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147. HAIGH FACTORY (Marsden)
1795 John Haigh insures Cotton Factory for £1,000 and machinery £1500. Also ‘Crow Hill Mill’ and ‘Smithy Holme Mill (Ingle p123-125)
1801. Haigh factory on Marsden map, depicted as very large building.
WYAS.KC 165:125. John Windsor, labourer summons John Haigh ‘residing chiefly at Walcot Terrace, Lambeth’ for wages owed for work on mill reservoir.
. [Haigh’s residence in London may explain his use of pauper children from the Foundlings’ Hospital referred to by Sykes and Marsden memorials. See account in Old West Riding and in Ingle Yorkshire Cotton].
Valuation: Water Cotton Mill £42, New part with steam engine £18, Factory £12; House £4, Damfield 15s. (HEW 25 Oct 1890)
Almondbury Parish Registers, burials 19 Feb, ‘John Marsden of Scout who was accidently shot in Mr Haigh’s Factory.’
1802. South Crosland Overseer’s Accounts: 22 June, ‘My gate and expenses with two children to Marsden Cotton factory.’
1803. KC 165:380, John Haigh mortgages his machinery for £1000 at 5% interest from Richard Battye, “looms, jennies, billeys, slubbers, carders utensils and machinery in and about the said cotton mill or factory.”
[ref Thos Haigh, son of John, Gatehead, Marsden, corn factor]
James Brook, merchant and manufacturer, assignee of John Haigh
1806. LM 22 Feb,John Haigh late occupier, Lot I Cotton factory ‘where a corn mill lately stood’to be sold, water wheel 16 feet diameter by 12 feet wide (The Factory). Lot II other cotton factory with water wheel 16 feet diameter by 12 feet wide and ‘nearly new’ steam engine with 27 inch diameter cylinder. Coal cellars near canal. Also with four storey warehouse. (Upperend Mill)
1807. KC 165:380, Wm, Horsfall and James Roberts buy mill £347.10s. but James Emmet (assignee of Silvester Sikes), Wm Pontey and John Varley, unable to transfer premises due to mortgage debt.
1809. LM 18 Nov. John Haigh cotton spinner, bankrupt.
‘Several powerful mills’.
Lot I. Upper End Mill, 127 x 30 feet x four storeys, dyehouse and drying house, water wheel 16′ x 12′ ‘besides which at the End of the Mill near the Canal is a Patent Steam Engine considered equal to the Power of twenty four Horses. which was originally set up for the purpose of turning the machinery of this mill and in the Factory mentioned in the next Lot in a very dry season.’
Lot II. ‘All that very substantial Building called the Factory’ 90 feet x 30′ x 4 storeys with adjoining winding shop 22 x 7 ‘…with a right of road in front of the said factory for all purposes in case any Door or Doors shall be opened there.’ 22 years of 999 year lease expired.
Lot III. ‘All that valuable cotton mill called the New Mill 63′ x 34’ x 3 storeys ‘with the reservoir originally belonging to the same when occupied as a corn mill…’ water wheel 16′ x 11’6″. plot of land from south end of mill across Hawn Ing to Old Turnpike.
Lot IV. ‘All that small mill called Franks’ Mill 35′ x 23’6″ x 3 Storeys. water wheel 30′ x 2’3″, copyhold of Manor of Marsden.
Three cottages, Hawn Ing, occupied by Mary Haigh, Hannah Wood, John Newton.
1885. HEW Marsden Memorials Haigh Factory at Warehouse Hill. Pauper children brought from London become a burden on Parish after factory fails.

148. HALL MILL (South Crosland)
1790s KC 165:338. John Jessop’s evidence. John Beaumont occupier. (also of Lords Mill).
1859. HC 11 Jun: ‘Hall Mills’, scribbling and fulling mill to let, together with farm house, barn and other buildings and 17 a land. Apply Jos Wilkinson on the premises, or Henry Charlesworth, Buxton Road.
1866. HE 3 Mar, Edwin Beaumont Assignees, machinery to be sold, 60″ scribbler,48″ scribbler,2×30″ carders, 2×60 spindle billies,1 pair 200 spindle mules, 4 pair of stocks. (also King Mill), along with farming stock.
HC 10 Mar: boiler, 7’ 6” long, 7 hp, . Also horses, catle and farming implements.

149. HALL MILL (Lower) (South Crosland)
c1788 KC 165:338. John Jessop’s evidence. John Beaumont builds mill ‘at the time of King George III’s first illness’. Rawcliffe’s mill at Cocking Steps began work before it was finished ‘it was a regular race between Beaumont and Rawcliffe which should first get possesion of the water course’. Beaumont’s quarrel with his workmen and building delayed two months. Began tail-goit before he built mill.
1791. Beaumont action against Rawciffe for causing backwater. Jos Atkinson, Bradley Mill and John Sutcliffe of Halifax to arbitrate. Rawcliffe forced to lower weir four inches, but Beaumont’s tail goit cut too deep and retains water.
c1800. KC 165:338: John Taylor’s evidence. John Beaumont senior obit.
1829. ibid. John Beaumont jnr obit. Continued by Thomas.
1830. John Hirst, formerly engineer to Rawcliffe at Cocking Steps, occupier.
1831. KC 165:338. John Jessop’s evidence. Wrigley raises his dam causing backwater at Hirst’s mill.
1832. KC 165:338 17 Mar, water rights case, John Hirst clothier, Netherton, against John Wrigley for raising height of dam interrupting Mag Dyke supply to scribbling and fullling mill.
John Mitchell of Thurstonland, mill wright 55, evidence. Had worked at both mills and help father put in wheel at plaintiffs mill. ‘a light wheel but well put together’. If troubled by backwater could not have lasted 40 years. Since Wrigley had highered weir he had taken levels.
John Taylor of Crosland, 70, clothier, evidence. Milled his cloth at mill after lawsuit with Rawcliffe. ‘I have frequently taken away my pieces from that mill to the upper one because they could not be done at the lower one [due to backwater]’

150. HARTCLIFFE MILL (Denby Dale)
1897 HEW 16 Jan: Zaccheus Hinchliffe, will, woollen yarn spinner, alderman WRCC, probate £6257. Residence, contents and brougham at Strathdearne at Denby Dale left to wife.John, James Peace, and Thomas Albert, sons, Helen and Beatrice, daughters.
1901. HEW 26 Jan: Z.Hinchliffe & Co. senior partner J. Hinchliffe, son Harold playing in mill caught in shaft – spun round 30 times, cut from shaft – broken leg, badly bruised and cut.

151. HEATH HOUSE MILL (Golcar)
1856 HC 14 Jun: To be sold by private contract, a waterwheel, in good repair, 20 feet dimeter, two feet wide, five inches on the shield and calculated to do a great deal of work with a little water; also a smallfearnought, for two or three billies, in good repair, belonging to Thomas Newton, Heathouse , Golcar, near Huddersfield, to whom reply.’
1857. Chimney built. (see 1894).
1858 HC 17 Jul: fire in outbuilding at west end of mill used as store for wool and other materials. Proprietor Mr Thomas Newton residence close by hears it. Armitage’s engine summoned but put out by neighbours with water from reservoir. Wool and materials belonged to customers at mill. Wool etc belongs to different parties, not insured. £8-1,000 damage. Thought to have originated in overheating of shoddy.
HC 24 Jul: Letter from Armitage Bros. Engine ready and firemen assembled because watchman had seen fire. Didn’t know where it was until Mr Newton’s summonse came. There was no delay on their part.
1859. HC 6 Aug, Tom Newton bankrupt. stock in trade for sale, wool waste, mungo and shoddy.
1864 HC 14 May: JS Ainley, occupier, fire in dyehouse among bags of waste and mungo. Victoria Mill engine arrives. Mill owned by Josh Wood, farmer.
1867. HC 1 Jun: Ainley & Co Fire in stove. Victoria Mill engine arrives after extinguished.
1870 HC 26 Feb: J. Ainley, treat at Upper Royal George Inn.
1873. HEW 2 Aug: Richard Ainley &.Son middle floor collapse. £500 damage. Mill empty due to school board poll.
1879 HEW 10 May: I & R Ainley, engine, boiler & shafting to be sold.
HEW 6 Sep: machinery to be sold.
1884 HEW 27 Dec: W Whiteley & B Brierley , treat for 100.
1894. HEW, HC 29 Dec: great gale on 22 Dec, Joseph Whiteley’s chimney collapses killing Wright Lockwood (32) tuner, ILP member, prospective UDC candidate. Chimney built 37 years, raised 7-8 yards in brick 8 years ago.
1895 HC 30 Mar: John Haigh, engine tenter at mill (60) hangs himself in his kitchem. Suffering from flu and bronchitis but also Wright Lockwood’s death ‘had troubled him very much.’
1897 William Thorpe buys mill. Formerly of Taylor & Co, Holme Mills.
1900 HC 21 Jul: Tom Thorpe, workpeople’s trip to Blackpool in same train as Victoria Mill, Commecial Mill (Slaithwaite), Messrs Pearson.
1905 Ltd Co. Fred Thorpe and Elon Crowther (NOT Elon of Rock Mill) directors.
1909 W 14 Aug: conditions at mill.
1910 YTD : T W Thorpe Ltd., fancy woollen manufacturers.
1922 HEW 14 Jan: T W Thorpe obit, formerly of Heath House mill which he extended. (Lockwood pp 59 – 60)
1935 HEW 10 Aug: T W Thorpe Ltd. Jms Wm Sykes, mill engineer, 34, killed while dismantling crane.

152. HENRY STREET MILL (Upperheadrow).
1892. 4 Jun: Robert Jackson & Co. Decline business, machinery to be sold.

153. HIGHBRIDGE MILL (see Nortonthorpe Mill) (Scissett)
Deed Ben Norton.
1813. LM 29 Jan:Highbridge Mill, High Hoyland,house cottages and ‘new built corn mill’ 3 storeys plus water wheel and three pair of stones. also all that other new erected mill, 4 scribbling and carding engines, 2 billies, teazer and drying house, steam engine in dry season, owner Mr Burditt.
1838 LM 10 Mar: High Bridge Mill, Jos Norton, owner, parish of High Hoyland , Yorkshire Lent Assizes, action for rent against Charles Dronsfield occupant of third floor, cardmaker, power equivalent to 4hp.
1840. NS 18 Apr: election papers for poor law guardians left at mill for worker to sign.
1842. HG/NS/LT 12 Nov: Fire, six storey mill, £12,000 damage, 3-400 out of work, “large quantity of powerlooms” destroyed.
1846. LT 27 Jun: hail stones break 1,847 panes of glass including weaving shed.
1851. CENSUS. Jos Norton number of employees:
1852. HE 27 Nov: Fire, mill totally destroyed, £8,000 damage, 5-600 laid off. power looms.
1854. HC 11 Feb: Jos Norton leaving work without notice case. Charles Taylor, power loom weaver given two warps by Geo Hensley, overlooker on 7 Jan. Had too looms and wove until 16 Jan but had not worked since. Only 8s.6d earned in five weeks by defendant because bad warps. Norton says ‘he did not care a straw about the man, only he wanted an example.’ Taylor given choice of returning to finish work or one month in Wakefield.
HE,HC 18 Feb: Walter Norton’s majority, treat for 700. Third son of Jos Norton of Nortonthorpe Hall. George Norton jun Rev Sangster present. Scissett band.
HE,HC 3 Jun: case against weaver for occupying loom too long. 11 Jan took out warp for 4 pieces. First took 12 days ‘not quick work at all’., others 25, 41 and 38 days still only a quarter through. As a result firm lost order. One month in Wakefield.
HC 30 Dec: Jos Norton, Highbridge Mill, Eli Ackroyd, 17, apprentice to carpenter Richard Moxon employed at works, committed to sessions for stealing 2s. 1 ½ d from drawer he broke open in counting house.
1855. HC 20 Jan: Jacob Dyson, apprentice cropper, summonsed for improper conduct. required to work with another but his attendance very irregular. Father says he was in the habit of staying in public houses , singing and drinking ands staying out all night. One month’s hard labour.
HC 10 Feb: Alfred Goldthorpe, brother of Clayton West carrier committed for stealing three bottles of rum property of Joseph Norton Messrs Rhodes, wine merchants, say a hamper with eleven bottles taken to Norton’s warehouse in Cloth Hall St. Hamper found in prisoner’s house at Skelmanthorpe.
HE,HC 10 Mar: case against apprentice Jos Swift who runs away to join 3rd West York Regt of militia. Agrees to employ him for a month then release him to regiment. He ‘was subject to improper treatment at home.’
HC 24 Mar: case against head engineer Elliott Woodhead, for leaving work. Was on weekly wages and had part of pay stopped due to 3 slack weeks. Had offered to give up weeks pay in lieu of motice. Amicable agreement recommended. Defendant pays 50s to Norton.
HC 31 Mar: Balmforth and Lockwood, ironfounders action v. Jos Norton for £49.4s.4d owed for goods. In 1853 they provided an iron tenter for drying stove, 49 yards and hooks, according to pattern to be placed an inch apart on tenter. A portion of payment was to be old iron taken from premises (some from previous fire). Placing of hook let to Wm Shaw but irregular and various sizes. Plaintiffs allowed deduction of £4.12s. 8d to Norton. Defendant says tenter 3 ¼ yds less than contracted for. So many defets it could not be used. Old iron to be sold at 4s.6d/cwt. Carter, ironfounder, Lockwood testifies that it would be cheaper to construct new tenter than repair this one. Case for defendant.
HE 26 May: case against two unruly apprentices, Jos Norton insists on their imprisonment.
HC 27 Oct: Jos Norton, five carding engines, billies, fulling stock etc to be sold, room required for other machinery.
1857 HC 4 Apr: ‘Wanted, an experienced overlooker to superintend the weighing out of wool and taking in work from slubbers and spinners. He must understand slubbing and spinning and be capable of keeping accounts. Apply to Joseph Norton, Clayton West..’
1858 HC 16 Oct: Henry Lord charged with unlawfully disposing of two shawls calue £3.15s belonging to Norton. Norton had given sisters of the defendant money to buy two shawls which he suspected were ‘pirated patterns’. Lord pawned them. Says he had been out of employ for some time and asks for a fortnight to return them. Granted plus penalty of 5s.
1859 HC 25 Jun: Walter Norton of Nortonthorpe marries his cousin Elizabeth Norton of Bagden hall. 600 employees, bearing ornamented banners, headed by Skelmanthorpe brass band march from works to church gates. In afternoon 1,000 operatives of Jos and Geo. Norton enjoy repast in various inns.
HC 17 Jul: shawl design registration case against Manchester merchants.
1860. HC 15 Sep: Jos Norton, Nortonthorpe Hall, Bretton West Floral, Horticultural and Agricultural Exhibition, wins prize for best bull calved before September 1858.
1861. HC 2 Nov: William Blackburn, 18, driving Jos Norton’s ‘pig cart’ back from Denby Dale station, horse, frightened by barking dog, he is thrown out of cart and killed.
1862. HC 13 Sep: Jos Norton, Nortonthorpe Hall, five prize winning draught horses to be sold.
1863. HEW 30 May: 1874, Jos Norton retires.
1864 HC 28 May: Nortonthorpe Hall, clock presentation by representatives of workpeople to Joseph Norton on his retirement. Head of fancy woollen and silk shawl manufacturing firm for 40 years, previously workman, raised himself up.
1866 HC 19 May: Messrs Norton Bros, late firm of Mr George Norton, treat for 60 overlookers and workmen at Crown, Scissett. Occasion new traveller, Mr Payne. Wm Etchells, designer , in chair.
HC 30 Jun: Norton Bros, fancy shawl manufacturers, firein outbuilding where waste, shoddy etc stored. Fire engine kept on premises. £50-100 damage.
HC 29 Dec: following death of George Norton, firm meged with that of Jos Morton. Thomas Hall, 58, traveller leaves new firm. For some time depressed and in straightened circumstances. Cuts his throat in bed chamber.
1871. HEW 16 Sep: Norton Bros, chinchillas, sealskins, astracans etc at London International Exhibition.
1874. HEW 30 May: Jos Norton (70) OBIT, retired 1863.
1877. HC 4 Aug: Norton Bros Ltd v. Child, pattern copying case.
1886. HEW 13 Mar, 3 Apr: Lister v Norton Bros. Patent case
(Horizontal steam engine ‘Empress’ – 1929 compounded to 350hp, renamed ‘Violet’. Shaft and cog drive).

154. HINCHLIFFE MILL (Hinchliffe Mill)
see R C H M .
1789. Land Tax Returns, Ed Hirst’s land.
1795. ibid, Matthew Butterworth.
1834. Factory Commissioners Report.,20 employees, 10hp steam engine.
1845 IBJ 7 Mar: I met Thos. and Edward Butterworth at Hinchliffe Mill to night look’d over the Mill, they have one Room 27 yds by 15 with only one pair Mules in (Thos) and another same size with only 2 Billies and Scribblers in, and the Attic over all, inboarded. They did not like to let the 3 Rooms, Edward said one of the Rooms would hold 3 Billies Scribblers and Carders for them and 1 pair Mules. They would not let more room than for 2 Billies and 4 pair Mules, but would consider of it. they don’t like to put down an Engine as they think the Rezervoir will be sufficient if it was completed. They have a Water Wheel 14 ft. broad, a fine wheel
1852. HC,HE 7 Feb: FLOOD. Butterworth & Co. 2 lower stories flooded, boiler house carried away, £2,000 damage.
1856. HC 21 May, J.&.T.Ellis peace celebrations.
1866. HE 5 May; HC 5 May share in Hinchliff Upper and Lower Mills, 40 years of lease left, steam engine, water wheel and machinery including mules.
1872 HEW 31 Aug: Holmfirth weaver’s strike, Jul/Aug passim, weavers adopt statement of George Charlesworth & Jos Butterworth.
[NB: Milnsbridge weavers demonstration in support of Holmfirth weavers].
1873 HEW 1 Nov: George Charlesworth witness in bankruptcy case of James Mettrick, mungo manufacturer, Hinchliffe Mill. Related by marriage. Bought mungo from him.
1874. HEW 24 Jun, George Charlesworth & Jos Butterworth Treat.for 90.
1876. HEW 14 Oct, Jos Butterworth Bankrupt, liabilities £1,600.
HEW 11 Nov, ditto, machinery to be sold.
1878. HWN 13 Jul, Geo Charlesworth agreement with weavers.
1888. HEW 10 Nov:Thos.Butterworth & Co. fire in stove. Help from Bottoms Mill. 1890. YFT 27 Jun, weavers dissatisfied with scale.
YFT 8 Aug, shop meeting re sharing fast and slow loom work, slow looms taken down and females doing males work.
1893. YFT 29 Dec, Butterworth & Roberts latters wife recovers from illness, 10s. christmas money given to workers.
1897. HEW 10 Jul: to be sold, L shaped mill 5 storeys, scribbling, spinning, weaving and finishing, waterwheel, ocupied by S.Butterworth & Sons/ Whiteley & Green and upper mill, former fulling mill ‘ two reservoirs and highly important water rights.’ (Latter lease from 1806 at £200 pa).
1901. HExp 6 Apr, 13 Apr HEW 6 Apr: ‘one of the oldest mills in the Holme Valley’ gutted by fire, owned by Moorhouse, occupied by Whiteley & Green/ S. Butterworth & Sons. Two parts at right angles to each other (c.f. L shape mentioned 1897). ‘old mill’ 5 storeys by 13 by 5 windows, new mill 4 storeys by 8 by 4 windows, Whiteley & Green very busy on government orders. 12.20 Friday morning, 20 working, fire starts in scribbling engine. ‘Old Unity’ from Bridge Mill and Holmebridge, Holmfirth UDC and Yew Tree Mill fire brigades arrives on scene. Old mill saturated with oil. ‘ For miles around the district was illuminated in a most brilliant manner’, great crowd gathers. £12-15,000 damage. Whiteley & Green, 120 employees out of work, orders until end of year. Fred Green engineer lives in adjacent cottage, saved but furniture moved out as precaution.
1910. YTD: Whiteley & Green Ltd, fancies and Bedford cords, 1,500 spindles, 36 looms.
1914 HE 30 May: Hurst Green, Schole Croft, Holme, obit (57). Heart failure.

155. HIRST MILL/Hurst Mill (Longwood)

Hirst Mill Longwood

1792. Thornhill lease (T/L/xxv/9) land for building.

Proposals from Joseph Townend, Wm Townend. John Townend and Wm Pontey to Thomas Thornhill Esq.
They propose to erect a building upon the Thornhill Estate at Hirst for the purpose of Scribbling Wool, which building to be not less than 14 yards long and 10 yards wide within the walls to which they will affix a Water Wheel not less than 25 yards in circumference
They likewise propose to erect 2 Cottages & a [       ] or stables for 1 or 2 Horses.
They propose to Erect a Dam across the old Watercourse & to Dig & Embank such Goit & Basons as may be found necessary to work a moderate quantity of Machinery at least 12 hours a Day in the Dryest season.
That for the above said purpose they wish to be accommodated with about 2 Acres of Land Lying by the Water side at present uncultivated & doing little [       ]
They wish Mr Thornhill to Expend a sum not exceeding £200 upon the said improvements & that whatever further sums may be necessary themselves will advance.
They wish to have the said Buildings &c executed under their own direction , subject to the inspection of Mr Thornhill or Agents, to whom they will at all times when required produce a fair account of the Expenses incurred.
That in consideration of the said Premises they propose to pay Mr Thornhill the yearly Rent of £30[superscribed 42] that under the said conditions they will accept a Lease for 21 years or as long a Term is agreeable.
[in different hand on reverse of page]
The Water Wheel the Axeltree & all other Cogg wheels &c Nothing taken away but the Machens for working & scribbling of Wool or Cotton or any other business and any other article to be [      ]for the Purpose & that the whole of the Land at lowerside the Bridge in Hirst farm except for all piece at or near the Bridge as pointed out and to cut through part of Petty Royd farm & take a piece of a feed for a dam for all Damages & Taxes &c.
The Wood to be valued and wavered & the takers to have the first refusal in the purchase of the wood to be sold   at 35£ a year the Article is to be the same as that Mr Clayter as at Leeds signed this 22 June 1791 but that a good and [    ] Building to be done in a Workmanlike manner to the satisfaction of Mr Thornhill and Agent for the time being.’
As well as this agreement there is a deed, referred to by George Redmonds (‘Hirst – hamlet in Longwood’ Huddersfield Examiner 22 Jan 1983) of 1792 between Thomas Thornhill, the Yates of Petty Royds, William Pontey (grocer) and five local clothiers mostly Townends for mill of same dimensions as above.  The dam was above the bridge from Hirst to Shaw and the goit was to be covered ‘with sufficient stones and with earth a foot deep’.  In the field Park Bottom they were to ‘cut, dig, Banck, Wall, pile and fence ‘ a basin or reservoir ‘for the sole use of the Scribling Mill.
  1. LM 21 May,to be let apply George Crowther Fixby Hall, or Mr Oastler, Leeds.

1830. Directory. Jms Vickerman.

1831. T./L/.xxv/18. lease to Wm Balmforth 21 years (late occ J.Vickerman), present occupier James Garside “remains of steam engine to be taken away by Thomas Thornhill Esq to be sold by him.” all repairs to be done at lesees own expense.”

1845. Abraham Hall, township valuation.

1854    HE 14 Oct:  Miss Clara Thornhill to sell by auction over 1,000 lots of estate, Wm Eddison auctioneer, including ‘Hurst Mill’, 40 foot fall, iron water wheel, dyehouse etc, occupied Joseph Roberts,.

  1. HC 16 Jun: Abraham Hall, mohair manufacturer, Charles Crosland, mohair jigger, charged with breaking in mill and damaging 13 mohair pieces with oil of vitriol. Ben Hall, son of Abraham, manager.  12 pieces of black mohair in fulling mill ready to be stoved, white piece in gig room. Mill locked up by Jos Roberts on monday. Pieces along with some black and fancy doeskins, then undamaged. On Tuesday Roberts opens mill. Royston the gigger calls his attention to spots on pieces. Some saved by being washed with fullers earth.  Defendant had been employed up to march but dismiised due to wau he treated men.  Had entered through strap hole familiar to him since once entered it when key to fulling room lost.   Two 10 year old boys fisihing in dam below mill find bottle. One’s lip burnt by acid. They smash bottle but retrieved and same as that in which accused bought vitriol from Klockton’s druggists , westgate.  Damaged pieces composed of mohair, or goat’s wool weft and cotton warp, or woollen warp and mohair weft. Committed to assizes.HC 21 Jul:  Sentenced to 12 months hard labour.

HC 10 Oct: to be sold Hurst Mill, fall, 40 feet, iron water wheel, bought by Abraham Hall.

(Henry Roberts began work at ‘Shaws ‘Will Shays’ Mill’ aged 8 then mule spinner at Abraham Halls at Hirst Mill for 30 years until business ends. Golden wedding HEW 16 Oct 1909).

  1. HC 26 Nov: Abraham Hall, mohair manufacturer. Fire, willowing and teasing rooms entirely burnt down,  mill saved by workpeople.  £450 damage. Armitage Bros engine eventually arrives but not needed.
  2. HC 7 Dec: Benjamin Hall, manufacturer, Hirst Mill summons Longwood Local Board for non-repair of road to mill. Hall at mill for 30 years, they had had to maintain it to take goods away, but should have been township’s responsibility.  William Townend, 75, Bilberry Hall, had travelled road as young lad, and his mother and father did before him. His father used to cart coal over it and used by weddings and funerals.  William Chadwick, 82, Winsgate, known road to be used over 60 years and noone every stopped from doing so.  Has been widened and repaired during that time.  Joseph Whittaker, bailiff on Thornhill estate, known road for 40 years. George Crowther civil engineer, said repairs and widening done by Thornhill estate at own cost. Magistrates find it was a highway and Indictment ordered under sect 95 of 1835 Highway Act.

1875    John Lockwood & Sons occupy mill, former linsey manufacturer of Leys, Longwood.  Two or three years later move to Dale St Mill (Lockwood p 55)

1880    HEW 4 Sep, 20 Nov: suicide in dam and awards for attempted rescue.

  1. HEW 29 Apr: Armitage, Clough & Co, machinery To be sold, Ben Hall’s estate.

1883    HEW 6 Jan: Hurst Mill, Ainley & Co in liquidation, Armitage, Clough & Co. trustees, condenser set, mules, power looms to be sold.  3 Mar creditors’ meeting. (see below).

HEW 3 Feb: Joshua Drake, Handel St, Golcar, woollen manufacturer Propsect Mill, formerly partner of Ainley & Co, bankrupt.

1884    HEW 1 Mar: Ainley & Co. serge manufacturers, lease from Huddersfield Banking Co, assignees  of Hall of Quarmby, fire, monday morning, top room of ‘old end’ three storey building towards Petty Royds.  Outlane end, 4 storeys. Looms and scribblers destroyed, gutted before Armitage’s fire brigade arrives.

HEW  12 Jul: Ainley & Co, Henry Hamer of firm sue Sam Harrison woollen manufacturer for £17.10s quarters’ rent for room at Hurst Mill.  Since 1882 has paid £70 pa. In Nov 1882 Ainley & Co in liquidation but later discharged and Harrison remained tenant.  Fire on 22 Feb made mill unsafe and Harrison given notice to quit which expired 1 Apr 1884.  Refuses to pay rent.  Full amount demanded by Huddersfield Banking Co.

1885    HEW  9 Nov: Rose & Crown, Longwood, auction, mill, weaving shed, engine and boiler house, chimney, steam engine, water wheel, large reservoir and dyehouse.

  1. HEW 5 Jun: Townend & Hamer sued by George Hardisty for driving strap delivered and not paid for.
  2. HEW 4 Jun: to be sold.

1893. HEW 13 Jan: machinery to be sold.        OS Map, disused.

  1. HEW 14 Jul: Wesleyan Ladies Sewing Club trip to, (mill unoccupied).

1907. OS Map disused.



1864. HC 2 Jan: Hollins Mill, Marsh, room and power suitable for looms or two or three billies and mules – apply John Shaw on the premises.
HC 6 Feb: Jn Shaw (Marsh) owner,room and power, Jabez and Ben Walker/ Abraham Wilkinson accident,Alice Whiteley, powerloom weaver (19) caught in Billy while talking to engineer about mill treat. Horribly mutilated and killed instantaneously. Shaft said to be properly cased.
HC 13 Feb: offences against Factory Act, inspector obstructed by youth who warns under aged child to hide, also Jabez and Ben Walker fined for improperly fenced machinery.
HC 30 Jul: Shaw’s mill Marsh,accident to female (20) feeder cleaning carding engine, arm caught between cylinder and strippers. Severely lacerated..
1867 HC 3 Aug: John Shaw, slight fire in shoddy.
1868. HE 22 Feb: Jos Walker, Titus Calverley, (execs Jabez Walker), and Ben Walker, fancy manufactueres, ‘Holling’s Mill’ Marsh, dissolve partnership.
HE 29 Feb: machinery to be sold, apply Walker, Plover Mill.
1876. HEW 4 Mar: John Shaw room and power.
1884 HEW 29 Nov: Mellor Calverley, spinner, ‘Holling’s Mill’, Thos Wood, Hillhouse, engine tenter, carried round shafting, both thighs fractured. Thos Calverley, son of Mellor, stops engine.
1885. HEW 15 Aug: John Shaw summons Sam Sykes & Co. for goods sold.
1888. HEW 16 Jun: Hollins Mill, Marsh, occupier, owner Wright Firth, to be sold. Three storeys, 139’ x 46’ 6”.
HEW 23 Jun: scribblers and mules to be sold.
HEW 30 Jun, John Shaw obit.
1892. HEW 26 Mar: John William Nutter, Bankrupt, £398 deficiency , ‘bad trade want of capital and expenditure exceeding outcome.’ Only took £2/ week out for personal use.
1894. HEW 23 Jan: Nathan Whiteley bankrupt, arrested, bail application.
1897. HEW 11 Dec: Albert Shaw & Co. , employs yong persons without certificate.
1901. HEW 30 Mar: ‘Hollins Mill’ R.E.Lumb leaving mill, spinning, scribbling machinery to be sold.

157. HOLM(E) MILL (Marsden)
1805 Dartmouth Terrier. (Lingarth Mill?).
1834. Factory Commissioners Report: Scholes, Varley & Co carding and spinning cotton since 1805, 15hp water wheel, depend on other mills for water. 73 employed.
1854. HE 23 Dec: James Crowther. ‘Holme Mill, Lingard’s Wood’ workmen’s subs to Patriotic Fund.
1864 HC 10 Dec: Concert at Marsden Mechanics Hall in aid of Holme Mills Brass Band.
1865 HC 10 Jun: Holm Mills Brass Band accused of refusing to stop playing as they passed Meltham Mills Church when the Rev. Ince was giving sermon. Said they would not stop in the middle of a tune for nobody.
HC 24 Jun: Letter from Godfrey Wood, band leader, explaining that it is custom to march through villages on holidays and it was not clear what the person was complaining about in an ‘excited manner’. In marching order and in middle of a tune. Band not Mr Crowther’s ‘but relies on its own resources.’ They were going to play to Sunday School scholars on Whit-Monday which is not set apart for religious worship like Sunday so ‘they had a perfect right to play and enjoy themselves on the occasion.’
1868 HE 18 Jul: James Crowther & Sons, machinery to be sold.
1870 HC 22 Jan: James Crowther & Sons, treat at Rising Sun.
1871 HC 28 Jan: James Crowther & Sons, treat at Rising Sun, John Crowther senior partner in chair.
1872 HEW 20 Jul: 13 Jul Marsden flood, weir carried away. Head goit connected with that of Cellars Clough mill, so mill not forced to stand.
1875. HEW 20 Feb: John Varley obit, owner of Holme Mill, corn miller and steward of Dartmouth Estate, as was his father.
1878. HEw 15 Jun: tender to add two storeys, John Kirk & Son, architect.
1882. HEW 18 Nov: James Crowther & Son, dismissal of weaver sparks off dispute with Weavers’ Association.
HEW 9 Dec: James Crowther letter on dispute.
1883. HEW 20 Jan: Crowther weavers’ strike ends after two months on bosses terms, men sacked, females on same scale as neighbouring mills.
HEW 12 May: Crowther & Sons, strike, weavers first to return in Marsden area.
1892. HEW 27 Aug: Crowther & Sons, fearnought fire £50 damage.
1894. HEW 17 Feb: James Crowther and Sons, treat in Harp Inn, Slaithwaite.
1895. HEW 9: James Crowther and Sons, tea party and ball at Harp Inn, Slaithwaite,.
YFT 13 Dec: J.R.Crowther, electric light installed.
1896. YFT 29 Mar: new shed, engine and boiler house.
1897. HEW 16 Jan, YFT 1 Jan, 15 Jan: James Crowther & Sons, David Pogson (33) healder and twister, killed by flying shuttle. Dobcross loom 70-80 picks/minute, Ephraim Sykes weaver says one not flown out for weeks. Mr Prior, factory inspector says some weavers thought guards interfered with work.
1900 YFT 9 Nov: Pogson & Co. Plans passed for new engine house.
1901 HEW 19 Jan: Schofield & Naylor, giving up, dyeing plant etc to be sold.
1910. YTD: S.&.C.Firth, 50 looms.

158. HOLME MILL (Golcar)
1865 HC 3 Jun: to be sold, mill, horiz 25hp steam engine made by Low Moor iron Co, newly constructed 80hp boiler only set about six or seven weeks by Taylor & Hirst, ironfounders, Marsden. Two storeysx15x14 yards, between Colne and canal. Finishing machinery may be had at valuation, leases from Radcliffe, 1861, 1864. Occupied by Calverley & Beaumont; Thos Hirst & Son; Wm Hirst.
1866. HE 27 Jan: machinery To be sold.
1881. Directory: Robert Taylor & Co.
1882. HEW 23 Aug:Taylor & Co rag machine fire.
1883 HEW 23 Jun: Holme Mill, Milnsbridge, scribbling machinery ets to be sold, on premises of Joshua Barrowclough, waste opener.
1885. HEW 31 Jan: Robert Taylor & Co. fire in mungo and cotton in fearnought in 4 storey x 10 x 2 window mill. Mill gutted, £7,000 damage.
1891. HEW 18 Aug: et. seq. weavers’ strike. 60 looms, 190 hands affected.
1896. HEW 7 Mar: Taylor & Co. weaving shed and 70 looms, fire, £2000 damage.
1900. HEW 10 Feb: to be sold.
1908 HEW 18 Jan: Robert Taylor obit (70), founded Taylor & Co. with D J Whitwam. Retired c.1899.
HEW 30 May: Holme Mill, Milnsbridge, Colne Vale Rd, (adjacent to river), to be sold, formerly occupied Titus Calverly & Sons, finishing mill.
1909 YFT 8 Apr: Holme Mill, Milnsbridge, J Lockwood & Son, nightwork stopped.
1910. YTD: Hirst Bros/ Jabez Shaw, woollen spinner, 528 spindles.
1913 HEW 17 May: Hirst Bros, retiring from business, machinery to be sold.

158.(b) HOLME MILL (Bradley)
1866 HC 16 Jun: to be sold, Cooper Bridge, Joshua Stoney’s assignment, two storey scribbling mill, 26 feet long, capable of supporting two other storeys, 8 hp low pressure boiler, weaving sheds, 81×67 feet, in good repair and excellent site for large woollen or cotton mill. Adjoins tow path of Calder, for water supply and navigable for conveyance of coal and merchandise by canal and river boats.

1869. HC,HE 13 Nov: John Hirst (yarn spinner) sale, 3 storey mill burnt down £2,500. Owned by Mrs Floyd of sands House, Holmfirth.
1870. HE 22 Jan: Ditto. salvage includes horizontal engine, slightly damaged.
1881 HC 8 Oct: John Seddon occupier. To be sold.
1882. HEW 29 Apr: John Seddon assignees, To be sold mechanics tools, wool waste and stock etc.
HEW 3 Jun: John Seddon, To be sold, “recently erected” (within last 7 years).
1883. HEW 4 Aug: S.Wimpenny & Son, To be let.
HEW 1 Oct: John Seddon.To be sold ‘a short distance from the local collieries’.
1886 HEW 26 Dec: Fulstone local board – Thorpe & Tinker write to complain of choked drain near mill.
1900 YFT 16 Feb: Taylor & Co. retiring
1903. W 9 Feb: Shaw, Rayner & Sons, woollen spinners, fire, teazing machine – £200 damage.
1905. HEW 1 Apr: to be let.
1907 HExp 9 Feb: Shaw, Rayner & Sykes, spinners, fire. Mill adjacent to Kirkbridge Mill, whose whistle sounds alarm. £150 damage.
1910. YTD: Shaw, Rayner & Sykes, commission, angola and drugget, 2,780 spindles.

159.(a) HOLME STYES MILL (Holmfirth)
1873 HEW 20, 27 Dec: to be sold, with valuable waterfall. Near to reservoir, first premises on stream. Also Jack Wood Bottom wood. Occ Jos Beaumont.

160. HOLMBRIDGE MILL (Holmbridge)
Ancient fulling mill.
1800. RCHM (YTM p.24) plan. Ben. Garside’s mill, fulling and scribbling ‘Ingens’.
1823. rebuilding of ancient mill.Factory Commissioners report.
1834. Factory Commissioners report, James Barber & Co..
1853. HC 3 Sep: John Barber of Holmebridge Mill, elected director of Holme reservoirs.
1855. HC 24 Nov: John Battye, employed by Barber, killed at Hinchliffe Mill by cart running over his head when leading coals.
1856 HC 17 May: Messrs Barber, 10 May, treat for workpeople at mill and dyehouse (Messrs Midgley) to celebrate the peace. Dyehouse across road from mill. Flag representing England, France, Turkey and Sardinia. Transparency exhibited from mill.
1857 HC 5 Sep: fire in stove. Roof falls in, considerable damge but put out before ‘Unity’ engine arrives.
1858 HC 21 Aug: treat for 100 excursion to Liverpool, join 700 ‘trippers’ from Thongsbridge mills.
1859. HC 22 Jan: Joshua Barber & Sons, treat for 164 at New Inn, Hinchliffe Mill.
1863. HC 29 Aug: John Barber, of Joshua Barber & Sons, second daughter marries George, son of David Brook, manufacturer of Springbank House. Treat for 100 men and 60 females at New Inn, Hinchliffe Mill on Saturday and Tuesday. Brook also hold treat for his workhands.
1864 HC 15 Oct: Barber dispute with weavers over fines for lateness. Workers represented in court by W P Roberts. Ordered to take offending notice down.
HC 12 Nov: James Turner Prince, commercial traveller, accused of embezzling over £150 from firm. Travelled to London and Bristol. Failed to hand sums from customers over. In October 1863 absconded. Bail refused committed to assizes.
1865 HC 24 Jun: Young woman named Thewlis, 30, arm caught in wheel of condensing machine.
1866 HC 16 Jun: subscription scheme for Holmfirth fire engine not happened but Barbers have own. Competition with engine of Turner, Bridge Mill. Engine proves superior. Made on premises by own mechanic Robert Bentley.
1872. HEW 16 Mar: extensive alterations to machinery, obsolete to be sold.
HEW Jul- Aug passim: Holmfirth weavers strike.
1886. HEW 13 Feb: Joshua Barber & Sons machinery To be sold.
HEW 17 April, 24 Apr: Joshua Barber & Sons weaving and finishing sheds, steam engine (16hp by Botton, Kirk & Ramsden) and boiler (Taylors 30×8 feet), Bells fuel economiser.
1897 HEW 16 Oct: Barber, sale of machinery, lease expires in December.
1901 HExp 19 Jan: W.H.& J. Barber, mill treat, Cllr Barber JP. ‘happy relationship existing between firm and the workpeople’.
HEW 15 Jun: Mill To be let, 4 storeys(plus attic)x 93x 39 feet.
1910. YTD: W.H.& J. Barber, fancy worsted and trouserings.

161. HOLMFIRTH OLD MILL (Holmfirth)
Ancient soke mills farmed by Allotts of Bilham Grange. (Moorhouse)
1784. LM 20 Apr: “Crown Mills”, corn and fulling, John Fallas of Wood, clothier.
1786. Rebuilt, Factory Commissioners report.
1804. John Fallas sells to John & George Gartside.
1819. Rebuilt.Factory Commissioners report.
1834. Factory Commissioners report, John & George Gartside.
1844. LM 14 Dec: George Gartside obit, mills for sale “several spacious rooms of recent erection…a very considerable enlargement of scribbling mill now in progress.”
IBJ 11 Dec: …I came to Holmftrth, and calld to settle an account with Joshua Moorhouse. Mr. Harpin was there. Mr. Moorhouse wanted to let the late Mr. Gartsides Mill he said they would let it very low to a respectable tenant. there are 5 Billies, Stocks to run about 11 or 12 pieces, plenty of room for Mules etc etc, with a 25 Horse Engine, and they are going to put two Water Wheels in 8ft each in breadth. I did not say much to him about it, but I have no doubt it might be taken cheap, to do us good. We are jumbled enough as we are in out partnership and if and if we had another Mill we should only be more so. We had a good deal to say about the best principle of constructing Water Wheels. Mr. Harpin said he had studied the subject thoroughly and he said the Wheel ought to be so broad that the Buckets ought to not to be above one third full of water, that it ought to be laid on at 11 o’clock, and the velocity of the wheel should not exceed 4ft a second. I found although Mr. Harpin said he had “studied the subject thoroughly” he could not lay down any just principle by which to calculate the comparative powers of the various kinds of Wheels.
1845 IBJ . Charles and I had appointed to go to Mrs. Gartsides to meet Mr. Joshua Moorhouse about the Mill to night, so I could not stop at School, I left about 7 o’clock. Charles was gone over to Wash Pit with some goods to Hinchliffs and was to meet me at Kippax’s but was not come when I got down so I went forward. Mr. Moorhouse had been waiting some time and had left to attend a meeting in the vestry, they sent for him in, we talk’d the Mill over, stated what they should do towards putting it into good repair etc, they were to finish the building of the Mill which was began Making it 4 Stories high and the Attic, put another new Wheel in which was ordered, make the Pen troughs, put a new Boiler for Steam power etc. The Machinery was valued at about £1000 we said it should be worth that when replaced in the New Mill, we ask’d Joshua what the lowest rent was they had thought of taking, he said £440. Charles said he should talk of £400 or under and then we could make him an offer. We got Supper with them, we said we might as well tell him what we intended to give at once he said yes., I said £400, he said there was another party in the field, we said it did not influence us. Mr. Joshua said was that our ultimatum then I said yes. He said they would give us an answer the following night if we were down. As we came home Charles said he was afraid they would not take it, I thought they perhaps might, and he said so to. He said John Hinchliffe had told him we ought not to miss it, it would not be dear at £450.
Jan 3 I felt rather uneasy to day for fear they would go and let the Mill without giving us another chance though I thought again they would not. Charles was at Huddfd today as one of the deputation to the Manufacturers of Huddfd respecting the Inspector for preventing Embezzlement. I set of for Holmfirth as soon as I could leave after Tea to know the result of oJ offer. I went to White Hart Charles was not come, then I went direct to Joshua Moorhouse he said as soon as I saw him, well I suppose we were to consider your offer last night as your ultimatum, I said I did not expect you entering into a treaty with any other party until we had had your refusal, he said he thought we should go no further and they had refused our offer and he expected they had settled with Nathan Thewlis by then but if I would rather he would step over and see, I said I would, I said I had no idea they would enter into treaty with another party until we say them. He went over, and when he came back from Mrs. Gartsides he said it was done, he almost expected it would be, I felt sadly vex’d and disappointed. I told Joshua they had not behaved fair to us, especially as the Sealed offer which Nathan said he had in his pocket was just the same as ours, I said they had given the other party a chance of advancing on their offer but they had not given us one. Nathan had been both leter and taker.
1848. Directory.
1852. HC 7 Feb: Flood. Nathan Thewlis & Co. very great destruction damstones destroyed. ‘lately the property of Mr Charlesworth. In consequence of a dispute concerning the height of a dam the owner suffered an imprisonment of 29 years duration and after his liberation the cause was tried and his view of the dispute which led to that long imprisonment found to be correct. Now however al the cause for the dispute is ended and the mill has sustained damage to the amount of £6,000’
1855 HC 28 Apr: Holmfirth Mill, treat for 70 in mill, ‘inauguration of new tenants.’
HC 8 Dec: Thewlis & Co now tenants. Fire in engine house, upper story converted into stove. Church bell rung, ‘Unity’ engine soon arrives. Still wind helps them prevent spread of fire.
1859. HC 24 Dec: Nathan Thewlis & Co, scribbling and fulling millers, partnership dissolved ‘by effluxion of time’. George Thewlis, Rock House, Holmfirth, Nathan Thewlis, Richard Bower, Robert Ramsden, Joshua Hoyle, Henry Bower, James Barrow [sic], William Bower, Joanthan Bower, Jonas Bower.
1864 HC 4 Jun: Jonathan Thorpe, fire, Sunday, in next to top room occupied by John Hinchliffe of Netherthong, inhabitants and Holmfirth brigade put it out, using water from small dam behind the mill, serious damage to scribblers.
HC 11 Jun, 25 Jun: Meeting at Elephant & Castle about need for fire engine. Only ‘Unity’ at New Mill to cover all area. Calculated that £2,000 p.a spent on insurance. If no fire in five years £10,000 epended, enough to build and furnish a large mill.
HC 2 Jul: Meeting of manufacturers resolves to subscribe £1 per billy towards engine.
1868. HE 8 Aug: Fire.
HE 28 Nov: Jonathan Thorpe fatal accident, Geo Morton 63, engine cleaner, killed by shaft.
1872 HC 4 May: three year old girl falls into ‘seak pit’ adjoining mill. Seak being waste liquid from mill, including vitriol and other compounds.Pulled out by workman. In a precarious state.
1874. HEW 25 Apr: Jos Hoyle, fire tenter, 26, greasing shaft in fulling room, leg trapped by tappet whell, may have to be amputated.
HEW 11 Jul: Jonathan Thorp & Sons occupier, to be let,(Thorpe moves to Dobroyd Mill).
1877 HEW 6 Oct: Holmfirth Mill, finishing and spinning machinery to be sold due to that part of mill being let as corn mill.
1885 HEW 31 Jan: Six lbs of brass stolen from mill, property of Miss A.E. Garside.
HEW 16 May: old dyehouse, Holmfirth Mill, 14 year old boy keeps pigeons in loft. Falls down ladder and knocked unconscious. Should recover.
1888. HEW 2 Jun: James Watkinson and Son present occupier, to be let, part three storeys ‘newly erected and well lighted’, with steam engine and water wheel and portion of old mill.
HEW 17 Nov: late George Garside. Machinery to be sold.
1891. HEW 21 Mar: W.H. &.J. Barber, offence against factory act, employing young persons after hours.
1897. HEW 9 Oct: J.T.Barber, tenancy expires in December.
HEW 23 Oct: machinery to be sold.
1911 HExp. 4 Mar: To Let, large mill and dyehouse, also one room in new end of Holmfirth Mills, apply W.Sykes & Son or Wm Brown, architect.
1921 HEW 14 Jan: Towngate improvement scheme – part of new road across corner of Holmfirth Mill dam ‘The old buildings revealed by the demolition of the shops opposite the White Hart Hotel have a decidedly picturesque appearance’
1928 HEW 23 Jun: Bought by Holmfirth UDC for £2,600.
1934 HExp 30 Oct: Demolished.
1936 HEW 1 Aug: Chimney of mill attached to what was old soke mill felled, using pit prop method.

162. HONLEY MILL (Honley)
1770. Corn Mill appears on Jeffries Map.
1788. Honley Enclosure Map.
1805. Dartmouth Terrier. ‘ Large water corn and scribbling mill with a dwelling house and sundry other buildings. Lord Dartmouth gave £400 towards building of it,’ lease expires 1824.
1828. LM 25 Oct: debtors court, Sarah Thornton, scribbling miller, Honley.
Terrier. Thornton & Co. water corn and scribbling mill of three floors driven by water wheel driving three pair of stones. Now Isaac Dickinson @ £120 year.
1829. Ibid. Nov. Isaac Dickinson was allowed £58.10.0. for putting the mill into tenantable repair.
LM 4 Apr: Honley Mill for sale. Three 48in scribbling engines: one 62in, three 30in carding engines, three 50 spindle billies, teazer, plucker, millstones and variety of other articles suitable for scribbling and corn millers with two stacks of hay, a cart and horse, gears etc.
1832. Ibid. Armitage & Dickinson having failed, the mill in a delapidated state.
[William Armitage, of Skelmanthorpe, obit 1876 ae 68, learnt corn milling with uncles at Cawthorne, when Honley business failed, miller at Shorefoot mill of Thos Varley. Strike of millers for reduction from 13 to 12 hour day. Later shopkeeper]
1833. Ibid. repaired at the expense of £250.
1834. Ibid. June: let to Thomas Hinchcliffe & John Heap for 14 years from Mayday at rent of £125, ‘they doing all the repairs and leaving the same in good repair at the end of the term and also leaving the waterwheel, the upright and going gears, the shuttles and all other work in and about the mill which have been lately done at the said earl’s expense.’
1836. HG 6 Feb: Hincliffe & Heap Offence against Factory Act. Irregularly keeping time books. working children without medical certificates. Overworking children under 11 years of age. Hinchliffe admits charges. inspector Bates says he will not press for conviction on first two charges but it was ‘his bounden duty for the protection of children’ to press for penalty on the third. Fined 20s. + 20s.6d. costs. Magistrates say they will be harsher if he appears again. Fines given by magistrates to Honley Church Sunday School.
1841. LM 12 Jun: Tom Hinchliffe of Honley and John Heap of Oldfield, scribbling and fulling millers, dissolution of partnership.
1848. 1828,Terrier. Steam Engine 12hp, waterwheel the same. Coals, cart, about 100 a year.
1849. LM 7 Apr: Hinchliffe & Bros. fire in wool stove. Extinguished by D.Shaw’s engine before Brooke’s arrives. Damages less than £100.
1850. LM 16 Nov: Jos. Hinchliffe scribbler and spinner, Old Mill, Honley, prosecuted for possesion of 900lbs of woollen waste he was unable to account for. Mill entered without warrant by Inspector Kaye, sub-inspector Earnshaw and Constable Taylor. Waste found in top room, in billy gait of second room and in engine house. Coppins, willey locks, runnings off and shoddy – attempt to burn it before taken away. Defendent says waste ‘teazing muck’ which he was allowed to keep. Noah Taylor, partner says wool justifiably retained. prosecution produces manufacturers who identify waste as their own and that it was custom of trade to return waste with wool scribbled or spun. Tom Brooke of John Brooke & Sons appears for defence and says Hinchliffe always returned right amount of waste when he did work for them – they did not require return of willey-lock. Fined £20 but magistrates refuse to prosecute his partners.
1852. HC 7 Feb: Flood. B.Mellor [?].
HE 23 Oct:trade bad, mill recently changed hands.
1853 HC 3 Dec: flood due to heavy rain and snow on hills.
1856. HC 24 May: Thomas Brook, Honley Mill, James and William Bean leading coal to mill from truck at Station steal 3cwt. John Laycock engine foreman at mills denies giving them permission to take coal on condition it was replaced later. Wm Bean, 14 days in Wakefield.
1864 HC 9 Apr: Jos Pontefract, Honley Mill, daughter, Emily, 5, obit.
1865 HC 15 Apr: evasion of toll at Honley gate by using private road through field near mill.
1871. HC 21 Jan: Dean & Hey, ‘Honley Old Mill’, treat at Coach & Horses.
HE 21 Mar: Jos Pontefract bankrupt, sale of yarn.
HC 11 Nov: George Chambers, 11, reacher-in, thumb crushed by cogs.
1872. HC 23 Mar: Eliza Taylor, factory hand, sentenced to one months imprisonment for stealing coal in her apron from mill yard. Seen entering with her daughter by PC H Yates.
1872 HC 27 Jul: Dean & Hey, trip to Scarborough.
1877. HWN 5 May: to be let, 4 condensors and mules.
1885 HEW 8 Aug: B. Vickerman & Sons, Taylor Hill and Honley Mills, workers trip, 600 go to Blackpool.
1896 HEW 14 Nov: Lockwood & Avison. Mill used for show of Honley and Distruct Fanciers’ Society, 500 exhibits of poultry, rabbits etc..
1903 HEW 17 Jan: Ellis Lockwood & Sons, corn millers, Old Corn Mill, sue Newsome farmer for non-payment for Indian corn and bean meal delivered.
Ibid. Garnet Ellis Lockwood, brother of Thomas, corn miller, both of Horbury Cottage, Honley, crushed to death in meal machine. Caught in cogs. Clerk, Ben Littlewood of Woodroyd finds him.

163. INGS MILL (Clayton West)
1906 HEW 23 Oct: Wm Coldwell in liquidation, to be sold, worsted weaving plant, and mill, weaving shed, boiler house, office, warehouse, chimney 20 yards high, J J Horsfield boiler (1889), horizontal high pressure steam engine, Scofield & Taylor 1889.

