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B mill, Dean CloughRef 15-1227

Badger Hill Mills, RastrickRef 15-B561
In 1868, John Smith and his son, William set up business – John Smith & Sons – here.

On John's death, his sons William, Edward and Albert, and J. I. Mortimer established John Smith, Sons & Mortimer here.

Robert Flather Rogerson designed the Mill [1879].

By 1922, when William died, t had become the largest woollen manufacturer in the district.

There were 3 mill buildings.

There were fires at the mill

  • On 31st July 1936
  • On 7th April 1889 when the blaze was brought under control by a fire engine kept on the premises
  • In 1970, when some of the older buildings were badly damaged by fire. The newer parts of the mills escaped damage. However, the old chimney developed a bad crack and was deemed to be unsafe some months after the fire, and it was decided to demolish it. The demolition by George Drake (Steeplejacks) Ltd Bradford took place in January 1973. The plan was to prise bricks out of the base, insert rods and rock the chimney into one of the mill dams that had been specially emptied by Brighouse Fire Brigade.

    The demolition went wrong, the chimney fell the wrong way and came down on top of the one remaining mill, destroying the spinning shed and the new machinery. The insurance did not cover the cost of reconstructing the property.

    The business closed, and the operation moved to Gosport Mills, Stainland

See Badger Hill Reservoir and The beck that runs through Rastrick

Bailey Hall Brick Works, HalifaxRef 15-1415
Recorded in 1914

Bailey Hall Mill, HalifaxRef 15-B743
Built in 1879 for the Halifax Flour Society.

The foundation stone was laid in 1862. Beneath the stone were sealed bottles containing a complete set of British coins, balance sheets for 15 years' trading, copies of the rules of the Society, sample voting papers, lists of the directors and employees, 2 histories of the Society – written by the Secretary and the Treasurer, a copy of the Mark Lane Express, a copy of the Halifax Courier, a copy of the Halifax Guardian, and a few grains of corn.

The mill had 48 pairs of mill-stones which were driven by two 40 hp engines.

In 1916, the mill was sold to the Co-operative Wholesale Society. The closure of the flour mills at Bailey Hall, in the 1930s, affected usage of the Halifax Branch canal.

In 1945, it was sold to Paton & Baldwin's.

In 1951, it was sold to John Mackintosh & Sons. The mills are now a part of the Nestlé site, and can be clearly seen from Halifax railway station.

In November 2004, the mill became unsuitable for Nestlé, and there was a proposal to restore the mill and build 4 town houses and a block of luxury flats to provide 123 new homes

Bailiff Bridge MillRef 15-439
Jonas Wright was a corn dealer here [1822]. It was owned by the Richardson family of Bierley Hall. Around 1885, the machinery was removed from the mill and it was used as a warehouse by Clayton & Company.

See Sowden's W. J. J. & S. Sowden

Bailiffe Bridge Corn MillRef 15-1059
Recorded in 1853, when it was occupied by John Briggs & Son.

See Samuel Kellett

Baines Square Mills, BrighouseRef 15-221

Baldwin's Silk Mill, BrighouseRef 15-B570

Bank Bottom Dye Work, HalifaxRef 15-695
Clark Bridge / Southowram Bank. Recorded in the early 1800s

Bank Bottom Malt Kilns, EllandRef 15-779


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Bank Bottom Mill, EllandRef 15-B790
Saddleworth Road.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

There was a fire at the mill on 14th February 1878

Bank Bottom Mills, HalifaxRef 15-955
Clark Bridge [?].


Owners and tenants of the mills have included

 

Bank Bottom Mine, SouthowramRef 15-1283

Bank Brewery, Sowerby BridgeRef 15-B44
Wharf Street. 19th century brewery.


Owners and tenants of the brewery have included

 

See Bank Brewery Company

Bank Close Quarry, HipperholmeRef 15-751


Owners and tenants of the quarry have included

 

Bank Foot Mill, HalifaxRef 15-189
Stood east of Berry Lane and Lower Kirkgate. Recorded in the early 1800s

Bank Foundry, Sowerby BridgeRef 15-449
Wharf Street. There were 2 factories, one either side of the Rochdale Canal.

Timothy Bates founded Timothy Bates & Company here in 1786.

William Bates, Son & Company Limited were here [? 1930s]

Bank Mill, DulesgateRef 15-298

Bank Top Pit, SouthowramRef 15-1430

Bank Ware Mill, Sowerby BridgeRef 15-1418

Owners and tenants have included

Bankfield Bakery, HalifaxRef 15-895
27 Boothtown Road. In 1905, the proprietors were William Baker & Son

Bankfield Mill, Haley HillRef 15-10


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

Bankfoot Lower Mill, Hebden BridgeRef 15-368
Associated with Bankfoot Mill, Hebden Bridge. In 1811, the mill operated 1928 spindles

Bankfoot Mill, Hebden BridgeRef 15-340
Mytholm. There were also Bankfoot Lower Mill, Hebden Bridge and Bankfoot Upper Mill, Hebden Bridge. Built in 17??/18??.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

On 30th April 1875, a fire at the mill caused damaged estimated at around £350.

