Out And About in New Mills.

Market Street c. 1905

Hyde Bank Road

Union Road c.1919

Toll-bar and toll-house on Church Road at junction with Marsh Lane.

Bus from Hayfield to Stockport passing through Hague Bar in the early days of the service. Behind the bus is Hague Bar Mill, at that time a rubber works. c 1927

Market Street Town Hall on Horizon

Albion Road looking up with Queens Hotel and junction with Union Road at front right. Circa 1927.

Exterior of Providence Chapel before alterations and extensions. Chapel Street later renamed Mellor Road - circa 1913.


Dyehouse Lane. Shows Pineapple Inn, Grapes Inn and Cock Inn. c1910.
Part of Windsor Castle Lodging House visible on right. St James' Hall at top left.

Union Road - ( Is the boy bottom right holding a chicken?).

Steam train coming under Church Road Bridge towards New Mills c.Early 1950

Newtown Albion Road

High Street

Bate Mill High Walls Farm on the hill c.1950

From a postcard with 1913 postmark.
Torr Mill, Kinder View, Sheffield Railway Line, ruins of Barnes Mill behind.
Rock Street, Chain Horse House, etc., in background.

Newtown Toll Gate

Mount Pleasant Methodist Free Church with drinking fountain and gable end of Dr Anderton's house, Thornfield on Spring Bank. c. 1907

Mount Pleasant Methodist Free Church, Spring Bank, soon after being built in 1892
The oldest grave in the yard is 1839, and the last burial was in 1972. The church itself was erected in 1892 and closed in 1980. The foundation stone was laid by J Arnfield Esq in May 1892. The chapel was destroyed by fire in August 1993.

The Wesleyan Chapel and Ollersett Moor St. Georges Road and Works in the background on the right.

Market Street

New Mils Market Street

The Torrs

Employment & Business in New Mills

July 21st 1900, 29, Market Street in New Mills, I believe the woman in the doorway is Emily Toovey. The young woman with the pram may very well be her niece Annie Smith.

Image and information: Elizabeth Smith Dash

Mottershead's pork butchers shop, 13 High Street -Circa 1899.
On the step William Mottershead born 1893. On the pavement Arthur Herbert Mottershead, born 1892.

The business was established by John Henry Mottershead (father of Arthur) about 1880. John Henry retired in 1924 and Arthur took on the business until 1938. The business then closed down and the property was made into a house.

New Mills Coop Bread Van outside Coop Furnising High Street.

Staffords Ironmongers shop, Market Street, No 27. c. 1900

This was the shop of Thomas William Stafford, who lived on Chapel Street. His son Obadiah was the ironmonger. By 1916 it had become the Co-operative Shoe shop. Demolished 1981.In 1911 it was occupied as a lockup shop by the Co-operative Society.

J A Ingham's clothing shop, 1 Union Road. Now Barclays Bank.

The White Hart Hotel

Co-op coal wagon in front of Co-op garages on Meadow Street. Decorated for Thornsett Carnival 1927 - The driver was Clifford Wild who in 1984 lived at 108 Buxton Road. the vehicle was a Dennis motor wagon.

Butcher's shop of Stephen Unwin, 67 Church Road. This later became Unsworths undertakers

The Square, Low Leighton. Low Leighton Post Office. The shop to the right of the Post Office was B Ratcliffe's butchers.

J D Lomax, Family Grocer, 44 Market Street, New Mils.

Foy's corner showing Foy's greengrocer's stall and the end of Market Street. The Railway, Alsop and Clayton decorators, and the Crescent. c 1970.

The George Hotel and The Masons Arms High Street

Two taxis (one a Model T) outside the Conservative Club, Union Road for a Wedding.
The cars were owned by G.A. Redfern of Spring Bank. The driver on the right is Wilf Burton of Cresswell Avenue. circa 1925

Advert for charabancs from G. and A. Redfern, Spring Bank. April 1923.

