Memories of the Mill

The selected contents of Dale End Mill, Lothersdale, are to be offered at auction on the 26th May at Tennants Auctioneers, Leyburn.
Up for auction are pieces of furniture used in the mill offices, office equipment and various related and decorative items dating from the late 19th and early 20th century. However, the most fascinating part of the collection is a quantity of textile pattern books dating from the late 19th century onwards. Filled with clippings and samples of fabric, both those produced at Dale End Mill and from other textile firms, the books form an extraordinary archive of textiles.
Dale End Mill has a long history; water-powered industry was present in Lothersdale as early as the sixteenth century, and records reveal that a corn mill was operating on the site in 1603. However, the new technology of the Industrial Revolution introduced by Richard Arkwright in the middle of the 18th century, gave new purpose to the mill; in 1792, an 18 year old Thomas Parker realised the potential of the mill and joined the booming textile industry, by converting the mill from corn to textiles. 
Dale End Mill was in operation for over 200 years, latterly trading under the name Stephen J Wilson Ltd. The mill is best known for being the site of reputedly the largest indoor waterwheel in the world, built in the second half of the 19th century.
For further information contact Tennants on 01969 623780 or email
A fully illustrated catalogue for the sale will be available on our website,, leading up to the sale, alternatively, please contact the salerooms for further details.