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Balm Road Mills.
Civil Parish
West Yorkshire.
Type of record
SE 3105 3109.
53.77522607, -1.530339601


Built in 1826 as an integrated flax-spinning and linen weaving mill, subsequently expanding with addition of warehouses and other buildings. Imposing fireproof Italianate-style mill with attached boiler house and warehouse built in 1880s, one of last Leeds flax-spinning mills. Largely demolished.


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Map of Hunslet with its 15 textile mills.


1 Stephanie Dennis


Good evening. I do hope that you can help me. I am looking for any information available about a wholesale clothing manufacturer that was based at Balm Road Mills in 1913. The company was owned by Moses Mayers, who had relocated from St John's, Newfoundland, to Leeds in 1913. He had run a similar clothing manufacturer in St John's (Newfoundland Clothing Company) and, looking at adverts placed in some of the 1913 editions of the Yorkshire Evening Post, it appears that he advertised, either a M.Mayers or Mayers & Co, for workers for his new enterprise. There are adverts for baisters, lining makers, good stitchers for coats, brushers off and good trimmers. The address given in the adverts is Balm Road Mills. Any information that can be supplied would be hugely appreciated, as Moses Mayers was my great-grandfather. Kind regards Stephanie

2 Keith Williams


Hello Stephanie. I am researching the mills and coming across some news. It may have been the last commission by Leeds architect John Clark.The British Fish Canners occupied the building at a later stage (associations with Smedleys) and reports appear in Hansard. I have been offered access to archive material by long-standing current occupiers which will need to wait until post-Covid opportunity. Do get in touch.

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