George Alsop - Born 1864 in New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire Died 27 Mar 1938.

Alsop and Clayton Painters c.1924

Market Street. c.1900

In late 1920's 'Golden Boot' was run by Mr Street, Alsop and Clayton's shop also shown.
Hunter's grocery was owned by Mr George Ollerenshaw, and later became the Maypole.

Market Street, New Mills looking towards Town Hall. Wyatt's bread van in centre of road. Hunters shop on right hand side, with manager G West in the doorway.

Arden Street - Church Road, Steam lorry of John Wm Swindells c.1910

J. W. Swindells Yard

North West Hotel Albion Road Newtown.

Grocers shop belonging to Jesse Hawley on Dyehouse Lane at junction with High Street. c:1900

Hare and Hounds Inn Low Leighton

Advert for New Mills Gas Company, Gas Works, New Mills - 1924.

Chaple Street now Mellor Road

Burn'd Edge Colliery No 2, or New Pit. Situated by the side of Oven Hill Road.
on Ollersett Moor at SK022858. The reservoir is still there (1985) but only traces of the building foundations remain

Hunters Market Street New Mills

The Hare and Hounds Low Leighton

William Henry DYER
Birth 04 Sep 1876 in Newchurch, Rossendale, Lancashire.

Death 13 Oct 1955 in Stockport, Cheshire.

Hairdresser Musician

William Dyers Hairdressers High Street 1899.

Perhaps his two sons in doorway.

William Dyer with his Family.

New Mills Post Office, 62 Market Street - Circa 1900

High Street

Jubilee Cafe, 86-88 Market Street now William Barton's Furniture. Also shows opticians shop at 90 Market Street - 1961

James Pott, Herbalist Shop, 76 Albion Road. Showing Albert Potts (son of James Pott) with his wife Minnie and children.
Albert Potts ran the shop until he died in 1953 in his seventies. The shop was then sold.

Market Street / High Street junction. Looking up Market Street towards Town Hall, no. 18 at front left.
High Street is the road on the right. On the left is a well which was piped under the road about 1945. It can now be seen in High Street.

Said to be back of Higginbottom's shop, Market Street.

The yokes on the wall were for bullocks used for ploughing. According to James Garside, writing in 1933,the old gentleman is Isaac Watt Boulton, Ashton locomotive engineer. (It seems unlikely that the photo was taken in New Mills).

Union Road, New Mills looking down. photo booth at front right. No. 1 at front left is J.A. Ingham, clothier now Barclays Bank. Sign for Beverley's shoeshop at no. 15. Chimney of Torr Mill can be seen, the mill burned down in 1912.

Hobsons Bakehouse their shop was on Market Street.

Butcher's shop and barber's, top of Torr Top Street. Can be seen on the above image on the left, Broome's butchers was at the junction of Torr Top Street and Meal Street

Rock Street, showing Torr Top Mission, and board advertising Howard's Decorators.

Possibly Howard's Painters and Decorators workmen on Chaple Street/Mellor Road a member of the Howard family resided with his family in one of the cottages about 3 doors above the shop. The shop was at one time Wyatt's general store.

Bioscope, Jodrell Street. Site later occupied by Art Theatre

Captain Payne was a showman who ran a touring bioscope exhibition. It appeared at wakes week fairs throughout the north of England from 1898 to 1912.

Mrs Margaret Randles, wife of Joseph Randles in doorway of the Printers Arms, Dyehouse Lane.
This was an alehouse, across the road from the Drunkard's Reform, kept by Margaret Randle's mother, Mrs Vizard (married to Jack Vizard - her 2nd husband.

Watford Bridge Printworks circ: 1920

Market Street c.1965

Union Road New Mills

Market Street - Image Donald Ibbotson Collection

A fine example of the work of New Mills photographer T Randles. In this instance Frederick Morris born 1876 New Mills and his bride.

