The following information comes from a lease from Claderside company to The Calderside dyeing Company dated 19th October 1899. The lease was for 14 years at an annual rent of £350.

Much of the lease is about legal rights and responsibilities, but it also contains an inventory of fixtures and fitting which give an insight into the mill workings. The word wince occurs a great deal, it is possible that this refers to a winch for pulling stuff out of vats etc.

Extract from Calderside Mill lease
Extract from Calderside Mill lease


One steam engine and boiler with grate, base pipes, valves taps to connected therewith

Bottom room of Mill

One crane for the engine

Gas meter, pipes, burners and fittings throughout the mill, Houses and cottages

All the stream piping and valves throughout the mill except the dyehouse

All the shafting throughout the mill and dyehouses with all the drums, fixings etc except those in the Dyeing and finishing machines and one line shaft

In Backing room No1

One backing mill with table and two cratches, drum and pulley and straps to drive same

In Backing room No2 on second floor

One backing mill with two cylinders

One backing mill with one cylinder

Three dressing machines

Five drums to furnish same and straps

Three tables and one cratch

In Ending and Mending room

Two tables and one stool

In singeing room

One singeing and gassing machine with numerous gas and air pipes

One patent fan below with countershaft drums, fixings and straps

One table and rolling machine

In store

One large wooden cistern fitted up with pipes and ball tap for boiling water

One inspector

One table

One stove pot with grate base and sheet iron pipes

All the wood staves for hanging pieces

Rollers and tabling etc

In the Chemic Shed

Two stone vats for mixing Chemics

One double stone vat fitted up with large wince, pipes and taps

Counter shaft drums, fixings and straps

One large wooden steeping box with false bottom and fitted up with pipes and taps and one cratch

In Dyehouse No1

One large steeping vat with false bottom and fitted up with pipes and taps

One double wooden vat lined with lead for scouring pieces

One double box wince for washing off, fitted up with pipes and taps and gearing

One double wooden box in front for washing off

Two wooden troughs

In Dyehouse 2

Six dye tubs fitted with winces and with pipes and gearing

Two dye tubs fitted without winces and with pipes and gearing

One large wooden vat for scalding wool

One smaller wooden vat

One smaller wooden vat for red wool

One large cask for Turmeric

One other cask

One large vat fitted up with pipes and taps for shumac? with cask above

Two double box winces fitted up with pipes and gearing

One double wooden box for washing off on wheels and strips

One double wooden box for scalding peach wood fitted up with pipes and taps for steam and water

One long wooden cratch bench

Six wooden buckets or juggers

Two piece barrows

Dyers ladles

All the steam and water pipes within the dyehouse with the taps and valves

One line shaft on each side of the dyehouse with gearing to drive the dye tub winces

In Drain place

One gas meter

One ladder

One large drain with stairbags

Two cratches

One large wooden box filled up with pipes attached and ball tap etc

One hoist with large rope and drawing gear

In shed outside

One large heble wince fitted up with shaft and gearing

Pipes and taps for steam and water with pulley straps etc.

One heble wooden box in front fitted up with wince above pipes taps for washing off

One wood ceiling for protection

One drain

In Store house

Wood partitions for dyewood

One large cask for acitate of iron

In Cylinder room

One set of 15 drying cylinders with countershaft

Four drums fitted up with pipes and safety valve, taps and straps for driving same

One rack and cratch

In Stiffening room

Five stiffening tubs, three for boiling fitted up with pipes and taps etc

One large platform or table

One stiffening frame with countershaft drum and strap and cratch

One calenderer or mangle

In Finishing room

One breaking machine with drum and straps

One dressing machine and table

One cropping machine with countershaft. strap to

One finishing dressing machine, strap to

One plaiting machine

One long table for measuring pieces with drawers

Two other tables for making up goods

One hand plaiting frame

One stone table fitted up with roller at end for finishing pieces

Two sets of figures and numbers

One rolling machine

Quantity of spare rollers

In Cutting room

One cutting frame

In Piece room (ground floor)

One eight day timepiece

Two barrows

Two long cratches

In Office

Wood partition forming office

One desk with eight drawers

One stool

In Bottom room of Mill

Sundry spare rollers

Quantity of new staves for stove One table and vice

This page was last updated August 2009