Mills & Mines



Underbank Dye Works, StansfieldRef 15-1204
A later name for Jumble Hole Mill

Underbank Mill, StansfieldRef 15-U32
Aka Cowbridge Mill

Union Foundry, EllandRef 15-561
Iron and brass manufacturer.

Owners and tenants of the foundry have included


Union Mills, HalifaxRef 15-484
Pellon Lane / Crossley Terrace.

Joint with Lee Bank Mills, Halifax.

Owners and tenants of the mills have included


On 17th July 1900, there was a fire in the part of the mills used by Briggs & Stott.

Union Mills, HolmfieldRef 15-U66
Nahum's cotton doubling mill.

On 27th November 1918, two women died and many were seriously injured in a fire at the mill.

In 1919, George Hoyle received the Edward Medal, and in 1925, he received the Carnegie award, both for gallantry at the fire

Union Mills, SalterhebbleRef 15-U65
Nahum's cotton mill.

Chris Barker recalls a fire at the mill around 1962-1964, in which a lady died

Question: Can anyone tell me anything about the fire?


The mill closed in 19?? and was demolished in 19??.

There has been a succession of pubs, hotels and restaurants on the site, including Jenny Dee's and The Water Mill Premier Inn.

There have been reports of an apparition of a young boy and the sounds of crying in the cellar

Upper Bradley Mill, StainlandRef 15-605
Recorded in 1907, when it is shown as producing flocks

Upper Firth House Mill, StainlandRef 15-1185
In 1916, this is referred to as

the old mill

See Firth House Mills, Scammonden and Firth House Mills, Stainland

Upper Firth Mills, StainlandRef 15-U5
The site was converted from a corn mill to a textile mill in the mid-19th century

Upper Lumb Mill, ColdenRef 15-1104
See High Lumb Mill, Colden

Upper Lumb Mill, Mill BankRef 15-461
Aka Lumb Mill.

17th fulling mill on Lumb Clough.

Owners and tenants of the mill have included


On 15th January 1931, the mill was destroyed by fire, and Lilywhite's moved to Mearclough, Sowerby Bridge.

See Ann Crabtree's School and Lower Lumb Mill

Upper Mill, BrighouseRef 15-276
Aka Bridge Road Works.

Upper and Lower Mill were attacked during the Plug Riots of 1842.

Shown as a Corn Mill [1854], it stood on the south bank of Brighouse Navigation Cut, just north of Brook Villa.

In 1893, it was shown as Upper Mill.

Owners and tenants have included

See Brooke's Mill, Brighouse

Upper Mill, Cragg ValeRef 15-1126
One of the Cragg mills. Situated below Withens Reservoir.

It was known as New Mill [1853] and Upper Mill [1894].

The mill was a cotton mill. It had a very large water reservoir area (1.4 acres) which comprised a man-made stone dam overlaid with soil. The water cames from Withens Brook, flowing west to east. The Mill was almost immediately on the east side of the dam, within an area of relatively flat valley bottom. The centre sluice from the dam fed water down a deep funnel. At the bottom, the water entered a man made tunnel under the mill and emerged approx 100 ft downstream where the brook resumed its normal course. There was a secondary sluice slightly north. The present day condition reveals a small section of cast iron conduit set into the dam. The original start and finish are missing. A third sluice at the north end of dam, no longer present, fed overflow water along a short channel to a set of man-made stone steps weir that fell approx 40 ft to allow water to fall back into the brook a short distance downstream from the tunnel exit.

Question: Does anyone know why it had such a large reservoir for a cotton mill? Was it once water powered?


Owners and tenants of the mill have included


On 27th January 1900, the mill was completely destroyed by fire.

See Thomas Edwin Hinchliffe

Upper Mill, WainstallsRef 15-1308
4-storey building. Built by the Tillotsons around the same time as their Old Mill [1804]. It was used for cotton spinning.

In 1821, William Appleyard bought the mill from Jonas Tillotson.

The Mill was powered by a water-wheel at the north end of the building, and beam engine at the other end.

I. & I. Calvert took this and New Mill, Wainstalls on a 14 years' lease from Appleyard's [1st January 1884].

By 1897, Calvert's used the Mill for winding, drawing, spinning, and twisting.

They left when the lease expired [1897].

They gradually acquired the property again: they bought Upper Mill from the Halifax Joint Stock Banking Company Limited [around 1900]. By this time, it was derelict, so they demolished it and a new mill – designed by Mark Crossley – built on the same site.

The new 2-storey mill was completed in 1907.

In April 1910, New Mill, Wainstalls was bought from J. Whalley & Company.

See Old Mill, Wainstalls and Wainstalls Mill

Upper Place Quarry, SouthowramRef 15-1338
Part of Upper Place Farm.

Owners and tenants have included

  • Mr Binns [1925]

Upper Pule Quarry, SwalesmoorRef 15-937
Ploughcroft Lane / Lee Lane.

Owners and tenants of the quarry have included


Upper Soyland Mill, SoylandRef 15-58
Like others in the Soyland Mill group of mills, this was originally a corn mill

Upper Swift Place Mill, SoylandRef 15-59
Aka Ryburndale Paper Mill, Soyland Paper Mill, Kings Mill.

One of the Swift Place Mills.

It stood below the dam wall of Ryburn Reservoir.

Owners and tenants of the mill have included


The mill was damaged by fire on 25th August 1901.

The mill was demolished in 1997. Houses stand on the site

© Malcolm Bull 2023
Revised 12:53 / 27th August 2023 / 17279

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