that time, the mill was occupied by a variety of tenants, and from
time to time was left empty and dilapidated. It is currently in
use as a Residential Care Home for the elderly.
researched, recorded and referenced by Mrs Sheila Wade
Hebden Bridge WEA Local History Group
HAS 195A p.5
Smithyholme Woollen Mill, owner Richard Horsfall, occupier Richard Holt, supported bill for Rochdale Canal 1794.
Land Tax Assessments 1796, 1797, 1803
Smithyholme Mill, occupied by Samuel Uttley, owned by James Hardman. Tax 4s.5d. (4s.2d. in 1803)
Cromptons 1811 spindle enquiry
Smithyholme, 1296 mule spindles (6x18doz.)
Walsden Rates Book 1860-71
Owned and occupied by Fielden Bros. mill and power, Smithyholme, rateable value £107.14s.4d.
1866 – rateable value £79.6s.0d.
1867 onwards – two-thirds empty
Walsden Rate Book 1873-81
Occupier James Booth, owner Joshua Fielden’s executors, mill and power, Smithyholme, rateable value £80.6s.0d.
1880 – rateable value £115.15s.0d.
1881 – rateable value £93.10s.0d.
Todmorden and Hebden Bridge Almanac
28th May 1878
Mr. Booth’s joinery works, Smithyholme Mill, hit by lightening. Damage £100 to roof and adjoining buildings
Walsden Rates Book 1890
Occupier Thomas Stephenson, owner executors of Joshua Fielden; house, saw mill and power, rateable value £93.10s.0d.
Walsden Rates Book 1893
Dilapidated, owner executors of Joshua Fielden; house, saw mill and power.
“Views and Reviews” 1896
Mr. D. Scholfield, cotton warp bleacher and sizer, Smithyholme Bleach Works, Walsden. Premises on right bank of Rochdale Canal, large 2 floor building.
Walsden Rates Book 1894
Occupier Dan Scholfield, owner Joshua Fielden MP; bleaching works and power, Smithyholme, rateable value £41.5s.0d.