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Brackendale Mills

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Basic information

Brackendale Mills.
Civil Parish
West Yorkshire.
Type of record
SE 1705 3867.
53.84399738, -1.742349854


Woollen mill, established c1800 using water power, with a steam-powered mill built later. Expansion of site involved construction of weaving shed c1875 some distance from main buildings. Shed has brick-vaulted part basement and main working floor of eight bays by eight bays. Power provided by vertical engine in corner engine house.

Additional information

Brackendale Mill was a woollen mill established circa 1800 in the north of Thackley. The mill was extended in 1829 with an engine house and water wheel and in the 1870s a steam powered weaving shed was added to the site. Today the mill building is living accommodation.

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Ortophotographic map

Aerial photographic view of Brackendale Mills (Idle, West Yorkshire).


Map of Idle with its 16 textile mills.


1 David Webster


My father Mr William Henry Webster (Harry) was the Manager later Director of Brackendale Spinning Co from 1955-1980 approx.Harry died in 1986,but my mother Connie lived at 8 Brackendale Thackley until in 2001 she sadly passed away.I worked in the mill briefly after leaving school(bloody hard work).When we were kids my sister Jean and myself would go with Dad to watch how the mill worked,probably would not be allowed today.I dont think the pay was very good and the working day was long,

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