We’ve yet to find out when
our mill was built, but we do know that it had been originally built to
spin weft and warp by local farmer-weavers, namely Charles Barker, James
Stansfield and Luke Hamer. They used the mill until 1815 at which time
it stood empty until 1818 when the Fieldens bought it.
Steam power was added and it
was re-configured for cotton preparation, throstle spinning and warping.
A valuation in 1832 states 42 throstles/5,148 spindles at 4/- each, also
that the power was from two Steam Engines combined with the water wheel.
Buildings were valued at £3000 and Machinery £1777. In 1856 the mill
was recorded as having 14 HP steam and 5 HP waterpower. It employed 19
children under 13, 25 women and 10 men. Sadly 1893 saw the end of that
era when they removed all the machinery and sold the mill.
Data extracted from Brian
Law’s Fieldens of Todmorden. ISBN 0-946571-26-0
For more information about
the Fieldens take a look at web pages for Joshua
Fielden, or Thomas
Fielden on the Spartacus School net . They have also published a lot
of information relating to the Textile
Industry . Another good source of local information can be found
and Walsden, one page of local interest is “Dulesgate”
or “Devil's Gate” when sometime around 1854 Edwin
Waugh took a walk up our valley.
The National Archives also now has a Fieldens family record section
with a great deal of detailed information extracted from title deeds and
All well worth a look.