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Lumbutts Mill

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near Todmorden

One of the mills of Fielden Brothers.

The distinguishing feature of this cotton mill is a tall narrow tower (98 ft high) formerly housing three large waterwheels, one above the other. The wheels were 30 ft diameter and 6 ft wide. Water from Pearson and Healey Dams entered at the top of the tower, presumably via an inverted syphon, and cascaded from one wheel to the next. Water from Lee Dam could be admitted to the centre wheel, and water from Old Dam could be admitted to the bottom wheel. The maximum output was 53 HP using 18 tons of water per minute. There is a mill chimney built partly into the tower, incorporating a spiral staircase. The mill was built 1828-30.[1]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Power in the Landscape website - Mills of the Upper Calder Valley