Mill Memories

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We had a wonderful visit last Friday from Sheila (above left) and Margaret Watson, who had inherited two Joshua Ellis mill photographs from a relative. They kindly got in touch to ask if we would like to not only see the photos, but keep them for our archives. We enjoyed hearing their memories of their father, aunts’ and grandfather’s roles within the mill and their own visits to the former Batley Carr site as children.

After Joshua Ellis moved to its current location in 2003, the historic buildings at Batley Carr were converted into living accommodation, and the two mill chimneys remain on the site today as landmarks to its former use.

 

Joshua Ellis Mill Photo_David Huxley+group 1964

Photograph from 1964 at Joshua Ellis’ Batley Carr site, showing previous owner and MD David Huxley at centre, presenting a retirement gift to an employee. Margaret and Sheila’s father and two of their aunts are among the group.

 

Joshua Ellis Mill Photo 1920s

Photograph dating from the 1920’s. In the front row at left is Edwin Watson, Sheila and Margaret’s grandfather, who was the Mill Engineer. (Copy of original photo)

 

As we showed Sheila and Margaret around the mill, many members of current staff remembered the former mill buildings at the Batley Carr site, and a few thought they may even recognise relatives in the photographs…

Sheila and Margaret with Weaving Manager Dean, whose mother also worked at Joshua Ellis.

Sheila and Margaret with Weaving Manager Dean, whose mother also worked at Joshua Ellis.

 

With Finishing Manager Ian

With Finishing Manager Ian

 

Chatting to Mary, who has worked in mending since Joshua Ellis was based at Batley Carr.

Chatting to Mary, who has worked in mending since Joshua Ellis was based at Batley Carr.

 

With mender Josie and Pattern Cutter Lesley

With Mender Josie and Pattern Cutter Lesley

 

Our very warm thanks to Sheila and Margaret and their family for sharing these snapshots of history with us – the timing is perfect as we look ahead to our 250th Anniversary next year.

If you think you may recognise anyone in the photographs, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please get in touch via marketing@joshuaellis.co.uk.

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