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Monday, 9 January 2012

Higher Mill

Higher Mill 1918

In 1891 two mills existed in Hoghton, owned by C Walmsley and Sons.

Higher mill, was located about two miles down Chapel Lane in the valley of Hoghton Bottoms.  It was water powered, the mill race running alongside the River Darwen, starting near the railway viaduct.  As a young girl, my grandmother worked in this mill until her marriage in December 1924.


  1. Crying shame they tore down one of the mills and made the other a house removing that amazing water wheel. Huge chunk of great Lancashire weaving history gone. My mum (Joan Dillon (nee Sutcliffe) worked in both mills and I would pop in on a Saturday (they worked 6 days a week back then) and the noise was unbelievable but mum and the others talked "normally" to each other above it all as they all learned to lip-read.

  2. I am researching Abraham Marginson born 1841 who was a mill manager in Hoghton about 1891/1901 he lived with his wife Jane and family on Long Barn Brow. Abraham had a daughter Anna who went to Notre Dame Grammar School in Blackburn.
    I would be grateful for any information.

    Catherine Owens
    I would be grateful for any information.

    1. Hello Catherine, I'd be pleased to know if you found anything on Mr Marginson since your post? Could you contact me on the email at the top left of the page. Thanks