164. ING NOOK MILL (New Mill)
1780. Crump. First scribbling engine in area.
1833. Child Employment Enquiry, Hinchliffe.
1837. HG 8 Apr: William Chadwick killed by being caught in strap of scribbler.
1842. General Strike.
1843. KC 315: Jonas Beardsell mortgages shares in mill to Armitage Bros.
1848. Directory,Hinchliffe, Beardsell & Cuttell.
1849. LM 6 Jan: J.Hinchliffe, Abel Cuttell and assignees of Jonas Beardsell, to be sold, five twelths shares in mill, also spinning machinery. Rent £150.
1854. HE 25 Nov: Jn Hinchliffe occupier, Hezekiah Tinker owner, to be let.
1857. HE 11 Apr: Hezekiah Tinker to be sold, steam engine. 2 May: fulling and scribbling mill to let, 3 scribblers, 3 carders, 5 fulling stocks, steam and water power.
1859. HE 22 Jan: accident – child of John Day, engineer, falls down plug hole in dyehouse.
1861 HC 2 Nov: suicide in dam, Joseph Day, 15, sees man jump in near shuttle, his brother, John says it took an hour to let water off. Idenitity of deceased unknown.
1868. HE 8 Aug: Eli Moorhouse, fire.
1870 HE 15 Oct: fire, £100 damage. HC 22 Oct: damage now estimated at £400.
1883. HEW 16 Jun: To be sold, Eli Moorhouse & Sons tenant.
1888 HEW 8 Dec: Eli Moorhouse, obit (68). Started as worker. Born Hunger Hill.
1890. HEW 15 Feb: Eli Moorhouse deceased, raw materials, stock etc. to be sold.
1896. HEW 31 Oct: to be sold with Grove House: 14 Nov: details, beam engine 30 inch cylinder,5 foot stroke, 18 foot 9 inch beam. water wheel 17 foot diameter, 5 foot wide. 21 Nov. machinery. [see Glendale Mill]

165. INKERMAN MILL (Denby Dale)
1883 HEW 23 Jun: Inkerman estate, numerous lots including three storey plus attic woollen mill, warehouse, dyehouse, engine and engine house etc.
1886. HEW 14 Aug: James Peace machinery and fittings To be sold.
1899 HEW 4 Feb: J Brownhill & Co., treat for 200, also Springfield Mills, Denby Dale.
1903 HEW 28 Mar: John Brownhill, obit, 67, b. Upper Cumberworth, ae 8 piecer Wood & Walkers, well read self educated man, 1862, to Bingley, 1869, builds mill at Denby Dale, Liberal and Wesleyan. Most of Denby Dale closed for funeral.

166. ISTHMUS MILL (Folly Hall)
1863. HE 1Aug: premises of Sam Hiley, Sam Ibeson, rag grinding room fire. machine cost £30. Hiley’s machines also damaged. [HEW 5 Jan 1907: Ashton Hiley, obit, born 1839, son of Sam Hiley, cloth finisher, Isthmus Mill , later traveller for Martins, Wellington Mill]
HC 10 Oct: Ibeson, machinery to be sold distraint for rent.
HC 31 Oct: room and power.
1871. HC 4 Nov: John Dyson cloth dresser obit, machinery To be sold.
1872. HEW 27 Apr: James Armitage &.Co room and power..
1873. HEW 4Oct: Thomas Roberts creditors meeting, £953 liabilities.
1875. HEW 23 Jan: Wm Lee & Co. treat at Victoria Hotel.
1876. HEW 15 Jan: Wm Lee & Co. treat for 100 (also Britannia Mill).
1879. HEW 9 Aug: Messrs Harrop & Co To be sold, 14hp steam engine.
1891. HEW 11 Apr: to be sold, shed for 40 looms.
1892. HEW 16 Jul: F.Eastwood & Co. machinery to be sold.
1896. HEW, YFT 21 Feb: Peel and Dyson, commenced 1894, weavers’ dispute.
1897. HEW 15 Jan: Farnley Bros, sued for possesion of perpetual machine value £16, part of mill let to Dyson & Hall who hired machine from L.G. Shaw, dyer and finisher.
1900. Hirst & Dyson move to Greenside mill.
1905 HEW 14 Oct: to be sold.

167. JACKSON BRIDGE MILL (Jackson Bridge)
1790. WCR 15 Jan: William Shackleton of Wakefield (1), Henry Lee of East Moor Wakefield (2), John Booth corn miller of Jackson Bridge (3), James Milnes of Wakefield (4). Wm. Shackleton, Henry Lee, and John Booth, surrendered the house, corn mill and drying kiln with a small close of land called Holt Holm adjoining the mill, to the use of James Milnes. [Shackleton and Lee were presumably the original mortgagees, Milnes bought the mortgage from them].
1856 HC 12 Apr: J Holmes & Sons, supper for workpeople.
1861. HC 11 May: James Holmes & Sons, mules To be sold, cheap, lease expires in October.
HE 11 May: to be let, 2 mills adjoining each other, old mill 4 storeys by 45 by 33, New mill 4 storeys by 60 by 21 feet. ‘never failing supply of spring water’ 4 billies, 6 double fulling stocks. Chris Moorhouse and Co, Scholes.
1863 HC 7 Nov: to be sold, fourth part shares in fulling, scribbling and spinning mills, 29 foot WW, 28 foot fall. ‘Coal is abundant and close at hand,; the water plentiful and the district well supplied with skilled labour.’
HC 14 Nov: Christopher Moorhouse, warrant of distress issued by Directors of Holme reservoirs for £8.8s.3d, rate for mills.
1864 LM 2 Jan: To be let, with immediate possession., large mill 49×34 inside, 4 storeys, other 60×21 ½ feet, 4 storeys, 14 hp steam engine, wheel 28 feet fall., water supplied by Boshaw reservoir, Staley Royd Dikes and artesian wells, ‘the district is well supplied with skilled labourers.’ apply George Tinker & Son, Holmfirth auctioneers.
HC 9 Jul: ‘in consequence of the place being re-let and pursuant to an arrangement with the lessees.’, scribbling, spinning and fulling machinery to be sold.
1879. HEW 5 Jul: Allison & Exley To be let ‘situate near local collieries’.
HEW 15 Nov: machinery To be sold.
1881. Directory:
1888 HEW 19 May: sale, fitted dyehouse, large storage reservoirs, one supplied from artesian well, steam engine, boiler, water wheel, 28’ fall, vacant land suitable for expansion.
1937 Only chimney remains. Once known as ‘Jigby Mill’ formerly owned by Daniel Heap.

167 (a).JOHNNY MILL (Meltham)
1907 W 16 Mar: hoist accident.

167 (b) JUMBLE MILL (Cloughlee Mill) (Marsden)
1807 LM 10 Jan: William Heywood the Elder, bankrupt, tenant right in cotton mill dating from 1805. Steam engine and cotton machinery to be sold. (see also Ingle, G ‘Yorkshire Cotton’)

168. JUNCTION MILL (Folly Hall)
1857 HE 9 May: Junction Mill, 6 hp steam engine, boiler, lathes turning tools to be sold.
1861 HC 26 Jan: John T Rhodes, cloth finisher, Norton’s patent tentering and stretching machine working and can be inspected. Drys 1,500 feet of cloth in ten hours.
1866 HC 7 Jul: JT Rhodes, cloth dresser George Boothroyd, Yew Green, scalded, may loose eyesight. Cleaning out 18 gallon barrel with steam when it explodes.
1873. HEW 31 May:J.T.Rhodes retiring, fulling and finishing machinery to be sold.
1881 HC 23 Jul: Finishing machinery to auction and mill for private sale, occupied Morely Bros et al.
1883 HC 18 Jun: Messrs Jos. Hirst and Co. Ltd, occupier, cloth finishing works to be sold.

169. KAYE’S FACTORY /Folly Hall Mills (Huddersfield)
See RCHM and biogs of Joseph Kaye in H.A.Haigh Old West Riding/ E Law Huddersfield Local History Society.
1826 Manchester Guardian 2 Jul: To let, five minutes walk from Huddersdield Market Place, ‘newly erected’ 4 story mill 23×17 yards, 30 hp engine, 300 yards from canal, coal cheap, enquiries Jos Kaye, Huddersfield.
1832/3 Building continued SC Inquiry on Commerce and Manufactures.
1832 Jan 14 Wakefield RD, indenture of assignment J. Kaye, builder; Henry Greenwood of Halifax Little Steps Close “…and all that…woollen mill, steam engine, millwright’s work, standing and going gear, stone and other buildings, engines and machinery erected and now standing…and hereafter to be erected upon the said…parcel of ground…and also all that large newly erected building intended to be used as a factory and for other purposes erected upon the said parcel…” (RCHM)
1837. HG 4 Mar: Ed Brook boy from Berry Brow killed by raising gig, leg severed from body.
Directory: Godfrey Berry/Gledhill & Crosland/Abraham Wilkinson.
1838 HG 9 Dec: Sykes & Battye/James Tyne & Son, both firms charged with offences against factory act.
1839. NS12 Jan: wind damage.
1844 LT 1 Jun, LM 8 Jun: FIRE: One o’clock Monday morning. In third storey, Kaye and son uses own engine. Flames shoot to fearful altitude, amd thrugh 240 windows of mill ‘in awful grandeur’. Woodwork in mill 30 yards away begins to burn. Engine turns on to that. L&Y engine doen’t arrive until 2.30, puts suction pipe in reservoir without rose and chokes engine with mud, 5.am before starts pouring water. Armitage Bros and Brooke’s engine arrive 3.00 and 3.30am. Kaye slightly injured in fall from ladder. Boy arm injured by falling stone. Mill no. 1, “the walls left in a ruinous and tottering condition”. 6 stories high x 17 windows in length, (60 yeards by 20 yards). “..behind the mill destroyed, at a parallel of 20 yards distance, is another range of factories, six stories high”. “The valuable steam engine was saved with but little damage..”. “The estimated damage is £40,000 which is only covered by a partial insurance of £6,000. Mr. Kaye, in consequence, will be a sufferer in a serious amount, as one-third of the machinery, in addition to the building, was the property of that gentleman. The factory was let off in rooms for different manufacturing purposes…The sufferers from this unfortunate calamity are, in addition to Mr. Kaye, Messrs. George Mallinson & Sons (partially insured), merchants/ Mr. Thomas Nelson, manufacturer/ Mr. Joseph Armitage (partially insured) cloth finisher / Mr. Edwin Lunn, ditto /Mr. Joshua Hanson, country jobber/ Messrs. James Tyne & Sons,ditto / Messrs. Leonard and Marsden, mfrs /Godfrey Berry, Jun, ditto”. 600 men women and children thrown out of work. Kayes premises cover three acres, another 6 storey anmd two five storey mills on site, plus workshops, dyehouses, teasing mill etc.. ‘One of the most disastrous fires…that ever occurred in Huddersfield.’(LT)
LT 22 Jun: Kaye’s losses £18,000 determined to build fireproof mill by January.Demolition begins as soon as cold. Weds walls collapse onto stove and reservoir but 30 workmen ‘chiefly Irish’ sheltering from rain at time.
1846. LM 14 Feb:G.Lunn, cloth dressers, introduces 11 hours.
1848. 9 Tenants. LM Nov: Jos Bannister cotton spinner banked.
1849 LM 22 Sep: Wm Crossland and Joshua Hanson, yarn spinners, offence against Factory Act, girls in detached building unconnected by any mechanical means preparing yarn for packing. Fine £1 on each charge.
1850. ?Ben Thornton bankrupt: machinery to be sold.
1852. HC 6 Mar: Thos Swift, trustees, machinery to be sold.
HE 1 May: machinery to be sold.
1854. HE 7 Jan: Cockroft & Lumb cloth dressers. treat.
HE 21 Jan: Aston cloth dressers. treat.
HE 25 Mar: accident. Tom Carney,17, arm caught in plucking machine – amputated
HE 12 Aug: Jos Hanson & Bro machinery to be sold including 20-30 broad powerlooms (by S,K&M) and jacquards.
HE 2 dec: George Heaton summons for wages by weaver.
1855. HC 31 Mar: George Heaton, formerly woollen manufacturer, Folly Hall Mills, bankrupt.
HC 12 May: J.T.Rhodes, cloth finisher, treat for 50. Wm Crosland, manufacturer, Folly Hall Mills in chair. toast to United Armies and Navies of England and France.’
HC 19 May: Cockroft & Lumb, seven pieces, three of them ‘of extra quality’, stolen.
HC 26 May, 2,9 Jun: oiler, Ben Allen Haigh, charged with stealing 559lbs shoddy waste. Had access to all parts of mill. Belonged to Geo Mallinson, Linthwaite. Claims that since he was not in possession of waste, which was with man he allegedly sold it to, he could not be held to account. £20 fine.
HC 7 Jul: room and power: apply Joseph Kaye.
1856. HE 12 Jan: Johnson cotton manufacturer: treat:60 females 30 males.
HE 12 Jul: Earnshaw & Cliffe machine tools to be sold.
HC 20 Aug: scribbling mills: 18 Oct: machinery to be sold.
HC 25 Oct: Wm Crosland & Co, rent room and power. Allen Chapell, engine tenter, witnesses theft of 9lbs dyed wool by John Makin, cap maker. Six months hard labour.
HE,HC 1 Nov (Second edition) 8 Nov. FIRE, No.3, middle mill. Plan. Loss £12-15,000, 260 out of work. -Mallinson/Shaw, occupy No 1 mill begun 1825 suspended due to crash, completed 1827, largest in district burnt down in 1844, partially insured. Rebuilt on fire proof principle, ‘old mill’. H.H.Crossland/Marsden/LockwoodBros&Co.occupy No.3 mill/E.Mellor/ James Shaw, middle mill. No 2 mill built 1833, 6st x 60x 14 yards. Leeds & Yorkshire engine attrends.
HC 6 Dec: Embezzlement case arising from theft of Crosland’s wool and information from John Makin against Absalom Lockwood, manufacturer, capmaker and clothes dealer of Market Walk. Material worth £50-60. Crosland and his dyer witnesses.
(John Makin receives pardon HC 21 Feb 1857)
1857. HE 7 Nov: Fire.
1858. HC 20 Feb: John Best, overlooker for Jos Schofield at Folly Hall Mill, assaulted by Thomas Taylor.
HE 27 Feb: Joseph Kaye OBIT. (See Biography ‘Builder of Huddersfield’ E Law.)
HE 3 Apr: room and power.
1859. HC 21 May: George Dyson, journeyman fulling miller carrying on business at Folly hall Jan 1852 – May 1859, insolvent debtor..
HC 24 Sept: room and power.
1860. HC 2 Jun: A & J Ogden dissolving partnership, cotton machinery No.5 and 6 rooms for sale, self acting twiners by Bottomley, Schofield & Co.
HE 2 Jun: cotton machinery to be sold.
HE 3 Nov: George Mitchell cotton manufacturer: summons for wages: strike.
HE, HC 3 Nov: accident:locals use hot water from steam pipe: girl caught in shafting, only 4foot above ground and unfenced.
HE 15 Dec: fire in scribbling machine in second floor occupied by Marsden, L&Y engine put it out.
1861. HC 5 Jan: Mark Hardisty and Charles Green, manufacturers and scribblers Folly Hall Mills, partnership dissolved, also at Longwood.
HC 8 Jun: accident, John Seswick has room with rag grinder. Smock caught while putting strap on drum. Neck broken.
1862. HC 12 Apr: cotton machinery to be sold.
HC 19 Apr: scribbling machinery to be sold on premises of Messrs Riley’s under an assignment for rent.’
HC 7 Jun: Improvement Commissioners’ meeting, north chimney still causing smoke nuisance. South chimney average.
1862. HC 13 Sep: Wm Henry Kaye, only surviving son of the late Jos Kaye, ‘builder, brewer and owner of the Folly-hall Mills.’ dies in Weisbaden where he had gone ten weeks ago for the waters. Age 43.
1863 HC 3 Jan: William Brierley, ex soldier, fall into hot water cistern while melting grease in can, badly scalded.
HC 26 Sep: Liddell, Bennet & Martin, John Bottomley, Netherton, dyer, killed by fall into boiling vat.
ibid. Patrick Martin, Edgerton, robbed by domestic servent.
ibid. Michael Thorp, Paddock, engine tenter, indecent assault of Mary Mellor, 17, cotton winder. Mellor took dinners into boiler house to warm and Thorpe came in and threw her down and took indecent liberties. £1 fine.
HC 26 Dec: Jordan & Sykes, second storey of old mill, scribbler, billy, mules to be sold.
1864. HC 17 Sep: dyehouse to be let.
1865. HE 25 Mar: machinery to be sold.
HC 22 Jul: Amos Senior charged by new Factory Inspector W H Beadon for employing children unregistered etc. Most of charges withdrawn – would have amounted to £50, Beadon does not want to be punitive.
HC 5 Aug: Executors of Jos Kaye, tenders for ‘a continuous supply of from Fifty to Sixty Tons per Week (more or less) of Engine Coal, of good quality, delivered at Folly Hall Mills..’
HC 16 Sep: Rockley Berry, giving up scribbling and spinning, machinery to be sold.
HE 16 Sep: fire. HE 14 Oct: fire.
HC 14 Oct: Thomas Henry Hirst, Primrose Hill, smock sleeve drawn into rag machine. Arm badly lacerated. In Infirmary.
1866. HC 27 Jan: Hardisty & Broadbent, woollen machinery and effects to be sold.
HC 10 Mar: John Marsden, cotton manufacturer, Folly Hall, Mary Ann Broderick, hand caught in jenny.
HE 31 Mar: machinery to be sold in top room.
HE 4 Aug:John Henry Bower/Henry Pogson occupiers: theft of cotton cops from former by spinner. Michael Thorp, engineer at mills a witness.
HC 24 Nov: Flooded.
1867. HC 5 Jan: ‘Kaye’s Factory’, second storey, Nathaniel Berry, power looms for sale.
HC 6 Jul: Priestly: accident.
HC 14 Sep:Henry Swallow bankrupt.
HC 7 Dec: JH Wilkinson & Co. top room, scriblling et al machinery to be sold.
1869. HC 1 May:Berry & Turner summons 3 weavers for leaving work.
HC 7 Aug: machinery to be sold.
HE 28 Aug: Amos Senior, machinery to be sold.
HC 13 Nov:accident: J Blamires, spinner, James Sutcliffe, scribbler cleaning teasing machine whilst in motion. Drawn in and killed.
1870. HE 21 May: Kaye’s executors summonsed for smoke nuisance.
HE 23 Jul: Jos Hirst (Wilshaw) introduces hour earlier stoppage on Saturdays for his finishers.
HC 24 Sep: Alderman Day at Town Council, says he is an executor of Kaye who has been summonsed. Doing all they can to abate smoke from Folly Hall chimneys. One chimney with three boilers they had succeded in reducing dense smoke. Obtained apparatus for other chimney. Alderman Sykes says penalty should be on stokers as well.
1871. HED 20 Feb: Bowker & Drake, cloth finishing machinery to be sold.
1871 HC 8 Apr: Mark Burgess and John Calverly, stokers, fined for indecently assaulting Elizabeth Shelton in mill yard., ‘behaved in a most indecent manner’.
HC 21 Oct: Walter Turner, presser, hand crushed by iron press plate.
1872. HEW 4 May: to be sold.
HEW 18 May: to be sold:”25 Horse Mill”: 4 st 90 yard frontage to deadwaters, 12 to Lockwood road, stone staircase, water cistern on top, water plugs on each landing. Counting house etc. 25 hp engine on ashlar foundation.
“Fireproof” or “60 horse mill”, 6 storeys,fronting on R.Colne, staircase at either end, , water plug on landings, 40 yard chimney, drying stove with perforated iron floor, dyehouse, piece room, , 3 storey stove, two storey raising shop. Res 33×11 yards. Engine fixed on massive ashlar foundations. Three boilers, Hopkinsons valves etc… .
Occ: Ben Earnshaw/Blamires/ Greenwood/Pogson/Eastwood/ Roberts/Senior.
Occ: Jos Hirst/ John Bowker & Co/ John Blamires/ James Brook/ Martin Marsden Execs/ Jos Lumb & Sons/ Robert Turner et al. Lockwood estate ground rent £42 and every 20 years renewal fine of £84.
“Centre” or “40 horse mill”. 6 Storeys. Weaving Factory, adjoining above, 5 storeys.
Occ: Butterworth & Co/Blamires/ Senior/Firth/Lumb & Sons.
Dyehouses, dwelling houses, piggeries etc.
‘The Executors of the late Joseph Kaye Esq, in offering the property so well known as “Kaye’s Factories” for sale by public auction feel that they are submitting to public competition such valuable mill property has as probably never been offered before in this district.’
HC 8 Jun: Centre or 40 horse mill, 5,482 sq yds (Lot 4) bought by Joseph Lumb for £7,700 and lot 5, dyehouses, 1,349 sq yds by Matthewman, £1,250. Lots 1,2 and 3 withdrawn because insufficient offered for them.
HEW 20 Jul: Floods, five or six feet deep around boilers, fires put out. 25 women and girls trapped in a room, rescued by carts.
Lumbs mill, men carry out 159 girls wading through water. £200 damages to machinery, furnaces choked with mud.
HEW 2 Nov: Geo Marsden’s, Mary Jane Saville, 15, piecer, falls from 5th floor while playing in dinner hour, friend throws tea from her can on boys below and she goes to look.. No broken bones.
HC 14; 21 Dec: ‘wanted twenty good power-loom weavers, male and female. regular employment. Wages for males 24s per week, for females 16s per week – apply to Allen Turner, Kaye’s Mills, Folly Hall – PS None need apply who are not thoroughly acquainted and can mange well Hutchinson and Hollingworth’s looms.’
Turner, foreman for Blamires. Dispute with weavers, Timothy Bates summonsed for breach of contract. Blamires had employed Wm Booth to implement some ‘important improvements.’ Weavers walk out They had since returned and completed their warps, but he charged them 5s for time standing.
1873 HEW 19 Apr: Sixty Horse Mill to be sold, also warehouse.
Manual fire engine by Hollins of Manchester to be sold.
HEW 26 Apr: Geo Wrigley, cotton spinners, Helm & Co, manufacturers Elland, send yarn to be doubled. First skep alright but others damaged. Cllr John Eccles, Aspley, to arbitrate.
1874. HEW 25 Apr: Edwin Firth Cotton machinery.
HEW 1 Aug: Saville Crowther occupier: Messrs Blamires occupier: to be let.
HEW 10 Oct: spinning machinery to be sold.
1876 HEW 18 Nov: Jesse Lumb, Huddersfield, patent, ‘improvements in spinning and twisting machinery’.
1877 HEW 15 Sep: Jos Lumb, smoke nuisance, EJ Kirk visits locality, ‘in consequence of the smoky state of the atmosphere in the neighbourhood of Folly Hall and Rashcliffe…’ on 29 Oct. Had cautioned fireman a few weeks previously. Large quantity of steam being drawn dense smoke unavoidable, Lumb not in office, would have taken steps to prevent black smoke and alterations being made. Bench says Kirk should ensure he spoke to employers in future. 5s fine.
1878 HEW 17 Aug: smoke nuisance ccase again. In defence say have spent more than £800 on improvements. Three boilers, smoke emitted for 18 minutes. Kirk says another boiler required. Firm denies they had promised to install one. £1 fine.
HEW 24 Aug: Letter compaining about small fines for this offense.
1879 HEW 3 May: Joseph Lumb obit ae 68, Gledholt Villa,Greenhead Road, son of William Lumb of Stainland, old style cloth manufacturer who gave up to take farm at Whiteley. Jos began 26 years ago at Aspley Mill as worsted spinner. Took Folly Hall 5-6 years ago, ‘flourished considerably’, due to worsted coating trade. Leaves widow, four sons and four daughters.
1883 HEW 3 Mar: Earnshaw Bros. machine and tool makers: partnership dissolved: machinery: stock: plant etc to be sold
1886 HEW 15 May: Jos Lumb & Sons, millwright painting inside roof of wool warehouse, falls off scaffolding. Employee member of St John’s renders first aid.
1890. HEW 16 Aug: H.&.E.Wrigley cotton spinners: removing to other premises: dispose of mills.
1890-91 Telephone Directory: Jos Lumb , Centre Mills, Folly Hall.
1891 HEW 11 Apr: Edward Lumb, son of late Joseph Lumb, yarn spinner, obit (38). Cricketer, one of four sons (Jesse, Wm, Joseph ) who took over after death of Joseph. Bought wool for firm at London sales, during cold weather there caught pleurisy.
HEW 31 Oct: Joseph Lumb & Co. new Ltd Co. 20:000 £10 share capital.
(For Lumb family see HED 23 Jul 1934)
1894. HEW 3 Mar: Lumb & Sons: blacksmith: John William Stringer (33) doing repairs at bottom of hoist well hit by cage. Compound fracture of arm.
HEW 15 Dec: Lumb & Co. accused by O. Balmforth of breaching Factory Act re children.
1896. HEW:YFT 16 Oct. Lumbs: new engine. Fitters from Bolton trying it out burnt when sewer gas from pump ignited by gas jets.
1898. HEW 15 Jun: Joseph Lumb and sons night shift practical joke on workmate in tug of war with with cat over river. Also see 1872 HEW 27 Jul: similar trick at Kings Bridge played on Denby Dale labourer.
1899. HEW 22 Jul: Lumbs: employing two girls under 16 without certificate.
1901. HEW 6 Jul: Jos. Lumbs’: feeder Louise Saville (23) cleaning machine in motion injured by drive wheel.
1905. HEW 25 Feb: Lumb. fatal hoist accident. Ivor Thorpe (15) killed.
1909 HEW 16 Oct: Lumb monoplane, built by Joe Lumb Jnr and engineers from mill at Sykes & Moorhouse, automobile manufacturers, Colne Rd. Ready for trials and competition at Blackpool
1910 YTD: Jos Lumb & Sons, worsted spinner (also Britannia Mill)
1912. W.6 Jul: Joseph Lumb & Sons: girls at centre mill join 50 boys: doffers: oilers: bobbin setters: takers off: working for firm at Britannia Mill for 1s. week demand.
HEW 28 Sep: Central Mill: 13 year old girl dies after accidently being pushed down steps as girls leaving.
1914 HDC 24 Jul: new shops erected in line with mill. Dangerous corner at Folly Hall end of St Thomas Rd removed.

170. KING’S MILL (Huddersfield)
Ancient corn mill.
1823. [DTJ] corn and scribbling, carding and slubbing machinery insured by Richard Scholes.
1853. White’s Directory. James North corn miller: James Taylor, scribbling and fulling miller.
1854. HC 2 Apr: James North’s flour manufactory. Shoddy, ‘heavy oily but scoured “gin ends”’ belonging to John Taylor of Golcar and some ‘good wool’ of John Taylor of Newsome and sheet of cotton of Joe Hirts, drying in stove. Spontaneously ignites. £50 damage.
1855 HC 21 Jul: James North, corn factor, his traveller, Mr Challand dies few months previously. Widow, 49, suicide by hanging in chamber stairs.
HC 20 Oct: Bottomley master but room and power in name of Beevers. John Blamires sues Beevers who is also engineer, responsible for employing slubbers. Bottomley leaves without paying men wages. Beevers sells some goods on premises, and gives some of proceeds to Blamires ‘as they were both left in the same predicament with regard to wages.’ Judge orders £3 to plaintiff.
1856. HC 9 Aug: Woollen engineer of Mr North, cleaning dam grate, finds body of female child sewn up in a sack. Not ascertainable whether still-born or not.
1857 HC 19 Dec: Joshua Walker drowns near mill trying to rescue sheep from river. Dispute over whther Ramsden or township responsible for King’s Mill road and its fencing. Used to be private road to mill.
1858. HC 27 Feb: Proposed Application of the Public Health Act to Moldgreen – Report by J H Abbey for promoters of the bill: ‘[King’s Mill Lane] is the main road for traffic coming from Newsome and Castle Hillside, and is travelled upon by great numbers of persons from the populous districts of Salford, Taylor Hill, Armitage-bridge, Berry-brow and Honley, who come this way in order to evade payment of toll at Lockwood. I would draw particular attention to the dangerous state of this road for want of a good stone fence next to King’s Mil dam; and is now a disputed question whther a fence should be made by Sir J W Ramsden or the surveyors of Almondbury…’ Joseph Hall foropponents of the bill, land surveyor in Huddersfield for last 30 years.’I am well acquainted with the property round King’s Mill.It increases most in value of any part of the township of Almondbury, and is now the most valuable part. There are the greatest facilities for private drainage in that part. My attention has been called to that part of King’s-mill mentioned in Mr Dickinson’s report. There is nothing there which is difficulat of removal. I have seen Mr North the present occupier and he expressed his willingness to attend to the matter. He said that about 100 persons were employed in the mill. The ground for the mill and the cottages could be easily drained…Mr North is the largest ratepayer in Almondbury.’
1858. HC 23 Oct: Titus Thewlis giving up the business, cotton machinery to be sold.
1859. HC 9 Apr: to be sold, cotton machinery, power looms and jacquards.
HC 24 Sep: Titus Thewlis occupies part of mill, distraint for rent, jennies, old iron etc to be sold.
1860. HC 14 Jan: Edwin Beaumont, treat at Zetland on occasion of son, John Edward, attaining majority.
HC 28 Jan; 2 Feb: Titus Thewlis, cotton twister, accused of embezzling twist, property of Godfrey Sykes, which he took from mill to his warehouse, Shambles Lane. Fined £10 plus £6 expenses and ordered to return materials to Sykes.
HC 25 Feb: Jos Varley, yarn spinner, King’s Mill, by order of assignees, machinery , stock in trade and effects to be sold, including cotton, mungo and shoddy.
Ibid. Room and power to let for two billies and two pair mules. Apply W C North.
HC 2 Jun: District Fire Brigades annual procession. Demonstrate their skills at King’s Mill.
1861. HC 19 Oct: Sykes & Roebuck, distraint for rent, machinery, rags and waste to be sold.
HC 9 Nov: Jervis Roebuck, Paddock, Dyer and rag grinder, King’s Mill, bankrupt.
1863 HC,HE 17 Jan: W C North owner and occupier, fire drying stove, two storey building over boilers, woollen warps drying. Valves of boilers opened so steam checks flames until Kaye’s brigade arrives.
HC 24 Oct: W C North, fire in willowing machine, lamp dropped in material. Roof damaged. c. £100 damage.
HC 31 Oct: yet another fire, this time in stove over boilers, £17-20 damage.
1864 HC 23 Apr: ‘To Manufacturers and others. Country Work Done on one of Sykes and Ogden’s new patent double acting Burring and Moiting Machines at King’s Mills, near Huddersfield.’
1866 HC 3 Mar: Jos Hirst sues spinner Tom Battye for leaving work without notice.
HC 17 Mar: Edwin Beaumont, assignees, machinery and farming stock to be sold at Kings Mill and Hall Mills, S. Crosland.
HE 21 Apr: Edwin Beaumont power looms to be sold.
HC 6 Oct: Thomas Broadbent and Wm Smith, yarn spinners and slubbers King’s Mill partnership dissolved. Business to be carried on by Thos Broadbent only.
1866 HC 11 May: Scott, woollen manufacturer, room and power at mill, John ‘Teazer Jack’ Sykes of Paddock, helping unload 15 cwt cask of oil from cart, holding shafts, cart tips up, falls and is fatally injured. Worked at mill 40 years.
1872. HEW 6 Jan: Whiteley Bros, woollen spinners, tea for 50 in mill.
HEW 12 Oct: John Waites, liquidation, machinery to be sold, scribbling and spinning.
1876. HEW 26 Feb: 11 Mar, machinery to be sold.
1880. HED 16 Jul: W.B.Cumming, tuner wanted.
1881. Directory: William North, corn miller/Jonathan Bilton, corn miller/ Charles Moon, yarn spinner/ John Bamford, waste spinner/ W.B. Cumming, woollen manufacturer./Joseph Schofield commission weaver.
1892. HEW 23 Jul: Charles Wood obituary, 60 years ago in business with father at Kings Mill, then cotton merchant of Albion Street.
1895. HEW`19 Jan: offence against factory act, illegal employment of 6 females.
1898. HEW 1 Jan: John Lee & Co. declining business, twisting, winding, weaving, finishing machinery to be sold.
1903 HEW 24 Oct: Ezra Haigh, worsted manufacturer, bank’d. Commenced business in 1898 in partnership with Stott. Failing market. 1902 partnership dissolved.
1910. YTD: James Bentley & Son, commission and linsey manufacturers / Hobson, Son & Co. vicunas, trouserings and suitings / Jonas Horsfall, commission weaver, 10 looms./ Walter Fearnley woollen and commission spinner.
1937 HEW 20 Mar: Jos Kaye, ‘Brynterion’, New North Rd, obit, 65, 400 employees at service at New N. Rd Baptist Ch., ‘a warm hearted man…a paternal empoyer who was cut to the heart by any accident or mishap in his factory.’
HEW : strike
1938 HEW 24 Sep: Jn Kaye & Son, (Huddersfield) Ltd, visit by Prof H L Beales of LSE. Comments on ‘new ideas brough in from outside by Mr Brown.’ , manger Geo W Brown, shows them around mill.
1939 HEW 24 Mar: Jn Kaye & Son, visited by Paul Robeson, friend of Geo W Brown.

1854 HC 20 May: ‘recently erected’, two storey mill, used for finishing cloth, also press shop, 6hp steam engine, foundry for sale. In occupation of respecatable tenants. Ramsden Lease , 1852.
1855 HC 8 Sep: to let apply Richard Armitage, engineer, Turnbridge Iron Works.
1858 HC 10 Jul: Jos. Brierley, rag mill, wool put to dry on flue over boiler ignites. Engine house roof partly destroyed. L& Y Brigade attends.
1859 HC 19 Mar: to let, Jos. Brierley.
1860. HC 11 Aug: Jos. Brierley lease off Wm Ramsden.
HC 18 Aug: To be sold – ‘situate on south side of Colne-road, near the King’s Mill-bridge…’ with steam engine and boiler, five newly erected cottages.
1862. HC 19 Apr: ‘small compact mill’, Richard Armitage, Turnbridge Iron Works.
1865 HC 9 Sep: Dannat & Woodhead, assignees, flax carding and spinning machinery.
1867. HC 21 Sep: Wood & Marsden cotton and flax machinery and stock to be sold.
1877. HEW 3 Nov: Wright Crowther bankrupt., £900 liabilities.
1881 HC 24 Dec: Two mills, situate between Colne road and river, occupied Josh Blackburn & Sons, Vickerman Bros, Jos Purton, John Cockhill, John Thornton. One part three, part two storeys, other two storeys, , Ramsden 999 year lease from 1874.
1884. HEW 23 Feb: Joshua Blackburne & Co./K.H.Sellars/et.al. tenants. To be sold, ground rent £36.19.7d.
1886. HEW 6 Mar: machinery To be sold.
1889. HEW 19 Oct: Haigh & Hargreaves, machine makers, plant to be sold.
1890. HEW 22 Mar: mill to be sold, John Pratt & Co: Thornton Cliffe: Allen Marsden: J.Thornton: J.Bufont.
HEW 17 May: James Kenyon, bankrupt, bobbin tuners plant to be sold.

1800. LM 4 Oct, moiety in water mill for sale.Occupied Robson & Harrop.
1861. HC 6 Apr: Meeting on new company at National School , New Mill, 3-400 present. New Mill Valley Cotton Spinning Co (Ltd) proposed. Frank Littlewood, brewe, in chair, Mellor of Ripponden re company there, Wm Moorhouse, coal merchant, Eli Moorhouse manufacturer, Mr Patterson of Rochdale. 100 gentlemen subscribe for shares.
HE 20 Apr: New Mill, Co-operative Cotton Spinning Co.
HC 25 May: meeting at Holmfirth town hall, Mellor and Patterson of Rochdale on principles of cooperation. Mellor says accused of being dreamers and utopian. Patterson ‘seems to have a very wholesome dread of “strikes”…’
HC 8 Jun: New Mill Cotton Co – 800 shares.
HE 15 Jun: Ditto, meeting at New Mill, proposal to share all profits above 10% to workmen, would encourage provident habits among them and enable them to become shareholders, but decided al should go to shareholders and workmen should have ‘permanent employment and good wages.’ Advert for tenders for mill site.
HC 17 Aug: NMCSCo, Holmfirth meeting at Collin’s Temperance Hotel, J M Preston president of Co. appointment of officers. S Wimpenny a director. Friendly societies encouraged to subscribe, cf Elland sick club which had put £400 into a Calder valley cotton co. (Ripponden and District Spinning Co ? See HC 11 May Notice))
HC 31 Aug; Honley meeting at National School on NMCSCo. J M Preston Nearly one half of nominal capital of £30,000 subscribed. Bennett of New Mill says need for cooperation between capital and labour and end to strikes etc…S Wimpenny also speaks.
1862 HEW 4 Jan: NMCSCo soiree at Sude Hill national school room. 300 person take tea. S Wimpenny pres co in chair. Mr Bennet schoolmater urges people to support Company, benefit to working classes of cooperation. J Woodhead of Huddersfield refers to shortage of cotton due to Civil War, but being grown now in other places. Poem by B Stanley ‘Poor Man’s Address to his wife.’
HEW 11 Jan: NMCSCo, Thurlestone Branch
1864. HC 2 Jan: New Mill Cotton Co tea party in school rooms for 400. S Wimpenny, Holmfirth , president. James Hobson of Thurstonland speaks, ‘molehills oft heaped to mountains rise.’
(Wimpenny and Hobson also at Holmebridge Coop Soc tea party, 4 Jan HC 9 Jan 1864)
HC 13 Aug: Hugh Mellor, declining the yarn business, machinery to be sold and 2000lbs of wool and cotton mixed ready for working into Angola yarn.
1865. HC 6 May: Hugh Mellor & John Moorhouse mungo dealers Dissolution of partnership.
1866 HC 10 Mar: Foundation stone of new mill laid by S Wimpenny president of New Mill Cotton Spinning Co. Site, two acres of lands and number of cottages purchased. Company presently 300 paying members. Progress slowed by American war and depression in trade. Procession headed by Wooldale brass band to Sude Hill National School for te for 500. James Hobson, Thurstonland, speaks on the benefits of machinery.
1867. HC 27 Apr:Henry Pontefract machinery to be sold (also Smithy Place Mill).
1868. HE 31 Oct: recently erected, New Mill Cotton Spinning Co, 2 stories plus attic,highest bid £1,1750, cost £3,300. Share value only £2,800.
1869 HE 12 Jun: Hugh Mellor and New Mill Cotton Spinning Co, occupiers.
1870. HE 21 May: to be sold.
HE 28 May: third unsuccesful attempt to sell mill. Two £5 shares sold for glass of drink, ‘The devil has got his feet amongst this Kirkbridge business’
HE 3 Dec: New Mill Cotton Co notice to creditors, Sam Wibberly, cloth dresser, Hinchliffe Mill, liquidator.
1872. HEW 10 Feb: accident. piecer loses finger.
1873 HEW 12 Jul: John & Thomas Crosland, yarn spinners, action against them brought by David Horsfall, machine maker Crosland Moor, for a feeding machine bought, value £34.15s. Horsfall inventor and patentee, 1871, first one made for John Taylor & Sons, Colne Rd. In 1872 designed one for defendents , made by Ben Carter & Lisle, machinists, Chapel Hill. They refused to pay him for seven months then asked him to take machine away, complaint about it. He never claimed it was as good as Marsden & Blamires feeder. Offered to do modifications but defendents refused. Geo Day, carding engineer for Taylors say they had two machines which worked very well. Was their when Thos Crosland visited to look at it and said he liked it – took less room than Marsden & Blamires feeder. Ben Carter says he remedied fault by sanding latted sheets so wool didn’t stick. Problem no worse than with Blamires feeder. Croslands and Ann Turner who attended machine describe wool sticking problem. Found for the plaintiff.
1881 Census: Kirkbridge, woollen waste mill. Allen Hinchliffe, (46) woollen waste opener.
1883 HEW 22 Sep: John Crosland & Sons in liquidation. Woollen machinery , dyehouse hydro extractor, materials, yarns and miscellaneous effects to be sold.
1885. HEW 30 May: Allen Hinchliffe to be sold.
1886. HEW 28 Aug: Allen Hinchliffe occupier, To be sold.
1881. Directory: John Crossland & Sons, yarn spinners.
1883 HEW 29 Sep: John Crosland & Sons in liquidation, machinery etc to be sold.
1887 HEW 12 Mar: To be let, with steam engine, water wheel, shafting and gearing.
1890. YFT 21 Mar: Graham & Barnfather, replace F.Turner & Sons who reduced weavers wages below 1883 scale when trade slack. New firm refuses to restore scale WA called in. 28 Mar, dispute settled.
1894. HEW 4 Feb: Graham & Barnfather at Holmfirth crown court case against Frances Eastwood & Co. cloth finisher, Brockholes.
1905. HEW 6 May: to be sold, vertical steam engine.
1910 YTD : Graham & Barnfather Ltd, fancy worsted coatings, trouserings, serges and costume cloths – 55 looms.

1820. LM 25 Nov: Learoyd sheep roast on Queen’s acquittal.
1838. HG 27 Oct: Lane Dyehouse, fire.
1839. HG 3 Aug: Learoyd’s new mill at Lane. accident to mason’s labourer.
1841. LM 11 Dec: Learoyd,”Lane Dyehouse”, Birlers.
1842. LT 23 Apr: fire.
1846. LM 7 Feb: machinery to be sold, cotton doubling, and silk winding frames.
1848 LM 22 Jan: Ben Robinson, mill adjoining Lane Dyehouse, several occupants, fire takes hold in 15 minutes, ‘The mill being old and the floors saturated with oil the destruction was rapid.’ roof collapses, some wool and cloth saved. Neighbouring dyehouse with spirits and chemicals saved by engine but some time before L&Y arrive. Foreman of brigade injured. Many families thrown out of work.
1851. Census. Wm.Learoyd/Ed.Learoyd
1854. HC 25 Feb: Edward Learoyd, John Ogden, fulling miller, charged with leaving work At Christmas plaintiff lent Ogden some money to enable him to marry. Shortly after mill was stood for a time for repairs. Defendant returned and worked until 6 Feb and then went elsewhere without giving notice. Ordered to work notice or 14 days hard labour in Wakefield.
HC 18 Aug: Lane, Learoyd’s lend hoses to brigades at Robinson’s cudbear manufactory.
HC 7 Oct: James Learoyd’s Lane, ‘numerous hands employed in the above extensive establishment’ treat on marriage of Chalres William Learoyd, James’ eldest son. Females tea in weaving shed – 250. Men, 70, supper at Weavers Arms, Leeds rd.
1855. HC 20 Jan: Ed.Learoyd, slubber, Charles Johnson, charged with leaving work, throwing hands out of employ. One month in House of Correction.
HC 24 Feb: Ed.Learoyd, 3 Feb post notice weavers reduced from 7 ½ d and 4 ½ d per lb weft by 1d. Elizabeth Ramsden summonsed for not returning to work. Deputation of 12 went to Learoyd asking him to reconsider particularly at this time when provisions so high. Ludlam Ramsden, manager told defendant firm lost 2d lb on wool and they meant to divide loss between workpeople and employer. Memorial signed by 102 weavers.
HC 14 Jul: Ed Learoyd summonsed by Mary Beaumont weaver for non payment of wages, 5s.5 1/2d. Deductions made for damages but plaintiff denies it. Awarded to her.
HE 18 Aug: Lane Dyehouse, James Robinson , cudbear manufacturer. Police fire brigade arrives in half an hour, have to borrow hose from Learoyds to reach plug. L&Y engine gets water from canal. Breaking of steam pipe halts spread of fire. 600 tons of archill weed burnt.
HC 3 Nov: James Learoyd & Co. Mary and Ann Lodge charged with absenting themselves without notice. Discharged.
1856 HC 8 Mar: Edward Learoyd, Jos Hirst, ‘piece boiler’ claims £2 wages. Case discharged since he had left although he had been offered work in another department.
HC 30 Aug: Ed Learoyd’s, Caroline taylor shoulder dislocated by unfenced strap in weaving shed. Need to guard straps and shafts.
HC 6 Sep: Learoyd calls at Chronicle office and invites them to examine where accident happened. ‘After that examination, it is fair to say that, in our opinion, had the girl excercised the usual care, the accident could not have occurred.’
1857. HE 25 Apr: Learoyd new mill, building accident.
HC 3 Oct: ‘Learoyd’s new factory, Leeds-road…’ masons employed there in altercation with cart driver.
HC 3 Oct: W.Learoyd , James Learoyd, Milner & Hale (Leeds Rd), John Day & Son, Moldgreen, strike of weavers for restoration of 1d per/ lb taken off about two years ago reducing wages by 2s/week.
HC 14 Nov: E Learoyd’s new factory. Jos Walker charged for assaulting Ann Ellen Armitage, 17, and hitting her so she had convulsive fits.
1858. HE 30 Oct: Learoyd old mill, machinery to be sold.
1859. HE 30 Apr: Ed.Learoyd boiler explosion, demolishes building, Hannah Haigh, widow, 55, killed, six seriously injured. Inspected only week before by Boiler Assoc. May have overstrained running additional engine in new mill. Thos Wadsworth, engine tenter – when he left for dinner, water gauge and steam pressure alright. (Adjoining Mill , James Learoyd & Sons).
HE 7 ; 14 May: Death toll reaches four. Inquest on Hannah Haigh, Peter Driver, twister in for Jms Learoyd & Sons mill nearby helped remove body.
Tom Wadsworth, engine tenter for 27 years – Arnold boiler, in five years. Last year additional engine, 16 hp. Boiler 40hp.
Jos Hopkinson – valve corroded, indicator not precise actual pressure would be 64lb when Wadsworth thought 50 lbs.
Adjourned inquest. Charles Herbert Holt, Inspector for Huddersfield Boiler Association witness. Boiler first examined 5 April 1858. Two flued boiler, most common form, 30 ft x 7ft, 31 in flues. Read Holliday one of jurors.
HC 24 Sep: Chas, Wm and Fred Learoyd dissolve partnership Jms Learoyd & Sons.
1860 HC 11 Feb: letter from Wm Arnold re: boiler explosion. 18 Feb: reply from Holt
1862 HE 22 Feb: Messrs Learoyd & Sons, new factory ‘Lane’, Leeds Road, mechanics labourer, Charles Faulkner, winding up beams falls to death from walkway. Had desterted wife in Grantham 1856….
HE 25Oct: Wm Learoyd’s mill, John Child, teaser (34) run onto shaft of handcart he was pushing in yard, fatal wound.
1864. HC 2 Apr: Messrs Chas Wm Learoyd & Co, David Wood, 16, charged with leaving work without notice. Firm says suffered much from workpeople leaving and ask for example to be made by imprisoning him, but agree to leniency and allow him to return to work out notice. They say this is the last time they will allow workers to do this.
HC 13 Aug: Lane Dyehouse to be sold.
1865. HC 8 Jul: W Learoyd & Sons, slubbers strike for wage increase.
HE 2 Sep: Ben Robinson Obit,Lane Dyehouse.
HE 16 Sep: W.Learoyd fire.
1866 HC 28 Jul: Messrs E Learoyd & Co, George Mallinson, stripper, leaving work without notice case.
HC 22 Dec: Ben Robinson late occ, to be let.
1870. HE 25 Jun: Learoyd, strike.
HC 23 Jul: George Ramsden, cart driver, prefers charge against Frederick Learoyd, manufacturer, Lane, Leeds Road, for assault. Argument over horse in field near Learoyd’s residence. Ramsden pushed Learoyd first. Case dismissed.
HE 10 Sep: mills and machinery to be let. Ramsden,Learoyd & Holroyd.
HC 15 Oct: James Learoyd’s, Lane, Hannah Watson, power-loom weaver ‘sweeping down’ while loom in motion, hand caught, little finger amputated.
HE 15 Oct: room and power.
1871 HC 4 Mar: Ramsden, Learoyd & Holroyd late occupiers, ‘large mill’ six storeysx110ftx45ft, ‘old mill’, 4storeysx82ftx39ft. Steam engine 16 nhp and auxiliary 16hp engine. To be let with or without machinery.
HEW 16 Dec: Ramsden, Learoyd & Holroyd, occupiers, machinery to be sold. (Also Canal Bridge Mills)
HC 19 Aug: Charles Learoyd, woollen manufacturer, Lane, trip to Scarborough.
1872. HEW 13 Jan: machinery to be sold.
1875. HEW 24 Jul: Wm.Learoyd tuner injured putting strap on drum.
1876 HEW 5 Aug: Learoyds, prosecution brought by Henry Brooke for dumping ashes into river. New mill for Chas Learoyd, built 1873 (Grove Mill ?).
1877 HEW 13 Jan: James Milnes & Sons, Lane Mills, cloth dressers blowing pieces in yard notice body in canal.
1878 HEW 31 Aug: James Learoyd & Sons, Lane Mills, tenterer, Wm Rose, 17, summons for leaving work without notice.
1883 HEW 27 Feb: two female knotters, on 10s/week, sue for non-payment of wages.
1886. HEW 19 Jun: 3 rooms x 24 x 78: garret + 2 rooms x 42 x 60 feet.
1889, HEW 2 Feb: summons for wages by pattern weaver for 24s/week.
1891. HEW 3 Jan: James Learoyd & Sons, Leeds Rd, water rent dispute with corporation.
1898 HEW 5 Mar: Charles William Learoyd, obit, son of James, ‘The Grove’, Leeds Rd, who built Town Lane Mills. Woollens, cassinettes, mixed worsted until fashion changed, then high class plain and fancy worsteds, until seven years ago. Three sons, Alfred E. (Rawthorpe Hall), Frank, (Willow Bank) directors of Learoyd Bros & Co. fancy worsted manufacturers, Trafalgar Mills. Charles Douglas in RE.
1908 HEW 4 Apr: Cllr W.H.Murgatroyd, dyers and finishers, smoke burner tested.
1910. YTD: W.H.Murgatroyd, finisher and dyer.

174. LANE END MILL (Meltham)
1847. Tithe Map. John and Walter Taylor Dyehouse, fulling mill and dam, dyehouse, indigo mill, warehouse and stable.
LM 6 Nov: To be sold, all that fulling and scribbling mill situate at Lane End in Meltham aforesaid with the water wheel, fulling stocks, going gear fixtures and other machinery therein contained, together with the two mill dams and other priveleges thereto belonging…also dyehouse with five dyeing vats and two dyeing pans…stables…outbuildings. “The mill and dyehouse are well adapted for carrying on an extensive business, are well supplied with water and within a short distance of good coal’.
1853. HE 21 May: chancery case, Webster V.Taylor, fulling mill to be sold, water wheel and stocks, plus adjoining dyehouse with 5 vats, drying pans and stone cistern, house, barn, stables, land etc. along with various lots of land in Meltham and 4 pews in church.
1855. HC 5 May: To be let, blue dyehouse containing five vats, scouring cistern and other requisites and supplied with a never failing spring of purest water. Apply W L Brook, Meltham Hall.
1856. HC 8 Nov: Dyeing vessels To be sold.

175. LARCHFIELD MILLS (Firth Street)

(SEE also      https://undergroundhistories.wordpress.com/the-brooks-of-larchfield-mill/  )
1866 Beginning of three Ramsden 99 year leases (See 1901)
Built by George Brook, jnr. (Obituary HEW 28 Jan 1888).
1868 HE 2 May: Geo Brook’s mill, Firth St, fire in stove.
HE 25 Jul: Patrick Hopkins, Paddock, charged with stealing brass indicator. Geo Kaye, watchman, says keys kept in engine house, when there saw tenter shut indicator in box. Richard Stott, entered employ of Brook 27 April, when went to take an indication of engine not in box. Henry Mosley, now of Fenay Bridge Mill, formerly worked for Brook, knew indicator by mark he had put on it. Hopkins used indicator as security to get drink at Acorn Inn.
1870 HE 12 Feb: Geo Brook Jnr, ‘Marsh Field Mill [sic], Firth St’ treat at Navigation Inn. , manager Joe Sykes.
1871. HEW 28 Oct: Geo Brook Jnr, Alfred Lodge, Laithe Hill, Castle Hill, sizers and beamers’ assistant, killed by drying machine.
1872. HC 22 Jun: George Brook, Colne Road, smoke nuisance case adjourned since he says not had time to prepare his defence.
HC 29 Jun: Borough Police Court, accused of smoke nuisance on 24 May. Brook says he had discharged two men within three months for making smoke and ‘he had spent more money and given more care, to the abatement of the smoke nuisance than any man in Huddersfield.’ Inspector Black says ‘he must state that Mr Brooke’s [sic] chimney was the worst in the town’. Order for abatement in three months plus costs.
HC 16 Nov: Wanted, three warpers. Constant work and good wages. – Apply George Brook jun., Larchfield Mills.’
HC 7 Dec: Henry , 17, son of Robert Brown, employed at Larchfield Mills, Firth St, Aspley, falls through floor into boiler house and injures face on pipes.
1873. HEW 25 Jan: Dickinson & Priestly cotton spinners, warping mill.
HEW 15 Nov: George Brook Jnr, Read Holliday, who had UK royalties for the new reducing agent, exhibits a sample of his broad worsted cloth dyed by new process at HLSS lecture on indigo dyeing. Brook used his ‘long experience’ in indigo dyeing to perfect process. Schutzenberger, French chemist who discovered re agent, visited Huddersfield recently and experimented on pieces provided by Liddell & Martin. Machine developed.
1874 HEW 11 Jul: George Brook Jnr, fire, in engine house and store, caused by upsetting of lamp used by mechanics repairing engine. Corp engine jet into window of engine house and firing up place. £150 damage.
1876. HEW 8 Jul: Dickinson & Co. dispute with spinners and twiners over cotton mixing. Members of the Cotton Operatives Association.
HEW 26 Aug: George Brook , insured two boilers 28’x7′, to 60lbs pressure.
1880. HEW 6 Mar: Fire in teasing room, ‘fortunately fitted with great completeness with apparatus for extinguishing fire and the workmen are well acquainted with the wherabouts of every requisite…’ also fireproof room.
1881 HEW 22 Jan: George Brook Snr obit. 22 Dec 1880, Elm Grove, Edgerton. Born 1803, son of James Brook of Bridge End (Somerset Bridge), agent to Jn Wm Ramsden. Went to boarding school at Honley until 16. Learnt dyeing at Alexander’s, Folly Hall, until 21. (Alex Alexander, bankrupt and sells up 1826 BHC 27 Feb) Foreman of Starkey’s dyeing department until sacked for being a Socialist in 1839. Supporter of Voice of the West Riding. Promoter of Hall of Science. Joined as partner, Wm Henry Kaye, Jn Tolson, and Mackie at Folly Hall. c.1847 parnership dissolved sets up own dyeing business at Folly Hall. c. 1853 built premises at Colne Rd. until c. 1870 when he retired. Remained a secularist, always ready to help working men, even giving them money. Formerly lived Manchester Rd, farm at Marsh, then East Parade.
1882 NP 2 Sep: Geo Brook jnr, employee’s cricket team , match in field near Spinks Nest Inn
1884 HEW 8 Nov: to let, residence of late Geo Brook Snr, Murray Rd, Edgerton.
1886. HED 20 Jan, George Brook looms to be sold.
1888. HEW 28 Jan: George Brook Jnr obituary aged 57, heart problem. Educated at New Harmony, active in tenant right agitation, ‘keen and incisive’ writer, ‘always hit out straight.’ Supporter of Leatham MP. Formerly partner of James Armitage & Co. then set up as plain worsted manufacturer on Colne Rd, mill on Firth St built, fancy worsted manufacturer, extended in last 20 years. Sportsman, angler, yachtsman. Cruised W of Scotland and coast of Ireland. Good chess player. One of cleverest amateur photographers. Two daughters and son George, lecturer at Edinburgh University, JG Brook, carrying on business.
1889. YFT 19 Jul: machinery to be sold. HEW 15 Jun: worsted spinning machinery
1891. YFT 16 Jan: George Brook proposed to reduce male weavers to female prices and looms stopped if they dont accept.
YFT 23 Jan: George Brook weavers ask same scale as Crowthers.
YFT 20 Feb: Reuben Hirst cotton dispute, strike notice.
HEW 9 May: Messrs George Brook jnr, claim for wages by two women and counter claim for damage to cloth. James cairns, mill manger – would have been employed 46 hours on piece and earned £1.3s.6d. but didn’t pay them. Employed four years ago to introduce scotch Cheviots, but given up after 9 months and he became manager in worsted department. 33 defective places found after it was dyed. (Whip-cord twill, simple pattern.) For menders, worked seven years no damage before. ‘It was ultimately agreed that the matter should be referred to Mr Josiah France as umpire…’
1893. YFT 28 Jul: George Brook trip.
HEW 19 Aug: George Brook, tertius, obit, at Allendale for shooting at father in law, Walter Scott, suddenly while at dinner in shooting lodge. Lived at Kew. Born 17 Mar 1857, s. of GB II and Ms Farrer of Meltham. , educated at Alderley Edge friends School. ‘actively associated with Mr Porritt, of Huddersfield and the late Mr Davies (Mayor of Halifax)’ carrying out botanical investigations, splendid collection of flora and fauna, of district, sec. of HNS ‘during a very flourishing period of its existence.’ ‘Mr Brook displayed a far greater interest in his scientific work than he did in the woollen trade and early left the latter…’ His father took great interest in his researches and assisted his son ‘in the construction of one of the best aquaria in the kingdom, with special pumping and aerating apparatus designed by himself..’ kept creatures he was studying. Contributed several papers to Linnaean Society, member of BA, attended 1884 meeting in Canada, appointed scientific assistant to Scottish Board. and lecturer on comparative embryology at Un of Edingburgh. At Rothsay, Tarbert and Balantrae worked for Fishery Board, retired from it 1887. Specialist work on coral at S. Kensington. death a great loss to science.
See also Obituary in ‘The Naturalist’.
1901. HEW 16 Feb: Messrs George Brook jnr (the firm seems to have retained this name) giving up business, mill to be sold, main mill 5 storeys by 55 by 16 yards, weaving shed, pair of vertical steam engines, 2 storey finishing mill, 3 storey mill and attic etc 475 ft frontage on Firth Street.. Mill also at opposite side of Firth St and dyeworks etc on Colne Rd.
1904. ‘a considerable amount of money’ spent in 1904 – two new boilers and tandem horizontal engine with rope drive, made by J & E Wood, and new gearing and shafting installed as well as other alterations. (See 1906)
1906. HEW 18 Aug: to be sold. Total 12,000 sq feet. worsted spinning. Occupied by Jos. Greenwood & Son/ Shaw Bros.Ltd/ Mellor & Co.
1908. HED 16 Jan: Shaw Bros Fire, steam fire engine, ‘Odersfelt’ attends.
1908. YFT 20 May: Fire.
1910. YTD: Shaw Bros.Ltd/Rothwell & Bray, commission.
1913 HEW 6 Dec: Richard Mellor & Co. fancy worsted manufacturers, £60 wage money stolen. Man arrested after chase.

