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Report - Callis mill , hebden bridge july 2015 (new location)

Lancashire lad

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This is situated on the main road, East of Callis Bridge. Much of the original mill has been demolished, but some of the weaving sheds remain. It started out as a cotton mill with spinning and weaving sheds. It was by far the largest Mill in Charlestown.
In 1861 it was owned by the Lacey brothers. The Laceys were famous locally for refusing to pay rates to the Sowerby township, demanding to pay the township of Erringden. In 1876, this resulted in the seizure of goods for constables rates.
In 1926 it became Cords Ltd, owned by Messrs Shepherd and Tattersall. Ted Tattersall had mills at Pecket well, above Hebden Bridge, Rochdale and Staleybridge as well as being a director of the Rochdale canal. He travelled on horseback until the late 1920s when he got a new Bentley every year. Mr Shepherd patented a cotton tyre fabric using the best Egyptian cotton which the mill manufactured.

The process prevented blowouts and allowed the first tubeless tyres to be made. Customers included Dunlop, Pirelli and Avon and tyres for aeroplanes Cotton process started at the top of the mill going down on a slant to eliminate knots. The cotton was cabled to 12 to 16 ply for ordinary tyres and up to 18 for heavy duty tyres (26lb breaking strain). Cotton was later replaced by silk and rayon. Weaving was in the shed using 72" Reed looms .
Jack Buxton seems to have been a hands on manager and the mill employed about 50 people, mainly from Todmorden, Hebden bridge and Blackshawhead. They worked two 12 hour shifts starting at 6.45 am.

The spinning mules were operated by men. The firm introduced different types of worker wearing different coloured overalls. This was to identify workers who had wandered from their own section.

Eventually the owners fell out, and Tattersall brought his own men into the mill some of whom were said to be useless. The business finished in 1971 due to the development of steel tyre innards and the site was bought by John Brights (who reputedly only wanted the order book).
From 1972, the mill was used by Brytmet which made aluminium products. they closed due to "high labour turnover". in 1976, the mill was bought by developers who knocked down the main mill to create a car park. All that remains standing is the weaving sheds that are used by the canal company and the dye house which was recently used by a German owned chemical company called Aquaspersions and is now empty.

Pretty easy explore the entry is quite tricky tho, theres not a lot left of the main weaving sheds just a few rotten work shops what looked like old offices around the perimeter. The main mill is pretty intact with a few nice original touches left to see the floors are surprisingly safe as its open to the elements on the top floor most of which are derped out like crazy still a nice way to spend am hour as its not very big but worth it.​


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Nice one, I was here last month was there still a hissing noise in picture 10? Did you use the self locking exit on picture 2? Made the exit a lot easier ;)


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i went yesterday, its a pretty cool place but not much left, its not exactly huge but im local so it was worth an explore, for those who are miles away from it i wouldn't recommend a day trip for it but still its another site complete!

Lancashire lad

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28DL Full Member
Nice one, I was here last month was there still a hissing noise in picture 10? Did you use the self locking exit on picture 2? Made the exit a lot easier ;)
yeh we heard the hissing noise there too , we never found the source also yeh the locking door is a real ball saver if you know what I mean lol

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