St James Mill

St James Mill
Whitefriars
Norwich
Norfolk
NR3 1SH
England

Website

Heritage Open Days

www.norwich12.co.uk/st-james-mill

www.heritagecity.org/hods

Telephone

Jarrold & Sons, St James Mill owners

01603 677100

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
A photograph of St. James Mill, Norwich

The quintessential English Industrial Revolution mill. A Grade I listed building, St James Mill was built on a site originally occupied by the White Friars (or Carmelite Friars).

The friars made many additions to their original site, building an impressive church of almost 68 metres (225 feet) in length. Excavations at the site have revealed a 2 cloistered friary complex, thought to be from the White Friars development.

St James Mill was built on part of this earlier site, in response to the crisis in Norwich's textile trade. It was fitted with power looms to try and make the trade more efficient and lucrative.

The St James complex originally comprised six buildings - the mill itself, two weaving sheds, two engine houses and a boiler house (with a 50 metre high chimney). The mill was five storeys high, extended to six at one west end bay.

The only buildings now surviving are the mill building and its engine house. The flint, brick and stone arch at the entrance to the site, and the undercroft which is visible beneath the new office building, date from the time of the Carmelite Friars.

Today, the mill is owned by Jarrold & Sons and houses the company's head office, and Jarrold Training, as well as other offices.

The John Jarrold Printing Museum, which is open most Wednesdays from 9.30am-12.30pm or by special arrangement, is situated behind the mill.

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

St James Mill today operates as an office building and therefore there is limited access to the general public.

However St James Mill is normally open to the public during Heritage Open Days each September - see www.heritagecity.org/hods for the latest details.

Admission charges

Free

Additional info

St James Mill today operates as an office building and therefore there is limited access to the general public.

However St James Mill is normally open to the public during Heritage Open Days each September - see www.heritagecity.org/hods for the latest details.

Norwich 12 is also working with Norwich‘s Tourist Information Centre on a programme of guided tours for the public that will include St James Mill. More details will be available here once the details are confirmed. In the meantime please contact Norwich Tourist Information Centre on 01603 727927 or email tourism@norwich.gov.uk.

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