Demolished in 1971.

The houses of Colden Close now stand on the site.

Bankfoot House stood opposite the Mill

Bankfoot Mill, TodmordenRef 15-299

Bankfoot Upper Mill, Hebden BridgeRef 15-367
Associated with Bankfoot Mill, Hebden Bridge.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

In 1811, the mill operated 2964 spindles

Bankhouse Mill, StainlandRef 15-60


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

In 1908, the mills were gutted by fire.

Houses now stand on the site

Banks Mill, TodmordenRef 15-1029
Dulesgate, Bacup Road

Banksfield Clothing Works, MytholmroydRef 15-494


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Banksfield Mill, MytholmroydRef 15-1172
Owners and tenants have included

  • Sutcliffe Farrar & Company Limited [2010]

Bankwell Colliery, CornholmeRef 15-B93
Opened in 1811.

A lower pit was opened at Bankwell Corner [1899].

The pit closed in 1921.


Owners and tenants have included

 

There was a fatal accident here on 6th October 1855, when the mine was owned by Haigh, Green & Company.

The mine closed in 1921

Bar Mill, EllandRef 15-540
Woollen mill.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Barclay Quarry, SouthowramRef 15-739


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Bare Head Quarry, NorthowramRef 15-1173

Owners and tenants have included

Barewise Mill, TodmordenRef 15-300
Burnley Valley. Cotton mill recorded in 1808.

Owners and tenants have included

See Barewise Mill Company Limited

Barker Royd Mill, SouthowramRef 15-457
4-storey mill to produce carding equipment and belting built by the Barber family at Barker Royd, Southowram.

The mill produced gas which they supplied to the houses in the nearby Halfpenny Can area.

In the 1930s, the mill was used by Rose & Bradley.

The building has been converted into apartments.

In 1919, Ethel Aspinall drowned herself in the dam

See Jackson & Fox

Barker Royd Quarry, SouthowramRef 15-1170
Owners and tenants have included

Barkisland MillsRef 15-B789
Stainland Road. 6-storey mill.

In 1864, Samuel Dawson was killed in an accident at the mill.

On 6th December 1882, there was a fire at the mills and 1 man was killed.

Owners and tenants have included

In 200?, the mills were converted into apartments

Barms Hill PotteryRef 15-B429
Established by the Sunderland family around 1910.

The business moved to Soil Hill where it was managed by Sam Bradley

Bath Mills, SouthowramRef 15-182
There was corn milling here in the early 18th century

Battinson Road Mills, HalifaxRef 15-348


Owners and tenants of the mills have included

 

In September 1966, it was announced that the mills were to be converted to a supermarket.

The mills were occupied by the Asda Supermarket and the Yorkshire Antiques Market.

In 1981, fire destroyed the mills

Beacon Brick Works, HalifaxRef 15-899
Godley Road.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

In April 1894, Frederick Hinchcliffe, a presser at the Works, was killed when the floor where he was working collapsed

Beacon Dye Works, BrighouseRef 15-1396
Recorded around 1914

Beacon Fire Clay WorksRef 15-591
Miss Lister's Road, Southowram

Beacon Hill Road Saw Works, HalifaxRef 15-1088
Recorded in 1930 where Wiscombe Bank joins Beacon Hill Road

Beacon Lodge Quarry, SouthowramRef 15-1202
Stone quarry on Long Lane

Beacon Mine, SouthowramRef 15-1282
Beacon Hill

Beacon Works, HalifaxRef 15-156
Well Lane.

See Buck & Watkin

Beauvoir Works, LuddendenRef 15-726


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Beech Hill Mills, HalifaxRef 15-B795
Stood at the junction of Beech Street and Pellon Lane.


Owners and tenants of the mills have included

 

Beechwood Mills, OvendenRef 15-15

Beechwood Works, OvendenRef 15-16

Beehive Works, Hebden BridgeRef 15-B799
Hebble End.

A later name for the Hebble End Works.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

The mill was affected by the strike of July 1906

Beeston Mill, RippondenRef 15-884
Aka Beestonhirst Mill, Ripponden

Beeston Mill, StainlandRef 15-1267
Another name for Holme Mill, Stainland

Beestonhirst Mill, RippondenRef 15-49
Aka Gig Mill, Thrum Hall Mill, Beeston Mill 17th century mill.

In 1663, it was divided into 2 houses.

In 1736, Mary, wife of John Royds, added the mill to the family estate.

An iron waterwheel was added later.

The old engine house is dated M. R. 1736 for Mary Royds.


Subsequent owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

In 1810, the mill was split off from Thrum Hall.

In May 1906, John H. Stead put the mill up for sale at auction, and it was described as

a 40-storeyed building with reservoir, &c, and land adjoining

The property was withdrawn at £500.

The Mill burnt down in 1924-1926.

