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HOPE MILL

Vale Street

Todmorden

Map ref. SD 937244

 

Known occupiers

 

1860-61

MILLS Robert

 

1861

WILD & CROSSLEY

 

1866-1867

CROSSLEY Samuel

 

1866-1908

COUPE Richard & LAW James

 

1867-1878

HORSFALL Luke & STEPHENSON Thomas

 

1874-1881

HARRISON Enoch & Co.

 

1875

LORD Edwin

 

1876-1878

GIBSON Abraham

 

1890

GREENWOOD John

 

1890

SUTCLIFFE James Henry

 

1890-95

GREENWOOD John & Co. Ltd.

 

1979

HIGSON L., upholsterer

 

Notes

Hope Mill consisted of a warp-sizing house and a loom shed.

Robert Mills was born about 1804 and in 1851 appears to be a manufacturer of Naphtha. At that time, he lived on Mills Street in Todmorden with his wife Alice and seven children. Ten years later, he lived at Richmond Terrace near Hall Royd and was the owner-occupier of Hope Mill, working as a warp-sizer.

By 1871, Richard Coupe and James Law were in partnership at the mill, also as owner-occupiers. Richard originated from Houghton Towers in Lancashire. His father was a sizer working in Preston, and Richard followed the same trade. He moved to live in Todmorden before 1861, and initially lodged on Ridge Side with Benjamin Scholfield, a stonemason. By 1871, he had joined forces with James Law and they bought Hope Mill. Richard married Sarah and had several children, Lucy, Richard, Winifred, Monica, Eugene and James.

In 1871, he was living on White Platts Street with his family, and prospering well enough to employ a live-in servant. In 1881, the family was at 9 Garden Street and he described himself as a master cotton warp sizer.

At the mill in the same period, was another cotton warp-sizer, Abraham Gibson. He, too, lived at White Platts with his wife Priscilla and four children, later moving to 17 Wood Street.

 

 

Notes from John Travis, contemporary historian

Shed for 100 looms with high-pressure engine built about 1860 by Robert Mills in Vale Street, Tipside, in front of the JOINT STOCK MILL engine house. It was let to Samuel Crossley, joint tenant at Joint Stock Mill for about 2 years.


Additional information

researched, recorded and referenced by Mrs Sheila Wade

Hebden Bridge WEA Local History Group

 

Size house

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1860

Owner and occupier Robert Mills; size house & power; loom shed; White Platts; rateable value £76.13s.6d.

 

Post Office Directory 1861

Robert Mills, sizer, Hope Mill

 

White 1866

Coupe & Law, sizers. Richard Coupe – Platts Street, James Law – 32 Wellington Rd.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1867-70

Owner and occupier Coupe & Law; size house; White Platts; rateable value £31.5s.0d.

 

Rivers Pollution Commission 1869

Employs 14 hands. Water from land drainage. They size goods to the value of £150,000 yearly. Use yearly 125 tons of flour and 100 tons of china clay. Steam nominal 10hp. 1,100 tons of coal yearly.

 

West Riding Directory 1871

Coupe & Law, Hope Mill, warp sizers.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1871-73

Owner and occupier Richard Coupe; size house; White Platts; rateable value £31.5s.0d.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1874

Empty

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1875

Occupier Edwin Lord; owner Richard Coupe; size house; White Platts; rateable value £31.5s.0d.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1876-78

Occupier Abraham Gibson; owner Richard Coupe, mortgagees; size house; White Platts; rateable value £31.5s.0d.

 

White 1877

Abraham Gibson, Hope Mill, warp sizer

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1880-99

Owned and occupied by Richard Coupe; size house; Hope Mill; rateable value £63.

 

Worrall 1891

Richard Coupe, sizer, Hope Mill Size Works

 

Kelly 1893

Richard Coupe, Hope Mill, Vale Street, warp sizers

 

Kelly 1897-1908

Richard Coupe, Hope Mill, Vale Street, warp sizers


Loom shed

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1860

Owner and occupier Robert Mills; size house & power; loom shed; White Platts; rateable value £76.13s.6d.

 

Kelly 1861

Wild & Crossley, Hope Mill, cotton manufacturers

 

White 1866

Samuel Crossley, cotton spinner & manufacturer

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1867

Occupier Samuel Crossley; owners Coupe & Law; loom shed; White Platts; rateable value £34.19s.0d.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1868

Occupiers Horsfall & Stephenson; owners Coupe & Law; loom shed; White Platts; rateable value £34.19s.0d.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1869-73

Occupiers Horsfall & Stephenson; owners Coupe & Law; loom shed; White Platts; rateable value £34.19s.0d.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1874-78

  1. Occupied by E. Harrison & Co; owners Richard Coupe mortgagees; mill and power; White Platts; rateable value £30.19s.6d.
  2. Occupiers Horsfall & Stephenson; owners Coupe & Law; loom shed; White Platts; rateable value £34.19s.0d.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1880

Owner and occupier Richard Coupe; loom shed; White Platts; re-valued £28.15s.0d.


Warehouse and Picker Shop

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1880-81

occupied by E. Harrison & Co; owners Richard Coupe mortgagees; warehouse; White Platts; rateable value £26.10s.0d.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1890

Occupiers John Greenwood and James Henry Sutcliffe; owner Richard Coupe; picker shop; warehouse; White Platts; rateable value £25.15s.0d.

 

Factory Act prosecutions 2nd January 1890

J. Greenwood & Co. Ltd. picker makers, Todmorden

Case heard before J.A. Ingham, D.J. Crossley and W. Ormerod Esqrs at Todmorden Town Hall.

Employing one young person after 6 p.m.

Penalty 10s and costs of 9s.

 

Kelly 1895

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

 

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