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Stansfield Road




Map Ref. SD938244


Known occupiers




FIELDEN James & Bros.

Eli, James, Crossley, William Fielden




Plans for public baths




CLEGG Barker


GREENWOOD John & Co. Ltd.




Slipper mill on 25” OS map


Additional information

researched, recorded and referenced by Mrs Sheila Wade

Hebden Bridge WEA Local History Group


Notes from John Travis, contemporary historian

William Clegg built VALE MILL on Stansfield Road in 1854 and added a second weaving shed about 1855. Sometime later he erected a third shed on the site of his water-cooling dam on the opposite side of Stansfield Road. This was 2 storeys with a large shed behind it. Shepherd & Sutcliffe took over and began to card and spin as well as weave. It seems from the map that this third shed became Carr Mill, and was built about 1860. There is no documentary evidence available that Shepherd and Sutcliffe of Vale Mill took it over.


Todmorden Official Handbook.

Charles Crabtree Ltd. was founded by Charles Crabtree who entered into partnership on 23rd December 1860 with John Marshall to run 22 looms at Burnt Acres Mill, Eastwood. Between 1868 and 1883 they ran additional looms at ANCHOR, SANDHOLME and Carr Mills. In 1870, John Marshall withdrew from the partnership.


White 1866

James Fielden & Bros. Carr Mill, cotton manufacturers. (Crossley Fielden’s house Eagle Street, Eli Fielden’s house Patmos, James Fielden’s house Harley Bank, William Fielden’s house Bath Street.)


Stansfield Rates Book 1867-81

Owners and occupiers James Fielden & Bros; mill and power; White Platts; rateable value £91.7s.6d.

1880 – re-valued £92.15s.0d.

1881 – re-valued £81.15s.0d.


Rivers Pollution Commission 1869

James Fielden and Bros. Carr Mill.

Employ 70 hands. Rateable value £96. Water from river. Manufacture yearly 250 tons of goods, value £26,000. Steam power nominal 18hp. 360 tons of coal yearly.


Census 1871

William Fielden, Bath Street, aged 33, cotton manufacturer.

Crossley Fielden, Eagle Street, aged 35, cotton manufacturer.

Eli Fielden, Bath Street, aged 46, cotton manufacturer.

James Fielden, 12 York Street, aged 43, cotton manufacturer.


Slater 1875

James Fielden & Bros. cotton spinners & manufacturers, Carr Mill and Lydgate.


Kelly 1877

James Fielden & Bros. cotton spinners & manufacturers, Carr Mill and Lydgate


White's 1877 West Riding Directory

Fielden, James & Brothers – cotton manufacturers – Carr Mill.


Halifax Guardian 25th May 1878

Petition for liquidation. James, Eli, Crossley and William Fielden of Carr Mill, cotton manufacturers. Liabilities £7120.


The Leeds Mercury Friday, November 1st. 1878

Todmorden trade depressed.

Messrs James Fielden and Bros. Tipside, 200 looms standing through failure.


Halifax Courier 27th December 1879

Partnership dissolved. James Fielden and Bros. Todmorden, cotton manufacturers.


Todmorden and Hebden Bridge Advertiser 24th July 1880

Flood at James Fielden Bros. warehouse.


Halifax Courier 19th February 1881

Death of James Fielden of Manchester, formerly of Todmorden, senior partner in James Fielden and Bros. manufacturers; Vale Mill, aged 53.


1881 census

S. Crossley Farrar, Inchfield Villa, aged 48, cotton yarn agent. (wife Susannah).

Crossley Fielden, 56 Wellington Road, aged 45, cotton manufacturer.

Ely Fielden, 17 Stansfield Road, aged 50, cotton manufacturer employing 70 hands.

William Fielden, 5 Bath Street, aged 43, cotton manufacturer


Halifax Courier 28th April 1883

Petition for liquidation, Eli, Crossley and William Fielden, in business as cotton manufacturers at Carr Mill, Todmorden. Liabilities estimated at £2800.


Halifax Courier 12th May 1883

Creditors meeting; Eli, Crossley and William Fielden, cotton manufacturers, Carr Mill. Liabilities £932.10s.10d. Assets £462.17s.9d. Resolved to wind up by liquidation.


1st August 1883

Messrs Eli and Crossley Fielden, formerly cotton manufacturers at Carr Mill, were each presented with a handsome music book at the Musical Society’s practice room, George Street, as some memento of esteem from old friends previous to the departure of the 2 families (11 persons in all) for New Zealand. They were 2 of the oldest members of the Music Society.


Todmorden Advertiser 27th June 1884

Room and power to let at Carr Mil for 200 looms. Apply John Edwards, 61 Deansgate, Manchester, or S. C. Farrar, Inchfield, Todmorden.


Todmorden Advertiser 10th October 1884

Auction 16th October by Smith Starkie at Carr Mill. 190 looms etc.


Halifax Courier 25th October 1884

Plans drawn for public baths on site of Carr Mill, Stansfield Road. Cost of converting mill about £2,000, which did not include the coast of buying the mill. The Local Board decided it was too expensive.


Factory Inspectors prosecutions

18th August 1887

William Duckworth cotton manufacturers Carr Mill Todmorden

Case heard before Rev. T. Sutcliffe and J.A. Ingham Esq. at Todmorden.

Employing 10 women during the mid-day meal hour.

Penalty £2.10s.0d – Costs £4.5s.0d

Penalty in five cases – costs in all: five cases withdrawn.


Stansfield Rates book 1890

Occupier John Greenwood & Co; owner Mrs. Farrar; warehouse etc; Carr Mill White Platts; rateable value £32.5s.0d.


Stansfield Rates Book 1890-99

Occupier Barker Clegg; owner Mrs. Farrar; slipper manufactory; Carr Mill, White Platts; rateable value £32.


1891 census

Samuel C. Farrar, Brocklyn House, aged 58, cotton yarn agent. (wife Susannah).

Barker Clegg, Willowbank Villas, aged 40, slipper manufacturer


Kelly 1893

Barker Clegg, felt slipper manufacturer.

John Greenwood & Co. Ltd; belting manufacturer.


Kelly 1895

John Greenwood & Co. Ltd. Belting manufacturers, Carr and Hope Mills


Kelly 1897

Barker Clegg, felt slipper manufacturer, Carr Mill Stansfield Road.