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Thorp Arch Manor Mill, River Wharfe

Thorp Arch Manor Mill, River Wharfe
Undated. Image taken in the late nineteenth century and showing Thorp Arch Manor Mill located at the Weir close to Thorp Arch Bridge. The site was mentioned in the Domesday Survey. In the 14th Century it would appear that two separate mills operated here, one for grinding corn, the other for fulling cloth. There was also a Salmon 'hecks' fishery where a wooden frame was erected across the river close to a dam or weir to catch the leaping fish. Over the centuries the mill was used in the production of several commodities, rape seed oil, flax, linseed oil, flour and paper. In the 1950s a firm manufacturing electric blankets, 'Blanella' of Boston Spa, took over the mill estabishing a factory there. In the late 1980s the mill site was sold for re-development. The grade II listed buildings were converted to 12 flats and the kiln, warehouse and cottages were made into two houses.

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