176. LAW COIT MILL (Meltham)
1794. Deed.[RD.DP.488:623].Jonas Eastwood clothier, Ben North mortgagor and Wm. North.
1839. LM 9 Nov: John Eastwood and John Brooksbank owners, to be let.
1847. Meltham Tithe Map.Eastwood & Brooksbank owners,Henry Wilkinson occupier.
1851. HC 19 Jul: Jos Eastwood to be let. having 22 foot fall.
1856 HC 24 May: Sally Hirst, spinster, 41, drowns herself in dam.
1864 HC 30 Apr: To be sold property at Meltham including Lot 12, one undivided third part or share in Low Cote [sic] mill, with dam, water wheel etc. This lot on lease to Thomas Broadbent for 7 years from 1859 at £50 p.a.
HC 14 Apr: Mill occupied by Thos Broadbent, more than 1cwt of lead stolen from roof. Suspect chased into wood at night by policeman dropping the bundle of lead.
1866 HC 12 May: Low Coit Mill, woollen machinery for sale, particulars Jos Taylor or Thomas Broadbent. Mill to be let at a low rent for a long term of years.
HC 1 Dec: ‘Low Coyt [sic] Mill to let, with water wheel etc, and messuage Ings Cottage.

177. LEE MILL (Scholes)
1853. HC 24 Dec: accident requiring amputation of fingers.
1856. HC 29 Mar: John Stocks Battye & George Farrar woollen and spinning mill, cottages, warehouse, stove, gas works.
1857. HE 13 Jun: 25 Jul: Lee Mill, to be sold. Battye V. Battye chancery suit, machinery to be sold.
1862 HEW 27 Sep: Messrs Lockwood. Cloth dresser, Ben Taylor, committed for stealing over £50 from Wooldale shopkeeper. Earning only 15s/week but spending in extravagant manner.
1867. HC 14 Dec: Chas Lockwood, son of James, marriage, 300 workpeople treat at Shoulder of Mutton, New Mill.
1889. HEW 16 Nov: Messrs Lockwood spinner drops dead.
1890. HEW 1 Feb: Lockwood Bros, treat. Chas Lockwood, Royds, coming of age, son of Kenyon Lockwood.
1907. Worker 9 Jul: gutted.
1910. YTD: Lockwood Bros, fancy.

178. LEES MILL (Golcar)
1823. Township map. Land of Sir Joseph Radcliffe, baronet.
1834. Factory Commissioners Supp.Rept.: Michael Lees, ‘country work’ employing 19 persons. Begun 1808.
Pigott’s Directory, Michael Shaw.
1840 John Crowther begins business at. (Lockwood p 18)
1855. HC 17 Feb: Eli Shaw, Lees Mill, shareholder in Huddersfield Banking Co.
1858 HC 20 Nov: John Taylor’s four year old son drowns in goit, resuscitated by Mr Dean, surgeon. Finds on arrival that the old method of applying sod of earth to child’s face and nose had been tried.
1860. John Crowther & Son. – later sons, Joseph, William and Elon.
1864 HC 14 May: Tenders for erection of residence, boundary walls etc, near Lees Mill. James Leech , Architect.
HC 23 Jul: Gledhill, Garside & Co, treat in Commercial, Slaithwaite.
1865. HC 7 Jan: Shaw & Bray, Joseph Shaw, son, marries sister of John Shaw of Slaithwaite. Double marriage as John Shaw marries Eliza Gledhill, Rev. C A Hulbert officiates.
(Jos, Wm and Elon Crowther, after death of father, move to Britannia Mill [Jos. obit. HEW 17 Jun 1905]).
HC 11 Mar: “Lees” Mill, Golcar ‘near the Crimble viaducts’ [?], property of Jos Gledhill, manufacturer. Fire in stove, 200lbs of mungo destroyed. Fire extinguished by large waterpipe length of stove, plug drawn deluging room with water.
1866 HC 8 Sep: Floods – about 20 years ago Wm Shaw and a servant lad of Lees Mill swept away and drowned trying to cross Colne at usual place when river swollen. Bridge proposed but never built. Last Saturday heavy rains and fording place at Lees Mill ‘perilous in the extreme’. Cattle of John Walker builder of Crimble nearly swept away when being driven to pasture. Lurry also risks crossing saved by ‘bravery of the horse.’. Local boards should look at providing bridge.
1870 HC 3 Dec: Shaw & Bray, fire in stove.
1871 HEW 24 Jun: Shaw & Bray , minor fire. Only few weeks after Geo Haigh’s fire. But still no fire engine for district.
1872 HEW 20 Jul: Floods, Shaw & Bray, considerable damage to dam stakes.
HEW 28 Dec: Shaw & Bray, workers of Chas Lockwood, who occupy another part of mill decline to have joint treat. Attempt to steal barrel of ale, rolling it along canal bank toward Slaithwaite baths. Surprised by S&Bs engineer who gets help to retrieve it.
1874. HEW 10 Jan: Shaw & Bray treat.
HEW 30 May: Shaw & Bray room and power, including powerlooms.
1880. HEW 28 Aug: James Bailey, finishing machinery tobe sold.
1881. Directory: Shaw & [David] Bray, scribbler &c.
1898. HEW 15 Oct: Eli Shaw & Sons, trustees.Engine, boiler, machinery etc, to be sold, Horizontal engine by Robert Gledhill.
1907. HEW 13 Jul; Worker 13 Jul: Fire. Mill gutted, occupied by Eli Shaw & Sons & James Mellor. Originated in carder mill. 3 storeys and attic, 9 by 3 windows. Owned by Sir Jos Perceval Pickford Radcliffe Bart, Rudding Park. £ 4,000 damage. Mill an old one recently put into working order.
1910. YTD: Collins, Prestwich & Co. Ltd, raw and waste cotton, wool waste and shoddy, pull garnetted or carded cotton and angolas.

179. LEEDS ROAD (Huddersfield)
1858. HC 23 Jan: Wood & Crowther cotton warp manufacturer, rent room from John Pratt of Fixby and and power from Thornton & Brook. Fatal accident to Martha Bray (18) from unfenced shafting. In attic room roof slopes to floor, 2 doubling frames when frame extended piecers had to pass under shaft 3 feet from floor. Hair caught and dragged round 165 revs/min. Crowther had asked Thornton’s engine tenter to box it off. Machinery only run since monday last. Victim’s half-brother says she had wanted shaft boxing. Mary Beaumont working on next jenny says three minutes between alarm and engine being shut off. Jennies were stopped for cleaning. Deceased had said she didn’t like the place and wanted to return to Kings Mill. Wm Coulpin cotton twister says lasses wear handkerchiefs on heads. Wouldn’t cost more than £1 and half day’s work to box shafts. Wm.Oxley,surgeon, both legs crushed, ‘quite sensible’ but didn’t feel much. Coroner strongly censures lessor and lessees.
HC 26 Jun: Thornton & Brooke, James Brooke now sole proprietor, steam power marble works.

180. LEVI MILL (Lepton)
1793. LTR R.H.Beaumont land, Levi Stead for mill.
1795. WBE/1/108, mill and dam.
1818. {DTJ] Steam engine insured.
1831. LTR – Levi Sheard.
1848. Directory – Abraham Sheard.
1857. HE 28 Feb: mill owned by A.Sheard and worked by Sheard & Brierley, fire in willyer, Wm ‘Wads’ Smith operating it ‘being rather deficient in mental capacity’, throws material on floor where it ignires others. Smith alerts Mr Brierley and his son who try together unsuccessfully to extinguish flames. L&Y engine arrives, followed by Armitages’. New part of mill 5 stories, old part 2 storeys, joined by iron door. Spread therefore prevented to new part, old part completely gutted, engine and wheel saved. Smith’s burned body later found. £2,000 damage.
1862 HE 8 Feb: Henry Woodhead, willower, found dead by manager, all body but legs in machine. Badly mutilated.Aged 19, widow and child.
1898. HEW 19 Mar: Smith & Gledhill machinery to be sold, Cornelius Wheawell, accountants, trustees.
1899. HEW 4 Mar; 6 May: to be let, machinery to be sold, including beam engine,18 inch cylinder, 3 foot five inch stroke by 12 foot fly wheel.

181. LINFIT MILL (Kirkburton)
1800. Built. [Factory Commissioners Report.]
1813. Rebuilt, [Factory Commissioners Report.]
1814. Kirkburton Parish Registers.5 Jun, Baptism of Ann daughter of David Smith,scribbling miller.
1817. LM 29 Mar,5 April :David Smith younger of Linfit Mill, bankrupt.
LM 10 May, to be let, assignees., [Ben Carter ,machine maker Huddersfield, John Armitage, cardmaker,Kirkheaton,James Sellars,cardmaker, Wyke.] Machinery to be sold, six scribblers, six carders, six billies, teazer, stocks and driver and “nearly new”steam engine 21hp.
1822. Directory. Cocker & Co.
1824. PR 11 Apr: Jos Scholes, engineer,
1834. Factory Commissioners Report. Ben Cocker & Co. 22 employees. 20hp steam engine (c.f above) Two grindstones let off. Corporal punishment of children sanctioned “but not beyond reason”.
1838. KC 313. Account Book. Accounts of money laid out in Linfit Mill estate and in coal concern. Mills coal bill from 1841 to 1844 from around £71 to £76 for half year. (Except first half of 1844, £63. Lower due to coal strike?).
1840. Ibid. “repairs of Old Mill roof”
1842. Ibid. introduction of spinning ? “New floor in mule room” and Schofield & Cookson & Co. for shafts and gearing for mules….”
1845 KC.313. George Hey commenced partnership.
1858 HC 19 Jun: terrible thunder storms and hail in Kirkburton area. Hundreds of panes of glass broken at mill.
1864. HC 25 Jun: Hey & Carter fire. ‘large and extensive mills.’ Yard runs at right angles, in it a two storey store room in upper out of use carders and billeys. Fire seen from lower windows by James Smith ‘a private watchman’. Son sent on horseback for L&Y engine. £200 damage.
1867. HC 26 Feb:old employee.75, worked for firm for 63 years.
HC 7 Dec: tramroad, pit to mill, accident. to banksman acting as breaksman of run of tubs.
1871 HC 16 Dec: Kirkburton, farm of George Hey, manufacturer, steam thrashing machine, man falls from stack and breaks leg.
1872. HEW 13 Jan : Messrs Hey treat.
1873. HEW 8 Feb: Geo Hey & Sons, Jos Mosley, arm ripped off by moiting machine.
1874. HEW 24 Jan Geo Hey & Sons treat.
1875 HEW 23 Oct: Geo Hey & Sons, Monday mission service for employees, Rev Billington.
1878. KC 313. Geo.Hey , John Tinker Hey beds of coal to Wm. Lodge, Highburton, coal proprietor.
1888 HEW 28 Jul: Geo. Hey & Sons, trip to Scarborough to celebrate marriage of Chas Hey of Grice Hall to Miss Schofield, Kirkburton. 300 workpeople presented with tickets. 30 left behind on return have to walk from Huddersfield.
1894. HEW 16 Jun: Congregational Mission service held in mill due to bad weather.
1897. KC 313. John Tinker Hey lessor and trustees of George Hey, lease to Pentonville Stamping and Engineering Co. Ltd. £100 rent. Very detailed schedule of mill buildings and fittings.
1899. HEW 30 Dec: Fairweather & Co. women and girls wanted.
1900. HEW 7 Jul: Mill and colliery plant, farms, cottages etc to be sold. Fairweather London & Kirkburton Stamping and Engineering Co. Main mill 3 storeys by 64 by 45 feet, old mill 2 storeys by 116 by 39 feet plus weaving shed in 14 bays, 40hp condensing beam engine, 30 hp vertical condensing engine.
HEW 17 Nov: Antonin Fengl, from Bohemia, engineer for Fairweather, libel case v. Joseph Woodhead of Examiner. Fengl woos typewriter at firm, Miss Katherine Gutteridge of Highburton and allegedly threatens to shoot her when she gets married to another man. Examiner prints story (14,000 circulation) and damaged his character. Earning 38s a week in Manchester. Jury decide on £50 damages.
1901. HEW 2 Nov: to be let.
1903 HEW 9 May: Singleton & Co, of Brookfield Mill, own mill. Demolition taking place. lead and brass stolen. Three prosecuted.
1910. YTD: Blackburn & Co, also Slaithwaite.

182. LINGARD’S MILL (Slaithwaite)
1866 HC 31 Mar: Late in the occupation of Joseph Varley, scribblers, carders, piecing machines and mules to be sold.

183. LION MILLS (Bayhall)
1873. HEW 6 Dec: John Brown, Bedford cord manufacturer, fire in cotton on machine. Two L’Extincteurs used.
1880. HEW 17 Jan: machinery including horizontal steam engine 20hp with 9 foot flywheel, 16in cylinder,30 in stroke by Butterworth of Manchester, Boiler by Turnbridge Boiler Co. Also Bay Hall dyeworks.
HEW 8 May, To be let, John Brown recent occupier.

184. LITTLE ROYD MILL (Rashcliffe)
1889. HEW 27 Jul: William Armitage & Co. weaving plant to be sold.
1901. HEW 2 Mar;6 Jul: Allen Marsden declining business, rag machinery to be sold.
1910. YTD: Jos.Wrigley & Sons, Rashcliffe.
185. LOCKWOOD MILL (Lockwood)
1851 HE 15 Nov: ‘Oldfield’s patent piecing machine’ on show at Oldfield & Allen’s, Lockwood Mill. Schofield, Kirk & Marshall, licensed manufacturers .18 months trial at large several mills.
1854. HC 14, 21 Jan: James Beaumont, 65, dies 13 Jan at mill, ‘Crosland’s factory, Lockwood’, ‘fell down and expired’, two days after his wife Harriet 64. Employed by Wm Oldfield for 15 years until Oldfield’s retirement and for last 6 years overlookert of finishing department of Oldfield, Allan & Co. 40 years Methodist new Connextion, class leader and Sunday school superintendent. Buried in same grave as wife.
1855. HC,HE 27 Jan: Oldfield Allen & Co., treat, Joel Haigh, overlooker presides…’good feeling which ought to prevail between masters and workmen…’etc
HC 31 Mar: Oldfield Allan & Co. Meeting of creditors. Balance sheet.
HE 12 May: Oldfield Allen & Co. woollen manufacturers machinery To be sold.
HC 21 Apr: Oldfield Allen & Co., £35,000 debt, assets £8.000 less than thought.
HC 11 Aug: Oldfield’s property for sale, Lion Arcade, Farms at Holmroyd Nook, Honley, a patent right in ‘Oldfield’s patent piecing machine’ patented 1850. ‘The value and utility of this machine are too well known amongst woollen manufacturers to render any further dscription necessary…’
Lion Arcade – warehouse, shops and other premises ‘newly erected in the first style [sic] of architecture, known as the Lion Arcade…’ 2000 sq.yds. ‘magnificent pile…the most commanding and eligible site in the fourishing town of Huddersfield …’ woollen warehouses of Joshua Barber & Son, Thornton Firth & Co, Johnson, North & Co, Shaw & Pitt,; Oldfield, Allan & Co, ‘cloth and wool warehouse and counting house. Shops fronting to St Geos Sq and Peters St, draws gross rental of £1000 gns per annum, 60 years Ramsden lease, £159.15s. £6,000 Mortgage on it.
1856 HC 13 Sep: to be sold, various lots of property at Lockwood and Rashcliffe including ‘Sixteen undivided thirty sixth parts or shares (subject to the rights of the existing lessee, Mr George Crosland) of and in the freehold of Lockwood Mills, situate at Lockwood aforesaid, in the occupation of the said George Crosland.’
1858 HC 10 Apr: Lockwood ratepayers meeting on water supply. ‘Mr T P Crosland, on behalf of the firm of George Crosland and Sons stated that they had a good supply near Lockwood Mill. The water was rather hard, but would be improved if the chairman would give consent that the surplus of Hose-bank spring should be turned into it, instead of as present, going down the goit to Crosland’s mill race; and as they (the Croslands) were the only parties who use the surplus of Horse–bank spring, they would freely forego any right they had in that water for the benefit of the town. The chairman [Bentley Shaw] said this was delicate ground for him to tread upon; and he could not give his consent to divert the surplus water from the goit without consulting his partner.’
HC 1 May: Adjourned meeting on water: T P Crosland refers again to well sunk near mill. Now free of impregnation by gas tar. Could supply 15-20,000 gallons a day to Lockwood and did not ask a single penny for it. For reasonable sum could be raised to level of railway line and so supply all township but Yew Green. But if Bentley & Shaw refused to give surplus water from Horse-field spring [which supplied their works] Croslands could not give it. Mr Rayner says public had habit of fetching water from spring for more than 20 years. He could confirm Bentley & Shaw would give surplus if parties’ rights in it were confirmed.
1864. HC 2 Jan: Son of Jos Boothroyd, plumber and glazier, 13, killed by fall from 6th storey landing when raising bucket of clay by hoist. Boothroyd’s men repairing fall pipes. Had expected him to bring up bucket by hand up the steps. Deceased had been painting spouts on ground in mill yard and complained he had nothing to do.
1865 HC 14 Jan: workmen sludging mill dam at back of mill, mill forms two sides of a square and from the main mill a horizontal shaft runs to back to turn lathe and grindstone in smith’s shop, runs across doorway from smithy to dam bank. Four children go to watch men sludging durinng break and Mary Jane Roberts, piecer, Messrs Brook & Machan, shawl catches on shaft, 40-50rpm, drawn round each time battered on wall. Killed, clothes had to be cut away ‘portions of body came away with the clothing.’ Thomas Backhouse, engineer, no road on dam bank, girls sometimes use door to play on dam bank but shouln’t. Accidental death, but shaft should be cased off.
HC 25 Nov: ‘The foundations of the mill are of a shelving character. The Salford end of the building is six storeys high, but owing to the sloping nature of the ground it is diminished to four and three storeys in its approach toMeltham Road. To bring the numerous floors onto a lvel several foundations had to be formed, and to add additional strength to the structure, a row of strong cast iron pillars with caps and footplates run from end to end of each floor.. At half past one on Sunday morning, Charles Wood, the watchman on the premises, was startled by a loud cracking noise which continued for a few moments during which Wood ascertained the direction from which the noise proceeded and on entering the mill he discovered that one of the pillars in the centre of the foundation floor had given away. Fortunately the whole of the valuable machinery was at a standstill. or the consequences might have been much more disastrous…’ foot plate given way, shaft of pillar sunk about 8inches, great cost to repair damage and mill will be stood for three weeks or a month.
1865 HC 30 Sep: Geo Crosland & Sons, St George’s Square, tenders for erection of ‘gas holder tank’ at Lockwood Mill.
1866 HC 27 Jan: ‘Death from over exertion.’ John North, 20, Taylor Hill, teaser, carries sheet of wol weighing 300lbs across mill yard. Complains of pin in chest and throws it down. Taken home and dies in evening.
1870 HC 21 May: John Crosland & Son, yarn spinners, fire in willying machine. Workmen assisted by workers of Kirk, machinist and Henry Crowther & Sons. £250 damage.
1888 HEW 21 Apr: letter from George Mellor, engine tenter re; suicide of John Hinchliffe – not a heavy drinker as reported, a ‘quiet and industrious man’.
1895. HEW 5 Jan: to be let, 6 storeys by 78 by 14 yards, engine and 21 foot diameter water wheel.
1904. HEW 3 Sep: Jos. Crosland obit. 22 Oct: will.
1905. HEW 20 May: to be sold, Lockwood Mills estate of Joseph Crosland.
Main mill 6 storeys x 14 yards wide, external stairs and hoist, rooms well-lighted and lofty, three storey and two storey building, valuable water rights and storage reservoirs, 3 cylindrical boilers, pair of conensing beam engines by Cole, Marchant & Co. (also shops, dwelling houses).
HEW 10 Jun: offered for £5,000, no bidders, floor area 10,000 square yards, main mill 78 yards long, fire proof.
1910. YTD: E.H.Sellars & Co. wool, angola, fancy and plain, 7,000 spindles, also Scarr Mills/ Allen Priest & Sons, angola, also Bath Mills.

186. LOCKWOOD’S MILL see Upperheadrow Mill (Huddersfield)

187. LODGE MILLS (Kirkheaton)
Whiteley Beaumont lease.
1859. HC 11 Jun: George Heaton formerly of Liley Lane and Whiteley Upper, bankrupt. Partner of Jesse Hirst , Wells Mill, Huddersfield till 1858.
HC 8 Oct: water corn mill and farm, ‘mill might also be converted to manufacturing purposes.’ Apply Mr Dunderdale, Whitley estate office.
1876. HEW 8 Apr, corn mill and farm stock.

188. LONGROYD BRIDGE MILL/Starkeys’ Factory (Huddersfield)

(SEE also     https://undergroundhistories.wordpress.com/mills-of-the-huddersfield-area/  )
1819. Built. [1875.HEW 15 May:Factory Commissioners Report]
1822. Starkey, Buckley & Co.
1830. Joseph and John Starkey of Springdale, Thomas of longroyd Bridge.
1831. KC 135: Conveyance of three plots at Longroyd Bridge to Messrs Starkey.
1833. Thomas Starkey supports Blackburne election campaign.
1832. VWR 27 Jul: Starkeys sign masters agreement not to employ unionists. Must come with reference.
VWR. 28 Dec: Notice posted by Starkey Bros threatening to dismiss anyone absent from work at time of Wood election meeting.
Starkey Bros. Among ‘factory mongers’ who oppose 10 Hour Bill.
VWR 23 Nov: John and Joseph Starkey Bros, humble origins. Joseph Starkey ‘extensive mill proprietor and real Whig’ accused by Voice of ‘exclusive dealing by ordering his gardener not to buy seeds from supplier who had voted for Sadler. The GNCTU may have had some members in the area in March when contributions in support of the Derby strikers were sent to the union periodical the Pioneer ‘A few friends at Starkeys’ Factory, Longroyd Bridge’
1834. Factory Commissioners Report, 521 employed, (386 males, 135 females – including 50 boys and 23 girls under 14) three 28hp steam engines.
All branches of production from scribbling to dying and finishing.
1830s. Jenkins: Power looms etc.
1835 LT 21 Feb: four power looms a week being installed. 70 to be set up. Men already being laid off.
LT 9 May: 60 female power loom tenters paid average of 7s.6d a week – reduced to 6s. Strike. Compare election poster of 1853 (HE 2 Apr Joseph Starkey replaced male weavers by cheaper females. Piece which hand loom weaver produced for £3.0.0 now 14s).
1838 NS 3 Feb, etc: Jos Starkey, magistrate, and Thomas, supporters of imposition of New Poor Law
1839. The anti Socialist campaign. Some of the largest firms of manufacturers carried out purges of their workforce. Starkey Bros sacked seven, two of them with 19 years service. One of these was the foreman of the dyeing department George Brook who had procured the site for the Hall of Science. For him it proved a blessing in disguise since he was forced to establish his own business eventually located on Colne Road. HEW 15 Jan 1881: George Brook [obituary]. born 1803, a blue dyer with Alexander of Folly Hall then foreman of Starkeys’ dyeing department which he had to leave in 1839 ‘on account of the opinions he held on social questions’. Buchanan refers to the dismissal of seven old and faithful servants by Starkey. in his Concise History of Modern Priestcraft (Manchester 1840 p. 140), one of them, probably George Brook was unsuccesfully asked to return, since his replacement in the job had damaged so much cloth. Thomas Milner’s obituary HEW 12 Dec 1874, LT 14,21 Dec 1839:NMW 28 Jun 1845
1840 NS 8 Feb: wage reductions.
1841. KC 135: Conveyance and plan (copied) of mill and dyehouse at Longroyd Bridge of Joseph Evand and Thos. Blackburne to Starkey Bros.
KC 135: 9 June, Huddersfield Canal Co. grant of liberty to erect buildings on 180 yards of towing path wall.
1842. Plug rioters arrive on Saturday 13 August. Joseph Starkey reads riot act, his men offer to help him defend mill but crowd forces way into mill and ‘plugs’ boilers. Monday start work but stopped again.
1843 LT 15 Apr: millwright killed when smock catches in shfting.
1844 LT 13 Apr: Tom Starkey, largest manufacturer in neighbourhood, already working 11 hours at same wages. Imptoves morals and habits of workpeople.
1846 LM 10 Jan: Jos & Tom Starkey, hitherto kept aloof from Anti-Corn Law League, give £100 each to fund.
1847. LM 29 May: Tom Starkey OBIT,of typhus, introduced ‘some important improvements in machinery’.
1848. LM 30 Sep: giggers wage reduction due to Ten Hour Act, but 1s restored and sovereign back pay..
1849. LM 20 Jan: part demolished.
KC 135 Feb: articles of partnership with George Brook ‘for many years’ a cashier and confidential clerk to firm, made partner of new firm of Starkey Bros. John and Joseph still retain right to take short flocks from mill for manure.
LM 13 Oct: cholera precautions. Notices posted, firm pays for services of Dr Allatt of Paddock if needed. Chloride of lime spread around workshops.
LM 1 Dec: girl discarged for taking nippings from carding engine.
1850. LM 6 Apr: workpeople and foremen set up committee to form savings bank.
LM 9 Nov: workpeople already paid £230 into Exhibition Club.
1852. HE 31 Jul: cricket against Victoria Mill (Lockwood).
1853. HE 2 Apr: George Brook Jnr accused of libel for poster attacking Joseph Starkey , Conservative candidate in election (which he lost to liberal, Goderich), for exploitiong his workers.
HE16 Apr. 282 Foreman and workpeople sign testimonial – Starkey voluntarily introduced an eleven hour day, free medical assistance during cholera, two schools at Longroyd bridge etc.
Ibid. Letters from ‘A Workingman’ and ‘Voteless’, saying Starkey not popular and is supported by unprincipled men like Joshua Hobson.
HC 10 Sep: Longroyd Bridge school pupils treat. About 500 at Woodhouse, residence of Jos Starkey. Buns and tea on the lawn, followed by sports. Currant bun to take home.
1856. HC 20 Dec: John Starkey, obit, (65) falls ill while at mill. Accompanied home by son and another, great difficulty ‘in ascending the hillwhich intervenes between the mill and his residence, particulalr the long flight of steps by Wooodthorpe House. Vomited blood when he reached top. Carried home. Senior member of firm, magistrate since 1852. Funeral from Springwood as well as his three sons and brother Jos Starkey, Chas Brook of Meltham Mills. Workpeople assemble in church and church yard. Buried in crypt.
1857. KC 135: Inventory of machinery drawn up by Henry Charlesworth, cardmaker, Huddesfield and Robert Goldthorpe of Howden. Old Mill, 5 rooms, Low End Mill five rooms and top room, Top End Mill five rooms and attic, dyehouse and ‘Blackburne’s mill, fulling mill.
HE 21 Mar: foundation stone for St Thomas church laid, dinner for workpeople at various public houses in afternoon.
HC 25 Apr: Jos Starkey, obit, Hutton Lodge near Malton.
HC 8 Aug: Mill at Mill-bridge, Liversedge, occupied by Starkey Bros, to be sold.
HC 15 Aug: Basement rooms at mill flooded due to heavy rains swelling river. Cloth from mill at Paddock entangled with bridge ‘battlements’ at Longroyd Bridge.
HC 26 Dec: Starkey’s new mill. Machinery being unloaded from wagon of Firth of Mill-bridge, horse killed when hit by runaway horse and cart.
1858 HC 2 Jan: Emma Calvert runs against a gas pipe cutting her eyelid in two while playing with other girls in dinner nreak. Dressed by Mr Allatt, surgeon. Eye itself not damaged.
HC 8 May: Lewis R Starkey married his first cousin Constance Margarette, daughter of late Thos Starkey, at Parish Church. To live at Woodhouse.
1859. KC 135, account of assets and liabilities of new firm- £13,702 val of machinery.[Starkeys also have mill at Mill Bridge]
HC 2 Jul: Springwood Manison to be sold, in occupation of Mrs Starkey. ‘From the lawn in front may be seen the neat and beautiful Church of St Thomas, built by the Messrs Starkey.’
Consecration of St Thomas’ Church.
1860. HE 31 Mar: female slubbers and layers-on strike for rise – granted.
HC 12 May: fire. amongst shoddy in detached room at extremity of mill yard specially used for ‘this dangerous material’. Put out by workpeople.
* Crosland Moor Coop first began at mill, goods were distributed there to members, following year rented a cottage and 1865, shop.(HEW 20 Dec 1884)
HC 15 Dec: ornamental public drinking fountain in arched recess at entrance to mill. Designed by Wills Bros of London, bas relief and quote of scene at well of Samaria. Casting from Coalbrookdale. Trough at bottom for dogs.
1861. HC 5 Jan: Starkey Treat, £5 inducement offered to burlers for treat if can ‘fetch up’ work. (clear backlog), by New Year. 80 women and girls in St Thomas school room.
Starkey’s provide public drinking fountain. Fountains Committeee of IC recommend that drinking cans, similar to those attched to this fountain be provided at others.
HC 19 Jan: 12 year old daughter of John Hill of Paddock returning from taking her father’s breakfast to mill, struck on head by large piece of falling ice. Unconscious for 24 hours.
1862. HC 19 Apr: Springwood Mansion, with Park now occupied by Mrs Starkey, to let. ‘…although close to the town, possess all the advantage of a country residence.’ (Description)
1862. HE,HC 14 Jun: Trip to Liverpool, 600 plus 400 friends with T.W. Brooke, on occasion of his majority. March to station behind band of 2nd WYYC. Treat following day in warehouse, decorated and illuminated by gas jets, with Lewis Starkey. No short-time despite depression. Lewis ‘impressed upon the workpeople that so strong was the desire of Mr Brooke and himself to keep them in full work that they were prepared to sacrifice rather than close the mill’. Loud cheers.
HC 11 Oct: Starkey Bros, donate £200 to Cotton Districts Distress relief Fund.
HC 6 Dec: Jos and Jonathan Hinchliffe, 12 and 16, Longroyd Bridge, charged with stealing 57 yards of black doeskin, worth £13, from Messrs Starkey Bros. (Firm of George Brook and L R Starkey). Mother believed to have encouraged them. Joseph discharged with warning, Jonathan, one month in Wakefield House of Correction and five years in reformatory.
1863. HC 14 Mar: Prince of Wales’ nuptials – 600 workers given paid day’s holiday.
1864 HC 16 Jan: Woodhouse Mansion and grounds ‘beautifully situated’, to let, now occupied by L R starkey, 31 acres of land. Apply John Whitacre esq of ‘Sun Woodhouse’.
HC 30 Apr: Lewis Randle Starkey leaving Woodhouse, furniture to be sold.
1865 HC 18 Feb: Thomas Teale, dyer, Crosland Moor, scalded in lower legs when jumps into pan of boiling liquor believing it had all been run off.
HC 29 Jul: trip for 620 to Scarborough, three cheers for employers when they get back to Huddersfield station.
1866 HC 8 Dec: recent floods force up flags above drain in schoolroom at Longroyd Bridge. Not responsibility of township. Firm agrees to repair it.
1867 HC 13 Jul: Longroyd Bridge Working Mens’ Industrial Exhibition at Reading Rooms, LR Starkey speaks at opening.
1868. Datestone.on boiler house.
KC 135: Agreement between Lewis Randle Starkey and George Brook.
1869. HC; HEW 10 Jul: alterations taking place, biggest block of stone ever brought to Huddersfield 11’6″x9’x2’ 15 tons, C.Holt’s traction engine, for horizontal engine. Quarried at Darley by Waddington of Ripley, near Leeds.
HE 14 Aug: Trip to Scarbrough.700 with free ticket. Some left behind on return.
1870 HE 28 May: Messrs Starkey post notice announcing works will close at one on saturdays. Workers thank them for ‘this last of many acts of kindness…’
HC 02 Jul: Fire in stove, a two storey building built over boiler house. Fire in top storey caused by wool overheating. Corporation Brigade, Kaye’s Executors and London & Globe Ins. Co. engines attend.
HC 13 Aug: William Earnshaw, Paddock Brow, arm caught ‘between some wheels’ badly injured.
HC 3 Sep: L R Starkey at meeting in Council chamber , Ramsden St, on aid to sick and wounded in Franco-German war. Says they should remain neutral in conflict with ‘sympathy for suffering humanity.’ Firm contributes £100 to Central Fund in London.
1871. HC 6 May: William Maud, 18, cleaning machine, finger crushed between machine and connecting rod. Amputated.
HC 21 May: Tom Shaw, 17, dyer of Brierly Wood, pouring sulphuric acid into vat falls in but clings to windlass and is not totally immersed. Taken to infirmary but dies. John Woodcock foreman of dyehouse.
HEW 15 Jul: fire in stove, fireproof, ventilators and upper part of building damaged. Bucket chain from reservoir, hose on fire plug but no water coming. Corporation and Kaye’s executor’s fire engines arrive.
HC 2 Sep: Emma Micklethwaite, 18, finger caught in cog.
HC 9 Sep: Outing to Liverpool for 1,350.
HC 23 Sep: Starkey Bros. donate £525 towards extension of infirmary.
HC 30 Sep: Dyers meeting at Wharf Inn. Operative says no union at Starkeys’. Firm won’t consider 3s advance until other firms decide reponse. Pay about £1 week.
HEW 21 Oct: Hannah Brook, dtr. Geo. Springwood Hall, marriage at St Thomas’.
1872. HC 3 Feb: 50 weavers knife and fork tea in Longroyd Bridge schoolroom.
HC 9 Mar: Starkeys still use bell and clock, not buzzers (letter complaining about noise of buzzers).
HC 13 Apr: Leeds Assizes – Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Co, sued for injuries to William Settle, 15, cutter, hurt in collision of train during Starkey Bros’s trip to Liverpool last September. Concussed. £40 paid in medical bills. Jury agrees £200 damages.
HEW 20 Jul: Floods, engine fires put out, workers sent home earlier.
HEW 27 Jul: John Battye, 45, ‘The Farm, Longroyd Br, night watchman, sitting on parapet of canal bridge leading from works – falls over and is killed. Worked for Starkeys 12 years, former soldier. Witness says he was the worse for liquor.
1873. HEW 12 Apr: T.Walter Brook summonsed by Charles Herbert Holt consulting engineer, over payment for work in 1868 and 1872 on boiler house. Steam economiser and engine and boiler by Galloway & Sons £2,650 plus £2,500 gearing. Holt asked to make plan for engine house though he says he was not an architect, contract for £1000. Also agreed he would arrange sale of old engine and boilers. Holt does not receive payment. Brook says that Holt wanted to design boiler house with front like one at Saltaire.
HEW 28 Jun: Annual trip, 620 plus 180 friends, to Blackpool, Saturday last. Monday meeting of thanks for kindness, ‘the tendency of which must be to bind us together in attachment and respect for the time honoured house of Starkey Bros.’
HEW 18 Oct: Spring Wood Hall, residence of George Brook, fire in loft of stables. Corporation engine beats Starkey Bros to scene.
1874. HEW 24 Jan: workers present tea service to Thos Walker Brook on occasion of marriage. He refers to good relations in firm. No short time worked for 40 years. Foreman, Richard Moody, 33 years with firm.
HEW 11 Apr: accident, Mary Ann Beaumont, 21, Berry Brow. Part of hand amputated.
HEW 20 Jun: LR Starkey MP, speech against the Fact Act Amend Bill. Mills can not be worked by men alone so restrictions on women and children diminish production. Also affects value of mill property.
1875. HEW 15 May; 3 Jul: Thos Walker Brook,to Parliamentary Committee on LNWR and canal, £60,000 spent on works in last ten years. 700 employees mill first built in 1819. Second largest ratepayer in town. Taking water from canal for ten years, discontinued use of own well. Equivalent amount of water from canal costing £90 would cost £800 from Corporation.
1883 HEW 17 Mar:Weavers strike, only 30 of Starkeys’ workers in weavers’ associaton. Work refused them when they sya they will not work on commissions from employers involved in dispute.
1884. HEW 22 Mar: George Brook JP, Springwood Hall, obit (73), in ill health for some time. Son of James Brook, iron founder, Longroyd Bridge. Aged 14 joined Starkey Bros, c 1854 became partner with Lewis Randle Starkey, son of John, (John Starkey obit 1856, Jospeh 1857),. Always on best terms with workers, only ‘trifling differences’. An active Wesleyan he was also involved with the Infirmary and the Mechanics Institute. Drinking fountain in wall of premises on Manchester Rd removed when road widened, to St Thomas’. JP from 1874, he suffered from deafness, so served only few times on bench. (see also T.W.Brook’s obit).
1885 HEW 21 Feb: Springwood Hall to be let, mansion, 13 bed and dressing rooms, 4 reception rooms, billiard room, , large hall, excellent stabling and coach house with farm buildings and land.
HEW 31 Oct: John Woodcock, obit (46), Salford, Lockwood, 28 years at Starkeys’ as woad man and dyer. T.W and George Brook lead funeral procession to Emmanuel Churchyard.
1887. HEW 29 Jun:tenders for extensions, E.W.Lockwood, architect, Byram Arcade.
1888. HEW 3 Nov:Starkey Bros, experiment with fire resistant screens between scribblers to limit circulation of fluff.
1890 HEW 14 Jun: Lewis R. Starkey, Walker Brook, Starkey Bros, smoke nuisance, dense smoke emitted from dyeworks chimney. Coal 3s ton more than for big chimney, 50 tons/week burned, new chimney needed.
1891. HEW 21 Mar: Town Council resolves to buy building at Longroyd Bridge owned by Starkey Bros for c. 60 years. ‘it was in part of it that the Luddite conspirators used to hold their meetings.’ To be demolished to build waste destructor.
Destructor was chimney higher than Starkey’s. Public charged 6d. when completed to be wound up by windlass inside for view from top. Later demolished for tram terminus. Starkeys chimney had a crack in it for several yards uup eastern side, caused by overheating when boiler fires were started. Remedied by pointing. ‘this fine monument to industry still stands side by side with the steeple of the church to which it gave birth.’ Rev. PL Snowden ‘Woolsorting 50 Years Ago’, HEW 22 Apr 1939 [The Rev. Snowden was the son of Canon Snowden a former vicar at St Thomases HEW 10 Jun 1939]
HEW 4 Apr: on waterside, not far from highway, now used for storing lumber. Divided into two parts, one domicile with large shuttered window, another teazle store room with only grating. John Walker’s wife tramped all way to York with baby at her breast to see him before he was executed. Married again and son works at Starkeys.
HWN 18 Apr: ‘Old Ebenezer’ Stanhope (91) dies weaver Starkeys’ for 35 years.
1894. Firm becomes Ltd. Co. T.W.Brook, chairman.
1895. HEW 12 Jan: fatal accident to whitewasher, 29 Jan: inquest.
1896. HEW Starkey Bros. and Friend Hinchliffe, patent improvements in the method of and apparatus for consuming smoke in steam boiler furnaces.
1899. HEW 2 Sep: Engine Bridge mill. F.Eastwood & Co. trials of Hinchliffs patent smoke consumer, patent manufactured by J.T.Thornton of Paddock. System similar to that operated for some years by Starkey Bros.
1900 YFT 8 Jun: menders and knotters presentation to foreman W. Brook.
1901 YFT 8 Mar: on full time working again after several months short time.
1903. HEW 31 Jan: T.W.Brook, Fieldhead, Mirfield, obit. also director Hudds Banking Co, JP, Wesleyan (Buxton Rd), but became churchman.
HEW 4 Jul: Hinchliffe’s patent smoke consumer and fuel economiser used for seven years. J.T.Thornton of Paddock, sole maker, demonstration to corporation officials , including W M Drake, borough medical officer and sanitary inspector ‘the fires of the double furnaces of eight boilers were fed with coal with the smoke consumer shut off and in half a minute there was rolling out from the top of the long chimney a cloud of heavy and dense smoke. The smoke consumer was turned on and in about another half a minute the smoke was cleared…’ also ‘effected a great saving of fuel…’ . In operation in about 20 mills in Huddersfield and many others in Yorks and Lancs.
1904. HEW 15 Oct: serious fire in spinning mill. Loss of cloth for Japanese government order, which had been working night and day on.
1905. HEW 11 Feb: Cllr T Moorhouse obit (83) former spinner at Starkeys’ where he apprenticed under his father.
HEW 16 Sep: Starkey’s represented on delegation to mills at Gladbach to see revolutionary carding machine at work.
1907. W 16 Mar: ‘Stoppage at Starkey’s’, mill’s ‘obituary’. 1907.
HEW 9 Mar: Sick brief Society wound up at meeting at Electricians. 43 of 65 members present. £46 fund to be shared out.
KC 135: Sale of Springdale Mills, description (xeroxed) and plan.
1909 HEW 13 Feb: Tom Sheffield, former cloth dresser, 30 years at Starkeys’, golden wedding.
1910. YTD: Charles Fitton & Sons, mungo and shoddy / Crowther & Vickerman, woollen and worsted / A Sutherland & Co, woollen, worsted and costume cloths / Sykes & Wood, plain and fancy woollen and worsted / B. Armistead & Sons, commission spinners, woollens and silks , 3925 spindles./ Sandford and Wood commission mixtures, vicunas and serges.
HEW 17 Sep: Lewis Randle Starkey, obit (75), Norwood Park, Newark, son of John Starkey, educated Rugby and Berlin University, 1858 married Constance Margaret Starkey, daughter of Thomas Starkey, Spring Wood House. In Huddersfield little in last 25 years. Son, John Ralph, Cons. MP for Newark.
1911. W. 28 Jan: Lewis Starkey, Norwood Park, Southwell, Notts, gross estate
1914. HEW 18 Apr: YFT 23 Apr: FIRE. in three storey mill occupied by John Walker/Sandford and Wood/Ramsden Bros/Sykes & Wood.
HEW 5 Dec: Springdale Mills, fore in fearnought in single storey building occupied by J Hoyle & Sons Ltd.
1918 HEW 13 Apr: B Armitage & Sons, scribbling and spinning machinery to be sold.
1939 HEW 15 Apr: wool sorting at Starkeys’ 50 years ago – detailed dscription by former worker.

189. LONGROYD BRIDGE MILL/Fisher’s Silk Factory (Huddersfield)
1823. Built.
1826. BHC 18 May, Fisher’s factory, workers subscriptions for distressed.
1834. Factory Commissioners Report, 369 employed, 20hp water wheel, 30 hp steam engine.
1836 LM 3 Sep: Jn Fisher & Co, offence against factory act.
1838 LM 9 Feb: Married on 24 Jan ‘at the Friends meeting House, at Lisburn, in Ireland, Edward Fisher , esq, of Huddersfield, silk manufacturer, to Jane, daughter of the late —- Gregg, esq, of the former place.’
1839 LM 15 Jun: Edward Fisher & Bros, silk spinners, Margaret Kaye, 13, daughter of Joseph Kaye of Paddock, stone mason, killed as a result of dress becoming caught in upright shaft which was not boxed off. Inquest verdict ‘Accidental death’, deodand, £7.10s.
1841. KC 315. plan of Starkeys’ mill shows property of executors of late Mr John Fisher.
1853. HE 19 Feb: letter re: night workers harassing women they pass to and from work.
HE 30 Apr: silk manufacturer who frequents Friends meeting house at Paddock discharges employee of 26 years for not voting for Starkey.
1859. HC 26 Nov: Edward Fisher, infringement of Factory Act, employing young persons in a room which had not been whitewashed for the last 14 months as required by Act.
1861. HC 12 Oct, Charles Gregg Fisher, eldest son of Edward Fisher, Spring Dale, treat for coming-of-age. Toasts for the Freedom of Italy, Mr Fisher having recently travelled there. Letter from Charles Fisher, joined ‘greater number of friends in Ireland’.
1877 HEW 1 Sep: Ed.Fisher & Co., silk spinners, presentation at mill to Sharples Fisher, timepiece for coming marriage. (Brother Chas, similar occasion 9 years before).
1888. HEW 3 Mar: Ed.Fisher & Co. silk manufacturer. Man 47 whitewashing room, sleeve of smock caught in shaft. Fatal injuries.
1897. HEW 24 Apr: Longroyd Bridge Silk mill and 25hp beam engine with Horsfield (Dewsbury) boiler. 7 foot 6 inch fall of water, 14 foot di, WW
‘these mills have until recently been in constant work for a great many years as silk mills and are well supplied with water from the canal on payment of a yearly rental of about £10.’
1898 HEW 30 Apr: ‘Longroyd Silk Mills’ sale of engines, boilers, economiser, waterwheel and shafting.

190. LORDS MILL/Woodbottom Mill (Honley)
1792. Built, Factory Commissioners Report.
1805. Dartmouth Terrier. Wm. Elmsall. John Beaumont occupier.
Rent 1799 £7.5.0.. 1804 £5.5.0, Elmsall, £3.3.0 Beaumont, who occupies dwelling house with scribbling and fulling mill detached.
1809. LM 20 May: burnt down.
1828 DT. Bottoms Mill, Lords Mill. Let to Elmsall’s (Executors?), underlet to John Beaumont, lease expires 1833. ‘A scribbling and Fulling Mill of three floors stone and slate driven by water and a 18 horse steam engine. A detached outbuilding with a carding and slubbing billy in it.’
1830. Directory: John & George Beaumont.
1834. Factory Commissioners Report, George Beaumont,48 employed, 9hp water wheel, 12hp steam engine. Boys watching knives use in finishing.
1842 LM 20 Aug: Beaumont & Stocks mill stopped by ‘Plug rioters’. Employee of Honley Woodbottom injured by sword cut to head in cavalry charge in Huddersfield Market Place.
1838. Honley Rental, George Beaumont occupier.
1848. Directory: George Beaumont also owns Victoria Mill,Honley.
1849. LM 10 Mar: George Beaumont , West House, Honley, fire in stove or dry house, many people flocked to the place, Shaw’s engine Hercules, sent for arrives quicly drawn by four horses. Machine well maintained and men regularly drilled. Brooke’s engine arrives but hose bursts. Mar 17: correction, hose burst afterwards when comparing engine with Shaws there being a ‘strong spirit of rivalry between firemen of two firms.’
1853 HC 7 May: Andrew Cartwright charged with trespassin on land of Hannah Beaumont. For 30 -40 years workmen of Lords Mill in habit of crossing field on way to work. Recently field come into possession of complainant who had diverted , then stopped road altogether. Occupiers of mill, advised by agent of Dartmouth Estate to remove any obstacle and claim right of road. Bench discharges summons on evidence used for 30 -40 years.
HC 24 Dec: Joseph Heap, manufacturer, Lords Mill, chairs temperance meeting in National Schoolroom, Honley on Maine liquor law..
1854. Dartmouth Estate lease to Heaps. £145 per.ann, 30 years.
HE 1 Apr: Jos Heap meeting on Sunday drinking.
HE 23 Dec: contribution to Patriotic Fund.
1856. HE 12 Jan: Heap Bros Treat. 50 Female mill hands at Coach and Horses.
1861. HC 23 Mar: Ed and Allen Heap, and Wm Henry Walker dissolve partnership with Richard Ross Heap.
HC 16 Nov: Wm Walker’s horse rides into carriage at Berry Brow, throwing him, ‘riding furiously’. Cab splashboard and shafts broken. Two men thrown from ‘dickey’ Passengers Mr McWaterhouse and his ‘giantess’of 20 stones, returning from concert at Holmfirth. Only her weight prevents cab overturning.
1861 HC 7 Sep: legal notice, David and Charles Carter. Tom Carter not connected with firm other than being employed at weekly wage and no authority to contract any debt on behalf of firm. Also of Chapel Hill.
HC 7 Dec: David, Charles, Tom Carter, ‘David Carter & Co’, Lords Mill, machine makers, dissolution of partnership, now ‘D and C Carter’.
1862. HC 25 Jan: machinery to be sold, machine makers, Carters: HC 19 Jul.
1865. HC 28 Jan: W H Walker, manufacturer, Townhead, speaks at treat of Richard Mellor.
HC 18 Feb: Thomas Teale, dyer, Crosland Moor, legs scalded in pan of boiling liquor. Skin comes off with stockings.
HE, HC 15 Apr: Heap & Walker, cart accident to William Henry Walker in Longwood returning from seeing his brother Eli Walker, manufacturer.
(Eli Walker of Greenhill, Longwood. Household furniture and effects for sale HC 23 Sep)
1866 HC 17 Feb: Wm Henry Walker of Lords Mill speaks at GW Farrar’s treat for dyers, farm servants, their wives and private friends at Foresters Arms.
HC 4 Aug: Netherton United Excursion, to Hull, train with 28 carriages and 855 people, collides with wagons on return journey at Crofton. Walker receives severe injuries including broken ribs, removed to his residence at Honley under care of Dr Dyson. Thought to have fallen 30 feet from bridge when he left carriage.
1867 DT. Heaps 30 year lease from 1 May 1854. Rent 3145.
1868. HE 25 Jan: Heap & Walker, treat.
HE 11 Jul: steam engine breaks down with tremendous crash ‘weigh balk’ broken in two, five of six arms of flywheel broken and one wall of engine house smashed, 16hp nominal hp, doing 70hp calculated,100 out of work.
1869. HC 9 Jan: Heap &.Walker, treat.
1871. HEW 19 Aug: Heap & Walker trip to Liverpool. Firm sells tickets to own workers and others, train hired. James Blakeley & Sons, joiners etc, Netherton workers accompany.
1872 HC 2 Mar: William Henry Walker, leaves his phaethon outside Rose & Crown when returning from Huddersfield after purchasing four rabbits. One stolen by David Mellor labourer, Netherton, while ‘in drink’.
HEW,;HC 1 Jun: Crosland Hall, residence of William Henry Walker of firm of Heap & Walker. Part of house occupied by three sons and two daughters of late Joshua Heap. Room of Mr Walker with bed since she has affliction that means she should lie down during day. Jesse Carter, blacksmith for Crosland Mill repairing inside shutters. Necessary for them to be closed for repairs so gas lit in room. Eliza Gill of Netherthong, housemaid lights one of three burners of gasalier with a candle, when she comes to second loud explosion. Accumulated from leak. Mrs Walker, Eliza and Carter,clothes set alight, his 8 year old son Ben blown down passage and head cut open. Rescued by Joseph and David Heap. Burns treated by Mr Haigh, surgeon, Meltham. Room badly damaged and other windows broken.
1874. Allen Heap, with consent of William Walker, Earl of Dartmouth, assigns to John and Joseph Heap,scribbling, carding and fulling mill and building in front, ‘wherein dyepans are erected’ for 30 years from 1 May 1854, rent £145.[ KX 248 (25)].
1875 HEW 1 May: Levi Broadbent, stoker at mill, charged before county magistrates with assaulting John Sykes, bobbin turner of Netherton, in drunken state at Woodbottom he accuses Sykes of throwing a stone at his dog.
1876. HWN 20 May: Robert Heap, manufacturer Crosland Hall, trespassing in pursuit of game, fined 20s.
1881. Directory: Arthur and Allen Heap, woollen manufacturers.
1884. Lease, Dartmouth to Heap Bros (Allen, John, Joseph and David) for 30 years from 11 Nov. [ KX 248 (26)]
1885 HEW 12 Dec: Messrs John Heap & Bros To be sold, 4 storeys and atticx125x25feet, weaving shed 115x62feet, gasworks, cottages, etc , rent from Dartmouth estate (999 year lease from 1 May 1884) £160. horizontal steam engine by James Kilburn (xeroxed)
HEW 29 Aug: Auction of household furniture and effects – Thirstin, premises of Arthur Heap, Honley Wood Bottom, Walter Heap. Lords Mill, horses, implements, carts and gears, John Heap & Bros ‘upon the farm premises’. Lords Mill, furniture, John Heap/ James Heap.
1886 HEW 13 Feb: scribbling, spinning, twisting, weaving and finishing machinery To be sold. (xeroxed)
HEW 6 Mar: presently unoccupied, according to Board of Trade Inquiry into Honley Gas Co.
1890 HEW 28 Jun: watchman wanted – also for Moll Springs Mill.
1897 WYCRO Deeds. Vol 3.pp.478-80. Dartmouth sale to G W Oldham of Stubbings, 21a.3r.31p. £3700.
1902. HEW 22/28 Nov: G.W.Oldham, and Moll Spring dyeworks, finishing machinery to be sold to make way for new, also horses and lurries.
1909. 13 Dec. sale of milling, scouring and finishing machinery [ B/ETB]
1918 HEW 5 Oct: J A Liversedge, dyer, employee Pte Lewis Seymour, Meltham, KIA.

