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CALF HALL SHED COMPANY LTD. MINUTES PT1

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CALF HALL SHED COMPANY LTD.
BARNOLDSWICK.

MINUTE BOOKS
MINUTE BOOK 1
Commences April 27 1889.
[Anything in square brackets is explanatory material inserted by the transcriber, Stanley Challenger Graham. At times these may seem simplistic but I have to bear in mind the fact that not everyone will be familiar with the trade or the district. I know also that it can be very annoying if technical terms are used outside the reader's experience so please bear with me if I seem to state the obvious.]

[Prior to this first Annual General Meeting there were reports in the Craven Herald:
22/10/1888. Proposed new weaving shed. Report of a meeting at the Baptist chapel re. The new shed company.
03/11/1888. Meeting of the new shed company at Mechanic’s Hall (Jepp Hill). Discussions as to site.
17/11/1888. Meeting in Seven Stars Assembly Rooms. Shares to be £25. Initial share capital to be £10,000. £6000 of this taken up at the meeting.]

[I know no way of accurately converting monetary values from this era into modern prices. The multiplier depends on which base value is used. The accepted calculation relative to average wages falls in the middle of the range and is the one I bear in my mind when looking at prices up to about 1910. This is roughly 100 and in most cases seems a slightly low estimate based on those values which I have some knowledge of however I’m satisfied it is a good rough yardstick, the best we can hope for!]

Calf Hall Shed Company Limited.
The first Annual General Meeting of the Company was held pursuant to the Statute in the Seven Stars Assembly Room Barnoldswick on the 27th day of April 1889. Mr Brooks Banks occupying the Chair. The Solicitor to the company was present.
On the question of the appointment of Directors in the place of the provisional directors who retire, it was proposed by Mr Stephen Pickles and seconded by Mr John Brooks that seven be the number of directors. An amendment that twelve be the number was proposed by Mr John Horsfield and seconded by Mr John Edmondson and being put to the meeting was carried, the original motion was therefore lost.
The appointment of individual directors was then proceeded with and the following gentlemen were proposed and seconded as directors.
Mr Leonard Holdsworth [I don’t know what Leonard Holdsworth did but in 1887 he was noted as living at 23 Rainhall Road, Barnoldswick.] was proposed by Mr James Edmondson. Seconded by Mr Sandy Harmer and had 41 votes. Mr Proctor Barrett [Proctor Barrett was a joiner and builder with premises on Station Road, Barnoldswick] was proposed by Mr Stephen Pickles and seconded by Mr John Brooks, had 47 votes. Mr Brooks Banks was proposed by Mr James Edmondson and seconded by Mr Stephen Hartley and had 49 votes. Dr J D Roberts was proposed by Mr Albion Hargreaves and seconded by Mr Watson Knowles, had 44 votes. Mr William Holdsworth [William Holdsworth was a joiner with premises on Commercial Street, Barnoldswick] was proposed by Mr Joseph Brearley and seconded by Mr Johnson Edmondson [Johnson Edmondson was an overlooker and his address in 1887 was 9 Albion Terrace], had 46 votes. Mr Robert Clark was proposed by Mr Watson Knowles and seconded by Mr William Williams, had 26 votes. Mr Thomas Dent [Thomas Dent was a baker of 5 Albion Terrace; on Park Road, his bakery was behind the house and fronts on to Wellington Street.] was proposed by Mr Stephen Pickles and seconded by Mr Henry Pickles, had 43 votes. Mr Johnson Edmondson was proposed by Mr Thomas Baxter and seconded by Mr John Horsfield, had 46 votes. Mr Simon Parker was proposed by Mr Thomas Suthers and seconded by Mr James Edmondson, had 30 votes. Mr Edward Smith [Edward Smith was a stonemason and contractor of Mosley Street, Barnoldswick.] was proposed by Mr Fred Suthers and seconded by Mr Watson Knowles, had 38 votes. Mr John Pickup was proposed by Mr Thomas Baxter and seconded by Mr John William Elsworth, had 10 votes. Mr William Perry was proposed by Mr John Horsfield and seconded by Mr Henry Pickles, had 37 votes. Mr Joseph Brearley was proposed by Mr Stephen Pickles and seconded by Mr J T Suthers, had 21 votes. Mr William P Brooks [William Proctor Brooks was an auctioneer and valuer and may have owned Wellhouse Farm on Church Street, Barnoldswick.] was proposed by Mr Henry Pickles and seconded by Mr Harry Broughton, had 23 votes.
The Meeting then proceeded to vote on the names proposed and each gentleman received the number of votes set against his name in the above list.
The following gentlemen were therefore appointed Directors.
Mr Leonard Holdsworth, 41 votes.
“ Proctor Barrett, 47 votes.
“ Brooks Banks, 49 votes.
“ Dr. J D Roberts, 44 votes.
“ William Holdsworth, 46 votes.
“ Robert Clark, 26 votes.
“ Thomas Dent, 43 votes.
“ Johnson Edmondson, 46 votes.
“ Simon Parker, 30 votes.
“ Edward Smith, 38 votes.
“ William Perry, 37 votes.
“ William P Brooks, 23 votes.

The Shareholders then proceeded to elect an Auditor. Mr William Williams proposed and Mr J T Suthers seconded that Mr John Lancaster be appointed auditor. This motion, being put to the meeting was carried unanimously. Mr John Lancaster was accordingly elected Auditor for the ensuing year.
A vote of thanks to Mr John Hartley the secretary being proposed and seconded was put to the meeting and carried unanimously.
This concluded the business of the meeting. Signed Brooks Banks, chairman and John Hartley, secretary.
[Report in Craven Herald 17/11/1888 on a meeting held in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms reports that shares were £25 each and £6,000 worth were taken up at this meeting.]

May 1st 1889.
At the first meeting of the directors after the first annual general meeting of the Shareholders held on the 17th of April 1889 the following resolutions were passed.
Proposed by Dr J D Roberts and seconded by Thomas Dent that Mr Brooks Banks be the chairman for the ensuing year, put to the vote and carried.
Proposed by Robert Clark and seconded by Proctor Barrett That Dr Roberts be the vice-chairman, put to the vote and carried.
Proposed by Thomas Dent and seconded by Johnson Edmondson that Proctor Barrett be the Treasurer. Put to the vote and carried.
Proposed by Proctor Barrett and seconded by Simon Parker that the resolution passed on April 3rd 1889 relating to the secretary delivering all notices and calls to the shareholders within the postal district of Barnoldswick be rescinded. Put to the vote and carried.
Proposed by Dr Roberts and seconded by Simon Parker that John Hartley be the secretary for the ensuing year. Put to the vote and carried.
Signed, Brooks Banks Chairman and John Hartley, secretary.

May 8th 1889
Resolved 1st. Minutes of last meeting passed as read. [This legal requirement was always the first item of business and it was after agreement on this point that the appropriate persons signed the minutes of the last meeting. Usually a formality but could lead to a codicil being placed on the previous minutes.]
Res. 2nd. That the Clerk of Works salary be paid by cheque for the month. [Refers to the building of the new shed at Calf Hall]
Res. 3rd. That the secretary write to Messrs Green and Lowcock [Wakefield] to ask if they have tenders at their lowest price for the economisers. [These are flue gas heat-recovery systems for heating boiler feed water.]
Res. 4th. That the secretary write to the intending occupants of the shed asking them for a formal application for room and power in the new shed and state how much [space] they will want.
Res. 5th. That William Holdsworth make a cover for the weighing machine in shed.
Signed. Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

May 15th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes passed as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr Thomas Steen of Burnley be paid for the weighing machine as per bill £4-5-0 and that Mr Hawley’s [building contractor] certificate for £500 be paid on a/c. [The process of payment for work done was that the architect issued a certificate for a certain amount once he had satisfied himself that the work had been done to an acceptable standard. A ‘call’ was a request for payment from a professional not covered by certificate. A bill was an individual claim for payment from a tradesman not administered by the architect, i.e., work directly commissioned by the board of directors.]
Res. 3rd. That Messrs Holden’s letter asking for terms for room and power be replied to. The terms to be that they pay per annum 39/- per loom and £90 for one tape machine for a term of three years subject to alteration if necessary at that time. [The concept of a 'shed company' providing 'room and power' to individual tenants was not new and terms of rental in other similar sheds were well known. There is also the possibility that even at this early stage advice was being sought from Proctor and Proctor, accountants of Grimshaw Street Burnley. P&P acted as secretaries and administrators to many shed companies in East Lancashire and later took on this role for the CHSC. Their role was to be very important throughout the life of the company.]
Res. 4th. That Messrs L Holdsworth and Brooks Banks got to Colne to see Mr Thompson and push him on with the shed roof. [Ironwork]
Res. 5th. That Messrs Arthur Lowcock and Co make the economisers as per their specification and price as tendered, viz., £150 or 25/- per pipe all complete.
Res. 6th. That a call of £5 per share be made on the shareholders and that it be due on the 22nd day of June 1889.
Signed Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

May 22nd 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Messrs Thompson and Co’s certificate of £530 on account of ironwork and girders be paid when presented.
Res. 3rd. That there be extra windows put in each gable and two in each pike of the building or warehouse.
Res. 4th. That John Riley Smith make the ventilators for the shed roof, two in each bay, for the sum of £3 extra to his contract.
Res. 5th. That William P Brooks have the soil from the top end of the shed.
Signed. Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

May 29th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary write to Mr Atkinson [architect, living at Crow Trees, Higherford, offices in Colne] and also Mr Thompson and send per first train to Colne requesting them both to meet our directors at 2pm tomorrow without fail at our office or at the new shed.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

June 5th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read
Res. 2nd. That John Hartley’s bill be paid for the first month’s expenses.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

June 12th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Lambert Robinson [Clerk of Works. The official temporarily hired by CHSC to supervise the building work on the new shed at Calf Hall] be paid his month’s salary.
Res. 3rd. Proposed by William Holdsworth and seconded by Thomas Smith that Thomas Naylor’s shares 274 and 275 be transferred to Towers Singleton. [Coach proprietor, Commercial St Barlick]
Signed Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

June 19th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr Atkinson’s call of £45 be paid by cheque as usual. [His fees]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

June 26th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd Proposed by William Holdsworth and seconded by Edward Smith that John Riley Smith [slating] be paid £250 by cheque for work done.
Signed Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

July 3rd 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the managing directors see Riley Smith and push him on with the shed roof.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

July 10th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Lambert Robinson be paid his month’s wages.
Res. 3rd. That Mr Hawley’s certificate be paid when presented amounting to £1000.
Res. 4th. That the clerk of works see Heap and Thornton [local builders specialising in slating, plastering and lime-washing. This entry probably refers to slaking quick-lime in pits to produce 'putty-lime' which was the essential starting ingredient for making plaster, sand-lime mortar and lime-wash.] and push them on with preparing lime for the shed.
Res. 5th. That Mr Thompson and Co’s certificate be paid on account amounting to £300.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

July 17th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That J R Smith's certificate be paid on account amounting to £ [no amount stated].
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

July 24th 1889
Res. 1st. That Leonard Holdsworth be chairman pro tem.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary go to Colne to see Mr Hartley [Solicitors of Colne] respecting the Springs Dam. [water resource on Calf Hall Beck which served the new shed]
Res. 3rd. Minutes as read.
Res. 4th. That Mr Stanworth’s certificate for £250 be paid on account of the slating.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

July 31st 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the two shares 274 and 275 be transferred to Towers Singleton.
Res. 3rd. That Richard Brennand build the wall at the North end of the shed at 5/- per rood [specialised superficial measure for stonework or slating. 36 square yards.] The wall to be five feet high and scotch topped. And that he prepare the ground by day work. [This was a dry stone boundary wall. 'Scotch topping' is the arrangement of stones on top of the wall alternatively laid flat and on end, reminiscent of battlements on a castle. Also called 'bucks and does' locally.]
Res. 4th. That Mr Hawley be asked to cart the stones for the wall.
Res. 5th. That the secretary make application to the Gas Company to be supplied with gas for the sheds.
Res. 6th. That Lambert Robinson be paid his month’s salary.
Signed Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

