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Sowerby Bridge Mills

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Sowerby Bridge Mills.
Civil Parish
Halifax; Sowerby Bridge.
West Yorkshire.
Type of record
SE 0609 2360.
53.70879026, -1.909216146


A fulling mill had existed at Sowerby Bridge since the 16th century, utilising water power provided by the confluence of the Calder and Ryburn rivers. Site largely rebuilt in late 18th century by Greenup family, merchants and manufacturers, and in 1792 operated as integrated woollen mill with fulling, scribbling, dyewood grinding and spinning in a timber-floored main mill building of four storeys and eleven bays, with handloom weaving and finishing in adjacent structures. The early mill survives but the important loomshop and cloth dryhouse have been demolished. Historically important as the first known integrated woollen mill in Yorkshire. The site developed in 19th century with addition of steam-powered spinning mill (Carlton Mill, c1865-70, six storeys, eleven bays) and of further buildings. Part demolished.


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