Harry Rutherford's
Festival of Britain Mural

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Randal Hibbert Esq

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On the brook side behind the Bankfield Hotel and Bankfield Terrace, there stood, for about a hundred years, a Bone Mill.  This mill was erected about the end of the 18th century, by Mr. Randal Hibbert; it had a picturesque appearance, which was enhanced by the lake-like reservoir behind it; and at one time it was a very busy place. It was demolished circa 1903.  
Randal Hibbert built Boston Mills, and it was at these mills that the Ashton’s first began cotton spinning.

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Modern map showing the location of the Bone Mill.


Colin Delph said...

Is Randel Hibbert related to Barry in Oz? From my research there appears to be some connection.

Tom said...

I've never seen a picture of this before... great post Nancy..

Anonymous said...

superb picture and explanation I never new why it was called Bone mill dam and would never have believed such a building stood in that valley. Do you have a more precise location of the mill ? Just wondering if I could find any evidence of its existence to post on the blog Alan

Clark Kent said...

Randal Hibbert was a member of the Anti Corn Law League, and over the years donated hundreds of pounds to the organization.