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Aberdeen, Maberly Street, Broadford Works, Flax Store

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    BROADFORD FIREHOSE AND CANVAS WORKS
  • Canmore ID
    85840
  • Site type
    WAREHOUSE
  • Parish
    ABERDEEN
  • Council
    ABERDEENSHIRE
  • NGR
    NJ 93582 06760
  • Latitude, longitude
    57.151672N, 2.107714W
  • Archeological notes
    NJ90NW 125.02 93582 06760 Built in 1912 (see date plaque at NE end), a very large, four-storeyed, red brick-built flax warehouse, much of the brick emanating from the Seton Brick and Tile Works in Aberdeen. Several features of the building are of note. Each of the four storeys are divided into large compartments, three bays wide. Access to the compartments was achieved via external gantries on the NW facade of the building, external hoists lifting flax to the appropriate level as desired. In addition, there was a stone spiral staircase in the turret at the SW corner of the building, and what is thought to be one of the oldest electrically-powered hoists in the UK housed in a similar turret at the NE corner. No internal access between compartments was possible, probably as a fire precaution. The internal frame of the building is ferro-concrete, the floors, columns and roof all being re-inforced concrete (Hennebique system), but the dividing walls being common (extruded) red brick. The concrete frame tapers, the columns becoming thinner within the upper floors of the structure. The concrete roof is covered with asphalt, and at the time of visit, the machinery for the external hoists had been dismantled. Fetaures at roof level include a large crenelated water tower containing water for the fire sprinkler system, and the domed tops of the two turrets, both with wind vanes and lightning conductors. At the time of visit in August 1995, the building was being converted into dwellings by the conductors, Mowlem, to plans of the architects and designers Architectus of Mains of Fowlis by Dundee. Information from RCAHMS (MKO), visited August 1995.
  • Architectural notes
    NJ90NW 125.02 93582 06760 Part of Raw Flax warehouses, the smaller block being granite clad and built c.1870. The larger turretted brick building was designed by Wilson and Walker in 1911-12) and has ferro-concrete (hennibique) floors. Both buildings have galleries for external access.

Related material information

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 85840 (22/4/2003)
    View from W several years after its conversion to flatted appartments
  • 85840 (22/4/2003)
    Elevated view from NE several years after its conversion to flatted appartments
  • 1308736 (31/8/1995)
    Broadford Mills: Interior view from SE within typical compartment of the warehouse, this one being at the NE end of the first floor level. The view shows the interior ferro-concrete frame of the bulding, and the brick exterior and interior dividing walls. Note that each of the compartments were designed to be isolated to prevent the spread of fire, and the hole in the dividing wall (left) had recently been made by contractors converting the building to dwellings. Note also that the concrete frame tapers as it rises through the building, the columns on the top floor being much thinner than those on the ground floor. Many of the finer facing bricks appear to have been made by the Seton Brick Works in Aberdeen
  • 1118098 ()
    Broadford Mills: General view from W of main facade of warehouse, clad in scaffolding during conversion to dwellings
  • 1043011 (31/8/1995)
    Broadford Mills: Detailed view from S at roof level of the castellated water tower at the centre of the warehouse, which contained water for the fire sprinkler system.
  • 1043010 ()
    Broadford Mills: Detail of turret at N corner of flax warehouse (known as the 'Bastille), whch contains one of the earliest known electrically-powered internal hoists in the UK (electric motor in situ on ground floor, made by Waygood Otis Ltd. of London, dating from 1912, when the building was constructed)

