Holt Corn Mill
The oldest industrial site in Rishton, dating back to the thirteenth century. During the seventeenth and eighteenth century this was a soke mill worked by the Walmsleys and Petres of Dunkenhalgh. Tenant millers from c1780, possibly used by Taylor, Fort & Co., calico printers of Oakenshaw, around 1800.
An email from Marie Ball on the 1st December 2009, tells me that in the 1767 Returns of papists, James Spencer is listed at the mill. I assumed this was Holt Mill, which seems to be the only one at that date listed in the Dunkenhalgh accounts, although earlier they had Fearnehurst mill, Oswaldtwistle and Paythorne mills listed at various times. One of the Duckworth's was a miller at Cowhill in the 18th century, so am I wrong in assuming that the Spencers were at Holt Mill? Might they have been at another mill?
In 1832 the mill contained two pairs of grey stones, two pairs of French stones, dressing machines and bean splitters powered by a water-wheel.
Milling ceased about 1852, and the buildings were later used for bobbin turning, mordant making and as a saw mill.
Last records occur in the early 1870's and the mill apparently fell into disuse following the erection of Rishton Paper Mill.
A curved weir, in excellent state of preservation, on River Hyndburn, upstream of road bridge. Some stone retaining walls and a sluice gate (probably connected with the later paper works) can be seen. Main site covered by auxiliary works of A.M. Peebles & Son Ltd., and recent sewage excavations. The paper mill covers the site of drying kilns. The former Petre Arms and cottage (both in Clayton-le-Moors) were associated with the mill.
Based in Spring Mill.
I am told that they were also based in Spring Mill.
There are now 2 industrial estates in Rishton, one is the former Paper Mill site, which is known as the Riverside estate, and the other is the former Daisy Hill mill, now known as the Daisy Hill Industrial estate.