Although Mr. Randles address is shown as 41, Bridge Street, I have reason to believe that his darkrooms were beneath 45, Bridge Street. - In the early 1950's my uncle, George Thompson rented no. 45 which had beneath it four cellars, one of which contained hundreds of glass plate negatives. There was and still is an entrance from the lane that joins Mellor Road to Bridge Street. Very sad to say they were all consigned to the dustbin over several collection days.

Grapes Hotel, Dyehouse Lane. Landlord Oswald Kirk standing in doorway. c1900.

Pack Horse Inn, Mellor Road. c. 1902. Part of Broadhurst Farm can be seen on extreme right.
From left:- Harry Griffin, his eldest daughter Ada, his wife Mary Ann, Blind Tom, ? , daughter Florence Griffin, daughter Edith Griffin.

Shop of William Sharples, Pharmacist and Wine Merchant, 36 Market Street.
He is listed in Market Street on the census returns for 1891, 1901 and 1911, aged 48 in 1911.

Marshall's Bakers High Street New Mills - Mrs Marshall baby Frank Marshall

Market Street Brenands Bread Cart Hayfield.


Homes in New Mills.


Circa 1895

Pair of large semi-detached houses on Spring Bank, near junction with Mellor Road. c1900.

Now called The Grange and Cliff Lodge. These Victorian villas were built in 1877, probably for managers at the mills. Spring Bank was just being developed as a residential area.

No. 15
Spring Cottage
No. 17
No. 21
No. 23

Torr Top Street New Mills

No.13 and No,15 Tor Top Street - Now the site of the Coop.

Brookside Square c1938 from Hyde Bank New Mills was used as cattle-pen for Livesley's slaughter-house. Formerly it was a cattle pound known as the Pinfold.

Low Leighton c:1920 looking towards junction with High Hill Road.
The Co-op on the left and the semis was built in 1908.

Hurst Lea

Brookside New Mills now demolished.

Hyde Bank Road and end of Dale Road under construction. New Mills secondary school in background.
Dale Road was built by and named after Joseph Dale Swindells who lived in the bungalow on the extreme bottom right of the picture.

Manor Bank cottages, Hyde Bank Road.
Possibly members of the Higginbottom family who ran the foundry at the end of the row and lived in the cottages.

Construction of Council houses at New Street / Park Road.
From the Donald Ibbbotson Collection

Events in New Mills

Brookside, floods. th watermark level can be seen under first floor windows on front of building to the left. June 1930

Salem Cottages and Salem Bridge, after floods. c1930

Flood May 8th 1906 the Lodging House, Dye House Lane, in the background.

Car advertising Beverley's Shoes outside J P Beverley's Popular Boot Stores, 15 Union Road.
The car was owned by the Wharmby Family and seated in it are Charlie and Bertie Wharmby, sons of James and Elizabeth Wharmby

Hague Bar, New Mills - Football team. c. 1910

Elephants from Gandy's Circus in Albion Road, near junction with Union Road. Shop at 10 Albion Road on left. The circus was visiting Newtown Football Field Circa 1965

White Hart, top of Dyehouse Lane. Possibly Sunday School anniversary.

Weslyan Chapel St. George's Road, New Mills, with Chapel House adjoining. Now demolished. This picture c. 1924.
A tragic story is attached to a grave close to the chapel, over which there is a stone containing the following inscription:

" Sacred to the memory of Paul Mason who departed this life April 9th 1813, aged 33 years."
" Hannah daughter, son Paul and Margaret Mason, who departed this life Dec. 13th, 1821, aged 18 years."

At New Mills Wakes in 1812, a number of men, bent on having a lark, made a raid on the farm house at Green Head, between New Mills and Bugsworth, and finding no money, damaged the furniture and destroyed the milk and butter. In those days this was a capital offence. No one had the least idea who were the culprits, but detachments of Scots Greys invaded New Mills on several occasions, and the result was that about fifteen men were tried at Derby. The general, indeed, almost the unanimous opinion was that the witnesses were altogether wrong, and all were discharged but three. Although these three protested their innocence, they were sentenced to be hung, and one of these was Paul Mason, who was declared to be innocent, and protested to his last breath. Here is an exact copy of the letter he wrote to his wife:

Derby Gaol, April 5. 1813.

