The photo id for this photograph is 921, in the Kettleshulme album.

Lumb Hole Mill

Photograph added 7th June 2014


Comment 1

Left by Sally Rose Pethybridge on the 9th April 2015

I would love to have seen it in this condition. It was quite run down when I was a child.

Comment 2

Left by R. S-S on the 16th April 2015


Lumb Hole was built in 1797 and raised in height in 1815; it was destroyed by fire in 1822 and then quickly rebuilt.

I assume Sheldon's Front and Sheldon's Back were once owned by the Sheldon family who owned and converted Lumb Hole Mill from a silk factory to a candlewick mill.
When it was a silk manufacturing site it was owned by George Brocklehurst of Gap House in Kettleshulme.
At one time there were plans to have two reservoirs in the valley, similar to Fernilee and Errwood, but the higher reservoir would have encroached onto the Brocklehurst land; and the Brocklehursts ultimately defeated the plans.

Comment 3

Left by Alan Boothby on the 3rd October 2015

This looks an early picture of the mill when the waterwheel was in working order by the looks of the valve that operated the sluice and the cleanliness of the water.
There was another fire in 1948 that burnt out the middle floor and it is still like that to this day. That fire was caused because paint was being manufactured there. A.B.

Comment 4

Left by Alec Brocklehurst on the 7th September 2019

Does anyone know where I can find more info on the Mill prior to Sheldons ownership? Thanks, Alec :)

For a simple page to maybe print click here


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