191. LOWERHEADROW MILL (Huddersfield)
1853 HC 14 May: J Gill occupier. Sale of machinery and stock in trade., also Newtown Mill.
1870 HE 10 Dec: Leeds Rd, ‘Albert Dyewood Mills’, occ Chas Ramsden. 20hp beam engine made by Gledhill. Also frontage to canal.
1873. HEW 13 Sep: James Connolly occupier, To be let plus 25hp steam engine.

Upper and * Lower. (Latter sometimes referred to as ‘Low eastwood Mill’ and, later, Beaufort Mill)
*? Lower mill on site of 17th century fulling mill.
1782. James Murgatroyd’s diary. Man falls in wheel race. “21 January 1782. A man pulling a piece at Low west wood-mill anent another man, the hands slipping, fell backwards into the mill race and stopped the mill. He was crushed most lamentably. This doleful misfortune happened Friday morning last and he lived till Saturday night.”
1794. LTR James Shaw.
1798. LTR ‘new mill’.
1799. 16 Dec. 21 year lease, rent 398.17s, Hon. R.L.Savile to James Shaw, Lower West Wood, clothier, messuages and mills for scribbling and carding of wool and fulling of cloth. [Sav. Dewsbury 79.]
1801. [Sav.] new building for scribbling at upper mill. £850. Dam embankment, byewash, pentrough, wheel race and water wheel £270.
1824. 1 Jan. J.L.Savile to John, Jonathan, Jos. and Eli Shaw, Golcar, clothiers two mills called lower and upper mill. [Sav. 81].
Upper scribbling mill rebuilding of west side and new out shot building £75: new fulling mill adjoining 55’6″ x 46’2″x 2 stories.
New iron water wheel, £290. Wheel race, wooden and stone pentroughs £110, Dam embankment, 2 trunks and shuttles, byegoits etc to upper mill dam £260.
1826. Steam engine house, 2 stories £30: chimney 30 yards high £79.10.
1834. Factory Commissioners Report: J.J.&.E.Shaw scribbling,slubbing,spinning and finishing,employed 54, wheel 20hp, steam engine 16hp, occasionally used. Children under 12 years and clipping and cleaning teazles for finishing.
Pigott’s Directory: Jonathan, Joseph and Eli Shaw.
1836 HG 26 Nov: Messrs Shaw, 14 year old boy killed by shaft.
1838. *new mill adjoining lower mill val. £1050 (1844).
1846. *Thomas Shaw petitions Saville estate for lease of lower mill, claiming it had been run down by his father.
1847. *lease to Thomas Shaw ends his uncles share in lower mill.
1849. Joshua Shaw complains about backwater caused at upper mill by Tom Shaw raising weir at lower mill and appeals against proposed rent rise to £200 describing bad state of trade.
1851. Thos. Hirst & Son and Jos. Bates (obituary HEW 31 Oct 1896).
1856. *Thomas and John Shaw tenancy agreement, Low West Wood Mill with Thomas and James Hirst, for rooms and to be constructed dyehouse lower mill (20 Dec). John Shaw writes 27 Dec to Lipscombe, Saville estate agent, urging rejection of his father’s application to motgage mill and extend premises. [Sav. 87]
1858. Lees mill occupiers, tenants of Radcliffe estate dispute with Lord Scarbourough estate over highering of weir at upper mill
HC 13 Mar: J & E Sykes, silk spinners, Low Westwood Mills, Linthwaite, bankrupt, machinery and stock to be sold. Near to Coach and Horses, Linthwaite.
HC 16 Oct: T Hirst & sons, three offences against Factory Acts.
HE, HC 30 Oct: James.Wood accident to James Robinson, 32, fulling miller, on a Sunday morning, cleaning flocks from tappit wheels, shuttle leaks causing wheel to turn, crushed. Cries alert master in adjoining house. Dies that evening.
*Joseph Bates obit 79, joined firm of Thos Hirst & Co, c.38 years ago, ie 1858. Later of firm of Beaumont & Bates at same mill until Platt Mill built 1880. ((HEW 7 Nov1896).
1865. HE 17 Jun: Tom Hirst & Sons ‘Low Eastwood Mills, Golcar’ [sic]. Weavers’ deputation asks advance of 4s in £1 – agreed..
1869. HC 25 Sep, machinery to be let.
1872. HEW 2 Mar ‘Low Eastwood Mills’ [sic]. Henry. son of Chas Lockwood, Linthwaite, putting strap on winding machine. Caught on shaft running 60-70 rpm, badly injured.
HEW 20 Apr, T.Hirst & Sons accident Sarah Grange, 14, piecer (working for father) accident. Looses thumb and first finger.
HEW 10 Feb, executors of Robert Dawson sell stock in trade.
HEW 20 Jul: Floods, Upper mill, David & Charles, flood damage to goods in warehouse. Pigs in stye in mill yard, belonging to millhands, have to be removed.
Lower mill room occupied by Bedforth and Battye, drysalters, retailers of dyewoods etc, flooded.
1873. HEW 17 May: James Hirst partner in firm of Thomas Hirst & Sons obit.
HEW 22 Feb: accident, burler falls in canal after spending evening in “working mens’ room” in mill, dead.
HEW 29 Nov, 13, 20 Dec: Lower Mill, machinery to be sold, including 68 power looms. Yarn, mungo, waste etc.
1874. HEW 7 Mar: *to be let by Thos Shaw executors , late occupier Charles Lockwood.
1875. HEW 13 Nov: John Hirst bankrupt, machinery to be sold.
1878. HEW 31 Aug: John Hirst deceased, machinery To be sold.
1879. HEW 11 Oct: room and power to be let.
1883. Taylors of Marsden install Meldrum patent draught furnace – engine compounded around this time ?
1894. Jos Sykes, retires from firm leaving John Edward and Arthur.
1897. HEW 8 May: John Sykes & Co. proposed wage reduction of 5 to 20 %, weavers threaten strike. Business moving to Marsden in a few weeks time. Agreement reached, 20 weavers on day shift.
[YFT 1 May: wages lower in Marsden. cf YFT 16 Apr:behind in union matters.]
HEW 11 Dec: Low Westwood Upper Mills, to be sold. , three stone built main buildings, , L shaped four and three storeys high supported by iron pillars, 60×25; 84×32 and 77×46 feet, dyehouse etc, 2 stone cottages. WW 14×16 foot diameter, 14 foot fall. Compound beam engine, boiler etc belonging to late tenants at option of purchaser
Sale poster. 14 Dec. Sykes- Savile estate correspondence on sale. Engine, boilers and shafting belongs to Sykes.
1899. HEW 6 May: mill to be let.
Agreement Joseph and John Edward Crowther to Albert Edward Cotton Ltd (new firm with £40,000 share capital) lease with option to purchase £3,000. Land ‘recently conveyed’ by Saville to Crowthers.
1900. HEW 8 Sep: W.E.Cotton & Sons, woollen waste, mill empty for a time up to 12 months ago. Owned by John Crowther, fire in carder. £3,000 damage. Brierley’s and Thorpe’s fire brigades attend.
1901. HEW 2 Mar: W.E.Cotton & Sons, theft of brass from mill, manager Jonas Haigh of Low Westwood cottage sees mason’s labourer working on mill remove some.
Billheads, mungo, shoddy, garnetted etc. materials.
1905. Albert E. Cotton, deceased val. by Eddison, Taylor & Booth £2,990 including land and houses at Slaithwaite.
1910. YTD. W.E.Cotton & Sons Ltd, ‘raw cotton and cotton waste merchants, wool washers and shoddy manufacturers’ also Tag Mill (Blackmoorholme).

193. LUCK LANE MILL (Marsh)
1867. HC 12 Jan: John Shaw, (brother George fireman), intruder Ben ‘Danger’ Schofield. Says he had permission to stay in mill from George. Magistrates told George was only workman with no interest in mill and could not give permission. Committed to gaol for ten days.
1871. HC 13 May: To be let, small three storey mill, 26 yards long, four hp engine. Apply Emmanuel Brook Luck Lane.

194. LUMBANK MILL (Austonley)
1855. HC 21 Jul: scribbling mill ‘recently been rebuilt’, fall from Bilberry reservoir, moiety of John Whiteley, occupied by Jos Broadhead and Chas. Battye. Along with land, house etc.
HC 15 Sep: situate at Hinchliffe Mill [sic], late in the occupation of John Rodgers, machinery, shafting and steam pipes to be sold.
HC 22 Sep: Building to be sold. 3 storeys with floor and framework for fourth storey, partly occupied as dwelling house and part as mechanics shop. Building at west end of it, two stories, teasing and scribbling room, engine house, chimney. Steam Engine 8 hp and 6 hp boiler with shafting etc…. situate at Hinchliffe Mill [sic], late in the occupation of John Rodgers,

195. LYDGATE MILL (New Mill)
1857. Built.
1858. HE 4 Jun 1859, powerlooms introduced.
1859. HE 4 Jun, Lockwood & Markham ‘s weavers on strike.
HE 25 Jun, fire in stove.
HC 8 Oct, accident, women’s leg amputated.
1860. HE 14 Jul, FIRE. in weaving shed, gutted, £7,000 damge. 100 thrown out of work. Built three years.
1902. HEW 4 Jan: to be let plus house and 6 acres, J.W.Mellor and W.J.Lockwood.
1910. YTD: Albert Mallinson & Sons linsey aprons, shirtings, skirtings etc.

1796. Dartmouth Lease. Joseph Robinson dyehouse.
1805. Dartmouth, Jos Robinson, dyehouse and water wheel, dispute of trustees of Clitheroe school over water-rights.
1822. Directory Joseph Robinson dyer.
1847. LM 27 Nov, to be sold (also Smithy Place).
1848. Directory.
1855 George William & Thomas Farrar begin partnership. (see 1892).
1859. HC 5 Mar: George William Farrar, dyer, Cliffe House, marriage. Treat for workmen at Coach & Horses. Tom Farrar, his brother, presides.
1860. HC 12 May: G W Farrar, vice pres of new Honley Choral Society.
1861. G.W.Farrar, Mag Brig, dyer £205 for boiler from Arnolds.
1863. HC 24 Jan: Farrar, dyer, land at Grasscroft, large stack cover stolen.
1864 HC 11 Jun: ‘Wanted, two experienced Hawkers – Apply to Farrar Bros, dyers, Honley.’
HC 10 Dec: GW Farrar, Cliffe House, dyer, elected onto new Local Board.
1866 HC 17 Feb: Treat for dyers, farm servants, their wives and private friends at Foresters arms. Wm Henry Walker of Lords Mill speaks. Also Thom Farrar.
1866. HC 3 Nov: Pollution of Rivers Enquiry at Huddersfield. Mr Farrar, dyer said his works were situate at Honley, on the Mag River. He employed 26 hands and used about 126,000 gallons per day of twelve hours. The water was obtained from springs on adjoining premises, They did not use the river water. They dyed cloth and wool and produced blue and black colours and used very little soap. the water was more or less polluted as it left their works. The ashes from th steam engine were used in the repair of roads asand the remainder went into the stream passing by. The night soil went on the land adjoining. No complaints had been made of their dealing with the stream. They had never tried to diminish the quantity of water passing into the stream or the impurity of the water. After the process of dyeing they preserved the sediment and put in on the land. The water that flowed form the sediment in the tank was like one of the samples produced. They used about a chest and a half of indigo a year – a chest averaging about 2 ½ cwt or nearly 400lbs. The weight of goods they dyed with that quantity he was not prepared to give, because the weights of the cloth varied so much. The wool we don’t wash. The cloth we have to wash. The indigo would apply to about 1,000lbs of wool per day. There is a good deal of dirt in the indigo as we get it’.
1871 HC 10 Jun: Honley Local Board, G W Farrar says intends to move that ‘ Mag-bridge be made wider, and that the approaches thereto should be made more safe for the public , as it was the most dangerous place about Honley.’
HEW 1 Jul: G Farrar, et al. dyers at demonstration of new dyeing machinery at Heppenstall Bros, Prospect Dyeworks.
HC 12 Aug: Charles Hellawell dyer, working for W H Farrar, Honley charged along with another boy of indecently assaulting Ann Haigh, married woman of Hilltop, Netherton returning from Reins, at Scarr Top Wood. Hellawell had been before bench on 5 July for assaulting a 5 year old girl but had got off because child too young to give testimony. Sentenced to 6 months.
HC 26 Aug: For Sale, Farrar Bros, Honley, 16 foot two flued boiler and nearly new 8 hp steam engine , ‘which can be seen at work’and a 6 hp engine.
1872 HC 4 May: Farrar Bros horses decorated for Mayday.
HC 16 Nov: Honley Working Men’s Club, Mr Farrar, of Farrar Bros, dyers, in chair. Mr Hobkirk lecture on ‘Time and Space’.
1876. HEW 29 Jul: Farrar Bros dyers, trip to Hull via Goole along with Gledhill & Roberts workforce.
1886. HEW 27 Feb: Farrar Bros, George, William and Thomas of Thirstin Dyeworks, bankrupt. Sale of farm stock. Including horses and harness.
(Mary Jaggar mentions that Farrar’s renowned for their pride in horses).
HEW 30 Oct: Farrar Bros serious fire spotted by Edward Taylor of Magdale at 11.45 at night, bucket chain organised, 33 pieces destroyed worth £1000 caused by overheating of cloth. Insured.
1892. HEW 2 Jan: ‘Lower Thirstin Dyeworks’, Farrar Bros. to be sold. with 20 hp, horizontal steam engine 22 inch cylinder, 28 inch stroke, 10 foot fly wheel, by James Kilburn, Meltham, 2 steam boilers, 7 foot 6 inch by 26 and 28 foot long by Arnold and by Horsfield. with 6 and a half acres of land adjoining works, under Spring Wood, Cliffe House, pleasure grounds, flower and fruit gardens, two summer houses and green house. George William Farrar.
HEW 9 Jan: George William Farrar, creditors meeting, banked due to bad trade, serious rise in the price of coal and serious loss from fire. Bankrupt 1886. Discharged by paying 12s in £. Business purchased by Schofield & Littlewood from W.H.Armitage, trustee, and then leased works to debtor for rent of £330 per annum. Distrained for debt of £1284. Only took 33 a week out of business and lived rent free.
HEW 16 Jan: utensils etc to be sold.
HEW 2 Apr: action against William Schofield, who with Lupton Littlewood (GW Farrar’s brother in law), had bought assetts from W.H.Armitage, trustee for 12s in £ owed to creditors, to be paid off in installments.
1901 YFT 13 Dec: treat at Coach & Horses, J. Ewart leaving for Skipton.
1910. YTD: Farrar & Co. indigo, wool and cloth dyers.
1914 HEW 2 May: Farrar & Co. closed down by carter’s strike – 40 employees idle.
ibid: Herbert Mallalieu, director of Farrars, slightly uninjured in train smash on way back from FA Cup Final with other Honley passengers.
1918 HEW 16 Feb: Herbert Mills, Farrar’s Fold, Lower Thirstin, teamer for Farrar’s, died suddenly at Greenwood’s Perserverance Mills. Having medical treatment.

197. MANOR MILL (Meltham Mills)
1872. HEW; HC 14 Dec: ‘little woollen mill at Meltham Mills, occupied by Mr Joseph Hirst of Wilshaw,…’, Fred Lee, Burnlee, 18, assistant scribbling engineer killed in shaft accident.
1882. HEW 14 Jan: Jos.Hirst & Co. worsted manufacturers, voluntary liquidation. Mill and machinery to be sold.
1884. HEW 19 Jul:Wilshaw, worsted spinning plant To be sold.
H.A.Hirst, worsted spinner sued for coal supplied by Abm Taylor.
HEW 4 Oct: Wm,Fred, Arthur Hirst and Jos Hinchliffe, ‘Hirst Bros’ bankrupt.
1885. HEW 8 Jun:to be let. James Kilburn, engineer and valuer.
1886. HEW 30 Jan: Manor Mill fulling machinery To be sold.
1899 HEW 7 Jan: Jonas Brook & Bros,treat 50 persons at Liberal Hall, CW Batley, overlooker, Mr Reynolds, manager of dept.
1903. HEW 3 Jan: Dam referred to in Trade effluent question. Owned By Jonas Brook’s

1845. Wm Thornton offence against Factory Act.
1851. Census:Wm. & Jos.Thornton cloth dressers, 25 men, 4 women and 7 boys.
1856. HE,HC 27 Dec: Wm.Thornton & Son fire in stove. Discovered by one of children employed in room above. Jos Thornton informed. Steam pipe broken to suppress flames. Between river and canal. L&Y and Armitage’s engines arrive. Some of children evacuated by being lowered by ropes from windows three stories up.
1860. HE 14 Jan: Jos Thornton treat.
HC 17 Nov: John Firth & Sons, Marsh-bottoms [sic], Lockwood. Fire in willowing room. Extinguished by workpeople. £50 damage.
1864. HC 18 Jun: Jos Thornton bankrupt. machinery , woollen and cotton waste etc to be sold.
HC 25 Jun: Jos Thornton bankrupt, fancy woollen cloths to be sold at Philosophical Hall Assembly Rooms.
1865 HC 8 Jul: Dangerous steep unfenced road from Manchester road to mill, Stoney Battery, Conor Carney, oyster hawker, falls in canal and drowns.
1868. HE 22 Aug: Jos Thornton, fire.
HC 22 Aug: Jos Firth, yarn manufacturer, warehouse destroyed by fire. Mill on bank of L&NWRCo. Canal, three storeys, high, 19 windows long. Occupied by Firth and John Crowther & Sons.
1871 HC 11 Mar: Tyne Crosland, treat for 35 workpeople at Britannia Inn.
HC 24 Nov: Tyne Crosland, cloth dresser, 20% advance conceded.
1876 HC 1 Jul: Henry Crosland, yarn spinner, Mark Bottoms Mills, petition for liquidation, liabilities £5,650.
HEW 25 Nov: Tyne Crosland, room and power.
HEW 16 Sep: Henry Crosland occupier, machinery to be sold.
1877. HEW 20 Jan: Henry Crosland yarn spinner banked. Formerly manager for Broadbent, yarn spinner, obit 1872, Crosland made trustee under will, along with Tyne Crosland, cloth finisher. Marries Broadbent’s widow and continued to manage business. Became indebted to testator, action against him on behalf of infant chilfren of testator in chancery.
HEW 24 Mar: to be let including 60hp engine, Joseph Thornton (Edge House).
1878 HEW 3 Aug: Jos Taylor in liquidation, machinery to be sold.
1881. Directory: Tyne Crosland, cloth finisher.
1885. HEW 18 Apr: Fitton & Lindeman dyer (22) falls in vat and dies of scalds. 25 Apr. Inquest.
1887. HEW 30 Apr: John Fitton & Sons, shoddy manufacturer, burnt down. £3-4,000 damage. (HEW 1 Oct: Fitton & Sons mungo and shoddy warehouse in Fitzwilliam St, fire.)
HEW 23 Jul: machinery and stock to be sold.
1888. HEW 11 Aug: to be let, with improved steam engine and shafting geared up with ropes.
1889. HEW 6 Jul: shed to be let.
1890. HEW 4 Jan: new shed to be erected, 1,000 square yards.
1893 HEW 9 Sep: Arthur Moorhouse & Co. Bankrupt. Machinery to be sold.
1896. HEW 5 Sep: T.H.Stork & Co. run hose to fire at Britannia Mill Co. mill
1901. YFT 24 May: sold, £1,100, ground rent to Radcliffe est. £35 pa.
HEW 20; 27 Apr:Henry Holland & Co, debtor’s affairs, machinery to be sold.
HEW 21 Dec. E.Wood & Sons, rag pullers, Eli Lindley(28) arm caught in garnett machine.
1910. YTD: Ephraim Wood & Sons, wastepullers.

see also Bankbottom Mills.
1876. HEW 7 Oct: Marsden Mill Co. formed, capital £40,000.
HEW 30 Dec: Contracts for tenders, new mill to be built on site of Ottiwells, B.Stocks architect, 60 x 30 yards x 5 storeys. John & James Whitehead, masons; James Schofield, Marsden, joiner; J Preston, Meltham, painter; B Bpttomley, Marsden, plasterer; Taylor & Sons, boiler and other ironwork. ‘hitherto pleasant and well wooded dell…The landmarks of the Marsden “wise forefathers” are disappearing one after another…’ Ottiwells Mill to go.
1878. HEW 18 May: powerlooms ordered from Robert Taylor & Sons, scribbling and spinning machinery from Jn Tatham,Rochdale.
HEW 31 Aug: Chimney christening, 61 yards high, contractors J&J Whitehead. 25 ladies and gentlemen landed safely at top. Jos Crowther christens it St Thomas after numerous suggestions. Marsden sets example of christening long chimneys after apostles.
HEW 19 Oct: Engine naming ceremony, “Hopeful”.
Made by Messrs Pollitt and Wigzal of Sowerby Bridge. Compound one of 45 horse power ‘but will comfortably indicate 450 horse power, and it is to drive machinery in a mill 60 yards long, 22 yards and a half wide and five storeys high: and each room in the mill will have power direct from the fly wheel…[mill to be fully completed by early next year] A new process of driving by ropes and straps will be introduced into the mill.’ christened by Mrs Joseph Crowther. Because of trade depression not all machinery yet in mill.
1879. HEW 8 Feb, “Large new mill at Ottiwells…” joint treat with Crowther’s workforce.
1880. HEW 29 May: accident to Eliza Wild (18) hand caught in condensor.
1885 HEW 17 Feb: Treat, 600 employees and guests with Jos Crowther in ‘High level weaving shed’ move to new warehouse for songs, games and dancing.
1887. HEW 1 Jan: Marsden Mill Co. dissolution of partnership with Frank Wm Bannister & Co, worsted spinners.
1890. HEW 4 Jan: fire in stove £50 damage.
1891. HEW 31 Jan. Fire Brigade supper.
1894. HEW 24 Feb: pulley shaft of hoist falls out of ‘cat’s head’ and breaks thigh of Luke Marsden.
1897. HEW 13 Mar: worsted machinery to be sold.
YFT 16 Apr: machinery being changed, operatives to be set on in a few days. Some of sold looms gone to Cellars Clough and Holme Mills.
1898. YFT 25 Aug: Leeming Loom weavers, social, John Wilson has position in Helsingfors.
HEW 10 Dec: strike, letter from firm denies any increase in length of warps or wage reductions.
1899. HEW 11 Feb: weavers’ strike. ball in aid of strike fund to be held at Ram Inn.
HEW 18 Feb: return on employers’ terms.
HEW 2 Dec: Mill largest in district, fire in teazing shed, £1200 damage. £14000 yarn and wool in adjoining shed saved.
1899. HEW 6 May: slight accident to female.
Marsden Mill Co. pollution case 70,000 gallons would need treatment a day to stop effluent.
HEW 19 Aug: Leeming loom weaver, treat at Marsden Mechanics Hall for John William Marsden leaving for Helsingfors, presented with travelling bag and dressing case.
HEW 4 Nov: West Riding River Board prosecution. Magistrate’s penalty far less than cost of treating effluent discharged into river.
HEW 2 Dec: Fire in teasing shed, teasers and fearnoughts destroyed but workers control flames with hoses. Stoner Crowther, son of joseph at mill. Buzzer sounded and fire brigades arrive (Haigh’s, Breierley’s and Victoria Mills, but not required. £1200 damage. Adjoining buildings £14,000 stock and yarn alone.
1901 YFT 17 May: taken over by J E Crowther, now known as Bank Bottom Mills.
John Edward Crowther takes over firm. Joined by Jos.’s sons, Chas. Frederick and J.Hilton Crowther. [Jos, Crowther obit. HEW 17 Jun 1905]
YFT 2 Aug: 80 old Leeming Looms replaced by new Dobcross looms
1902 YFT 28 Feb: menders’ strike.
1909. W. Fire at “Bankbottom Mills Marsden (commonly called the Company Mills.), John E Crowther, run in conjunction with Ready Carr and Fall Lane Mill.
W Jul: Crowther provides workers with bowling green at Ottiwells.
1910. YTD: John Edward Crowther, fancy woollens, 18,000 spindles, 260 looms.
1915. YTD: ditto, 60,100 spindles, 510 looms.

200. MARSH MILL (Marsh)
1845. LM 13 Sep John Crosland offence against Factory Act.
1848. LM 27 May, Henry Walker offence against Factory Act.
1851. Census: Henry Walker 116 male, 54 female employess.
1866 HC 10 Mar: Seth Holroyd & Co, two spinners wanted, wges 25s/week.
1867. HC 15 Jun, Henry Mallinson machinery to be sold.
1868 HE 6 Jun: Seth Holroyd & Co, assigness, machinery to be sold.
1873. HEW 1 Feb: Ellis & Quarmby fire in fearnought.
1885 HEW 1 Aug: W.B.Quarmby, fire in beaming room thought to have been caused by heat of sun through window on woollen warps. £30 damage.
1892. HEW 2 Jan: Wm.B.Quarmby, letter re. fire brigades.
HEW 30 Apr: to be sold, W.B.Quarmby occupier, 4 storeys by 47 by 72½ feet and beam engine, 22 inch ylinder, 4 foot stroke, boiler 26 by 8 feet.
1910. YTD: J.Haywood & Sons, plain and fancy worsteds, tweeds and vicunas, 2,380 spindles, 50 looms.
1927 HEW 27 May: Mr and Mrs Jos Haywood, 3 Park drive, golden wedding, founder of firm 16 May 1877, founder of YMCA in Huddersfield and Brunswick St Sunday School.

1780s William Brooke of Thick Hollins, scribbling and fulling mills. Lower Ridge Busk Mill, originally woollen. (see 1856)
1791. Dartmouth terrier, two mills.
1805. Dartmouth terrier Jonas Brook large cotton factory £1,200 to build.
William Brook of Thickhollins, woolstapler. Eldest son Jonas (father of Charles) on death of father begins firm of Jonas Brook and Brothers, cotton spinners alongside William Brook & Sons, woolstaplers and bankers. [HC 1871]
1807. [DTJ] insured £3,150.
1832. HHE 7 Apr: boy struck by overseer later dies.
1833 HG 4 May : Patent gas oven. (installed c.1828.)
1834. Factory Commissioners report, built c.1793, cotton and silk, three steam engines,50hp,26hp, 8hp, and water wheel. 623 employed.
1838. Honley Rental, Jonas Brook owner of c60 cottages.
1838. HG 27 Mar: patent gas ovens, powers 1200 single jet lights.
1840 Following death of Jonas Brook, brother James retires and his sons William Leigh Brook and Charles Brook (later of Enderby Hall), partners with uncle Charles Brook the elder of Healey House, as cotton thread business. [HC 1871]
W L Brook marries Charlotte, daughter of Jos Armitage esq.
1841 Meltham Hall built by WL Brook.
1842. General strike weavers instructed to report to work.
1844. LT 4 May: 11 hour day introduced.
1847. LM 23 Jan: James and Charles John Brook admitted to business, treat in “recently built mill” in large gas lit room. WL Brook and Chas Brook, revs, Meredith, Hughes and Maitland on platform. Mr Calder, recently appointed manager, ‘there was a feeling of kindness and mutual interest between masters and men which he had never seen elsewhere (cheers) …no man is turned offwithout a sufficient reason and after the most mature consideration (cheers). Mr Heron compares firm to SS Great Britain.’
Charlotte, wife of W L Brook obit.
1849 LM 17 Nov: Meltham Mills Mechanics Institute, patrons Wm Leigh Brook and Mr Calder, manager of mill.
LM 24 Nov: Jonas Brook & Bros, reservoir, ‘beautiful lake’, nearly 5 acres in extent. ‘a place well calculated for the keeping and preserving of acquatic fowls.’ Woodnook farmer shoots swans. Claims he though they were wild geese.
1850 Charles Brook snr retires, firm run by William L and Charles. [HC 1871]
*20 May: W L Brook marries his former wife’s sister Emily in Altona, Denmark
1851. Census. Wm.Leigh Brook, Meltham Hall, cotton spinner in firm of two, 164 men, 316 women: 136 boys, 292 girls (tot.908) employed. Landed proprietor farming 108 acres and 450 acres of moorland, employing 10 labourers.
HC 1 Feb, trade good ‘large thread mill’ in full employment.
HC 27 Sep: DINNER TIME ‘Just at the time the factories stop for dinner the village of Meltham Mills presents a scene of great bustle and activity. If the reader can judge character from appearances he would never have a better opportunity of discovering the moral worth of the female portion of the young people of this neighbourhood, the greatest part of whom are employed in mills in the village. Not long ago being in the place at dinner time we saw them issue from their workshops and scrutinised their countenances as they filed past us in their wooden shoes and we were greatly interested in their pleasing appearances. It was a fine day and the good impression they had made in our minds was not a little increased when as the time approached for them to return to their employment we found not a few of them busily improving their spare moments sitting in groups by the wayside and under the edges of the neighbouring fields some sewing, some knitting while others again were reading to those who were so employed. From this circumstance we came to the conclusion that that peculiarity in the female character which enables them to administer so much to the comfort and happiness of those around them is developed to a very considerable extent among the youthful portion of the females at Meltham Mills.’
HC 1 Nov: false fire alarm.
HC 29 Nov: allotments for workers.
20 Nov: MI ceased to exist, ‘for want of patronage among the class of persons for whose benefits such institutions are more particularly organised.’
1853. HC 2 April: ‘A Day at Messrs Brook’s Cotton Mill…’ Detailed description of works. (xerox)
HE, HC 7 May; 14 May: Cart driven by ‘Dumb Jabez’ Mellor leading coals from Westwood and other pits to ‘extensive threadworks’ runs away down Knowle Lane. Letter from W L Brook. Coal not for Brook’s but for Hirst’s mill ‘our relative’. Need for alternative route. ‘All the best coals consumed in Meltham have to come down this route…’
W L Brook, president of Huddersfield Association for improving the breed of pigs and poultry (founded May 1849). Annual meeting in George Hotel.
HC 18 Jun: ‘making large additions to their already extensive establishment…’.
HC 26 Nov: case against Sultzer, selling thread not of their manufacture with Brook name on it.
1854. HC 4 Feb: Letter from W L Brook, Meltham Hall, re Holmfirth Flood Relief Fund (of which he is chairman). Rather than £400 still with treasurer be spent on pieces of plate for gentlemen who had worked for fund, a dispensary should be built at Holmfirth.
HC 11Feb: Patents: Wm Leigh Brook and Charles Brook, improvements in preparing, finishing, dressing and winding cotton and linen yarn or threads and in the machinery or apparatus connected therewith.’
HC 29 Apr: ‘To Timber Merchants and Growers of Wood. Messra Jonas Brook & Bros wish to contract for 600 tons per annum of the following descriptions of WOOD, for a term of years, to be delivered to Honley Station on the Huddersfield and Sheffield Railway, viz: – Ash, Sycamore and Maple, not exceeding 10 feet in size; Birch, Wiggin and Horse Chestnut, not to exceed 30 feet. 150 tons per annum of white underwood of not less than 1 ½ inched diameter. Meltham Mills near Huddersfield , April 1854’.
HE 29 Apr: safe blown £30 in notes and £10 in gold and silver stolen.
HC 20 May: 3×26 hp wagon boilers, one 35hp with flue through centre, 2×12 hp boilers.
James William Carlile joins firm. [HC 1871]
1855. HC 3 Jul (Tuesday): Chas Brook Jun complaint against John Dyson for breach of Sunday Beer Act. He visited premises to see if law being observed and found 25 to 30 persons drinking after 10 at night. Defence says it was not after 10 and Dyson asked Brook to assist him in clearing people out who had met to subscribe funds to Sunday school. Brook says he had witness, a constable, but had not called him since he was a grocer and might suffer in consequence. Defence saus ‘Mr Brook had expressed a determination to uproot the public house system in Meltham and declared that he would spend a large amount of money but he would accomplish that object.’ Dyson landlord for 17 years without complaint. Case dismissed on payment of expenses.
HE,HC 7 Jul: fire in boiler house, case of boiler ignited. Discovered by men who had been clipping sheep for WL Brook on Isle of Skye. Roof of boiler house destroyed. Watchman dismissed for negligence.
HE , HC 22 Sep: William Leigh Brook OBIT. contracted cholera while in Germany, also his wife,Emily, sister of Edward Armitage, who dies before him at Frankfurt, Armitage and Charles respond to telegram but William L. dying when they arrive in Cologne. ‘a kind and considerate master’. Charles Brook adopts their children. [HC 1871]
1856. HC 26 Jan: letter from Jonas Brook & Bros re practice of fraudulent lengths of reels of cotton. Prior to 1852 did not wind own thread. In that year asked to supply order but told to wind less than length marked on reel, eg 70 yards on 100 yard reel. Told it was the custom of the trade. Frauds damage British manufacture. Avarice and dishonesty combine to produce an inferior article.’ Ed comments that winderfined 1s if she turns out reel with short measure. Second offence and she is dismissed.
HC 23 Feb: William Leigh Brook, property at George St, Upperhead Row, demolished old buildings and erected warehouse on south side with ashlar front on the understanding that the plot in front would remain open for ever. Now public right of way and can not be built on.
HC 17 May: Letter from Jonas Brook & Bros, regarding Sunday observance and bad effect of omnibus loads of pleasure seekers coming to Meltham.
HE, HC 4 Oct: treat. for prizes won at New York and Paris exhibitions. Delayed due to ‘domestic affliction’. Dinner in large winding shed ‘recently erected.’ Pritchett architect. Lighted from above by dormerlights.
David Redfearn, ‘King David’ to workpeople, speech. His father shepherd to William Brook of Thick Hollins. ‘Grandfather of all factories at Meltham Mills’ Lower Ridge Busk Mill, originally woollen. Reel cotton introduced 5 years ago. Contended with practice of giving shorter length than stated. Just before 1851 exhibition invented machine for glazing thread.
T D Scholes, manager. Came to Meltham Mills 21 years ago. For 12 connected with the cotton manufactory. (Festival said to have cost firm £1,000).
HC 8 Nov: C Brook jun chairs supper of Meltham Mills band, reformed after breaking up 12 months ago due to ‘some umpleasantness amongst its members.’ Brook says been 27 years among workpeople and always thinks of them. His love of music. Keeps workingmen out of public houses. Mr Jackson a professional player engaged. Plays ‘The Blue Bells of Scotland’ on cornet.
*Charles Armirage Brook son of W L Brook dies in infancy intestate.
1857. HC 21 Feb: Charles John Brook, of Thickhollins, obit. Cousin of W L Brook. A well loved philanthropist.
HC 28 Mar: Chas Brook proposes Akroyd at St George’s Square election meeting.
HC 20 Jun: Five children dismissed when found father had falsified one child’s birth certificate. He has to leave district for Lancashire.
HC 27 Jun: Chas Brook jun writes letter that he is unable to attend opening of new infant school he has built since in London on important business. J W Carlile speaks. Reading room for men under school. No cards or dice would be allowed.
HC 1 Aug: Visit by delegation from Yorkshire Union of Mechanics Institutes.
HC 28 Nov: W L Brook, marriage of former wife’s sister case.
HC 19 Dec: trade frauds.
Reading Room established – (HC 24 Nov. 1866)
1858. HC 23 Jan: saving bank established 1856 by Brooks. £260 paid in over last year.
HC 6 Mar: ‘General custom’ when apprentice attains majority to have supper to celebrate him being ‘loose’ from his apprenticeship. 70 st supper in large room at mill. Singing and reciting, Meltham Mills Brass Band plays. Daniel Wood, E Myers and Edmund Redfearn on platform.
HC 20 Mar: Charles Brook jun, Rev Jos Hughes, Meltham, Rev. Ed. C Ince, Meltham Mills, among those at meeting in Leeds to establish West Riding Marriage Law Reform Association. Charles speaks as brother of WL Brook. His marriage had support of all but one of family.
HC 17 Apr: J W Carlile and E Eastwood, originators of new enlarged news room at Meltham.
HC 24 Apr: Decision in Brook marriage case – marriage null and void, therefore his estate vested in the crown.
HC 1 May: Petition in Meltham to legalise marriage with decased wife’s sister. Not as much interest in petition since Corn Laws. Also a petition got up in Marsden.
HC 17 Jul: Jos Brook, JP fourth son of Wm Brook, founder of firm, OBIT, partner in William Brook & Sons, bankers and woolstaplers, Jonas Brook & Sons and Riley,Brook & Co, merchants and wool importers of London and Magdeburg. Railway director, mainly responsible for station front and so the ‘new Huddersfield’. Chair of Improvement Commissioners, cemetery and Model Lodging House he believed his greatest achievements.
HC 20 Nov: 1500 employed by Charles Brook silk factory, in village, church school reading room and cottages.
Hopkinson’s patent compound safety valve for preventing boiler explosions installed.
HC 11 Dec: Charles Brook jun. donates new organ to National School, Meltham Mills.
1859. HC 1 Jan: Charles Brook jun. , letter re chancery case Brook v. Brook occasioned by W L Brook’s marriage to his deceased wife’s sister and the subsequent death of themselves and infant son. Since 1835 such marriages illegitimate. Guardian of his brother’s children, he is backing bill to change law. A common practice among the working classes. At least 28 in a neighbouring village. Others just live together.
HC 24 Dec: Petitions circulating in villages for change of law to allow marriage with deceased wife’s sister. In Honley ‘most numerously signed’ and if women had been allowed to sign it, many more names.
HC 29 Jan: J W Carlile at meeting of Huddersfield Steam Boiler Association. Suggested alterations made by inspector to three of the engines at mill had resulted in a gain of more than 100 hp.
HC 16 Apr: New building being erected for workpeople. Three masons narrowly miss being killed by fall of several very large stones from top of building.
HC 27 Aug: excursion to Liverpool and New Brighton. Four divisions assemble at 4am, preceeded by firebrigade. March to Meltham and then to Slaithwaite to train, which leaves at 6am and arrives at 9am. Arrive back at Slaithwaite 10pm. 1340 took part, including 100 tradesmen, clergy, friends etc. 250 workpeople did not go. During day a monster flag and other smaller ones floated from mill. T D Scholes manager made arrangements. Edward Brook, new partner to business.
HC 26 Nov: night watchman and policeman find Joseph Dodson an elderly vagrant sleeping in a yard at mill. He is intoxicated and abusive and threatens to burn mill down. One month’s imprisonment.
1860. HC 14 Jan: Jospeh Athorn of Honley charged with stealing brasses worth 4s, property of Charles Brook jun. Employed with firm since 1854. says his wife was ill and he he had not been able to work for a fortnight and there was no money in house. Bench says his employerwould have helped if asked. One month’s imprisonment.
HC 4 Feb: Meltham Mills church reopens after alterations. Charles Pritchett architect. ‘It is through the munificence of Mr [Chas] Brook that the cost of the work will be defrayed; which, added to the late extensive improvements at Meltham Mills, for the benefit of the workpeople, will only endear his name still more in the memory of all who have the pleasure to be connected with the extensive works of Messrs. Jonas Brook and Brothers’.
HE,HC 18 Feb: Annual soiree of Meltham Mechanics Institution in Dining Room at mill.
‘It consists of a very commodious hall – elegant without, architecturally considered and comfortable within. Below the platform end of the hall lis an apartment not generally found in connection with factories. It is a room fitted up with large ovens, with perforated plates, constructed for the purpose of enabling the workpeople coming from a distance to heat their meals, which they then take with them into the hall above and enjoy at leisure. A woman is employed expressedly for looking after the ovens and superintending the heating operation. The hall upstairs is well warmed so that the factory hands are enabled to take their meals with comfort and pleasure – each one having his or her own particular seat which they always occupy. The basement of the hall is fitted up with a superior set of baths where the workpeople emay enjoy the luxury of frequent ablution at a merely nominal rate The whole arrangements reflect the highest credit on the humanity of Mr Brook, who shows an excellent example to his brother manufacturers…’ HE.
‘A spacious, lofty and well ventilated room, 63 feet long by 36 feet wide…’ HC
HC 28 Apr: Chas Brook Jnr, marriage. Firework display.
HC 3 Mar: robbery.
HE 5 May: Baths.
HC 14 Jul: Patent case against Messrs Evans of Derby to prevent them selling thread using name of ‘glace’. In 1853 plaintiffs invented a new mode of polishing thread. Won prize for cotton sewig thread at parish Exhibition 1855. Very large demand for it. Defendents began selling thread in 1855 under name ‘glace’ but due to death of W L Brook and other problems, litigation not begun. Judge says plaintiff had acquiesced in use of name since 1855 and could not grant injunction due to lapse of time.
HC 21 Jul: Chas Brook Jnr, senior partner married earlier in year. Excursion to Scarborough for 1600.
HC 17 Nov: young girl, Earnshaw, dress caught in upright shaft. Taken round a great many times. Broken leg, thigh and other injuries.
1861. HC 26 Jan: 500 persons in new dining hall for tea party in connection with St James Church, provided by Mrs Charles Brook jun and Miss Clara Brook.
HC 9 Feb: ‘An Example!’ – workers on way to mill find drunken policeman. Unable to wake him they take him home in a wheelbarrow. 23 Feb: P C Kinson court case dismissed since disciplined by Chief Constable.
HC 2 Mar: House of Lords, ‘The marriage question and the late Wm Leigh Brook Esq.’ In May 1840 he married Charlotte Armitage and had by her two children (Clara Jane and James William). After her death he married her sister Emily at Altona, Denmark. By her he had Cnarlotte Amelia nd Sarah Helen Brook, the appellants. In 1855 WL Brooke dies at Cologne and letters of administration granted to Charles Brook the younger, John and Edward Armitage. In march 1856 the appellant’s file their complaint that testator’s will be published, which done under direction of court. In March 1857 will decreed proved and enquiries made whther marriage to Emily legal according to law of country where took place. Chief clerk certifies marriage legal and therefore children legitimate. In December 1857 the Vice chancellor , Court of Chancery, decrees that the marriage was not legal. HC 23 Mar: Verdict – appeal dismissed, marriage illegal by law of England.
HC 27 Apr, 4 May: Clara Brook, Meltham Hall, eldest daughter of late WL Brook, marriage to J D Birchall of Leeds. Festivities in dining room at Mill. Description of location and Meltham Hall, built by the late W L Brook and no occupied by C Brook jun.JP. Charlotte Amelia and Sarah Helen, bridesmaids, ‘two sweet children’ of WLB..
HE 12 Oct: HC 26 Oct, subscriptions to Oastler memorial. meeting of masters and workpeople in Dining Hall. Chas Brook, presiding. Heads of departments to form committee to raise subscriptions. £12.5s donated by 1033 workpeople. Firm adds £14.
1862. HC 11 Jan: Jonas Brook & Bros, threaten to leave Chamber of Commerce if plan to open rooms for telegraphic communication on Sundays is allowed. Charles Brook Esq of Healey House also writes saying it was ‘opposed to God’s command to keep holy the Sabbath-day’.
HE 1 Feb: John Manning, Irish labourer living at Blackmoorfoot, charged with embezzling 2lbs thread. Two lbs found by police in his house. daughter had been employed by Brooks. Fined £20.
HC,HEW 21 Jun: fatal accident. Wm Stead, 10, falls down hoist. Should not have been there.
HC 4 Oct: Chas Brook jun and J W Carlile at Gymnasium Hall meeting on Lancashire distress.
HC 11 Oct: Jonas Brook & Bros, donate £300 to Cotton Districts Distress relief Fund. (Largest single subscription).
1863. HC 4 Jul: Edward Brook, Bent House, marries Emma, dtr of Thomas Brooke, Northgate House, Honley.
(HC 18 Jul: Jonas Brook & Bros occupy two storey mill at Rashcliffe which is to be sold with 24 hp engine).
HC 8 Aug: Procession of 1500 on couples’ return from honeymoon. Carriage drawn to Bent Hous,e led by brass band.
HC 5 Sep: Saturday 29 Aug, Chas Brook jun entertains 6th West York Rifle Volunteers in grounds of Meltham Hall for firing practice and for dinner in large dining hall of mill. Fifteen officers, 20 sergeants, five buglers and 300 riflemen. J W Carlile, Joseph Wrigley, Alfred Beaumont and others at top table.
HC 14 Nov: accident to Ellen Garside 19, breakfast whistle goes 8.30, cleaning still moving machine, head crushed.
HC 28 Dec: Richard Hallas Oldham, Honley, slubber at Folly Hall Mills, suicide in reservoir. Brother also died by drowning.
1864. New partnership Charles Brook, Edward Brook, (eldest son of late Jonas Brook) and Carlile. [HC 1871]
HC 19 Mar: cotton machinery.
HC 28 May: John Shaw, cotton piecer, son of Henry Shaw, Neill Moor Top, mechanic, fails to arrive at mill. Last seen near ‘Scamps Mill’ and dam drawn off in search of him. ‘He was dressed in light fustian jacket and trousers, coarse harden apron, magenta scarf and cap.’
HC 20 Aug: 7-800 on trip to Liverpool. Walked to Berry Brow station.
HC 15 Oct: accident, Ellen Moorhouse, 13, just a full timer for a few weeks, bobbin gatherer for women reelers, scalped and ear torn off, girl looses joint of finger trying to extricate her. She should have not been in alley between reel frames.
HC 17 Dec, death. No inquest since no blame attached to anyone but deceased.
1865 HC 11 Feb: joiner, Joseph Turner, putting new tappits on stocks in bleaching room rests plank on shaft. Asking for turn of wheel shaft pulls plank and falls, broken thigh.
HC 10 Jun: Chas Brook Jnr Enderby Hall Estate, 5 miles from Leicester, bought for £67,000. 730a including 65a of park and 45a of woods and plantations. With it lordship of the manor.
HC 5 Aug: Tenders for alterations and additions to Enderby Hall, erection of porter’s lodge, entrance, boundary walls, stables, loose boxes, carriage houses, harness room etc. John Kirk & Sons, Huddersfield.
HC 7 Oct; ‘Terrific Exploxion’ at Mill. Hundreds flock to mill. Explosion found to be newly erected gas holder ‘of immense size’. The gas maker examining valve on top of holder had found small hole with a slight blue flame issuing. Put his cap over it resulting in explosion. He is uninjured but hundreds of punds of damage done.
1866. HC 23 Jun: Chas Brook Jnr presentation by Sunday school for his service as superintendent. Leaving for Enderby Hall, active in firm for 40 years, ‘he should like to retire from the bustle and turmoil of business.’
30 Jun: Enderby Hall, alterations by J Kirk & Sons, in 1,000 acres, about 5 miles south of Leicester. Hosiery and granite cutting village with 13th century church. Tenants welcome Chas on his arrival.
Cost £60,000. Later bought adjoining Lubisthorpe estate for £100,000 from Duke of Rutland. [HC 1871]
HC 7 Jul: Thom Moorhouse, bank buildings, overlooker in throstle dept, 36, very studious turn of mind occupied most of his leisure hours reading. Married 7 years, 2 children. At easter sever inflammation of lungs, sister died fortnight ago. Very depressed, but attended work, Friday morning got up as usual for work and slashed his wife’s throat as she lay asleep. Not serious wound, she wrestles him for razor and he slashes own throat. Neighbours hear screams. Both in very precarious state through loss of blood.
ibid. Chas Hirst, 45, bleaching dept, cotton thread before being wound onto bobbins cleaned by chemicals mixed in tank which give dangerous fumes. Wearing handkerchief over mouth which became caught in going gear, lifted off ground. No bones broken but crushed.
HC, HE 14 Jul: Ditto. Inquest. Wife and seven children.
Ibid. Moses Preston, self acting mule tenter, leg entangled in mule.
HC 24 Nov: Annual soiree of reading room held in dining room of mill, , 600 present, including Ed Brook, Bent House.
1867 HC 2 Mar: Paris Exhibition – case of bobbins sent ‘The eveness of the thread and the smoothness of the finish surpasses all their previous efforts.’ Case made by Messrs Marsh & Co of Leeds, eight feet x 3 ½ ft x 2 feet deep. Contains 2,000 bobbins. Thread specially manufactured under supervision of the manager, Mr Scholes.
HC 4 May: Robert Lockwood, bobbin winding room overlooker, 59, drops dead. Heart disease.
HC 10 Aug: Office windows smashed by run away coal cart down Knowle Hill.
HC 10 Aug: Chas Brook presents incumbency of Meltham Mills to Rev Jagoe of Motntrose, (formerly Lockwood), Rev Ince having gone to Christchurch, Battersea.
HC 14 Sep: Cottage garden Society, exhibition in dining room. This year also poultry.
HC 16 Nov: Two large 28 foot boilers used for generating steam for new mill. Engineer George Sanderson leaves mill at 11 pm Sat, night fireman left in charge. On return at 7 Sunday morning, one boiler red hot and no water in it. Fire put out. Several of plugs melted and serious damage. That part of mill stood.
1868. HE 8 Feb: one of engine houses flooded in great storm, part of works stopped.
HE 7 Mar: Jos Townend, watchman, widower, charged with trying to bribe medical man to kill illegitimate child he had fathered, delivered on St Valentine’s day. Defence that the money was offered to settle a breach of promise claim. Mr Rawcliffe not a qualified surgeon. Case discharged.
HC 28 Mar: James Kenyon, 60, employed by firm for 50 years, now as wood buyer, dies in chair at Boot & Shoe Inn, Huddersfield.
1869. HE 13 Mar: presentation to manager.
HE 31 Jul: presnation to Mr G Rayner, 30 years superintendent of spooling dept, leaving to commence his own business as thread manufacturer, young women buy him gold pencil case.
HE 31 Jul: Firm recommended to fence off old quarry in Honley Wood after 5 year old boy drowns.
HE 14 Aug: 1200 on trip from Meltham station to Southport. AC Armitage esq become partner.
1870. HE 5 Feb: Ed Brook, Meltham Hall, defrays cost of extraordinary rate for nearly 700 ratepayers, £400, incurred by opposition to Huddersfield Water Bill in parliament.
HE 7 May: accident, Ellen Moorhouse, and Emma Hobson, Deanhouse, carders, injured another killed riding on hoist. Entrance to mill through large folding door into yard, where carts loaded, on left boilers with coal in front. On right hoist from card room on lowest storey to top – five storeys, worked by steam. Alfred Wright in charge, non one allowed to ride it. Girls ignore him Moorhouse falls out trying to step onto landing and pulls Hobson with her. Moorhouse killed Hobson crippled. ‘caused a feeling of sadness and gloom to be cast over the quiet vale of Meltham Mills such has not for many years disturbed the peacfulness of the locality….’
HC 9 Jul: ‘Erskine’s fire bars’ to reduce smoke nuisance working.
HC 30 Jul: fire in boiler house, deal boards left to dry ignite.
HC 1 Oct:Sale of Bent House and Thick Hollins estate Meltham
HC 19 Nov: Charles Brook JP, ( donated £30,000 towards erection of Convalescent Home at Meltham) now moved to Enderby where he provides supply of water, presentation of testimonial by villagers. In speech he criticises having 14 public houses in village despite distress.
1871. HC 3 Jun: fire brigade and engine ‘Deluge’ at procession assembling in St George’s square. Practice at Senior’s Mill (Day & Watkinson) Dalton. Dinner at Zetland hotel.
HC, HEW 17 Jun, 8 Jul, 19,26 Aug: William Dyson Taylor, Longsight, cashier, embezzlement £3000 from Jonas Brook & Bros, of Fountain St, Manchester and Meltham Mills. Some of money from Messr’s Kessler & Co , their cashier John Charles Walewski ‘said his masters had done business with Messrs Brook for some time…’ Edward Brook a witness. Dyson, twelve months hard labour.
HC, HEW 5 Aug: Chas Brook, letter of thanks to those who arranged opening of Convalescent Home. Report of ceremony. Tribute to Chas, reading room, dining hall at mill, recreation ground. Description of building. History of firm.
HEW 19 Aug: excursion to Enderby Hall.
HEW 2 Sep: Examiner criticises Chas Brook for his comments about Gladstone. Brook defended by Chronicle.
HC 30 Sep: Wilson Bamforth, 20. Helping to clean boiler. Water drawn off but before the steam had time to evapourate, Bamforth loosens nuts on lid of man hole. Pressure forces lid open breaks nuts and seriousl scalds him.
Jonas Brook & Bros, donation to infirmary extension.
HC 24 Nov: Charlotte Hinchliffe leaves Saddleworth 13 years ago to live with Matthew Woodhead who promised ‘that he could get her children into work at Meltham Mills.’ They quarrel and she asks him to leave. Grabs her by throat, later found drunk in pig-stye.
1872. HC 25 May: Meltham Mills Pleasure Grounds to be open to public on Sundays.
HC 15 Jun: Charles Brook of Enderby Hall, bulletins of illness. His increase of pensions, from 5s a week for men to 8s and women, 2s.6d to 4s.
HEW 13 Jul: : Charles Brook OBIT. £35,000 donated to Meltham convalescent homes.
Public Notice by mayor of memorial service in Huddersfield Parish Church. Procession starting from Armoury.
1872 HC 13 July: Marriage of Alice Carlile daughter of Mjr J W Carlile of Thickhollins. Overshadowed by C Brook’s death.
HEW 20 Jul: The services for Chas Brook.
HC 16 Nov: Meltham Mills Band annual dinner at Victoria Hotel. E Brook in chair , ‘Let me hope the band will at all times be a credit to the firm of Messrs Brook and Brothers, no less musically than morally…’ Toast to firm proposed by George Stead, workman of 50 years standing.
HC 30 Nov: Edward ‘Brassey’ Lockwood, gas maker – cleaning purifying houses, examing plugs overcome by gas, brought out just in time.
1873. HEW 1 Nov: summons against Hollins & Bostock, Albion Mills, for fraud . Only 50 instead of 100 yards on sewing thread bobbins. Defence that ‘100’ on lable did not refer to yards, and were made only for Constantinople etc abroad. 40s fine.
1874. HEW 16 May: New swimming baths opened, E Brook, Meltham Hall presides.
HEW 11 Jul: treat for men in bobbin shop and wood yard to welcome, ‘some new workmen…from the farming district of South of England.’ (cf the Death family below)
1875. HEW 29 May: Jonas Brook against Karthaus & Heuser (Bremen) for false labelling of bobbins.
1876. HEW 27 May: Centennial Exhibition, material exhibited in Philadelphia along with photos of mill. Under new Trade Marks Act recently passed in Britain, firm registered nearly 20 products.
First steam engine for pumping water back into reservoir for water wheel.
1877 HEW 15 Dec: Geo Wilson, Thickhollins, overlooker at mill and farmer, 63, seized by cramp in stomach on return from mill Friday, dies following day.
1878 HEW 12 Jan: Fire Brigade supper in ‘Deluge Room’, established 38 years 280 yards of hose and could bring six jets to play if fire at mill.
HEW 5 Oct: Andrew Roebuck, foreman stoker, 38, begins to vomit after taking glass of cold beer, taken home seriously ill and dies later due to heart disease.
1879. HEW 26 Apr: fire in jenny in 5th strey of new mill used for spinning, Bruce.Dicks patent portable self acting fire engine used to put it out. One in each room.
1880 HEW 22 May: Meltham Mill, fire engine on Whitsun Parade, drawn by two pairs of greys, ‘with the beautiful banners floating in the breeze.’
1882. HEW 8 Apr: Report on Huddersfield from Cooperative News: “…Meltham, where Mr Brook, the cotton thread manufacturer has created a minor Saltaire, with model dwellings for his workers, each with its pretty front garden, a public park, baths and washouses and many desirable adjuncts for a working man’s life have caused Meltham to be christened the “Happy Valley”‘.
1883. HEW 17 Feb:presentation to overlooker, Dan Wood, with firm 58 years.
1884. HEW 23 Feb: dining hall of mill 16 Feb, annual dinner of Meltham Mills Juvenile Band after parading around village. Toast JB&B patrons of the band.
Tuesday lecture under auspices of Meltham Mills Mutual Improvement Society Rev.J.R Jagoe in chair, Rev. Thomas Newton MA vicar of Shepley on ‘Wit, humour and oddities.’
HEW 8 Nov: mills firebrigade patrol works on standby for Guy Fawkes night, a custom which seems to be on the wane.
HEW 20 Dec: ‘the most powerful single engine in England was started at the works of Messrs Brook & Bros, Meltham Mills…’ Pollit & Wigzell, 1200hp. High pressure cylinder 30″ diameter, low press cyl 51″ diameter: stroke 5’6” stroke for 72 revolutions i.e piston speed of 800 feet/minute. Flywheel made of two wheels,18 feet diameter, 45 tons, turned to take three straps on rim (Supplied by Thos Fleming & Son,Co, Halifax) Flywheel made of Whitworths fluid compressed steel – 6 tons. Patent Pollit & Wigzell air pump worked from low pressure cylinder – so no working joints to get out of order, as with vertical pump. Engine named by Mrs A.C. Armitage after eldest daughter ‘Elsie Barbara’. Edward Brook congratulates Pollit & Wigzell on excellence of their work.
HEW 29 Nov: Edward Brook remits rents on estates, including Ecclefechan, totalling £2,000, according to Annandale Observer.
HEW 13 Dec: Henry Fisher obit, Skipton, c 16 years ago left JB&B to take up mangership of Copestake, Moore & Crampton, winding dpt, Nottingham, thence to Dewhirst, Belle Vue Mills, Skipton. Found drowned in canal.
1887 HEW 125 Feb: gasworks erected 50 years ago, supplies mill and nearby houses – charges more than gas company.
1888. HEW 4 Aug: mechanics labourer (50) killed in hoist fall from fourth storey.
1889. HEW 25 May, Lockwood and Meltham Mechanics Institute visit.
1890. HEW 7 Jun: bleacher William Collins of Stoney Battery moving carboy of vitriol, basket breaks, leg splashed.
1891. HEW 24 Jan: new bobbin shed and store room erected. Contractors supper at Railway Hotel.
1892. HEW 23 Jan: two masons injured by stone falling on scaffolding.13 Feb.one dies.
HEW 19 Nov: Chas Brook and Mabel Frances Brook, presentation, also, Spring Lane Mill to celebrate marriage.
1894. YFT 15 Jun, 4,000 tons of coal stockpiled.
HEW 10 Mar: Electricity installation nearly completed, 1,400 sixteen candle power lights by Earnest,Scott & Mountain, electrical engineers, Newcastle,. Two 40 unit dynamo with cast steel pole pieces. ‘Admiralty’ type 105 volts, 400 amps at 600 revs/minute. Main switch board in dynamo room, main switches for old winding room, case packing room, and paper packing room. Switch for new winding shed, mechanics shop, cellars, doubling room, bobbin shop. ‘The switch board is a massive affair being made of a polished slate slab set in an oak frame.’ Switches and resistance frames.
HEW 30 Jun: Railway Hotel, supper for bobbin turning department to celebrate majorities of Charles E Stead, Herbert Hirst and King Redfearn who had recently finished apprenticeships. R.McNair proposes toast and describes improvements in bobbin trade over 40 years. Employs ‘skilled workmen’.
1895. HE 2 Feb, treat in ‘new factory and bleachworks’.
HEW 14 Sep: Newcastle electricians, Scott and Mountain working on Meltham Mills provide electric lights at Meltham feast.
1896. Jonas Brook part of J.&.P.Coats combine
1896. YFT 23 Oct: Edward Brook of Meltham Mills buys Kinmont estate for £130,000 adjoining Brook’s estate at Hondern on Solway.
YFT 20 Nov: treat for winding off and dressing shop.
1898. HEW 15 Jan: fire brigade treat.
HEW 15 Jan: Dam drowning. Honley farmer Dan Thorpe (61).
HEW 16 Apr: Inkerman John Mason, dyer, presented with gold-mounted waling stick. Leaving to become dyeing foreman in Madras.
1899. HExp, HEW 22 Apr: first dispute in history of firm. 73 female machine-winders out, followed by 105 hand winders and 35 helpers when machines speeded up. Using Conan’s machine used at Paisley. Wages reduced. 200 other people affected.
29 Apr: winders’ strike. Return to work, gievances to be looked at.
HEW 8 Jul: Technical College Textile students (25) visit. ‘careful attendance was devoted to the engines…’ 2,500 hp aggregate power. New mill, cotton preparation and spinning machinery, the bleachwork, the timber sheds, and bobbin making department. ‘Special interest was takien in the winding department, the carboard box making and in the inspecting, labelling and packaging of bobbins’. The manager, Mr Tunstall, once responsible for cotton spinning classes at college, made visit interesting.
HEW 26 Aug: Meltham UDC asks if they can use water from mill to flush drains of houses at Meltham Mills following scarlet fever outbreak. Mr Fisher, secretary of firm replies they do not have enough water for own purposes but can use hot water from condensers providing they brought own hosepipes.
YFT 29 Dec: Socks for the soldiers collection.
1900 YFT 5 Jan: Holiday given on New Years day not boxing day like other mills.
YFT 5 Oct: meeting in dining room to condemn claims that Co. Director Col Carlile, candidate in election, paid low wages.
1901 HEW 12 Jan: Captain Chas L Brook, Dirker Roods, return from South Africa. ‘All the mills in this town closed towards noon, and soon afterwards thousands were wending their way to the Silk Mill to meet Captain Brook on his arrival at the boundary of the township…’
( Captain Brook b. 1866 Bent House, son of Edward Brook of Hoddom Castle, 1892 joined W Yorks Yeomanry. 13 March 1899 went to SA. Given freedom of Borough HEW 25 May)
HEW 16 Feb: doubling dept. tea party and ball at Oddfellow’s Hall. Manager Mr O’May in chair, a ‘lttle cloud hung over Meltham Mills just now. They were not very busy, as they were feeling the effect of the war in China, in common with other great commercial interests in the country…’
HEW 3 Aug: The Meltham Mills Band ‘owes its existence and much of its high repute top the munificence of the members of the firm of Messrs Jonas Brook & Brothers, proprietors of the mills whose name the band bears. During its existence of nearly 50 years the band has been generously and withal, judiciously, supported by the firm…’ 1873 UK champions, third consecutive win at Belle Vue.
1903. HEW 3 Jan: Trade effluent question. Also plans passed for thirty cottages, domestic waste goes into river not drain. (Reports and letters etc passim Jan)
HEW 4 Apr: Joseph Broadbent, obit, 80, up to 12 years ago manager of bobbin dept., retired on a firm’s pension.
HEW 27 Jun: UDC convenes public meeting to discuss how ecognition can be given to Edward Brook for his interest in welfare of town.
1904. HEW 30 Jan: Edward Brook, obit, Hoddam Castle, 6 Feb: funeral, generous gift of £5 to full timers, £2.10s part timers.
HEW 21 May: W. Tunstall, general manager for 13 years goes to Clark & Co. Paisely, A. Anderson, former finishing department deputy manager and undermanager becomes new general manager.
1907. HED 21 Jan, trade effluent.
HExp: 22 Jun: case against Meltham UDC- 65,000 gallons a day discharged but of that 30,000 gallons pure water.
W 26 Jan, Coates.
W 6 Apr: Meltham ILP. Burgess on ‘The sewing thread industry and how to socialise it’ History of Coate’s.
HEW 27 Jul: Mill trip to Blackpool and Scarborough. 2,000 people in 4 trains. On return one misdirected to Berry Brow and late getting home.
1909 HEW 10 Jul: Arthur C Brook, forthcoming marriage. Alfred Anderson , general manger presides, J B Hirst, employee for 60 years. makes presentation.
HEW 21 Aug: Presentation to Mabel Hirst, daughter of T. Julius Hirst, Meltham Hall, managing director, forthcoming marriage. Other ‘misses’ on platform include: Elizabeth Pogson, in spinning dept. for 53 years; Jane Wood, doubling–49; Ann Rayner, embroidery-46; Hannah Schofield, dressing-48 years, Martha Brook at Spring Lane Mills since opened, c 40 years.
1911. W 14 Jan, ‘one break system’ introduced hours reduced by 12% only 6% wage increase to cover it.
HExp 28 Jan: also introduced at Springlane Mill – system tried at Paisley – 491/2 hour week.
1912. YFT 29 Feb, Coats of Paisley 1500 laid off for fortnight due to coal strike.
1913 HEW 5: Portrait of Edward Brook unveiled in recognition of generosity to Meltham.
1914. W 8 Aug: mills closed due to suspension of sailings because of war preparations.
1918 HEW 21 Sep: Robert Carlton Death, Claremont Cottage, Meltham, obit (53) from Colchester. With Jonas Brook since 1886. On amalgamation with J & P Coates, May 1890, transferred from London office to Meltham – order clerk. 1894, married daughter of Jonas Brook Hirst, Spring Place, Meltham Mills.
1919. W 6 Dec.
1920. W 20 Feb.
1925 HEW 7 Feb: Edward Jonas Brook estate – will £1,060,478, obit July 1924, born 1865, eldest son of Edward Brook of Meltham Mills and Hoddam Castle, Ecclefechan, latter passes to brother Col Chas. Brook, director of Jonas Brook & Bros (firn acquired 1890 by J & P Coates Ltd.
1927 HEW 7 Jan: Tom Haigh, watchman at mill, cottage burns down while at work, killing his four children.
HEW 8 Dec: Harriet Death birthday (90), oldest inhabitant of Meltham Mills, father from Suffolk, Harriet came to join husband in 1874. Picked cotton at home and still does so.
1930 HEW 4 Oct: col Chas Brook’s, obit, 64, , QOYD, Spring Place, Meltham Mills, Kinmount, Annan, Portland Place, London, director of Messrs Jonas Brook & Sons, Willdated 1927 ‘owing to heavy taxation I give no other legacies to charities or servants.’ ‘no person who shall suggest that my domicile is not English shall benefit in anyway under my will.’ Estate £147.970.
1931. United Thread takes over.
1938 HEW 5 Mar: ‘Collop Monday at Meltham Mills’. tradition started by Edward Brook in 1881, carried out be grandson E W Brook – 200 children dashed to United Thread Mills when school shut ‘marshalled in mill yard’ and new pennies handed out and handfuls thrown out for them to scramble for, ‘struggle all over roadway’. Another distribution at Meltham Hall by Mrs T J Hirst.
1939. HEW 13 May: Photo – Meltham Mill, adjacent cottage with spring in yard used for drinking water by mill girls. Mill in background.
HEW 10 Jun: ‘Meltham Thread Mills to close – severe blow for district’ 800 employees.
HEW 9 Sep: Taken over by David Brown. (At one point in war, only plant manufacturing gears for Spitfire engines).

