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Shipley is a town and commuter-suburb in the City of Bradford in West Yorkshire by the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, north of Bradford. It is within the Metropolitan Borough of the City of Bradford and before 1974 was an urban district in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The town forms a continuous urban area with Bradford.

Shipley was shaped largely by the Industrial Revolution and, in particular, the growth of the textile industry. Textile manufacture dates from pre-industrial times. As the place name indicates, Shipley had a history as sheep grazing land, so wool was plentiful, and the River Aire was a ready source of water for powering water mills and cleaning processes. There was a fulling mill in Shipley by 1500 and two more by 1559. Another mill was built by the Dixon family on the banks of the Aire in 1635. New Mill on the far side of Hirst Wood was built in the 1740s and by the late 18th century between 9,000 and 10,000 pieces of broadcloth were being fulled annually at Shipley's mills. Much work was undertaken in workers' which had 'loomshops' for spinning yarn. Home workshops were once a common site along the River Aire and often had external flights of steps. Examples can be seen in the cottages at Jane Hills along the canal in Saltaire.

The industrial era ended cottage industry. Providence Mill, one of the first steam driven mills was built for Denby Bros. in 1796. Other spinning mills followed, including Ashley Mill, Prospect Mill, Red Beck Mill on Heaton Beck (c. 1815), Well Croft Mill (c. 1840s) and Whiting Mill on Briggate.

The smaller mills gave way to larger premises which could combine all the processes of worsted production on one site. The first was Joseph Hargreaves' Airedale Mills (demolished 1970s), Salts Mill (built 1853 and now a gallery and restaurant complex), an enlarged Well Croft Mill (demolished 1950s) and Victoria Mills near the canal...

The growth in textile production stimulated the growth of associated supply industries. Other local employers included loom makers, Lee and Crabtree, WP Butterfield's galvanised containers and J. Parkinson and Sons machine tool makers.

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1 Brian Anderton


- - - and is/was there such a post as 'Foreign Correspondent' for a woollen mill? as at that date?

2 Brian Anderton


I wondered whether you had received my previous email / (query), since I can't set a delivered or read receipt on this, which I have by default on my own email accounts.

From my late father's notes - his father, Roger Anderton "Worked as a Foreign Correspondent for a wool mill in Shipley, Yorkshire until 1927".

Is there even an outside chance that there might be some archival trace of him at one of the mills?

Kind regards


3 V . Stokoe


Hi, does anyone have any information regarding The engineers supply Co, MAKERS. Shipley, says York but presume that's Yorkshire.

We found an old victorian bandstand chair with a cooper oval plaque on the back with these details. Found in a park lake, magnet fishing (permission is given) I can't find anything at all about the company.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you


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