Woollen Mills in and around Frome

 

Kindly extracted from Ken Rogers’ Wiltshire and Somerset Woollen Mills by Sarah Lowther.

 

Sarah writes, “Each mill has its own section and the references are at the bottom of each section and so it doesn't say which record contains which piece of information or surname. I have taken the information from Chapter 11, “Frome valley”, Chapter 12, “Frome”, and Chapter 13, “Elm, Nunney etc”. If there are any surnames that you are researching and you would like the full text, let me know (there are many other names for mills that are not in the Frome district).”

 

Name

Description

Status

Date

Place

Mill

LANGFORD, Alexander

Clothier of Trowbridge

 

1543

Beckington

Clifford’s Mill

COGSWELL, Thomas

Shearman of Clifford’s Mill

 

1666

Beckington

Clifford’s Mill

NEWTON, Mr

Of Freshford

Owner

1787

Beckington

Clifford’s Mill

PERKINS, William

Fuller

 

1830

Beckington

Clifford’s Mill

CARPENTER, James

 

 

1786

Beckington

Eden Vale Mill

TUCKER, Thomas

 

Leaseholder

1548

Farleigh

Hungerford Mill

NOAD, James

 

 

1790

Farleigh

Hungerford Mill

FUSSELL, James

Clothier of Mells

Owner

1821

Farleigh

Hungerford Mill

MOORE, James

 

 

1834

Farleigh

Hungerford Mill

JONES, Gordon, & SALTER

 

 

abt  1866

Farleigh

Hungerford Mill

SALTER, Charles & Co.

 

 

Until 1910

Farleigh

Hungerford Mill

JOYCE, Thomas

Bradford Clothier

 

1792

Freshford

Dunkirk Factory

MOGGRIDGE, John

 

 

1795

Freshford

Dunkirk Factory

JOYCE, COOPER & Co.

 

 

1810

Freshford

Dunkirk Factory

COOPER, Edward

 

 

1810

Freshford

Dunkirk Factory

JONES, W.H.

 

 

1815

Freshford

Dunkirk Factory

SPACKMAN, Thomas

 

 

1828-53

Freshford

Dunkirk Factory

GERRISH, Mary

Daughter of Edward LANGFORD

 

1552

Freshford

Freshford Mill

DAVISON, Henry

Clothier of Freshford

Owner

1612

Freshford

Freshford Mill

ASHE, John

 

Owner

1627

Freshford

Freshford Mill

METHUEN, Anthony

Bradford clothier

Owner

1712

Freshford

Freshford Mill

METHUEN, Paul

 

Owner

1795

Freshford

Freshford Mill

PERKINS, Samuel

Millman

Owner

1795

Freshford

Freshford Mill

NEWTON, John

of Limpley Stoke

Leeseholder

1796

Freshford

Freshford Mill

WAPSHARE, James

of Salisbury

Owner

1807

Freshford

Freshford Mill

JOYCE, Thomas

 

Tenant

1807

Freshford

Freshford Mill

JOYCE, H.T. & J.

 

 

1816

Freshford

Freshford Mill

EDMONDS, Henry

 

 

1855

Freshford

Freshford Mill

ROSE, James

Fuller

 

1859 & 1861

Freshford

Freshford Mill

MOORE, James

Partner of Ezekiel EDMONDS

 

1875

Freshford

Freshford Mill

EDMONDS, Ezekiel

Partner of James MOORE

 

1875

Freshford

Freshford Mill

FREEMAN, C.

