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New York Mill

in Nidderdale

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  The purpose of this page. This mill has 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 New York Mill was directly in front of the mill but the flat field is now used to grow Christmas trees.

The New York settlement originated as terraces of weavers' houses around a flax mill built by William Hebden in about 1814 on agricultural land by the River Nidd. In 1834 the mill was acquired by Francis Thorpe of Knaresborough, who renamed it New York Mill.   By 1834 Thorpe was employing 150 people at the mill. In the 1870s the export of yarn declined, and the business failed in 1883. In 1889 the Gill family bought the mill, rebuilt it and replaced the old water wheels with a water turbine. In 1891 they installed a second turbine to provide the first electric light in Nidderdale. The Gills started to spin yarns of hemp for the production of twine. They modernised the mill in the 1930s, and in the 1960s started to spin artificial fibres for carpets. The Gill family sold the mill in 1968, and the new owners closed it in 1980. The property has now been converted into a small industrial estate and today it is the only mill in this dale still providing jobs in small industrial units.

 

 

 

 

 

    Thomas Gill and Sons of New York Mills, Summerbridge, Leeds. The company was established in 1868 and in 1914 they were Hemp and tow spinners, and twine manufacturers with 110 employees. Their specialities: hemp yarns, high-class shop packing twines, cords etc.       Photos :- North Yorkshire County Council.

  

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