August 7th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary write to Mr Atkinson to say that the directors are determined that the contractors are to be pushed on with the work and you write them to that effect. The Masons. The Joiners. The slaters and the glaziers and if they do not push on the directors will employ other parties to finish the work without delay as the time is nearly up and a great deal of work to be done in little time.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

August 14th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That J R Smith’s certificate be paid on account, £100.
Res. 3rd. That Brooks Bank, Dr Roberts and Johnson Edmondson be appointed to see J R Smith and push him with the work.
Res. 4th. That the secretary write to William Varley and Sons and push them with the glazing.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

August 21st 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That if the joiner be allowed to put 5/8” boards on the engine house roof to slate on instead of 1” boards he pays the difference in value.
Res. 3rd. That the face boards he has now got be objected to and well-seasoned board be obtained in their place and the Building Committee see to it in the morning first thing.
Res. 4th. That the secretary write to Mr Atkinson at Colne and and ask him to meet the directors on Friday at 11am and that the chairman and secretary be appointed to meet him and push him on with the work.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

August 28th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary write to Messrs Yates [boiler makers, Blackburn] and tell them they can bring the boiler as soon as they can make it convenient.
Res. 3rd. That Mr Atkinson get the dampers [steel shutters in flues for regulating draught] required for the boiler and the girders and beams for the engine house.
Res. 4th. That the clerk of works salary be paid for the month.
Res. 5th. That Mr Hawley’s certificate be paid on account, £500.
Res. 6th. That Mr Thompson’s certificate be paid on account, £400.
Res. 7th. That the secretary summon the directors to meet on Friday night and also the clerk of works and the architect, to meet at 6.30pm and the joiner, J R Smith, to meet the board at 7pm to discuss the progress of the work.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

September 4th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the chimney builders be presented with 10/6 [half a guinea] as a gift. [Almost certainly topping out of the stack]
Res. 3rd. That Messrs Butterworth and Tinker’s tender be accepted for the lightning conductor [chimney] at ten pence fer foot complete overall. [Were they the chimney builders? It was a specialised job and almost always a separate contract.]
Res. 4th. That two iron skylights of the largest size be put in the engine house roof.
Res. 5th. That John Riley Smith be paid £50 on account if no certificate comes from Mr Atkinson and that if a certificate comes he be paid according to that.
Res. 6th. That Misses Bibby[sic] be accepted as a shareholder in place of Stephen Pickles’ two shares, Henry Pickles one share and Jane Pickles one share and that the shares be transferred to Misses Bibby when the instrument of transfer is produced satisfactory[sic].
Res. 7th. That the secretary see Messrs Heap and Thornton and ask them to commence slate pointing and plastering first thing. [Slate pointing was the practice of pointing the gaps in the slates from below to seal them against wind and weather. Often called 'clashing up'.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

September 11th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr Varley and Sons certificate be paid £150 on account of plumbing and glazing.
Res. 3rd. That the clerk of works get a ladder and eye bolts for the engine house.
Res. 4th. That the privies inside the shed be built with brick and whitewashed with calcium [? I suspect this is a fancy name for simple lime-washing which has antiseptic properties. Probably used by the sanitary inspector, it sounds more scientific!].
Res. 5th. That William Holdsworth make the frames for the ventilators in the end of the shed.
Res. 6th. That Watson Knowles be the engineer for the shed at the rate of £1-4-0 per week. [Engine tenter appointed during building so he could be familiar with the engine. See Nov 29th 1889 minutes for confirmation of his appointment as engineer.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

September 18th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary write to the Sanitary Inspector [Skipton Rural Sanitation District. Barnoldswick Local Board formed in November 1890] for information regarding the expense of emptying the closet tanks at the shed. [Evidence that the water carriage sewage system hadn’t yet reached Calf Hall]
Res. 3rd. That there be 12 ropes [2” diameter] got for the engine for driving the shed [engine installed for 430hp at 63rpm. Ropes capable of transmitting 600hp. Capacity for increase in power.]. And Mr Atkinson to invite tenders from several rope-makers, the price to be stated in one lump sum [This would include splicing and installing]
Res. 4th. That Messrs Roberts be instructed to fit the second motion wheel on the shaft [main lineshaft into the mill. William Roberts and Sons of Phoenix Foundry, Nelson were the engine manufacturers.]
Res. 5th. That Messrs Roberts make and fit and find all material for completing the engine, viz., all the pipes to couple up the engine with the boiler and wells [These wells are the cold water supply for the condenser water and the hot well which is part of the boiler feed-water system. The boiler feed pump was integral with the engine.] at the rate of 12/6 per Cwt. [1cwt=112lbs]
Res. 6th. That Mr Atkinson get another small girder to carry the flags over the water-course at the West end of the shed.
Res. 7th. That the partitions which divide the shed and warehouse be of wood and not brick. [Use of wood gave internal flexibility if and when space needed to be re-arranged in the shed.]
Res. 8th. That Mr Atkinson invite tenders for two hoists for the warehouse.
Res. 9th. That Messrs Heap and Thornton’s certificate be paid, £60 for plastering.
Res. 10th. That Mr Atkinson be instructed to tell Mr John Riley Smith that the directors are determined to deduct £15 per week from his account from the 1st of September to his completing the contract.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

September 25th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary write and inform the Sanitary Inspector that the Company intend to look after and empty their own privy tanks at the shed. [These were not septic tanks as we understand them but simple pits which, when full, were emptied manually and the contents spread on the land. Very often the contractors who did this work were the farmers who owned the land.]
Res. 3rd. That Messrs Roberts make a set of keys [spanners] for the engine and to be stamped with the Company’s name.
Res. 4th. That the clerk of works salary be paid for the month.
Res. 5th. That Mr Atkinson’s call of £45 be paid as usual.
Res. 6th. That Richard Brennand’s account for walling be paid as per bill.
Res. 7th. That Mr Atkinson’s certificate for £100 for John Riley Smith be suspended payment until the windows he has ordered at Bingley arrive on the premises.
Res. 8th. That the copy of the lease for Springs Dam as sent by Mr Hartley of Colne be returned with instructions to complete the same.
Res. 9th. That the clerk of works employ William Pickover as labourer for the shed for the sum of 18/- per week.
Res. 10th. That Mr Hart’s tender for ropes [Thomas Hart, Lambeth Rope-works, Blackburn] for the engine be accepted at the price stated on his tender, viz., £60 and that he be written to to that effect.
Res. 11th. That the engine house floor be flagged with Rossendale Polished flags.
Res. 12th. That there be two skylights put in the privy roofs and that Heap and Thornton put them in.
Res. 13th. That an iron pipe be got for the water-course to carry the water to the well for the engine.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

October 1st 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the privies be removed from inside the shed and be built outside the warehouse at the south west corner. [Harold Duxbury once told me that if privies were built outside the main building they were not subject to local rates, perhaps the directors had only just realised this. Harold thought it was an incentive to manufacturers to place them outside as this was seen to be more hygienic.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

October 9th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That John Hartley’s bill be paid by cheque, £9-15-5.
Res. 3rd. That Matthew Hawley’s certificate for £500 be paid.
Res. 4th. That William Stanworth’s certificate for £200 be paid.
Res. 5th. That Messrs Yates’ bill for boiler be paid. £393.
Res. 6th. That Mr Arthur Lowcock’s bill for economisers be paid. £150.
Res. 7th. That Joseph Standing’s bill be paid. £1-0-10. [Printer at 24 Church Street Barnoldswick in 1889 but later moved to Butts Top]
Res. 8th. That Joseph Thompson and Co’s certificate be suspended until he makes better progress with his work. Paid October 16th.
Res. 9th. That Mr Atkinson be requested to send J R Smith a bill of £15 per week dating from the first day of September up to date and the amount thereof to be deducted from his certificate.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

October 16th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the clerk of works goes to Bingley to see about the engine house windows tomorrow morning and to purchase the furniture for doors, what will be required. [‘Door furniture’ usually means hinges, bolts, locks, handles etc.]
Res. 3rd. That there be steps from the inside of the engine house down into the boiler house.
Res. 4th. That the privies at the west end of the warehouse be built as per the plans submitted at this meeting.
Res. 5th. That the clerk of works get the road repaired down Calf Hall Lane to the shed. [This road became known as Calf Hall Road eventually.]
Res. 6th. That the directors meet on Friday night at 5.45pm to decide about the steam and gas pipes and the hoists for shed. [Town's gas was available at this time and used for lighting in the sheds. There were individual meters for each tenant and they paid their own gas accounts. Where a gas account is paid by CHSC this is for lighting in areas like the engine and boiler house or external lighting.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

[Craven Herald report, 18/10/1889. Calf Hall Shed nearly ready to run. Estimated two months.]

October 19th 1889
Res. 1st. That Samuel Baldwin of Burnley make the hoists as per tender and specification for the sum of £105 to be completed in four weeks on November 15th 1889. [It is never clear whether 'hoists' refers to internal lifts or the external cat heads used for bringing in beams form road transport.]
Res. 2nd. That the letting of gas and steam pipes be adjourned till next Wednesday night and that Walton Burnley be written to to that affect.
Res. 3rd. That there be six locks obtained as per sample at about 3/- each for outside doors and all inside locks at 1/10 or 2/- each and as many bottom bolts or bars for doors as required.
Res. 4th. That J R Smith be paid his £100 as granted previously as per certificate.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

October 23rd 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the clerk of works salary be paid £6 for the month.
Res. 3rd. That the tender for the gas and steam piping be accepted from William Walton, Burnley. The gas tender for the sum of £125-10-0 and the steam tender for £130-10-0. The whole, both gas and steam to be complete in four weeks from the above date. [This is gas lighting pipes and steam heating pipes throughout the building. It can also include steam supplies to tape sizing machines and associated plant for each tenant, usually installed in their warehouse. Usually one tape machine for each 400 looms. Not clear at this stage whether the positions of these have been determined. In view of the imminent opening we can probably assume that the tender includes these.]
Res. 4th. That Mr Atkinson be instructed to see about the ropes for driving warehouse and looms in shed. [Individual rope drives were used for getting power into warehouses to run cloth plaiting machines. The reference to sheds is probably where a rope drive was needed to cope with a change in level of the main line shaft from the engine.]
Res. 5th. That the economisers be built up at the ends as shewn in Lowcock and Green’s plans. [This firm later became Green and Son.]
Res 6th. That all the broken drums if any be taken off the shafts and the clerk of works to see to it at once. [Almost certainly accidental damage caused by other contractors working in the shed to the cast iron loom driving pulleys after the transmission was installed.]
Res. 7th. That the door place at the east end of the shed be walled up with brick and washed over with cement.
Res. 8th. That the secretary write to Mr Atkinson to push on Mr Hawley with his work on the shed.
Res. 9th. That the ceilings in warehouse and shed be of well-seasoned timber and the clerk of works add that clause to the specification.
Res. 10th. That the directors borrow £2000 and the chairman and secretary goes to see our solicitor respecting it.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

October 30th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That this company lay a four or five inch gas main down Calf Hall Lane to the shed and Mr Atkinson try to obtain permission from Mr Lowcock [proprietor of land to the south of the Calf Hall Shed site which later became Mill Street.] to lay them on the meadow side of the wall.
Res. 3rd. That John Riley Smith certificate of £50 be paid.
Res. 4th. That Mr Brooks Banks and Dr Roberts be appointed to meet Mr Atkinson and Mr Hawley to push them on with the work. [It may be worthwhile to point out the obvious. The directors were anxious to get the shed working and start to get a return on their investment. In modern terms they were moving at an incredible rate but in their terms they were being held up.]
Res. 5th. That the clerk of works gets John Sanderson and a few more labourers to repair and make the road to the shed. [Worth noting that the road, now called Calf Hall Road, was water-bound macadam and had never been intended to carry the traffic caused by the building of the shed. It would be in a very bad state.]
Res. 6th. That the clerk of works get some coals from Mr Simon Parker [Director and from later evidence seems to have been a coal merchant and carter operating out of the Barnoldswick railway yard.] when they want some for the boiler. [Commissioning the boiler and steam mains.]
Res. 7th. That Proctor Barrett’s tender of £90 for the ceilings be accepted on condition that he completes the whole job in three weeks from the above date and that he does all extras at the same schedule of prices, that is 1/9 ½ per yard all complete.
Res. 8th. That the secretary write to Mr Atkinson respecting some of the bolts in the cistern being too short and that they are to be replaced with proper ones. [The cast iron cistern on the boiler house roof for boiler make-up water.]
Res. 9th. That Heap and Thornton's certificate of £50 be paid.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

