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HER Number:MDV1374
Name:Heathcoat Lace Factory, Tiverton


Lace factory opened in 1816 by John Heathcoat, at a former textile mill by the River Exe.


Grid Reference:SS 951 128
Map Sheet:SS91SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTiverton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishTIVERTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS91SE/24

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • LACE FACTORY (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1972, Tiverton, 31 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV52494.

Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1972 - 1978, SS91SE34 (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card). SDV349174.

Minchinton, W. E., 1976, Industrial Archaeology in Devon, 18 (Monograph). SDV7016.

Mill. John Heathcoat and Company. In 1803 John Heathcoat invented a bobinette lace machine and in 1809 improved and patented it. In 1816 he moved to Tiverton and started lace-making in a recently built cotton mill which had proved unsuccessful. The two gateway lodges appear to be the only original buildings.

Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 199 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.

Edginton, C., 1976, Tiverton's Industrial Archaeology, 12 (Monograph). SDV46908.

The lacemill was originally a cotton mill erected 1792, and destroyed by fire in 1936; taken over by Heathcoat in 1816, the two gate lodges are at the West Exe end of the factory.

Griffith, F., 1988, Devon's Past. An Aerial View, 105 (Monograph). SDV64198.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 818 (Monograph). SDV325629.

The main factory is a plain five storey red brick rebuilding by HSW Stone after a fire in 1936. A four storey extension which survived the fire has straight headed windows and brick bands between the floors.

Higbee, L. + Collings, A. G., 2000, Archaeological Recording at John Heathcoat and Co., Leat Street, Tiverton, Devon, 3; figures 4-5 (Report - Watching Brief). SDV336285.

In 1816 the factory was taken over by lace-maker John Heathcoat. A sketch map, probably dating from soon after this, shows an L-shaped factory building. This was later expanded or rebuilt by Heathcoat.

Bampton Town Council, 2014, Bampton in Devon (Website). SDV356201.

Made parchutes during the Second World War.

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life, 2021, The Bells of Tiverton, 23 (Article in Serial). SDV364395.

Two bells, or parts of them, from Heathcotes are now in the Tiverton Museum. Both may have come from the earlier mill on the site; one has the date 1805 on it.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 818.
SDV336285Report - Watching Brief: Higbee, L. + Collings, A. G.. 2000. Archaeological Recording at John Heathcoat and Co., Leat Street, Tiverton, Devon. Exeter Archaeology Report. 00.56. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3; figures 4-5.
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 199.
SDV349174Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card: Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division. 1972 - 1978. SS91SE34. Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Card. Card Index.
SDV356201Website: Bampton Town Council. 2014. Bampton in Devon. http://www.bampton.org.uk/history-war-memorial.html#wartime. Website.
SDV364395Article in Serial: Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life. 2021. The Bells of Tiverton. One Magazine. 82. Newspaper/Magazine Cutting + Digital. 23.
SDV46908Monograph: Edginton, C.. 1976. Tiverton's Industrial Archaeology. Tiverton's Industrial Archaeology. Unknown. 12.
SDV52494List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1972. Tiverton. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 31.
SDV64198Monograph: Griffith, F.. 1988. Devon's Past. An Aerial View. Devon's Past. An Aerial View. Paperback Volume. 105.
SDV7016Monograph: Minchinton, W. E.. 1976. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Industrial Archaeology in Devon. Paperback Volume. 18.

Associated Monuments

MDV24582Parent of: Entrance Lodges to Heathcoat Lace Factory, Tiverton (Building)
MDV65566Related to: Heathcoat Mill Leat, Tiverton (Monument)
MDV2681Related to: Heathcoat School, Leat Street, Tiverton (Building)
MDV65568Related to: Mill Leat, Heathcoat Lace Factory (Monument)
MDV62725Related to: Textile Mill on the River Exe at Tiverton (Monument)
MDV65567Related to: Weir, Heathcoat Lace Factory (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jun 18 2021 1:24PM