See Beeston Hall

Beeton Rope Works, StansfieldRef 15-713
Halifax Road

Beggarington Pit, HartsheadRef 15-1138
Coal mine. Recorded in 1851

Bell Hall Joinery Works, HalifaxRef 15-1131
Owners and tenants have included John W. Roberts [1911]

Belle Vue Silk Mills, BrighouseRef 15-196
Bradford Road. 3-storey mill.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

Belmont Mill, NorlandRef 15-8

Benjamin Thompson Quarries, SouthowramRef 15-741
See Watson Quarries

Bentley's Quarry, HipperholmeRef 15-1095
Established by Joseph Bentley


Question: It is possible that this quarry has been confused with any of several others operated by Mr Bentley at Hipperholme. Please email me if you can resolve any confusion

 

Berry Mill, StainlandRef 15-971


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

Billingshay Mills, HalifaxRef 15-211
Parkinson Lane.


Owners and tenants of the mills have included

 

Binns Bottom Mine, SouthowramRef 15-B673
/ Elland Road, Brighouse.

Coalmine on land between the Calder and Calder & Hebble Navigation. It was in production from the late 18th century.


Owners and tenants of the mine have included

 

On 14th April 1858, Thomas Howgate, a miner, was killed when he fell down a shaft.

A newspaper notice on 23rd January 1869 announced


TO BE LET OR SOLD with immediate possession.

BINNS BOTTOM COLLIERY in the Township of Southowram, in the parish of Halifax within about one mile of Elland.

For further particulars apply Holt & Co, Southowram; or John Shore, Colliery Viewer, Southowram or Wm Berry & Sons, Land & Mineral Surveyors, Lightcliffe

 

In 1906, the workings were taken over by Ash Grove Fireclay Works, later W. T. Knowles & Sons

Binns's Mill, RishworthRef 15-251
Aka Dyson Lane Mill, Rishworth

Birdcage Works, HalifaxRef 15-746
Beacon Hill Road / Godley.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Birds Royd Quarry, BrighouseRef 15-1382


Owners and tenants of the quarry have included

 

Birks Mill, WalsdenRef 15-100
A mill is recorded here in 1799.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

It is currently [2009] in a parlous state

Birks Royd Quarry, SouthowramRef 15-742
On the left hand side down Church Lane.


Owners and tenants of the quarry have included

 

See Birks Royd, Southowram and Southowram Birks Royd

Black Dyke Mills, QueensburyRef 15-B114
Or Black Dike Mills. The mill of John Foster & Son Limited, manufacturer of woollen and worsted products.

John Foster started to build the mill around 1835, on land which he acquired from his father-in-law Abram Briggs in 1834.

The company's brass band was founded by John Foster in 1835.

See David Parkinson

Black Flat Pit, CliftonRef 15-898
Coal mine owned by the Low Moor Iron Company.

There was a fatal explosion at the pit on 14th January 1873.

The pit ceased producing coal in 1907

Blackburn & Sugden Colliery, ShelfRef 15-465

Partners included Mr Blackburn and John Sugden.

In 1785, John Sugden had a coal pit here.

His son, Dr John Sugden carried on the business in 1823

Blackley & Woodman Mine, EllandRef 15-1295

Blackley Fire Clay WorksRef 15-458
Aka Wilkinson's Clay Works, Elland

Blackley PotteryRef 15-B542
Built by Joseph Kitson in 1810

Blackshawhead corn millRef 15-543
Later used for cotton production.

It was destroyed by fire on 3rd March 1802

Blackwall Wire Works, HalifaxRef 15-963
West Parade.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Blackwood Mill, HalifaxRef 15-577
Battinson Road / Long Lover Lane. Aka Blackwood Shed.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

In 1912, Jesse Robinson – trading as Enoch Robinson – was served with a notice to abate the nuisance arising from the discharge of black smoke from the chimney at the works

Blake Hill End Quarry, NorthowramRef 15-1353

Owners and tenants have included

Blakelaw Quarry, HartsheadRef 15-1129
Situated between Clifton and Hartshead.

Sir George Armytage gave stone from the quarry for the construction of St John the Evangelist, Clifton

Blue Ball Quarry, RastrickRef 15-534
Aka Blue Ball Delf, Blue Bell Quarry. Upper Edge.


Owners and tenants of the quarry have included

 

The quarry is now filled in

Bob Mill, HeptonstallRef 15-B800
Aka Slater Ing Mill. Recorded in 1805. 6-storey mill measuring 60 ft by 30 ft.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

Bob Mill, Lower ColdenRef 15-1090
This was a very early 3 storey cotton spinning mill, believed to be the first in this area.

It was probably built in the early 1790s by Gamaliel Sutcliffe, but it burned down on 3rd March 1802 and was never rebuilt.

Part of what survived was made into a house, but most remained as ruin.

In 1967, boys from Dobroyd Castle School, working under their Probation Officers, pulled down the ruins almost to ground level to tidy up the countryside.

