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Report - Reins Mill, Huddersfield - October 2013

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by tweek, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. tweek

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    Reins Mill, Huddersfield - October 2013

    Visited solo

    At first, the mill seems rather empty. But on closer inspection, it's actually full of interesting little details and remnants of ancient kit... after a decent rummage around, I found Reins to be full of detail and charm.


    Built in 1847, Reins Mill was occupied by Charles Dean in 1866 operating as a Fancy Woollen Manufacturer. A year later, Dean started a partnership with John Hey that would last until Hey's retirement in 1883. By 1889, Joseph Dean, son of the original founder, started at the company and from then on the company was known as Charles Dean & Son. The company would continue to operate from Reins right up to the end of the nineteenth century.


    NB: For any Huddersfield people wondering where this Yard was, it was known as Lancaster's Yard between 1850 and 1910, but by 1917 it had been renamed Laycock's Yard and is situated on Cloth Hall Street in the centre of Huddersfield. It would have stood opposite the Cloth Hall which was demolished in 1930. The central Clock Tower was relocated to Ravensknowle Park. If you ever go there, I strongly recommend going inside the Tolson Museum.

    Josiah France's Queens Mill in the foreground, with Reins Mill just visible in the top left, 1929...

    David France & Co were at Reins Mill at the turn of the century, and would have likely been present at the time weavers here went on strike in 1902, when looms were speeded up, and wages for the fast loom weavers reduced while the slow loom weavers were kept idle waiting for warps. Incidentally, I don't believe there is any family connection between David France and Josiah France of Queens Mills (pictured above), despite both running mills in Honley.

    By 1950, Reins Mill was occupied by Marsden, Sykes & Co and N Marsh Ltd. A decade later, the Holme Valley Rug Company was set up, lasting 15 years until 1975. Documents for which still reside in the mill. In 1973, another company called Holme Valley Patterns Ltd was incorporated, and it seems they stopped trading here around 2001-2003. As others have stated, it appears to have been used as a MOT testing garage in more recent times.

    Earlier this year, the Huddersfield Examiner reported the site was to become a new Morrisons supermarket.




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    Huddersfield = Endless Win

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