My dear and ever loving wife, - I write these my last lines to you as my last tribute of duty to you, and hoping these few lines will be of lasting importance to you when I am laid in my silent grave. I am striving to make my everlasting peace with my offended God, and rest in full hope of his acceptance of my immoral soul. My dear Wife, I cry to my God day and night, and he has promised to hear and answer all that come to him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. He will in no wise cast out.
Thank God Almighty, the crime I have to suffer for, I have not to answer for before the Almighty. But we are all sinners by nature, and in the sight of God no man shall be justified, but thank God we have an advocate with the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to seek and save those who were lost. I firmly believe I am one whom he came to save, and am accepted by Him, my God and Saviour, and that I shall rest in Christ. Be sure you observe these my last words and desires, and if we never see each other in this world, grant Almighty God that we may meet again in that heavenly kingdom where parting is no more, and where to all eternity we shall rest in the arms of the Redeemer. My dear wile, I hope you will order in some way for my body to come to New Mills to be buried. But the body matters nothing; it is my soul that is of so much value, my never-dying soul - And I hope that no one will upbraid my children of my untimely end, for I am innocent of the crime for which I must suffer. I hope that the Lord will forgive these mine enemies that have taken away my innocent blood. My dear and loving wife, I hope you will make yourself as easy as you can in your distressed situation, for I hope we shall meet in Heaven to part no more, there to praise our Redeemer to all eternity. There will be no false witnesses or swearers there. for we shall be before one who knows the secrets of all hearts, and who will recompense us for all our sufferings here.
Which God knows are many, but we must put our trust in the Lord, for there is nothing done under the sun but what He is an eye-witness of. So, my dear wife, I leave you with my prayers for you and my dear children. hoping to meet you again in Heaven. When you have got my body I should wish you to ask my friends and relatives to my funeral, and to have a sermon preached over me. I hope they will not object to it because I have suffered this untimely death. but I am quite innocent of it. My other affairs about my children I shall tell my brother when he comes; if not I shall write you a few lines before I depart this life. I should like to have a stone laid over me, not for anything of a worldly nature, but to have a verse upon it to let them see that they have taken away my innocent blood. I mean to send you the words, which I should wish to be placed upon the stone.
When my body comes, you may ask who you please to the funeral, for I have no malice against anyone living. Give my best and last respects to my brother James if I don't see him, and to my brother Peter and wife and to my brother Robert likewise, to my brother John and wife also; to sister Hannah and husband, and in a particular manner to my dear sister Sophia and I could wish her to be at my funeral if possible. So farewell, my ever- loving wife; farewell to you my dear children, in hopes to see you again in heaven. I hope and trust you will observe my last word concerning my dear children and your happiness. Tell my dear Maria and Betty to live to God; and my little Hannah. and my poor little Joseph and James. which makes my heart to bleed almost. Tell them if they live to God we shall meet again. So farewell, my poor wife and children, but the Lord has promised to be a father to the fatherless, and a husband to the widow. But I must leave off writing. So farewell, farewell. I conclude, your unfortunate and innocent husband
Paul Mason

Poor Paul Mason's body was brought to New Mills, and strange to say, on its arrival the body was found to be warm. Several gurgling sounds as though life was not quite extinct, were emitted from the throat, and in the opinion of some people his life might have been saved had means been taken to resuscitate him. It will be seen his "little Hannah" lived eight years after her father, and although there are no more inscriptions on the stone, the chapel records are complete as to the occupants of the grave. Here they are:

Grave sold to Paul Mason.
Paul Mason, interred April 9th, 1813, aged 33 years.
Daughter interred Dec. 13th, 1821, aged 18 years.
Joseph Mason, interred March 13th, 1833, aged 25 years.
Ann Mason, interred Nov. 23rd 1853, aged. 77.
Ann Howard, interred June 5th, 1861, aged 13 months.
This grave is now transferred to James Mason.
James Mason, February 21st 1883, aged 73 years.
William Mason, Nov. 17th, 1900, aged 44 years.
This grave is now closed.