The old wheelhouse at the western end is about all that remains of any substance

Bogden Mill, RishworthRef 15-247
Aka Cockcroft Mill, Hazel Grove Mill, Hutch Royd Mill, Lower Wormald Mill, and Round Hill Mill

4-storey cotton mill, measuring 48 ft by 48 ft, built in 1792.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

The mill was inundated when Ryburn Reservoir was constructed

Bolton Quarries, SouthowramRef 15-1331
Stone quarries at Bank Top / Green Lane.

Owners and tenants have included

The quarry was filled in by J. & J. Fee [1960s & 1970s]

Bond Works, HalifaxRef 15-641
Hopwood Lane.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Bonegate Soap Works, BrighouseRef 15-B560
Stood near Bonegate Hall. Recorded in 1859


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Booth Bridge Mill, RishworthRef 15-407
3-storey mill measuring 27 ft by 24 ft, built by John Piccup around 1794.

A 4-storey mill measuring 39 ft by 38 ft was built alongside around 1801.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

In 1836, Michael Hoyle leased Booth Bridge Cotton Mill and 10 acres of land in Spa Meadow, to John Shepherd on condition that

he raise the dam bank and weir and insures the mill for £800

The mill later became a frizing mill for production of blankets.

After 1919, the mill was abandoned.

It was demolished [19??].

See Booth Bridge, Rishworth

Booth Wood Mill, RishworthRef 15-736


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

In August 1857, the mill was badly damaged by floods in the Ryburn Valley.

On 10th February 1854, the mill was partially burnt down. At the time, it was reported that the mill belonged to the Earl of Scarborough.

On 16th October 1875, Monkman White was killed at the mill.

On 7th October 1920, the mill was damaged by fire.

On 3rd July 1926, the mill was damaged by fire. On 6th July 1926, the mill was completely destroyed by fire.

The site was cleared and the land acquired by Wakefield Corporation. Booth Wood Reservoir was built just upstream of the mill.

See John Pickup

Boothtown CollieryRef 15-B898
19th century coal mine beneath Swales Moor.

Recorded in 1842.

It closed in 1875

Boothtown Lathe WorksRef 15-896
Boothtown Road.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Boothtown Leather WorksRef 15-901
Gordon Street.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Boothtown Mill, HalifaxRef 15-920
Mill Lane, Boothtown Road.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

Boothtown Silk MillsRef 15-405
Recorded on maps produced in 1854.

See Atkinson's Silk Mill, Boothtown

Boothtown Steam Joinery WorksRef 15-900
Gordon Street.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Borough Bottling Works, BrighouseRef 15-706
Established by Edward Nettleton in Nettleton's Yard, Brighouse.

In 1883, the business was acquired by Mark Morrell

Borough Mineral & Aerated Works, TodmordenRef 15-727
Roomfield Lane.

Owners and tenants have included J. Feather & Son [1897]

Borough Wire Works, BrighouseRef 15-1003
Police Street.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Bottomley's Mill, BarkislandRef 15-1259
Cotton mill recorded in 13th January 1871 when fire broke out in the mill which was run by Bottomley Brothers

Bottomley's Mill, RippondenRef 15-487
The mills burned down on 17th November 1858

Bottomley's Mill, ShelfRef 15-238
Owned by Henry Bottomley.

Joseph Hobson Jaggerthe man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo – was an engineer here

Bottomley's Saw Mills, BrighouseRef 15-281
Gooder Lane.

Established by Thomas Bottomley from what was originally Railway Saw Mills

Bottoms Mill, OgdenRef 15-515
Off Union Lane.

Spinning mill. Built in the early 1800s.

Owners and tenants have included Cockroft & Chambers [1871]

Cockroft & Chambers filed for bankruptcy, and, in 1886, the property and effects at Bottoms Mill were put up for sale. The 2 lots comprised:

  1. Stone-built worsted mill, reservoirs, wheelrace, and water rights, together with the engine bed, waterwheel, dams, goits, shafting and gearing, and the several closes of land adjoining the said mill, called the Nursery, the Little Field and the Plantation, with the road leading to the mill from the public road, and the strip of land adjoining to the said road, and the stable and hayloft over, and the two cottages built on the land [for an expected price of] £400;

  2. Various machinery, including spinning frames, spindles and skips

Bottoms Mill, SalterhebbleRef 15-40
John Holdsworth set up business here.

On 30th May 1936, the mill was almost destroyed by fire.

See Peter Cockcroft

Bottoms Mill, WalsdenRef 15-101


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

Boulderclough Mills, SowerbyRef 15-572
Aka Swamp Mills, Sowerby

Bower's Mill, BarkislandRef 15-B266
18th century water-powered fulling mill on the Black Brook.

Later converted for other processes: corn mill, worsted mill, woollen mill.

The 5-storey mill was built around 1864 and extended 1864-1882. It has been converted for use by small businesses


Owners and tenants have included

 

Bowling Dyke Mills, HalifaxRef 15-11
Aka Bowling Dyke Dye Works, Halifax, Bowling Mill.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

The mill burned down on 1st July 1847.

It was rebuilt around 1849 for James Akroyd & Son by Hewes & Wren of Manchester. On 7th December 1848, a new mill was opened.

An oratorio was performed when the mill opened.

