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Dewhurst Cotton Mills

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  • Alice Dewhurst (1788 - 1864)
  • John Dewhurst (deceased)
  • Isaac Dewhurst (c.1700 - 1769)
  • John Dewhurst (1787 - 1864)
    In 1819 John Dewhurst and Brothers bought the lease of Scalegill Mill, near Malham, and in 1822 John and Isaac Dewhurst bought that of the Old Soke Mill at Airton, which had for sometime been worked as...
  • Thomas Dewhurst (deceased)
    In the latter part of 1789 Mr Thomas Dewhurst acquired a building at Elslack, near Skipton, which he converted into a mill for the spinning of cotton by water power. The first cotton for use at the Els...

Belle Vue Mill, Skipton

The earliest mill was run for the first time on February 17th, 1829, being then used for worsted spinning and weaving. On Sunday, January 2nd, 1831, it was burnt to the ground. The mill was re-built with astonishing quick- ness, for before the end of the year it was working again, now as a cotton mill. In 1852 the mill was greatly extended, and a shed to hold 385 looms was added. A further enlargement took place in 1859 and 1860. In 1863-4 a warehouse was erected on the site of the Old Work- house. During the years 1867 to 1870 the newest and largest mill, a noble building adjacent to Broughton-road, was erected. This mill was run for the first time on February 4th, 1870. The building is 225 feet in length, and 70 feet 8 inches in width. It is five stories high, and the rooms are lighted by twenty windows in each side, and six in each end. The entire factory premises of Messrs. Dewhurst have a floor area of 20,000 square yards. More than 800 operatives are in continual employment. Belle Vue Mills are engaged in the spinning and weaving of cotton, and in the manufacture of sewing cotton, all the varied processes, including dyeing, being performed on the premises. The thread manufactured by Messrs. Dewhurst bears a very high reputation. Wherever exhibited it has received prize medals : at the Vienna Universal Exhibition of 1873, at the Philadelphia Exhibition of 1876, and at the Paris Exhibition of 1878, medals were awarded to this firm. The firm now goes under the style of Messrs. John Dewhurst and Sons. It consists of Mr. J. B. Dewhurst and Mr. T. H. Dewhurst, sons of the founder, and Mr. Algernon Dewhurst, son of Mr. J. B. Dewhurst.