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JUMPS MILL

(Kitson Royd)

Jumps Lane

Todmorden

Map Ref. SD922260

Jumps Farm and adjacent mill

 

There was undoubtedly a water mill on this site at Jumps Farm. The water wheel was still in existence in the 1970's. It was a metal wheel of the type used in the early cotton spinning mills. However, there is no evidence of any textile manufactory at Jumps. The farm was previously known as Kitson Royd and was standing in 1725 and mentioned in the will of Joshua Fielden (1650-1725), although probably re-built since that time:

I, Joshua Fielden of Kitson Royd in Shore, Stansfield, in county of York, yeoman, aged of body, etc., do make this my last will etc. ... As to my lands and tenement, knowing that for diverse causes I have before the writing of this, disposed of and granted to Abraham Fielden, my son, all that messuage at Shore called Kitson Royd where I now live ...

 

Notes from John Travis, local historian:

Lower down is Jumps which probably derives its name from the fact that the clough here jumps in various small waterfalls, but it was formerly known as Kitson Royd.

 

1805 valuation of Stansfield Township

No. on plan 468, Jumps [no mention of mill]; owner Parker’s Trustees; occupier Robert CLEGG

 

Stansfield Rates 1835

Thomas RAMSBOTHAM of Jumps paying Stansfield Poor Rate for land & tenements; rateable value £8.1.7d.

 

1841 census

John CRABTREE, Jumps, aged 55, farmer

(no other dwellings recorded at Jumps)

 

1851 census

William BENTLEY, Jumps, aged 44, joiner and farrier

(no other dwellings recorded at Jumps)

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1854

Jumps; Occupied by William BENTLEY; owner James RAMSBOTTOM; land and buildings; rateable value £31.10s.0d.

 

1861 census

John CRABTREE, Jumps, aged 41, farmer of 19 acres.

Mary HAMMERTON, Jumps, aged 66, lives off interest from money.

 

1871 census

John HELLIWELL, Jumps, aged 59, farmer of 12 acres.

Rev. William FEARNSIDES, Jumps, vicar of All Saints, Harley Wood.

 

1881 census

John HELLIWELL, Jumps Farm, aged 69, farmer of 12 acres

 

1891 census

John GREENWOOD, Jumps, aged 27, farmer.

1 dwelling unoccupied.

 

1901 census

John GREENWOOD, Jumps Farm, aged 37, farmer.

Edwin HOLLINRAKE, Jumps, aged 48, book keeper.

 

Apparently, it was used as a donkey stone factory late 19th and early 20th centuries

 

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