Grove House Mill, Gynn Lane, Honley
- also known as: Grove Mills
- appears on maps: 1892 [#91]
- location on map: off Gynn Lane, Honley
- status: no longer exists
- category: mill
Probably built in the 1840s, the first owner was coal merchant and corn miller George Armitage Haigh, resident of Gynn View on Gynn Lane. A stone saw mill was situated close to this mill. By the 1860s, Haigh had expanded into brewing and owned the Coach and Horses Inn in Honley. Thomas Littlewood purchased the mills in 1891 for £3,750 and converted them to textile finishing use. In the mid-1960s, H. Fisher (Plastics) converted parts of mills to plastic manufacturing, whilst other companies made use of the remaining parts. By the mid-1990s, the mills were vacated and Kirklees Council eventually granted permission for the site to be converted to residential use.
Companies Linked to this Location
- Littlewoods Ltd. (stovers, finishers and shrinkers) — 1891 to 1960s
- Harold Fisher (Plastics) Ltd. — 1965-1995
- Boothroyd Rugs — 1966-1971
- Berjo Engineering — 1966-1970
- Holmes Heaton & Co. — 1970-1978
Notes and References
- The Littlewoods were also linked to the dyeworks at Victoria Mills. The Littlewood family papers are held by West Yorkshire Archive Service (reference: KX00243).
- Kirklees Council Planning Applications (reference: 94/60/90747/W3). Although the initial application from 1994 was refused, subsequent applications (e.g. 98/61/92197/W3 & 2000/62/93725/W3) were successful.
- The history of the mill is detailed in Wool and Worsit: A History of Textiles in the Holme Valley (2013) by Michael Day.