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GATEBOTTOM SIZE WORKS

(Later Scaitcliffe Picker Works)

Cross Lee Gate

Burnley Road

Todmorden

 

Map Ref. SD928251

 

Newton Green about 1908, picker works on left of the housing

 

Known occupiers

 

1860-1867

FIELDEN William

1868-1880

COUPE James

COUPE James & RAINFORD William

1876

Destroyed by fire

1878-1882

PRIESTLEY Fred

1885-1887

SUTCLIFFE Thomas

1888

LAW Simon Whip

1893

Permanently unoccupied

1895-1908

ASHWORTH Tom

 

Additional information

researched, recorded and referenced by Mrs Sheila Wade

Hebden Bridge WEA Local History Group

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1860

Owner William Fielden; empty; Gatebottom; sawmill; rateable value £18.13s.6d.

 

White 1866

William Fielden, sizer

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1867

Owned and occupied by William Fielden; Gatebottom; size house; rateable value £11.10s.0d.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1868

Occupied by James Coupe; owner William Fielden; size house; rateable value £20.6s.0d.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1869-72

Occupied by James Coupe; owners James Coupe & William Rainford; Gatebottom; size house; rateable value £20.6s.0d.

 

Kelly 1871

James Coupe, warp sizer, Gatebottom Works

 

Census 1871

James Coupe, 6 Newton Grove, aged 26, cotton warp dyer employing 8 men.

 

Halifax Guardian 5th August 1871

Mr. J. Coupe’s size works at Gatebottom, Todmorden, are in the course of re-building.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1873-76

Owned and occupied by James Coupe; Gatebottom; size house; rateable value £67.10s.0d.

1876 – demolished

 

Halifax Guardian 11th March 1876

Fire at the size works of Coupe and Rainford, Gatebottom. Destroyed. Premises contained 2,000 to 3,000 warps valued at about £7,000. Damage £15,000. Partially insured. Fielden’s fire engine attended.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1877

Owned and occupied by James Coupe; Gatebottom; size house; rateable value £111.15s.0d.

 

White 1877

James Coupe, warp sizer, Gatebottom Works

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1878-80

Occupied by Coupe and Priestley; owned by James Coupe; Gatebottom; size house; rateable value £111.15s.0d.

1880 - £105.15s.0d.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1881

Owned and occupied by Fred Priestley; bankrupt; size works; Gatebottom; rateable value £105.15s.0d.

 

Census 1881

Fred Priestley, Newton Grove, aged 22, warp sizer employing 4 men.

 

Halifax Courier 10th June 1882

Petition for liquidation – Fred Priestley, warp sizer, Gatebottom, Todmorden. Liabilities £1,700.

 

Halifax Courier 24th June 1882

Creditors meeting, Fred Priestley, sizer of Gatebottom. Liabilities £2,666.1s.8d. Assets £370. Composition of 1/6d in the pound.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1885

Occupied by Thomas Sutcliffe; owner Todmorden Building Society; size house & power; Gatebottom; rateable value £90.

 

Todmorden Advertiser 27th May 1887

Thomas Sutcliffe, warp sizer, Newton Green and Gatebottom, Todmorden – bankrupt.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1888

Occupied by Simon Whip Law; owner Todmorden Building Society; size house & power; Gatebottom; rateable value £78.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1890

Owned and occupied by the Todmorden Building Society; size works; Gatebottom; rateable value £78.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1893

Permanently unoccupied

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1895-99

Owned and occupied by Tom Ashworth; picker works etc; Scaitcliffe Picker Works; rateable value £70.10s.0d.

 

Kelly 1897

Tom Ashworth, picker maker, Scaitcliffe

 

Census 1901

Tom Ashworth, 7 Harley Villas, aged 43, buffalo hide and sizing merchant, employer

 

Kelly 1908

Tom Ashworth, picker maker, Scaitcliffe, Burnley Road.

 

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