1878. HEW 29 Jun, Meltham Cotton Co. plans to buy remains of Meltham Cotton Mill – building materials etc 40% cheaper than six years ago. 450 shares taken up.
1883. HEW 13 Jun: Meltham Industrial Cooperative Trading Society meeting at Oddfellows Hall resolve to take out 1000 shares at nominal value of £5, ‘…the meeting was very enthusiastic in favour of establishing such a concern and it was looked upon as being one of the most important steps ever taken by the inhabitants of Meltham.’
HEW 27 Oct: ‘Proposed Cotton Spinning Co – The proposers of the above scheme have determined to make a canvas of the district in order to obtain the greatest possible help from the operative classes, in the shape of taking up shares, with the jope that the large capitalists (seeing the people represented in a fair amount) will therefore be induced to come forward and help to carry the scheme to a successful issue. It is much talked about in the village…’
HEW 17 Nov: Meltham Cotton Spinning Co Committee meeting, 16 Nov, £15,000 capital subscribed. ‘The scheme has been well taken up by the leading residents of the town.’ Public meeting to be held before prospectus issued.
1884. HEW 15 Mar: Meltham Spinning Co. prospectus.
£.40,000 capital in 8000 £5 shares. James Kilburn, engineer, director, et.al. Good time for building ‘no difficulty in procuring good and cheap labour.’
HEW 24 May: First general meeting, Oddfellows Hall.£17,000 shares subscribed, James Kilburn chairman,directors elected,Henry Lockwood, Linthwaite manufacturer:Ben Whitwam, Golcar,manufacturer: Robert Taylor, Golcar, manufacturer: W.E.Sykes, Helme, manufacturing chemist:W.H.Jessop, Moldgreen, contractor: Chas Hirst, Meltham Cooperative Society treasurer.
HEW 13 Sep: To be let ‘Brighouse Mill’ near railway goods yard.
1884. HEW 13 Sep:Meltham Spinning Co’Brighouse Mill’ near railway good yard to let.
1885. HEW 3 Jan:Meltham Spinning Co, Brighouse Mill, mule and bobbin winder to be sold.
HEW 31 Jan: Meltham Spinning Co half yearly meeting, mill and greater part of machinery let to Bentley Bros of Huddersfield. Also contracted to build new shed for them.
1886. HEW 30 Jan: shareholders half yearly meeting at Odd Fellows’ Hall, James Kilburn chair of directors moves report. Profit £117.6.5d. which with balance from previous report equals dividend of £139.15.2d, 6d per share,’free of income tax’, Schofield Son & Co auditors.
Report: ‘since the last half yearly meeting the directors have visited several of the most modern-built cotton mills in Lancashire and Cheshire and have also had submitted plans of a suitable cotton mill made by a firm of architects of large experience and whose terms for carrying out the same are most favourable’. Discussion about whether to begin building. Unanimous decision to do so.
{Architects and consulting engineers., Messrs Stott & Sons of Manchester and Oldham.}
HEW 15 May: Advert for tenders.
HEW 25 Sep: Mason badly injured in fall when scaffolding collapses and stone lands on him.
1887 HEW 24 Sep: fast nearing completion an ‘ornament to the district’ – Abraham Graham builder. Company owns a woollen mill, let to tenants, also excellect quarry and reservoir part of purchase. Stott & Sons, 40 years experience, probably erected more mills than any other architects. Six storeys, fire proof, tank on roof. Architects use patent system of roof support – only half usual number therefore more space. new flooring gives advantages in fixing of shafting. Basement – warehouse, reeling, winding/ 2nd storey – blowing carding/ 3rd storey total 40,000 mule spindles/ top storey 12,000 twiner spindles. Three acres of flooring.
Engine room 60 x 30 foot, moulded brick dado in colours, pilasters, travelling crane used to put in engine foundations will be used to erect engine and will save a vast amount of labour in periodical examination.
External – pilasters on stone pediments [sic] pedestals ?. central well also dust shaft, 120 foot high. Faced with brick inside because more fire resistant, brick arches to windows. Chimney, circular brick on stone 180 foot high base.
‘The mill is intended to produce 40s or 80s yarn of a superior quality either double or single, reeled or warped, Egyptian or American, for either the Yorkshire market, Glasgow or Paisley’. Blowing room machinery by Lord Bros, Todmorden, rest by Platt Bros. Oldham. Builders – Graham; carpenters and joiners – Garlick Bros; plumber and glazier- Francis Drake; slating – Pickle Bros.; plastering and painting – James Wilkinson ; rolled beams – C C Donkersley & Co; concreters – Roger Lowe; cast iron-Aston & Barker; millwright- Thomas Kilburn; iron fixing-William Hare; Steam Engine-Wolstenholme, Rye & Co; boilers- Dan Adamson & Co.; Asphalters- Geo. Aiken & Co.
1888. HEW 30 Jun, engines named ‘Diligence’ and ‘Progress’.
Ceremony by Misses Lottie and Jessie Kilburn. Bottle of wine broken over cranks. Teetotaller helping Lottie break bottle on Diligence gets most of wine on himself to amusement of company. Engines by Woolstenholme, Rye & Co, Oldham, horizontal tandem engines 23″ and 38″ cylinders, 5′ stroke, 50 rev/min, 750 indicated hp, automatic slip motion controlled by gear, rope pulley 32′ diameter, 32 grooves, air pumps 20″x27″ diameter worked by means of L legs coupled to engine cross head. barring engine for starting main engine. Crankshafts, Whitworth’s compressed steel 2’8″x172 diameter, side feed lubricators. Cylinders lined with silicate of cotton covered with polished bay wood and bright brass bands. Stott, one of architects satisfied with engines, but could have been finished sooner. General public then admitted. Mill to commence running in a few days.
HEW 4 Aug: shareholders half yearly meeting, James Kilburn chair of directors – machinery of best and most modern kind.
HEW 27 Oct: Advt. Meltham Spinning Co, loans received for 3 to 5 years @ 4% interest, repayable at call.
1889. HEW 2 Feb: now in full working order. Profits £788.16s 1/2d so far. Director B Whitwam of Golcar, obit.
1890 HEW 8 Feb: tea party and ball at Oddfellows Hall.
1894. YFT 27 Jul: mill shut for annual saturday trip day.
HEW 28 Jul: Half yearly meeting of shareholders at Oddfellows Hall, James Kilburn in chair. Wm Carter sec. read report. Less profit ‘the reason being the severe trade depression which set in early in the year.’ Henry Lockwood reelected director.
1897. HEW 31 Jul: only £150 profit. No dividend paid.
HEW 14 Aug: ‘big piecers’ short strike. Assemble in market place against setting on of Kirkheaton spinner in preference to one of themselves. Spinners manage to keep machine going all day. next day return ‘as though nothing had happened.’
1904. HEW 23 Jan: Meltham Cotton Spinning Co. £1,099.5s.10d loss.
1906. HEW 15 Dec: Meltham Spinning Co. mill chimney damaged by lightening ‘a very fine chimney and one of the largest in the district.’ Some bricks fall through engine house roof but miss watchman.
1910. YTD: Meltham Spinning Co. Ltd, cotton spinners, doublers, warpers and gassers, 65,000 spindles.
1911. W 3 Jun: HEW 27 May: Meltham Spinning Co. petition to chancery division for sanction of arrangements with creditors. 5 year moratorium on debt payments. Cotton industry in Yorkshire not profitable lately, £8,000 borrowed from bank
1912. W 17 Feb: workers sacked. Manager says he intends setting on Lancashire operatives. Few local workers in Union.
‘Many of the shareholders are local workfolk and one of the objects of the company was stated to be to find employment for local labour.’
1913. HEW 15 Mar: chancery case. Reduction of capital sanctioned since assets over values – from 13s per new spindle to 10s. ‘For a considerable time past the condition of the cotton trade had been very unsatisfactory and for some years in succession the company had sustained heavy losses’. Trading loss amounted to £21, 369 in December 1912.
1914 HEW 23 May: summonsed for employing 3 girls and 8 women (doffers) during meal times. Jos Worsley, manager pleads guilty. Fact Inspector HJ Peacock says known as ‘time cribbing’, a few minutes added on stopping time and a earlier starting time. Engine stopped 5.38 instead of 5.30pm. Mr Eva, factory inspector, sets his watch by Meltham Town Hall clock, by which firms starting and stopping times were regulated. Worsely says engine took 3 ½ minutes to stop. 10s and 12s 10d cost in each case (Tot: £12.11s.2d)
1920. W 24 Jul: to be sold. meeting at Coop Society, president of Society, G.H.Holroyd chairs meeting. For three years director of company, “the Meltham working people are responsible for starting the mill…” by door to door canvas of village people to take up shares. For many years had not paid dividends ‘now there was something to be got out of it the money men wanted to take possesion’.

203. MERINO MILL (Moldgreen)
1885. HEW 21 Feb: rag grinding machinery to be sold.
1894. HEW 3 Mar: Henry Bower, carboniser, offence, not whitewashing walls.

204. MIDDLE CARR MILL (Sheepridge)
1897. HEW 15 May: George Hopkinson & Co. bedford cord manufacturer, mill to be sold, 3 storeys by 30 by 24 yards. Ramsden lease from 1874. (see also B/ETB),machinery, also at Woodhouse Mill.

205. MIDGE MILL (New Mill)
(Scholes Mill)
1858. HC 22 May: Jonathan Mitchell (21) son of John Mitchell of Midgemill [sic], falls in Shoulder of Mutton, Holmfirth while drunk, dies from injuries.
1869. HC 13 Mar: powerlooms to be sold.
1870. HE To be let,plus water wheel and steam engine 16hp.
1871 HC 4 Mar: to be let., near New Mill and Langsett turnpike road ‘is near to good coal, has a good supply of pure spring water for the dyehouse, a good supply of water for the wheel and steam engine.’
HC 25Mar: All machinery to be sold, since mill has been let.
1873. HEW 13 Dec:Amos Senior bankrupt., machinery To be sold.
1881. HEW 30 Apr: to be let, T. Mellor lease expired.
1884. HEW 15 Nov: machinery To be sold.
1886. HEW 28 Aug: Scholes/Midge Mill, waterwheel and steam engine.To be sold.
1888. HEW 26 May: to be sold.

206. MILLGATE MILL (Paddock)
1847 LM 11 Dec: Paddock Foot, recently erected by Jn Firth & Bro, one end of which stands in River Colne, and the other towards canal. Heavy rains undermine foundations, timbered up.
1852. HC 3 Jan: Jn Armitage, theft of iron.
1854. HC 16 Dec: Abraham Hanson, yarn spinner, bankrupt, sale of machinery, stock etc.
1859. HC 15 Jan: Crowther & Sons, fire in 4th storey caused by friction of scribbling machine. L&Y , Armitage Bros and Kaye’s fire engines attend. Difficulty at first getting water. Burns through to attic above. £70 damage.
1862. HC 1 Mar: ‘Crowther’s Factory, Mill-gate, Paddock…’, James Stott and Abigail Wilkinson bankrupt, scribbling machines etc for sale.
1865 HC 30 Sep: Messrs James Crosland & Sons, ‘These extensive premises abut on the river Colne…’ robbery through roof of warehouse adjoining counting house. £10 stolen
1869. HE 27 Mar,HC 3 Apr, HE 3 Jul: to be sold. five storeys with attic, adjoining 3 storey spinning rooms, 20 hp beam engine, two boilers (one of 30hp) , occupied by John & Joel Crowther, cloth finishers, also finishing machinery.
1867. HC 20 Jul:. Small engine from James Crossland at Millgate Mill assists during fire at Crosland Moor Mill.
1870 [sic] Lawton & Addy move from Waterroyd Mill (see obit 1900).
1871 HC 11 Mar: To be sold or let, woollen mill late occupied by John and Joel Crowther, nearly new 30hp tubular boiler by Horsfield of Dewsbury, 25hp condensing beam engine, shafting, going gear, stem pipes etc. Apply George E Kirk, millwright , Lockwood.
HC 18 Mar: Joel Crowther, Thomas Booth , engine tenter, fastening pin onto crank of engine when smock becomes entangled. Hand mangled, amputation likely.
HC 8 Apr: to be let or sold by private contract, apply Henry Crowther & Sons.
1872 HEW 20 Jul: James Crosland & Sons, fire in stove, put out by workpeople.
1873. HEW 18 Jan: Lawton & Addy , Margaret Horsfall, piecer, accuses Jonathan Bentley, spinner, of assault. Threw her down 12 steps.
HEW 19 Jul: Lawton & Addy steam engine by Harrisson and finishing machinery to be sold.
1878. HEW 14 Sep: ‘Cotton mill burned down’.Detailed description of lay-out of mill. Letter from captain of James Crosland & Sons fire brigade saying they, not John Brooke’s engine (which happened to be at Milnsbridge), was first at scene.
1881. Directory: Lawton & Addy, woollen and angola yarn spinners. (Parnership dissolved this year (obit)
1888. HEW 18 Feb: James Crosland & Sons (Alderman) Fire in mill 4 storeys plus attic x 12 windows. Bottom floor scouring and finishing, rest scribbling and spinning gutted. £10-12,000 damage. 60 millhands out of work and though weaving sheds saved, also 50 weavers.
1888 HEW 24 Mar: Wm. Lawton, yarn spinner, top room, 24 x7 yards by three storeys at right angle to main mill – fire engine attends.
1892 HEW 26 Mar: W.Lawton, fearnought fire.
1893. HEW 8 Jul: Boy drowns in dam.
1894. HEW 24 Feb: William Lawton & Sons, treat.
1896. HEW 19 Sep: Wm. Lawton machinery to be sold.
1899. HEW 23 Jan: James Crosland & Sons bankrupt.
1900 HEW 4 Aug: William Lawton,obit, b. Honley 1832, son of handloom weaver, began working with him while very young, went to John Day’s at Moldgreen. ‘By industry and thrift’ saves money to start business and enters partnership with John Addy, first at Kings Mill, then Wateroyd. Baptist.
1910. YTD: Wm Lawton Ltd, yarn spinners, also Granville Mill.
1916 W 11 Nov: wool feeder contracts tetanus.

207. MILL HILL MILL (Dalton)
1866 HC 6 Oct: Tolson Bros, fancy manufacturers, end of April dispute with spinners, 1s.6d for spinning 17 skeins, firm wanted to reduce them 1d. Men strike 30 April, demand 2d/lb which granted. Dyson Parkin receives 3 bundles of slubbings to spin and spun them to 17 skeins not 18 ½ as it said on ticket. Also spoiled some yarn with oil. Due £4.2s but give him only £2.3.9d to pay for damage. Damages for oil damage only allowed of 13s.10d.
1870. HE 29 Oct: Tolson Bros, to be let, ‘old established’ premises. mill, warehouse, pattern weaving rooms and dyehouse12hp steam emgine, 2x40hp boilers. Farm of 28 a attached.
1871 HEW 7 Jan: To be let, pattern weaving room, scouring, fulling, milling, finishing, steam boxes for mohair warps, 12hp condensing engine, 2 x 40hp boilers, ‘abundant and never failing supply of spring and river water’ plus 28 a farm – Tolson Bros.
1872. HEW 14 Sep,21 Sep: machinery to be sold. Tolson Bros ‘declined the fancy manufacturing business’. Mill let for different purpose.
HEW 23 Nov: Tolson & Tathams accident to engine tenter.
HEW 28 Dec: Messrs Robert, Henry and Joseph Tolson owners; Tolson, Tatham & Co, tenants, fire, £600 damage. LL&GI and Corp engines attend.
1874. HEW 14 Mar: Tolson Bros. in consequence of them having to let to the Mill Hill Mill Co. the whole of the premises. Finishing machinery, dyewares etc. Also giving up farming, Mill Hill Farm, implements and stock.
HEW 8 Aug: Mill Hill Wool & Rag Extracting Co, AGM, of £20,000 nominal capital, £16,350 paid up and that expended in acquiring property and machinery. Now in full operation and sales inceasing.
1877 HEW 8 Sep: Mill Hill Wool & Rag Extracting Co. liquidation, horses, farm implements to be sold.
1878. HEW 27 Jul, 26 Oct: Mill Hill Wool & Rag Extracting Co. liquidation, rags, shoddy, scribbled merinos, beam engine and two boilers, etc to be sold. [xerox]
1885 HEW 17 Oct: ‘Sale by default’, Mill Hill estate, including mill and dyehouse.
1935 HEW 5 Jan: Martha Roebuck, Birkby, 90. Went to Kirkburton dame school. Age 7 went door to door working as bobbin winder for 1s6d a week. At 13 worked for Messrs James Tolson at Mill Hill, from 6am to 6pm. Half an hour breakfast and half an hour dinner. 6s/week. (One of partners Robert Henry, father of Legh Tolson). Age 18 became powerloom weaver in Mirfield.
208. MILLMOOR MILL/Sefton Mill (Meltham)
1818. Founded. Factory Commissioners Report.
1823. Reported date on chimney.
1834. Factory Commissioners Report. John Eastwood Millmoor ‘Meecham'[sic] employing 34, including 12 croppers and a miller, water wheel 20hp, steam engine 20hp.
1837. HG 24 Oct:Jos Eastwood of Eastwood & Bros, Meltham falls from roof while directing workmen building ‘new factory’ grabs timber and saves himself from 16 yard drop.
1838. LM 15 Sep: To be let ‘newly erected’ 50’6″ x 40’6″ x 4 stories.
‘This mill is supplied with power from a water wheel 4 feet broad, 36 feet in diameter with a fall of 34 feet where is a plentiful supply of water about eight months in the year and there is also attached to the mill a steam engine of 20 Horse Power so connected by the gearing as to supply all the power or any part thereof which may be at any time required.’
1847. Tithe Map: John Eastwoods & Sons ‘new and Old Mill’.
1848. Directory: John Eastwood & Sons Meltham Cotton Mill.
1850. OS Map: adjacent woollen and cotton mills. See Goody’s Factory.
1852. HE 14 Aug: Eastwood & Sons fire, break stems pipes to dowse flames. Carding room engines burnt and spinning room above burnt into, but machinery not damaged.
1855 HE 14 Jul: Eastwood’s large cotton factory, Bennett & Co, commence operations. . (See Goody’s Factory)
HE 22 Dec: Josh Eastwood of firm John Eastwood, cotton spinners, dies.
1861. HE 28 Sep: Walker & Ramsden, mule spinner Ben Sykes, 52, killed when ‘slop’ (jacket) caught in shaft. Two of his children employed at mill.
1864. HC 26 Nov: Walker & Ramsden late occupiers. To be let, Ed Eastwood owner.
1865 HC 13 May: To let with water and steam power, six pairs of stocks, Edwin Eastwood.
HC 3 Jun: procession of all brigades to Millmoor Mill dam exhibition of hose jets, competition to see who throws highest. Barbers, Holmebridge wins.
1872 HEW 1 Jun: Millmoor Mill to be sold, with dams, goits, plantations, river and part of Mill Moor field, springs, gas works cottages, steam engine, boiler, water wheel. Left undisposed at former sale.
1881. Directory: Sefton Mill, William Wood & Co, executors of.
1881 HC 31 Dec: Sefton Mill to be sold also machinery.
1885. HEW 21 Nov: Sefton Mill accident to twister who catches left arm in machine. Has to be amputated.
1894. YFT 19 Oct: William Wood & Co, Sefton Mill, bankrupt.,liabilities £1979, assets £400. workers in Weavers’ Association can claim benefit.
HEW 27 Oct: Poppleton,Appleby & Richardson, machinery to be sold.
YFT 16 Nov: Auction, thursday last, floor collapses, people fall into old gas tank used for holding water for milling, emptied before sale. James Bentley Crosland (30) of Royds Mount,Huddersfield dies in slurry. Two manufacturers, including Jos Shaw of Lees Mill, Slaithwaite, broken arms. The auctioneer, James W.Taylor of Meltham dies later.
HEW 10 Nov: weaving shed erected only 14 years ago.
HEW 17 Nov: Inquest, beam rotten.
HEW 8 Dec: another auctioneer dies.
1895. HE 18 May: Sefton Mill to be sold: ‘The motive force consists of a beam steam engine 4 feet 8 inches stroke, 27 inches cylinder, 16 feet flywheel: iron water wheel 32 feet diameter by 4 feet, Arnold’s boiler, 22 feet by 6 feet diameter…’
1905 HEW 10 Jun: Joseph Armitage, Factory Lane, Millmoor obit, former partner of William Wood, Sefton Mill. From Linthwaite he was originally a hand loom weaver and radical liberal, founder of Linthwaite Brass Band. At Sefton worked as designer and patten weaver. Lived in Meltham 40 years.
1910. YTD: Wm. Halstead & Sons, woollen and angola, 1, 775 spindles.
1930s .Horizontal engine Leah after wife of William Halstead. Water wheel geared to assist engine.

208(a) MOLDGREEN MILL (see Bankfield Mill)

209. MOLL SPRINGS MILL/Old Moll Mill (Honley)
1853 HE 28 May;HC 4 Jun: ‘To be let, either separately or together, two woollen mills and a dyehouse called “Thirstin Mill” and “Old Moll”, situate at Honley…the former mill is turned by a waterwheel and the latter by a steam engine.. Also to be let room and power and a quantity of broad and narrow power looms at Neiley’s factory…’ Applications, James Shaw , Market Walk, Huddersfield.
1857 HC 5 Sep: To Let ‘a large and commodious dyehouse.’ 62 x 43 feet ‘containing nine stone cisterns and four wrought iron pans…’ situate at Old Moll. ‘The water, with which the dyehouse is amply supplied at all seasons, is both pure and excellent, and was some time ago examined by an eminent analytical chemist, who reported it to contain most valuable qualities and to be unsurpassed in Yorkshire for dyeing purposes.’
1858 HC 24 Apr: to be sold ‘Old Moll Mill, to be sold mill and dyehouse, three storeys x 10 yards ‘exceedingly good’ 16hp steam engine, high pressure boiler ‘with a revolving grate’, abundant water supply. Foreman’s House, occupied by George Owen. (Also Thurston [sic] Mill).
HC 26 Jun: James Shaw, bankruptcy case at Leeds. Owen former employee of his father and brother for 28 years. Put his own machinery in Old Moll Mill. Mill and Thirstin bought by James Shaw on advice of his miller ‘on account of the water.’ Owen says he has accepted bills from Shaw to amount of £6,000. James Shaw never told him Neiley, Thirstin and Old Moll mill were mortgaged. Owen says, ‘It has ruined me…’
1859. HE 29 Oct: to be sold, as above.
1860 HC 21 Jul: still for sale. Along with Brearley Quarry between Old Moll and Thirstin Mills.
1866. HC, HE 20 Jan: ‘Old Moll Mill’, H.&.J.Oldham fire in stove of silk dyehouse, adjoining Wm. Taylor small woollen mill. £250 damages. Armitage Bridge mill engine arrives in 20 minutes.
HE 6 Oct: Oldham silk dyers, ‘new mill’ opening, 70 guests including contractors.
1867. HC 7 Sep: Jos Greenwood, fire in shoddy..
1868. HE 25 Jan: Donkersleys, cloth dressers treat. Running full time despite trade depression.
1872. HC 3 Feb: Old Moll Mill, Greenwood/B.&.J.Donkersley/ G.W.Oldham. For sale undivided moiety in ‘newly erected scribbling, spinning, finishing and weaving mill’. 4 st x 96 x 48 feet, 16hp engine. ‘and the wood and woody ground near thereto…There is ample ground for extrending the mill.’ H Oldham, Priestbury Road, Macclesfield, owner of moiety for sale.
1873. HEW 15 Feb: G.W.Oldham, looking for coal on his land at Thirstin, ‘scarcity and high price of coal is being severely felt here.’
[cf HEW 8 Mar: Honley: The present high price of coals is having a very serious effect upon the trade in this district; mills are beginning to work short time, some of them closing altogether on Saturday. It is also seriously affecting the poorer classes in the neighbourhood’].
1877. HEW 21 Apr: G.W.Oldham silk dyer, horse and barrel cart left unattended at Netherton, runs away down Bank Bottom and collides with two carts.
1880 HEW 24 Apr: Smith & Co, Hudds & WY Designers Association exhibition, imitation tapestry curtains, 4 yards long and 68 in wide which sell at £6 pair.
1881. Directory: G.W.Oldham, dyer/ Edwin Smith & Co, damask and fancy manufacturers.
1883 HEW 11 Aug: Dan Dawson Bros, Milnsbridge, dyes exhibited at Tech Inst exhibition, on dyed patterns made by G W Oldham.
1888. HEW 12 May: George Wm. Oldham breach of factory act working 14, 15 and 16 year old boys over time.
1890. Henry Bamford, silk throwster. [formerly of Bentley Mill ?].
HEW 128 Jun: Night Watchman wanted, also for Lords Mill
1891.Census. Stubing [sic]
George Wm Oldham, 60, silk dyer and finisher, born Derby.
Eliza Oldham wife , 54, Macclesfield
George Thomson Oldham, son, 23, Ditto. Honley
Sarah Ellen Oldham, daughter, 25, cashier, Honley
Harry Oldham, son 21, silk throwster, Honley
Esther Lowe, servant, 18, Shropshire
HEW 4 Apr: Honley Exhibition, GW Oldham loans antique weapons and stuffed birds and reptiles.
HEW 27 Jun: GW Oldham resigns as chair of Honley Local Board in dispute with Rate Payers Association over sanitary condition of village.
1894 HEW 1 Sep: Sat lat workpeople assemble in warehouse for presentation to Harry Oldham, son of GW Oldham of inscribed French marble timepiece, by Fillans Bros of Huddersfield, on occasion of approaching marriage.
1898. HEW 15 Jan: Henry Bamford, occupier, silk throwing machinery.
HEW 19 Feb: Henry Bamford, bankrupt (of Halifax Old Rd) silk throwster, former partner of William Bamford & Son, Meltham, failed 1890, moved to Moll. Profit £2-250 per annum for last two years. 1890 £403.11s.7d. profit. 1893 £178 loss.
HEW 18 Jun: Foreman dyer, Thos. Hargreaves, Honley, (45) found dead in dam. Harry Oldham tells inquest he was steady worker who earned good wages, but had complained of feeling unwell recently.
1900. HEW 12: G.T.Oldham, marriage.
HEW 7 Jul: Dyeworks, G.T.Oldham, manager, trip to Scarborough.
1902. HEW 18 Oct: Honley UDC plan electric lighting. G.T.Oldham, largest rate-payer in West ward objects to paying for supply he would not benefit from since he already has own supply as do most of other mills in Honley.
1907 HEW 4 May: G W Oldham interviewed at mill on occasion of his 77th birthday. First silk dyer in country to put in electric lights. Presentation by workpeople, J T Armitage, cashier, in chair. Alfred Dyson longest serving employee (36 years service) presents silver rose bowl. Also jubilee of firm, founded 1 May 1857.
1913 HEW 14 Jun: 100 silk dyers in dispute. Half of them in union. Firm willing to concede advance demanded.
1914. YFT 14 May; HEW 16 May: G.W.Oldham of Stubbings, Netherton ,obit. (84). WRCC alderman, pioneer of silk dyeing. Established in Honley 1857, moved to Moll Mill. Foremen from mill act as pall bearers. W Fox and JH Mallinson represent workers.
1918 HEW 25 May: G T Oldham, now liable for military service under new Military Service Act, resigns from Honley Local Tribunal, since he had always maintained that men of military age should not sit on it. george Sheard also resigns for same reason.
1921 HEW 29 Jan: Old Moll Road offered by G T Oldham to UDC.
1928 HEW 9 Jun: Wilson Pearson, Moorbottom Rd, with firm 50 years, never late, presented with mahogany chime clock and £50 cheque (Photo).
HEW 24 Nov: Tom North, foreman dyer, Top Row, Armitage Bridge, 50 years at dyeworks, presented with mahogany clock and £50. G T Oldham, himself started in warehouse 1883. Firm started by his father 71 years ago at Big Valley , moving to Moll 64 years ago.
1944 HEW 18 Nov|: Owned by GW Oldham – three storey mill gutted by fire, stocks of wool and felt destroyed.
1948 HEW 10 July: Sarah Ellen Oldham of The Stubbings, and Cowden near Hornsea obit 5 Feb leaves estate of £36,387.12s, daughter of GW Oldham.

1882. HEW 2 Dec:Richard Mallinson and Frank Brook former occupiers.two storey finishing mill adjoining Croppers’ Arms to be sold.

211. MOORCROFT MILL (New Mill)
1851 HC 15 Mar: Hinchliffe occ, owned by ‘a company of proprietors’, fire in stove, which is uninsured.
1857. HC 11 Jul, 19 Sep: Joshua Booth occupier To be let commodious fulling and scribbling mill, steam engine 8hp and waggon boiler 12hp, 3 scribblers, 2 carders, 3 billies etc.
1858. HC 11 Dec: to let, adjoining turnpike road from New Mill to Huddersfield. 16 foot fall on stream from Boshaw reservoir, and pure spring for scouring, water wheel, shafting and going gear for 4 fulling stocks, three scribblers, carders and billies, two pair of mules, and one willey.
1866 HC 22 Sep: third part or share in mill, with waterwheel, shafting, going gear, fittings , machinery etc. Occupied by John and William Hirst on 19 year lease from 1 Oct 1862.
1881. Directory: Charles Lockwood.
1890. HEW 11 Jan: Charles Lockwood & Sons, cotton and worsted fire in stove £30 damage. Extinguished with firm’s engine using dam water.

212. MYTHOLMBRIDGE MILL (Lower) (Mytholmbridge)
See also Brigg Royd Mill.
1781. Land Tax Returns: 1781. Mr Armitage
1783. LTE, John Armitage.
1785. (KC.165:121) erected on site of ancient fulling mill.
1796. KC 485. John Armitage water rights case against John and Jonas Hobson and Tom Dransfield of Upper Mytholmbridge Mill. (See xerox).
1804. Wm Armitage obit. occupied by Joseph Green Armitage water wheel breaks down.
1808. Armitage watercourse interfered with weir raised for Smithy Place mill by Richard and Jos Haigh and Ben Carter.
1811. Armitage case against Haigh’s of Smithy Place Mill
1827. BHC 24 May, one third part of estate of William Firth, Jonas Hobson occupier of mill.
1836. LM 24 Sep:Brigg Royd. Henry Rider & Tom Greenwood occupiers, fulling and scribbling mill to be let.
1838. Honley rental: Joseph Green Armitage owner and occupier.
1844 IBJ 16 Feb: I went after Tea to Mytholm Bridge Mill, I had intended being in time for the Sale of Mitchels, but it was over when I got there; they having agreed with the Creditors not to sell the Furniture. I wanted to see the mill as much as anything; as there are Bills up giving notice that it is to be let. It is a poor old mill, with about 12ft fall, and a wheel in, constantly in back water. It is only used at present as a fulling mill.
30 May: I went to the Mytholm Bridge Mill to see the Miller and Mr. Wm. Armitage (who belongs the Mill) coming he said to see if we could promise regular work. I told we could not; he said he would either let or sell the Mill. I asked what he would take, he said he could not tell. Went and saw Hobson agreed for Mr. Sydney Moorhouse to make a valuation and take an inventory of fixtures etc. on Saturday next. Very dry Looked in at Mytholm Bridge Mill, it is an old worn out craggy place. I see it will always want something doing out. I don’t think it so cheap as I did before I saw it’.
7 Jun: I went today to Mytholm Bridge Mill the Miller told me he (Mr. Wm. Armitage) was about letting it to Woodhead. I told him I should like to see Annitage. I thought I should like to hear what he would take for it as he had told me he would sell it. It would be very convenient to Hagg and might be made into a very good Mill. He said I might perhaps see him at the Mill on Monday.
10 Jun: I went this forenoon to meet Mr. Wm. Armitage at Mytholm Bridge Mill. I wanted to hear what terms he would sell or let on, I was more anxious because the Miller had told me he had offered to let it to Woodheads for a term of 21 years and I thought if they agreed for it our chance for the place was gone. I went about half past 11 o’clock, found him there when I arrived at the place, I told him I understood he would either sell or let the place for a term of years, he said he would. I asked what he would take for it or what Rent he would want for the place, he did not seem to know what to ask for it to either sell or let, we had a great deal of conversation about the present value of Mill property and what its value was some time since. He said he had thought of getting it valued but he did not know who was a likely person. He said it would be as cheap at £150 a year as the mill above which Jo MelIor had taken at £80 a year. I told him it could be no such thing as the mill Jo Melior had taken had more fall and although the building was worse it had greater capabilities than his had. I told him the value of Mill property never would be as high again as it had been, because a Steam Engine might be put down anywhere if only a sufficient supply of water would be obtained for the boiler, and steam power being preferable for a many purposes it would always keep the value of water within the limits at which steam power could be supplied. I told him we would give £1200 for the place and before I left I offered him £1300. He said it was not one half of what he had thought the place was worth. We agreed for him to see us again on Tuesday at Huddfd. (but he did not come at us).
1846. LM 7 Feb. Brigg Royd. James Bower jnr and Jonas Woodhead occupiers To be sold. Fulling mill, 4 double stocks,1 single stocks,1 new driving stock, scouring machine and soap boiler, cottages and stables.
1852. HC 7 Feb: Flood: pieces belonging to George Booth and G.Bashforth damaged. Also mill occ. by J.&.G. Robinson badly damaged.
1853. HC 24 Sep: George Booth of firm of G and G Booth manufacturers of doeskins and fancy goods, ‘looses’ cheques from Messrs Starkey for £609.8s.6d. Money withdrawn from Huddersfield Bank. Suspicions aroused because Booth did not go directly to bank to cancel cheques when he found them to be missing, though at Armitages, New St, near bank. William, son of Mr Booth suspected as one cashing cheques. Said to have gone to Liverpool or Ireland . £606 found in his aunt’s coal hole by police. Father and son charged with conspiracy to defraud. Messrs Armitage, their wool supplier, for whom payment drawn on cheque wasdue to be made, said they considered Booth to be perfectly solvent. No suspicion on junior partner in firm, also George Booth. William Booth worked as engineer under his father, who also had previously been an engineer for 12 years at Messrs Hirst, Birdsedge Mill. Been in business for 2 ½ years. Employs 60-70 hands. After Armitage, Oldfield, Allen & Co main creditors. Has nine children.
HC; HE 24 Sept:G & G.Booth partnership dissolved.
HE 5 Nov: Lower Mytholmbridge to be let, scribbling machinery.
1858. HE , HC 12 June: accident, Lower mill. Hannah Kinder, 13, fourth storey, machinery never worked, shafting in two months, not boxed. Told not to go there. Her and Mary Moss spun round shafting, but Moss no bones broken. Kinder dies in infirmary from haemorrhage of compound thigh fracture. Both short timers.
1859. HE 8 Jan,: Lower Mill Sam Mellor treat.
1864 HC 9 Apr: Sam Mellor, fancy manufacturer, Tom Mellor, pattern designer, prosecuted for embezzlement of 8lbs of patterns of fancy cloth kept at home though signed agreement to keep secret patterns and trade secrets of employer. Designers anything from 30-60s a week. John Lodge, witness, works for Ben Mellor, Honley bar. All designers keep copies of their patterns, he himself keeps them for ‘guidance’. Joseph Mellor, father of Sam, his designer Ben Cartwright says he also kept his patterns, Hobson Brook, Barber & Sons, Holmebridge, retained his patterns. Abusive row between advocates Learoyd and WP Roberts, magistrate Capt. Armitage threatens to leave court. John Brook, out weaver says he has left pattern at Tom Mellor’s house. Case discharged. HC 16 Apr: Letter from Hobson Brook, correcting account, saying since weaving now all power looms, patterns given to him at mill.
1865 HC 25 Mar: Mill to let with machinery, apply James Robinson, Smithy Place.
Ibid: Samuel Mellor, Mytholm-bridge, woollen cloth manufacturer and merchant, bankrupt.
1866 HC 10 Nov: John Wm France, marriage, treat for 87 at Royal Oak. Jos Senior engineer in chair.
1867 HC 17 Aug: France & Beaumont, trip to Hollingworth Lake.
HC 2 Nov: Holt of Folly Hall, transporting new boiler to France & Beaumont using traction engine. Wife of keeper of Smithy Place bar, Kinder, demands 4s more than authjorised to charge. defence says special statute allows 1s for each broad wheel. Traction engine 7tons 15cwt allowed to take any weight. Kinder says six wheels to engine, could have charged more. Refund ordered plus expenses.
1871. Census: mill employing 100 hands.
1871. HC 14 Jan: J W France, treat to workpeople in large room at mill.
1874. HEW 2 May: Lower Mytholmbridge Blackburne and France.
workpeople present silver cruet and vase to Jn Wm France, bankrupt (see previous weeks, passim), on occasion of 32 birthday (father died when 18). Blackburne says they have been wronged by creditors. (see 14, 21 Mar and 9 May).
1877. HWN 19 May: Jos Blackburne bankrupt, liabilities £12,500.
HEW 9 Jun: creditors meeting. Machinery valued £700, stock in trade, £3,182.13s.8d.
HEW 7 Jul: Beaumont Taylor, trustee of Blackburne, machinery to be sold.
1893. HEW 8 Apr: to be let, apply W.&.H.Robinson Smithy Place.
HEW 7 Oct: Sykes, Mellor & Co. lease expired machinery to be sold.
1910. YTD: J.Lancaster & Son, dyers and finishers.
1935. HED 4 Mar: James Lancaster obit, 84, lived at Mytholmbridge House. Lane still bears his name. Founder of firm along with brother Joe., cricketer, huntsman, freemason. Mill ‘delightfully situated in the valley between the Hagg Wood and the River Holme.’