The employees published a letter of gratitude for the support which the Akroyds had given to them and their families whilst the mill was being rebuilt.


Subsequent owners and tenants of the mills have included

 

The mill later formed a part of the Dean Clough complex.

There is some confusion in the sources between this and Old Lane Mill, Halifax

Bowling Green Foundry, HalifaxRef 15-584
Well Lane.


Owners and tenants of the foundry have included

 

Bowood Quarry, TriangleRef 15-1359
Owners and tenants have included

Box Tree Mill, WheatleyRef 15-B781
4-storey woollen mill.

Designed by Walsh, Wilkinson & Coutts.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

See Box Trees House, Ovenden

Boy Mill, LuddendenfootRef 15-B294
Originally a corn mill on the south bank of the Calder.

It appears as a fulling mill on a map of 1599.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

A Sunday School was held here around 1830.

In 1858, the Whitworth's built a new 7-storey mill. They later added several other machine shops.

The mill was damaged by fire on


Question: Can anyone confirm David Cant's suggestion that the photograph of the 1906 mill fire might be of Boy Mill?

 

See Boy Bridge, Luddendenfoot

Boyes Bank Pit, NorthowramRef 15-1341
The will of Richard Halliday [1778] mentions coal mines here

Boys Mill, HalifaxRef 15-41

Brackenbed BreweryRef 15-B31
Recorded in 1868.

Owners and tenants have included

Closed after World War I.

See F. H. Hatch and Sheard's Brewery

Brackens Land End Mine, ShelfRef 15-B1432


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Brackens Lane Mines, ShelfRef 15-802
There were several coal mines in the area

Bradley Mill, Colne BridgeRef 15-183
A woollen mill on the Colne owned by Thomas Atkinson [1818, 1833].

The cropping machinery at the Mills was an early target for local Luddites.

In March 1812, an attack by the Luddites was mounted, but it was beaten off. Few details of the incident are recorded

Bradley Mill, StainlandRef 15-372
Paper mill built on the Black Brook.


Owners and tenants have included

 

Recorded in 1907

Bradley QuarryRef 15-658
The 19th century Brighouse quarry was sold to Huddersfield for use as a land-fill tip, but was not used. After some work in the 1980s, it is now a nature reserve

Bradshaw Head PotteryRef 15-B1098
Established around 1830 by Samuel Catherall. It closed around 1832

Bradshaw Lane BreweryRef 15-B1476
Established by Benjamin Jackson.

See David Jackson

Bradshaw Lane MineRef 15-B1433
Aka Bradshaw Lane Colliery. Several accidents were recorded here in the 19th century


Owners and tenants have included

 

Bradshaw MillsRef 15-B717
See Co-operative Mills, Bradshaw

Bramston Street Mine, RastrickRef 15-652
Stone mine at the bottom of Bramston Street.


Owners and tenants of the mine have included

 

It has closed and the site has been reclaimed

Branksholme Dye Works, BrighouseRef 15-1351
/ Branks Holme Works [1910]. Bradford Road (east side).

Stood south of North Vale Mills.

Built before 1908.

See Branxholme Mills, Bailiff Bridge

Branxholme Mills, Bailiff BridgeRef 15-681
Aka Hardman's Mills.

Built in 1844, by Henry Roberts of Gomersall.

In 1856, the mill, house and garden were advertised to let, the mill having

a never-failing supply of water ... cheap and abundant coal ... steam engines of 16 hp and 40 hp


Owners and tenants have included

 

The mill was badly damaged by fire on 8th December 1883.

There was a serious fire at the mills on 7th September 1910.

The mill was demolished in the early 1980s and the Branxholme Trading Estate built on the site

See Branksholme Dye Works, Brighouse

Bray's Mill, Lilly LaneRef 15-512
Owned by John Bray.

Robert Crossley was a worsted spinner here in the 1840s

Breakneck Pit, HipperholmeRef 15-622
Clay mine. Recorded in 1894, when he married

Brearley Mills, MidgleyRef 15-3
Brearley Lane / Luddendenfoot. A corn mill is mentioned here in 1296.

It was a cotton scribbling mill.

In 1807, the mill was used wool carding and scribbling.

In 1812, it was again used for corn milling.

Champion Murgatroyd, the miller at the mill, had suffered several thefts of sacks of flour. To solve the problem, he placed marked pieces of paper in the flour. The culprits were caught when flour in their possession was sieved. In 1834, John Mitchell, William Mitchell and Abraham Akroyd were charged with stealing 20 lbs of wheat from Champion Murgatroyd. Henry Riley was charged with receiving the stolen wheat. All the men were transported to the West Indies for 7 years

The mill was entirely gutted by fire on 18th March 1881. The mill was then described as

3 storeys high

The mill was badly damaged by fire on 30th April 1907. The mill was then described as

5 storeys high, 6 windows (30 yards) long, and 4 windows (15 yards)  wide


Owners and tenants of the mills have included

 

Breck Mill, Hebden BridgeRef 15-194
Bridge Lanes. Originally a corn mill.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

In October 1916, a boiler crashed into the entrance to the mill.

