Griffe Mill, Stanbury



Date Visited: August 2008

I first spotted this place quite literally out of the corner of my eye. I was driving back from Haworth
after having photographed Ivy Bank Mill and I caught a glimpse of a chimney, way down at the bottom of a valley. Having nowhere to stop as it was a narrow road, I thought I’d continue driving and then look for a road at the bottom of a steep valley, but there wasn’t one, just a stream.

Anyway, later on I checked out Google Earth and found what looked like a ruin, so with a bit of diligent searching on Geograph, I managed to figure out what the place was. As expected, it is indeed a ruin, but also strangely intact. I'd have got more internal photos, but for the fact it sounds like the mother of all wasps nests inside somewhere - I didn't hang around long enough to look for it!

History – the mill was built for weaving cotton (which is kind of hard to believe, given the surrounding fields are full of sheep) in the early 19th century and by 1850 was a worsted mill. The mill shut in 1928 or 1929, and appears to have been derelict ever since. Mind you when you consider the lack of access (down a steep path that is now a field), it’s probably no surprise as getting coal and wool to it must have been fraught with difficulties, especially in winter.

This is how it used to look:

http://www.haworth-village.org.uk/history/history-pics/large.asp?pic=122

I don't think it's possible to take this picture any more as the trees by the river now hide the building from view.

Many thanks to Steve Wood and Ian Palmer from www.haworth-village.org for the additional information.