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Thread: Reins Mill, Honley, Yorkshire, February 2019

  1. #1
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    January 2013
    People's Republic of South Yorkshire.

    Default Reins Mill, Honley, Yorkshire, February 2019

    1. The History
    Reins Mill is located in the Yorkshire town of Honley, just outside Huddersfield. The three-storey mill was built in 1847. Textile mills like this one have been making cloth in Honley since the 11th Century. It was initially occupied by Charles Dean in 1866. A year later Dean started in partnership with John Hey which lasted until Hey’s retirement in 1883. By 1889, Joseph Dean, son of the original founder, started at the company and it became known as Charles Dean & Son, which operated until the end of the nineteenth century.

    David France & Co were at Reins Mill at the turn of the century. Apparently, the mill’s weavers went on strike in 1902, when half of the looms were speeded up, and wages for the fast loom weavers reduced, while the slow loom weavers were kept idle waiting for warps. By 1950, Reins Mill was occupied by Marsden, Sykes & Co and N Marsh Ltd. It next provided a home to the Holme Rug Co which was of incorporated in 1960, establishing itself as a Ltd Company. They wove and sold rugs
    for 15 years until it was liquidated in 1975. Later the place was an M.O.T centre/garage but this also closed, in 2008.

    2. The Explore
    An opportunist explore as I was in the area. Access was relatively easy and the floors are all pretty solid, but copped out of going into the attic. Had the place to myself, bar a few of our feathered friends. The light was falling plus a lot of the stuff in the mill as seen in previous reports appears to have gone walkies. Still, just enough pictures for a short little report.

    3. The Pictures

    img9740 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9744 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9745 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9746 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    The first floor:

    img9747 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9749 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9750bw by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Then up to the second floor:

    img9751 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9753 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Bottled this one:

    img9756 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    img9739 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    2019-02-24_11-15-59 by HughieDW, on Flickr

  2. Thanks given by: etc100, Hugh Jorgan, KPUrban_, Locksley, Mearing, noiseboy72, smiler, The Wombat
  4. #2
    Join Date
    February 2015
    Aberdeen, Scotland


    A nice building with a few issues. On image 9745 right in the centre of camera shot is a magazine holder, a nice design. A lot of sturdy workbenches left behind.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

  5. Thanks given by: HughieD
  6. #3
    Join Date
    February 2008
    Rawdon Leeds


    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Jorgan View Post
    On image 9745 right in the centre of camera shot is a magazine holder, a nice design.
    Sorry; it's a set of wooden desk storage shelves for your, then standard, Foolscap card filing wallets. The original W. H. Smith's had a very similar design in their early catalogues. This place looked much better in the very early '60's when the rug/carpet looms were operational. A Mill second was a very good buy and one could always tell the dwelling of employees/ex employees by the quality of the rugs on the floors of their cottages/houses. In places like this all the benches used by the engineers keeping the looms going would have been constructed in the Mill's joinery shop. Most of the looms were well worn out by the end of the First World War, but were still working in many Mills in the very early '60's, when I first made contact with the industry in Huddersfield, at the start of my working life.

  7. Thanks given by: Hugh Jorgan

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