Kimmins Mill Dudbridge House Sainsbury's Dudbridge Mill/Apperly Curtis/Redlers Site of Hawker's Dyeworks
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What: Historical Site
Where: Where Sainsbury's is now
Then: Up to 1900, the site was mostly a walled garden and orchard with part of the area occupied by a small ironworks. Later, James Apperley founded the Dudbridge Patent Machine Works to manufacture textiles here; H G Holbrow manufactured steam engines and J D Humpidge manufactured gas engines. In the late 1920s, Hampton cars were assembled here. Many locals may remember the cupola iron furnaces, which were local landmarks from the last manufacturing company of Lewis & Holes Foundry
Now: Sainsbury's supermarket.
Described as "the Boadicea of Dudbridge", local resident Eileen Halliday, refused offers from Sainsbury's to purchase her cottage on the corner of this site in 1996. Attracting attention from the national press, she won her battle and the road and car park had to be relocated. But Sainsbury's did acknowledge the historical heritage of this site and built two 17th Century doors into the walls of the supermarket, one of which has the clothier's mark of Daniel Fowler, dated 1646.

The most complex industrial site in Dudbridge. Part of the area was occupied by a small 19th century iron works, but much of the site was a walled garden and orchard up to 1900.

It was here that James Apperly established the Dudbridge Patent Machine Works to manufacture textile machinery, later continued by Cook & Vick. H.G. Holbrow began the manufacture of steam engines on another part of the site, and then J.D. Humpidge combined the two firms to form the Dudbridge Iron Works, which focused mainly on the manufacture of gas engines.

In the 1900s, Wesley Whitfield established an engineering company on part of the site, and between 1927 and 1931 Hampton Cars were assembled here.

Lewis & Hole were the last manufacturing company on the site. The firm was started in 1946 at Brimscombe Port and moved to Dudbridge in 1965. Their two cupola iron furnaces were well-known landmarks until demolished in 1996.

Sainsbury's supermarket was built in 1996-97, on the site of the Lewis & Hole foundry to designs by Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson of Sheffield. It was the site of national press and TV coverage when local resident Eileen Halliday (described as the Boadicea of Dudbridge), refused offers by Sainsbury's to purchase her cottage on the corner of the site to allow the access road to be built. She won her battle, and the road and car park were relocated.

Two 17th century doorways have been built into the wall of the supermarket. One, dated 1646, has the clothier's mark of Daniel Fowler, the other dates from the 1660s.