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Grove Mill, from Woodhouse Ridge

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Grove Mill, from Woodhouse Ridge
Undated. View from Woodhouse Ridge looking down onto Grove Mill, off Meanwood Road. Believed to be built on the site of the medieval Headingley Mill (also known as Bentley Mill), more recently it is said that John Waddington, gentleman, built a Cloth Mill and reservoir here in 1797. George Walker, yarn spinner, took over the lease in 1819. By the late 1800s a substantial 3-storey building had been erected and was occupied by Alderman William Boothroyd (Mayor of Leeds in 1891-92), who employed 60 people in the manufacture of carpet yarns. The premises were later taken over by Yorkshire Switchgear and Engineering Ltd. Meanwhile another part of the site had been occupied by John Naylor, dyer, from 1861 and later by Wilson Sharp before being taken over by Messrs Bullus & Co. Ltd. in the late 1920s.

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