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STANSFIELD MILL

Hallroyd Lane

Halifax Road

Todmorden

 

Map Ref: SD942243

Stansfield Mill in the 1870's

By kind permission of Roger Birch

 

Known occupiers

13th Century

Manorial system

1654-1658

STANSFIELD James

1712

UTTLEY John

1712-1908

SUTCLIFFE family

1824-1854

THOMPSON & LEE

Messrs Thomas Lee; James, Robert and William Thompson

1907

Corn mill on 25” OS map

Closed in the 1930’s and demolished in 1953

 

Additional information

researched, recorded and referenced by Mrs Sheila Wade

Hebden Bridge WEA Local History Group

 

 

Stansfield Corn Mill is thought to have been working as early as the 13th century. When a John de Sothill died in 1266, he was shown to have been in possession of:

In Stanesfelde and Routonstale he had from free men yearly £4.6s.0d; in meadow and pasture one marc (13s.4d.); from one small meadow in Stanesfelde 12d; and from one water mill there, half a marc.

(Extracted from History of Todmorden by Freda & Malcolm Heywood and Bernard Jennings)

 

Duchy of Lancaster (PRO) – deposition circa 1602

Deposition in Foxcroft v. Farrar includes a mention of rent paid for the attachment of a dam belonging to Stansfield Mill.

 

Will of James Stansfield Esq. of Stansfield 11th January 1657/58

James Stansfield grants to George Halstead of Bankhouse in the County of Lancashire, practitioner in phisicke, and Edmund Barker of Stansfield, yeoman, and James Gibson of Bridgeroyd in Stansfield, yeoman, properties including one water corn mill in Stansfield called Stansfield Mill, now in the tenure or occupation of James Stansfield or his assigns.

 

Conveyance 7th May 1712 (WR Registry of Deeds)

Conveyance by lease and release by John Uttley of Lee In Stansfield, yeoman, to William Sutcliffe of Stansfield Hall in Stansfield, yeoman, of water corn mill called Stansfield Mill, one water malt mill, one water fan, one close called Little Holme, one parcel of waste ground lying above the said mills, now occupied by John Uttley, for £165.

 

Will of William Sutcliffe of Stansfield Hall, yeoman, 13th May 1726

He gave to his son William a water corn mill called Stansfield Mill.

 

A History of Halifax (J. Watson) 1758

In 1758, Stansfield Corn Mill had 2 water wheels.

 

1794

William Sutcliffe, owner and occupier of Stansfield Corn Mill, supported bill for the Rochdale Canal.

 

Stansfield Township valuation 1805

Owned and occupied by William Sutcliffe; Lower Laithe; corn mill, drying kiln, waterfall etc; 8 perches; annual value £70.

 

Stansfield Township Map 1816

Stansfield Mill is marked on land owned either by John Sutcliffe of Stansfield Hall, or William Sutcliffe of Royd.

 

Baines 1822

William Sutcliffe, corn and flour dealers, Stansfield Mill

 

Pigot & Deane 1824-25

Thompson & Lee, corn dealers, Stansfield Mill

 

Baines 1825

Thompson & Lee, corn millers and flour dealers, Stansfield Mill. (Thomas Lee house – Millwood)

 

Pigot 1828-29

James Thompson, corn millers and flour dealers, Stansfield Mill

 

Parson & White 1830

James Thompson, corn millers and flour dealers, Stansfield Mill, and maltsters

 

Pigot 1834

James Thompson, corn millers and flour dealers, Stansfield Mill, and maltsters

 

Notes from John Travis

Prior to the railway in 1838, the water supply for power at Stansfield Mill was taken in at Damscout so as to have the advantage not only of two streams, but of the tail water from RIDGEFOOT and other mills.

 

Census 1841

  1. William Sutcliffe, Lower Laithe, aged 25, independent means.
  2. William Thompson, Millwood, aged 25, corn miller

 

White 1842-43

  1. James Thompson & Son, corn millers and flour dealers, Stansfield Mill, and maltsters.
  2. Thompson, Hill & Sutcliffe, corn millers and flour dealers, Stansfield Mill, and maltsters

 

Walker 1845

James Thompson & Son, corn millers and flour dealers, Stansfield Mill, and maltsters

 

White 1847

James Thompson & Son, corn millers and flour dealers, Stansfield Mill, and maltsters

 

Todmorden Local Board Plan 1850

Plan of old and new water courses at Stansfield Mill.

