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Halifax is a minster town, in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire, England. The town is known as a centre of woollen manufacture from the 15th century onward, originally dealing through the Piece Hall.

The town's 19th-century wealth came from the cotton, wool and carpet industries and like most other Yorkshire towns had it had a large number of weaving mills many of which have been lost or converted to alternate use.

John Mackintosh and his wife, Violet, opened a toffee shop in King Cross Lane in 1890. Violet formulated the toffee's recipe. John became known as "The Toffee King". A factory was opened on Queens Road in 1898. A new factory at Albion Mill, at the current site near the railway station, opened in 1909. John died in 1920, and his son Harold not only continued the business but took it to the present size and range of confectionery it has today. Their famous brands, including Rolo, Toffee Crisp and Quality Street of chocolate and confectionery are not just popular in the UK, but around the world including the USA.

One of the largest textile factories in the world, at over half a mile long, Dean Clough was located in the north of the town. The premises have since been converted for office and retail use including a gym, theatre, Travelodge and radio station..

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1 Roman Solonysznyj


My mother worked in a textile in mill in Halifax in the late 40's before coming to Canada in 1951. Her name was Teofilia Perehinetz and I'm curious to know whether anyone can offer any information regarding which mill she worked at ( I have a photo of her standing at a massive loom.Thanks for any help you can offer.

Roman Solonysznyj



2 Murray Hellewell


I am trying to find the mill my ancestors would have been working in , census year 1851

Elisabeth Halliwell age 29 power loom weaver Yorkshire England

Henry Halliwell age 25 wool sorter .Yorkshire England

Sarah Halliwell age 29 ,power loom Weaver Worsted,Yorkshire England

Grace Halliwell age16,power loom weaver worsted,Yorkshire England

Mary Thornton born Halliwell, age 23 ,power loom weaver, Yorkshire England.

I would like to find any records of the mill that they worked in any records at all.

I am an ancestor to this family and I live in New Zealand.

3 Dave Poad


I worked as a labourer, during student holidays, around 1970, at a mill we called Rhodes Mill. I can't find any reference to it on the net, although there are a lot of Rhodes businesses at Heckmondwike. We used public transport along Kirkstall Road, Leeds to get there and I don't remember a lot of walking from the bus stop. I'm curious because I worked with a mason (I mixed and ported) who repaired, not only the walls of the stone buildings, but also the concrete floors, which had to be billiard table flat for the wooden wheels of the trolleys used to move fabric; wooden because nothing was allowed to cause rust, which could ruin a roll of material. The woodwork was joined with hardwood spikes instead of iron nails for the same reason.

I would be interested to find out more about the place, especially if it still existed or if there were any photographs.

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