November 6th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the street Gas Inspectors have the use of the office of the Calf Hall Shed Company Limited at the rate of 1/6 for one meeting per week and 9d for each meeting after the first in each week.
Res. 3rd. That the shed and warehouse be painted and all outside work that has not been primed to have one coat of paint and the inside to be well painted and finished. Mr Atkinson to invite tenders from several painters for the same.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

November 13th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr Atkinson send a copy of specification for painting next Wednesday night for the approval of the board.
Res. 3rd. That the loading place in Pickles’ warehouse be made so that a horse and lorry can back in and the revolving doors be closed. [Stephen Pickles was one of the first tenants]
Res. 4th. That Mr J Waller be allowed to transfer his two shares.
Res. 5th. That John Riley Smith be paid a certificate of £50 on account.
Res. 6th. That John Hartley have a cheque for £10 for expenses and to pay wages.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

November 15th 1889
Special Meeting.
Res. 1st. That the hoist belonging to Pickles’ warehouse be set with the end to the boiler house wall instead of the back to the wall.
Res. 2nd. That the clerk of works and secretary see Mr John Eastwood if he will sell the tackle belonging to the caul [The operating gear for the clow or sluice gate on the dam in the watercourse.] or weir in the watercourse. [Eastwood was occupying Bracewell’s old Butts mill as tenant to the Craven Bank who repossessed the Bracewell assets c.1887 after Bracewell Brothers failed. Butts was across the road downstream from the new shed and historically Butts drew water from the Calf Hall Beck.]
Res. 3rd. That Edward Smith’s tender for the gas main down Calf Hall Lane for £51 be accepted.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

November 20th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the clerk of works and the secretary buy an iron ladder of John Eastwood at Butts Mill.
Res. 3rd. That one [railway] truck of coal be ordered with George Andrews and one with John Widdup [Both coal merchants operating out of the railway yard. A truck at this time held about twelve tons.] at the price stated on their tender.
Res. 4th. That Simon Parker have the carting of the coal from the station to the shed at 6d per ton. [The two wheeled tipping carts held about thirty hundredweights, one and a half tons.]
Res. 5th. That the clerk of works salary be paid £6 for the month.
Res. 6th. That the secretary draw a cheque for £15 for wages and expenses.
Res. 7th. That the privies in the shed be plastered inside whether specified or not in their contract.
Res. 8th. That a road be made across to the boiler house out of Calf Hall Lane.
Res. 9th. That the specification for painting be adopted as altered with red ink. And Mr Atkinson be instructed to invite tenders for the same to be sent to the chairman on or before the 29th of November 1889 at 6pm, to be endorsed “Tenders for painting”.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

November 27th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Palmer’s oil bill be paid and 2½% be deducted when paid.
Res. 3rd. That Mr Holdsworth board up the hole in the west end of the shed and Samuel Heap point the windows inside the shed and warehouse.

November 29th 1889
Special meeting.
That J&J Heys of Colne tender be accepted for painting, £42.
That Thomas Thornber be accepted as oiler at the rate of 17/- per week subject to give and take a week’s notice from the board on each side and be paid every week. [An ‘oiler’ was the engine tenter’s assistant who also had duties oiling transmission shaft bearings in the mill. Note that any labour connected with the actual running of the shed was the responsibility of the board.]
That the engine driver be subject to give and take 4 week’s notice and paid every four weeks and he commenced his duties on November 30th 1889. [First appointed September 11th board meeting. Now confirmed as engineer. Note also that he was active in seconding votes for directors at the first Annual General meeting on 27th April. The post of engineer was much sought after and reading between the lines Watson Knowles had been working hard for his eventual appointment.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

[Craven Herald report, 29/11/1889. Calf Hall Shed almost completed and expected to start on December 1st. Further report on 06/12/1889 of the starting and christening of the engines on 30th November.]

CALF HALL ENGINE START 1889

[Extract from The Craven Herald of Friday December 6th 1889.]

'PRESENTATION. On Monday evening part of the weavers employed by Messrs. Eastwood and Maudsley, Long Ing Shed, met to make a presentation to their late tackler, Mr H Middleton, who has left the employ of Eastwood and Maudsley and gone to work for Messrs. S Pickles and Sons at Calf Hall Shed.
TRADE. The cotton trade here is reviving, all the looms which commenced running a few weeks ago being still kept going by Stephen Pickles and Sons, and Messrs Slater and Bailey have got their looms moved from Clough Shed to the new Calf Hall Shed as have also Messrs Holden Brothers from the Long Ing Shed. New looms have arrived for those manufacturers who are occupying Calf Hall Shed which is ready for starting as soon as these looms are ready for running. A number of new looms have also arrived for Mr E Ormerod of Long Ing Shed who is filling part of the space occupied by Holden Brothers at this shed.
CHRISTENING AND STARTING OF ENGINES. The starting and christening of the engines of the Calf Hall New Weaving Shed took place on Saturday afternoon last in the presence of a large number of people including the Board of Directors viz.: Mr B Banks (chairman), Messrs T Dent, S Parker, J Edmondson, W Holdsworth, R Clark, E Smith, P Barrett, W Perry, W P Brooks, L Holdsworth, J Hartley (secretary). There were also present: Mr J R Smith, Mr W Varley, Colne. Mr Stanworth, Burnley. Mr J Thompson, Colne. Mr Atkinson, Colne. Mr Roberts, Nelson. Rev. E R Lewis. Mr I Barrett. And Mesdames B Banks, T Dent, P Barrett, Roberts (Nelson), Parker, W P Brooks, Smith, Perry, Clark and many others including a large number of shareholders. The engine was started at 3:45pm by Mrs B Banks and Mrs T Dent and allowed to run for about a quarter of an hour. Mr Brooks Banks then addressed the meeting. He said he was very glad to see so many there, who were met to rejoice with them that could rejoice. Many would be glad to hear of this day, as it looked but a day since they had met on purpose to form a company. They succeeded better than a great number thought they would seeing that they had to make bricks without straw. Many of them no doubt heard that the company would never succeed when the prospectus was issued, which was certainly a very modest one. “The promoters of the company had got no wool on their backs” was the reason given why it would never succeed. He would rather take 100 sheep with little wool than one blustering tup with it all. He was glad to tell them that very few shareholders had sold their shares even under adverse circumstances, thus shewing that the company had been well-accepted. He then read letters of apology from Mr W Roberts, Nelson. Mr Varley, Colne. Dr Roberts (a director). Mr M Hawley, Nelson also a telegram from Mr T Hart of Blackburn. Mr Atkinson of Colne, the architect, then gave a description of the building. The shed is built upon the parallel girder system, the following being the dimensions: Shed 169ft 6inches by 211ft, and containing an area of 33,332 square feet. The warehouse, ground floor, is 203ft by 42ft with an area of 8505 square feet; first floor 206ft by 42ft, an area of 8658 square feet. Top room 61ft by 21 feet, area being 1281 square feet making a total for warehousing of 18,444 square feet. The shed will hold 828 looms at 40” reed space and gives 40¼ square feet to each loom, the largest he thought, in the district with 22¼ square feet Warehouse space for each loom, besides spacious engine and boiler houses and other necessary buildings. Mr Roberts then gave a description of the engines made by W Roberts and Co. of Nelson. The engines are a pair of horizontal engines on the [cross] compound principle working high and low pressure, 4ft stroke working at 63rpm thus having a piston speed of 504ft/per minute and are capabler of driving about 450 indicated horse power. The high pressure cylinder is 19½ inches diameter and the low pressure 38 inches diameter. The pistons are on Mather’s principle with steel spiral springs. The high pressure cylinder is fitted with valves on the improved principle by Roberts and Co. The low pressure cylinder has double slide valves with extra ports. The connecting rods are made with the best faggoted scrap iron polished throughout. The fly wheel shaft is made from homogeneous iron and the flywheel is put together in one boss, ten arms and ten segments and weighs about 22 tons. The outer rim of the wheel is grooved to receive 12 ropes. [Geoff Shackleton is of the opinion that this was the first Roberts’ engine made for rope driving.] The wheel is 18ft diameter and the power is transmitted by 12 ropes to two pulleys, 9ft 6 inches in diameter. The governors are on the pendulum principle. The christening ceremony then took place when Mrs Banks had the honour of naming the high pressure engine after her daughter “Emily”. The low pressure engine was named “Annie” by Mrs Dent after her fourth daughter. Mr P Barrett, in proposing a vote of thanks to the ladies for naming the engines, said that any improvement in Barnoldswick could be done by its own people. Mr J Edmondson seconded the proposition. Mr B Banks and Mr T Dent acknowledged the compliment and said they hoped the affair would be successful both for the shareholders and tenants. The ceremony being over the engines were again started amid cheers and allowed to run for some time. The party then wended their way to the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms where dinner was provided and over 100 sat down. The Chairman of the Company, Mr B Banks presided and after the repast the following toasts were gone through: Mr Roberts of Nelson, in proposing the toast of the “Calf Hall Shed Company” complimented the company on the position of its shed upon which a great deal depended for the success he hoped they would have. Mr J Thompson of Colne also wished them every success as he said it was a large undertaking. He was pleased to see so many shareholders present, it shewed they were in sympathy with the board of directors and acting harmoniously together. “The Director of the Board” was then submitted by Mr J Edmondson of Bingley. He said their directors were men he had spent a good deal of time with and he always found them honourable, upright and honest. They could not boast of having men on the board who had titles except a FRCS. They were men who had raised themselves up to the positions they occupied that day by their own exertions. He thought if it did not succeed none would and it was his best wish that the concern would succeed. Mr S Hartley spoke to the same effect. “Our Tenants” was proposed by Mr C J Turner of Colne who thought the tenants of this concern a very important item, for it was through the tenants it would pay and if there had not been any tenants it would have been a great loss. Mr J Hartley hoped that it would be the best business the tenants had done in their life. Mr S Parker proposed “Our Architect” and Mr Atkinson in responding said it was with pleasure he was there on that occasion. It was now about twelve months since they had started the building but many people believed it would not be running now. This he thought would not have been had they not had an efficient army of contractors who he thought had done their best to bring it to a successful issue. Mr T Dent proposed the toast of “The Secretary and Other Officers”. “The Chairman” was submitted by Mr Turner of Colne who said he was sorry Dr Roberts could not be there owing to indisposition and he had taken his place. Mr B Banks, in reply, said that they were now only waiting for a report of a good lively dividend. This concluded the toast list and afterwards the evening was spent in singing etc. The contractors for the various works in connection with the building are as follows: Mason’s work, Messrs J & M Hawley of Colne and Nelson. Joiner, Mr J R Smith, Barnoldswick. Plasterers Messrs Heap and Thornton, Barnoldswick. Slater, Mr W Stanworth of Burnley. Plumber, Mr W Varley of Colne. Engineers Messrs W Roberts and Co of Nelson [Phoenix Foundry]. Millwrights, Messrs J Thompson and Co of Colne. Gas and steam pipes, Mr W Walton, Burnley. Boiler, Mr W Yates, Blackburn. Ropes, Mr T Hart of Blackburn. Economisers Mr Lowcock of Manchester. All the space in the shed is taken up by the following firms: Messrs S Pickles and Sons, 400 looms. Messrs Holden Brothers, 230 looms. Messrs Slater and Bailey 198 looms. All these gentlemen have taken the spaces on a lease for a term of five years which commenced on Monday last.'