 

Owner

1878

Freshford

Freshford Mill

LANGFORD, Alexander

Trowbridge clothier

Owner

abt 1545

Freshford

Freshford Mill

LANGFORD, Edward

Son of Alexander LANGFORD

 

abt 1545-52

Freshford

Freshford Mill

GEE, William

 

 

Late 1830s

Freshford

Freshford Mill

LANGFORD, Alexander

Son of Edward LANGFORD

 

Late C16

Freshford

Freshford Mill

HAYWARD, Robert

Clothier

Tenant

Late C16

Freshford

Freshford Mill

LANGFORD, John

Son of Alexander LANGFORD

 

Until 1612

Freshford

Freshford Mill

ROSSITER, William

Clothier

Freeholder

1810

Frome

Adderwell

SEVIOUR, Mrs

 

Tenant

1810

Frome

Adderwell

SEVIOUR, Samuel

 

Tenant

1814

Frome

Adderwell

RAWLINGS, James & Son

 

Tenant

1814

Frome

Adderwell

HOUSTON, Henry

 

Freeholder

1825

Frome

Broadway Mill

HILL, James & Son

 

Tenants

1859

Frome

Broadway Mill

HOUSTON & Son

 

Freeholder

1866

Frome

Broadway Mill

CLARE, Stephen

Cloth manufacturer

 

1872

Frome

Broadway Mill

RAWLINGS, H. T. & Co.

 

Freeholders

1875

Frome

Broadway Mill

BLUNT, Robert

Clothier of Frome, house in Keyford

Leaseholder

1795

Frome

Claybridge or Vennells Mill

LACEY, T

 

Tenant

1800

Frome

Claybridge or Vennells Mill

FRENCH, Joseph

 

Tenant

1820

Frome

Claybridge or Vennells Mill

SCAMMELLS, Richard

 

Tenant

1822

Frome

Claybridge or Vennells Mill

HARDING, Thomas

Fuller and Dresser

Tenant

1826

Frome

Claybridge or Vennells Mill

SIMESTER, Elijah

Woollen Manufacturer

Tenant

1884-96

Frome

Claybridge or Vennells Mill

MARR, Mr

 

Tenant

Btwn 1800-20

Frome

Claybridge or Vennells Mill

WHEELER, John

 

Tenant

Btwn 1800-20

Frome

Claybridge or Vennells Mill

CHAPMAN, William

 

Tenant

Btwn 1800-20

Frome

Claybridge or Vennells Mill

GRANT, William

 

 

1827

Frome

Feltham Mill

COGSWELL, Edward

Clothier of Westbury Leigh

Leaseholder

1616

Frome

Friggle Street Mill

COGSWELL, John

Son of Edward

Leaseholder

1616

Frome

Friggle Street Mill

COOMBS, Ebenezer

Clothier with a mill in Corsley.

Tenant

1796

Frome

Friggle Street Mill

COOMBS, E, S

 

 

1840

Frome

Friggle Street Mill

ROSSITER, W. & J.

of Frome

 

1840

Frome

Friggle Street Mill

TUDGAY, John

 

Tenant

Late C18

Frome

Friggle Street Mill

STOKES, Joseph

 

Tenant

1754

Frome

Leonards Mill (Saunders Mill)

GRANT, John

 

Tenant

1813

Frome

Leonards Mill (Saunders Mill)

SLADE, James

 

Tenant

1818

Frome

Leonards Mill (Saunders Mill)

LEONARD, John

 

Tenant

Bef 1754

Frome

Leonards Mill (Saunders Mill)

HAGLEY, Lawrence

Silk throwster

 

1823

Frome

Merchants Barton

HAGLEY, John

Silk throwster

 

1823

Frome

Merchants Barton

SHEPPARDs

Frome clothiers

 

1810

Frome

Rodden Factory

WEBB, William

Farmer of Roddenbury

Leaseholder

1812

Frome

Rodden Factory

BEAUCHAMP, William

Coal merchant of Frome

Freeholder

1873-83

Frome

Rodden Factory

HUMPHREYS, Samuel

 

Freeholder

1807

Frome

South Parade

HUMPHREYS, William

Son of Samuel

 

1821

Frome

South Parade

RAWLINGS, Daniel

 

Tenant

1822

Frome

South Parade

NAPPER, Edward

 

 

1813

Frome

The Butts

HAMS, William

 

 

1830-66

Frome

The Butts

HAMS, Harry

Son of William

 

1830-66

Frome

The Butts

LEE, Robert

Millwright and engineer

 

1834

Frome

The Butts

HALEY, Abraham

Ran Selwood Iron Works

 

1860s

Frome

The Butts

RAWLINGS, H. T. & Co.

