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Cape Mills

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Basic information

Name
Cape Mills.
Township
Bramley.
Civil Parish
Leeds.
Country
West Yorkshire.
Type of record
A.
NMRfn
63266.
NGR
SE 2242 3535.
UTM
53.81395523, -1.660976491

Description

Early history obscure, but probably originated in late 18th century as water-powered scribbling and fulling mill. From 1813 mill was run by Hainsworth family, woollen manufacturers, but later the related Gaunt family assumed control. Pre-1850 buildings include three-storeyed eight-bay steam-powered mill of c1830, and cloth dryhouse of two storeys, formerly attached to gas-making plant. Wheel-pit next to mill. end indicates use of water power alongside steam. Mill became integrated only in the mechanised period, for in c1864 a three-storeyed twelve-bay spinning mill was added, followed by a weaving shed in 1869. Offices built near site entrance in 1891 to designs by C S Nelson of Leeds, and new boiler house (with drying floors) and dyehouse added in 1901-2 to designs by W D Gill of Stanningley.

Pictures

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Images of Cape Mills.

Ortophotographic map

Aerial photographic view of Cape Mills (Bramley, West Yorkshire).

Site

Map of Bramley with its 23 textile mills.

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