Larkfield Mill

Undated. 1950/60? View of Larkfield Mill from Larkfield Road. The Thompson family were responsible for building the three mills which operated in Rawdon. Low Mill, built in 1797, Park Mill in 1805 and Larkfield Mill in 1825. The mill dam was constructed at the same time. The mill was used for processes in woollen cloth making, scribbling, combing and slubbing wool. It also manufactured cloth and had the facility of a dyehouse. At its peak the workforce of men and women numbered over 80. The buildings were later known as Larkfield Works and occupied by patent medicine manufacturers, W.B. Cartwright & Co and the family-run printing firm of Storey Evans. William Bramwell Cartwright resided at Cragmere in Rawdon. Storey Evans, established in 1899, moved into the building in 1911. The firm is still in business today but has moved to Robin Mills, Greengates in recent years. Larkfield Works is now demolished and housing has been built on the site.

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I lived near here in the late 50s early 60s. There used to be the most awful smell coming from the factory, which by this time had been taken over by Timothy Whites the chemist
Sheila Moyle nee Ryder