|A coach house and stables with a dovecote tower,
dating from around1850. The building is built of brick
and has a fish-scale tiled pyramid roof to the tower,
with heavily bracketed eaves. The top stage of the tower
has leaded lancet windows. The building was locally
listed in 1985.
||The dovecote tower showing
the decorative brickwork and the fine leaded lancet
|The building is a fascinating relic from an
important part of Darlaston's industrial past.
In the mid 19th century Samuel Mills ran one of
the largest iron and steel companies in South
Staffordshire, situated at Lower Green,
Darlaston; where Heath Road is today. The works
covered more than 55 acres, and had many
furnaces, a vast metal processing complex,
rolling mills and several coal mines.
The Mills family lived at Darlaston House, on
the western end of what is now Victoria Park. It
also occupied the modern Rectory Avenue, the
Post Office, the War Memorial and the land
behind Pardoe's Cottage, where the Columbarium
stands. It formed some of the outbuildings of
|The room at the bottom of
the tower, where the stairs used to be. The stairs
ran up the left-hand wall and into the hole in the
||The view looking upwards,
through the hole in the ceiling where the stairs
used to be.
|The doors still carry the
original locks which were possibly locally made.
||The building to the left
of the tower contains a couple of coach houses or
possibly stables, with a tack room on the right
through the single door.
||The fine entrance, maybe for
|The right-hand side of the
building. The room on the right has a modern double door
instead of the two original single, possibly stable