 

 

1872

Frome

The Butts

ALLEN, Samuel

Dyer

Freeholder

1796

Frome

Town Mill and Willow Dye House

ALLEN, John

 

Freeholder

1796

Frome

Town Mill and Willow Dye House

OLIVE, Edward

Dyer

Freeholder

1808

Frome

Town Mill and Willow Dye House

SHEPPARD (& WATSON)

 

 

C17 - 1880

Frome

Town Mill and Willow Dye House

BRITTAIN family

 

 

1807

Frome

Vallis Way Factory

BRITTAIN, Richard

 

 

1823

Frome

Vallis Way Factory

HOUSTON, Henry

 

 

1833

Frome

Vallis Way Factory

LITTLE, John White

Manufacturer of broadcloth

 

1833

Frome

Vallis Way Factory

MEARES, Robert

of Corsley

Freeholder

1751

Frome

Wallbridge Factory

BULL, Samuel Allen

Dyer of Frome

Freeholder

1834

Frome

Wallbridge Factory

HARDING, Charles

Frome auctioneer

Freeholder

1839

Frome

Wallbridge Factory

TROTMAN, Daniel

Clothier (prev. business at Vallis Way and Milk Street)

Tenant

1839

Frome

Wallbridge Factory

TUCKER, W. H.

Cloth dealer of Trowbridge

Freeholder

1868

Frome

Wallbridge Factory

TUCKER, Alfred H.

Son of W.H. TUCKER

Freeholder

1868

Frome

Wallbridge Factory

STEPHENS, Samuel

Former manager at SHEPPARDs’ Spring Gardens Factory. Firm known as MAGILL & STEPHENS.

Freeholder

Abt 1855-68

Frome

Wallbridge Factory

HARRIS, John

Dyer

 

Early C18

Frome

Wallbridge Factory

BURN, Thomas

Dyer

 

Early C18

Frome

Wallbridge Factory

HOLMES, Richard

 

Freeholder

Early C18 - 1751

Frome

Wallbridge Factory

MEARES, John

 

 

To 1834

Frome

Wallbridge Factory

JESSER, Thomas

Clothier

 

1794

Frome

Welsh Mill

NAPPER, Thomas

 

 

1810

Frome

Welsh Mill

CUZNER, John

Fuller

 

1844-53

Frome

Welsh Mill

RAWLINGS, Daniel

 

 

Early C19 - 1830

Frome

Welsh Mill

HOUSTON

of Vallis Way

 

Late C19 to early C20

Frome

Welsh Mill

JESSER, Joseph

Clothier

 

Mid C18

Frome

Welsh Mill

AYRES, John

 

Leaseholder

1794

Frome

West Woodlands Mill

KINGDON, George

 

Leaseholder

1817

Frome

West Woodlands Mill

CLEMENTS, James

 

Tenant

1821

Frome

West Woodlands Mill

MILLARD, Thomas

 

Tenant

1821

Frome

West Woodlands Mill

PORTER, Samuel

Clothier of Milk Street

Tenant

1830

Frome

West Woodlands Mill

SEER, Joseph

 

Tenant

1847

Frome

West Woodlands Mill

SEER, George

Cloth manufacturer

Tenant

To 1903

Frome

West Woodlands Mill

CHAMPNEYS family

of Orchardleigh

 

1727

Frome

White Mill

CUZNER, John

 

 

1820-53

Frome

White Mill

HARDING, Thomas

Also of Vennell’s Mill

 

1861

Frome

White Mill

GRANT family

 

 

Early C19

Frome

White Mill

HOUSTON & Co.

of Vallis Way, Frome

 

Late C19

Frome

White Mill

HALL, Thomas

 

Owner

1810

Great Elm

Bedlam Bottom Mills

RAWLINGS & Co.

