|||Broom Mills, interior view of the weaving shed (Farsley)
Black & white image showing the interior view of the weaving shed at Broom Mills. Reuben Gaunt, of the nearby Cape Mills and Springfield Mills, acquired Broom Mills in 1886 for the manufacture of woollens. Worsteds continued to be manufactured at Springfield Mills. The sons and grandsons of Reuben Gaunt eventually took over the running of the three mills. Broom Mills is located at Farsley Beck Bottom off Coal Hill Lane.
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|||Morley Town Hall, view from the clock tower (Morley)
This is a telephoto shot taken from the clock tower of Morley Town Hall. In the foreground are the trees and houses of Dawson Hill and Banks Hill, while the two mill chimneys are for two of the largest factories in Morley. In the centre right middle distance is the Prospect Mills of J.& S. Rhodes Ltd. (name on water tower) which really stretches right across the photograph from the old Providence Mill buildings at the left hand side to the new 1950s and 1934 blocks which are hidden among the trees on the right hand side. Behind this mill are the council houses of the Ingle Estate and the private houses of the Springfield Estate. Springfield Mills is in the left hand background with a flag flying from the water tower. This factory changed hands in the 1930s with the bankruptcy of the traditional Union Cloth firm of Hudson Sykes and Bousfield. It was then bought by Hield Brothers, a Bradford worsted firm who put their name on the water tower. Since this picture was taken both mills have been demolished and much of the land they occupied has been used for new housing development. The Prospect Mill (nearly all of it) was cleared by 1986 and the Springfield mill by 1998. The land released by the Prospect Mill gave housing close to the town centre, but the much larger area from the Springfield site demands access by car. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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|||Springfield Avenue, Water Tank (Morley) (3 comments)
|1st April 1966.
View of a huge water tank for storing the naturally produced spring water at Springfield Mills, taken from Springfield Avenue. The land around the tank was farmed by Lindley's and the spring water had been an asset to the mill since its building in 1860. Since the introduction of town water into the supply after 1894, the mill had to make sure that its own supply was compatible with the town water for delicate washing and dying processes for newly combed wool. Since the sale of the Springfield Mills land for new housing in the late 1990s this field has been built on and the tank demolished. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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|||Springfield Cottages outside Springfield Mills, Wallace Arnold coaches (Morley) (1 comment)
Image shows Wallace Arnold coaches waiting by Springfield Cottages outside Springfield Mills to transport female mill workers back home. Many Bradford based textile businesses after the Second World War found it difficult to obtain enough women workers locally, so they decided to bring them in from areas where most jobs were male oriented ie. from the South Yorkshire coal mining areas. At one time there was a constant stream of coaches travelling along the A650T between Wakefield and Bradford between 6.00am and 7.00am and 5.00pm and 6.00pm. The firm bringing the women from such areas as Goldthorpe, Cudworth, Grimethorpe, South Elmsall, Darton etc. to Springfield Mills was Wallace Arnold. Photograph from the David Atkinson Archive.
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|||Springfield House, Springfield Avenue (Morley)
View of Springfield House Retirement Home in Springfield Avenue. The house dates from 1830 and was built by John Webster who owned Rod's Mill in Morley Townend. From the second half of the nineteenth century until the 1930s the house became the living quarters of the directors and managers of Springfield Mills. It was then owned by the owners of Springfield Mills, Hudson, Sykes and Bousfield. Soldiers of the R.A.S.C. regiment were billeted at Springfield House during World War II.
Photograph from David Atkinson Archive.
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