It will thus be seen that " poor little Joseph '' lived to be 25, and " poor little James'' to be an old man of 73.

Fire Engine 'Susan' and firemen at Fire Station in Hague Bar Road. c.1930's

This fire engine was purchased by New Mills Council in 1936. It was first used in January 1937 at Beard Mill.

( Another engine Jean was acquired in 1936.) Man on left Councillor J W Cochrane.

Man on right with bowler hat was Mr W C Sheard (council surveyor).

Driver is Esmond Redmill. Captain to right is James Lampard. Group of 4 firemen to left of ladder: Front left: Frank Hardman, back left: Stephen Rose. Group of 3 firemen to right of ladder

New Mills Wesleyan Sunday School picnic.

The: Construction of Union Road Bridge.1884
A steam crane can be seen in operation on the bridge. Torr Mill in the background.

Construction Union Rd - Church rd Bridge New Mills - Work men including Henry Goulding , possibly 2nd from left middle row.

Lorry crash on Union Road bridge, showing Torr Top Mill chimney. May 1931

Flood of River Sett with Watford Printworks behind. May 8th 1906

Market Street decorated for a carnival in aid of the Indian Famine Fund July 1900.

May 8th 1906 New Mills Flood

Opening New Mills Car Park June 29th 1965

From left: Councillor F M Bullough, Councillor K R Gordon (Urban District Council chairman), Councillor E Oldfield, Jack Bailey (Clerk to Urban District council), Edwin Wade, Councillor W H Ferguson, Councillor R D Swinburn, John Pearson (surveyor), Dennis Vernon, Councillor E F Rowbottom, Harold Etchells (clerk's department), Councillor Dr L Millward, Peter Bowden (clerk's department), Councillor F S Kitchen.

Pickerwood Temperance Jazz Band.c1920

Spring Bank, near Spring Mount Chapel. Laying electricity cable. Man on left is Samuel Swann, foreman. c1930

New Mills Library under construction 1909. Second from left is Fred Boyle who was working for his father Sam.

Funeral of Edward Godward. 1908 Loading coffin into hearse at Cliff House, Albion Road where he lived.
He was a local benefactor who left money for a scholarship at the Grammar School.

Funeral of Edward Godward. Procession on Church Road railway bridge

Edward Godward 1841–1908 was the owner of Brunswick Mill on the Peak Forest Canal, a cotton mill, He became the first chairman of New Mills UDC, in 1894.

It is now a sweet factory - Swizzels-Matlow.

Engine and men believed to be in Marsh Lane area. Engine has name plate Heathcote and Hudswell Clarke and Co. No 455 LEEDS 1896 Railway Foundry. Mr Joyce - born about 1857 - is one of the men.

The People of New Mills

Ladies of the Congregational Church, Mellor Road, in grounds of Manse.

Back row. From left: 1. Miss Woodward, 5. Miss Clara Woolley (aged about 18 years, aunt to Mrs Handford), 6. Polly Yates, 10. Mrs Whitaker, 11. Miss Alice Salisbury./ Middle row: 2. Miss Knowles, 4. Mrs Richardson ( sister to Mrs Whitaker). Front row: 1. Mrs Ruth Jepson (aged about 15 years, and sister to Miss Woolley). c:1910

Group of people outside front door of Wesley Mount, Spring Bank.
The lady in the bath chair is believed to be the daughter of Mr Scott, Methodist minister.

Wedding Group outside Hillcroft, 8 Longlands Road. Bride Cecilia Wharmby, Groom John Peter Beverley. Jan 1904.

Chapel Street (Mellor Road circa 1910.

