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Whiteley Wood Mills

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near Sheffield

Water-powered mills were established on the site in the 1760s by Thomas Boulsover. At times, these were run as separate business, at Whiteley Wood Forge, and at Whiteley Wood rolling mills. The rolling mills are considered here, but more information about some of the owners and/or occupiers may be found under Whiteley Wood Forge.

1794 Reference to a rolling mill (water powered), the proprietors being named as Thompson & Co.

After 1804, following bankruptcy of Anthony Thompson, the owner was recorded as Mitchell Wreaks and Co, also known as Mitchell & Co, makers of saws, scythes, and edge tools

1826 Two overshot water wheels recorded, both 34' 6" dia, 4' 3.5" wide. A 10 ft head of water allowed 9 hours works per day, but in dry weather only about 22 hours per week could be worked.

1832 Works put up for sale

1855 Reported as unoccupied

The last owner before demolition was John Hutton, and the last long term occupant was Charles Ramsden (see C. Ramsden and Co. Demolition probably took place in 1875-6

An account of the site and its occupants, together with maps and several illustrations, is given in the source document for the information presented above [1]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Water Power on the Sheffield Rivers' edited by Christine Ball, David Crossley and Neville Flavell, 2nd Edition: South Yorkshire Industrial History Society, 2006