Shoe Broads Mill, Meltham

Shoe Broads Mill — also sometimes named "Shoe Broad Mill" — was a mill situated below Huddersfield Road in Meltham. It used Meltham Dike for its water supply with a small mill dam situated on the western side of the mill.


The mill was built in the 1830s.

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Along will Mill Moor Mill, Shoe Broads Mill was advertised for let in the autumn of 1838:[1]

Also to LET, for a Term of Years, the newly-erected Stone built MILL, called "Shoe Broads Mill," in Meltham, which is about 40 Feet 6 Inches long, by about 36 Feet broad, and 4 Stories high, containing 1 Willey, 2 Scribbing and 2 Carding Engines, and 2 Slubbing Billies.

The Power of the Mill is supplied by a Water Wheel, 4 Feet broad, 20 Feet diameter, and about 14 Feet of Fall, with a constant Supply of Water.

This Mill is situate about 4½ Miles from Huddersfield, with 50 Yards of the Turnpike Road from that place to Manchester.

The above Property is all in excellent Condition, and will be let with or without a Number of Cottages.

By the 1850s, the mill was in the ownership of Isaac Dearnally of Netherthong, who is listed in the 1851 Census as a "woollen manufacturer employ[ing] 12 men".[2] Dearnally placed the entire mill up for auction in January 1854.[3]

The mill appears to have been partitioned into four residential sections by 1900 and became known as Shoe Broads.

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Notes and References

  1. Leeds Mercury (06/Oct/1838).
  2. Dearnally was born in June 1825, the son of clothier Eil Dearnally and his wife Harriet. He married Mary Cuttell on 13 May 1852 at the Queen Street Wesleyan Methodist Church in Huddersfield.
  3. "Sales By Auction: Shoe Broad Mill" in Huddersfield Chronicle (31/Dec/1853).