Map Ref. SD 917246
The cottages where Sourhall Mill and later the
hospital were situated
HOLT Martin and sons
TATTERSALL & Co.
CROSSLEY & HEYWORTH
Local Board Hospital
For the full story of the mill after it was converted to a hospital see SOURHALL HOSPITAL
For more information on John Ratcliffe see LOWER WOODFIELD FARM
For the story of Martin Holt and his six sons see HOLT BROTHERS
For the story of John and Sally Holt see SALLY MILLS
Notes from John Travis, contemporary historian:
In those days, the principal occupation for farmers and their families was hand weaving at home. John Ratcliffe was fully initiated in this cottage industry, having been taught the art by his parents. John set up a small business from the nearby cottages at Sourhall for this purpose. He was a familiar figure, often seen riding on horseback to the Manchester markets, wearing white knee breeches and a top hat. (This is confirmed by the St. Mary’s baptism register in 1814 and 1818 where he is recorded as a manufacturer of Sourhall when 2 of his children were baptised.)
On introduction of power looms Martin Holt started in business as a picker maker, in which his sons joined him and prospered.
Some of the old houses at Sourhall were used by Martin Holt & Sons as picker makers shop and dwelling houses until father and mother died. Thomas Holt remained and acquired other adjoining property, and being prosperous about 1854 converted 3 or 4 old houses into a weaving place of 2 rooms. For several years both picker and cotton manufactured. After his death, place taken as a going concern by Messrs. Samuel Crossley and John Heyworth of Todmorden. Worked place for some time but eventually gave it up as it was too far out for trade.
researched, recorded and referenced by Mrs Sheila Wade
Hebden Bridge WEA Local History Group
Todmorden Rates Book 1860-64
Owner and occupier Thomas Holt; Sourhall; picker manufacture and loom shop; rateable value £20.1s.9d.
Todmorden Rates Book 1865
Occupiers Tattersall & Co. owner Thomas Holt, Sourhall, loom shop, Rateable value £20.1s.9d.
Todmorden Rates Book 1866
Occupiers Tattersall & Co. owner Crossley & Heyworth, Sourhall, shed, gas works, hp; rateable value £29.9s.0d.
Todmorden Rates Book 1867
Half empty; owners Samuel Crossley and Heyworth; Sourhall, shed, gas works, hp; rateable value £29.9s.0d.
Todmorden Rates Book 1868-70
Owner and occupier Samuel Crossley; Sourhall; shed, power etc. rateable value £29.9s.0d.
Todmorden Rates Book 1871-73
Occupier Samuel Crossley, owner Nathan Law, Sourhall; shed, power etc. rateable value £29.9s.0d.
Todmorden Rates Book 1874
Empty; owner Nathan Law, Sourhall; shed, power etc. rateable value £29.9s.0d.
Todmorden Rates Book 1875
Owners The Local Board, hospital etc.