December 4th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That there be two trucks of coal per week from George Andrews, Earby for a period of six months and one truck per week from J&H Widdup.
Res. 3rd. That a telegram be sent to Mr William Walton, Burnley for him to come to Barnoldswick by the 11am train in the morning.
Res. 4th. That Mr Atkinson and Mr Thompson have each a telegram sent to them to come to Barnoldswick by the 11am train in the morning.
Res. 5th. That the road be made forward from the front of the warehouse into Calf Hall Lane [Later called Mill Street].
Res. 6th. That John Riley Smith be invited to attend at the shed at 11am in the morning.
Res. 7th. That no lime be used in pointing the windows and the ridges.
Res. 8th. That Messrs Pickles be asked to leave the ceiling side of the shed unoccupied. [To allow ceiling to be finished?]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

December 11th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr Hartley, Solicitor, be instructed to complete the mortgage deed for the loan of £2000 and have it transferred to our account at the Craven Bank as quickly as possible. [In 1791 a group of Quakers in Skipton banded together and formed the first local bank in the area, Birkbeck’s, Alcock and Company trading as the Craven Bank. The bank opened its first branch in Barlick in 1876 in Mr Dean’s front parlour, it moved from there to the shop next door. In 1891 they were at the corner of Church Street and then in Station Road. In 1910 they moved into purpose built premises in Newtown and are still there incorporated in HSBC.]
Res. 3rd. That the directors meet on Friday night to consider the tenants case.
Res/ 4th. That the secretary write to Thomas Smith, Burnley, for a tender for wheel covers. [Most likely sheet metal guards for the bevel gears driving the cross-shafts in the mill.]
Res. 5th. That Joseph Thompson have a cheque made out for £200.
Res. 6th. That Matthew Hawley have a cheque made out for £500.
Res. 7th. That the valve in the watercourse be walled round.
Res. 8th. That there be stone steps down into the boiler house.
Res. 9th. That there be glass lubricators got for the line-shaft in the shed.
Res. 10th. That the water pipe to supply the tape machine be connected with the feed pipe in the boiler house.
Res. 11th. That there be a door fixed under the engine house steps.

December 13th 1889
Special meeting.
Res. 1st. That Joseph Petty’s tender for “covering the boiler, cylinder and pipes” be accepted at 3½ pence per square foot as per specification. [This covering is asbestos insulation compound applied as a plaster.]
Res. 2nd. That Robert Chester’s tender be accepted for making the wheel covers at 14/- each.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

December 18th 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Robert Chester make covers under the cranks in the engine house to catch the waste oil.
Res. 3rd. That the engineer get himself a lamp such as he wants and charge it to the Company.
Res. 4th. That George Andrews be written to respecting the bad quality of the coal he is sending. [It should be borne in mind that many complaints from engineers as regards coal quality were attempts to favour a particular merchant who could be quite generous as regards gratuities. No evidence of this here of course but it should be borne in mind. It was surprising what high quality ‘Christmas Boxes’ some engineers got each year!]
Res. 5th. That the clerk of works salary be paid and that a week’s notice be given to him to leave his work. [He was redundant once the construction phase was over.]
Res. 6th. That the directors and secretary’s salaries be paid for the year.
Res. 7th. That Thomas Hart’s bill for the [driving] ropes be paid minus the labourer’s wages. [CHSC must have supplied some labour.]
Res. 8th. That Proctor Barrett’s bill be paid subject to the approval of the clerk of works.
Res. 9th. That James Watson and James Wilson Horsfield be accepted as shareholders in place of Henry John Waller.
Res. 10th. That the directors meet on Tuesday night instead of on Wednesday “Christmas Day”.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

December 23rd 1889
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the managing directors get the privies put into proper repair before or on Christmas Day.
Res. 3rd. That Samuel Greenwood, leather merchant of Colne bill be paid for strapping [driving belts] amounting to £19-4-3. [The company were responsible for power as far as the loom pulley and so provided the belts from the cross-shafts to the looms.]
Res. 4th. That Mr Hawley be written to send in his bill of extras as soon as possible.
Res. 5th. That Mr Atkinson be written to to push Riley and the other contractors to finish their contracts.
Res. 6th. That Edward Smith makes and finishes the road-making as soon as possible by Wednesday next.
Res. 7th. That Proctor Barrett get the quadrants and other fittings for the windows in the warehouse that may be required as soon as possible.
Res. 8th. That Mr Walton be pushed to get the warehouse and shed fit up with gas lights. [The gas pipes and light fittings were landlord's fixtures.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

December 27th 1889
Special meeting.
Res. 1st. That Mr Cowell be asked to put a valve on the feed pipe for washing out the boiler with. [The chemical treatment of boiler feed water was in its infancy at this time and the impurities in the make-up water was deposited as scale in the boiler. Shutting down the boiler, emptying it and washing out before refilling with cold water was common practice and very wasteful. Apart from the time and labour involved it took about five tons of coal to bring the boiler back into steam. In normal practice the boiler was banked up at the end of each working day to give a slow fire overnight maintaining steam pressure and heat levels in the boiler and supporting brickwork. The advent of more efficient boiler water treatment was a great saving in later years.]
Res. 2nd. That Mr S Baldwin be written to asking him to come over and look at the hoist as one of them does not work satisfactory.
Res. 3rd. That Edward Smith see to a shaft being put up to drive the hoist separately from the tape room.
Res. 4th. That Johnson Edmondson be instructed to get two wagons of “Park Hill Best Coal” from G Andrews as soon as possible.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

January 1st 1890
Res 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Edward Smith get two trucks of coal from Widdups, Roundwood Coal [Colliery at Leeds.], as soon as possible.
Res. 3rd. That Joseph Petty, boiler coverer, have a cheque value £5 on account of boiler covering.
Res. 4th. That John Hartley have a cheque value £20 for expenses and wages.
Res. 5th. That Simon Parker have a cheque value £5-1-8 as per his coal bill and carting.
Res. 6th. That Mr Atkinson be written to and requested to obtain the necessary quantity of gas brackets as per the sample sent as soon as possible. And that he inform Mr Thompson that the directors cannot pay any more money on account until he has made the cistern right and sent in his bill of extras.
Res. 7th. That a call of £3 per share be made on the shareholders to be paid on or before the 8th day of February 1890.
Res. 8th. That the tenants of the shed begin to pay overtime from the 30th day of December 1889 for their tape machine. [If tenants needed to use the tapes outside normal working hours they required engine power and steam. In later years the tapes could be powered by a donkey engine in the tape room but in the early days they probably needed the main engine to run to turn the shafting. No evidence so far of a donkey engine in situ. Running the tapes, even by donkey engine required the services of a firebeater working overtime.]
Signed, Thomas Dent and John Hartley.

January 8th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary order two wagons of coals ‘Silkstone Rough Slack’ [Silkstone was the name of a seam of good coal in the Barnsley area where several collieries mined the same seam.] from Mr Michael Whittaker, Keighley. [In the early days of the shed the engineer and directors were looking for the quality of coal which suited their operation best. In later years quality was still important but the price had more influence.]
Res. 3rd. That Mr Atkinson be written to to inform him that the painting is not being done satisfactorily, some portions of the shed have only received two coats of paint and he is to inform Mr Hey that the difference will be deducted from his contract.
Res. 4th. That the tenants have the draft of lease given to them to look over and return to the directors when they have done with it. [The first reference I have apart from the report of the opening ceremony is from the Barlick Local Board rate books for 1892 when there are three tenants, S Pickles, B&M Holden and Windle and Bailey. It is likely that these were the original tenants. Worth noting that in that year CHSC paid £344 Poor Rate and £344 Town Rate. Remember that at this time the local Board of Guardians at Skipton Workhouse were financed by a separate Poor Rate.]
Res. 5th. That the following bills be paid as presented, viz.: Rogers £3-1-0 for putting up the gas pendants in the shed [shed lighting]. George Andrews coal bill, £21-18-3½. John and Henry Widdup coal bill, £15-18-6. William Sagar [Barnoldswick quarry operator] stone bill, £7-13-6 and Edward Smith’s bill for laying and providing gas mains to the shed, £53-2-0. [Worth noting that at this time of the year gas lighting was essential for full-time working and this shortcoming was only one of the difficulties that would be encountered when ‘running a shed in’. See LTP for Jack Platt’s account of this process at Bancroft Shed 30 years later.]
Res. 6th. That Mr Thompson’s note respecting the cistern be sent to Mr Atkinson with instructions that the directors do not consider his note any excuse, for the cistern had never been right from the first whether full or empty and if Mr Thompson cannot make it right he is to employ some other party to do so at once and pay them out of his account. [The cistern is the cast iron tank on top of the boiler house essential for supplying the boiler with make-up feed water, it is more than likely that this deficiency had been giving the engineer serious problems.]
Res. 7th. That the secretary write to several parties for their terms of insurance for the shed for five or six thousand pounds.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

January 15th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Heap and Thornton certificate be paid, £60 on account.
Res. 3rd. That William Holdsworth board the underside of the stairs in the warehouse and board up to the first rail round the railing at the top of the steps. [A human touch, looks like ‘modesty’ boarding to me.]
Res. 4th. That the secretary write to Mr Walton to get the gas pipe finished in the engine house as the Painters and plasterers are waiting to finish their work.
Re. 5th. That the secretary write to Mr Atkinson and ask him to send a copy of each of the contractor’s specifications and Mr Varley’s account stand over until next week. [Worth reflecting that what would be a simple matter of photo-copying today was a considerable clerical job in 1890.]
Res. 6th. That the secretary write to Messrs Yates and ask them to postpone sending their man until the boiler is blown off. [That is emptied of steam and water which could only be done without stopping the shed at weekend.]
Res. 7th. That the secretary write to Mr Baldwin asking him to send a man to the hoist as it cannot be oiled satisfactorily.
Res. 8th. That the secretary write to and ask the tenants to meet the directors next Wednesday night to consider the signing of the leases.
Res. 9th. That the secretary prepare the Scrip Book for the shareholders to have their Scrips with the last payment of their share money. [Scrip is the old legal term for what we would now call a share certificate.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

January 22nd 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the Managing Director order the engineer to keep the steam in the shed so that it will warm it properly both first thing in the morning and during the day when it was required. [The tip of an iceberg, the collision between the need to conserve coal and the demands of the tenants for adequate working temperatures. Whilst ‘steaming’ for humidifying the atmosphere in sheds had been an issue for years, as far as I am aware there was no requirement for a minimum temperature before the Factory Act of 1901. Regulation 5 decreed that the minimum temperature should be 50F but allowed half an hour after starting for this temperature to be reached. In 1918 the regulation was changed to not less than 50F at starting time (6am) and should be at least 55F by 6:30am. The temperature should not fall below 55F at any time during the day. The regulations were voluntary until 1929 when they became compulsory and were still at that level when I was running Bancroft Shed in the 1970s. Despite all these regulations over the years the weavers still complained and the engineer strove for economy.]
Res. 3rd. That Samuel Baldwin’s bill for the hoist be paid.
Res. 4th. That The secretary have a cheque value £20 for to pay wages and expenses.
Res. 5th That William Varley’s bill be paid subject to his completing his contract as stated by Mr Whitehead.
Res. 6th. That the secretary order a cask of cylinder oil from Samuel Cooke and Co. Burnley at 2/1 per gallon.
Res. 7th. That William Cowell’s bill be paid if approved by the managing directors when they have looked it up.
Res. 8th. That George Andrews be written to request him to send some coal as he is now three wagons in arrears.
Res. 9th. That the secretary write to each of the tenants requesting them to meet the directors at our office at 7:30pm on Friday night to discuss their objections to the lease.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

January 24th 1890
Special meeting.
Res. 1st. Business to discuss with the tenants of the shed the question of the lease.

