Rough Nook Dye Works, Meltham

Rough Nook Dye Works was a dyeworks in Meltham, situated off Mill Moor Road and next to Meltham Dike.


The works appear on the 1854 Ordnance Survey map and were still marked as an active dyeworks on the 1949 map.

On Thursday 12 July 1883, the works were auctioned by George Tinker and Son, and were described as containing two 60 inch washing machines and a high-pressure horizontal steam engine.[1]

Amos Woodhead, "dyer of Rough Nook, Meltham", died on 2 July 1867.[2] Charles York Woodhead, also a dyer of Rough Nook, died on 10 December 1869, aged 42.[3] Amos' widow, Sarah, died on 29 May 1893, aged 88.[4]

The Woodheads remained linked to Rough Nook until at least the 1940s, with their company of Messrs. A.T. Woodhead and Sons, who were also associated with Sunny Bank Mills in Meltham.[5] John Fielding Woodhead was the Chairman of Directors of the family company at the time of his death in 1942.[6]

The dye works was demolished by the mid-1960s.


Notes and References

  1. "Sales by Auction" in Huddersfield Chronicle (07/Jul/1883).
  2. "Deaths" in Leeds Mercury (10/Jul/1867).
  3. "Deaths" in Huddersfield Chronicle (18/Dec/1869).
  4. "Deaths" in Huddersfield Chronicle (03/Jun/1893).
  5. Yorkshire Evening Post (15/Jun/1942).
  6. "Latest Wills" in Yorkshire Post (21/Oct/1942).