Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 149,718 pages of information and 235,473 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Boden Lace Mill, Chard

From Graces Guide

A large lace factory was established in Chard by Wheatley, on the site of a late C.18 water powered woollen mill which itself was built on the site of an ancient corn mill. Wheatley's mill was destroyed by fire in 1825, at which time 70 lace machines were installed, powered principally by water, but with assistance when required from by a steam engine of about eight horse power. It was rebuilt as a fireproof mill. John Boden, a former partner of John Heathcoat, took over the mill in 1888. The mill ceased lace production in 1939.

See here for a detailed description and history of the mill, from which the above information is largely drawn [1]

Holyrood Lace Mill is a short distance away.


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Sources of Information

  1. [1] BODEN LACE MILL & CATTLE MARKET, CHARD. IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN CONSIDERATION OF TOWN CENTRE REGENERATON: LEISURE CENTRE & COMMUNITY FACILITIES for South Somerset District Council, May 2019. Nichola Burley, Heritage Vision Ltd