Bean Ing Mills, Gladstone Steam Engine
11th July 1963. View of the 450 Horse Power Compound Tandem Gladstone Steam Engine showing the immense fly-wheel. It is photographed in the Engine House at Bean Ing Mills in Wellington Street, and was made in 1886 by the Brighouse engineering company of Woodhouse & Mitchell Ltd. It finally stopped work at 4-30 p.m. on Friday 4th January 1963, when the mill shut down. The Engine House was located in front of the scribbling and fulling mill, on the south side of the quadrangle.
This was when my grandmother, Hettie France retired. She worked on the warping machines and was 72 at the time. She worked in mills all her life and had arms like Popeye!