 

Leeseholders

1810

Great Elm

Bedlam Bottom Mills

ROTTON, Gilbert

 

Owner

1826

Great Elm

Bedlam Bottom Mills

FRENCH, John

Clothier at Goulds Ground

 

1830

Great Elm

Bedlam Bottom Mills

NAISH, Robert

Fuller of Elm

 

1765

Great Elm

Bedlam Bottom or Riffords Mill

GEORGE, George

Father of George MARWOOD

 

1793

Great Elm

Hapsford Mill

GEORGE, George Mawhood

Son of George

 

1833

Great Elm

Hapsford Mill

SIMKINS & WOOD

 

 

1838-59

Great Elm

Hapsford Mill

HARDING, Robert

Fuller in Elm

 

1875

Great Elm

Riffords Mill

SHEPPARD, John

 

 

Early C19

Great Elm

Riffords Mill

SHEPPARD, James

Fuller

 

Early C19

Great Elm

Riffords Mill

BREWER, Christopher

of Lullington

 

1693

Laverton

Staplemead Mill

ADAMS, Henry

Fuller

 

1805

Laverton

Staplemead Mill

ADAMS, John

Fuller

 

1844

Laverton

Staplemead Mill

SIMKINS & WOOD

 

 

1859

Laverton

Staplemead Mill

WOOD, Levi & Co

 

 

1883

Laverton

Staplemead Mill

RAWLINGS, H. T. & Co.

 

 

1889, 1902

Laverton

Staplemead Mill

RENISON, John

Bradford clothier

Co-owner

1803

Lullington

Lullington Mill

WILLMOT, R. E.

 

Co-owner

1803

Lullington

Lullington Mill

GRANT, James

Fuller

Lessee

1803

Lullington

Lullington Mill

FRY, Robert

Clothier

Tenant

1809

Lullington

Lullington Mill

CUZNER, John

 

 

1820

Lullington

Lullington Mill

STANCOMB, James

 

 

1825

Lullington

Lullington Mill

MORGAN, John

 

 

1825

Lullington

Lullington Mill

SCAMMELL, Richard

 

 

1830

Lullington

Lullington Mill

MOORE, James

 

 

1844

Lullington

Lullington Mill

MARKS, Thomas

 

 

1855

Lullington

Lullington Mill

COLLINS, Thomas

Cloth and wool dyer of Marston

 

1808

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

FUSSELL, Messrs

 

 

1809

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

CHARLES, Messrs

 

 

1809

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

ROTTON, Gilbert

 

Tenant

1809

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

COLLINS, Messrs

 

 

1811

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

BROWNING, Messrs

 

 

1811

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

ALLEN, Francis

 

Tenant

1815-23

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

COLES

 

Tenant

1815-23

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

HALLIDAY, Orlando & Co.

 

Tenant

1826

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

GRANT, John

Fuller and Dresser

 

1830

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

PARISH, William

Dyer

Tenant

1831

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

CHAMPNEYS family

 

Owners of upper site

Early C19

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

HOPKINS family

 

Tenants

Early C19

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

JEFFRIES family

 

Owners of lower site

Early C19

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

GRANT family

Fullers and Dressers

 

Until abt 1900

Marston Bigot

Mills at Spring Gardens

SHEPPARD, William

 

 

1788-1879

Marston Bigot

Spring Gardens Mill

PAYNE, John

 

Owner

1822

Nunney

Nunney

PORTER, Samuel

Clothier of Milk Street

Tenant

1822

Nunney

Nunney

FUSSELL, James

of Mells

Owner

1830

Nunney

Nunney

PAYNE, Thomas

Clothier

Owner

Abt 1800

Nunney

Nunney

PASSION, Anthony

Trowbridge clothier

 

