Map Ref. SD929231
WILD Abraham & Samuel
PILLING James Knowles & ASHWORTH Thomas
PILLING James Knowles
BARKER William and Luke & CRABTREE Richard
BARKER Luke & Sons
FIELDEN & RIGG Ltd. Sizers
Looking down on the mill from Pexwood Road
Notes from contemporary historian John Travis:
Abraham and Samuel Wild (tenants of HIGHER HOLME shed) in 1866 began to build Dancroft Shed, with engine house, warehouse etc. Fronting Gauxholme Fold, built of brick. Later owned and occupied by J. K. Pilling of Dean Villas Walsden.
Thomas Ashworth, sizer of Todmorden, and J. K. Pilling of DEANROYD MILL purchased Dancroft Mill, Gauxholme, as a going concern from representatives of Abraham & Samuel Wild, and worked in partnership. Pilling withdrew from the firm of A. Pilling & Sons of Deanroyd and became sole owner of Dancroft. It was successful for many years.
J. K. Pilling of Dean Villas Walsden owned and occupied Dancroft Mill. He died in the 1880’s, machinery sold out of mill, buildings and fixed plant bought by Barkers & Crabtree, later LUKE BARKER & Sons Ltd.
Barker & Crabtree made alterations and installed modern power looms etc. This firm was formed originally in 1867. The partners were William Barker, manager of Folley Mill in Lumbutts Valley, his brother Luke, late warper at Ormerod’s mill in Walsden, Richard Crabtree, late spinner at Green Vale Mill in Littleborough for John Veevers & Sons, and Thomas Cockcroft, nephew of Henry Cockcroft of CROFT MILL in Todmorden. Thomas Cockcroft withdrew after a short time and took part of room and power previously occupied by Jonathan Barker near Phoenix Ironworks, Millwood.
Richard Crabtree died before 1890 and partnership was dissolved. Luke Barker with his sons John and Robert took over Dancroft and FRITHS MILL and the tenancy of the whole of the Joint Stock Mill at CROW CARR INGS . Luke Barker died in 1896 and the firm carried on trading under his name by his sons.
researched, recorded and referenced by Mrs Sheila Wade
Hebden Bridge WEA
Local History Group
Walsden Rates Book 1866-68
Owners and occupiers Abraham Wild & Co. Powerloom shed etc. Gauxholme, RV £90.7s.4d.
Walsden Rates Book 1869
Occupiers Pilling & Ashworth, owners Abraham Wild & Co. powerloom shed etc. Gauxholme, RV £90.7s.4d.
Walsden Rates Book 1870-71
Occupiers Pilling & Ashworth, owners assigns of Abraham Wild & Co. powerloom shed etc. Gauxholme, RV £90.7s.4d.
Kelly’s Directory 1871
Pilling & Ashworth, cotton manufacturers
Walsden Rates Books 1873-4
Owners and occupiers Pilling & Ashworth, shed and power, Gauxholme, RV £101.1s.4d.
Slater’s Directory 1875
Pilling & Ashworth (Gauxholme Mill), spinners & manufacturers
Walsden Rates Book 1875-81
Owner and occupier James K. Pilling, shed and power, Gauxholme, RV £101.1s.4d. (1880 RV £134, 1881 RV £120).
Kelly’s Directory 1877
James Knowles Pilling, cotton spinner & manufacturer
Halifax Guardian 22nd March 1879
First meeting of creditors of James Knowles Pilling, cotton manufacturer, Gauxholme. Liabilities £3584. Assets £1627. Compensation of 7/6d in the pound.
Todmorden & Hebden Bridge Advertiser 1st Aug 1879
Pilling – Gauxholme – 272 looms – closed
Halifax Courier 11th Oct 1879
James K. Pilling, Dancroft, re-opened after stoppage of several months. 70 employed.
Todmorden & Hebden Bridge Advertiser 16th Jan 1880
J. K. Pilling, Dancroft Mill, weavers write for advance of wages.
Todmorden & Hebden Bridge Advertiser 14th April 1882
Notice of sale of Dancroft Mill, Gauxholme, late occupied J. K. Pilling deceased, plus nine cottages adjoining.
Slater’s Directory 1887
Barker & Crabtree at Dancroft, Carr Ings and Friths Mills, cotton spinners & manufacturers
Manchester Examiner 22nd July 1887
Barker & Crabtree (Friths, Crow Carr Ings, Wadsworth and Dancroft Mills), 18,000 spindles, 1,264 looms, weaving full time, spinning 4 days a week.
Kelly’s Directory 1893 and 1897-1908
Luke Barker & Sons, cotton spinners & manufacturers
Walsden Rates Book 1890
Occupier Luke Barker & Sons, owners Barker & Crabtree, shed and steam power, Dancroft, RV £97.