Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Functional and picturesque

Osmaston Sawmill built on the Osmaston Manor estate C1845 to provide wood for the estate. It was working until the 1980s, the hall having been demolished in 1938. 

A few years ago the roof was replaced so the building is sound, but its future still seems uncertain. Functional and picturesque - not a common combination but occasionally the Victorians managed it.


Sam Vega said...

Yes, there was a Victorian water-tower where I grew up which I have always thought was a very handsome building. Basically just a big platform for a municipal header-tank so the water gushes out of the bath-taps more convincingly.

Michael said...

Very nice!

There's a big place near here, which had its own power station when it was built in the 19th century.

The 'works' have gone, but the chimney is a delight, and is even listed!

Being a fanatic for beautiful brickwork helps of course...

James Higham said...


A K Haart said...

Sam - not far from here there is a Victorian water tower which has been converted into a house. Very attractive it is too.

Scrobs - I like to see beautiful brickwork too. Why don't we see it today I wonder.

James - it is. Probably expensive at the time but it ran for over a century.