A chimney was connected to the mill by a flue which passed under the main road. The chimney was demolished when nearby houses were demolished and the area landscaped [1960s]

Brian Royd Mill, GreetlandRef 15-B794
Built in 18?? It has been used for processing shoddy and mungo.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

The mill is owned by Binns & Sons [2005]. It is currently used as a business centre, a bakery and by engineering firms

Brick Factory, Sowerby BridgeRef 15-882
A popular name for Lower Willow Hall Mill, Sowerby Bridge which was built of brick

Brick Mill, LuddendenfootRef 15-207
Next to Cooper House Mill.

Owners and tenants have included

There was a fire here on 20th February 1930

Bridestones BreweryRef 15-1057
A microbrewery at Colden. Recorded in 2008

Bridge Mill, Hebden BridgeRef 15-B689

Bridge Road Works, BrighouseRef 15-1158
Stood between Atlas Mill Road and the Calder & Hebble Navigation.

This was a corn mill [1850].

Disused in 1907 when it was shown as Upper Mill, Brighouse

Bridge Royd Mill & Dye Works, StansfieldRef 15-1030
Spring Side, Halifax Road, Todmorden

Steam-powered dyeing and finishing works built around 1868.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

The works were damaged by fire on 18th February 1878, on 30th January 1879 and on 25th October 1901

Bridge Street Shuttle Works, Hebden BridgeRef 15-811


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Bridge Works, EllandRef 15-645
4-storey mill built around 1870.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Bridgefield Mill, EllandRef 15-B688
Stood alongside the Calder at Elland Bridge.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

On 21st November 1907, there was (possibly) a fire at the Mill

Bridgefoot Mill, TodmordenRef 15-301

Brier Lane Quarry, SouthowramRef 15-1409
Brier Lane, Southowram.

Marshall's had a quarry and factory here.

The quarry was a source of the diminishing stocks of premium Elland Edge flagstone at Southowram, much of which had been exhausted after years of exploitation.

The stone at Brier Lane lay beneath the offices at Brier Lodge and workshops of the Marshall organisation, with an estimated value of several millions pounds, and the decision was taken to demolish the whole complex, offices, workshops, house and all.

The quarry has been filled-in, and the area landscaped

Brierley Hill Quarry, SouthowramRef 15-1345
Beacon Hill Road. Part of a brickworks. The brickworks were demolished in the 1970s

Brierly Hill Quarry, GodleyRef 15-669
The quarry eroded much of the northern end of Beacon Hill, as can be seen from Halifax.

The quarry is now disused

Brigg Mill, Sowerby BridgeRef 15-1419
Town Hall Street, Sowerby Bridge.

Owners and tenants have included

Brigg Royd Mill, West ValeRef 15-B630
Aka Brig Royd Mill. Woollen mill. Stood opposite West Vale Methodist Chapel at Brow Bridge. Built on the Black Brook in 1870.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

On 24th July 1869, West Vale Fire Brigade tackled a small fire caused by spontaneous combustion of a heap of shoddy at the mill.

The mill was demolished in 1973.

A car park and toilet facilities Brow Bridge West Vale were built on the site

Briggella Textile MillRef 15-1063
See Abraham Briggs

Brighouse Corn MillRef 15-B722
Wakefield Road, Brighouse. Aka Kirklees Mill.

See Mill Cottage, Clifton

Brighouse Low MillsRef 15-B237
Wool processing mill on the land between the Calder & Hebble Navigation and the Calder built in the 15th century. It was bought by John Armytage in 1571, and owned by the Armytage family until the 19th century.

There was a wire mill for many years in the 20th century until George Healey & Sons were flooded out in the mid-1960s

Brighouse MillRef 15-621
See Rastrick Mill

Brighouse Mills, Mill Royd StreetRef 15-696

Owners and tenants have included

Brighouse QuarriesRef 15-1103
Foldout looks at some of the quarries in Brighouse

See Quarries

Britannia Mill, BrighouseRef 15-198
Built at Baines Square by Samuel Baines. There were 2 buildings of 3 and 6 floors.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

Britannia Works, EllandRef 15-777
Princess Street / Brook Street.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Britannia Works, HalifaxRef 15-960
Northgate Yard / Portland Street.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Broad Carr Mill, EllandRef 15-B791
Alfred Crossley is recorded here [1861-1869].

Bankfield Museum holds samples of wool, serge & worsted textiles produced at the Mill, together with orders from military groups

Broad Lea Mill, EllandRef 15-B792
Dewsbury Road.

Late 19th century 4 storey worsted spinning mill.

It was an impressive 8-storey building.


Owners and tenants have included

 

In 1967, the windows, doors and roof were picked out in white paint, making the building a distinctive feature of Dewsbury Road.

The Gannex business closed in the 1990s.

The mills was subsequently used by several small businesses.

In 2001, Asda was refused permission to build a supermarket, bus station and 42 houses on the site.

In June 2005, there was a proposal to convert the mill into a hi-tech office space and create 349 apartments.

