In trying to prepare an entry for the database of the Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society on Clifford Mill, I came across a few elements that needed clarification. I wonder if anyone can help?
The entry currently reads:
The mill is known as Clifford Mill or Clifford Forge Mill, for it had been used as an iron forge in the 18th. century. It was re-built in 1853 and used for flour milling. In 1946 Tibor Reich – the renowned textile designer – set up business within the mill buildings. He designed and produced fabrics that were innovative in their textured surfaces and abstract patterns. A weaving unit flourished for many years, with a maximum workforce of 80, and Reich received many high profile commissions. The mill was closed in 1978, a decision much influenced by the constant risk of flooding. Much conversion and extension has taken place since then, and the buildings are now converted into dwellings and small business units, with an impressive chimney remaining. The mill manager’s house – Clifford Forge House (listed) – is nearby.
In looking on the ‘Windows on Warwickshire‘ website, a set of photographs of textile operations at the mill are shown, but the date is 1939 – does this mean the mill was used for the textiles prior to Tibor Reich? Also, does anyone know any information about the building described as The Pump House that stands at the entrance to the site?