January 29th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary and E. Smith look up Proctor Barrett’s bill and pay it if satisfactory.
Res. 3rd. That a cheque be made out value £9-0-0 to Ellis Ashworth being the amount of Rent due for Springs Dam for one year, due February 2nd 1890.
Res. 4th. That a cheque be made out and paid value £4-1-0 for oil bill to James Light and Son, Liverpool.
Res. 5th. That a cheque be made out for Samuel Cooke and Co. value £5-11-0 as per bill for oil and wheel grease.
Res. 6th. That Mr Atkinson’s certificate for £200 for Joseph Thompson be not paid at present.
Res. 7th. That Robert Clark and Dr Roberts look up J&J Hey’s bill for painting and report thereon.
Res. 8th. That the secretary send a letter by train tomorrow morning to inform Mr Atkinson that the steam will be blown off and the fires put out on Saturday next and that he request Mr Hawley to come while all is cool and make the economisers work satisfactory as they are of no use as they are at present. And also to level the engine house Cellar floor so that the water will run off and if he, Mr Hawley, objects to do these jobs the directors will employ some other party to complete them and pay the cost of the work out of Mr Hawley’s contract without any further notice.
Res. 9th. That Mr Edward Smith make a drain to take all the water from about the boiler house to run into the watercourse below Brook’s Barn and that he commence at once.
Res. 10th. That the secretary write to Mr Hawley and inform him from this board that Mr Edward Smith has never made a statement before them which Mr Hawley says he has done. And that Dr Roberts and John Hartley both deny that they told Mr Hawley or anyone else that Mr Edward Smith ever made such a statement before this board as Mr Hawley had given a bribe or fee to Mr Atkinson to get Mr Edward Smith to put his tender “for the mason’s work for the shed” higher so that Mr Hawley could get the job. And it is painful for the parties concerned to have to refute such a statement as having come from them.
Signed, (no chairman’s signature) John Hartley. [Intriguing. Especially since Brooks Banks didn’t sign the minutes.]

February 5th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. Mr Thompson’s certificate for £200 be paid.
Res. 3rd. That the shed, warehouse and all other buildings belonging to Calf Hall Shed Co. be insured in £4,000. That the Alliance Co. have £2000 at 5/- per cent per annum and the Glasgow and London have £2000 at 3/- per cent per annum and a deposit of £1-10-0 be made to each Co. for a protection note until the Policy be completed. [On the face of it strange that they should insure half with an expensive company and half with a cheaper one. I think the reason may be that the Alliance Co. was the preferred insurer of the holder of the £2000 mortgage mentioned earlier, most likely the Craven Bank.]
Res. 4th. That Messrs Roberts have a cheque granted for £300. [William Roberts, engine builders of Nelson. [Even when the engine was completed and running it was the custom of the engine builders to have a skilled fitter work alongside the engineer for a few weeks to make sure he was capable and to help deal with teething troubles. It may well be that this service was an extra on the contract price, hence the late payment.]
Res. 5th. That William Holdsworth’s bill be paid £23-0-6.
Res. 6th. That Mr Stanworth’s account be paid as per certificate £101-7-6.
Res. 7th. That George Andrews’ bill be paid for coal, £19-16-7.
Res. 8th. That Simon Parker and Co.’s bill for coal and carting be paid. £8-18-3.
Res. 9th. That a notice be put up or given to the engineer with instructions for turning the steam on in warehouse and shed. [The old heating bogie raising its head again. There must have been complaints from the tenants.]
Res. 10th. That the managing directors attend the Butts [mill] sale with instructions and power to buy any article they may think cheap and useful for the Company.
[It will help if we know more about Butts Mill at this point. Butts mill was built in 1846 by William Bracewell. Here is what my friend Geoff Shackleton told me: “In August 1888 the mill closed due to the chancery proceedings {After 'Billycock' Bracewell’s death. He is often given this name to differentiate him from his cousin William Bracewell of Coates.} and Billycock’s executors then tried to sell the mill. It was reported as let to Messrs Eastwood and Bradley in October 1889 and in February 1890 it was reported that the spinning mill was being pulled down.  In May 1891 the mill was reported as being converted to a weaving shed and that Messrs. Eastwood and Maudsley were about to move their looms from Long Ing Shed to Butts. {Long Ing was the shed company which started up a year before Calf Hall but never operated more than the one shed.} In April 1895 it was reported that tenants had been found for the 'two new sheds at Butts Mill'.  (These seem to have been built where the spinning mill stood.) In May 1897 'the engine broke down stopping all 2000 looms'. June 1899  'A new engine is being put in at Butts Weaving Shed Barnoldswick.  Some alterations in the shafting have have been found necessary and consequently the whole of the 2000 looms have been stopped'. {Probably the second-hand Musgrave engine which drove the mill until closure} July 1899  'Butts Mill with 1700 looms.  The new engine has arrived and got into position.  Last Thursday morning week the place was restarted. December 1899  'Butts Mill has passed into the hands of Thomas Hodgkinson who for many years was manager and secretary of Butts Mill Company.”
Additional information from my index: Report in Craven Herald dated 24/01/1890. J Eastwood and Co. have bought Butts Mill from the Craven Bank for £6000. On Feb 14th the paper reported that Eastwood and Co. were selling an engine and machinery because they intended to concentrate on weaving. {the days of the combined spinning/weaving mill were over} Craven Herald report 18/04/1890. Butts Mill Shed Company was formed on March 3rd. 1890 with a capital of £10,000 in £1 shares. The subscribers were J Eastwood of Burnley, Mrs Eastwood, W H Maudsley manufacturer, Mrs Maudsley, F Eastwood, warehouseman, W Bradley, manufacturer and Mrs Bradley, all with one share each. The Textile Mercury of 15/05/1891 reports that Eastwood and Maudsley have moved their looms from Long Ing Shed to Butts Mill. In January 1903 the Calf Hall Company will buy Butts Mill from the Butts Mill Company for £19,000, price to include all loose effects apart from new stores and coal. So the sale referred to in the minutes was evidently connected with the closure of the spinning section.]
Res. 11th. That the secretary give Thomas Thornber a week’s notice to leave the employ of the company when he pays him next week. [See minutes for November 29th 1889. Set on then as oiler.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

February 12th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Michael Whitaker’s coal bill be paid £7-17-0.
Res. 3rd. That H&J Widdup’s coal bill be paid £16-6-11.
Res. 4th. That the gas bill be paid £1-1-3. [Gas in Barlick. Bracewell’s Wellhouse Mill had its own gas plant for lighting and sold gas to one or two nearby consumers. Bracewell bought the Corn Mill and built a gas plant large enough to supply the town. This was taken over by the Craven Bank after his death and in 1888 was bought by a private company The Barnoldswick Gas Company. In August 1892 this concern was bought by the new Local Board for £13, 850 and on the 17th July 1893 the Barnoldswick Local Board (Gas) Act was given royal assent. So the gas company referred to in the minutes until 1892 is the original private company.]
Res. 5th. That William Hawley’s have £300 on account.
Res. 6th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages and expenses.
Res. 7th. That the secretary write George Andrews respecting his non-delivery of coal according to contract and inform him that he is six wagons in arrears and owing to him being so far in arrears it has caused our directors great inconvenience and expense and they think that he ought to pay the difference it has cost them having had to pay 14/6 and 16/2 per ton.
Res. 8th. That John Heugham(?) be allowed to transfer his shares to his brother and sister.
Res. 9th. That the secretary write and inform the tenants of the shed that the directors have decided that they should start paying rent for their looms from the 3rd day of February last and they be allowed nine weeks of abatement from the 2nd day of December 1889 instead of eight weeks and to have a three year lease starting from December 2nd 1889 and they be requested to return the draft lease at once so that a proper one can be made and the lease completed. [This was normal practice when starting a new shed as there were many stoppages and problems during the period when the shed and engine were being bedded in.]
Res. 10th. That Edward Smith be allowed to put up a mortar mill at the west end of the shed and drive it off the lineshaft end which projects through the wall and that he pay sixpence per hour for motive power and he be allowed to have all the spare ashes from the boiler house and that he make and keep the road to it in proper repair and he find all the labour and material for working the machine. [Since time immemorial the standard putty lime/sand mortar had been used for all building work. With the advent of coal-fired boilers and lineshaft power being available at the mills builders started to use ash-lime mortar. This was made in a mortar pan in which one or two wheels revolved in a circular cast iron basin and ground ashes and lime with water into a smooth consistency. It was standard practice to leave the end of the shed lineshaft poking out of the wall so power could be easily taken off for the mortar mill. There was a ready supply of clinker and ash from the boilers so the builder got good mortar cheap, the mill got free disposal of ash and everyone was happy. One of the advantages of ash-lime mortar was that it ‘went off’ very slowly and could be stored on site for a reasonable period and ‘knocked up’ with the addition of water and remixing when needed. Once set it was very hard and durable mortar.]
Res. 11th. That the managing directors fence off the west end of the shed, both back and front. The back part of the shed to be fenced with railing and wall, and the front part with a dry wall across the front of the warehouse to the fence wall.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

February 19th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That one wagon per week of coals “Park Hill Stock” at 10/6 per ton be ordered from Simon Parks and Co..
Res. 3rd. That a cheque value £200 be made out for John Riley Smith on account subject to the architect’s approval.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

February 26th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Joseph Petty have a cheque for £5 on account of boiler covering. [Asbestos insulation]
Res. 3rd. That one of the managing directors see George Andrews in the morning respecting the non-delivery of coal.
Res. 4th. That Mr Atkinson make out a certificate for Messrs J&J Hey for painting value £42 according to contract if that amount will cover all the extras. [‘Extras’ were, and still are, a fertile field for dispute in contracts. For this reason a prudent customer stipulates that all extra work has to have prior approval from the architect and this is a standard clause in modern contracts. It would appear that the CHSC directors perhaps had a more flexible system.]
Res. 5th. That Mr William Walton have a cheque for £200 on account.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

March 5th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Simon Parker’s bill be paid £9-10-6 for coals and carting for last month.
Res. 3rd. That George Andrew’s bill be paid £24-4-0 for coals.
Res. 4th. That Thomas Hart’s bill be paid for rope splicing £1-7-9.
Res. 5th. That William Sagar’s bill for stone be not paid at present and Edward Smith see him about it.
Res. 6th. That Mr Brooks Banks go to Colne and see our solicitor respecting meeting on Saturday next and ask him to be present.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

March 12th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Roger Wright’s bill be paid for work done with horse and cart with man, £2-7-11. [Farmer at New House, Brogden]
Res. 3rd. That Henry and John Widdup’s bill be paid for coals, £22-14-3.
Res. 4th. That Edward Smith wall up to the trough ends of the shed roof and see to the ventilators being made to turn rain.
Res. 5th. It was proposed by Proctor Barrett and seconded by Edward Smith that the Calf Hall Shed Company Ltd. Purchase the Wellhouse Mill for the sum of £8000 on the terms offered by Mr George Robinson. [Manager of the Craven Bank who were the liquidators of the Bracewell assets.]
Res. 6th. That Mr Brooks Banks go to Colne and instruct Mr Hartley Solicitor to proceed at once with any necessary arrangements that may be required to complete the purchase.
Res. 7th. [crossed out and 8th added in pencil(?)] That Mr Brooks Banks request Mr Hartley or a substitute from his office to attend at the adjourned meeting of shareholders to be held in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms on Monday the 24th day of March 1890 to commence at 6:30pm.
Res. 7th. That the adjourned meeting of shareholders be held on the 24th of March 1890 to commence at 6:30pm in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

[Wellhouse Mill. It should be noted that when first built by Bracewell in 1854 the mill was called ‘New Mill’ and this name persists in some reports.