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 85840 (22/4/2003)
    Elevated view from NE several years after its conversion to flatted appartments
  • 85840 (22/4/2003)
    View from W several years after its conversion to flatted appartments
  • 85840 (22/4/2003)
    View from W several years after its conversion to flatted appartments
  • 85840 (22/4/2003)
    Elevated view from NE several years after its conversion to flatted appartments
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: General view from W of main facade of warehouse, clad in scaffolding during conversion to dwellings
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: General view from W of main facade of warehouse, clad in scaffolding during conversion to dwellings
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: General view from SE of SE (side rear elevation) of the warehouse
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: General view from SE of SE (side rear elevation) of the warehouse
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: General view from SE of SE (side rear elevation) of the warehouse
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: General view from E of NE end of the warehouse
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: General view from E of NE end of the warehouse
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: View from WNW of NE corner of the warehouse, showing (left) the turret containing the electric hoist, and part of the external gantry providing access to the upper levels. Also visible are typical segmentally-arched double doors to the compartments
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: Interior detail of ground floor at the NE corner of the building of the electric motor, pulleys and cage of what is thought to be one of the earliest known electrically-powered internal hoists in the UK, dating from 1912 (when the building was constructed). The mechanism has been exposed by the demolition of the housing surrounnding it. the motor was manufactiuured by Waygood Otis Ltd. of London (no. 12390), was 7 BHP, 100 volt, 3-phase, 50 amp and 700 rpm (no confirmation of date visible)
  • 85840 (31/8/1995)
    Broadford Mills: Interior view from SE within typical compartment of the warehouse, this one being at the NE end of the first floor level. The view shows the interior ferro-concrete frame of the bulding, and the brick exterior and interior dividing walls. Note that each of the compartments were designed to be isolated to prevent the spread of fire, and the hole in the dividing wall (left) had recently been made by contractors converting the building to dwellings. Note also that the concrete frame tapers as it rises through the building, the columns on the top floor being much thinner than those on the ground floor. Many of the finer facing bricks appear to have been made by the Seton Brick Works in Aberdeen
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: Interior view from SE within typical compartment of the warehouse, this one being at the NE end of the first floor level. The view shows the interior ferro-concrete frame of the bulding, and the brick exterior and interior dividing walls. Note that each of the compartments were designed to be isolated to prevent the spread of fire, and the hole in the dividing wall (left) had recently been made by contractors converting the building to dwellings. Note also that the concrete frame tapers as it rises through the building, the columns on the top floor being much thinner than those on the ground floor. Many of the finer facing bricks appear to have been made by the Seton Brick Works in Aberdeen
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: Detailed view from E at roof level of top of turret at W corner of the warehouse, containing spiral staircase connecting each of the four floors. No other internal stairs exist, access to each level being achieved from gantries running along the NW side of the building
  • 85840 (31/8/1995)
    Broadford Mills: Detailed view from S at roof level of the castellated water tower at the centre of the warehouse, which contained water for the fire sprinkler system
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: Detailed view from S at roof level of the castellated water tower at the centre of the warehouse, which contained water for the fire sprinkler system
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: Detail of turret at N corner of flax warehouse (known as the 'Bastille), whch contains one of the earliest known electrically-powered internal hoists in the UK (electric motor in situ on ground floor, made by Waygood Otis Ltd. of London, dating from 1912, when the building was constructed)
  • 85840 ()
    Broadford Mills: Detail of turret at N corner of flax warehouse (known as the 'Bastille), whch contains one of the earliest known electrically-powered internal hoists in the UK (electric motor in situ on ground floor, made by Waygood Otis Ltd. of London, dating from 1912, when the building was constructed)
  • 85840 (1992)
    Aberdeen. Maberly Street, Broadford Mills. Elevated view from E of 'Bastille' warehouse.
  • 85840 (1992)
    Aberdeen, Maberly Street, Broadford Mills. Elevated view from E of 'Bastille' warehouse.
  • 85840 (26/10/1974)
    Aberdeen, Maberly Street, Broadford Works View of frontage of Bastille Warehouse, from W
  • 85840 (26/10/1974)
    Aberdeen, Maberly Street, Broadford Works View of rear face of Bastille Warehouse, from SE

  • 85840 (12/6/2008)
    The Bastille Saved image

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Aberdeenshire, Sheet LXXV1865-7

1st edition 25-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Aberdeen, Sheet 075.111867
 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile Kincardine, Sheet 004A.021865