1794. KC 485. 5 Jul: Bond agreeing water dispute be refereed.
1796. KC 485.12 dec: Award relative to dispute between John and Jonas Hobson and Tom Dransfield of Mytholmbridge Mill with John Armitage of lower Mytholmbridge over water rights. Mill owned by Thomas Radcliffe.
1812. KC,165/39. Richard Aspley of Aspley, frizer, Elizabeth his life inherits from Lucretia Constance Radcliffe, widow of Thomas Radcliffe of Charlestown South Carolina third part of estates including fulling, scribbling and carding mill, stocks, going gear etc at Mitham Bridge, late in occupation of John Hobson deceased, now assignees Jonas and George Hobson, Thos Dransfield, William Leigh.
1827. B.&.H Cour 24 May: Jonas Hobson tenant of fulling and scribbling mill and drying house and cottages. William Hirst of Beeston bankrupt. Third part in estates including Mithambridge and others cf. KC.165/39.
1844. IBJ 18 Jan: Jo Mellor had lately taken Mytholm Bridge Mill and I told him he ought by all means to secure the house. He told me afterwards he had taken the Mill (which can run three Billies and has stocks to run five or six piece~ at £80 pr. Annum. The mill is only in a poor state of repair, but it must be uncommon cheap at the rent he has taken it at. After hearing at what price he had taken such a mill as that for, with 14ft 6in fall, situate on a good stream of water and near to good roads and Coals and for what price Hobson House and land at Mytholm Bridge could be purchased with the advantage of building a mill and the property for Steam power, I could not help feeling uneasy that property should be quite as low in value. Situated below Holmfirth with all the advantage of good roads near to Coals, near to Market, and the land of a superior quality up to here, as it was with us; with all the disadvantages of heavy roads, a long way from Coals, from Mills and Markets and in a colder and a more uncongenial climate. I could not help thinking how much worse we were situated as manufacturers than those who were at or below Holmfirth…’
1852. Flood.
1854. HC 16 Dec: J & S Mellor, workmens’ donations to Patriotic Fund.
1856 HC 11 Oct: Joseph and Samuel Mellor, woollen cloth manufacturers and fulling and scribbling millers, partnership dissolved by mutual consent.
Ibid: Jos Mellor, treat for workpeople at Royal Oak, supper on occasion of marriage of his son Edwin.
1859. HC 8 Jan: Jos Mellor of Thongsbridge, whose works are at Mytholmbridge, treat for 50 at Royal Oak. Report refers to damage done by Holmfirth turnout’ thirty years ago. Mr Aston of Huddersfield, cloth finisher for Mellor present. Mellor, Holmfirth churchwarden.
1861. HC 19 Jan: Joseph Mellor, Upper Mytholm Bridge, treat at Royal Oak.
1864?. Datestone.
1866. HC 1 Dec: Jos Mellor fire in stove, Unity arrives after danger passed..
1867. HC 20 Jul: to be let, Jos Mellor occupier. HC 3 Aug: machinery etc to be sold.
1868. HC 4 Jan: HE 1 Feb: to be let, apply Ed Eastwood, Jos Mellor, late occupier.
1871. Census: John Newsome, fuller, employs 19.
1874 HEW 1 Nov: Fred Turner, boy, waiting for uncle, decides to put strap on himself. Smock caught. Dies in Infirmary.
1881. HEW 28 May, Jos Hoyle Machinery to be sold ‘through declining health’ mill rented from Edmund Eastwood, New North Rd.(c.f. lower mill).
1882. HEW 11 Feb:Bowes & Silverwood treat, dancing, nuts, figs amnd brandysnap ‘handed round in abundance’. James Bowes leads off dancing. Mr Silverwood said he ‘had no ambition to get rich. If his partner and he could get a honest living and carry on a respectable trade so that the neighbourhood in which they were situated might feel the beneficial effect that was as much as they had in view at present.’
1884. HEW 15 Mar: James Bowes, Fitzwiliam St, and Henry Silverwood, Mytholmbridge, woollen merchants and manufacturers, also of Lion Arcade, at Bankruptcy Court. Machinery valued at £2,000 in 1882. 55 Looms at between £3 and £6 each, overvalued on balance sheet by Silverwood in 1882 at £4, 647. Had pieces @ 4s6d/yd sold at 4s.3d/yd.. No account of business or warehouse expenses kept.
HEW 26 Apr: Bowes & Silverwood machinery to be sold, trustees, W.H.Armitage.
1885. HEW 18 Apr:Thos Rhodes claim against widow of Jos. Boothroyd and administer of his estate for £22.0.1d. for swinging and drying 1193 pieces at 2d. a piece in hydroextractor and damage to same. Boothroyd who works part of same mill had previously put in an action against Rhodes for dying done, but had died two days before counter-claim by falling in scalding vat.
HEW 30 May: Thos Rhodes, late occupiers Silverwood & Bowes. to be sold.(Along with Kirkbridge Mill).
(Purchased by John Tinker of Bankend Mill and later Bottoms Mill [q.v. 1914])
1902 HEW 4 Oct: T & J Tinker, fined for working woman at night (on army contracts). Defence that women working in building not part of mill since no motive power or shafting, sewing puttees, urgent work.
1907. HExp 19 Jan: Janet Smith,25, weaver at Rock Mill, daughter of landlord of Sycamore Inn, found drowned in goit.
W 2 Mar: T.&.J.Tinker strike in finishing department.
1909 HEW 2 Oct: T & J Tinker, inquiry under Rivers Pollution Act 1876, effluent from scouring and dyeing going into river. West Yorkshire Rivers Board first wrote complaint in 1897. In 1907 firm promised to move processes to Bottoms Mill. Not done so. Inspection carried out.
1910. YTD: T.&.J.Tinker, worsteds, tweeds, serges &c, 7,00 spindles, 80 looms.
1911 HExp 18 Mar: John Tinker Snr, Woodlands, Thongsbridge, also Bottoms Mill
1913. HE 15 Nov: John Tinker presents 10s to each worker to mark jubilee of firm. Former farmer started firm with brother Tedbar (obit 1871) 50 years ago with 12 employees at Brownhill Mill and later Bank End Mill (for about 12 years). Now employs over 300. Initially manufactured mixed tweeds, later stockingette and when this out of fashion, serges, woollens and worsteds.

214. NEILEY FACTORY (Honley)
see also Crossley Mill/Shaw’s Factory.
1825. Built. Factory Commissioners Report.
1831. Rebuilding..ditto.
1834. Factory Commissioners Report. 150 employed,40hp steam engine.
1842. HEW 20 Feb 1876: B.L.Shaw’s former weaver emigrated to US.
1852. HE 23 Oct: Dickinson & Platt leave area, mill doing little for some time.
1853. HC 7 May: James Shaw appeals against overseers on grounds rating for ‘Neiley’s factories and Crossley Mill’ and land unfair and incorrect. Agreed amicably.
HE 21 May: 28 May: powerlooms, Lewis cutters, spinning mules To be sold. James Shaw.
1853 HC 11 Jun: ‘The neighbourhood seems now to be recovering from the depression and gloom which were cast upon it at the demise, and consequent almost entire stoppage of the large works of the late B L Shaw, Esq,. Since the commencement of the present year these works have been better employed. The Messrs Kellett & Scott, who occupy part of them, are very busy, and in country work – the scribbling and slubbing departments – in the two mills, the hands were never busier than they have been since the month of March. The weaving department too is improving, and more looms are being employed in country work; consequently there is more demand for labour. the fancy waistcoat trade is healthy and the hands better employed, and altogether the busy hum of industry is much more general than was the caseduring the whole of last year. Thus the working classes have a chance of regaining what they may have lost by the severe depression through which they have had to struggle, and by economy, secure to themselves more of the necessaries and comforts of life.’
HE 28 May; HC 4 Jun: ‘To be let, either separately or together, two woollen mills and a dyehouse called “Thirstin Mill” and “Old Moll”, situate at Honley…’Also to be let room and power and a quantity of broad and narrow power looms at Neiley’s factory…’ Applications, James Shaw , Market Walk, Huddersfield.
1854. HE,HC 6 May: Sale of machinery, including boilers, fulling stocks and two waterwheels, 4ft4in x 18 feet; 3ft6in x 14 feet.
1855. HE 30 Jun: James Shaw To be let plus powerlooms.
1856. HE 26 Jan: James Shaw treat in old mill.
1858. HC 5 Jun: James Shaw late occupier machinery To be sold.
HC 7 Aug: Sarah Ann Kaye burler at Shaw’s factory, ‘grassing’ a piece in field, Amos Pider while intoxicated trie to ‘take liberties’ and throws stone at her. 2s.6 fine and 18s.6d costs.
HC 23 Oct: mill To be sold, one sixth part formerly of Foster Shaw and late of James Shaw, (until sale pursuiant to will of David Shaw), sums of money produced by woollen mill, 5stx40x17 yards, with adjoining engine house, also ‘boiler house’ to west of mill, 3stx16x11 yards, ‘new end’ 6stx12x1 yard. Also 4stx12x5 yard building, gas house and wool drying stoves. Fire proof building 2stx80x7yards to north of said mill, stables, porters lodge. Steam engine. Mill subject to an annuity ‘payable during the lifetime of a lady now aged 78 years’. ‘The mill is in excellent repair and every part of it is fully occupied.’
1859. HC 29 Jan: Messrs Shaw’s factory, Neeley’s, minor fire in drying stove.
HE 19 Mar: Foster Shaw & Co. powerlooms To be let.
HE 23 Jul: storm damge.
HC 26 Nov: Fire in teasing room. Hundreds flock to mill. Nothing to hand to subdue fire, nit even a bucket. Also mill dam empty. Door to room locked and only burst open with difficulty and then found to be crammed with wool. Takes more than a hour to get in. Oiled cotton on floor, but not known how ignited. Possibly friction in teaser. ‘it was said by many present , the establishment used to be the leading place in the district for being provided against fire, either at home or any other mill, but it had now been suffered to become the worst.’
1860. HC 14 Jan: Kellet & Scott, treat for 40 at George & Dragon.
1861. HC 12 Jan: Kellet & Scott treat for 40 female weavers at Jacob’s Well.
1862 HC 23 Aug: Kellet & Scott, trip,Hollingworth lakes, surprise at ‘great mill dam’.
1863. HC 5 Sep: Kellet & Scott Dissolution of partnership.
1865 HC 15 Jul: Charles Kellett of Honley, cloth manufacturer, lately in business with William Henry Kellett firm of Charles Kellett & Son, bankrupt.
1868. HE 11 Jan: J.Shaw & Co. iron field tenter for sale.
HE 2 May: five pan dyehouse – To be let.
1871. HC 21 Oct: land at Neely’s to be sold, including Near Factory Neely, and Far Factory Neely. occupied by Thomas Haigh.
1872 HC 6 July: for sale- first class card setting machines. Power looms, rag grinding machines, raising gigs, press , hydro extractor etc.
1876. HEW 1 Apr: Heaton & Sykes ends business., finishing machinery.
HEW 15 Apr: powerlooms To be sold.
HEW 25 Nov, 9 Dec:James Shaw bankrupt. machinery and stock to be sold.
1877. HEW 6 Jan: James Shaw Newhouse, Huddersfield, woollen manufacturer and yarn spinner, Neiley mill, bankrupt., stock valued £2538.liabilities £14,464.
HEW 13 Jan: bankruptcy hearing.
HEW 20 Jan: Burring, scribbling, spinning, weaving, fulling and finishing machinery to be sold. Also yarn, wool, mungo etc…, gas plant steam and water piping, mechanics shop contents and office furniture.
HEW 6 Jan, 27 Mar: Michael Wood machine maker bankrupt. £200 liabilities: machinery to be sold.
1878. HEW 27 Apr: J.France tuner wanted for Hutchinson & Hollingworth looms.
1880. HED 6 Apr: J.France pattern weavers wanted, constant employment.
1881. Directory: Josiah France, woollen manufacturer. Gledhill & Roberts, bobbin makers. Tom Littlewood, dyers.
HC 1 Jan: Room to let, suitable for fulling, finishing, worsted spinning.
1884. HEW 8 Mar: Dyeworks to be sold as a going concern.
HEW 9 Aug: large quantity of loose shafting, drums, pulleys, cast iron and scrap iron to be sold. Also cast iron flue and woodwork of roof from large shed with roof lights of strong glass in frames.
1888. HEW 28 Jul: Messrs Hepworth late occupiers, machinery to be sold, mill to let.
1891. HEW 7 Mar: to be let, H.S.Harrison, late occupier, plant and plush dyeing machinery to be sold.
1892. HEW 17 Sep: Neiley size and manure manufactory premises, 2 storey grinding mill, beam engine.
HEW 15 Oct: bought by Wright Charlesworth Littlewood (48) sizing manufacturer Thirstin. Murders daughter and sent to Armley lunatic asylum.
1893. HEW 8 Apr: to be let.
1894. HEW 10 Mar:to be let.
1895. HEW 16 Mar: to be let, 4,500 square yards.
1897. HEW 26 Jun: to be sold. 5 storeys, 120 by 54 feet 9 inches, dyehouse and shed, 50hp. compound beam engine.
1900. HEW 28 Jul: to be sold with machinery.
HEW 1 Sep: to be sold, occupier bankrupt, 4 storey 63 foot 6inch by 42 feet 6 inch, horizontal engine,14 inch cylinder, 28 inch stroke, 8 foot flywheel, Schofield& Taylor. Boiler, Holdsworth & Sons, fittings and four cottages.
1903. HEW 9 May: five storey mill, to be sold along with Crossley Mill, estate of Allen Thornton & Sons. Compound beam engine 50hp nominal.
HEW 3 Oct: Neiley Mill, unoccupied some years, to be sold along with Crossley Mill, May 26 auction failed to find purchasers.
1906. YFT 13 Apr: Cooper & Liversedge Neiley Dyeworks. sue Crosland March, Spinner, Bridge Mill, for work done.
(Tom Liversedge founder of firm obit 1897, (64) founder of firm formerly at Canal Bank, Leeds Road, one of oldest dyer in town).
1909. W 8 May: sold along with land at Cuckoo Lane.
1910 YTD: Herbert Schofield & Co. woollen and worsted spinner and manufacturer.
Cooper, Liversedge & Wood Ltd, wool, cotton and waste dyers, Neiley Dyeworks.
1914. W 6 Jun: Allen Thornton fire.5 storey mill gutted, occupied by Cooper, Liversedge & Wood (Cotton dyers) and messrs Schofield & Co., woollen manufacturers. Honley fire brigade recently disbanded.
HEW 5 Dec: ‘Old Landmarks of Honley’, Mary Jaggar. ‘Shaw’s factory, or Neiley Mill, was destroyed by fire in June last. The once picturesque building held memories for many now scattered all over the world…’
1922 HEW 14 Oct: Jos Cooper obit (52) managing director of Cooper, Liversedge & Wood, president of Huddersfield Master Dyers and Finishers Association.

215. NELSON MILL (Colne Rd)
1872. HEW 13 Jan: Moorhouse & Broadhead treat. HEW 2 Nov: treat for 60 weavers.
1873. HEW 2 Nov: Moorhouse & Broadhead treat for 60 weavers.
1876. HEW 28 Oct: machinery and effects. Hutchinson & Hollingworth receivers appointed by High Court of Justice.
1887 HEW 26 Mar: To be let, weaving shed, 56 x 18 yards, with steam engine, boiler and shafting. Mill also To be let, late occupied by Fell Bros.
1905 Nov: Ernest Brook, of Brook Motors Ltd, move from Threadneedle St.

216. NEW BRIDGE MILL (Meltham)
1851. HC 27 Sep: Robert Beaumont & Co. Fire. Machinery nearly new, £2000 damage.
HE 27 Sep: Fire. Honley Firemen in no state to help due to ‘excessive indulgence’ at Honley feast. Only water wheel and walls left standing.
1858. HC 6 Mar: Robert Beaumont, William Walker and James Ramsden, scribbling and fulling millers of firm of Robert Beaumont & Co. , partnership dissolved.
1859. HC 20 Mar: Walker & Ramsden fire in stove.
1863 HC 28 Feb: Green Armitage, 22, suicide in dam on day supposed to be married.
HC 26 Sep: Walker & Ramsden. Fire in stove. Considerable damage.
1865 HC 7 Oct: Walker & Ramsden, employing John Mortimer and Walker Whitwam, under 13 without school master’s certificate. Defence that they had changed schools and not taken school book with them. Fined.
1866 HC 3 Mar: Huddersfield Waterworks Bill before parliamentary referees. Mill referred to. General practice to run fulling stocks day and night when water available. 656 gallons/min required just to overcome friction of wheel. 3,160 gal/min measure ad tail goit used for moving all machinery.
HC 12 May: Waterworks Bill, House of Lords committee. Thomas Woodhead, engineer at mill says that in driest season reservoir of mill could be filled between 2 o’clock on Saturday and Monday morning.
1869. HC 31 Jul: James Ramsden letter on water scheme for Blackmoorfoot in reply to comments made by mayor in council meeting about his objections (HC 24 Jul). His reservoir at head of stream, 7-8 months runs entirely on water, new scheme means he will have to use engine every day.
1871. HC 20 May: Hugh Hinchliffe, 25, fettler at mill in charge of lurry loaded with material and skep of yarn. On steep part of Millmoor near Albion Mill lurry jerks over large stone and he falls off between horse and shafts and both wheels run over his head killing him.
1888. HEW 19 May: Ramsden & Halstead order steam engine from Schofield & Taylor, dispute with supplier of ‘No.2 Perfect Lubricator’ ordered by firm as to whether they or engine builders to pay for it.
1889. HEW 7 Dec: Ramsden & co. fluff from carding engine ignites in gas jet. £400 damage.
1892. HEW 26 Mar: Ramsden & Co. yarn spinners to decline business.
HEW 30 Apr: machinery to be sold.
1893. HEW 18 Feb. to be sold, first mill on stream with rights to one third of available water, four storey mill 42′ diameter water wheel, 14″ cylinder high pressure steam engine. by Schofield & Taylor, boiler by Holdsworth of Bradford.
HC 21 Jul: New Bridge Mill estate to be sold, freehold mill premises together with reservoir, water privileges, steam engine, gearing, fixed machinery, dwelling house and four cottages.
1896 Wm Burnside Mc Phaill, soap and chemical manufacturer takes premises. Partly due to cost involved is bankrupt by 1900 (HEW 19 May)
1900 HEW 14 Jul:YFT 2 Jul, HC 21 Jul: New Bridge Mill estate to be sold, freehold mill premises together with reservoir, water privileges, steam engine, gearing, fixed machinery, dwelling house and four cottages.
28 Sep: Mill for sale, 4 st x 42’6” x 63’ 6”.
1913. W 15? Nov: Wm. Pearson & Co Ltd.

217. NEW MILL (Marsden)
1796 John Haigh, insures converted corn mill for £1000 (See Haigh’s Factory),
1860. HE 5 May: Sam Bower woollen manufacturer deceased.
HE 30 Jan: Sam Bower & Sons machinery including mules and 24 Jacquard looms.
1866 HC 29 Sep: mills, dwelling house and farm to be sold, lately occ. Sam Bower & Son.
1870. HE 3 Sep, HC 10 Sep: Sam Bower & Sons to be let. 34 x 11 yards, three storeys and attic, 16 ft diameter iron water wheel, fall 13 ft 6in, newly erected engine and boiler house, long chimney and ashlar angine bed.
1876 HEW 17 Jun: Alfred Rhodes & Co, occ, James Crowther & Sons owner, premises consist of one large building and a smaller of more recent erection at right angles to it, 3 storeys x 67 x 24 feet. Fire, destroyed, £1,000 machinery £2,000. Alf Rhodes at Llandudno at the time with family. Need for fire engine in village.
1879. HEW 23 Aug: Alf Rhodes & Co new mill and shed ‘recently erected’, Jn Kirk & Sons, architect, also 28 cottages and 2 shops.
1880 HEW 17 Apr: Alfred Rhodes & Co. bank’d, machinery, including finishing, and stock in trade to be sold.
1885. HEW 17 Oct:stood tenantless for some time. At confluence of Wessenden and Colne. Formerly textile ‘printing mill’
1886. HEW 11 Dec: To be let ‘New Mill’ on Brougham Rd, 4 storeysx48x23 yards. Along with Frank Mill, apply James Walker, Holme Mill, Marsden.
1897. HEW 23 May: Crowther, Bruce & Co. becomes Ltd Company – shares issued. Jos. Crowther chairman [*capital £150,000]
Ibid. Willie Fletcher, reacher-in (12) killed playing in mill yard, falls from bag of waste onto head in river.
YFT 16 Apr: New warping machine, new shed built to north of mill.
1899. HEW 11 Feb: Crowther, Bruce & Co. fire in fearnought.
1900. Industry of Yorkshire. description.
1901. HEW, HExp7 Dec: Crowther, Bruce & Co. two Irish steeplejacks killed extending chimney, Bernard McHugh, 30, (engaged to be married at Christmas, Richard Code 31. Coping stones collapse knocking them from scaffolding. Two, including James, son of John Tinker, contractor Manchester Road , Huddersfield, cling on.
1902. HEW 8 Aug: Fire in warehouse.
1903. HEW 22 Aug: holiday question, workers favour September instead of August as firm announced in january and notified Factory Inspector.
1905. HEW 24 Jun: *Crowther, Bruce & Co. , pollution of Colne case. Considerable works, ample land when begun but built on it without constructing purification works. Wool-washing refuse, dye water and piece scouring effluent discharged into river.
1906. YFT 26 Jan, 9 Feb: Crowther Bruce & Co new six storey mill building being erected, also engine house for largest engine in valley.
HEW 17 Mar: teazer fatally burnt when pile of wool, cotton, mungo being fed into machine ignites.
HEW 22 Dec: Crowther, Bruce & Co. large penalties for river pollution.
1909 HEW 7 Aug: New shed built over Colne. Some of supports washed away by heavy rains.
1910. YTD: Crowther, Bruce & Co, 18,000 spindles, 260 looms.
1911 CVG 30 Jun:Presentation to Miss Bruce on occasion of wedding.

1859 HC 21 May: Charles Lockwood, 9 May, 50 male weavers strike against 30% reduction in wages. 30s per end down to 22s.
HC 28 May: Meeting at Sycamore Inn in support of striking weavers. £21.4s.3 ½ d. subscribed. Weavers receive 7s each.
HC; HE 4 Jun: Letter – Lockwood & Markham, powerlooms running since 1858. agreed prices with weavers. Since demand according to list of another manufacturer. Wanted to return to original agreement, reduction only 5% not 30%.
HC 18 Jun: Employers advertise for weavers but non apply.
HE 25 Jun: Chas Lockwood’s, fire in stove near ‘extensive mill recently erected’. Large concourse assemble. Holmfirth fire engine assists.
HE, HC 2 Jul : Agree to return. ‘Both sides see their folly. Two meetings have taken place during the week and at the latter an arrangement was come satisfactory to all concerned and the men returned to their work “Strikes” are becoming unpopular in the Holmfirth district.’
HC 8 Oct: Eliza daughter of Jonathan Brook of Sude Hill, (21) clothes caught in rag grinder, leg nearly severed. Amputated above knee. In precarious state.
HC 22 Oct: Inquest. Eliza a rag sorter, helping the foreman , Woffenden, with a broken strap. It should have been mended before machinery was set in motion. It took 15 minuted to extricate her. Woofenden reprehended by coroner for exposing her to danger.
1860 HE , HC 14 Jul: Lockwood & Markham, fire in lower story weaving room, pieces and wool rescued, buckets chain to dam, fears for adjoining 4 storey building connected by wooden bridge on second storey. Unity engine arrives. 48 looms, 170 pieces lost. 100 people thrown out of work. Built three years ago, running two. £8-9,000 damage. Need for fire engine at New Mill.
HC 17 Nov: Lockwood & Markham, rearing supper. New weaving shed, ‘a stately building has risen like a phoenix from the ruins.’ 100 persons at Shoulder of Mutton.
1864 HC 24 Dec: Chas Lockwood, coal pits in Fulstone. Drift flooded.
1865 HC 26 Aug: Chas Lockwood’s, Walter Fawcett, (17) fettling engine, strap knocked off drum, but his foot becomes entagled and taken round shaft. dies of injuries.
HC 2 Sep: Inquest. Jos Holmes engineer in room at time has engine stopped.
1872. HEW 26 Oct: New Mill Mills, Chas Lockwood’s, coming of age of second son, Arthur. Treat at Shoulder of Mutton. workpeople present him with gold Albert chain and seal.
HC 13 Apr: James & Jonathan M Lockwood, Ben Taylor, weaver summonsed for leaving work. Says no contract since foreman had agreed to pay him £1 a week on difficult piece until he was ‘stall’d’. Ordered to return to finish it.
1883 HEW 3 Nov: Chas Lockwood and Jonathan Moorhouse Lockwood, land at Deer hill. Three Linthwaite weavers and Slaithwiate delver, fined for game trespass. Netting rabbits with ferret in grounds of unoccupied Grange Farm. Lockwood’s gamekeeper, Uriah mates gives evidence.
1888. HEW 28 Apr: Chas Lockwood & Sons weaving shed built into embankment beneath cottages. Shaft to drive fast looms runs outside 20 inches away from building 2 feet above ground. 12 year old girl playing ‘pig and stick’ caught in shaft. Elder sister and mother receive horrific fatal injuries trying rescue.
1894 HEW 28 Aug: Ben Booth, 56, woolgrinder, drowns in dam during nightime visit to privy by his house, rail broken.
William Castle, weaver at mill, (40) suicide. Off work that day, says he is staying in bed, son goes upstairs and finds he has hung himself. Wife says ‘two of the deceased’s brothers had to be watched through depression’.
1897. HEW 27 Mar: Herbert Hinchliffe, (18) killed by lockjaw after hand caught between ‘swift’and ‘fancy’ while cleaning garnett machine.
1899. HEW 22 Apr: New Mill Mill, Charles Lockwood & Sons, declining business, machinery to be sold. 6 May: details, including 6 Wm. Whiteley mules 3,750 spindles.
1905 HEW: 20 May: to be sold, mill 5 storeys x 72 x 42 feet, weaving shed 73’6”x 63’6”, 3 storey fulling mill 59×27 feet, 2 storey finishing mill, doubling shed,willey shed, tentering shed dyehouse etc. Two boilers,fuel economisers, condensing beam steam engine, 40” cylinder, 4’ stroke, 24’ flywheel.
1912 Bought by F L Moorhouse and Charles Wilson Brook, formerly of Half Moon St, name changed. (CW Brook obit (72) HEW 5 Oct 1946)
1918 HEW 1 June: Moorbrook Mill, open air meeting held near mill by ILP with Tom Mann speaking.

219. NEWFOLD MILL (Holmfirth)
1857 HC 4 Apr: workman trying to shoot rat hits two powerloom weavers. One serious head injuries.
1861. HC 19 Oct: George Thorpe, bankrupt, power looms, piecing machine, wool, mungo etc to be sold.
1869. HC 5 Jun: Room and power. Apply George Henry Hinchliff, Nabb House. Also Dover Mill to let.
1871. HC 3 Jun: ‘witty wags’ light rubbish behind New Fold Mill raising fire alarm, while Holmfirth Brigades at annual dinner.
1873. HEW 15 Feb: Rashforth Bros [sic], treat for 30 at Crown.
HEW 22 Nov:C &.W.Bashforth, fire in stove.Unity arrives quickly, £40 damage.
1875 HEW 2 Jan: Bashforth Bros, Fanny Hinchliffe, feeder, found by John Shore, engine tenter, with head between fast pulley and frame of scribbler. Husband, James, fettler in mill ‘completely overcome with grief and had to be assisted home.’
1883. HEW 31 Mar:Bashforth room in mill, fire in teazing shed.
1884. HEW 21 Jun:Wm.& Chas. Bashforth occupiers, To be sold, 4 and 5 storey mills.
1896. HEW 7 Feb: Lawton, Son & Hoyle bankrupt. £1028 liabilities over assetts.
1907 Hexp: 20 Jul: drowning.

220. NEW STREET MILL (Huddersfield)
1815. LM 6 May: John Sutcliffe, 5st(including basement and attic)x 33 x 32’10”, patent steam engine, 19in cylinder, 16hp, 12 carders, 6×252 spindle mules, 2×216 spindle mules, 436 throstle spindles.
1848 LM 11 Mar: scribbling and spinning mill to be let.
1850. LM 24 Aug: Jos Schofield 4 storeys, 63x144feet, 16hp steam engine, 23hp boiler.
1916 HEW 1 Jul: ‘Sutcliffe’s Mill’ second one in town to have steam engine. At that time no scotching machine, cotton broken up by hand by women. (HEW 1Jul 1916) ‘Old friend Foster’ opened newsroom at 20 New Street, c.1830s ‘adjoining the then Schofield’s Factory.’ (HC 28 Nov. 1863)

221. NEWSOME MILL (Newsome)
1823 John son of Charles Taylor, Almondbury Common, marries and moves to Newsome.
1826. Charles Taylor father of John Taylor, fancy manufacturer, builds Croft House and sheds size of cottages. Water feteched from Spring Wood. (‘Sketches of Newsome’ in Newsome Parochial Magazine No.xxxii Sep. 1885; Taylor & Littlewood centenary brochure 1977)).
1829 Order of I. C. Eckhard Junr. & Co for 20 pieces each of 30 yards, sateen valencias to be executed in 3-4 weeks. A. Fremel Manchester, 18th June, 1829. “Sirs, We beg to refer you to ours of yesterday including our last order for Lustres to copy. We have today received 64 pieces by carriage which complete our order for 150 pieces. We herewith hand you our further order for 150 pieces which you must send us as soon as possible not exceeding a fortnight from this date. We send you colours which we consider good and bad You must pay attention to this order and let it be well executed.” Manchester, 31 October, 1829
1827.  Date on gate arch.

1832.  Chimney finished.
1837. Mill erected, often used for religious meetings. (Sketches).
1840. Shawl manufacture begun. Dyehouses erected.
1843 Exports to S.America.
LT 11 May: John Taylor, fancy manufacturers, Newsome, daily setting on new weavers.
1850. Fancy trouserings.
1854. HC 1 Apr: Taylor & Co, Thomas Blackburne, finisher, the Nook, Stile Common, commits suicide by habging after being dismissed for drinking on works premises against the bye-laws of the mill.
1855/56. Colne Road Mills built. [q.v.] , John Taylor & Sons.
1857 HC 19 Sep: Taylors’, weaver James Taylor sues for £3.4s. wages due. Began weaving piece and dismissed before it was completed. Only paid for what he had woven. Order made for the amount.
1859. HC 10 Sep: 27 Cotton warps, worth £50 belonging to Taylor & Sons destroyed in stove fire of Joshua Shaw, Town End, Almondbury.
1860. HC 25 Feb: John Taylor & Sons, treat for 40 in Wellington Inn. A number of hands had been sent for from Barnsley, hope that reciprocal feeling would continue. Mr Miles, one of new hands says they had been well received in Newsome. J Hawkyard foreman.
1862. HC 8 Feb: John Taylor & Sons, Joshua Boothroyd, woolsorter, summonsed for leaving work without notice. Ordered to work out his notice.
1862. Fred and Walter Taylor run Newsome Mill.
1865. HC 12 Aug: Alterations being made to boiler house. Joseph Walter Taylor of Lockwood House injured by falling ladder, conveyed to home of his father John Taylor. Severe spinal and internal injuries which prove fatal. Aged only 30. Churchwarden of Lockwood Church. Leaves wife and three children.
(Fred Taylor enters partnership with Joah Lodge ?).
1866. HC,HE 2 Jun, W.&.F.Taylor trip in waggonettes over Blackstone Edge to Hollingworth lakes for 100 on occasion of F.N.Taylor’s marriage. Firm attempted excursion with L&YR, but only ordinary fares and trains available.
1871. HEW 5 Aug, J.H.Taylor Obit.
1872. HEW 13 Jul Taylor & Lodge, Newsome,three storey mill, fire. Roof and west wall collapses. £10,000 building and machinery, £3000 material.
HC 2 Nov: Taylor & Lodge, treat for 43 in Tower Inn, Newsome.
1873. HEW 4 Oct: Taylor & Littlewoods patent gas apparatus in use. 200 burners fitted by Joel Jepson of New St, sole Yorkshire agent, also fitted at Brockholes for Lockwood & France.
Fred Taylor obit. Ephraim retires from partnership at Colne Mills and buys all Newsome Mill. Alterations made.
1874. HEW 19 Sep: gas explosion as men clearing gasometer.
1875. Joshua Littlewood, born Deanhouse c.1825, where he assisted father at mill, moves to Croft House. (Sketches xxxiv Nov.1885)
1876. HEW 4 Nov: tender for new weaving shed, Kirk architect.
1880. HED 12 May,HEW 22 May: Taylor & Littlewood fire in top storey, pattern and designing room. Water damages patterns and pattern looms. Help summonsed by buzzer. Mill has both steam and manual fire engine. PC falls through sky-loft and gashes thigh. £800 damage.
1881. HEW Mar (passim): Taylor & Littlewood, 13 January, 130 strike against reduction for new fabric, weavers brought in from Bradford etc.. Agree to work on Messrs Martin, Sons & Co’s statement as long as blacksheep removed. Firm refuses, disturbances. HEW 23 Apr:Letter from Geo Mallinson, ‘Would it be believed in the nineteenth century that a large mill in our very centre has to be guarded by night and day by firemen and policemen’.. Crowds of ‘hundreds’ pursue and stone ‘blacksheep’. Some of strikebreakers local – Almondbury, Honley. Weavers leaders prosecuted for intimidation under 1875 Conspiracy Act. Wm Clelland, cashier for firm gives evidence against Alfred Armitage. £1400 subscribed to support strikers.
1883 HEW 15 Dec: gale blows coping stones from roof off through weaving shed windows causing ‘considerable damage.’
1884 HEW 16 Feb: Taylor & Littlewood treat for weavers, tuners and foremen at Gymnasium Hall. 300 present. 300 Knotters, menders and finishers theirs fortnight previously. 100 Winders, heald knitters etc tomorrow. John Sykes in chair. – they had had full employment for some months past. Always ready to introduce improvements to benefit workpeople and yard full of old looms now replaced.
HEW 8 Mar: Joshua Litlewood presented with illuminated address by workers for 50th birthday. read by David Ainley. Came to Newsome 1841, small place with no engine or boilers – 1848 ‘carding mill’ built, 1855 Colne Rd Mill built. Refers to recent difficulties arising from competition in trade.
1885. Plan to build 4 storey mill adjoining weaving shed and dining hall and kitchen. (xxxiv Nov. 1885)
Worsted spinning begins
HEW 7 Feb: annual workpeople’s treat, 620 present, , in Ramsden Street School. Later Joshua Litlewood chairs entertainment in Town Hall.
1886. HEW 6 Mar: tenders for mill and weaving shop, Kirk & Sons architect.
1887. New mill ‘growing apace’ 4 storeys by 131 by 63 feet, 8,000 square feet each floor, weaving shed capacity for 300 broad looms. Tower 120 feet high
containing steps and lift, clock bell 25 cwt – first public clock in Newsome. 350 nominal hp engine capable of 900hp driving power. Engine house 45 by 20 feet in centre of works, mechanics shop and water tank with 60,000 gallons capacity. (Sketches Jan 1887).
1891 HEW 28 Nov, HWN 19 Decc: Harry Cartwright, 12, doffer, half timer, leg injured by spinning machine. Playing about. Leg amputated dies as a result.
1897 HEW 23 Oct: Taylor & Littlewood, auction at mill of worsted machinery and dyeing plant.
1903 HEW 18 Jul: weaver, John Walker Matthewman, 55, w. End, Newsome, sacked because he was too old, hangs himself
1904. HEW 8 Oct: healders and twisters dispute, non unionists from outside district take strikers’ places.
HEW 17 Dec: came out on 17 Sept. Secretary of Huddersfield Healders & Twisters Trade and Friendly Society attempt to organise meeting woth firm. 22 Nov. thought agreement reached but firm then advertises for new workers.
1910. YTD: Taylor & Littlewood Ltd, worsted trouserings and coatings, 1400 spindles, 114 looms.

222. NEWTOWN MILL (Huddersfield)
1830. LM 17 Apr: John Winterbottom.
1834. Factory Commissioners Report: Wm Firth/ Norris, Sykes & Fisher.
1845. LT 30 Aug: Norris & Sykes 11 hour day requested and granted with ‘greatest goodwill’.
1849. LM 14 Apr: Matt Iredale & Co cloth dressers.
1852 HC 20 Mar: Norris, Sykes & Fisher, cloth finishing machinery to be sold.
1853. HC 14 May: J Gill occupier. Sale of machinery and stock in trade., also Lower Head Row Mill
HE 22 Oct:Iredale cloth dressers sale of machinery.
HC 7 May: scribbling.
1855. HC 20 Jan: R & J Sheard, corn millers, brass worth 12s stolen by Jos Spencer, engine tenter. Brasses identified by wheelwrights who had helped repair machinery at mill.
1856. HC 27 Sep: Fire in upper room occupid by Mr Colbeck. Bag of mungo thrown out of door into yard and speedily extinguished.
1857 HC 5 Sep: Jos Winterbottom, cotton spinner, sale of machinery.
1858. HC 9 Oct: machinery to be sold.
1860. HC 13 Oct: Thomas Whiteley, cotton spinner, Sykes Thomas and Squire Thorpe, piecers, charged with leaving work without giving 14 days notice. Thomas approached by unionists from Oldham who told him not to work for Whiteley and would give him 8s for ‘laking on the streets’. A large number of men had turned out since last Saturday. Thorpe paid by Charles Coates, overlooker of mules. Whitleley says Coates paid 29s week, Thorpe 13s week. Thorpe 7 days in house of correction.
HC 3 Nov: Two more leaving work without notice cases. Whitleley asks magistrates to withdraw case since they had been to him and said they had left under order of Oldham Union in fear of their lives.
1862 HEW 12 Apr: Dickinson, clothfinisher, Newtown Mill, Oxford St, Adam Thornton, carter in his employ taking pieces to Kirkburton. Riding young horse behind cart to break it in. On return thrown under wheels of cart when returning to mill. Cart driver does not see him . HC 3 May: benefit concert for family held at Philosphical Hall. Employed many years by Benjamin Dickinson.
1863 HC 31 Oct: Thomas Whitleley cotton spinner dispute over bad work, refuses to give men extra to make up wages. Turns them off premises. Summonsed for non payment of wages.
1865 HC 30 Dec: Milnes & Sons, cloth finishers, treat at Newtown Tavern for 30-40.
1866 HC 20 Jan: Ben Dickinson, cloth finisher, (formerly of Clough House Mill, Birkby [q.v.].), Wm Brook , 15, ‘tail end gigger’ cleaning machine in motion, sweepinf flocks and dust from cog wheels, smock caught. Arm badly crushed. Amputation necessary.
1867 HC 16 Mar: Dickinson. Fre Cushworth, cloth dresser and four other mill workers prosecuted for snow balling in Viaduct St. Fined 1s plus 10s costs.
1869 HE 8 May: T Whiteley premises, cotton machinery to be sold.
1870 HE 5 Mar: Jos Hardcastle, bailiff sues L&NWRCo for £20 expenses keeping mill in possession under bankruptcy of Whiteley & Cowgill.
HC 13 Aug: Benjamin Dickinson’s, Benjamin Walker, 16, arm caught in strap in finishing department and ‘fearfully lacerated’.
1871. HC 5 Aug: James Milnes & Sons, cloth finishers, horse pulling spring cart slips at junction of Westgate and John William Street where corporation paviors working. Uninjured.
HEW 18 Nov: James Milnes & Sons 20% advance to cloth dressers inresponse to agitation by workers across area.
1872. HEW 23 Nov: FIRE occupied by Tom Whiteley cotton spinner.,Ben Dickinson & Sons/ James Milnes & Sons caused by breaking shaft. Owned by L&NWRCo, who intend to extend railway. Water poured from a tank engine on railway arches near end of mill. LL&GI brigade and Corp Brigade fight it. Water from reservoir near mill. Whiteley stock and machinery worth £7000 but only insured for £3000.
HEW 30 Nov: Councillor Fawcett visiting site to value it for L&NWRC killed by falling debris.
1873. HEW 29 Mar. 30 hp beam engine to be sold.
1875. HEW 13 Feb Ben Dickinson & Sons case against Hepworth Iron Co. for damage to lurry.
1876. HEW 8 Apr, 36hp beam engine and multitubular boiler ‘on sale as the mill is going to be taken down.
1909. YFT 2 Jan: chimney felled by pit-prop system. Long disused.

223. NORTHFIELD MILL (Almondbury)
1857 HE 29 Aug: Taylor – weaver Henry Broadhead claims £1.15.2 ½ d wages due. Usually works for Senior, Dalton, June last took warp from Taylor’s. Misunderstanding over gearing of looms, after woven about 30 yards, John Armitage, Taylor’s taker-in, goes to see how getting on. Says work wrong and suggests alterations. Taylor denies it and says Broadhead spoiled first piece. Full wages granted by magistrates since only withheld because Broadhead was leaving employ.
1861. HC 20 Apr: Taylor Bros pay expenses of internment of Wm Brook, 49, employee for many years – first burial in new Almondbury cemetery, in unconsecrated part.
HC 15 Jun: Linthwaite weaver robbed on way home after carrying in work to Taylor.
1863 HE 9 May: John Henry Taylor son of Henry Beaumont Taylor, York House, New North Rd, attains majority. Treat for workers at Almondbury. Richard Wood, manager, presides.
1867. HC 6 Jul: J.E.Taylor machine to be sold.
1869 HE 11 Sep: Taylor Bros, engine tenter, Jos Jackson, being lowered down well, rope breaks, rescued.
1872. HEW 20 Jul: J.E.Taylor Bros. fancy manufacturer, goods ordered by the Empress of Germany.
1875. HEW 18 Sep: J.E.Taylor Bros letter. Dispute with weavers over long measure.
1879. HEW 4 Jan:H.Taylor Bros treat. Also Birks Mill. [q.v.]
(see T.Dyson,History of Huddersfield and Vicinity).
1881. Directory: J.E.Taylor Bros, fancy manufacturers.
1904. HEW 20 Aug: E.B.Taylor, occupier. to be sold. 3 storeys, 95 x 40 feet, 3 storeys x 104 x 25 feet, weaving shed 100 x 75 feet. Also machinery.
HEW 17 Sep: J.E.Taylor obit.
1906. HEW 25 Aug: Sykes & Tunnacliffe, rug manufacturer, serious shaft accident to dyers labourer.
1908 YFT 22 May: weavers’ strike, against wage reduction. Only a few in GUWTW. Union negotiates a less reduction but weavers refuse to return and union withdraws from talks.
1910 Sykes & Tunnacliffe Ltd, mohair etc – 30 looms.
1914 HEW 10 Jan: Sykes & Tunnacliffe Ltd, workers gift to Humphrey Field Sykes on occasion of his marriage.
1949 HED 3 Jan: Tom Tunnacliffe, ‘Velaines’, Kaye Lane, obit 68, became director in 1913.

See also Highbridge Mill/ Cuttlehirst Mill.
1870 HE 22 Jan: Nortonthorpe, late James Robinson’s, the Residence, furniture engraving and effects.
HE 23 Mar: late James Robinson, patent invention for sale, ‘Improvements in the manufacture of mohair and similar fabrics’. 1867, giving lustre, finish and brightness to sealskins, astrakhans, black doeskins etc…
1870. HE 15 Oct: William Norton marriage, treat for 1,000 in various inns.
1871 HC 22 Apr: Thomas Norton, Bagden Hall,, Norton Bros & Co. marriage in Cheshire.
‘The rejoicings at Clayton West were on an extensive scale, where the workpeople at Nortonthorpe and Cuttlehirst Mills, numbering about 1,000 hands were liberally entertained, the men to dinner, at various inns in the neighbourhood…’ Women and children assemble in dining rooms of works for substantial knife and fork tea. Procession to Bagden Hall, games in park and grand display of fireworks.
1872. HC 30 Mar: Ponker Farm to be let, between Skelmanthorpe and Cumberworth, 18a, Apply Norton Bros & Co, Nortonthorpe Mills.
HEW 30 Nov: Joseph Nprton presides at cutting of first sod of Clayton West line.
1872. HEW 14;21 Dec: Jos Norton, bankruptcy case of Jms Wm Golden, commission agent. Purchase of 8 to 9 tuns of Sicily oil delivered to Denby Dale station , £50.10s.
1874 HEW 30 May: Jos Norton, obit, 74, founder of Highbridge, now Nortonthorpe Mills, retired 11 years ago.
HEW 12 Dec: Nortonthorpe Hall, contents to be auctioned, detailed description.
1874. Articles of Association of Norton Bros & Co. Ltd. Shareholders:
Walter Norton, Rockwood House Denby Dale Fancy cloth manufacturer.
Ben Norton, Highfield House Denby Dale Fancy cloth manufacturer.
Thomas Norton, Bagden Hall Denby. Fancy cloth manufacturer.
James Farmer Regent St. London. shawl merchant.
John Henry Bottomley, Nortonthorpe Scissett cashier.
Alfred Marshall Box.Woodland Mount, Scissett farmer.
Charles Schofield Clayton West. warehouseman.
1880. HEW 20 Mar: Titus Schofield, obit, 49, Cuttlehirst, formerly with Geo Norton until his retirement, then Director of Norton Bros & Co. Death cast a gloom among workpeople.
1881. Directory: Norton Bros & Co. Ltd, fancy shawl and mantle manufacturers, also Cuttlehirst Mill.[q.v.]
1888. Joseph Norton, deceased, queries and memo on accounts .(Apportionment of shares 1893. Jos. Norton, trust account 1892).
1891. Particulars of sale of estate at Nortonthorpe, Lower Cumberworth and Skelmanthorpe .
1892 HEW 17 Dec: 18th Co. AGM,
TRADE DEPRESSION over past year, Walter Norton reports, ‘He would not attempt to disguise the fact that the business of the company in common with many others been seriously affected, not only by the extraordinary general depression in the textile industries but also in consequence of unfortunate circumstances having caused several manufacturers to force large quantities of goods upon the market, the result being a great reduction in price. …the business had been seriously affected by the excessive tariffs of France, Russia and other European nations, and by the extraordinary, and he might say intolerable, tariff of the United States where a large portion of the company’s productions had found a market.’
Thomas Norton: ‘goods of a fancy character, which the company had the reputation of making successfully, were not in as great a demand as goods of a plain character.’
1894 HEW 22 Dec: Crisis – proposed winding up of Norton Bros & Co. depression more acute, change in ladies attire, fall in value of raw material, therefore assets devalued,
1895. HEW 11 May: scrib, spg and weaving machinery to be sold, including 90 four box hand looms with jacquards.
Nortonthorpe Mill, lease of room and power to R. Beanland.
1899. HEW 15 May: Rooms lately occupied by C Turner, woollen machinery and effects to be sold.
HEW 30 Sep: W.B. &.T.Norton, fire in attic at dinner time. Fought with buckets and hoses to fireplugs, Occupied by different firms, Norton, Schofield & Cockroft shawl, rug and mantle cloths. 4 storey mill fronting onto Highbridge rd. Ground floor store/ 1st floor arehouse/2nd weft store and pattern weaving/3rd pattern weaving and designing.
2.15 pm message to Huddersfield, Phyllis, smaller engine arrives, as other too large for hills, at 3.40. £2,000 loss.
1900. Nortonthorpe Mills, gas account.
1902. HEW 1 Mar: Norton, Schofield & Co. cloth finisher found dead in river.
1902. Renewal of tenancy, W.J. Beanland, R.Beanland and Arthur Beardsell. Rent £1000 p.a., room and power , 5720 spindles for spinning/twisting worsted.
(includes clause saying lessors not responsible for loss of power due to colliers’ strike or lockout.).
1902. Nortonthorpe Mills, notes made by Hall & Co. in an interview with Walter Norton on Mr Shaw’s report on condition of power supply at mill. ( Engine 245 indicated hp, but 97 hp lost through friction. Estimated that 7½lbs coal/hour needed to produce one hp.)
1904. Costs of alteration to engine totalling £315.16.0d, including £130.0.6d. to Pollitt & Wigzell for wheels and alterations. Agreement with Beanland & Co. for lease of room and power at Nortonthorpe Mill, Beanlands to utilise three quarters of engines power. Cost of coal leading 1888 ton p.a. at 6s. ton.
Huddersfield poor law union rates assessment for 1904 describes Nortonthorpe mill, including horizontal engine with 15¾ inch high pressure cylinder and 28inch low pressure cylinder, “New Factory” for hand weaving and yarn stores 191 by 23 feet and two storeys. No electric lighting.
1904-1906. Leases for Nortonthorpe Mill to G.H. Norton and Charles Schofield 1904,1906, 1911. (Rent increases from £300 to £450).
1909. Lease of surface workings at Clayton west to Nortonthorpe Colliery Co. Ltd.
1910 YTD: Norton, Schofield & Co, shawls, mantle cloths, trimmings, table covers, curtains, rugs, etc.
1913 and 1918. lease of two thirds of Nortonthorpe Mill R.Belbin, C.F, and J.R Dixon to G.H. Norton.
1935 HEW 6 Apr: Thomas Norton of Bagden Hall, Deputy-Lt of WR, obit, 90, b, 1845,s. of Geo Norton. Entered partnership with his cousins 1866. Retired 1894. Landowner in Farnley Tyas Lord of Manor of Thurstonland. Sold Storthes Hall estate to WRCC.1905 entertained Wm Booth odf Salvation Army at Bagden. Son GH Norton carries on plush manufacture at Nortonthorpe and Cuttlehirst Mills.

225. OAKES MILL (Marsh)
1870. HC 21 May: Benjamin Crosland, woollen manufacturer. Fire in dyed and scoured wool on stove.
1875. HEW 9 Jan: Ben Crossland & Sons serious fire at 3 o’clock on Friday morning seen first by watchman of Martin & Co, Wellington MIll, help from hands at Plover Mill, (Walkers): Marsh Mill (Ellis & Quarmby) Acre Mill (John Sykes). caused by friction of gear wheels, roof and floors collapse, part 4 storey. part two. Part also occupied by Binns & Gibson.
1876. HEW 12 Aug, machinery to be sold.
1877. HEW 17 Mar Ben Crosland & Sons accident, Joe Milnes, spinner (34) arm torn off by strap 19 Feb. Dies 10 March. Teacher and singer at Lindley Zion Chapel.
1889 Willie Thornton begins work at mill aged 11 and continues until 1947 – granted annuity by firm on retirement. (HEW 2 Aug 1947).
1890. HEW 8 Feb: Ben Crosland & Co. treat.
1896. YFT 14 Aug: B.Crosland & Sons, teazer and fettlar falls from 3rd floor.
1897. HEW 2 Oct: John Crosland & Sons, dam drowning of female burler (34) from Wellington Mill.
1901. HEW 23 Nov: Joel Crosland obit. Born 1840 son of Ben Crosland.
1910. YTD: Ben Crosland & Sons, 8,000 spindles, 80 looms.
1911 HExp 21 Jan: B.Crosland & Sons, shafting accident to engine tenter. Arm amputated.
1930 HEW 21 Jun: B.Crosland & Sons, 60 yard high chimney struck by lightening. Coping stones fall into New Hey Road. Loosened stonework over hanging, crack in square base of chimney, conductor intact. David Wilosn & Co, steeplejack to carry out repairs.
1963 HEW 12 Jan: Ben Crosland & Sons, 166 foot high chimney to be demolished due to widening of New Hey Rd.

226. OLD CORN MILL (Marsden)
See Haigh’s Factory.

227. OLD CORN MILL (Slaithwaite)
1805. Dartmouth Terrier. scribbling mill, Varley builds ‘capital stone and slate mill at a little distance from the old corn mill.’ ‘chiefly erected with Lord Dartmouth’s money.’ gives £1000
1828. Dartmouth Terrier. John Varley tenant.scribbling,carding and slubbing 10×9 x 3 storeys, new part in last 3 years 12 x 10 yards x 2 storeys and dyehouse.
New corn mill erected within last 24 years
1834. Factory Commissioners Report. Joseph Varley water wheel 8hp, jennies for cotton doubling let off.19 employed.
1870 HC 8 Jan: Hirst &.Brierly treat at Commercial Inn
1871. HC 14 Jan: Hirst &.Brierly treat.
HEW 23 Sep: J Brierley, leaves Hirst, Old Corn Mill and moves to Bankgate.
1874. HEW 7 Mar: J.Hirst, weaver, James Schofield, Holt, taken ill, dies.
1881. Directory: Joseph Hirst, woollen manufacturer.
1884 London Gazette 18 Jan: Hirst Bros * Co, – Joseph, William and Wright Hirst dissolution of partnership.
1886?. HEW 8 May: Hirst Bros.&.Co.Dissolution of partnership. machinery To be sold, scribblers, condensers, fulling stocks.
1890 HEW 27 Sep: Jos Hirst obit, former Handloom weaver and putter out, 1868 starts business at Low West Wood, 1870, along with Jonathan Brierly, takes Old Corn Mill, 1880, Hirst buys mill and erects new shed and other improvements. (see also ‘Slaithwaite in the Sixties’).
1891. HEW 24 Jan: to be sold, 3 storeys mill, weaving shed, horizontal engine by Robert Taylor & Sons.
31 Jan: Machinery, condenser sets, shoddy cleaner, 22 3-box power looms.
HEW 7 Feb: withdrawn from sale @ £2,500.
1892. HEW 2 Jan: Joseph Beaumont jnr of C.H.& Wood Beaumont, treat

228. OLD MILL (Marsden)
1895. HEW 23 Mar: Haigh Bros, 3 storey mill, horiz engine, iron breast WW 16×12 feet, yarn, machinery.
YFT 19 Apr: Haigh Bros sale to Jos Crowther for £2,200.
HEW 27 Apr: machinery to be sold.

229. OLD MILL (See Brighouse Mill) (Meltham)
1847. Tithe Map: John Morton & Bros Chas Radcliffe owner, scribbling and fulling mill, engine house and dam.
1850. LM 25 May: John Morton & Bros, to be let or sold, ‘recently built’ mill, 16hp steam engine, 5’x49′ diameter water wheel, machinery includes mules.
1862. HC 13 Sep: To be let, 3 storeys, water wheel 42×4’6″, steam engine 20hp, 8 stocks, 5 scribblers, 5 carders, 3 piecers, 5 billies, mules, 3 storey wool warehouse, tenter stove, dyehouse, 3 vats, 3 pans, George Hirst, engineer, George Chadwick, miller, James Garside, ironmonger, Holmfirth for details.
1863. HC 28 Mar: fulling and scribbling mill to be let.
HC 5 Sep: leased to George Morton, Linthwaite ‘Woollen engineer’ and Nathan Whiteley, Linthwaite, cloth manufacturer.
1864 HC 4 Jun: to be sold. Occupied Mr Garside and his subtenants, Morton, Whiteley and Hey.
1865 HC 14 Jan: Morton, Haigh and Whiteley, fire in teazing room, wool/cotton mix falls on naked lamp and spreads ‘like electricity.’ Workers and neighbours fight flames with buckets and cans, floor above teasing machine catches alight, 40 mins after alarm Messrs brook’s engine arrives , powerful stream of water, £200 damages.
1869. HC 24 Apr: accident.
1872. HEW 3 Aug: George Morton & Co. strap accident in teazing room.
1881. Directory: Nathan Whiteley & Son, woollen manufacturers.