1551

Rode

Langham Mill

PASSION, Walter

 

Freeholder

1609

Rode

Langham Mill

HUNGERFORD, Edward

Lord of the manor of Langham

Owner

1609

Rode

Langham Mill

DAVISON, John

Yeoman

Leaseholder

1684

Rode

Langham Mill

GEORGE als EDWARDS, John

Clothier of Worton

Freeholder

1688

Rode

Langham Mill

EARLE, Thomas

of Malmesbury

Freeholder

1738

Rode

Langham Mill

HOULTON family

of Farleigh

Freeholder

1739

Rode

Langham Mill

PERKINS, John

 

 

1805-27

Rode

Langham Mill

GRANT, John

Fuller

 

1838

Rode

Langham Mill

WHITAKER, Jeffery

Tinhead clothier

Owner

Late 16c

Rode

Langham Mill

RUTTY, Edward

 

Tenant

Late 16c

Rode

Langham Mill

POOLL, William

 

Tenant

Late C18

Rode

Langham Mill

NOAD, Jonathan

Clothier

Tenant

1795

Rode

Rockabella Factory

NORMAN, Samuel

 

Owner

1795

Rode

Rockabella Factory

EVANS, Samuel

 

Tenant

1838

Rode

Rockabella Factory

BATTEN-POOLL family

of Rode Manor

 

1842

Rode

Rockabella Factory

PYARD family

Clothiers from Trowbridge

Tenants

1559

Rode

Rode Bridge Mill

DAVIS, Henry

Fuller

 

1715

Rode

Rode Bridge Mill

MOORE, James

 

 

1841

Rode

Rode Bridge Mill

LEDYARD, Thomas Whitaker

Clothier

Tenant

Early C18

Rode

Rode Bridge Mill

BATTEN family

Clothiers of Rode

Owners

Early -mid C18

Rode

Rode Bridge Mill

BATTEN, Henry

Clothier of Rode

Joint owner

1808

Rode

Scutts Bridge Mill

POOLL, Thomas

Clothier of Rode

Joint owner

1808

Rode

Scutts Bridge Mill

TAYLOR, James & Sons

Fullers and dressers

 

1850

Rode

Scutts Bridge Mill

WHITCHURCH, John

 

 

1516

Rode

Shawford Mill

HUNGERFORD family

of Farleigh

Owners

1605

Rode

Shawford Mill

COLLINS, George

 

Tenant

1605

Rode

Shawford Mill

NOAD, Humphrey Minchin

Son of Jonathan NOAD

Owner

1814-44

Rode

Shawford Mill

MARKS, Thomas

 

Tenant

1838

Rode

Shawford Mill

LAWSON, Joseph Watson

Dyer of Trowbridge

Leasee

1844

Rode

Shawford Mill

WILLIS, William

Dyer from Trowbridge

 

1847-74

Rode

Shawford Mill

KEMP, Edward

Cloth manufacturer

 

1874-93

Rode

Shawford Mill

FREEMAN, W. O.

Flock manufacturer of Freshford

Owner

1893

Rode

Shawford Mill

NOAD, Jonathan

Clothier. Son in law of Thomas WHITAKER

Owner

Early C19

Rode

Shawford Mill

PARISH, John

Later, a dyer at Frome

Tenant

Early C19

Rode

Shawford Mill

EDWARDS,

 

Tenant

Late C17

Rode

Shawford Mill

WHITAKER, Thomas

Dyer

 

Mid C18

Rode

Shawford Mill

HUNGERFORD

Of Farleigh Castle

Owners

1574

Tellisford

Tellisford Mill

WALLIS, family

Clothing family of Trowbridge

Leaseholders

1574

Tellisford

Tellisford Mill

CRABB, Benjamin

Clothier

 

1712

Tellisford

Tellisford Mill

PALMER, William

 

Freeholder

1717

Tellisford

Tellisford Mill

CRABB, William

Clothier of Tellisford

 

1765

Tellisford

Tellisford Mill

CRABB, William

Cothier

 

1817

Tellisford

Tellisford Mill

WILKINS, James

Fuller

 

1838

Tellisford

Tellisford Mill

FREEMAN, W. O.

