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IHBC South West Branch: Visit to John Boyd Textiles

Castle Cary
1 Feb 2018

John Boyd Textiles image

The South West Branch has organised a visit to John Boyd Textiles Ltd, Castle Cary, Somerset.

The building is in a group of grade II* and buildings: the list description is here The site sits in its own conservation area.

The factory makes fabric using horse hair on the original power looms. This is a commercial business using 19th century looms in a 19th century building. There is a film at the bottom of

10 places are available on a first come first served basis at £6 per person payable on the day.  please email: Gregg Venn at Greg.Venn@SouthSomerset.Gov.Uk

NB: Please only ask for a place if you are certain you will be attending as places are very limited.

See the South West Branch page for more details….

New Lanark Hard Hats

12 May 2016
New Lanark


12 May 10.00 meet at New Lanark’s New Institution for the Formation of Character, which celebrates its bicentenary this year.
Morning: hard hat tour of Double Row at the start of work to make habitable, through Townscape Heritage and CARS funds, the last unrestored block of former millworkers’ housing. This is an extra tour for IHBC as all the public tours sold out instantly. Hard hats provided. Dress appropriately.

New Lanark Trust has pioneered heritage-led regeneration and since its formation in 1974 has transformed a derelict site into a World Heritage site. The last block of former millworkers’ housing to be restored is Double Row, a dilapidated terrace of eight five storey properties on Scotland’s Buildings at Risk Register. A tenement within Double Row was in continuous occupation from the 1790s – 1970s and is a Scheduled Monument, due to the survival of fireplaces, sinks, ‘set-in’ beds, wallpaper and linoleum. This rare example of early industrial workers’ housing is in a very poor condition and requires urgent conservation work. Access is currently restricted due to the building’s fragile interior, so a 3D Virtual Tour will provide remote access and interpretation.

Lunch in New Lanark, self-service cafeteria in Mill 3

Afternoon workshop theme: “Managing townscape heritage in a World Heritage Site”.

IHBC North West Branch Events

Site Visit to Darwen Terracotta Limited
2pm 23rd March

Twilight Heritage Walking Tour
April, Manchester City Centre

Walking Tour & Social Event with The Association for Studies in the Conservation of Historic Buildings
Midday, 20th May, Manchester City Centre

Joint Event with North IHBC Branch
Exploration of farm building conversions.
18th June, South Cumbria

Summer Social: Bramall Hall
A chance to explore the newly refurbished Bramall Hall and socialise with members.
September, Stockport

Annual Conference: Housing
6th October, Liverpool Medical Institution, Liverpool


We will also be looking to organise a series of craft workshops throughout the year and additional inter-professional events.

For further details of all events contact

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