In 2009, plans to convert the mill into apartments and offices fell through. Pennine Housing bought the property.

In September 2010, Pennine Housing said it would be too expensive to convert the building to commercial use, and announced plans to demolish the mill for 65 low-cost homes.

The mill was demolished by December 2010.

The new development is known as Gannex Park

Broad Oak Stone Mine, Hove EdgeRef 15-1432
The mine was owned by Ledgard Naylor in June 1892 when Thomas Ashton & Richard Jowett were killed and Michael Riley & Alfred Pearson were injured as they were being lowered down the shaft at the mine

Broadbent's Foundry, MytholmroydRef 15-355
Formerly, Pickles Foundry, Mytholmroyd. In his poem Under the World's Wild Rims, Ted Hughes described the double row of glass skylights which came into view on his way to school. The Foundry was demolished in 2003 to make way for a New Health Centre

Broadholme Mill, BrighouseRef 15-B778
Or Broad Holme Mill.

Occupied the land between Atlas Mill Road and the Calder.

Built by Thomas Blackburn.

5-storey cotton mill with extensions of 2 and 3 storeys. It was 13 windows long, and 8 windows in width.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

On 12th July 1918, Joe Boothroyd was killed at the Mill.

In January 1932, the Mill was destroyed by fire

Brockwell Lane Chimney, Sowerby BridgeRef 15-1250
Rochdale Road.

Aka Mill House Chimney, Triangle.

45 ft high, octagonal, iron-banded, mid 19th century mill chimney near the junction of Brockwell Lane and Rochdale Road. For Rawson's Mill House Mill which is to the south

About 50 ft high.

The top has been restored in brick.

It was shortened in 2011.

It gives its name to the Long Chimney pub, and the Long Chimney, Sowerby Bridge section of the Rochdale Road.

See Long Chimney, Sowerby Bridge

Brockwell Mill, Sowerby BridgeRef 15-46

Brook's Brick Works, RastrickRef 15-1180
Rastrick Common.

Owners and tenants have included

The 3 chimneys at the site were demolished in the 1950s

Brook House Brewery, MixendenRef 15-1171
An advertisement of 1884 announced

On 2nd April 1884, Sale by Auction re Patchett Sheard on instructions received from the Trustees to sell brewers' loose plant, yeast tubs, piping, hop press, grey draught horse, chains, gears, etc., various brewery and farming implements

Brook Mill Fulling Mills, WheatleyRef 15-1328

Brook Mill, StainlandRef 15-376
Built by Thomas Denton. A small mill with its own water wheel and dam fed by the Holywell Brook.

Owners and tenants have included

Brook's Mill, West ValeRef 15-1245
Recorded in the 1850s & the 1930s.

Built on the Black Brook. A special leet took water from the Black Brook further west, thus giving sufficient volume and speed of water to drive the mill.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

Brooke's Mill, BrighouseRef 15-B529
Badger Lane, Brighouse.

Flour and corn mill established in 1826 at Bridge End by John Brooke

Brookfoot Corn MillRef 15-B528

Brookfoot Dye WorksRef 15-B622
Built in 1807.

The Works stood at Brookfoot and used the Red Beck to supply water for the dyeing processes and to drive the waterwheel.

Later, this was augmented by water from bore-holes and by steam-engines.

On 6th November 1918 one man was killed and 8 injured by an explosion at the Works.

In the 1950s, a large power generation unit was built to serve the works and the nearby Craven Dyeing Company.


Owners and tenants of the works have included

 

Brookfoot Mill [1], BrighouseRef 15-1379
Aka Brookfoot Corn Mill.

It was a part of the Shibden Estate and was required to pay an annual fee of £11 to Hipperholme Grammar School.

Recorded in 1661, when Brookefoote Milne – a water corn milne at Brookfoot – was occupied by Bridgett Scolefielde.

Jonathan Richardson was here [1800].

In 1805, it was bought by John Clay and William EarnshawClay & Earnshaw.

An announcement of April 1808, advertising the lease of the new corn mill, described the mill as

  • steam powered
  • 63 ft x 33 ft and 4 storeys high

John Brooke started work here before setting up his own business at Brooke's Mill in 1826.

Around 1860, they felt the mill was too small, and they pulled down the old mill and built a new one – Brookfoot Mill [2] – for the production of woollen cloth

Brookfoot Mill [2], BrighouseRef 15-B269
Mill on the site of the earlier Brookfoot Water Corn Mill.

It was built around 1860.

Brook, Hadfield & Company became the first occupants and were there when it burnt to the ground on 18th November 1863.

In 1865, the Mill – Brookfoot Mill [3] – was rebuilt

Brookfoot Mill [3], BrighouseRef 15-1378
Mill built on the site of Brookfoot Mill which had been destroyed by fire on 18th November 1863.

It was built in 1865.

The property consisted of two buildings at right angles to each other.

There was a small fire at the Mill on 22nd November 1866, caused by friction in the machinery. It was quickly extinguished by the workers, resulting in £120 damage.

