Although it was built in two stages more than fifty years apart, Valley Queen, in contrast to the clustering of many buildings at Royal Mills, appears as a single elongated entity, right-angled to the river rather than parallel to it. This positioning gives it high visibility, showing
A cast iron footbridge from the street at the top of the sloping site unusually gives entrance to the mill office at the center of the third floor. The banner which caps the tower is a more outstanding example of Victorian metalwork. The raceway and dam are beautifully maintained. The relation of the mill to the water is best observed from the precipitous wooded hill on the opposite bank, which, together with the wellkept grounds, isolates this mill from the town. The same vantage point also provides a reciprocal view of the Royal Mills upstream, its towers giving it a castlelike appearance (one of them is even crenellated). What an opportunity for a linear park, making visible the beauty of the ignored river and these monuments to an industrial past—the more compelling here because these mills continue to operate.