Castlefields Mill: the Flax Warehouse

Image: The only surviving part of Bage’s Castlefields Flax Mill, Shrewsbury. The building now contains private dwellings in Severn Street.

Image from: Shropshire Archives

The factory was extended by 1811 to include additional buildings. Most of the structure has since been demolished, but part of it survives as numbers 5-8a Severn Street in Shrewsbury. This was described in 1811 as the ‘new building” and may have been a flax warehouse.  The surviving building is iron-framed. Flax was an inflammable material, and substantial quantities were stored prior to manufacturing, so it was important to create a fire-proof structure for the warehouse.


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