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Norwich 12, A journey through the English city
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St James Mill
St James Mill
St James Mill
St James Mill
St James Mill
St James Mill
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St James Mill


What

The quintessential English Industrial Revolution mill

A Grade I listed building, St James Mill was built on a site originally occupied by the White Friars (or Carmelite Friars).

The friars made many additions to their original site, building an impressive church of almost 68 metres (225 feet) in length. Excavations at the site have revealed a 2 cloistered friary complex, thought to be from the White Friars development.

St James Mill was built on part of this earlier site, in response to the crisis in Norwich's textile trade. It was fitted with power looms to try and make the trade more efficient and lucrative.

The St James complex originally comprised six buildings - the mill itself, two weaving sheds, two engine houses and a boiler house (with a 50 metre high chimney). The mill was five storeys high, extended to six at one west end bay.

The only buildings now surviving are the mill building and its engine house.

The flint, brick and stone arch at the entrance to the site, and the undercroft which is visible beneath the new office building, date from the time of the Carmelite Friars.

Today, the mill is owned by Jarrold & Sons and houses the company's head office, and Jarrold Training, as well as other offices.

The John Jarrold Printing Museum, which is open most Wednesdays from 9.30am-12.30pm or by special arrangement, is situated behind the mill.



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