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Bean Ing Mills

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Bean Ing Mills.
Civil Parish
West Yorkshire.
Type of record
SE 290 334.
53.79610541, -1.561228035


Established by Benjamin Gott, woollen merchant, in 1792 as integrated woollen mill. Early complex comprised a large steam-powered mill for scribbling, carding and fulling, spinning rooms, long ranges of loomshops, a dyewood-grinding mill, probably dyehouses, and finishing shops. Later expansion saw rebuilding of dyehouses, construction of heated cloth dryhouses, the first, in 1814, being the earliest known example of the type in the county, extensions to the mill, including work between 1824 and 1829 by William Fairbairn, warehouses, and a gas plant. In terms of organisation of production and of scale, Bean Ing Mills was of great significance. Demolished.


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Image of Bean Ing Mills.

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Aerial photographic view of Bean Ing Mills (Leeds, West Yorkshire).


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1 John Bean


Around 1830 my gt gt grandfather began working for Benjamin Gott at his home in Armley House (Known as Gotts Park). I like to think that, as the mills were at that point known as Bean Ing's. That Benjamin may have been swayed to employ William due to his name and found it amusing.

William remained employed by the Gott family until the late 1860's, having been born in the tiny village of Heck near Goole.

2 Christopher Duff


I believe many people from Ireland came over the Irish Sea to work in the woollen mills in Leeds. One such person was my great-grandfather, Patrick Duff (1808-1886), who travelled to Leeds (with or without his parents is not known) at an early age to work possibly in Bean Ing Mills. On or about his 18th birthday in March 1826 he signed up to join the army, giving his trade as a weaver. I suspect he worked in the mills during the period 1820 to 1826 and it is possible his father may have, too. I would be interested to know if there are personnel records listing the names of mill workers during this period.

Christopher Duff, Littlehampton, West Sussex

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