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27/12/2012 22:03:42

jsando69
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Im doing some family history. According to my Great Aunt most of my family worked at Lancasters Mill in Brockholes. Unfortunately I cant find any record for this. Could she be mistaken? and were there other mills around that area in th 1800-1900s? Also, most had the occupations as 'Cloth Finishers' - what did that exactly entail?
Many thanks
John
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28/12/2012 14:22:17

sstarr2008
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From Kelly's directory of the West Riding of Yorkshire 1881:

Cloth finishers & dressers.
Lancaster, James & Joe. Smithy place, Brockholes, Honley.

Cloth finishers removed the coarse fuzz from the surface of the wool, almost like shaving and/or ironing the cloth to get a better finish especially for suit cloth.

Stu
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28/12/2012 15:11:25

jsando69
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Many thanks Stu. Would I be able to find employment lists from anywhere? As most relatives worked there.
Thanks again
John
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29/12/2012 18:49:19

sstarr2008
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I would think it unlikely that you would find employment records, if they were kept at all then it would be very lucky if they survived. Although if they lived near to the mill then it was likely that they worked there, if you look on the census for their occupations it might help you.

Stu
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30/12/2012 23:21:32

jsando69
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Many thanks again. Much appreciated
John
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29/05/2013 21:22:43

RDG
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jsando69 wrote:
Many thanks again. Much appreciated
John
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29/05/2013 21:43:48

RDG
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G046 wrote:
jsando69 wrote:
Many thanks again. Much appreciated
John

I recently spotted this thread and noticed the reference to Lancasters Mill at Brockholes.
I remember the village very well. The Lancasters Mill I knew was not at Smithy Place (That was James Robinsons) but on Lancaster Lane which was the unmade road which led south west from Brockholes towards Mytholmbridge. The mill closed in 1975 and has since been demolished.
The site was purchased by a couple who opened it as Holme Valley Camping and Caravan Park in 1986. The park has been developed around the old mill dam which is now quite picturesque.
Just down stream (the River Holme) from the site are the remains of a man made enclosed pond adjacent to the river. This is an ancient wash-pit for cleaning raw wool. Not far away is another small dam built to conserve clean water necessary for the dying of silk in local mills.
I walked through here recently and have some photos of the area which I can provide if you wish to send me an email address to webmaster@hdfhs.org.uk. I can also include a map which shows the mill site (named as Lower Mytholm Bridge Mills).
regards
Roger
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30/05/2013 09:33:59

jsando69
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Hi Rodger. Many thanks for your reply and the relevant information. I would appreciate it if you could send me the pics and maps. My email is jsando69@hotmail.com Very much appreciated. John
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