 

Census 1851

  1. Robert Thompson, Hallroyd, aged 33, corn miller
  2. William Sutcliffe, Lower Laithe, aged 36, landed proprietor

 

White 1853

James and Robert Thompson, corn millers and flour dealers, Stansfield Mill. House – Hall Royd House.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1854

Occupied by William Thompson; owner William Sutcliffe; Lower Laithe; mill and power; rateable value £140.17s.6d; additions £11.11s.6d.

 

Halifax Guardian 8th July 1854

To be let – Stansfield Mill near Todmorden. Water corn mill containing 5 pairs of French stones, 2 pairs of meal stones, bean splitters, malt rollers, dressing machine etc. James Thompson & Son, tenants of the mill, are retiring. Mr. Sutcliffe of Lower Laithe is the owner.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1860-1878

Owned and occupied by William Sutcliffe; Lower Laithe; mill and power; rateable value £182.6s.0d.

1869 – new warehouse £128.5s.0d.

 

Kelly 1861

William Sutcliffe, corn miller and merchant, Stansfield Mill

 

Census 1861

William Sutcliffe, Lower Laithe, aged 46, corn miller

William Sutcliffe (son) aged 18, corn miller

 

Todmorden and Hebden Bridge Advertiser 11th May 1861

Tender for the erection of an engine and boiler house at Stansfield Mill.

 

White 1866

William Sutcliffe, corn miller and merchant, Stansfield Mill

 

Rivers Pollution Commission 19th November 1866

Mr. William Sutcliffe of Todmorden examined:

  • What amount of power do you use?
  • I employ two 12hp engines and a water wheel.
  • What power is the waterwheel?
  • I have not had that tested.
  • What number of stones can it drive?
  • At first it drove 7 pairs of stones. I can now drive about 5.
  • What power is required to drive the stones?
  • Some millers estimate 3hp, some 4hp, but it will depend entirely upon the amount of feed upon the stone.
  • How many dressing machines do you drive?
  • Two silk dressing machines – do not require much power. Six pairs of French stones and a pair of grey stones for Indian corn and oat meal.
  • How long has the mill been established?
  • The present mill was built, I believe, in 1804, but there was one prior to that.
  • How long have you been the lessee of the mill?
  • I am the owner and have worked the mill for 10 years.

 

When questioned about any loss of power, he said the tail goit was raised by Todmorden Gas Company throwing ashes into the river, and the bed of the river was raised lower down. In action against the company he was awarded £15.

 

Census 1871

William Sutcliffe, Lower Laithe, aged 56, corn miller and landowner.

John Sutcliffe (son) aged 21, corn miller.

 

Kelly 1877

William Sutcliffe, corn miller and merchant, Stansfield Mill.

 

Stansfield Rates Book 1880-1897

Owned and occupied by William Sutcliffe; Stansfield; corn mill etc; rateable value £287.

1881 – reduced to £236.

1895 – additions rateable value £480.

 

Halifax Courier 27th August 1881

Fire at new portion of Mr. W. Sutcliffe’s corn mill at Bridge End, Todmorden. Little damage.

 

Todmorden and Hebden Bridge Almanac 1882

Mr. William Sutcliffe of Stansfield Mill supplies water to about 250 houses.

 

Halifax Courier 9th May 1885

Death of Mr. William Sutcliffe of Lower Laithe, Todmorden, in his 71st year. He had a very extensive business as a corn and flour merchant, and for many years took a prominent part in public affairs.

 

Halifax Courier 13th June 1885

William Sutcliffe & Son, corn millers of Todmorden, have acquired Longholme Cotton Mill in Rawtenstall, and on the site propose to erect a new corn mill costing about £30,000.

 

Slater 1887

William Sutcliffe, corn miller and merchant, Stansfield Mill

 

Kelly 1893

William Sutcliffe, water and steam corn miller, Stansfield Mill

 

Kelly 1897-1908

William Sutcliffe, water and steam corn miller, Stansfield Mill

 

Todmorden in Coronation Year 1902

Councillor John Ingham Sutcliffe, corn miller, living at Stansfield Hall.

 

Notes from Todmorden Album Volume 3 by Roger Birch

The Sutcliffes bought grain at the ports of Liverpool, Manchester and Hull, bringing it to Todmorden by canal boat and train. Around 1896, the mill was re-equipped and electric lighting installed. About 100 men were employed. The Sutcliffe’s team of horses were noted for their strength and were frequently seen on the roads as they moved the grain and flour to and from the mill.

 

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