Ivy Bank Mill, Haworth
Date Visited: March 2008
It is slightly unclear as to when the mills were built, this report reckons 1860/1861.
The mill was occupied by Timothy Feather & Co in 1861, for worsted spinning, and was later occupied by Midgley & Andrews, and later David Steel.
Thomas Bland & Co, moved to this site in Haworth in 1869. Thomas was succeeded as owner of the company by his son Hophni, who built himself the villa known as Ivy Bank House, which stands a little further up the hill, with a view over the works.
The three storey spinning mill and weaving shed are most likely to have been part of the original configuration and possibly extended in 1885. It is thought that a warehouse was added in 1870.
The site’s first source of power is reported as having been a pair of vertical engines, which were replaced in 1888 by a horizontal compound engine, housed in a new room. It is thought that this was replaced in the 1900s, by one made by Cole Marchant & Morley, and which was still in place in about 1950.
The mill was hit by a catastrophic fire in 1997, and appears to have been left to rot. There was even some machinery left on site, possibly because it would have been too dangerous / difficult to remove it - witness the carding engine suspended in mid air between the beams!
What was left of the mill was demolished in 2014/2015.
Pictures are included in my Shadows of The North book