GEOFF SHACKLETON’S COMMENTS ON WELLHOUSE MILL DRAWN FROM VARIOUS TEXTILE PUBLICATIONS:
Stanley has some comprehensive records of this mill so any common notes are not repeated here. I can however add some details for the engines and the change of ownership period around 1889.
C&NT 25/04/1885 Several engine breakdowns are being commented on. Large spinning mill engine in particular.
C&NT 20/08/1887 All the machinery is to be sold at auction.
C&NT 12/09/1887 All machinery to be sold on Mon, Wed, Thurs of this week.
TM 15/11/1887 A Company has been formed to take-over the extensive works which formerly belonged to Mr. William Bracewell. The weaving sheds contain 1078 looms which together with the foundry has been purchased for £15,750. [Foundry may be a misnomer and could refer to the mechanic's shop which existed at WH Mill. I have no evidence of there ever being a foundry there.]
CFT 18/05/1888 WH Mill has now been stopped nine months.
TM 15/08/1888 WH Mill belonging to Messrs W. Bracewell has been stopped indefinitely and their other mill Butts will stop this week. Thus 500 hands are out of work. The estate is in Chancery and it is said that the machinery will be sold. (By this time the Craven Bank were actually the owners)
TM 15/09/1888 WH and Butts Mills remain at a standstill.
CFT 26/06/1889 Reports stating that WH and Butts Mills have been sold are not correct.
CFT 4/10/1889 The 768 looms in the shed have been disposed of. The larger part fetched only breaking up prices.
Yorks Post 23/11/1889 Matthew Watson to sell by auction at Wellhouse Mill on December 9th three powerful steam engines, shafting gearing, piping etc. The engines are described giving principal dimensions. A 1250hp twin beam engine which drove the spinning mill. A single beam engine of 300hp which drove the shed and a single beam engine of 150hp which drove the mechanics shop.
13/12/1889 All the engines were sold at auction on Monday last. ( It transpired that being obsolete beam engines, the buyer was George Rushworth of Colne, scrap merchant.)
CFT 14/03/1890 A number of shareholders are to decide on Saturday whether to form a Company to purchase WH Mill which has been offered to them by the Craven Bank for £8,000. (End of Shackleton extracts)

SG NOTES FROM INDEX.
The mill had already been up for sale. See sale document dated 3rd and 4th of August 1887. The description of the sale is:
1886-B-4929. In the Chancery of the County Palatine of Lancaster, Manchester District. Bracewell V Smith. Freehold properties to be sold by auction by James Thomas Rushton at the Seven Stars Hotel on 3rd and 4th of August 1887. (The sale included Wellhouse and Butts Mills, the Corn Mill, gasworks and various blocks of houses.)
DESCRIPTION OF WELLHOUSE MILL IN THE SALE DOCUMENT OF 1887.
Lot 1. All that valuable plot of freehold and leasehold land situate at Wellhouse, Barnoldswick containing 42,331 square yards and forming the site of Wellhouse Mill and reservoirs. Some 3,200 yards of land is leasehold for 999 years at a rent of £20 per annum. Together with substantial stone built cotton spinning mills, weaving sheds and manufacturing premises now containing 79,960 mule and throstle spindles and 768 looms with full preparing machinery; mechanics, joiners, bobbin turning and turners shops, gasworks, engine and boiler houses and other buildings thereto belonging.
THE MOTIVE POWER
Is represented by eight high pressure steam boilers each 30ft by 7ft 6inches. [Newton Pickles evidence suggests these were single flued or Cornish boilers. SG.] Green’s economisers with 192 pipes; several steam pumping and fire engines; [see fire pump at Helmshore Mill donated to them by Silentnight after renovations]
THREE ENGINES
Fine pair of beam condensing engines (McNaughted) with two 45” cylinders and two 53 ½ “ cylinders, 8 feet stroke. (The description ‘McNaughted’ refers to the common practice of converting existing beam engines to triple expansion as patented by John McNaught of Glasgow in 1845.)
Beam condensing steam engine (McNaughted) two cylinders 28” and 36”, 6ft stroke.
Beam condensing engine (McNaughted) with two 20” cylinders, 4ft stroke. All main and cross line shafting polished. All pipework.
GASWORKS
The gas plant consists of 18 retorts, patent scrubber, 4 purifiers, ram pumps and gasometer, 40ft in diameter. Several thousand yards of pipe laid in the town. (Note that this plant was at Wellhouse mill itself, see plan with sale document. The gasometer is shown on the west side of the mill behind the engine house. This plant had evidently been installed to provide gas for the mill but was supplying public in town at same time. The ‘NEW GASWORKS’ is mentioned as a separate item in the sale document and its area agrees with the site shown on a plan in the sale doc for the gasworks site near the corn mill.]
THE MACHINERY
To be sold with the mills. Two cotton openers, six double beater lap machines, five single beater ditto, 156 carding engines, six grinding machines, thirteen drawing frames, thirteen slubbing frames, fifteen intermediate frames, 196 throstle frames, twenty six pairs of mules, 79,960 spindles for twist and weft, ten winding machines, thirteen beam warping mills, ten circular warping mills, three tape sizing machines, size mixing apparatus, three winding on frames, 768 power looms, five plaiting machines and cloth press. (Note that the spinning machinery was redundant. The day of the combined spinning and weaving mill was over. Specialisation in weaving was the future. This was one of the factors that led to the Bracewell failure, they were locked into an obsolete business model by the inertia of invested capital.)
THE MECHANICS AND SMITHS TOOLS
Consist of eight lathes, drilling, slotting, shaping, wheel-cutting, cutter-making, planing machines, screwing and tapping machine, steam hammer, Smith & ? glazing and grindstones. (This workshop, later referred to as ‘Wellhouse Shop’ was to play an important role in the future.)
THE BOBBIN WORKS contains eight bobbin turning lathes, planing and moulding machines; three saw benches, fret sawing machine, two mortising machines, and the whole of the turner’s plant. The loose articles consisting of bobbins, cans, driving strapping, mechanics, smiths and engineers loose tools will be included in the sale. (Later referred to as the ‘joiner’s shop’ or ‘laundry’. I apologise for the length of the additional information but it will make what follows much clearer.)]

March 19th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary write to the parties who have applied to the Bank for room and power and tell them that the Calf Hall Shed Company Ltd are open and willing to treat with them for room and power at Wellhouse Mill. [Good indication of the demand for space.]
Res. 3rd. That Joseph Standing’s bill be paid for £2-2-0. [I like the fact that the printer charged in guineas.]
Res. 4th. That this meeting be adjourned until Friday night next at 7pm.
[No signature]

March 21st 1890
Adjourned meeting that the following resolutions be submitted to the shareholders at their meeting on the 24th day of March for their approval or rejection.
Res. 1st. That this meeting empower the directors to issue new shares to the amount of £10,000 and that the present shareholders have the preference of taking up the new shares.
Res. 2nd. That an application form be sent to each shareholder to be returned to the secretary on or before the 24th day of April next stating how many of the new shares they are willing to take up. And on the receipt of the applications the directors proceed to allot the shares according to the number of shares each applicant holds at present and no fees be paid on application but £2 be paid on each share when allotted before being entered in the register.
Res. 3rd. That no dividend or interest be paid on the new shares before the 1st day of July 1891 and after that date the old and the new shares divide the profits equally between them (if there be any) according to the amount paid up on each share.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

March 26th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That our chairman, Mr brooks Banks, go to Skipton and have an interview with Mr Robinson [Manager, Craven Bank] respecting the Well House Mill.
Res. 3rd. That Joseph Petty’s bill be paid for boiler and pipe covering amounting to £12-17-9½.
Res. 4th. That Joseph Thompson and Co. be paid £200 on account.
Res. 5th. That Johnson Edmondson coal bill be paid, £4-10-0.
Res. 6th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 to pay wages and expenses with.
Res. 7th. That H&J Widdup’s offer of three wagons per week of Roundwood Coal at 12/- per ton to be delivered at Barnoldswick station, Pit Weight, be accepted.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

April 2nd 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Edward Smith engage someone to cart coal from station to shed until next Wednesday.
Res. 3rd. That Mr Walton’s bill be paid as per account.
Res. 4th. That bills be sent to tenants for the four weeks rent due on 31st March 1890.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

April 4th 1890
Special meeting.
To take into consideration our solicitor’s letter with respect to the conditions and terms of the bank for the purchasing of Well House Mill.
Res. 1st. The clause to be passed as all right and satisfactory as at present stated. [First clause in conditions?]
Res. 2nd. The directors object to that which refers to £3000 having to be spent forthwith upon the premises but the directors agree to put down an engine of sufficient power to drive the present shed with extensions, renewals and alterations that will be necessary. [Bear in mind that the bank had sold the existing obsolete beam engines for scrap. It seems clear to me that the bank were making sure that if the CHSC defaulted on the purchase or running of Wellhouse the bank would have an attractive modern plant as an asset for recovery of their money.]
Res. 3rd. The directors propose to raise the purchase money by issuing new shares to the present shareholders and failing to raise sufficient by that mode the remainder by borrowing.
Res. 4th. That our managing directors and chairman engage John Shepherd as caretaker and engineer at Wellhouse Mill at a weekly wage of 28/-. [William Bracewell incorporated a large maintenance shop in the 1853/54 build of Wellhouse Mill, he also had a bobbin turning and carpentry facility in what was always called ‘The Joiner’s Shop’. We know that at the time of his death Peter Bilborough was his chief engineer and I think one of his foreman fitters was called Shepherd. Bilborough left engineering and became a coal merchant in the station yard. John Shepherd knew the mill and seemed a good choice as engineer.]
Res. 5th. That the chairman and secretary go to Colne and have an interview with our solicitor respecting that clause referring to the £3000 having to be spent forthwith and also with reference to the rights of way and the mode of raising the purchase money.
[No signatures]

April 9th. 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the wagon of coal of smudge [Slack, coal dust?] sent by Andrews be refused.
Res. 3rd. That Robert Chester be paid £15 on account and the managing directors meet him on Saturday next and call his attention to some portions of his work as being very unsatisfactory. [Tinsmith, maker of wheel covers etc.]
Res. 4th. That two new ropes be got from Thomas Hart, Blackburn to be 1½ inches thick and 48ft long and allow length for splicing besides. [Perhaps worth noting that endless cotton drive ropes had to be long-spliced in situ when installing. This was a skilled job done by the rope-makers and explains why there was often an extra payment to them after purchase of the ropes.]
Res. 5th. That H&V Wilkinson’s account be paid 12/- for new barrow. [Henry and Vandaleur Wilkinson of Booth Bridge, Thornton-in-Craven, joiners and bobbin turners.]
Res. 6th. That an arrangement be made with the Midland Railway co-respecting the unloading and demurrage of coal wagons at the station. [Demurrage was the accepted term for penalty payments for delay in unloading railway wagons in the station sidings, also common in connection with the shipping trade. Intended to ensure quick turn-round and maximising space on the lines or at the docks. Very often a bone of contention.]
Res. 7th. That the Annual General Meeting of shareholders be held in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms on Saturday the 26th of April 1890 to commence at 5:30pm.
Res 8th. That a cask of cylinder oil and a cask of engine and shafting oil be sent for to Samuel Cooke at Burnley. [Cylinder oil was specialised high temperature oil used for lubricating the steam cylinders on the engine. Engine and shafting oil was a common, general purpose lubricant.]
Res 9th. That H&J Widdup cart the coal from the station to the shed at the rate of -/6d per ton for six months. [The coal was carried in two wheel tipping carts which held about 30cwt of coal. So round trip price of say 9d.]
Res. 10th. That the secretary write to our solicitor respecting the supplying of the Midland Railway engines with water from the Wellhouse Mill. [We will hear much more of this. There was no piped water supply in Barnoldswick until about 1895 and the Midland Railway had an arrangement with Bracewell’s Wellhouse Mill (William Bracewell was one of the original promoters of the Barnoldswick branch line) whereby water was pumped by steam pump from the mill to the railway station for replenishing the water in the locomotives. Note that this means that even when the mill was closed a boiler had to be kept lit to provide steam for the pump.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

April 16th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Thomas Hart’s account £3-8-2 be paid for ropes by cheque.
Res. 3rd. That Samuel Cooke and Co account £8-6-8 be paid for oils by cheque.
Res. 4th. That the retiring directors for the ensuing year should be decided by ballot and the lots fell to Messrs. J D Roberts, William Perry, William Holdsworth and Thomas Dent.
Res. 5th. That the three shares held by James Wilson Horsfield be transferred to Smith Horsfield. [Perhaps worth noting that share transfers were often to multiple new owners, often by partiple inheritance on the death of the original shareholder. In later years this dispersal of shares became a major problem for anyone wanting to increase a shareholding in the company as they were impossible to buy.]
Res. 6th. That 6d per share be paid to the company for all share transfers and if supplied with a form, 6d extra.
Res. 7th. That a letter be sent by the secretary to Mr William Hewitt, chairman of the Barnoldswick Railway Company to inform him that unless some satisfactory arrangement be made with the Calf Hall Shed Company respecting the supplying of water for the station the Calf Hall Shed Company cannot supply them any longer.
Res. 8th. That William Sagar’s account £12 for stones be paid by cheque.
Res. 9th. That the accounts for the present general meeting be made up to April 16th 1890.
Res. 10th. That the chairman go to Colne to see Mr Hartley our solicitor respecting the report to the general meeting.
Res. 11th. That Simon Parker’s account, £7-11-2 and George Andrew’s account £28-1-0 for coal be paid by cheque.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

