallbridge Mill

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