Lower Digley Mill, Austonley

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  • also known as: Digley Mill
  • location: Austonley
  • status: no longer exists
  • category: woollen mills
  • notes: marked on the 1854 O.S. map

Digley Mills initially comprised two mills, named on the first series O.S. map[1] as Middle Digley Mill (later Upper Digley Mill) and Digley Mill (or Lower Digley Mill) respectively.

Lower Digley Mill stood on the southern side of Digley Dike and was built around 1790 for John Hirst, and possibly rebuilt or extended circa 1817.[2] The mill was almost completely destroyed by the 1852 flood, which carried three of the mill's boilers around a mile downstream, and only the main chimney was left standing. The mill was not rebuilt by the Hirst family.[3]

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