April 23rd 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Edward Smith see John Shepherd tonight and give him instructions to let the fires at Wellhouse Mill go out and pump no more water to the station until satisfactory arrangements have been made by the Railway Co to pay all expenses up to the present that have been incurred by the Calf Hall Shed Co. [Wellhouse was not running as there was no motive power so one boiler was being kept in steam solely for the benefit of the railway company. They have evidently not responded to the Calf Hall directors so the water supply to the station will cease. This would be a serious matter for the Railway Company.]
Res. 3rd. That the secretary write to Mr Robinson, Craven Bank, asking him to get the two boilers out which have been sold as the Calf Hall Shed Company is in want of the room they now occupy. And also to inform Mr Robinson respecting Mr Rushworth using Dynamite at WH Mill for breaking up the engines and give Mr Robinson the correspondence between the company and Mr Rushworth on the subject and ask him who will be responsible if any damage be done to the property. [I was intrigued by the use of the trade name Dynamite so I did some digging. £8,000 plus approximately £3,000 further in new plant and repairs was a lot of money to pay for a mill in those days. An average weekly wage for a skilled labourer would be about £1, relate that to about £300 for the same hours today and you get a figure of somewhere between two and three million pounds! So you can understand the CHSC director’s consternation when they found out that George Rushworth, the Colne scrap merchant who was taking the engines out of the mill, was using dynamite to break up the castings. The Shed Company immediately fired off a letter to George Robinson, manager of the Craven Bank at Skipton, to ask him whether he was aware of this circumstance and whether the bank would pay for any damage caused by this dangerous practice. History so far hasn’t divulged what transpired but as there is no further mention of the matter I assume that George was reined in and no further damage was caused.
I wasn’t surprised by the use of explosives, black powder had been used for years in the quarries to fracture large faces, what did surprise me was the use of the trade name ‘Dynamite’ so I had to do a bit of research. I already knew a bit about explosives from my army career but when I started digging into the subject I found some fascinating stories.
Many chemists worked on nitro glycerine and a depressing number were killed as their experiments exploded. One such unfortunate was Emil Oskar Nobel, brother of Alfred Nobel, who died when the family’s nitro factory blew up on the 3rd of September 1864. Alfred redoubled his efforts and by 1865 had made the process reasonably safe, he invented the blasting cap in 1866 and in 1867 patented a solid explosive made by absorbing nitro glycerine into a special clay called Kieslguhr and named it Dynamite. So, I had solved my problem, George Rushworth could have been using Dynamite in 1890, and the name was evidently well known.]
Res. 4th. That the secretary inform Mr Moorhouse of Earby that Mr Brooks Banks and Mr Proctor Barrett had been appointed by this board as a deputation to wait upon him and have an interview regarding his application for room and power at Wellhouse Mill and to ask him to fix a date sometime next week for that purpose and they will visit him.
Res. 5th. That the secretary see Mr John Lancaster [Accountant] and ask him what his charges are for auditing for this last year and ask him to stand for the ensuing year.
Res. 6th. That the secretary pay Widdup’s coal account when he has received the rents from the tenants. [Understandable. The company is living hand to mouth at the moment. These were the perilous days when a lot of new companies failed because cash flow didn’t keep pace with expenses.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

April 26th 1890
The Calf Hall Shed Company. The second Annual General Meeting of this company was held in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms Barnoldswick on Saturday the 26th day of April 1890 at 5:30pm.
The chair was occupied by Mr Brooks Banks chairman of the board of directors. The solicitor of the company was present.
The secretary read the minutes of the first Annual General Meeting. Mr James Watson proposed that “The minutes of the last general meeting as now read be confirmed”. This was seconded by Mr Proctor Barrett and the motion, being put to the meeting, was carried unanimously.
The notice convening the present meeting was then read as follows.
“Notice is hereby given that the second annual general meeting of the shareholders of the calf Hall Shed Company Limited will be held in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms Barnoldswick on Saturday the 26th day of April 1890 at half past five o’clock in the afternoon.
Business:
1.To receive the statement of accounts and the report of the directors and to declare a dividend.
2.To elect four directors in the place of Dr Roberts, William Holdsworth, Thomas Dent and William Perry who retire but are eligible for re-election.
3.To elect an auditor for the ensuing year.
4.To authorise the directors to borrow any sum or sums of money not exceeding in the whole £8000 at such time and in such manner and upon such terms as the directors may think fit.
The secretary then proceeded to read the statement of accounts or balance sheet and the report of the directors as follows.
Balance sheet for the year ending April 16th 1890.
LIABILITIES. Shareholder’s capital, £10,008. Loan capital, £2,000. Interest £32-15-3. Sundries, £3-16-6. Cash owing, £727-14-9. Total, £ 12,772-6-6.
ASSETS. Land and buildings, £7,332-4-11. Millwright and iron work, £2,225-16-7. Engines, boilers and economisers, £1,980-4-3. Steam and gas pipes, ropes and hoists, £492-14-6. Gas Mains, road-making and stones, £109-13-8. Rent and gas, £10-0-4. Oil, Tallow and coal, £233-12-10. Strapping, £19-3-1. Printing and stationary[sic], £8-6-0. Wages and sundry expenses, 224-12-8. Returned share money, £8. Cheque books, £1. Cash in bank, £26-4-6. Cash in hand, £14-15-1. Total, £12,772-6-6.
Examined and certified correct by John Lancaster.
Meetings attended by directors, possible attendances 62. Brooks Banks, 55. Dr Roberts, 50. Leonard Holdsworth, 53. Edward Smith, 57. W P Brooks, 23. Simon Parker, 49. Proctor Barrett, 49. Tomas Dent 69. William Holdsworth, 50. Robert Clark, 61. William Perry, 34. Johnson Edmondson, 58.
Director’s report April 16th 1890.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Herewith we present the accounts of the company from the commencement up to April 16th 1890. By perusing your balance sheet you will see that we have not yet received any rents but we have four week’s rent due and after paying all as far as we can we are in debt to the amount of £727-14-9 with the exception of the small balance at the bank and in hand but your directors hope that when the next balance sheet is due they will be able to pay a dividend to the shareholders. The directors have pleasure in reporting that they are in treaty with the Craven Bank Limited for the purchase of Wellhouse Mill Barnoldswick with the machinery and effects therein. The price fixed is £8,000 which the directors deem reasonable and it is propsed to extend the payments over a term of years to be secured as the directors may approve.
By Order of the Board, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.
Mr Matthew Hawley proposed “That the statement of accounts and the report of the directors now read be adopted”. This was seconded by Mr John Kidd and being put to the meeting was carried unanimously.
Mr Matthew Hawley proposed “That Dr J D Roberts be re-elected a director of the company” This was seconded by Mr Jon William Ellsworth and being put to the meeting was carried unanimously.
Mr John Horsfield proposed “That Mr William Holdsworth be re-elected a director of the company” This was seconded by Mr Samuel Heap and being put to the meeting was carried unanimously.
Mr Frederick Suthers proposed “That Mr Thomas Dent be re-elected a director of the company” This was seconded by Mr James Watson and being put to the meeting was carried unanimously.
Mr James Watson proposed “That Mr William Perry be re-elected a director of the company” This was seconded by Mr William Williams and being put to the meeting was carried unanimously.
On the question of the appointment of an auditor for the ensuing year Mr John Kidd proposed “That Mr John Lancaster be again appointed auditor for the ensuing year” This was seconded by Mr John Edmondson and being put to the meeting was carried unanimously.
The chairman having referred to the paragraph in the director’s report relating to the purchase of Wellhouse Mill Mr William Lancaster proposed “That the directors be authorised to borrow in the name or otherwise on behalf of the company such sums of money that they may from time to time deem expedient either by the way of mortgage of the whole or any part of the property or by bond or debenture notes or in such other manner as they may from time to time deem best for the interests of the company provided that nevertheless the aggregate principal money to be borrowed shall not at any time exceed £10,000 exclusive of the sums already borrowed” This was seconded by Mr John Horsfield and on being put to the meeting was carried unanimously.
This concluded the business of the meeting.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

April 30th 1890
Res. 1st. At the first director’s meeting after the second Annual General Meeting it was proposed and seconded and passed unanimously that Mr Brooks Banks be the chairman for the ensuing year.
Res. 2nd. Minutes of the last meeting be passed as read.
Res. 3rd. That Dr Roberts be the vice-chairman for the ensuing year.
Res. 4th. That Proctor Barrett be Treasurer for the ensuing year.
Res. 5th. That John Hartley be secretary for the ensuing year.
Res. 6th. That John Lancaster be paid £1 for auditing the accounts for the last year.
Res. 7th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages and expenses.
Res. 8th. That the fires go out at Wellhouse Mill and we wait no longer for an answer from the directors of the Barnoldswick Railway Company respecting the water supply.
[Next items are noted as special meeting of May 2nd.]
Res. 9th. That George Watson be engaged as a labourer to help Shepherd at Wellhouse Mill at 23/- per week.
Res. 10th. That the tenders for the engine [Wellhouse] as at present offered be not accepted and another special meeting of the directors be held on Monday 5th of May to take them into special consideration and the secretary write to Mr Atkinson and ask him to attend.
Res. 11th. That the secretary be appointed as a Managing Director to look after both of the sheds and he to have £10 per year extra for his services commencing on April 30th 1890.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

May 7th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary and Johnson Edmondson go to Colne tomorrow to see the solicitor on the question of borrowing £800.
Res. 3rd. That the managing directors and the secretary meet at the shed [Calf Hall] tomorrow morning to make some arrangements about the supply of water for the engine.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

May 14th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That George Watson and John Shepherd be paid no over(?) time but have it stopped from off their time.
Res. 3rd. That the secretary purchase two cupboards from New Mill [WH] for 2/6 of Mr John Schofield.
Res. 4th. That J R Smith account be left unpaid until he has completed his contract.
Res. 5th. That Holden’s hoist be repaired.
Res. 6th. That the coal account for the month be paid.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

May 21st 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Barrett and Holdsworth complete J R Smith’s contract and be paid out of his account.
Res. 3rd. That we have Corliss valves to the high pressure cylinders of the engine for Wellhouse Mill. [An important decision showing that the directors were well advised. More accurately this is Corliss motion to cylindrical valves as opposed to the old fashioned slide valves. Corliss gear was more efficient and allowed true expansive working which was more efficient and saved steam.]
Res. 4th. That Messrs Banks, Parker, Dent and Hartley go tomorrow to see Mr Atkinson, Mr Roberts [Phoenix Foundry, Nelson, engine makers for the Calf Hall Shed engine] and the Burnley Ironworks Company [BI was the new company which had taken over William Bracewell’s foundry in Burnley following the sale of assets after Bracewell Brother’s failure. They were to become one of the most respected and successful engine-builders in the area.]
Res. 5th. That Messrs Banks and Hartley go to see Mr Robinson [Manager Craven Bank, Skipton branch] to try to borrow £800 from the Craven Bank upon the Calf Hall Shed property. [I checked that figure very carefully because I wondered whether it should be £8,000 but the entry is quite clear and a subsequent entry on June 25th shows that it was the £800 eventually lent to Moorhouse of Earby to assist his tenancy at WH Mill.]
[No signature}

May 23rd 1890
At a special meeting held on May 23rd 1890 it was proposed, seconded and carried that the tender of the Burnley Ironworks be accepted for the engine required at Wellhouse Mill according to the specifications given for the sum of £1590.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

