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Colton Mill on Bullerthorpe Lane adjacent to Junction 46 of the M1

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Colton Mill on Bullerthorpe Lane adjacent to Junction 46 of the M1
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2000. A view of the very old buildings of Colton Mill which became a listed building in 1970. When it made the transition from wind-power to steam-power it became known as Swillington Steam Corn Mill. Throughout the late 19th Century until 1940, when it ceased to operate, it was worked by the Barraclough family. It became known locally as 'Barraclough's Mill'.

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A Barraclough

Comment:
My husbands grandfather and father worked the mill,and his elder brother was born there. In 1941, a long running dispute with the landowner,ended with old mr Barraclough pouring water into the engine, bringing the mill to a standstill. From that day on, it never worked again.

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Ian Barraclough

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My father was born at the mill, my step brother eric was also born there, he is still alive with lots of memories

Date:
26-Jan-2009

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iain.barraclough10@ntlworld.com

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Mike Horne

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I remember this mill in the late 1950's when my family lived at Whitkirk. My dad (now late) used to take me on walks to Temple Newsam (via Bullerthorpe Lane from Selby Road). It is a great shame to see it being part of a house, just like the mill at Seacroft is part of a motel. I can not believe what is around the area that was once was a mill and farm. We left the area to live in East Suffolk in 1962 (after going on holidays there previously). In Suffolk, there are folk that restore old mills back to working order, it is a shame that the two in east Leeds were abandoned. I have never seen a place like Colton change so rapidly from an old medieval village to something that can be described as "outer suburbia" in such a short time. I attended the old primary school once (now demolished) from 1960 to 1962, and thought that it was a great shame that the building wasn't retained for other uses (for people to enjoy today).There really isn't much left of the old village, and yet in other parts of the country, people have gone to great lengths to look after their heritage.

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08-May-2014

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