Historic Building Recording (Survey), Gloucester

Continuing our strong tradition of working within Gloucester, an Archaeological Standing Building Recording was undertaken on a range of late 19th and 20th century factory buildings.

In Brief

Client: Construction Company Sector: Historic Buildings; Built Heritage; Conservation Services:

Historic Building Recording (Survey)Archaeological Standing Building Recording; Architectural Analysis; Documentary Research

Location: Former Norville Works, Gloucester

Key Points

  • Historic England Recording Levels 2 & 4 specified in view of site complexity
  • Detailed evolution from 19th Century workshop to 20th Century industrial site
  • Provision of Information Boards to commemorate site


Combining detailed documentary research and architectural analysis, the Team reconstructed the development of the site starting from 1885 manufactory of patent stepladders. This continued through the early decades of the 20th century, when it was considered to be in the vanguard of industrial design, to wartime requisitioning for aircraft production and beyond.

Information boards were designed and provided as requested by Gloucester City Council to commemorate the site.


The related Planning Condition was discharged and land was released for development.