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Hollin House Mill

in Nidderdale





  The purpose of this page. Some of this mill's fields have been searched by Ged Dodd with no seals being found. They should be there. They eluded him. It is easy done. He walked through the minefield of Whinny Hill seal field in 2013 and found nothing. In 2014 he approached from the opposite direction and we now have 500 seals from that field. The obvious site for seals at Hollin Hill Mill is one of the fields belonging to the Mill. The retting tanks here are absolutely textbook.

    Hollin Hill House Mill was once owned by the Metcalfes of Castlestead and used for flax and corn as well as bobbins. The retting tanks are textbook.

      Retting in stagnant water is the method usually employed in Great Britain, Ireland and Russia. The retting in stagnant water is rapidly done, but there is the danger of over-retting on account of the organic matter retained in the water which favours fermentation causing the fibre to be weakened. Retting tanks are quite common in the Northern mills, being surprisingly small for the amount of material which must have passed through them. These tanks can easily be mistaken for water tanks although the Hollin Hill House Mill near Glasshouses in Nidderdale has wonderful examples adjacent to the old demolished mill and there are two in the bleaching fields at West House Mills.


Video history concerning Hollin Hill Flax Mill.



  5 mills in Nidderdale, Retting troughs, no seals





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