One of the buildings was destroyed by fire in 18th April 1867. At the time, the property was owned by Samuel Leppington and occupied by Woodhouse Brothers.

This left the building which is still there [2015].


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

Brookfoot Mills, BrighouseRef 15-1084
A group of mills at the bottom of Brookfoot which included the businesses of

Brookhouse Mill, OgdenRef 15-271
/ Ovenden

James Akroyd of Brookhouse built a spinning mill here in 1805.

The mill was powered by water which was carried by a half-mile-long headrace comprising tunnels and aqueducts.

On 10th January 1829, the warehouse and a large quantity of stock were destroyed by fire.

Owners and tenants have included

Brookroyd Mills, Holywell GreenRef 15-B265
Water-powered woollen scribbling mill built about 1795 for John Shaw.

In 1812, the Mill was attacked by a group of Luddites. Joseph Shaw persuaded them to break the waterwheel rather than individual machines and the mill was up and running again in 3 days.

By 1857, over 1,200 people worked at the mill.

The firm also imported tea from China. This was processed in a tea-blending room at the mill. The processing of tea ended around 1890.

The railway line was extended from Greetland Railway Station to serve the mills.

The mills were demolished in 19??.

The houses at Brookroyd Terrace were built for the workers at the mill, and those at Honeymoon Square for newly-married couples.

See Joseph Shaw and Stainland British School

Brooks & Pickup Brickworks, TodmordenRef 15-110
Rattan Clough, Portsmouth

Brooksmouth Mill, BrighouseRef 15-217
3-storey mill at Clifton Bridge.


Question: Is this the same place as Clifton Edge Mill?

 


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

Broomfield Quarry, BrighouseRef 15-1411
Granny Hall Lane.

Established around 1900.

It was filled in and is now a recreation ground

Lord Brothers' Mill, TodmordenRef 15-210
See Canal Street Works, Todmorden

Brow Bottom MineRef 15-620
Several accidents were recorded here in the 19th century

Brow Bridge Mill, West ValeRef 15-B793
Built on the Black Brook.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

See Onecliffe Mill, West Vale

Brow Mills, HipperholmeRef 15-639


Owners and tenants of the mills have included

 

Brow Mills, Sowerby BridgeRef 15-503
Originally a corn mill.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

Brow Pit, Ambler ThornRef 15-B655
Catherine Slack. 19th century coal mine beneath Swales Moor. The mine shaft, gin circle, spoil heap and tramway are listed

Brown's Mill, Hebden BridgeRef 15-1205
A popular name for Mytholm Mill, Hebden Bridge in the 1980s when it was occupied by Fred Brown Engineering

Brunswick Mill, Hebden BridgeRef 15-B801
4-storey building.


Owners and tenants of the mill have included

 

It was demolished in 19??. A Co-op supermarket stands on the site

Brunswick Mills, HalifaxRef 15-B599
South Street, off West Parade.

The mill was earlier known as Savile Mill.

Worsted mills established by Thomas Smith Scarborough and his brothers.

Cousins Alfred William Whitley and Frederick Whitley Thomson had a card making business here.

In the 1860s, the mills were owned by John Whiteley & Sons when they were visited by the Prince of Wales.


Subsequent owners and tenants of the mills have included

 

In 1890, it was described as 5-storeys and covering an area of 13,000 square yards.

It later became Brunswick Industrial Estate

Buckton's Cycle Works, HipperholmeRef 15-1431
Recorded in 1894 when the Brighouse News [Saturday, 10th March 1894] reported


Tom Kilburn (aged 16) of Hough Lane, Northowram, Halifax had his left arm caught in some machinery whilst working at Buckton's Cycle Works in Hipperholme
 

In 1895, Thomas Potter Buckton and John William Brown were in partnership at Buckton & Brown cycle works at Hipperholme. Buckton went on to design and build the Mytholm, the first motor vehicle in the North of England

Bull Close Lane Works, HalifaxRef 15-B798

Burlees House Mill, Hebden BridgeRef 15-B1031
Hangingroyd Lane. 19th century mill.

It is now a sound-recording factory. It is the only early metal framed building in the district

Burley Mills, EllandRef 15-763


Owners and tenants of the mills have included

 

Burnedacre Mill, EastwoodRef 15-174
Opened in 18?? In 1811, the mill operated 720 spindles. Demolished in 19??

Burrwood Mill, StainlandRef 15-B267
Aka Burwood Mill. Originally a corn mill. In the 19th century, it was used as a woollen mill. In 1874, Samuel Magson and Samuel Cockroft, worsted spinners, leased the mill for a period of 14 years. It was owned by local farmers, the Booth family.


Subsequent owners and tenants have included

 

When fire broke out at the mill on 1st May 1869, it was described as a 5-storey building. Arson was suspected as a number of healds were found tied together between the looms.

In 2006, it was converted into apartments, Burrwood Court

Buttershaw MillsRef 15-203
In 1851, S. Bottomley & Brothers bought land of the Bretton Hall estate at Buttershaw and began to build the mills


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