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Wood Lane, Woodlands Dyeworks

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Wood Lane, Woodlands Dyeworks
Undated. View of Woodlands Dyeworks situated off Wood Lane. The view looks south-west with the bridge over Meanwood Beck on the right and in the background Grange Court on North Grange Mount (left) and houses on Ridge Terrace (right). Woodlands Dyeworks is said to have been built around 1601 for grinding corn. Its previous occupiers have included Benjamin Pullan, merchant, in the late 1700s then Thomas Wood and his son Jacob, corn and oil millers. In 1865 Benjamin Rowley took over the lease and used the mill for crushing sandstone from the adjacent quarry. The property was bought in 1906 by Edward Crowther, a successful dyer, who had occupied part of the premises since around 1890. Three generations of the Crowther family subsequently ran the business but it began to collapse after the Second World War with the premises being not easily accessible and unsuitable for modern industrial operations. In 1974 Leeds Corporation bought the then derelict property, demolished the buildings and landscaped the site.

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