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Hareholme Mill

Photo credit: The Whitaker

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Hareholme Mill was built by Messrs Edmondson of Mytholmroyd for Thomas Dockray of Lancaster in 1798. The mill was intended for the production of worsted (a type of yarn), although by 1844, like many other mills in the area, it had been converted to cotton production. Not only was this the first mill of its size in Rossendale, but it was the first building in the area to be illuminated by gas. Thomas Newbigging remarked in his 'History of the Forest of Rossendale' that visitors came from miles around to witness the unusual sight of the mill lit up at night.

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oil on canvas


H 50.8 x W 83.8 cm

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gift from Mrs Law, 1962

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