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HARLEY HOUSE MILL

Blind Lane

Todmorden

 

Map Ref. SD935246

Harley House Mill 2009

 

 

Known occupiers

 

1805

Not shown on Stansfield Township map

1813-1842

ASPDEN Andrew

1845-1860

SUTCLIFFE John & Sons

1861-1908

SUTCLIFFE William & John

SUTCLIFFE Thomas Eastwood

SUTCLIFFE John Frederick

SUTCLIFFE William Albert

1925

CRABTREE Charles Ltd.

 

Additional information

researched, recorded and referenced by Mrs Sheila Wade

Hebden Bridge WEA Local History Group

 

1813

Andrew Aspden, Blind Lane, in accounts book of Jeremiah Jackson

 

Stansfield Township map 1816

Buildings on site at Blind Lane shown as a separate property, surrounded by land owned by Samuel Greenwood.

 

1817 and 1819

Andrew Aspen, Harley House, in accounts books of Jeremiah Jackson

 

Baines 1824

Andrew Aspden, worsted spinner & manufacturer, Harley House. Agent – John Hull, 10 Birchin Lane, Manchester

 

Baines 1825

Andrew Aspden, Harley House Stansfield, worsted spinners & manufacturers, and heald yarn.

 

Pigot 1828-29

Andrew Aspden, Harley House Stansfield, worsted spinners and heald yarn manufacturers.

 

Parson & White 1830

Andrew Aspden, Harley House Stansfield, worsted spinners and heald yarn manufacturers.

 

Factory Commission report 1833

Andrew Aspden, Harley House, worsted spinning and manufacturing of heald yarn, built 10 years, steam power 8hp, 32 time workers.

4 hands aged under 10, wages 2 shillings.

3 hands aged 10 to 14, wages 3 shillings.

 

Pigot 1834

Andrew Aspden, Harley House, worsted spinners & heald yarn manufacturers.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1835

Andrew Aspden, Harley House, rateable value £12.10s.11d.

 

Census 1841

Andrew Aspden, Harley House, aged 70, worsted spinner

 

Halifax Guardian 16th April 1842

To be sold by auction 5th May 1842, Harley House worsted mill; steam engine and boiler; 9hp; warehouses; in tenure of Andrew Aspden.

 

White 1845

John Sutcliffe & Sons, worsted and cotton manufacturers, Harley House

 

White 1847

John Sutcliffe & Sons, worsted spinners and manufacturers, Harley House

 

Census 1851

John Sutcliffe, Harley House, aged 59, cotton manufacturer

William Sutcliffe, Harley House, aged 37, cotton manufacturer

John Sutcliffe, Harley House, aged 26, cotton manufacturer

 

White 1853

John Sutcliffe, worsted and cotton manufacturers, Harley House

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1854-60

Owned and occupied by John Sutcliffe; Harley House; mill and power; rateable value £63.17s.0d; new mill and power rateable value £71; machine shop £4.

 

Post office Directory 1861

William & John Sutcliffe – cotton spinners & manufacturers – Harley House Mill

 

2009

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1867-99

Owned and occupied by William and John Sutcliffe; mill and power; Harley House; rateable value £227.6s.6d.

1880 - £263.10s.0d.

1881 - £237.

1888 - £177.10s.0d.

 

Factory Act Prosecutions 5th November 1868

Messrs. Sutcliffe of Harley House, Todmorden, cotton spinners.

Four cases heard before Capt. Sutcliffe chairman, Rev. T. Sutcliffe, John Fielden, Abraham Ormerod, at Todmorden Sessions; all involving the same child.

  1. Having employed a child 5 weeks without registration – Penalty £2 and costs 10s.6d
  2. Having employed a child without a surgical certificate – Penalty £2 and costs 10.6d
  3. Having employed a child without school certificate – Penalty £2 and costs 10s.6d
  4. And for having employed her before noon and after 1p.m. on the same day, penalty £2 and costs 10s.6d.

 

Rivers Pollution Commission 1869

W. & J. Sutcliffe, cotton spinners & manufacturers

Works situate on Major Clough. Employ 103 hands. Rateable value £227. Water from stream, wells and bore holes. Manufacture yearly about 179,000lbs of goods, value £11,000. Steam 25hp. 830 tons of coal used yearly.

 

Kelly 1871

William & John Sutcliffe – cotton spinners & manufacturers – Harley House Mill

 

Census 1871

Harley House, John F. Sutcliffe, aged 28, cotton manufacturer.

Greenhurst Hey Farm, William Sutcliffe, aged 57, cotton spinner & manufacturer, landowner and farmer of 104 acres.

Greenhurst Hey Farm, Thomas Eastwood Sutcliffe (son) aged 31, cotton spinner & manufacturer.

Greenhurst Hey Farm, William Albert Sutcliffe (son) aged 22, cotton spinner & manufacturer.

 

White 1877

William & John Sutcliffe – cotton spinners & manufacturers – Harley House Mill

 

Todmorden and Hebden Bridge Advertiser 1st August 1879

Harley House Mill; 7,760 spindles, 180 looms; looms full time, spindles – some full time, some 4 days

 

Halifax Courier 23rd August 1879

10% wage reduction at Sutcliffes, Harley House Mill.

 

Halifax Courier 13th March 1886

Sutcliffe & Sons, Harley House, full time again after running short time for some 12 months.

 

Slater 1887

William and John Sutcliffe, Harley House Mill, cotton spinners and manufacturers

 

Manchester Examiner 22nd July 1887

Sutcliffes of Harley House, 10,000 spindles, 217 looms. Spinners stopped, weavers working full time.

 

Worrall 1891

William & John Sutcliffe, Harley House Mill; 217 looms; sateens, drills etc; Manchester warehouse 4 Blue Boar Court.

 

Kelly 1893

William and John Sutcliffe, Harley House Mill, cotton spinners and manufacturers

 

21st April 1894

Mr. J. E. Sutcliffe J.P. of Greenhurst hey entertained upwards of 120 of his employees to tea in the Co-operative Hall, Dale Street, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of entrance upon the works that Messrs Sutcliffe now occupy. During the very pleasant evening, Mr. T. E. Sutcliffe gave a brief sketch of the family, when his grandfather, the late Mr. John Sutcliffe, commenced business as cotton and worsted manufacturer at Harley House Mill.

 

Kelly 1897-1908

William and John Sutcliffe, Harley House Mill, cotton spinners and manufacturers

 

7th January 1899

The employees of Messrs Sutcliffe, Harley House Mill, had a social gathering at Mr. A. King’s refreshment rooms, Gandy Bridge, when Mr. T. E. Sutcliffe esq. J.P. presented Mr. Thomas Barker with a silver cruet, as the workpeople’s token of appreciation of his services as one of the tacklers at the mill for the past 10 years.

 

20th September 1900

Death of Miss Ann Aspden at the residence of a niece at Cleckheaton. She was 78 years of age and was the last survivor of the rather numerous family of the late Mr. Andrew Aspden, formerly of Harley House Mill, Todmorden.

 

Census 1901

Greenhurst Hey, Thomas E. Sutcliffe, aged 61, cotton manufacturer and Justice of the Peace.

Harley House, William Albert Sutcliffe, aged 52, cotton manufacturer

 

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