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Old 04-07-11, 17:39   #31
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I can see the house I lived in on the 'chippy' photo! We used to play up Tom Lane, the bridge (where the car is in the other photo) went over the river that ran under Lolly Mill. We used to slip between the railings on the bridge and go and catch stickle backs in the river.

There was a huge mill running parellel to the back of our houses on the other side of the river - dont know if it was part of Lolly Mill but I think it was different. We used to climb onto the roof where is backed into the hillside up Tom Lane.
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There was a huge mill running parellel to the back of our houses on the other side of the river - dont know if it was part of Lolly Mill but I think it was different. We used to climb onto the roof where is backed into the hillside up Tom Lane.
That was part of J H Hirst's Whitewell Works
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I Worked At Lolly As A Mule Spinner From 1965 To 1968 When It Closed. I Started As A Bobbin Carrier Then Progressed To Become A Full Blown Mule Spinner. I Must Have Been One Of The Last To Learn The Trade . It Was Very Hard Work But The Best Paid Job In The Mill,it Was Very Humid And We Used To Work In Bare Feet And A Bib And Brace (no Shirt). Here Are Some Names Of Other Spinners In The Mill BILLY STANWORTH, ALBERT SCHOLES, BILLY HOLDEN, SID SMITH , BILLY NALLY , WALTER FLETCHER , ROCKY STOWE. If i can help with more information my phone number is 01282 859192
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I used to fish for trout as a kid under "Lolly" used to climb over the railing at the back and fish up stream, one had to be careful as they used to blow off the steam out of the boiler under the bridge, my mother would have freeked out had she known where we used to go.
I bought my tackle from Frank Woodhall who ran the shoe shop at the end shop in Scoutbottom, also over the river.
The worst mill for steam was Albert Works, had to run like hell from under there many a fishing trip, it was curved and one had to cross over the river on the bends as it was too deep on the inside curve where the river scowered away the bed!

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I Worked At Lolly As A Mule Spinner From 1965 To 1968 When It Closed. I Started As A Bobbin Carrier Then Progressed To Become A Full Blown Mule Spinner. I Must Have Been One Of The Last To Learn The Trade . It Was Very Hard Work But The Best Paid Job In The Mill,it Was Very Humid And We Used To Work In Bare Feet And A Bib And Brace (no Shirt). Here Are Some Names Of Other Spinners In The Mill BILLY STANWORTH, ALBERT SCHOLES, BILLY HOLDEN, SID SMITH , BILLY NALLY , WALTER FLETCHER , ROCKY STOWE. If i can help with more information my phone number is 01282 859192
my Mother worked at Lolly Mill for years - Ellen Brindle (nee cowley) anyone out there remember her? sadly she died quite young.
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The Chippy used to be over the road and so did the Post Office,
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The Chippy used to be over the road and so did the Post Office,
I used to love butterbeans and chips from that chippy - we lived a couple of doors down and our yard looked over the river at the back of Lolly Mill. Happy days!
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The Chippy used to be over the road and so did the Post Office,
I remember the post office across the road but not the chippy , but there again you are a little older.
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Thanks everyone for the info on Lolly Mill am i to understand that the proper name for it would be Dale Mill .Does any one know who owned it in aprox 1960 or anyone who worked there then.
I worked there in the mid 60s i was a mule spinner along with Billy Stanworth, Billy Holden. Albert Sparks, Rocky Stowe, Sid Smith, and Billy Nally among others. Mule spinning was the best paid job in the mill we used to work in bare feet. We worked on piece work and earned betweem !8 to 20 pouds per week, which good when the average wage was around 5 to ten, pounds then the mill closed and i went to work for Alf Kyme car breakers for 5 pounds a week a massive drop in wages.
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