in the Dean valley about half way between Ingersley Vale
and Rainow, this large cotton spinning mill would
have dominated the valley. Today not a trace remains.
It was known as the White Shop because, unusually, it was
whitewashed overall, picture right c.1860. The house at the
front of the mill and the cottages at the near end still
exist along Sugar Lane, Rainow.
The mill was originally water powered with the head being
established by the mill pond which remains today. Interestingly,
the mill pond, to the left of the picture, was empty when
the picture was taken. It has water in it today. Later,
steam power was employed with the boiler house chimney being
sited up the hill in order to reduce the amount of building
height needed. The roadway up Kerridge Hill behind the mill
provided access to various small coal pits and a quarry at
the top of the hill. It is probable that some of the coal
for the mill came from these pits. The horizontal line marks
the almost level track that extended from North End, Bollington,
all the way to Kerridge End and was known as the East
The picture comes from probably the oldest individual collection
in the Civic Society's picture collection and dates from
the 1860s, the dawn of photography.
Spelling - up until 1874 the maps record the name as Hough
Hole. All the maps since use the Hough-hole spelling.
picture, left, was taken looking from the front of the mill
and shows the road bridge over the river Dean and the mill
manager's house, both of which still exist. The picture dates
from the 1860s.
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|The mill was located in the green field in the upper centre
of the map. The dark area below is the still existant mill
pond. The main picture above shows this area to be rough ground
covered in vegetation. This suggests that the pond was out
of use in the 1860s, further suggesting that by that time the
sole source of power was the steam engine.
My thanks go to those who researched and discovered the history
that is presented in these pages. Please
read the full acknowledgement of their remarkable achievement.
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