Upper Aspley Mill, Aspley

This page is a bare-bones entry for a location which appears on an historic Ordnance Survey map. More detailed information may eventually be added...


  • appears on maps: 1890 [#976], 1892 [#124], 1905 [#95]
  • location: Firth Street, Aspley
  • status: possibly partially still exists but now under a different use[1]
  • category: cotton mill

A boiler explosion at around 2:10pm on 23 November 1857 destroyed a section of the mill and killed 12 people:

  • Joseph Lum (34) — mechanic, Ripponden
  • Sarah Ann Stott (15) — daughter of James Stott, Garden House, Lockwood, cotton twister
  • Jesse Firth (27) — woollen spinner and engine tenter, Upper Aspley
  • Lavinia Crowther (17) — daughter of William Crowther, brewer, Dock Street
  • Hannah Humpleby (15) — daughter of John Humpleby, tailor, Kirkheaton (surname also recorded as Humplebee)
  • Ellen Lord (15) and Hannah Lord (17) — daughters of William Lord, fancy weaver, Lascelles Hall
  • Mary Ann Garlick (18) — daughter of Elizabeth Garlick, Castlegate, Huddersfield (died at the Infirmary)
  • Emma Cliffe (14) — daughter of William Cliffe, shoemaker, Post Office Yard
  • Elizabeth Hampshire (19) — daughter of Selina Hampshire, Almondbury (died at the Infirmary)
  • Hannah Moseley (15) — daughter of James Moseley, joiner, Almondbury Bank
  • Mary Fletcher (18) — daughter of James Fletcher, calico printer, Upper Aspley

The mill is now the site of student accommodation for the University of Huddersfield.


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Notes and References

  1. It is uncertain how much of the mill was repurposed for the student accommodation.