229 a. OLD HOUSE MILL (Scammonden)
1842 Jan to 1845, Jul: John Crabtree, Woollen Scribbler and Slubber. (1853HC 14 May):

230. OLD MOLL MILL/see Moll Springs Mill (Honley)

231. OTTIWELLS MILL (Marsden)
1788. Almondbury Parish Registers,baptisms. James Grime of’ New Mill’.
1792. Almondbury Parish Registers,baptisms 17 Jan, James Grimes of ‘Ottywells,scribbler’
1793. Almondbury Parish Registers,,burials,15 Jan,John Smith. ‘Ottywells,scribbler’
1796. Almondbury Parish Registers,baptisms, ‘Ely Mitchell of Ottywells, Fulling miller.’ [a man of this name appears as ‘clothier’ of Gatehead in baptisms 12 Jan 1792].
1800. LM 1 Feb: To be sold ‘Two water mills and stove known by the name of Ottiwells Mills,…near the New Bridge in Marsden…adjoining the Turnpike Road…one of which is now used as a fulling mill and the other as a scribbling mill’ 15 feet of fall to each mill. In occupation of Luke Campinot & Co.
For particularsd apply Messrs E.&.J.Ogden, machine makers, Rochdale, or William Dyson, occupier of George Inn, adjoining and also for sale.
1801. LM 7 Feb: To be sold by order of assignees of Silvester Sikes, bankrupt. Three lots as in 1800, particulars from Ben Rushforth, Elland: Mr Pontey, Huddersfield and John Varley, Slaithwaite assignees. [LM 28 Jun 1800, Silvester Sikes, bankrupt.][LM 5 Dec 1801, Wm Dyson,drysalter and grocer, bankrupt.].
1802. Abraham & William Horsfall, merchants, introduce cloth finishing machinery.
1812. Fortified against the Luddites. {HEW 30 sep 1871. George Williams Obit, 82, former cloth dresser at Ottiwells, attacked by Horsfall: Finishing black cloth the day Horsfall shot – omen, see also HE ‘Marsden memorials’ January 1864}.
1822. Sale notice.
1865. HE Mar 4: William Kinder, owner John T. Fisher, occupier, to be sold. 20’5″ fall. KC 165.323. Sale Poster. John Talents Fisher, obit, HE 5 Jun: 1869.
HC 11 Mar: Mill, teasing room, hand raising shop, boiler house, wheel house, dyehouse etc, former occupant William Kinder ‘but now unoccupied.’
HC 22 Apr: machinery to be sold.
1876. HEW 30 Dec, to be demolished to make way for Marsden Mill Co. mill.
1885. HEW 17 Oct: ‘some remains of the famous battery [sic] erected to protect it from the Luddites can still be seen.’ (reprint from 1860s)
1908. Ottiwells House demolished to make way for Marsden Mill Co bowling green. (CVG 13 Jul 1917)

232. OWLER BARS MILL (Meltham)
1794. Built, [KC.165/336] John & Geo. Sykes.
1801. Weir erected
1820 LM 22 Jul: James Dawson, bankrupt, sale of estates including interest in fulling and scribbling mill at Owler Bars, 1 year lease..
1823. Case against Charles, John, Matthew and James Woodhead cloth manufacturers, in dispute arising from weir raised for indigo mill in 1818. John Sykes thrown in goit by Woodheads. .
1847. Tithe Map. Jn &. Jos Sykes.
1859. HC 30 Apr: Ephraim and Henry France, woollen manufacturers, ‘small woollen mill’, fire caused by overheating fearnought.
HC 24 Sep: John Sykes clothier, spinning, scribbling, fulling mill, To be let.
1860. HC 14 Apr: machinery to be sold, carders, fearmought, willow, mules etc…
HE 20 Oct: fulling mill to be sold, 22 feet fall, steam engine belongs to tenant, can be had at valuation.
1861 HC 2 Feb: carders, mules etc to be sold.
1885. HEW 18 Jul: scribbling, spinning etc machinery and horizontal high pressure steam engine, 10 inch cylinder, to be sold.
1905. HEW 20 May: Albion Mill to be sold ‘Also the Freehold manufacturing premises known as “Owler Bars Mill, situate near to the above…’ two two storey buildings and stone built chimney shaft.,

233. PADDOCK MILL (Paddock)
1888. HEW 24 Jun: Wm.Lawton yarn spinner, also occupied by James Sykes. three
storey building at right angles to main mill, 24x7yards, fire starts in nippings, gutted. Lewis hand fire grenade used to help extinguish fire before reaches main mill.
1897 HEW 6 Feb: James Crosland & Sons, Paddock Mills, bankrupt affairs.
1900. HEW 20 Oct: Wm Lawton, alterations, fittings to be sold.
1910. YTD: Taylor,Livesey & Co. Ltd, 1600 spindles, 31 looms.

234. PADDOCK FOOT MILL (Paddock)
1700s Old fulling mill ([G.Redmond]
1761. Ramsden rental, Wm Gill, Bay Hall, tenant, William Brook occupant.
1780. Rawcliffe, tenant.
1797. John Rawcliffe.
1845 LM 19 Apr: Paddock Foot Mill, Gledholt Bank, sale of finishing machinery, gearing etc – including ‘urine barrel’.
1846. IBJ 28 Mar: I went on to see Benjm Mellor at Paddock Foot Mill, we sent him a lot of Goods in to order to day. He has a nice place, convenient to all kinds of work people and near to the principal Market Huddfd. I never saw such a place but I begin to contrast the advantage of such situation with our own, and I always think any place has the advantage of ours.
1855. HC 27 Jan: J Crossland & Sons, treat for 40 men supper at pub of J Moor and 60 women ‘tea and trimmings’ in ‘building recently added to Paddock Foot Mill.
1857 HC 29 Aug: Crossland & Sons, fire in boiler house. Buckets of water poured through roof put it out. Little damage.
1904. HEW 21 May: Taylor, Livesey & Co.
FIRE ‘Shortly after ten o’clock on Wednesday night an outbreak of fire was discovered at Paddock Foot Mills, occupied by Messrs Taylor, Liveseyand Co Ltd, woollen manufacturers.
Some women who were passing saw the flames rising from theground floor of a two-storeyed structure, situated at right angles to a large four-storeyed building running parallel with the river Colne. Police constable Shillito summoned the Huddersfield Corporation Fire Brigade by means of a telephone call-box. The message was received
at 10.25pm and seven minutes later Superintendent Oundall, in charge of the horse hose cart and five fireman, was on the scene, quickly followed by the steam engine, “Phyllis” and five minutes men, under Engineer Tebb. They found some workpeople who reside near, playing with two lengths of hose, but the pressure was only weak. The firemen got one jet to work, and succeeded, after considerable difficulty, in extinguishing the fire at the end of three-quarters of an hour. The ground floor was occupied with teasing machines, and the upper storey is used for drying purposes. Fortunately the two are separated by a fireproof floor, which prevented the flames from spreading upwards. But for the timely discovery and the promptitude of the firemen the outbreak would in all probability have assumed large dimensions. As it was, however, the energetic efforts of the firemen confined the outbreak to one end of the room, and the principal damage was to a costly teasing machine.The firm estimate the damage at £200, which is covered by insurance.
No workpeople will be thrown out of employment. The cause of the outbreak is unknown, but it is supposed that the shaft of a large teasing machine became overheated before the workpeople left, and eventually ignited some wood.
1907 HEW 14 Sep: Taylor, Livesey & Co. fire at back of scribbler, £50 damage.

235. PARK VALLEY MILL see Dungeon Mill .

236. PARKWOOD MILL (Longwood)
1853. 24 Jun: John Broadbent £430 for boiler.
1866. HC 15 Dec: J.Broadbent & Sons fire, ‘Cloughbottom Mill.’
1868. HE 19 Sep: John Broadbent & Sons new mill: accident,18 year old killed by teazing machinery.
1869. HE 1 May: United Methodist chapel erected near mill.
HC 16 Oct: accident , woman 28 returning from Chapel falls through mill window, luckily water wheel race boarded over.
1871 HC 24 Jun: tenders invited for ‘erection of a mill and premises at Park-wood Mill, Longwood…T W Hellewell, architect, Brighouse.’
HEW 7 Oct: accident, Mary Blackburn (14), hand in machinery.
1872. HC 16 Mar: Law Heppenstall, new narrower looms erected and reduction of 1s per end or 2s per warp deducted. Weavers say takes as long to weave as on old looms, so strike for 1s per piece.
HEW 27 Apr: M.Fisher & Sons machinery to be sold.
HEW 8 Jun: Broadbent & Sons accident to engine tenter, James Shaw, oiling shafting in fulling room. Straps of short steps ladder snap and he falls breaking thigh. Third time he has broken thigh in same place.
1873. HEW 14 Jun: J.Broadbent & Sons fire in 5th floor of newest of three mills, occ by T & J Gledhill and James Quarmby. Put out by workpeople in two hours before Vict Mill and Armitage’s engine’s arrive. £1000 damage. Job Beaumont in room above, condenser and other losses. Law Heppenstall, room below, water damge.
HEW 19 Jul: Butterworth Broadbent, obit.
1874. HEW 11 Apr: J.Broadbent & Sons, foreman assaults cloth miller.
1875. HEW 23 Oct: John Walker & Son giving up manufacturing, Machinery to be sold.
1877 HEW 13 Jan: Middlemost, Gledhill & Co. tea in burling room prepared by burlers.
HEW 14 Jul: condenser sets, power looms etc to be sold.
1879 Walter Whiteley, cloth finisher, gives up business at mill, started with money he saved as traveller for his uncle John Broadbent at premises at Longwood Edge. Born 1814 (Obit 1884 HEW 9 Aug)
1880. HEW 10 Jan: John Gledhill manufacturer, Thom Edward Ainley, Longwood, scribbling engineer, Wm Cliffe, Golcar, machinist, patent for improvements in machinery for making coloured or spotted yarn or thread.
HEW 4 Dec: Middlemost Bros fire in teazing room.
1881. Directory: John Broadbent & Sons/ woollen merchants, manufacturers and millowners./Job Beaumont & Son, fancy woollen manufacturers/Thos.Gledhill fancy woollen manufacturer/ Middlemost Bros, & Co.
1882. HEW 23 Aug: Thos. Gledhill spinner knocked unconscious by greasy sheet thrown from landing, in a critical state. “The practice of throwing sheets and other heavy materials from the landings is highly reprehensible and fraught with danger”
1883. HEW 5 May: machinery To be sold.
1887. HEW 16 Aug: Thos. Gledhill fearnought left running causes fire in willow room.
1889. YFT 26 Jul,low fancy woollens brisk, fast looms replace slow looms.
YFT 6 Dec, breakdown.
1891. HEW 7 Feb: Thos. Gledhill machinery to be sold. 14 Feb. Details.
1893. HEW 7 Jan: John Broadbent. Room & Power.
1894. HEW 26 May: Middlemost & Co. Wm. Robert Middlemost, head of firm, retired 12 months ago, obituary (69). Died suddenly at Ripon Station – fall?
1896. HEW 18 Jul: Broadbent & Sykes, partnership dissolved due to protracted illness, machinery to be sold.
1898. HEW 21 May: to be let. One room protected by sprinklers.
1900. HEW 17 Mar: T.&.H.Cotton & Co. mans leg broken by falling pieces.
1901 HEW 17 Aug: Employing 15 year old girl without certificate. Part of works in borough, part in Golcar.
1902. HEW 12 Jul: female feeder (48) killed by fall of piece of iron being raised to 4th storey.
HEW 20 Sep: T.&.H.Cotton, spinners, leaving work case, only verbal agreement, case dismissed.
1905. HEW 11 Nov: John Broadbent & Sons. Fire originates in teaze. Building 24 x 4 windows, £4,000 damage. (also occupied by Messrs Smith & Wood Ltd and T.&.H.Cotton & Co.
1906. HEW 8 Sep: Longwood Finishing Co.
1907 HEW 4 May: John Gledhill obit, born 1840, formerly of Parkwood Mill.
1910. YTD: Longwood Finishing Co. Ltd , fulles, indigo and colour dyers, finishers, shrinkers and waterproofers by special machinery. / Parkwood Mills Co. Ltd, fullers, scribblers and dyers./ T.&.H.Cotton & Co. Ltd, woollen, vicunas/ Gee & Whiteley Ltd, fancy woollens and vicuna./ J.W. & E. Green, fancy woollens and vicuna. / John waterhouse & Sons, woollen and angola yarn spinners./ J.I. Swallow & Co. commission spinners, 2,400 spindles.

237. PEDLEY’S MILL (Paddock)
1826. LM 16 Mar: BHC 27 Apr,25 May, orders to fill, work from 5am to 10pm for two months.. Workers raise £5 week for distressed.
1832. HHE 21 Apr: strike. 9 Jun, wage increase.
1832. HG 4 May: Tom Pedley, patent gas oven in use.
1848. LM 20 May: Offence against Factory Act.
1841 : Allen Row James Hinchliffe 45 labourer , wife Sarah, daughter Charlotte 23 , weaver and son Mark 18, cloth dresser. 1851 ’ Pedley Factory’ , widow Sarah 55 , domestic , Charlotte 31 , woollen cloth power loom weaver ,daughter Emma 18 the same , son George ,16, a woollen finisher man.
1851. HC 19 Apr: Mellor & Charlesworth, room and power let to James Haigh, cloth dresser. His nephew John Godley, 13, errand boy, caught in strap of brushing gig, whirled round drum and killed.
1854. HC 16 Dec: Abraham Hanson, yarn spinner, bankrupt, sale of machinery, stock etc.
1859. HC 16 Feb;16 Apr: Henry Charlesworth, lease expired/ Old and New mill, spinning room over warehouse and brick building in back yard – machinery to be sold.
1860. HC 27 Oct: W & H.Crosland, fire in stove – £20-30 damage.
1872. HEW, HC 13 Jul: W & H.Crosland fire, Mrs Allen, owner. Angular shaped property forming two sides of a square, one running along Allen Row, other facing Paddock and Longwood.
Occupiers Alan Brook Haigh/John Mellor. Large numbers gather to watch. All floors fall in. £8000 damaged, 80 unemployed.
HEW 31 Aug: Jn Mellor, scribbling and carding machinery to be sold.
1873. HEW 30 Aug: 13 Sep, 20 Sep: Machinery to be sold. W.& H.Crosland bankrupt.£7,500 liabilities.
1874. HEW 30 May: ‘Paddock Upper Mill’ bankrupt. To be let James Crossland & Sons.
1876. HEW 15 Apr: goose in dam incident.
Directory: Ben Clayton, woollen cord manufacturer, (also Gledholt mill).
1894. HEW 22 Sep: Sir John Wm. Ramsden bart, owner, 4 storeys by 12 by 3 windows. Occupied by James Henry Firth, completely gutted, offices used by Paddock Labour Club. £2,000 damage.
1910. W 14 May: Albert Shaw & Co., fire.

238. PERSEVERANCE MILL (Holmfirth)
see Dysons Mill.
1910. YTD: Walter Greenwood & Sons, dyers, finshers and cloth millers.
1913. HED 3 Feb: river pollution.
1914. YFT 19 Feb: Greenwood & Sons 24 dyers and finishers strike, picketing. Firm refuses to negotiate with union. Police called.

239. PHOENIX MILL (Leeds Rd)
1871 HC 3 Jun: new patent feeding machine for condensers and carders, can be seen at work by applying to T & H. Blamires, Phoenix Mills.
1873. HEW 7 Jun: Thos.&.H.Blamires, fire in stove, Learoyds, LL&G, and Corp engine attend but not needed.
HEW 12 Jul: Marsden & Blamires ‘Patent Feeding Machines For Condensers And Carders’ can be viewed at T & H Blamires, Phoenix Mills, Leeds Rd, or H Marsden, Britannia Mills. Great improvement upon scotch feed.
HEW 1 Nov: ‘Blamires Patent Rubbing Motion’ for condensers and piecing machines, for making more solid stronger yarn. Old machines can be easily altered. Can be seen at work at Phoenix Mill.
1877. HEW 20 Jan:T.&.H.Blamires, Marsden & Blamires patent feeding machines. (Harry Marsden ‘Providence Mill, Rashcliffe’)
HEW 21 Apr:T.&.H.Blamires dispute with spinners. resolution ‘…while deploring any conflict between labour and capital…’
:5 May, offer to work at 32s. week – refused.
1880. HEW 24 Jan:Thos.H.Blamires case against John Tatham, machine maker of Rochdale, for royalties on patent of rubbing motion for condensers.
1884 HEW 4 Oct: T.&.H.Blamires, Leeds Rd, spinners claim of £2.6s wages in lieu of notice. Had set on son as piecer and was incompetent, machine not cleaned, therefore discarged without 14 days notice.
1910. YTD: T.&.H.Blamires Ltd, flannel shirtings, cricketers flannel, dress goods, etc, 10,000 spindles, 250 looms.
1913 HEW 26 Oct: Wm Blamires, Springfield Ave, of H. Blamires Ltd, Phoenix Mill severely injured in car crash.
1918 HEW 9 Nov: Ald J Blamires, head of T.&.H.Blamires Ltd obit. Seriously ill for several weeks at Arden grange, Harrogate. Married. dtr of Thos Broadbent. Conservative Clr in 1908, but showed independence. In 1912 moved that ‘manifest’ housing shortage should be solved by building 1,000 houses. Floral tribute from staff and employees at Phoenix Mills.
OBITUARY. We deeply regret the loss of one of our Vice-Presidents—a member of long standing—in the person of Alderman Joseph Blamlres, J.P. In business life he was the head of Messrs. T. & H. Blamires, woollen manufacturers, Phoenix Mills, Huddersfield. In his later years he took a prominent part in the government of his native town, and was Mayor for four successive years, during which time he gave energetic support to local housing Schemes. In commercial and social circles he did much useful work, and the Technical College had in him an enthusiastic friend. He took a keen interest in the Colour Chemistry Department, and exerted great influence in establishing British Dyes, Ltd., in Huddersfield. He was the originator and guarantor of the Popular Science Lectures, and was a life member of the British Association, whose meetings he regularly attended, and was present at the meeting in Australia when war broke out in 1914. He had been ill for several weeks, and died at Harrogate on November 5th,1918, being interred at the Edgerton Cemetery.—C.M. (Huddersfield Naturalist, Photographoc and Antiquarian Society, Annual report 1918-19)
1948. HED 7 Apr: Six storey mill, fire in cecond floor, scribbling and spinning dept. Only narrow yard separates it from Huddersfield Electricity Works. Roof destroyed, £30,000 damage.

240. PHOENIX MILL (Rashcliffe)
1855 HC 9 Jun: Phoenix Mill, Folly Hall, Ed Wrigley occ, jennies etc to be sold.
1865 HC 28 Oct: Stott, cotton spinner, giving up business cotton machinery to be sold.
1872 HC 8 Jun; HEW 5 Oct: Room & Power, Phoenix Mill, Rashcliffe, including fireproof teasing room, warehouse etc. Apply Schofield & Kirk, Rashcliffe ironworks.
1894. HEW 14 Jul: to be sold, 5 storeys by 99 by 42 feet, 60hp beam engine by Cole, Marchant & Co, 32 and three quarter inch low pressure cylinder, 25 inch high pressure cylinder, 6 foot stroke., Horsfield boilers, Green’s economiser.
1903. HEW 27 Jun: Phoenix Mill, Folly Hall to be sold. late occupier H.&.R.Wrigley Ltd, cotton doubler. 5 storeys and attic, compound beam engine, indicated 400 hp.
1904. HEW 21 May: sale of 1893 Horsefield boiler on Hopkinson mountings, Green’s economiser, and 400 indicated hp condensing beam engine by Cole, Marchant & Co.

241. PINGLE MILL/Lower Dover Mill (Holmfirth)
1851. HC 19 Apr; 26 Apr: G E Hinchliffe. William Butterfield/Lucas , 17/18, fatal injuries altering gearing of tappit wheel when water wheel restarts.
1871 HC 4 Mar: To be let, along with dwelling house and ten cottages. Apply G. Henry Hinchliff, Nabb.
1872 HEW 6 Jul: To be sold ‘All that valuable piece of land being the site of the ancient Pingle Mill, situate on the bank of the Ribbleden rivulet, with the capital weir and goits thereto belonging, having 36 feet of fall…’ whole volume of stream for power and Holme Styes res..’.
1887. HEW 20 Aug: to be sold, site where mill ‘formerly stood’.

242. PLATT MILL (Slaithwaite)
1879. HEW 2 Aug: Beaumont & Bates buy site for new mill next to SSCo’s mill.
1880. HEW 17 Apr: Beaumont & Bates woollen manufacturers, new mill 58x30yards, Cocking architect, ‘who has brought into operation the principle of lighting a basement floor from the roof, by the mill being formed of two wings with an open space in between.” E.&.D.Eagland, Slaithwaite, masons and contractors.
Steam engine horizontal, 25hp by Pollitt & Wigzall of Sowerby Bridge. water difficulties means engine starting delayed. Miss Beaumont names it Eliza. Tea and meeting follows.
1886 HEW 4 Dec: Charles Beaumont, Platt Mill, presentation at Pole Moor Chapel of portrait – 30 years choir leader.
1888. HEW 3 Mar: Beaumont, Bates & Son weaver, Henry frances working till eight, sees light in mill while returning home to Linfit. Returns and finds his loom on fire. Believed that gas jet had ignited material in loom when he was extinguishing it before leaving.
1896. HEW 31 Oct: Jos. Bates (79) obituary, 1858 at Low West Wood with Thos. Hirst. Own business, but affected by collapse of London firm. Becomes Jos. Bates & Son then joins with Charles Beaumont to establish Beaumont, Bates & Son, mill built entered 1880 (Beaumont obit 1887).
1905. HEW 8 Apr: Beaumont Bates & Son, workpeople gather in mending room for presentation of timepiece to engine tenter H Bamforth employee for 25 years.
1910. YTD: Beaumont, Bates & Son, fancy woollen, 4,000 spindles, 58 looms.

243. PLOVER MILL (Lindley)
1851. Census: Henry Walker woollen manufacturer employing 116 men and 54 women.
1855 HC 3 Mar: Messrs Walker, large order for army cloth, ‘which will employ a large number of hands for a considerable time.’ Otherwise stagnation in all branches of trade for last three months.
1856 HC 5 Apr: Fire in nearby barn starts alarm of fire at mill. Water from reservoir used by Kaye’s engine to put it out.
1863. HC 4 Apr: Jos Walker & Sons, treat for over 300 in large ‘newly erected’ weaving shed.
1864 HC 13 Aug: Joseph Walker & Sons, 400 on trip to Liverpool, in honour of Alfred Walker’s marriage.
HC 1 Oct: Jane Pilling, 17, feeder, cleaning machine while in motion against rules, arm badly lacerated.
1866 HC 12 May: Joseph Walker, Eliza Iredale, 16, feeder, oiling machine arm drawn in between swift and stripper, severely lacerated.
1870 HE 19 Nov: Thos Stancliffe, Kirkheaton, weaver, prosecuted for embezzlement of yarn from Walker. Told Ed Dyson, foreman , that he had taken in all his spare weft. ‘curly’ worth 3-4s lb. Had woven 11 pieces for Walker, last finer. All weavers told to bring in their spare hanks with pieces. Learoyd, defence, says weavers lend spare hanks to others to finish pieces. Also kept back weft till all warps finished. Case dismissed. Hirst says if his workpeople keep back a little weft he does not interpret the law strigently.
HC 19 Nov: Josh Walker, 70 power loom weavers treat in new rooms of Working mens’ Conservative association.
1871 HC 25 Mar: Joseph Walker & Sons, George Milnes, cloth dresser, hit by 200lb bag of wool thrown from second storey, serious internal injuries (Hirst of Marsh killed by ‘ same incautious practice’ last week).
1872. HEW 4 May, Jos Walker OBIT 67, mill first to produce sealskins, one of first under his father, to produce mohair. Baptist and supporter of Lindley Mechanics Institute. Address to family from workpeople,’as workpeople we have lost one who cared for our health and comfort, our temporal and eternal interests.’
(cf. Jos Walker & Sons (Alfred and Charles Henry) buy tombstone for Edward Dyson, worker for 37 years buried at Zion Chapel – in obit of Mrs Dyson (HEW 20 Jan 1908)
1874. HEW 10 Jan, Jos Walker & Co. treat.
HEW 13 Jun: Plover Mill, Jos Walker & Sons,15 year old taking refuse off strugglers or swift on carder, smock caught, arm drawn in.
1880. HEW 24 Jul: Jos Walker & Sons ‘erection of new works and marriage of Arthur Walker, excursion to Blackpool. Mayor, senior member of firm, attends.
1886 HEW 2 Jan: Jos Walker & Sons, cart runs over and kills four year old boy who runs into road at Paddock.
1899. HEW 13 May; 22 Jul: Messrs Joseph Walker & Sons, who are declining business. machinery to be sold.
1899 HEW 15: Thomas Etchells obit 77, in Bedford, from Almondbury, 21 years designer for Walker & Sons. ‘probably the last of that capable band of designers of the old school who developed their skill and taste from weaving on the handloom the elaborate and beautiful fancy waistcoatings once so much in vogue and were the pioneers of fancy worsted designing as we know it now.’ One year president of Huddersfield Textile Society, committee of Lindley Mechanics Institution and churchwarden.’
1903. HEW 19 Sep: Jos Smith woollen manufacturer. 18 yr old male piecer injured in hoist fall.
1904. HEW 21 May: pattern department employees present vase to Tom Henry Brook on occasion of marriage.
HEW 8 Jul: Jos. Walker & Sons, giving up business.
1907. HExp 22 Jun: whitewasher falls through glass roof – fatal injuries.
1909 HEW 11 Dec: Alf Walker JP, obit, born 1838 at Plover Field, son of Joseph Walker. Liberal and Baptist, patron of MI. Alderman.
1910. YTD: Smith & Calverley, 12,000 spindles, 112 looms.

243a POLLARD STREET MILL (Milnsbridge)
1885 HEW 28 Mar: Sale of bankrupt’s 8 power looms, bobbin winder and beaming frame.

244. PORTLAND MILL (Lindley)
1866 HC 27 Oct: Samuel Beaumont sued by Samuel Mitchell, cardmaker, Honley, for cards supplied £20.7s.5d.
ibid. John Haigh & Co’s mill. Scribbling and spinning machinery to be sold.
1867. HC 2 Mar: Tom Haigh machinery To be sold.
1869 HE 24 Apr: Thos Wallace Wilson, partner of brother in law, Joseph Moor, mungo business, mending belt on willeying machine, caught in shaft, body ‘fearfully mutilated and dismembered.’ Mill owned by Rowland Hall.
1874. HEW 21 Feb: R.Hall treat.
1875. HEW 31 Jul: Rowland Hall. Accident, Jn Thos Haigh, 11, leg broken putting strap on condensor
1876. HEW 18 Mar: room and power.
HEW 29 Apr: handmules, apply Jos Hoyle, (Longwood).
1880. HEW 10 Jan: John Gee & Co. bankrupt.new worsted machinery to be sold.
1883 HEW 3 Nov: Rowland Hall, deceased, To be sold scribbling and carding machinery, engine and boiler plus household effects, Portland Place.
1884 HEW 26 Jan: Fred Peckett & Co , treat.
HEW 5 Apr: To be sold, three storey mill, 94 x 441/2 feet, two steam engines, occupied Fred Peckett & Co; Alf Crosland; Jos Gibson.
1897 HEW 30 Jan: F.Peckett & Sons, treat at Lindley Conservative Club, 160 persons.
1906. HEW 3 Nov: F.Peckett & Sons, fire.
1908 HEW 6 Jun: Offence against Factory Act, not lime washing within 14 months of previous wash.
1910. YTD: Fred Peckett & Sons, Ltd, fancy woollen, 5,000 spindles, 80 looms / John Wilkinson, waste puller/ A.E.Shaw, commission, 600 spindles, 12 looms.
1912 HEW 14 Dec: Fred Peckett, Lindley, obit.
1931 HEW 3 Oct: Bought by Emmanuel Hoyle, of Joseph Hoyle & Sons, from Fred Peckett & Sons, Ltd

245. PRICKLEDEN MILL (Holmfirth)
See Upper Mill (Farrar’s Mill) Holmfirth.
1843 LM 4 Feb: Mary, Elizabeth and John Hobson Farrar, Geo Farrar & Co, scribbling millers and dyers, dissolve partnership.
1844. IBJ 19 Mar: Mr. J. H. Farrar came up this morning to see after work, because we had sent some to Hinchliffe Mill on Saturday. I told him we had sent it because we thought they were putting ours off and doing other people instead because they thought our custom certain, and this would be the case if it was certain. It is much better to let people know they are not sure of the Custom unless the work is attended and done to, as it ought to be. Chas and I entered into conversation with him about his Mill. He says it does not pay him, calculating the whole cost of working the Engine for the Scribbling. But the Engine turns a great deal of Machinery besides the Scribbling and Billies. He says the Engine takes 10. loads of Coals a day to fire it, and it used to take ~ of Tinkers Soft Coal before the Measure was increased. He says it will cost about £30 pr. Billy to maintain the Scribblers with Cards, but I don’t think he pays so much. I told him we had been thinking seriously of taking a Mill. He wanted to know whose, and hoped we should not as he would try to accommodate us with anything we wanted.
1859. HC 5 Feb: Messrs Holmes, ‘Prickleton Upper Mill’, Muscovy duck and drake kept on mill dam. Fight with cockerel of Mr Lindley. Drags it into dam and drowns it. Said to have done this to cock before.
1861. HE 23 Feb: James Holmes & Sons, fire, jenny ends ignite in wool stove.
1862. HC 21 Jun: James, Francis and Henry Holmes, woollen manufacturers and scribbling millers, James Holmes & Sons, partnership dissolved. Now James and Henry Holmes and John Marsh, under same title. Partnership as farmers at Larch House , Cartworth also dissolved.
1874. HEW 28 Mar: Prickleden or Upper Mills, to let, WW 13 feet and 25 hp engine. Occupied James Holmes & Sons, also dyehouse, late occ GK Farrar, now Geo Battye.
1881. HEW 24 Sep:Frank Holmes deceased,machinery,to be sold.
1886. HEW 29 May: water wheel To be sold.
1890. YFT 20 Jun: dispute over scale WA called in.
YFT 4 Jul:C.T.Kaye & Co. along with other Holmfirth manufacturers, meets WA deputation. Dispute continues, strike pay.
YFT 21 Nov: strike ends in 21st week. £150 in strike pay.
1891. HEW 3 Oct: Meeting of creditors, Thomas Rhodes, cloth finisher of Prickleden Mills. HEW 10 Oct: Finishing machinery to be sold.
1893. HEW 7 Jan: room and power.
1897. KD: Booth Ellis.
1898 HEW 11 Jun: Crosland Marsh, leaving mill. scrib, spg machinery etc to be sold.
1903. HEW 6 Jun: room and power.
1906. OS Map, ‘disused’.

246. PRIESTROYD MILL (Huddersfield)
1869. Datestone on Queen Street South Mill.
1871. HEW 3 Jun: Farrer, Stott & Co.
HC 29Jul: Brierley & Wall cotton spinners, workpeople’s (50) trip along with those of Abraham Brierley, Lepton, (200) to Blackpool.
1872. HC 18 May: Tenders for erection of chimney, 50 yards high, Ben Stocks architect.
1874. HEW 22 Aug: owners John Haigh & Sons machinists, occupier Dyson & Armitage. ‘lower end’ of mill, accident to shoddy dealer with hoist at Williamson & Learoyd’s part, three other tenants..
1876. HEW 8 Apr: John Haigh & Sons, willey To be sold at ‘ironworks’.
1881. HC 19 Mar: Five storey mill with external staircase and landings, apply John Haigh & Sons, Priestroyd Ironworks.
HEW 4 Jun: John Haigh machinists owners, serious fire. third floor occupied by James Clegg & Sons manufacturers and spinners, fire in fearnought. Workers rescued, hoses brought by Haigh, Geo.Brook jnr, Cockroft, John Taylor & Sons. Water turned off by corporation that morning and noone knew location of tap. Room above, Wilson & Co. below Vickerman only floors and windows damaged. Clegg’s losses £7-8000.
HC 4 Jun: Fire: Four storeys high above basement, 14 windows long Queen St South, 17 windows long Firth St. Jn Haigh, owners occupy basement. Each storey different tenant: Wilson, Moorhouse & co, woollen manufactueres; Vickerman & Bros, woollen manufacturer, James Clegg Do.; top, Williamson & Dandison, cotton spinners and doublers. Cockroft & Sons, Queen St South adjoining mill, hose used, , large no of police, started in Clegg’s teasing room.
HEW 9 Jul: 5 storey mill with external staircase and landings plus two rooms to be let, John Haigh & Sons.
HC 12 Nov: scribbling and spinning machinery to be sold ‘in No.9 room of the old five storey mill.’
1883. HEW 12 Mar: Edwin Dyson, yarn spinner, creditors’ meeting.
HEW 1 May: Capital fire proof mill to be sold, 205’ x 49’9” x 6 storeys, late occupier, Ben Lockwood,. Two x 25 hp steam engines, one by Robert Gledhill, 28” diameter cylinder, 20’ flywheel; J T Horsefield boiler 30×7’, shafting gearing etc, large area of vacant land fronting onto Firth St where weaving sheds might be built.
HEW 7 Jul: John Haigh owner, To be let two mills: 5st x 38 x 14yds: 5st x 28 x 14yds.
1886. HEW 17 Apr: machinery To be sold.
NB: On sale plan of 1886, ‘Priestroyd Mill’ located at Canal Side West, Firth Stree, adjacent to Commercial Street.Late occ. Ben Lockwood. Pair of 25hp Gledhill beam engines. Site on1865 999 year lease from Thomas Firth. cf 1883.
1889. HEW 19 May: Vickerman Bros. cloth theft by female rag sorter.
YFT 19 Jul, new weaving plant with Dobcross fast looms.
HEW 29 Jun: J.Haigh owner, room and power.
1891. HEW 10 Oct: machinery to be sold.
1893. HEW 7 Jan: John Haigh & Son, room and power.
HEW 1 Feb: John Haigh & Sons, machine makers suit to recover machines delivered to bankrupt Messrs Shaw & Sons.
1893 HC 29 Jul: ‘To be let, several good rooms, with power, for woollen, worsted or cotton machinery, at greatly reduced prices…’
1894. HEW 28 May, YFT 4 May: flywheel shatters in mill owned by Jn Haigh & Sons machine makers. Wall damaged and part of engine driven up through floor above falls onto machine worked by girl. Had run 22 years (since c.1872), of Huddersfield make.
1895. YFT 19 Jul: accident.
HEW 13 Jul: accident
1896 HEW 14 Mar: Firth St, Wilson & Co. woollen spinners and manufacturers, Sarah Jane Saunders, 21, Sharpe Lane, Almondbury, dies after falling down hoist well. Ridng up hoist, attempts to get out at third floor while it still moving, loses footing. Notice forbidding use of hoist posted up. Manager, James Wilson Bell st, Newsome, badly injured, touched her lips with brandy. Last such accident 17 years ago and that person still alive.
1897. HEW 15 May:John Haigh & Sons, machinists, Firth St, beam engine working since 1860 runs away and smashes into pieces. Runs two set of premises, Shaw Bros/H.Roebuck/Hobson Sons & Co. fancy worsted.
1900 HC 21 Jul: Robert Scott, Priestroyd Spinning Co, Fred Lockwood, accountant and trustee sued for ‘wrongful conversion and detention of 20 gross and two dozen spools (or bobbins)’ responsible for as trustee, by J Broadbemt & Co, worsted spinners, Cullingworth. Three or four years ago they entered into contract with Priestroyd Spinning Co to spin yarn on commission. Custom for spinner (PSCo) to send own spools but plaintiff agreed to use their own, which bore their name, to be returned. Scott deed of assignment 29 Nov 1897, money owing to plaintiff. Spools sold by defendant to Rushton, Myrtle Works, Bingley. Judge rules that Rushton should have returned them.
1903. HEW 10 Jan: Wood & Crowther, declining business, merino and hosiery yarn manufacturing plant to be sold.
1905. HEW 1 Apr: to be let, 5 storey mill (two fireproof) 28×14 yds. John Haigh & Sons.
1909 HEW 11 Sep: Queen St South, room of Chas Lockwood (also of Linthwaite) fire in bales of shoddy. ‘Odersfelt’ engine attends. Mill owned by John Haigh, machine makers.
1910. YTD: Thos. Shaw & Sons, fancy woollens and vicunas, 2,900 spindles, 28 looms./ Chas.Lockwood & Sons, 3000 spindles, alsoLinthwaite/ A.Williamson & Co. cotton winders and reelers./Wilson & Co, fancy woollen maanufacturer and yarn spinner, 2,400 spindles, 33 looms.
1911. W 18 Feb: fire.
1918 HEW 16 Feb: Fire in wooden shed containing woollen material, ‘Ladas’ attends under Inspector Wharf and nine men, out in a hour.
1922 HEW 11 Mar: John Haigh obit, grandson of John Haigh of Priestroyd Mills and son of Armitage Haigh exec member of Huddersfield Engineering Employers.
1935 HEW 28 Sep: Centenary of Co. Treat. 1811, Jn Haigh, indentured to Ben Carter, machine maker, 1835 started business at Engine Br Mills, with 7 workers making textile machinery. Joined by sons, Armitage, John Thomas and Phineas. John Haigh obit 1867, firm continued plus grandsons, Jn and Arthur (ss of Armitage), experimental textile mill, demonstrates first deep grooved tape condenser, almost double production of single stripper condenser, but manufacturers initially reluctant to adopt. 1891 Ltd Co. Armitage Haigh chr directors, at age of 73 when steeplejacks repairing chimney went to top. obit 1906.

247. PRIMROSE LANE MILL see Greengrove Mill (Highburton)

248. PROSPECT MILL (Honley)
1895. HEW 19 Jan: four pattern looms To be sold, apply D France on the premises..

249. PROSPECT MILL (Longwood)
1860. Built. See 1882.
1864 HC 12 Mar: Messrs Walker. John Shaw, Wm North, Newton Donkersley, charged with stealing one end , (39 yards) of doeskin newly finished, from mill by breaking window.
1874. HEW 10 Jan: John Sykes bankrupt. machinery To be sold.
HEW 28 Feb: John Sykes £2,943 liabilities.
1875. HEW 16 Jan: Smith & Dyson, fancy union and woollen manufacturers, treat, 30 persons at Albert Hotel.
HEW 24 Dec: Smith & Dyson room and power in Thos Walker & Sons mill, accident, female caught in shaft dies,
1876. HEW 29 Jan: Thos Walker & Sons To be let. partnership dissolved.
HEW 12 Feb: 15 Apr, machinery To be sold.
1879. HEW 29 Nov:Joseph Hoyle treat.
1882. HEW 9 Dec: Jos Hoyle occupier, Chas. Walker’s executors owners. Fire in third storey of 28×15 yard spinning, weaving, fulling and dyieng mill built on steep hillside, row of windows higher on side abutting road. Mill burnt down but weaving shed at end opposite Mechanics Hall saved. Loss £10,000 on machinery and stock, £7 – £8,000 on mill. 200 employed. Built about 22 years ago.
1883 HEW 3 Feb: tenders wanted for re-erection of mill, John Kirk & Sons, architect.
1886. HEW 14 Aug: Jos.Hoyle building mill. John Haigh, mason falls from scaffolding three storeys high.
1888 HEW 7 Apr: Fire in mungo store, £100 damage, use Grove Mill’s extincteur.
1889. HEW 7 Sep: Joseph Hoyle, son off Emmanuel presentation, also with Stanley Mill trip to Scarborough.
1891. HEW 24 Jan: Hoyle. gas jet ignites healds on loom, minor fire.
1892. HEW 9 Apr: Jos. Hoyle & Sons, ‘scene of an outbreak of fire such as is seldom seen in or around Huddersfield’ Main building gutted, on Longwood Gate 5 storey, by nine by four windows. Adjoining row of houses including Liberal Club have to be demolished. 140 at work when fire breaks out. £15,000 damage. (operates Low West Wood Mill ‘day and night’ until new mill completed, see M Stansfield gold wedding report HEW 16 Apr 1938)
1893. HEW 22 Jul: Jos. Hoyle’s mill fire, 19 July destroys finishing room, seen by Crosland & Hirst’s workpeople and by watchmen at J.Broadbent & Sons, help in extinguishing it. 6,000 pieces destroyed £12-14,000 damage.
1895 HEW 21 Dec: Allen Knight, Linthwaite, engine tenter, machinery being lifted by block and pulleys. Rope breaks and ‘crosshead’ falls and fractures his thigh. Police put it in splints and convey him to infirmary.
1897 HEW 26 Jun: Procession of schoolchildren and congregation of Longwood church to Prospect Mill at invitation of Jos Hoyle for ceremony of opening of new jubilee tower clock, made and fixed by William Potts & Sons, of Leeds and Newcastle. (Description of its construction- same manufacturer as Jubille clock installed in Slaithwaite church HEW 4 Sep)).
1902. HEW 11 Jan: old part of mill, cylinder of engine top comes off, beams broken, 300 people out of work since Wednesday.
1903. HEW 27 Jun: 19 year old man dies from lockjaw as result of hand injury.
1907. HED 13 Jun’: male teazer (20) in fatal strap accident.
1909 HEW 2 Oct: Presentation to manager, E S Quarmby, leaving to take up similar position in Rummeisberg, Berlin. Over eight years with firm. Says despite trade depression of 1907-09 full time worked at prospect Mill.
1910. W 27 Aug, Jos Hoyle boiler pipe explosion accident fatality. HExp 1 Jan 1911, victim David Heely nightwatchman from Holmfirth.
YTD: Joseph Hoyle & Son, serges, plushettes, tapestries and figured goods, also Quarmby Clough Mill, 16,000 spindles, 480 looms.
1913. HE 22 Nov: unfenced condensor case. Warned by factory inspector in 1911.
1917. W 10 Mar: J.Hoyle & Son anthrax case.
1918. HEW 27 Apr: Harry Marshall, 14, Salendine Nook, killed by fall from 2nd floor when putting skeps in hoist.
W 15 Jun, The Naturalist: ‘a large supply of marsh natural gas’ found while boring for water in sandy shales. Leaves of Cordaites found. On 8 Juneat 186 feet compact grit, gas escapes under great pressure and takes fire damamging roof of shed of boring machine. Plugged with considerable effort. Gas piped to boiler house and supplies two fires for three weeks. Pressure then drops. Resume boring on 1 August. Gas not suspected ‘since seams and carbonaceous shales are insignificant.’ Largest supply found in this country in Millstone Grit series
1920 HEW 20 Mar: Jos Hoyle Obit, (76). 1866 Portland Mill, thence to Prospect Mill which he bought and extended. Number of operatives increase from 30 to 1200.
1924 HEW18 Jul: Photo – demonstration of new fire engine corporation considering.
1939 HEW 13 May: Emmanuel Hoyle obit (73), son of Joseph, employed 2000 workers in three mills – Prospect, Gledholt and Quarmby Clough.

1851. Deeds, [KC.165:381] 1903 at Luck Lane.
1852 HC 10 Jul: sale of finishing machinery.
HC 19 Apr: Jos Walker & Sons, partnership dissolved machinery being moved from John Smith & Sons’ mill at Marsh. Reuben Heaton, foreman legs broken by large cylinder rolling off lurry.
1856 HC 31 May: Jos Walker & Sons, dissolution of partnership. Machinery to be sold.
1865 HC 22 Apr: decomposed baby’s body found wrapped in petticoat on dam bank found by boy, Sam Shaw, loading cart, chasing rat from mill yard.
1872. HC 30 Mar: Room and Power, small detached mill, three rooms and attic, 23×14 ½ yds, apply Smith & Booth or T Hirst Smith.
1874. HEW 7 Mar: room and power.3storey x 70′ x 43′.
1875. HEW 6 Nov: Thomas Hirst Smith, fancy manufacturer, bankrupt.£2,380 liabilities, finishing machinery To be sold.
1879. HEW 25 Jan: Abel Boothroyd liquidation, yarn etc To be sold.
HEW 12 Jul: W.B.Smith machinery To be sold.
1884 HEW 8 Nov: To be sold, by Mr W Brook Smith, who is returning to New Zealand, Luck Lane , Marsh, mill 109×42 feetx 5 storeys, engine house at end 29’6”x10’3”x 3 storeys with cast iron cistern forming roof. Nearby mill, 69’6”x43’6”x4 storeys. Range of one, two and three storey buildings, , 45 hp beam engine, compounded by Mark Shaw, two Arnold boilers, one new, Green’s economiser, also dwelling houses and building land.
1885. HEW 30 May;20 Jun: Jos.Taylor scribbler and spinner on commission, bankruptcy, £1,132.15s. liabilities.
1892. HEW 2 Jan: Fire. Luck Lane, Crosland, Pontefract & Co, woolcombers and spinning. Two mills, parallel ends towards Huddersfield. Shaft between them runs from 2nd floor of smaller building, older part 4 storey by 7 by 11 windows. Friction of cog wheels. £6,000 damage.
Letters from Liddell & Brierly , Stanley Mill and Wm.B.Quarmby, Marsh Mills re. fire brigades and bad communications with Huddersfield, only 4 mills at Marsh with standpipes. Injuries to chief constable John Ward and PC Horner.
1893. HEW 30 Sep: machinery To be sold. Oct 14: Mill to be sold, Luck Lane, property Messrs Smith, occ Crossland, Pontefract & Co. 5st 109×42 feet wide, beam steam engine, 45 hp, 17foot 6 in flywheel, by Mark Shaw. Arnold boiler, Hopkinson pressure gauge, two chimneys, 60 year ground lease from Ramsden Nov 1868.
1896. HEW 13 Jun: George Henry Pontefract, owner, part occupier Providence Mills Co. Fire £4,000 damage.
1900. HEW 19 May: G.H.Pontefract owner, fire in stove occupied by J.H.Stork & Co. £15 damage.
1901. HEW 5 Oct: Pontefract owner , J.H.Stork & Co of Yorkshire Woolcombing Syndicate, fire £400 damage.
1903 HEW 8 Aug: TH Stork & Co. bankd, machinery to be sold.
1905. HEW 11 Feb: To Be Let , spinning, willeying and dyehouse. 25 Feb: motive power, compound engine by Willans & Robinson.
HEW 11 Mar: to be sold. Main mill three storey 109×42’, two storey spinning and willeying mill 69’x 42’3”. J.&.J.Horsfield boiler.To be sold, engines, dynamo motors etc.
1910. YTD: John Wilkinson, waste puller.

251. PROVIDENCE MILL (Rashcliffe)
1887. HEW 20 Aug: James Allan Love giving up premises, scribbling, spinning and weaving machinery to be sold.
1891. HEW 14 Nov: wool specimens from Porritt & Co given to Beaumont Park Museum.
HEW 28 Nov: R.Porritt & Co, fire in skeps in boiler house, £20 damage.
1897. HEW 28 Aug: Arnold & Stott, bankrupt, woolcombing machinery to be sold.
1898. HEW 5 Feb: to be let/sold.
1901. HEW 21 Sep: Thos Nicoll & Son, machinery not fenced properly, boy injured.

Old fulling mill.
1796. RD.DU.448:498: Tom Booth scribbling mill lately erected, transfer to John Charlesworth clothier, Honley.
1797. [DTJ] insurance £400.
1808. LM 23 Jul: estate to be sold, Tom Booth occupier.
1826. BHC 8 Aug: Jos Booth occupier To be sold.
1859. HC 8 Jan: cottages to be sold, four cottages converted from building lately occupied as a cloth mill, fall of water, mill floor and wheel race still preserved, amy be converted into mill..

253. QUARMBY MILL (Tanyard Rd Quarmby)
1890. HEW 25 Jan:Henry Haigh & Sons,spinners employ 16 year old boy under age without certificate.
HEW 8 Feb: to be sold 1 Mar: main mill 5 storey mill 45 by 15 yards supported by iron columns in 10 bays. 4 storeys by 42 by 15 – newly erected condensor and weaving shed 10 foot 6 inch bays, weaving shed 105 by 36 feet in 18 lights.

1794. Mill opposite Milnsbridge House, half owned by Radcliffe, half by Thornhill (Rad.MS 1, letter to Pickford 23 Dec.).
1800. RD.EF.359:26, Sam Whiteley occupier, Jos Radcliffe owner of moiety, old corn mill, now part scribbling.
1864 James Shires (later George St Mills) occupies ‘small and primitive building known by some as Whiteley Mill and by others as Quarmby Mill’.(Lockwood p 50)
1867. HC 16 Feb: Abraham Hall of Quarmby Mills, horse drawing cart in Kirkgate falls.
HC 6 Jul:17 Aug: Tom Hirst & Sons occupier, Geo. Armitage owner, to be let. Three stories and attic, engine, boiler house water wheel 6 ½ ft fall, dyehouse, willowing room, four cottages.
HC 12 Oct: James Hirst & Bros, giving up mill, machinery to be sold.
1871. HC 26 Aug: Room and Power to let, good supply of water, ‘Apply Geo Armitage at the office of Armitage Brothers, Huddersfield.’
1872. HEW 4 May:James Shire Offence against Factory Act. Employing woman and child after six at night.
HC 20 July: James Shiers, flood rushes through mill dam culvert under teasing room with such force it tears up flags and carries away empty skips.
1874. HEW 24 Jan: Abraham Hall & Sons treat.
1887. HEW 4 Jun: Andrew Wilkinson declining business, R.H.Ball deceased, Machinery to be sold including 10hp engine.
1891. HEW 13 Jun: Chas: Smith owner, obituary. 1 Aug machinery to be sold.

254.(b) QUARMBY CLOUGH MILL (Longwood)
1855 HC 19 Jun: Hattersley’s mill, Quarmby, Allen Armitage, woollen engineer, assaulted by Jos Walker of Lindley
1859. HE 23 Jul: Hattersley fire, saturday morning.
1860 HE 29 Dec: Hattersley & Son, tallow cup and scre keys stolen. Sam Scott engineer and Wm Robertson engine tenter, witnesses against Helen and George Armitage.
1866 HC 22 Dec: Suicide Edna Lee Brook, 17, power loom weaver for Messrs Hattersley, Quarmby Clough Bottom mill. In Wm Shaw’s dam, Grove Mill. Charles Sykes overlooker gives evidence at inquest. Reprimanded for arguing with others. Weavers laughed when she said she would drown herself .
1874. HEW 7 Mar,Geo.Hattersley & Son, Ben Hall Hattersley obit.
1876. HEW 22 Jan, treat. with dancing ‘old english games’ and galvanic battery.
1883 HEW 3 Feb: Hattersley & Storry, treat at Longwood Mechanics’ Hall. Hattersley Jnr and S H Storry present, toasts to old firm of Hattersley & Son.
1894. HEW 24 Mar: old machinery to besold.
1900 YFT 31 Aug: Henry Hamer & Sons, mill stopped 11 days for work on engine.
1906. YFT 19 Jan: Henry Hamer & Sons moves to Ravensthorpe.Mill to be sold.
YFT 27 Apr:Jos Hoyle to put in his machines.
1910. YTD: Jos.Hoyle & Son.
1922. W.25 Mar: Mill collapses.
1938 HEW 22 Jan: Morton Stansfield, golden wedding, former manger of Quarmby Clough, worked for Hoyles 46 years, began as half-timer at Henry Thorpe & Son , Holmfirth Mill, thence to Bradfield Mill and Stanley Mill (Obit (73) HEW 16 Apr 1938)

255. QUAY STREET MILL (Huddersfield)
See also Turnbridge Mill
1845. LT 9 Aug: Armitage & Kaye fireproof mill being built, iron beam falls on mason. Foot has to be amputated.
LT 23 Aug: “extensive works”, masons strike against foremen.
1854 HC 15 Apr: Quay St factory of Armitage & Kaye, fire in room no. 6. in shoddy of Jn Schofield. Watchman has trouble getting in because several occupiers of mill. Fireproof.
1858. HC 4 Sep: Jere Kaye’s premises, two boiler supplying steam to 80hp engine sabotaged by letting off water. Hopkinson valves avert explosion.
1859. HC 17 Dec: J Schofield & Sons, spinners, treat for 130 hands. Joshua Schofield recommends MI to workers.
1861 HC 19 Jan: Schofield’s mill, fire in willying room. L&YFB soon at scene. Ogden’s mill adjoining, already put it out with hose using water from cistern.
HC 16 Nov: Amos Leather, stock in trade, yarn piece goods, fancy tweeds, 41 Jacquards, etc.
1865 HC 16 Sep: fire Henry Hirst Jnr.
1867. HC 12 Jan: To be sold.woollen, cotton and fulling mill, including one mill 119×60′ x 7 storeys, plus 80hp steam engine. Octagonal chimney 150 feet high, 5’6” draft. Occupied Jere Kaye, Hall & Co, Reuben & Wm Hirst et al.Cotton wareshouse with winding and reeling rooms over, 4 storeys.Occupied by, Hirsts, Messrs Dyson & Sons, Jos Balmforth.
1872 HEW 1 Jun: ‘Canal Mill’, Turnbridge, R & P Sykes, owner, ground floor occupied by John Sykes & Sons, machine makers, Godfrey Binns & Sons, woollen manufacturer, 1st floor, T G Woodhead & Bros, Bedford cords 2nd floor, H Hirst Jnr & Co, yarn spinners, 3rd floor, Godfrey Binns & Sons 4th floor. Fire, Sykes fitting new lathe , worker tries to widen hole in ceiling for fixing gearing, uses hot iron which ignites fly from carding machine in Binns room above. Explodes like gun shot. Girls in room above escape by staits or lowering themselves by teagle chain into yard. Globe engine first to arrive but Corporation engine first to have hose fixed. £1600-2000 damge in Binns room, and £100s water damage in others.
1873 HEW 3 May: ‘Canal Mills, Turnbridge’. Thomas Binns, machinery for sale, taken other premises with machinery.
1895 HEW 8 Jun: Morrison & Co, declining business, engine, boiler and twisting machinery.
1912 HEW 7 Dec: Wm. Hirst & Sons, cotton spinners, fire in six storey mill alongside canal, adjoining timber yard.

