Northern Star (14/Jun/1845) - Union of the Factory and Field Garden

The "industrial farm" appears to have been situated on the southeastern side of Shady Row.


The following is a transcription of a historic newspaper article and may contain occasional errors. If the article was published prior to 1 June 1957, then the text is likely in the Public Domain.

Union of the Factory and Field Garden.

Meltham Mills are situate in one of those romantic glens near the Appenine chain of hills, in the west of Yorkshire. There Messrs. Brook have extensive cotton and silk mills. They find themselves at the head of a great family of workmen, and feel that "property has its duties as well as its rights." Already a church and school are reared for the benefit of their people. They are chaste in design and ornaments of the neighbourhood. There is another ornament — an appendage to the factories, in an Industrial Farm of a few acres, where the unemployed workmen are occasionally occupied in the pursuits of field gardening. We hope, ere long, to see the little hands of children employed in such pursuits, learning to gain their daily bread from the soil, while they receive in the school, during part of the day, a share of learning. If the surplus labour of the factor be applied in this manner to adorn that glen, it may be made even more beautiful than it was left by nature.