CROSS LEE MILL (OWLERS)
Map Ref. SD930251
Now a housing estate
see BAREWISE MILL
researched, recorded and referenced by Mrs Sheila Wade
Hebden Bridge WEA Local History Group
Notes from John Travis, 19th century historian
Gatebottom-road leads forward to the Bank Farm which used to belong to the Barker family who were also the owners of the Cross-lee house, their trade being that of putters-out, etc. The Harley Wood Barkers were mostly farmers and piece makers, both at Banks and Cross Lee and other places, and afterwards had mills at Lydgate and Barewise
Dean’s Manchester Directory 1804
J. Barker, fustian, Todmorden, attending Manchester markets.
Land Tax Assessments for Stansfield 1804
Cross Lee Mill recorded
Stansfield Township map 1805
“Factory” marked on the site.
Valuation of Stansfield 1805
Upper Cross Lee; factory rooms and waterfall; owned and occupied by Widow Barker; annual value £10.
Cromptons 1811 spindle enquiry
Cross Lee, 648 mule spindles, 3 x 18doz.
Stansfield Township map 1816
2 dams and building shown on land belonging to William Barker of Cross Lee. Owlers was on land belonging to John Barker of Lower Cross Lee.
Leigh's Directory 1818
William Barker, Cross Lee, cotton spinner and manufacturer.
John Barker, cotton spinners and manufacturers, Cross Lee
Stansfield Rates Book 1835-36
William Barker; Gatebottom, Cross Lee; steam engine; rateable value £1.4s.0d; not working. (1835 only)
William Barker; Cross Lee; Quarry, 5 men at 13/4d per man; assessment 16/8d; received 6/8d as 3 men not working.
William Barker; Cross Lee; land and tenements; rateable value £9.11s.8d.
John Barker; Owlers; lands and tenements; rateable value £8.1.11d.