256. QUEENS MILL (Huddersfield)
1860. John Marsden, cotton spinner, takes over mill. increased from three to six storeys. [see obit.]
1863. HC 26 Dec: temporary wooden bridge over Holme to allow people from rapidly increasing district of Primrose Hill get to mill. Badly out of repair, blamed for death of slubber who fell in river. His breakfast can found 200 yards down river from bridge. Responsibility of owner of Rashcliffe Estate, Bentley Shaw and John Marsden of Queen’s Mill. Inquest jurors recommend that it is repaired.
1866 HC 24 Nov: flooded.
HC 2 Dec: Dispute over footpath to Rashcliffe on land near mill tenanted by Marsden two years ago. Put up sign saying private property and demanding payment for use . Soon knocked down. Charges Henry Gibson with damage caused by cart when surfacing path with ashes. Adjourned until both parties consult Bentley Shaw. If not allowed to use it inhabitants of Primrose Hill have long journey to Folly Hall.
1868. HE 10 Oct: Marsden, skeps embezzled by Firth & Swift, doublers and winders, Chapel Hill. Marked with his initials or those of previous firm.
1869 HE 20 Feb: night watchman Wm Osterfield hears cry. Next day found out to be when Rev, Josiah Howard of Paddock, New Connexion Chapel fell in river from Queens Mill Bridge.
1870 HC 15 Jan: Queen’s Mill Bridge still unsafe – letter Seth Heppenstall, Primrose Hill.
HC 2 Apr: John Marsden, cotton spinner, action in County Court to recover £21.14s.8d for goods supplied from assignees of Richard Marsden, bankrupt, Elland, yarn and carriage rug and sealskin manufacturer, Deed of assignment 28 December to defendants. Continued business and bought warps from plaintiff in Jan 1869. Did not tade as John Armitage and others but continued to pay R. Marsden a salary to run business. Found in favour of defendants.
1871. HEW 29 Apr: Treat, at Gymnasium Hall, Mr Whiteley Tolson, Dalton, completes his apprenticeship with John Marsden.
HC 5 Aug: John Marsden, workpople day off to attend opening of Meltham Convalescent Home, with 2s.6d expenses for day.
HC 28 Dec: treat for 60 at Victoria Hotel , Lockwood.
1874. HEW 17 Oct: Marsden, cotton opener fire.
1875. HEW 27 Mar: Tender, extension, warehouse and offices, John Kirk, architect.
1883. HEW 11 Aug: John Marsden manufacturer. Situate opposite side of Holme to Blamires’ mill which burns down.
1885. HEW 17 Jan: Marsden, boy half timers playing hide and seek in dinner hour (engine stops at 1pm), three fall down hoist from sixth floor when door gives way. One killed.
1887. HEW 14 May: John Marsden JP, OBIT. cotton spinner since 1860. Employed c360. No trade unionists allowed. Never had any disputes.
1888. HEW 1 Oct: John Marsden late occupier, to be sold, ‘Queens (new Mill’.
1889. HEW 4 May: Jos Lumb & Sons, room and power, fatal hoist accident to Fred Dyson (16).
HEW 21 Jun: new mill to be let 5 storeys by 116 by 66 yards.
1897. HEW 17 Jul: Queens Mill Spinning Co, Jos Holme (18) oiling a machine belt which comes loose from pulley and strikes him on head. 31 Jul: death. 7 Aug: inquest – no pulley guide.
1898 HEW 12 Feb: John Marsden, second annual party and ball, in Armoury.
1899. HEW 11 Feb: treat.
1891 HEW 21 Feb: et seq. J Marsden & Son, cotton spinners strike.
1903. HEW 28 Feb: John Marsden. Gale damage.
1905. HEW 25 Feb: Queen Spinning Co. Ltd., plant to be cold.
1909. W 12 Jun: mill to close. 200 employed. HEW 19 Jul: to be sold, late John Marsden.
1910. YTD: Brook & Woodhouse, Ltd. woollen and fancy worsted.
1949 HEW 3 Sep: John William Brook senior director 50th wedding anniversary. Son of John Brook founder of firm, c 1890.

c1850. OS Map. (See Steps Mill, Vickerman & Beaumont).
1883 HEW 17 Mar: Weavers strike. Josiah France writes to Examiner with list of scales offered, ‘Steps Mill, Honley’.
HEW 12 May: weavers return 7 May.
1888. HEW 21 Apr: Josiah France of Parkton Grove, daughter Penelope marries Dr D.Winder. At 12.30 engine stops at mill and workpeople gather in mending room to present couple with dining table centre piece and booklet listing name of subscribers. Charles Burley, cashier in chair and Fred Moseley, designer makes presentation.
HEW 22 Sep: trip to Scarborough. France’s daughter and husband accompany. Three miss train back but get later one, although one gets off at Normanton for a drink and is left behind again!
1890. HEW 2 Aug: Josiah France, amusing account of trip to Southport.
1894. HEW 20 Oct: Josiah France’s former head finisher, Squire Marsden of Almondbury dies (49).
1898 HEW 8 Oct: Factory inspector visits and orders provision of efficient fire escape (reported at Honley UDC meeting also other mills in district).
1899 YFT 10 Nov: Josiah France & Co. Ltd, registered, capital 330,000 in £10 shares, subscribers, J. France, WH Lord, JC Lord, Tom Senior, Magdale, Honley, designer, (also director); Charles Wheawill, ch. accountant, Arthur B Winder , Blackpool
1905 Josiah France obit. 24 June Will, .£134,274.9s.3d.
1906 YFT 20 Apr: working overtime, very bust. New four box, 100 pick/minute looms introduced.
1908 YFT 26 Jun, 17 Oct.: Weavers’ meetings. Nov 7 at Railway, pattern weavers agree 6d/hour.
1910. YTD: Josiah France Ltd, fancy worsted. also London Office.

258. RAKE MILL (Holme)
1802. WCR. 3 Nov: John Warley of Slaithwaite surrendered ‘all that Scribbling Mill at Lane near Holme with the Water Wheel, Gear, Machince Garde and Engine therein fixed and being for the purpose of Carding and Scribbling Wool (and with said Cards and Engine are mentioned and described in and by a certain Inventory annexed to the Indenture of Lease herein mentioned) and which said Mill and Premises now are in the possession of Joseph Leake, Aaron Hinchliffe, John Howard and Joseph Barber for a term of 20 years from 1st June 1802.
1834. Factory Commissioner’s Report. 9 male,4 female, 6hp.
1836. LM 31 Dec: Wm.& Ed. Leake
1848. Directory. Wm. Leake
1855. HC 3 Mar: to be sold. fourth part in Scribbling mill, occ George Tinker and James Charlesworth.
1856. HC 7 Jun: one forth part share in scribbling mill and waterwheel and shafting to be sold along with Peacock Inn, Ings, Holme, and closes of land formerly occupied by Wm Askham. Mill occupied by Geo. Tinker and James France.
HC 8 Nov: Geo. Tinker and James France late occupiers, to be sold.
1857. HC 11 Apr: to be sold, scribbling and carding machinery, billies, shfting , going gear etc.
HC 2 May: more details of machinery and other effects t be sold.
HC 25 Jul: one-quarter part to be sold.
1858. Factory Inspector, 4hp water wheel, 11 male, 2 female employees.
1859. HC 28 May: one-quarter part to be sold.James Hinchliffe & James Booth occupiers.
1866. Thomas Wain Leake of Holme and John Cuttell of Holmbridge summonsed by overseer of Holme for £3.6s. rates owing for mill. Machinery in mill therefore liable for rate. Cuttell says nothing to do with mill as occupier, he had no machinery in mill and what he had previously paid to overseer had been property tax as art owner. Leak also says part owner. Had engaged to run mill if no breakdown but only got through one 600lb lot when wheel broke down and mill had been standing ever since. R Meller for overseer says that even if it had only run a day rates still due. Bench convicts but recommends that reasonable allowance be made for mill being unproductive.
HE 3 Mar: machinery to be sold.
1876. HEW 11 Nov: one-quarter part to be sold. and 13a. farm.
1915. W 26 Jun: 18 Sep: Used to house turbine for electricity generator for village.

259. RAMSDEN MILL (Golcar)
1795. LM 21 Mar.
RD.DQ 129:135. Hugh Ramsden obit, mill occupied in eight part ownership.
1796. RD.DS 515:570. John Varley clothier husband of Elizabeth Ramsden, transfers part in mill to John Charlesworth, clothier Honley.
LI 16 May: Ramsden Mill, Golcar, Hugh Ramsden, ‘Wanted a sober and industrious journeyman millman who understands perfectly well the milling of coarse and fine, narrow and broad woollen cloths.’
1810. LM 3 Feb: Upper and Lower mills, machinery, including in Upper, four drivers and six fallers ‘all in good condition’ driven by 2 water wheels, in lower six scribblers, 2 double carding engines, single carder, slubbing billy and “spinning jack”. ‘The lower mill may be converted to divers other purposes’ particulars from John Varley Slaighwaite.
1817. LM 21 Jun: machinery, scribbling,carding, slubbing, “spinning jacks”. apply James Ramsden or John Varley, Slaithwaite.
1837. HG 11 Mar: Hugh Ramsden prosecutes Ralph Singleton, Golcar weaver for neglect of work.
1848. Directory Ramsden Mill Co.
1853. HC 6 Aug: John Ramsden of firm J & J Ramsden, Ramsden Mills, dies. Loved by rich and poor, patron of St John’s , Golcar.
HE, HC 13 Aug: accident to old man, arms and head nearly torn off by ‘swinging machine’
1855. HC 17 Feb: Thomas Ramsden, Ramsden Mill, clothier, shareholder in Huddersfield Banking Co.
HC 3 Jul (Tues): After death of George [sic] Ramsden in 1853 his wife Hannah carries on as manager. Management recently taken out of her hands by company. She claims £4.15s due to her as managerfrom Farrar and Ramsden. Awarded 2 gns.
1860. HC 12 May: Richard Ramsden charged by Jos Taylor weaver for 10s wages due for removing machinery from ‘Golcar Mill’ to Ramsden Mill. Defence claims he had only moved his own loom as had other weavers and was making claim because he had since been sacked. Discharged.
1861. HC 26 Jan: Thomas Ramsden & Son, treat for powerloom weavers and others in mill. George Taylor who has been with firm 53 years in chair..
1866 HC 19 May: Mellor, sued by Sykes , manufacturing chemist of Leeds, for delivery of potash not paid for. Disputes whether he had received it.
HC 21 Jul: Thomas Ramsden & Son, fire in waste put out by neghbours.
HC 4 Aug: Messrs Ramsden, marriage of Wm Ramsden to Miss Bent of Marsden and majority of Frederick Ramsden – treat for 70 at Coach & Horses, Linthwaite,. J T Rhodes, cloth finisher, Folly Hall, presides along with Mr Brown, cloth merchant of Belfast
Ibid. John Edward Ramsden of Ramsden Mill, cloth manufacturer, along with John Whiteley of Huddersfield, cotton spinner, Charles Shaw, Low West Wood, woollen manufacturer, assignees for John Iredale Ramsden, Edwin Ramsden and Jos Ramsden of Smith Riding, Linthwaite, Fancy Woollen Manufacturers, bankrupts.
HE 27 Oct: Ramsden Mill Joint Stock Co.. 24 shares To be sold.
HC 4 Aug: treat at Coach & Horses, Linthwaite, marriage of Wm Ramsden and majority of Fred Ramsden. JT Rhodes, cloth finisher of Folly Hall and Mr Brown, cloth merchant, Belfast, speak.
1867. HC 2 Nov: room and power.
1868. Chancery case.
1871. HC 7 Jan: John Iredale, coal merchant Golcar taking a load to mill from his siding at Golcar station. Horse falls on frosty road and has to be destroyed, worth £40.
HC 8 Jul: Ramsden Mill Co. versus Ramsden in Court of chancery. Plaintiffs occupiers of part of ‘old mill’, Thomas Ramsden & Son occupy rest as tenants. Prior to 1860 the old mill ‘belonged to a very numerous body of persons claiming under the will of one Hugh Ramsden. In that year all except the defendents, Henry James and sammy Ramsden formed themselves into present company, now plaintiffs. ‘The new mill was purchased by the woners of the old mill property in 1847 and it was paid for out of the profits of the old mill. In January 1859 the plaintiffs and the defendents determined to erect a large mill on a portion of the new mill property, and let it to Thomas Ramsden & Sons. Having no capital, for the purpose of borrowing the same an agreement was entered into between the persons composing the company and other of the defendents, including Henry James and Sammy Ramsden…’ Plaintiffs claim old mill now in debt, defendents James and Emma Hirst, John Armitage and Edwin Sykes, claimed as annuitants or mortgagees of Henry James and Sammy Ramsden share in rents and profits of both old and new mill, not being bound by 1859 aggreement.
Declared that all parties were bound by agreement for building and working new mill, the property to be sold and proceeds divided between parties.
HC 23 Dec: ‘Wanted, a Bookeeper, an experienced and respectable man, for the Ramsden Mill Company. Salary £70 per annum – Apply by letter before the 28th December to Mr John Edward Ramsden, Ramsden Mills, Golcar.’
1874. HEW 30 Oct: accident, female in strap of fuel economiser.
1875. HEW 8 May: to be sold by order of chancery, Ramsden versus Ramsden Mill Co,
1876. HEW 24 Jun:Thos Ramsden & Son fire discovered by engine tenter, Gershon Tiffany, in three storey x 14 x 6 yard stove, 1,000 lbs waste, Victoria Mill, Armitages’ and Dysons’ fire brigades arrive. £100 damage.
1877. HEW 5 May: to be sold.
HEW 19 May: Ramsden New Mill in Linthwaite five storey mill with boiler, fuel economiser, and 35 hp steam engine. Part of old mill, 3 storeys, WW 13×12 feet, 12 feet of fall.
Golcar township, three storey mill with high pressure horizontal steam engine. and 17 feet diameter waterwheel. with 14 feet of fall.
HEW 15 Dec: room and power to let, new mill 46 x 15 yds, old mill room for four sets with mules and looms to follow.
1878. HEW 29 May: bought at auction by John and Edward Ramsden Lot 1. £12,050: Lot 2. £3,000, – now own all mill.
1880. HEW 24 Jan: Wm. Whiteley & Sons, treat for 60, Nathan Whiteley in chair.
1884 HEW 9 Feb: Wm. Whiteley & Sons, treat for 90 persons ‘in the new mill’.
1891. HEW 19 Sep: Wm. Whiteley & Sons, fire in warehouse £800 damage.
1894. HEW 27 Oct: Wm. Whiteley & Sons, fire in fourth storey caused by friction in condensor. Fire brigades prevent spred to Whitwams mill.
YFT 2 Nov: four storey mill of Whiteley & Sons, adjoining Whitwam’s mill.
1895. HE 11 May: tender for alterations and addittions.
1899. HEW 10 Jun: Wm. Whiteley employs under 16 without certificate. Actually employed by spinner.
1901 YFT 27 Dec: old three storey mill collapses. Over 100 years old, dilapidated and had been bowing out for many years.
1903. HEW 11 Apr: Thos. Whiteley, bankrupt.
HEW 23 May: mill and machinery withdrawn from sale, sold by private treaty as a going concern.
1906. YFT 23 Feb: dispute.
1909. YFT 22 Jul: accident.
1910. YTD: Whitwam & Co. fancy woollens, 7,500 spindles, 88 looms.Ramsden Mill Co. fancy wollens, 33 looms.
1914. YFT 12 Feb: fire.
1935 HEW 25 May: Taylor & Livesey, woman pulley accident, dies 6 months later.

1826. MG 2 Sep: to be let.
1831. Rebuilding. Factory Commissioners Report.
1834. Factory Commissioners Report.Tom Nelson & Co. 60hp steam engine.
1838. HG 8 Dec: Offence against Factory Act.Sykes & Battye/James Tyne & Son.
1840. LM 7 Mar: room and power.
1843. LT 29 Apr: accident Cookson ,Schofield & Co foundry.
1849. LM 18 Aug: Cookson ,Schofield & Co machine makers and cotton twisters, dissolution of partnership.
1855. HE 24 Feb: Schofield & Co treat.
1857. HE 7 Nov: Schofield, Kirk & Marshall cotton manufacturers, fire.
1863. HC 11 Jul: to be sold. including steam engine 24hp.
HC 12 Dec: J&G Mallinson, finishing machinery to be sold.
1865 HC 18 Mar: J & H Blamires, fire, at ten to one just before workers left for dinner so able to put it out with buckets in 20 minutes. Started in teazing machine.
1867 HC 2 Feb: John and Henry Blamires, woollen and Angola yarn spinners, dissolution of partnership. Business carried on by John Blamires.
1871. HED 22 Feb: accident Schofield & Kirk machine makers.
HED 28 Apr: Blamires/ Schofield & Kirk Co, Fire in Blamires part, teasing room..
HED 16 Nov: 23 Nov, 21 Dec, Blamires weavers strike.
1874. HEW 24 Jan: John Blamires, yarn spinner, mill owned by Saville Crowther, Mrs Louisa Stephenson caught on shaft, 60 rpm. Not seriously injured..
HEW 21 Feb: accident Kirk,Schofield & Co Fred Mellor of Honley, 22 falls 82′ while replacing conductor on chimney. Employee of John Ives, Deadwaters. Former millhand, only chimney climbing for a year.
HEW 25 Jul: to be sold, five storeys, occ. Saville Crowther, Messrs Blamires et al, frontage to Deadwaters Rd and Lockwood Rd, fire plug on each landing, 25 nhp engine, by Low Moor Co, room for erection of other buildings on Deadwaters Rd.
1875. HEW 15 May: John Blamires fine tweeds, silk mixture.
1883. HEW 4 Aug: Blamires Mill fire in stove.
HEW 11 Aug: Blamires yarn spinner, ‘comparitively new mill’ burns down. Situated at right angles to Holme, one end on river, other on road, opposite Queens Mill, seperated by narrow passage from Kirk & Schofields Mill which almost catches fire as well. 6 st x 12 windows. HEW 18 Aug: assistance by Crowther’s workmen, Albert St,
1893 HC 29 Jul: Rashcliffe Mill to be sold, 3,600 sq yds, ‘flooring made strong to carry heavy machinery. Fire proof. Also two powerful engines. re-built in 1872, and can be bought cheap.’ H B Taylor, Edgerton.
1895. HEW 12 Oct: Kirk & Schofield & Co foundry to be sold.
1896. HEW 22 Feb: Taylor’s mill to be sold, flagging ‘made to carry heavy weights’.
YFT 21 Aug: John Blamires, bankrupt.
HEW 17 Oct: to be sold.
1897. HEW 1 May: Rashcliffe Logwood Mills, to be sold, 3 storeys, 40hp. Pollitt & Wigzell, Boiler by Horsfield.
1899. HEW 16 Sep: Taylor & Lodge, Jasper Whitwam (15) killed by shafting, while working in dynamo house, apprentice of Calvert & Co engineer and founder, Hope Foundry Folly Hall.
1901. HEW 26 Oct: Phoenix Mill, 5 storey cotton mill.
1907. W. 28 Sep: Taylor & Lodge, water cistern bursts, 20,000 gallons for scouring and tank sides fall onto finishing and mending rooms, 50 working but miraculous estate, except for sound drenching. Made by John Sykes & Sons, Turnbridge.
1910. YTD: Taylor & Lodge, also Victoria Mills.
1949 HED 4 Mar: Taylor & Lodge, presentation of wrist watch to Mr Thornton Aspinall for completion of 50 years service. Head warehouseman for 45 years had ahdnled 350,000 pieces. 12 employees had been with firm over 40 years and three over 50.

261. REDFEARN’S MILLS (Leeds Road)
1859. Lease. 99 years, from Ramsden.(1874 HEW, HC 1881).
1861, HC 31 Jul : To let room and power, finishing machinery including Lewis cross cut, apply Wm Roberts , mungo merchant, Half Moon St.
1864. HC 16 Jan: J S Redfearn, two rooms to let, 10x 6 yds, Redfearn’s Mill Leeds Rd.
1866. HE 19 May: ‘Readfearn’s Mill’, Wm Jessop occupier, machinery to be sold.
1867 HC 2 Feb: John Dawson, Joshua Parkin and James Greenwood, woollen manufacturers, dissolution of partnership. Business carried on by Joshua Parkin.
1871. HEW 7 Jan HC 14 Jan: ‘Readfearn’s Mill’, Leeds Rd and bottom of Northumberland St. Henry Land giving up business, finishing machinery to be sold.
1874. HEW 21 Mar: John Readfern & Sons, occupier of 4 storey mill, 14hp beam steam engine.
HEW 9 May: J.W.Readfern & Sons, (Joe Wm and John Shaw Readfearn), bankrupt.
HEW 6 Jun: mohair warps.
1881. HC 12 Feb: HEW 18 Jun, mill and machinery to be sold. 310 feet frontage to Leeds Rd and almost same to canal. (Also Waterloo Mill).

262. READY CARR MILL (Marsden)
1886. HEW 26 Jun: 10 Jul: Robert Taylor & Sons declining business, horses, carts, machinery To be sold.
HEW 7 Aug: Marsden Foundry To be sold. After Robert Taylor’s death in January 1868 business run by E.O.Taylor who has given up business. Lot I, foundry 5 acres, withdrawn from sale no offer made.
1890. HEW 14 Jun: ‘Top bell’ of foundry, formerly only buzzer in Marsden – now four ‘instruments of torture’ in village!

263. REINS MILL (Honley)
1847. LM 31 Mar: ‘newly erected’, to be sold.
LM 7 Aug: machinery to be sold.
1848. LM 11 Mar:
1849. LM 24 Mar: to be sold.
1852. HE 7 Feb: Tom Hinchliffe & Sons, flood damage, powerloom room.
1861. HC 11 May: steam engine to be sold 10hp,’to make room for larger’.
1865. KC 315:Misc.Box 2. James Mellor part of mill, inventory.
1869. HC 18 Sep: James Mellor fire.
1872. HEW 20 Jan: James Mellor treat in ‘spacious room in the mill,’ decorated for occasion. Thanks from workpeople for ‘the indefatigable efforts’ to find them employment in past year..
1873 HEW 10 May: James Mellor, in liquidation, machinery and material to be sold.
1874. HEW 28 Mar: to be let.
1883 HEW 24 Mar: Charles Dean, in burling room presentation by employees and friends on occasion of his 38th birthday of black marble timepiece. E. Croft pays tribute noting Dean and men working ‘cordially’ despite weavers strike.
HEW 8 Sep: Ad: Warper wanted, accustomed to fancy worsteds. Chas Dean, Reins Mill.
1888. HEW 21 Jul:Charles Dean trip to Grimsby and Cleethorpes.
HEW 1 Dec: Dodson & Kenyon move bobbin works from Bridge to Reins. New engine by John F.Riley of Moldgreen. Named by Ida Beatrice daughter of J.W.Kilner, toast ‘to the success of Princess Ida’.
1890. HEW 15 Feb: C.Dean & Sons, fire in stove £200 damage.
HEW 13 Sep: trip to Cannon Hall for 125 people to celebrate Mr Dean’s wedding. Saturday, cake basket presented to Mrs Dean.
1891 HEW 28 Feb: Charles Dean & Sons, Honley LB approve plans for new weaving sheds.
1896. HEW 14 Nov: Charles Dean & Sons, Charles Jubb (32), Reins, putting up partition falls in dyepan and is fatally scalded in 3 foot deep, chrome water.
1892 HEW 27 Feb: accused of libel by Alderman O’Brien of Cork for comments made against him at Honley Unionist meeting. (HEW 20 Feb) where he described why he became a unionist.
1896 HEW 14 Nov: Chas Dubb, 32, engineer, Reins, scalded fatally when falls into dyepan when putting up a wooden partition. Got out himself. Hot chrome water about 200’F. Dies from shock few days later.
1898 HExp 7 May: Chas Dean & Son, become Ltd Co. Capital £20,000, shareholders family members. To buy freehold on Reins Mill.
1899 YFT 2 Jun: worker from mill rescues child from river.
1900. HEW 28 Jul: Charles Dean & Son, in liquidation, to be sold, 3 storeys by 65 by 35 feet, scribbling and spinning mill and newly erected 2 storey worsted mill, 113 by 30 feet, weaving shed, 85hp beam engine, Arnold multitubular boiler and Green’s economiser. ‘ A considerable amount of money has been recently expended in the erection of a new weaving shed and worsted mill’ , machinery and stock to be sold.
1901 HExp 19 Jan: Dean’s affairs
YFT 11 Oct: mill to be restarted by Alfred Armitage. 13 Dec: repairs to mill underway.
1902. YFT 21 Feb: Alfred Armitage, formerly of Armitage & Clelland, Clough House Mill, moves to Reins, leased from W.Brook.
HEW 15 Feb: List of subscribers to company.
HEW 30 Apr: Alfred Armitage & Co. fancy worsted manufacturers, fire in third (top) storey.
YFT 20 Jun: Armitage & Co. strike over scale.
YFT 17 Oct: Gee seeks interview over dispute.
1903 HEW 31 Oct: Chas Dean’s affairs.
1904. HEW 8 Oct: finishing machinery to be sold.
1908 HEW 11 Jan: David France & Co. Room and power to be let.
1910. YTD: David France & Co, fancy worsteds.
1914 HEW 4 Jul: D France, workpeoples’ trip to Liverpool.
1916 HEW 2 Sep: David France, Beechroyd, Honley obit (58) – his eldest and youngest sons in business, middle son in army.
1935 HEW 18 May: RL Robinson, shoddy and mungo, manufacturer moves to Thongsbridge. Son of Albert Robinson and until 6 years ago with James Robinson & Sons, Smithy Place.

264. RIBBLEDEN MILL (Holmfirth)
1840. LM 16 May: Horncastle, Buckley & Co. offence against factory act, not allowing proper meal breaks – two children not entered into books hidden under feeder and covered in wool. Slubbers evasive and disrespectful to inspector.
1853. HE 17 Sep: accident female,16 .
HC 15 Oct: Walter Buckley, engineer, treat in Druid’s Hall to celebrate marriage.
1856. HC 19 Apr: To be sold – third part share in 3 storey scribbling and fulling mill and four storey newly erected spinning factory.
HE 7 Jun: Butterworth peace treats.
1864 HC 6 Aug: 17 year old girl attempts to drown herself in dam. Rescued with difficulty by man called Hellawell.
1867. HC 2 Feb: Tenders for erection of mill, engine house, boiler house, dyehouse, chimney etc at Ribbleden. J Barrowclough & Sons, architects, Holmfirth.
HC 16 Mar: John Thorpe Taylor, scribbling, carding, spinning machinery to be sold and 10hp steam engine with 14hp boiler etc.
HC 24 Nov: J T Taylor, JP, workpeoples’ tea in room at mill.
(State of trade in Holmfirth ‘very satisfactory. One or two strikes threatened but differences settled).
1873. HEW 1 Feb: Jn Crossley, piece dyer, finger caught while cleaning friction pulley. amputated.
HEW 12 Apr: Walter Bray finger in machine, amputated.
HEW 18 Oct: J.T.Taylor (J.P.of Oaklands) treat for coming of age of nephew, Walter Preston.
1874. HEW :J.T.Taylor & Co fire, Dicks patent Fire Extincteurs used
1877 HEW 1 Sep: J.T.Taylor & Co. employees present Mr Taylor’ nephew, Walter Preston BA, with marble and gold dining room clock from Messrs H Pearce & Co of Huddersfield, in large room at mill, on occasion of his marriage. James Brook, oldest employee for nearly 40 years, speaks,
1880 HEW 3 Jan: .T.Taylor & Co, treat, in New Lecture Hall, Arthur Preston of firm absent in New Zealand.
1885 HEW 3 Jan: J T Taylor & Co, tea party, 120 persons in Town Hall. J T speaks, not now active in business.
1898 HEW 5 Feb: JT Taylor & Co. weaver found dead on river bed running through mill by Jos. Wm Moxon, engine tenter.
1901. HEW 6 Jul: 4 storey by 70 by 54 feet: 5 storey by 84 by 28: 3 storey by 82 by 36 feet: etc:25hp Pollitt & Wigzell horizontal engine, 2 Galloway boilers and Green’s economiser, chimney 40 yards, dyeworks and machinery.
1902. HEW 4 Jan: J.T.Taylor & Co.
HEW 20 Sep: to be sold by private treaty.
1905 HEW 4 Nov: Lawton, Son & Co, fire in waste warehouse.
1908. YFT 3 Jan: Lawton & Son weavers dispute for pay on 1883 list.
1909 W 20 Feb: accident.
1910. YTD: Lawton Son & Co. Ltd, also Halifax, 2,500 spindles, 60 looms.
1911 HEW 1 Jul: John Thorpe Taylor, obit, formerly of Dover Mill.
1913 HEW 31 May, 7 Jun: to be sold. Occupied Messrs Lawton & Sons, 4 storey main mill, 70 by 34 foot, adjoing 5 storey mill, 3 storey mill plus attic, teasing place, tentering place , etc. Octagonal chimney 40 yards high, 2 galloway boilers and horizontal engine.
1914 HEW 5 Dec: Walter Preston, BA, JP, Oaklands, obit, (63), retired from firm of John Thorpe Taylor. Son of Joseph Preston, dyer of Jean Wood House (who emigrated to Australia and later NZ). Married daughter of Joshua Butterworth of Holmebridge.
265. RICHMOND MILL (Fitzwilliam Street)
1879. John Sutcliffe & Sons, begin at mill.
1880. HEW 10 Jan: Jos Beaumont & Sons, tobacco, cigar and snuff manufacturer’s plant.
HEW 26 Jun: ‘extensive premises’ to let.
1896. HEW 25 Jul, YFT 31 Jul: Sutcliffe & Sons, rag grinding room fire. Man injured by exploding extincteur.
1903. HEW 21 Mar: Beaumont , cigarette manufacturer.
1904. HEW 23 Jan: John Sutcliffe & Sons, fire.
1910. YTD: John Sutcliffe & Sons, mungo and shoddy manufacturers andwaste pullers.

266. RIVERSIDE MILL (Holmfirth)
(see Roundbottom Mill)
1894. HEW 5 May: Yorkshire Felt Co. in liquidation, machinery to be sold also stock and hat bodies.
1897. KD: Charlesworth Bros, fancy worsted.
1899. HEW 11 Apr: George Batty Bros, dyers, bankrupt.
1910. YTD: Allen Hinchliffe & Sons, woollen and worsted, scribblers and rag pullers.

267. ROCK MILL (Brockholes)
1865. Three storey mill, built.(HEW 1877).
1866. HC 24 Nov: Turner & Bower , 24 workers cut off by floods in mill.
1867. HC 30 Nov: Turner & Bower cotton factory, building raised two storeys,accident to man from Neeleys, fixing heavy shafting. Thumb cut off.
1868. HE 8 Feb: Mill flooded in storm which turns all of land from Smithy Place to Neiley into ‘one vast sheet of water’.
HE 10 Oct: Bower & Smith cotton factory , engine tenter finds boiler house in flames. Overheating of flue.
1877. HEW 15 Dec: Sam Smith cotton mill fire, burntdown.
1878. HEW 26 Oct: cotton machinery to be sold.
HEW 9 Nov: ditto, including salvaged shafting, gearing, 200 tons of iron,10 cwt of brass.
1880. HEW 31 Jul: John Sykes & Co sued for wages, former female weavers at Colne Road moved to Brockholes, demand higher pay, all but two strike. Bookeeper says looms new and could therefore earn more than at Colne Road.
1882. HEW 15 Apr: Jos Sykes dies (in January?) and firm taken over by Elon Crowther who leaves Crimble.
HEW 25 Nov:’The Electric Light at Brockholes’ Jos Sykes & Co. worsted factory, Gulcher, low tension arc system in combination with Crookes Incandescent Lamps. 3 x 2,300 candle power arc lights and 40 incandescent lamps run off No.4 Dynamo Engine driven by 10hp steam engine at 150 rpm. Perfect for colour matching ‘far superior to gas lights’ Comparative cost not yet calculated.
YFT. Dispute.
1883. HEW 3 Feb: J.Sykes & Co. flooded. Fills cellars and rises to 2 or 3 feet in weaving, mending and finishin sheds. New paved road to turnpike has to be broken to allow it to run away. Discussed with Dartmouth’s agent since a result of some of his property upstream interfering with watercourse.
HEW 24 Nov: George S Eastwood, merchant, 21st , overlookers ‘substantial dinner’ at Rock Inn. Alfred Sykes in chair. Eastwood a good apprentice, gold Albert presented.
1884 HEW 26 Apr: offence against Factory Act, employing 14 girls, knotting, burling, mending, after hours. Alfred Sykes says there had been strike and some of returned girls had taken work of those still out. 12 guineas fine and costs.
1885 HEW 16 May: complaint sets at mill entrance laid defectively after gas main laid by Honley Gas Company.
HEW 19 Sep: Abel Hoyle, weaver of Neiley returning home from work at mill assaulted by Wright Renshaw, mule spinner, Smithy Place.
1886. HED 2 Feb:fatal shaft accident to beamer (17). Alfred Sykes witness at inquest. First mill in district to introduce emergency switches to stop engine – break glass system ‘electric stop motion’ used a few weeks previously when engine fly wheel came loose.
1887. HEW 19 Feb: Jos Sykes breach of factory act working 4 young persons belong legal hours. says he has 700 hands and cannot inspect them all. Two of the youths were half timers empoyed without his knowledge by man in charge of heald making, another in pattern room and a fourth had no business being in mill at all. 20s fine each offence. Some of manufacturers in habit of overworking young people during week to let them off earlier Saturday.
HEW 19 Mar: worsted spinners leaving presentation to foremen Samuel Bamford.
1891. HWN: 25 Apr: 13 year old girl, learner burler catchs leg in pumping engine – amputated.
HEW 17 Oct: engineer Abraham Drury, (50) oiling engine, struck on head by governor ball, found dead by mill plumber Joe Swallow..
1893. HEW 29 Apr: Jos Sykes foremen assemble in office to congratulate Sykes and J.D.Crowther (eldest son of Elon Crowther) on safe return from Australia present an illuminated address from workforce.Sykes says it is pleasing ‘to know of the good feeling which existed and which he hoped would continue to exist between masters and workpeople’.
HEW 2 Sep: Joe Lockwood, tuner, leaving, presented with oak alarm clock by weavers.
1895. HEW 12 Jan: presentation.
HEW 4 May: trip to Liverpool, occasion Elon Crowther’s son JD Crowther attaining majority. free ticket and half a crown, ‘some of the lads preferred the Yorkshire country fashion of taking their “tommy” with them, tightly bandaged in a red handkerchief…’
On Monday meeting in dining room to offer vote of thanks to firm.
1896 HEW 25 Jan: Joseph Sykes & Co. fancy worsted manufacturers. John Boothroyd (14), swinging on shaft, 4’ 6 in above floor, friend tells him to stop, caught and whirled round, much disfigured. Inspector says Sykes had fenced off machinery without being instructed, interested in protection of employees. Shaft not dangerous, but better fenced off.
1897. HEW 14 Aug: Joseph Sykes & Co present playground for children in celebration of jubilee – free tea laid on.
1898. HEW 12 Mar: presentation to Alfred Herman Sykes, reaching majority, 500 workpeople subscribe. Henry Johnson speech, ‘ when he first came to Honley only bare walls and staircase of old cotton mill.’ Now people travel many miles to work there.
1900. YFT 2, 9 Mar: dissatisfaction with pay scale but bulk of weavers not in union.
YFT 2 Dec: HEW 1 Dec: Jos. Sykes & Co.registered Co. capital £25,000 – £5 shares. Elon Crowther etc. directors. Wheawill, Son & Co. Imperial Arcade, accountants.
1903 HEW 4 Jul: workpeople meet in dining roomto present to two younger members of firm, Joseph D Crowther and A Herman Sykes, on approaching marriage. Arthur Sykes designer for 20 years speaks. Fred Dyson traveller says never heard of two members of same firm marrying so close together. Henry Johnson oldest foreman makes presentation of silverware. Elon Crowther announces two days to be holidays and trip in August.
1905. HEW 8 Jul: J H Crowther married, presentation in dining room.
HEW 23 Dec: Alfred Sykes witness to Chamberlain Tariff Commission. The Dingley Tariff had reduced trade to America from £.17,306 to £.7,815. Last year £.4,130
1907. HED 1 May: river pollution case.
1910. YTD: Jos. Sykes & Co. Ltd, 8,000 spindles, 230 looms.
1912. HEW 17 Feb: Alfred Sykes, manager, leaving presentation.
1916 HEW 24 Jan: 15 inch boring being made, fossil of rare fish found and donated to National Geological Museum by Mr Crowther. (Described in SL Mosley’s nature column).
1927 HEW 9 Apr: Elon Crowther, Rockleigh, Brockholes, obit (79).
1974. HED 14 Dec: Demolition, wall falls on Rock Inn car park.

268. RODS MILL (Lepton)
1794. LTR Tom Wood for mill.
1813. Whitley Beaumont records. Two storey building two slubbing bullies, scribblers and carders.[George Redmonds,HED 22 Jun 1987]
1851. CENSUS. Tom Wood, 35, employing 12.
1854. Thomas Wood, obit.
HC 27 May: John Wood, a partner at ‘Rodd’s Mill’, materials referred to in embezzlement case.
1856 HC 3 May: Frank Jessop, 26, son of farmer John Jessop commits suicide in mill dam. Found with head stuck in mud at bottom. Father restrained from jumping in to try and rescue him by John Wood.
1857. HC 31 Jan: ‘Destruction of Rodds Mill, Lepton.’ Tolson & Beaumont fire, building of R.H.Beaumont in bottom of SW corner in teazer room though teazer not used for some days. Part 2 storey and attic, part one storey and attic, engine, water wheel and cottage at west end of mill saved. £150 spent on machinery since christmas, loss to landlord £8-900.
1859. Cottage converted to gamekeeper’s use.
1862 HEW 15 Feb: George Heaton of Rods Mill, Whiteley, Tuesday, returning from Huddersfield Market, robbed on highway near G S Tolson’s residence.

269. ROOKERY MILL (Moldgreen)
1848. LM 8 Apr: J.Dransfield & Sons storm damage.
1851. HC 26 Apr: to be sold. Dransfield.
HC 10 May: ‘recent erection’.
HC 14 Jun: machinery 102 powerlooms, and 100 jacquards.
1861 Census: Rookery Mill, Pelham Cottage, George Gelder, Fancy Woollen manufacturer.
1859. YFT 1 Jun 1894: (HED 14 Mar 1980). Warehouse and offices built.
1863 HC 3 Oct: tender for erection of weaving shed etc, Wm Cocking architect.
1865 HC 14 Jan: Geo. S Tolson & Co, treat for slubbers, power loom weavers and reelers at Dog Inn on Monday. On Tuesday burlers turn.
HC 21 Jan: Geo. S Tolson & Co.treat for 60 workmen at Dog Inn, saturday.
1866 HC 25 Aug: ‘For Sale, one 25-horse condensing beam engine, cylinder, 25 inches diameter, and 5 feet stroke, with, or without, stone foundation. May be seen working. – Apply to Geo. S Tolson & Co, Rookery Mills, Moldgreen, near Huddersfield.’
1868. HE 11 Jan: Tolson Haigh & Brook 6 hp steam engine.
HC 19 Sep: Fire. Built 25 years ago. Warehouse and offices in 1859. Adjacent to works of Peace & Gelder, opposite John Day Bankfield Mill.
John Richard Brook, later of Zetland Mills, obit HEW 23 Mar 1895.
1870. HC 10 Sep: new mill of Tolson, Haigh & Brook being erected on site of mill destroyed in 1868. Workman Chas Dixon of Hunslet, proposes to local girl, though already married. Dyers at mill try to soak him with magenta liquid. His wife writes saying he has learned his lesson, but mill girls still ‘hail him with jests and jibes.’
1871 Census: Rookery Mill, George Gelder, Fancy Woollen manufacturer, born Hoyland, his wife Hannah, 46 born Emley plus ten children 21 to 2, Thos Field, 19, and subsequent ones born in Huddersfield. Louisa, 21, born Emley.
1871 HC 7 Oct: Treat at Kaye’s Arms, on occasion of marriage of daughter of Aaron Peace, Holmefield House, Clayton West, of Peace & Gelder at High Hoyland Church
1872 HC 24 Feb: Peace & Gelder handloom weavers meeting at Brown Cow, Kirkheaton, appoint deputation to ask for advance.
HEW 13 Jul: Peace & Gelder, fancy manufacturers, Moldgreen, engine tenter Thos Armitage 35, Bankfield Rd, depressed,hangs himself from beam in boiler house.
27 Jul: Peace & Gelder, weavers wanted.
1877 HEW 24 Feb: George Gelder, letter on textiles and trade schools in Germany. Need for trade school here.
1880 HEW 14 Aug: Geo Gelder & Sons, 2 storey warehouse, 2 storey scribbling mill, brick built spinning place etc. 10hp vertical engine, Bottom, Kirk & Moody., shfting 20hp boiler.Machnery, incl hand mules. Ramsden lease from 1874.
HEW 4 Sep: Gelder & Co. auction, doesn’t reach reserve.
1899 HEW 22 Apr: Geo Gelder, obit, Clayton West, former traveller for Geo Norton until 1848. Married Hannah, dtr of devout Wesleyan, Thos Field of Skelmanthorpe, partner in Peace & Gelder, yarn spinners, Huddersfield. Antiquarian.
1873. HEW 5 Apr: ‘newly erected’ mill, weaving shed and machinery to be sold ‘among the very best in the West Riding’.
HEW 3 May: ditto, lease from 1862 for 99 years.
HEW 10 May: Sale at George Hotel, G.Tinker, auctioneer, much larger attendance than usual, but withdrawn at £21,000, a further offer but still insufficient.
HEW 31 May: For sale again, inc 35hp vertical engine by Bottom, Kirk and Moody. Two boilers with Hopkinson valves.
HEW 14 Jun: Withdrawn from auction at £9,000.
1877 HEW 20 Jan: Butterworth & Stringer, tea, dancing, games and singing at Commercial Inn.
1883 HEW 3 Jun: Butterworth & Stringer, cotton spinners, part occupied, fire.
1894. HEW 26 May: fire, total destruction of mill.
HEW 2 Jun: large crowds visit site.
YFT 1 Jun: Butterworth & Stringer. Fire in jennies in 4th floor of old mill, 200 hands escape. those in room of fire by rope through window. Flames escape through flywheel aperture from old mill, burnt down,£40,000.
HEW 1 Sep: fire salvaged machinery to be sold.
YFT 9 Nov: Benefit at Friendly & Trades Club for those thrown out of work.
HEW 10 Nov: Salvage, two Oldham Boilerworks Co. boilers,1891. horizontal engine by Robert Gledhill, new high pressure cylinder byThos Broadbent & Sons, May 1894.
1903. HEW 19 Sep: Walter Haigh, formerly of Tolson, Haigh & Brook obit (66).
1918. Rebuilt as single storey mill. Jesse Clegg sold to John Hinchliffe & Sons.
1928. Fred Chrispin.

270. ROUNDBOTTOM MILL (Upperthong)
(see Riverside Mill)
1867. HC 5 Oct: H.W.Pogson/Jonas Hobson & Sons, iron foundry, of recent erection.
HC 9 Nov: Pogson, ironfounders plant etc.
1878. HEW 22 Jun:F.Hobson machinery, steam engine and boiler To be sold.
1882. HEW 18 Mar: Ben Whitely woollen manufacturer, fatal accident to 13 year old girl bobbin winder in warping room where she had come for cops. Carried round shaft by hair and skirts. Matthew Moorhouse, engine tenter stops engine and cuts her loose, her brains scattered about. Boxing on shaft was perfect. Whiteley says all was ‘made good’ by millowner when he entered mill two years ago and box had been tested only fortnight since.
1886. HEW 1 May: Firth Hobson machinery To be sold. HEW 1 Dec: Mill to be sold.
1888. HEW 21 Jul:Firth Hobson machinery To be sold.
1889. HEW 6 Jul: to be let.
1890. HEW 16 Aug: to be let/sold.
1900. HEW 21 Jul: Riverside mill or Roundbottom mill, to be sold 4 storeys x 82 x 28 ft, dyehouse, 20hp beam engine.

271. ROWLEY MILL (Lepton)
1860. HC 17 Nov: Martha Ann Woodhead, 16, feeding scribbling machine. Throws strap of wheel, arm caught and she is drawin bwtween pulley and engine frame. Father helps extricate her. Fractured skull. Very precarious state.
1886. HEW 22 May: J.&.T.Kenyon To be sold, steam engine, water wheel, scribbling engines.
1890. HEW 29 Mar: to be sold, scribbling and spinning mill, 16 hp beam engine, 3 foot stroke, 14 foot flywheel, water wheel.
1898 HEW 9 Apr: Geo. Beaumont, obit, 69. Formerly of Commercial Mills, Huddersfield.
1899 HEW 8 Jul: Technical College Textile students visit.
1900. HEW 27 Jan: Geo. Beaumont & Sons, dyers and finishers, painter doing whitewashing carried round shaft 45 times, dies.

272. ROYD CROFT MILL (Turnbridge)
1886. HEW 8 May: Johnson, Allott & Co, weaving plant To be sold,including 44 powerlooms. Dissolution of partnership.
1891. HEW 25 Apr: Owen Shaw, son of L.P.Shaw & Co bankrupt.

273. ROYD EDGE MILL (Meltham)
1838 LM 14 Jul: Estate of late David Harrison of Crosland Edge, includes Lot 7 ,’capital New Water Mill, four Stories high….called Royd Edge Mill and now used as a Slubbing , Carding and Fulling Mill…’ ‘powerful stream of water’ and new Water wheel 45 feet in diameter.
1846. LM 11 Apr:Ramsden, Mellor & Co. 11hour day introduced.
1851. Census: John Mellor age 45, from Wooldale, yarn manufacturer in firm of three employing 11 men, 4 women, 21 boys and 5 girls.
HC 29 Mar:Ramsden,Mellor & Co.. lease expired. machinery to be sold.
HC 8 Nov: David & Joshua Shaw distress for rent, pair of spinning mules 4 months old to be sold.
1853. HC 10 Apr: to be let 4 storeys by 30 yards, 45 foot diameter water wheel and dyehouse.
1856. HC 23 Aug: George Battye, cloth miller for Mr Hirst, his wife attacked on occupation road from mill within 100 yards of her own home. Her cry attracts help. Found with her dress ‘much abused and torn’. Youth seen running off, but escapes.
HC 20 Sep: Reuben Hirst, 16, fined £5 for assault on Elizabeth Battye. She was just returning home form home of Jos Hirst at Wilshaw when she was attacked.
1857 HC 5 Sep: Water level in boiler falls to such an extent flues become red hot and begin to collapse. Fear of explosion allayed but mill stopped for a few days for repairs.
1859. HC 15 Jan: George Battye, Royd Edge Mill, letter,’Voice from the Stocks’, re cloth miller winning prize at Mechanic’s Institution. Millers custom to run machinery day and night, and their ‘intellectual faculties thereby very much stunted’. Ten hour bill should be extended to them.
HC 5 Feb: George Battye, wants to make known that night and day system not run by Mr Hirst, who has requisite number of stocks. Sympathy for his ‘bretheren “in the stocks”’ induced him to write.
1862. HC 1 Nov: fire. Owned by Hirst of Wilshaw.
1862 HEW 5 Apr: corner stone of lecture room and school laid by Jos Hirst im memory of daughter. Silver trowel presented by workpeople to Mrs Hirst.
1863 Wilshaw Church consecrated.*
1866 HC 7 Jul: 400 workpeople on trip to Jos Hirst’s residence at Thornton House, Neston , Cheshire, including Meltham Mills band. Arrangements made by Alfred Beaumont.
Jos Hirst ‘This gentleman’s woollen cloth mills are situate, one at Meltham Mills, and the other at Royd Edge; he has also other extensive buildings at Wilshaw, adapted to hand-loom weaving, dyeing, woolsorting &c &c and near to these he has erected neat and commodious dwelling houses for some of his overlookers and skilled workmen.’ * History of Meltham, Rev Jos Hughes 1866.
[cf. LT 30 Sep 1843 – John Hirst, woollen manufacturer, Greave, building and piece wool destroyed by fire – £300 damages].
HC 9 Jun: Joseph Hirst of Wilshaw, premises at New Street, employs Chas Iredale of Paddock Brow, 46, former cloth finisher, as warehouseman. Dies of cholera.
1871. HEW 2 Sep: Wilshaw alms houses opened.
HEW 9 Sep: Hirst concedes wage advance of 20% requested by cloth dressers in memorial adopted at meeting at Gymnasium Hall on 26 Aug
1874 HEW 12 Dec: Joseph Hirst, obit. 19 Dec: workpeople, Wilshaw Mills, attend.
1881. Directory: Joseph Hirst & Co (also Wilshaw Mill).
(William Haigh, Meltham, entered firm as dyer in 1841 aged 17 and remained until death of Joseph Hirst in 1874, rose to be director of Co. until 1881. Churchwarden of St Mary’s, Wilshaw for 39 years. Director of Bentley Silk Mills. Obit (85) 1909 HEW 2 Jan).
1882. HEW 14 Jan: Jos Hirst & Co. Ltd, in voluntary liquidation. Estate To be sold, including woollen mill, 154’6″x 42′ x 6 storeys: 154’6″x 37 x 4 storeys, weaving sheds, dyehouse etc, steam engine, 25hp beam engine, Cole, Marchant & Co. with Galloway boiler, water wheel 45x 4′, stock and machinery , 30 yard chimney, newly enlarged manager’s house, cottages and Lathe Farm, also machinery and materials. Also quarry..
1884 HEW 2 Aug: To be sold, worsted spinning concern and dyehouse fittings.
Eleanor Hirst, widow, deceased, notice to creditors.
1885. HEW 31 Oct: Jonas Brook & Sons, fire in stove caused by worker with naked light. Mill destroyed within 25 minutes, 6 storey high by 16 windows long. Built by Joseph Hirst and bought by Brooks on liquidation of Hirst & Co with intention to modernise it. For last two months electricians had been installing electric lighting, and in a few weeks time extinguishers would have been put in. Only a fortnight previously Brooks had suffered losses in fire at Springlane Mill.
1886. HEW 16 Jan: Jonas Brook & Sons fire salvage To be sold including 25hp beam engine, 100 tons of shafting etc.
1899. HEW 29 Apr: Royd Edge Dyeworks, Jonas Brook & Bros Ltd, T. Findlay manager and chemical analyst, manager.
1903. HEW 3 Jan: Trade effluent question. Reference to drain built by J.Hirst to take dyeworks effluent.

274. RUSHFIELD MILL (Almondbury)
1839 LM 24 Aug: Richard Gill, Rushfield , fire in boiler and taking in room on Monday 19th, put out by helpers before fire engine arrives £259 damage. Not insured, origin of fire not known.
1840 LM 11 Jan: Richard Gill of Rushfield, fancy manufacturer , bankrupt.
1852. HC 7 Feb: Taylor & Cocker recent occupiers, fancy manufacturers, to be sold.
1866 HC 27 Jan: Sikes & Hanson, treat for 90 at Woolpack. Robert Hanson, son of firm, presides.
HC 11 Aug: Sikes & Hanson occupiers, finishing mill, dyehouse, ware rooms to be let.
HC 1 Sep: To be Let: ‘Rushfield Works’ ‘Mill or Warehouses’, with press shop, drying stove, machine and power loom rooms, 8hp high pressure engine and boiler, dyehouse etc ‘well adapted for such branches of woollen manufacture as require soft and pure water, for the production of scarlets, buffs, and other colours of delicate tint for which the water here is unsurpassed in quality and the supply is abundant.’ Also country residence, 6 bedrooms, closets on second floor, cottage and garden.
HC 29 Dec: Sikes & Hanson, deed of assignment, weaving and finishing machinery to be sold.
1868 HE 20 Jun: Henry Sykes, cloth finisher, Thos Mitchell, cord cutter, Sheepridge summonsed for leaving work. Claims bad material and rheumatism.
1871 HC 4 Mar: To be let., press shop, weaving, brushing, fulling and scouring rooms, engine and boiler house, stables, mistal ‘an abundant supply of fresh water on the premises…’
1872 HC 10 Aug: Henry Sikes, woollen manufacturer, summons Sarah Durrans, powerloom weaver for leaving work. Only two strings of warp had been woven. She says mr Spivey the manager had given her a loom. While he was putting it into gear for her she was given another loom which she was on for ten weeks weaving two warps. In five weeks had only earned 20s work so bad. Left after weaving two strings of new warp. Agrees to go back and finish it.
1874. HEW 18 Jul: 25 Jul, to be let. HE 2
HEW 24 Oct: to be sold plus machinery,fittings and 25hp. steam engine.




  1. Hello,
    I am researching a family member — James Shuttleworth (b: 1754 and buried on 27/12/1842 in Idle). He signed an Apprenticeship Indenture Contract with John Walker on May 1, 1766. I’m wondering if you can help me in any way. There is no birth date on this contract, and the parent’s names are not listed.
    I just inherited this document from my late cousin. His father had given it to him, and my grandfather gave it to him. I would assume, then, that this would be in my SHUTTLEWORTH family tree.
    I’d appreciate hearing back from you.
    Kim Jackson (nee Shuttleworth)

  2. i am Alan Firth GGGrandson of John Firth 1811-1883 of Crosland, Huddersfield, manufacturer of fancy goods, who owned/built or leased Crosland / Firth’s /Britannia Mills with his sons James & Charles. I live in Devon. Any further information would be greatly welcomed. Thanks.

    • Dear Alan, all I have on Firths is in the Mill Catalogue. There may be some other info in Trade Directories or Trade Journals which I haven’t used. I will keep a look out for anything further.

      • Your reply received & much appreciated. Alan Firth. PS. I am planning a trip to Huddersfield and hope Bradbury will let me have a look around Britannia Mill. I don’t suppose you know the current occupiers and whether they take visitors kindly?

      • Afraid I don’t know the occupiers. Perhaps we could meet up when you come to Hudds, if it fits your schedule ?

  3. Hello Vivienne, yes that would be great, expect me until next summer. My mother Beryl Firth (nee Ives) is nearly 88 and I’m currently caring for her in late stage Alzheimer’s. I’m rationing myself to reading a few pages of your book at a time as I don’t want to finish it too soon. It’s an ex-library book and I can’t believe it was only taken out 4 times! It brings real people back to life that I feel are part of the family. Thank you – Alan Firth.

    • There was the engine at Norton’s Highbridge MIll, which was restored in the 1980s and open to the public. I must confess I don’t know what’s happened to it. I have some photos of it somewhere.

  4. There was a mill in Meltham known to me as a kid as ‘Panner’. Is it on your records at all Alan? Probably under a different name?

    • Dear David,

      thanks for your query. For more on Dobroyd than I have in my catalogue see ‘Wool and Worsit- a history of textiles in the Holme Valley ‘ by Michael Day, which covers the 20th C. Cheers

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