Our latest Publication
17th May 2021
Our President Don Barrett has been busy again, with another brilliant book:
Cotton to Wood – One Addingham mill and its people, 1795-2001
“The Addingham Sawmill closed in 2001 after having been run by the Brear family for 140 years, but it was built as a cotton spinning mill by Anthony Fentiman in 1795, hence the title.
My new book tells the story of the mill, the people who worked there, what they did, what equipment they used and what the mill produced in both its phases.
There is considerable emphasis on the people and the families, much of the information coming from the four-times-great-grandson of Fentiman and many members of the extensive Brear family.
The book is illustrated with photos from Brear family albums along with others taken of the mill building while it was working, after it closed and during its demolition. Following this, the present housing was built and the mill dam (‘duck pond’) was reinstated.