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Ditherington Flax Mill, Shrewsbury, 1797.

Ditherington Flax Mill, Shrewsbury, 1797.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm


Model of Bage's flax mill at Shrewsbury in Shropshire constructed by Cecil A. Hewett. Ditherington was built in 1796-7, as part of the empire that was then being created by Leeds-based industrialist, John Marshall, and designed by his busines partner, Charles Bage. It took over a year to build and was a first in structural engineering; it was the first iron-framed building in the world and probably the first 'skyscraper'.

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