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West House Mills History



The purpose of this page is to show the history of West House Mill with the seals found by Ged Dodd and the Project Team from 5th May 2013.

West House Mill was a water-powered flax spinning mill built in 1797. There were two large water wheels and it was further enlarged in 1806 - 1816 to a large five-storey mill with additions such as a warehouse, mill extension, a supplementary steam engine, a loom shop, bleach house and air drying rooms.  A heated dry house and a new warehouse and bleachworks were built between 1820 and 1843. Used extensively for flax production from 1797 to 1838 and converted to cotton spinning from 1851 and silk spinning from 1856-1864. Orphan children and Paupers were brought from (or rather bought in) London to work in the remote West House Mills. The orphans were housed in the Apprentice House and the Pauper families went to the Workhouse on Hardistry Hill and some were paid in lead trading tokens .. There were other buildings .. the mill owners' houses and worker's cottages .. now demolished. Allegedly, 500 boys and girls worked here.

   The water wheels at the mill were powered with water from the Low Dam higher up Washburn Valley. This is the Valve house which controlled the flow of water.


The Retting Tank in the Bleaching Field


Scaife Farm - the circular windows were used only in farm stables.




Holiday Cottage (for 6).

Scaife Hall Farm, Blubberhouses


Contact Christine, Hardisty Hill,

 Blubberhouses, Otley. LS21 2PL
Telephone  01943 880354


Click on a thumbnail of Old Photos Around Blubberhouses
Old Post Office The Mill Owners House Post Office & Church The Old Bridge
Post Office, Church, Pub postcard old bridge view  
Blubberhouses Hall with the West House Mill High Seal Fields beyond
West House in Winter
Sheep in the Snow Sheep in the Seal Fields Track to Upper Fields Safely in the Barn


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