Bank End Mill, Digley Road, Austonley

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  • also known as: Austonley Mill (1854 map), Bankend Mill, Roebuck Mill
  • location: off Digley Road, Austonley
  • status: no longer exists
  • category: woollen mill

The mill was built circa 1800 — likely by Christopher Green (c.1750-1830) of Bank Top, Austonley — but suffered a partial collapse in November 1802, instantly killing three poeple.[1]

At the time of the Holmfirth Flood of 1852, the mill was occupied by John Roebuck.

The building was marked as "disused" on the 1906 map and demolished prior to the First World War.

Holmfirth Flood of 1852

Extract from The Holmfirth Flood (1910):

At the time of the flood this mill, which was the next below Digley Mill, was in the occupation of Messrs. John and William Roebuck, and was used as a woollen mill. It was a substantial four-storey building of stone, with one end abutting on the river. Previous to the bursting of the reservoir, Messrs. Roebuck had removed from their mill a large number of cloth pieces to a place of safety. A portion of the end of the mill abutting on the river (some yards in breadth) was carried away, the iron spinning mules and weaving looms being torn asunder, and left projecting from the ruins. “The sharpness with which so large a portion of this structure was cut off would hardly be credited except (says the Leeds Intelligencer) on viewing the ruins ; and it almost leads to a belief that there is some truth in the assertion that a very large portion of Digley Mill was brought down in a body.” The lower storey was a complete wreck, and most of the machinery there disappeared, whilst the machinery in the upper storeys was thrown together in heaps. The dye-house and stove, about 60 feet long, were completely cleared away, leaving no portion standing above the ground. To add to the accumulative force of the destructive current, the mill dam gave way, and thus a fresh body of water was added to the furious torrent. The loss of property at this place was estimated at from £2,000 to £3,000. About forty people were here thrown out of employment.

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Notes and References

  1. "Accident at Austonley Mill" in Leeds Intelligencer (15/Nov/1802).