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, printed from the Looking at Buildings website on Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Workshop Dwellings

atticGlossary Term [1] workshops. Similar buildings are found elsewhare, for example in Macclesfield, Cheshire, where the workshops were used for weaving silk. They can be seen as an urban parallel to 18th century Pennine stone cottages with rows of upper weavers' windows. Information on exactly how they were used and occupied before the 1801 census is sparse, but they were probably erected by specualtors for skilled workers or artisans on good incomes.

Documentary research, and the evidence of surviving buildings, has shown they were often erected in ones and twos, with more being added as the developer could afford it. Where they survive they are usually greatly altered.

Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2009