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Covering the villages of Wilsden and Harecroft

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The four textile mills in the village which date from the early nineteenth century (Ling Bob Mill, Well House Mill, Spring Mill and Providence Mill) are fairly low rise and elongated but small scale, the main blocks consisting of two or three storeys and architecturally plain with a regular grid of plain stone openings and loading bays. The only mill to date from the late nineteenth century, Prospect Mill, is much larger at three and a half storeys high and five bays by 16-bays in size but is architecturally similar to the older mills. The mill master’s dwellings are the largest in the conservation area and are often set in large gardens. The appearance of these houses is austere with a restraint on external decoration or architectural features.

conservation-area-p3Royd Park, formerly a mill master’s garden, is a valuable area of formal and recreational parkland at the heart of Wilsden. Many public buildings and institutions are stylised and reflect the changing architectural fashions of the nineteenth century. These include the Regency doorcases and ashlar to 134-136 and 222 Main Street, the Gothic Revival window detailing and roof pitches of Wilsden First School and the former Wesleyan Sunday School and the Italianate openings of Methodist Chapel and manse. A small number of buildings feature traditional shop front details in stone and timber such as pilasters, stallrisers, a wide front doorway, corniced fascia and large windows.