Freeman of Freshford

 

1891

Tellisford

Tellisford Mill

COLLINS, Mr

 

 

Before 1891

Tellisford

Tellisford Mill

HORTON, William

Son of Thomas HORTON Jnr

 

1529

Westwood

Iford Mill

YERBURY, John

Son of John YERBURY

 

1625

Westwood

Iford Mill

HUNGERFORD family

of Farleigh

Freeholders

1651

Westwood

Iford Mill

CHANLER, William

Bradford Salter

 

1700

Westwood

Iford Mill

HARDING, Thomas

Clothier of Ilford

 

1713-49

Westwood

Iford Mill

HALLIDAY, John

 

Freeholder

1749

Westwood

Iford Mill

PERKINS, Samuel

of Rode, millman

 

1767

Westwood

Iford Mill

PERKINS, Thomas

 

Leaseholder

1787

Westwood

Iford Mill

PERKINS, Sarah

 

 

1839

Westwood

Iford Mill

MULLINGS, Joseph

Fuller

 

1847-51

Westwood

Iford Mill

NOAD, John

 

 

1855

Westwood

Iford Mill

BREWER, William

of Trowbridge

 

From 1666

Westwood

Iford Mill

HORTON, John

Clothier from Lullington

 

Late C15

Westwood

Iford Mill

HORTON, Thomas Snr

Son of John HORTON

 

Late C15

Westwood

Iford Mill

HORTON, Thomas Jnr

Nephew of Thomas HORTON

 

Till 1529

Westwood

Iford Mill

METHUEN, Paul

of Bradford

 

Till 1666

Westwood

Iford Mill

BREWER, William

Son of William BREWER

 

Till 1713

Westwood

Iford Mill

YERBURY, John

of Atworth

 

Till abt 1614

Westwood

Iford Mill

PARSONS, Harry

Oil leather dresser

Freeholder

1810

Whatley

Egford Mill

DOMMETT, Joseph

Cardmaker

 

1838

Whatley

Egford Mill

DOMMETT, Messrs

Clothiers

Tenants

1840

Whatley

Egford Mill

HORNER, T, S

of Mells

 

1840

Whatley

Egford Mill

HAMS, Harry

Frome clothier

 

1850-60s

Whatley

Egford Mill

LONG, Caleb

Clothier

 

1875

Whatley

Egford Mill

RAWLINGS, H. T. & Co.

of Broadway Mills

 

1883

Whatley

Egford Mill

SEWEY, William

Clothman

Leaseholder

1458

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

BAILY, Thomas

Trowbridge clothier

Freeholder

1513

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

ASHE, Samuel

of Langley Burrell

 

1658

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

BARNARD, Joseph

Clothier

 

1658

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

GREENE, Walter

of Brook in Westbury

Owner

1683

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

MULLINGS, John

 

 

1788-92

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

GORDON, Thomas

Married widow of John MULLINGS

 

1799

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

MULLINGS, Thomas

Fuller

Tenant

1840

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

BAILY, Christopher

Son of Thomas BAILY

 

abt 1543

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

STILLMAN, John

Trowbridge clothier

 

After 1749

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

COOPER family

Trowbridge clothiers

Owners

Early C18

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

CLEVELODE, William

Clothman

 

End C15

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

ASHE family

of Freshford

 

Mid C17

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

COOPER, John Allen

Gt Grandson of John ALLEN

 

Mid C18

Wingfield

Stowford Mill

COOPER, John

 

 

Until 1749

Wingfield

Stowford Mill