June 1863. One of the oldest known photographs of Morley, this shows the Hembrigg Mill on Bridge Street, shortly after a boiler explosion which occurred at 8.45 a.m. on Saturday 27th June 1863. 9 people were killed in the incident, 6 of them being mill hands and 3 who were either at home or on the street nearby. It was said that the explosion could be heard two miles away. Hembrigg Mill, a four storey scribbling, spinning and weaving mill, had been built about two years previously. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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