Girl standing on pavement on left was later Mrs Harrop. Woman holding child in her arms is Ethel Lee. Group at rear are the Thompson family from Stafford Street. Man at rear right is Mr Oldham. Lady in doorway on right is Mrs Oldham. Three boys sitting left to right: Jack Richardson, Jack Kelling, Harry Brownhill whose father kept the White Hart

New Mills Congregational Church choir outing.
Top row on right is Roland Higginbottom, of market Street ironmongers, and his fiancee Edith Rigg. c. 1905

Thought to be billiards at New Mills Conservative Club.

New Mills Home Guard Dispatch Riders on Town Hall forecourt WW2.

From left Mr Spencer (from Thornsett), Alf Smith (barber), Eric Livesley (Hayfield chemist), Frank Marshall (baker), Edgar Thorpe (driver), Alf Clapham (cabinet maker), Mr Greenwood (engineer).
New Mills Congos (Congregational Church) choir outing. circa 1905.
Top row on right is Roland Higginbottom, of Market Street ironmongers, and his fiancee Edith Rigg.

Mr James and Mrs Elizabeth Wharmby in their car, thought to be the first in New Mills. James Wharmby was a grocer and corn-chandler who built Carlton Villas on Longlands Road.

Providence Independent Chapel, Chapel Street now Mellor Road c.1910

Lady on left walking away is Miss Jessie Howard, dressmaker. Ethel Lee is holding youngster in arms. Other people include Mrs Harrop, Eva Shaw, Jack Keeling, Alf Howard. Sitting on the wall are the four girls from the Thompson family of Stafford Street.

Wedding group. Bride Beatrice Turner, groom Frank Eaton who had a cobbler's shop in
High Street, New Mills. c:1905 - 1910

Francis George Eaton and wife Beatrice he was born 1891 Eyam Derbyshire, Died Mar 1936 Hayfield, Derbyshire.

Hayfield Union Workhouse, Ollersett View, Lowleighton, New Mills.

Hayfield Union Workhouse, patients 1931

Mr R. Reynolds, Workhouse Master at New Mills for 27 years, died in May 1930. He was formerly Master of the Ashton-under-Lyne Workhouse.

Congregational Chapel, Mellor Road (Chapel Street) . Man on right is Fred Boyle. Man in centre is George Allen. c1905 - Photographer J Randles, Bridge Street.

Penny-farthing bicycle. Men at Watford Bridge Printworks.

Location - Albion Road now the Bar BQ Chipshop. c,1910

Car built by Mr W. Prince in his shop at 94 Albion Rd. See above picture.
Photo in Torr Vale Road in 1904.

High Street New Mills - Picture by Livesley Family

Mr John Andrew Mason, born 1905 died 1976, on a motor bike. New Mills.

Schools in New Mills.

New Mills Infant School, Meadow Street.
Teachers - left hand side Miss Arnfield, right hand side Miss Peck. Photo taken in infants classroom. .c1907-08

Spring Bank School - Standard 6

Back row: Arthur Brownbill, Sidney White, Fred Weatherley, Frank Oldfield,
Eric Stanway, Herbert Higginbottom. Second row: Fred Bonsall (his first teaching appointment - he later became a councillor), Herbert Platt, Harry Crossland,
Ronald Baines, Frank Norris, Eric Wain. Front row: Arthur Boardman, Harold Lee,
Albert Green, Walter Platt (aged about 12), Walter Lomas. c1928

New Mills Council School Spring Bank c. 1907

School group. Spring Bank Infant School. 1928 or 1929.
Back row from left: Eric Redfern, Hilda Goulding, Margaret Parsons, James Hill.

Middle row: Doreen Statham, ? Slack, Betty Wharmby, Frank Marshall, Peggy Wharmby (twin of Betty), Hilda Smith, Marjorie Wright, Sylvia White,

Front row: Doris Wild, Wright Storer, Elsie Jackson.

New Mills Council School. Class 2 - Spring Bank, Meadow Street. c1913