researched, recorded and referenced by Mrs Sheila Wade
Hebden Bridge WEA Local History Group
Notes from John Travis, contemporary historian.
John Marland, roller turner, started business at Higher Dobroyd and afterwards moved to Waterstalls in Walsden on the edge of the common land. They then moved to STRINES MILL, all of which places were previously used for carding and spinning wool.
Waterstalls Mill eventually became Fielden Bros. being altered and renovated about 1834 when a new reservoir was constructed on the common further back, and the old ones improved and deepened. Used for cotton spinning with Edmund Wrigley as manager until the cotton famine, then closed. Machinery not removed, and while the panic was in full swing it was let to Reuben Haigh of NEWBRIDGE MILL, Walsden. The cost of carriage was high, so Reuben did not stay long. The place was next let to Abraham Fielden of Bottoms.
Walsden Rates Book 1860
Owned and occupied by Fielden Bros. mill, boiler house; Waterstalls; rateable value £60.8s.8d.
Todmorden and Hebden Bridge Advertiser 16th June 1860
To Let. Waterstalls Mill, either with or without machinery. Apply Fielden Bros., Waterside Mill.
Fielden papers 20th June 1860
Fielden Bros. letter to Mr. Timothy Heyworth, Bacup. We think we shall let Waterstalls Mill to the person who went to look at it before we saw you, but if it should be at liberty, we will write to inform you.
Walsden Rates Book 1861
Occupied by Haigh, owned by Fielden Bros; mill, boiler house; Waterstalls; rateable value £60.8s.8d.
Walsden Rates Book 1862-68
Occupier Abraham Fielden; owned by Fielden Bros; mill, boiler house; Waterstalls; rateable value £60.8s.8d.
1867 – owner Nathan Firth
Walsden Rates Book 1862-1866
Occupier Abraham Fielden; owner Fielden Bros; warehouse; Lanebottom; rateable value £1.3s.4d.
1866 – rateable value £1.5s.0d.
Walsden Rates Book 1867-71
Occupiers Dawson Bros; owners Firth executors; warehouse; Lanebottom; rateable value £1.5s.0d. This warehouse was built by Abraham Fielden of Waterstalls Mill.
Fielden papers 21st February 1867
Fielden Bros. letter to Joshua Firth relating to the warehouse built on Firth’s land by Abraham Fielden, formerly tenant of Waterstalls Mill; mill now untenanted.
Fielden papers 10th July 1868
Fielden Bros. letter to Joshua Firth, Waterstalls. Mr. Samuel Fielden wishes you to come down here next Monday about 1 o’clock to tell him all about the old man who turns the water down to Littleborough. You must, if you can, tell Mr. Fielden when you saw the man turn the water, and if anyone else saw him at the same time. If you cannot, try to catch him again and have someone with you.
Walsden Rates Book 1869-73
Empty; owner Firth; mill, boiler house; Waterstalls; rateable value £37.17s.0d.
Walsden Rates Book 1873
Occupier Joseph Crossley; owners Firth executors; stables etc. Lanebottom, rateable value £1.5s.0d. (Note: Joseph Crossley was a butcher. His shop was at BOTTOMS FARM in Walsden)
Halifax Guardian 17th September 1874
Auction pursuant to clearance in Chancery. Firth and Fielden Mill at Waterstalls, Walsden, and the waterfalls, dams, reservoirs, water rights, croft and garden belonging, now unoccupied. 3 acres 1 rod 18 perches.
Walsden Rates Book 1874-79
Empty; owner John Fielden; mill, boiler house; Waterstalls; rateable value £37.17s.0d.
Todmorden and Hebden Bridge Advertiser 1st August 1879
Waterstalls Mill empty.
reading: A History of Todmorden by Malcolm & Freda Heywood
The Fieldens of Todmorden by Brian R. Law