Room and power mill

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A room and power mill was a type of textile mill found in Lancashire region of England in the 19th century. Small businesses paid the owner rent for space for their machines, and power from the mill engine or waterwheel.

The System[edit]

In for example Nelson, many mills were operated by The Nelson Room and Power Company, and the Walverden Room and Power Company.[1] This allowed specialised companies to start up. Such a company, may have 20 dobby looms, and just do "fancies".


  • Beehive Mill, Jersey Street, Great Ancoats
  • Brownsfield Mill, Great Ancoats
  • Vale Mill, Todmorden

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ashmore 1982, p. 212


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