May 28th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have a cheque for £20.
Res. 3rd. That R W Harrison’s account for India Rubber Rings amounting to £1-3-5 be paid. [Almost certainly rubbers for the non-return valves on the air pump of the engine at Calf Hall following the water troubles mentioned in May 7th minutes. Essential for achieving a good vacuum in the condenser which is needed for economic running.]
[This entry made but struck out: Res. 4th. That the secretary ask the engine driver at Calf Hall Shed his price for both the engine driving and firing altogether]
Res. 4th. That the secretary invite tenders for Coal Hopper for the boiler at calf Hall Shed. [The Calf Hall boiler was hand-fired as installed. ‘Coal hopper’ is actually mechanical stokers for the two furnaces on the single Lancashire boiler. The intention seems to be to do away with the firebeater's wage. ‘Firebeater’ is the local term for a man who stokes the boiler.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

June 4th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That we have E Bennis, Bolton mechanical stokers and moveable firebars put in at Calf Hall Shed for the sum of £70 less 7½% in 14 days to be completed by 21st of June 1890. [Not hanging about! This was a pair of Bennis ‘shovel’ stokers and self-cleaning firebars which made firing fully automatic, the coal hoppers feeding the stokers had to be filled by hand probably every half an hour and ashes removed when necessary.]
Res. 3rd. That Simon Parker be allowed to transfer six of his shares to Moreland Hoyle. [Miller at Barnoldswick Corn Mill]
Res. 4th. That the secretary write and inform Mr James Moorhouse of Earby that he can have Room and Power at Wellhouse Shed at 39/- per annum and one tape machine at £90 per annum to tape for about 400 looms and if a less quantity a proportionately less rate and he will be allowed 16 weeks abatement from the commencement of the starting of the engine and if he requires money the directors will lend him at 5% and the directors require an early answer whether he will accept those terms. [400 looms was an optimum number of looms as one tape machine and one cloth-plaiting machine could cope with this number. Victor Hedges, who had a lifetime of experience with managing room and power sheds confirmed this in an interview in the Lancashire Textile Project. (LTP) The accepted horsepower required to drive the looms was accepted as ½hp for each including tape and other machinery. This is why the accepted optimum size for a shed became 1200 looms with three tape machines driven by a 600hp engine and a large single Lancashire boiler.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

June 11th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary inform Mr James Moorhouse that the directors cannot see their way to make any further concessions than those given on the 4th of June 1890 and they will thank him for an answer whether or not he will accept them.
Res. 3rd. That the secretary write to our solicitor and inform him that our directors have decided to take his advice and that he must leave out of the lease that portion that referred to the twelve weeks rent being in arrears before a years rent can be demanded.
Res. 4th. That Moreland Hoyle [Tenant of Barnoldswick Corn Mill.] be accepted as a shareholder of six shares transferred from Mr Simon Parker.
Res. 5th. That John Riley Smith's account be paid amounting to £75-19-2 less £1-19-2 deducted for the gutter over the engine house not being satisfactory.
Res. 6th. That the coal account for the month be paid.
Res. 7th. That the secretary and directors be paid their expenses incurred by them in attending to the affairs of the company.
Res. 8th. That the secretary be paid his half year’s salary amounting to £12-10-0.
Res. 9th. That Barrett and Holdsworth try to improve the ventilators on the shed from raining in. [Calf Hall]
Res. 10th. That the engine house at Wellhouse Mill be set in a portion of the boiler house as shewn on the plan and there be two ventilators of approved makers be put on the roof of the engine house. [Because there was to be an entirely new power plant at Wellhouse all the old engine houses, boiler house and boilers were redundant so the replacement plant was a new build.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

June 18th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That a cask of about 40 gallons of cylinder oil be ordered with Samuel Cooke and Co of Burnley.
Res. 3rd. That Proctor Barrett have 15lbs of old roping at 6d per lb.
Res. 4th. That the company take all the old flags from out of the engine house at both Butts and Wellhouse Mill at 3/2 per yard and that Edward Smith has those in the Butts yard at 2/6 per yard and this company keep the remainder ?yards. [Engine house flags were good quality and CHSC were going to need them for the new build at Wellhouse
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

June 25th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Samuel Cooke’s bill be paid £4-7-6. [40 gallons of cylinder oil]
Res. 3rd. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages and expenses.
Res. 4th. That William Robert’s account be paid, 9/11.
Res. 5th. That the interest on the £2000 be paid to Mr Hartley, £40 less £1 tax.
Res. 6th. That the plans for the engine house as shewn for Wellhouse Mill be accepted and Mr Atkinson be requested to send out specifications to four or five masons or contractors, to let the work of getting out two engine beds and the pulling down of the [old] boiler and gas house [WH had its own gas plant for lighting but this was redundant as the new gas works near the Corn Mill was operating.] and erecting the new engine house at Wellhouse Mill and the tenders be sent to our chairman as soon as possible.
Res. 7th. That the secretary write and inform Mr Moorhouse that the directors will advance him £800 at 5% interest to be paid half yearly and the principal to be paid back in annual instalments to be agreed on between the directors and himself but not to extend over the length of his lease. They cannot see their way to go any further without placing themselves in difficulties. [One assumes that the company were getting the money borrowed on the security of CH Shed at less than 5%.]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

July 2nd 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr William Walton’s bill be paid for the gas meter, £2-11-0.
Res. 3rd. That Mr Atkinson have a cheque in settlement of his account of commission for the Calf Hall Shed Co Ltd value £10.
Res. 4th. That there be 3 windows in the back side of the engine house at Wellhouse Mill and 2 windows in the cellar at the end of the engine house and the three windows at the back have swivel sashes at the top for ventilation and one window in front to have a door in the bottom portion and a fire escape landing outside and the two windows in the front that are made to take out to have the circular top made to open for ventilation. [It was common practice to make the large windows in the end of the engine house capable of being removed to give sufficient access to take out or install the largest part of the engine, usually the low pressure cylinder.]
Res. 5th. That the decision of this board be put off until the next meeting respecting Mr Moorhouse’s letter asking for the £800 before the looms are delivered, and the conditions of tenancy, and the secretary write to Mr Moorhouse to that effect. [James Moorhouse is not being particularly difficult. The great advantage of the Room and Power system to the tenants was the low threshold of entry and what we see from the minutes is the process of negotiation that was the precursor to every letting. We shall see later that the balance of power in these negotiations depended entirely on the current demand for space, there will be times when much more leeway was given to get a tenant into the shed. Once in there was a certain inertia against moving but it is amazing in later years how many looms were moved around the town to take advantage of say six months free space.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

July 9th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary write Mr Pickup [Burnley Ironworks manager] asking the probable extra cost if the US packings be put in the Low Pressure cylinder. [This is the metallic piston rod packing made by the United States Metallic Packing Co of Allerton Road, Clayton, Bradford. It replaced the old soft waste packings and was again good advice from someone, the most modern practice.]
Res. 3rd. That Messrs Moorhouse and Company have £3 per loom advanced to them as they get the looms on the premises up to 250 looms and then £50 advanced at once.
Res. 4th. That the chairman, vice-chairman, Mr Dent, Mr William P Brooks and the secretary have a personal interview with Mr Moorhouse on the tenancy question.
Res. 5th. That Mr Robert Chester’s account be paid by cheque amount £6-5-2.
Res. 6th. That Mr Samuel Thompson's account be paid in cash by the secretary amount £2-3-1.
Res. 7th. That Messrs Hawley’s tender for building the engine house at Wellhouse Mill be accepted for the sum of £598-10-0.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

July 16th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Proctor Barrett account be paid £7-13-0.
Res. 3rd. That Mr P Brooks have the grass which grows on the land at the top end of the shed for the present season [for grazing] and that he keeps the fence in repair as payment for the same.
Res. 4th. George Andrew’s coal bill be paid for the month amounting to £9-0-9.
Res. 5th. That Widdup’s coal bill be paid for the month amounting to £62-16-7.
Res. 6th. That the secretary have a cheque value £20 for wages and expenses. [It becomes obvious as time goes on that it was standard practice for the secretary to be responsible for paying the wages of the company servants.]
Res. 7th. That the secretary write to Mr Atkinson to divide the loom space in the shed for 250 looms for the new tenant. [From here on the minutes can be ambiguous as to which mill they are referring to. I shall flag up my best guess if needed. In this case I think are are talking about James Moorhouse at Wellhouse Mill. You may have noticed that Calf Hall is named ‘shed’ and Wellhouse and Butts are ‘mills’. This usually distinguishes between the older combined ‘mills’ that ran both spinning and weaving and the modern ‘sheds’ which specialised exclusively in weaving. The days of the combined mill were over as the spinners of SE Lancashire could supply yarn cheaper than it could be made in the old mills because they too had specialised.]
Res. 8th. That Watson Knowles be requested to attend the director’s meeting next Wednesday night. [Engine Tenter at Calf Hall Shed.]
Res. 9th. That the secretary engage John Knowles as labourer at 20/- per week if he is willing to accept it.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

July 23rd 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Messrs P Brooks, Proctor Barrett, Brooks Banks and the secretary be appointed to wait on the Gas Company to arrange if they can with them if they can to have water from the Corn Mill Dam to Wellhouse Mill. [The Corn Mill had been sold with the gas works in one lot in the sale after Bracewell Brothers failed. William Bracewell had first rented and then bought the Corn Mill and enlarged the dam in the 1850s because it was the best water resource in Barnoldswick. He laid a 6” cast iron pipe from the dam to Wellhouse to supplement the water resource there if necessary. We don’t know how much water he took off at the Corn Mill and it is very complicated because part of his agenda was to attack his cousins who worked Old Coates Mill using water from the Butts Beck. The CHSC directors obviously knew about the pipe and in the absence of any hard information about how much water was available at Wellhouse they were attempting to give themselves every option.]
Res. 3rd. That we have the Metallic Packing put in the Low Pressure cylinder of the new engines at Wellhouse Mill. [Notice that they refer to ‘engines’ at Wellhouse. This is because the engine they had specified from Burnley Ironworks was built as a double tandem compound but with only one side installed. They clearly anticipated the eventual need for more power as they extended the mill.]
Res. 4th. That Messrs Bennis bill be paid amounting to £70 and 7½% debited. [Bennis had obviously missed their optimistic date of ‘before 21st June’!]
Res. 5th. That Watson Knowles be paid 32/- per week for minding the engine, firing the boiler, oiling and doing all the work that is required at Calf Hall Shed and he commence after Saturday 26th of July 1890. [A big wage but I know from experience running a similar plant alone that he had taken on a big job. The general rule became that this was a bad thing as something had to suffer and having a firebeater was the accepted norm.]
Res. 6th. That the chairman and Messrs Dent and Parker meet the other room and power company [The Long Ing Room and Power Company, Barnoldswick.] to consider the propriety of stopping their places for one week at Feast Time [Wakes, annual holiday] and making an allowance of rent.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

July 30th 1890
Res. 1St, Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That we allow the Gas Company one half of the pipes [old gas plant] taken out of the ground at Wellhouse Mill and we pay them £10 per year for the use of the water from Corn Mill Dam to Wellhouse Mill.
Res. 3rd. That Shepherd’s wage be 30/- per week starting from Saturday next. [Had he heard about Watson Knowles’ raise?]
Res. 4th. That Thomas Nuttall have some slates as he requires and he either buys or exchanges from them.
Res. 5th. That the alteration in the warehouse as recommended by our architect and committee be adopted. [Wellhouse?]
Res. 6th. That the shares be thrown open to the public.
Res. 7th. That Mr Atkinson be allowed 12 shares in the company and he pays the calls for three of them and the company pays for the other 9 as commission either more or less as the case may be.
Res. 8th. That Proctor Barrett’s tender for the joinery work in the engine house be accepted at £129-10-0. [WH]
Res. 9th. That the chairman, Secretary, Johnson Edmondson, William Holdsworth, Proctor Barrett and Edward Smith be appointed to meet the tenants at Wellhouse Mill on Friday night next.
Signed, Brooks Barrett and John Hartley.

August 6th 1890
Res 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the board sell to the gas company 13½cwt of lead pipes which they have taken out of the ground at WH Mill at 12/6 per cwt. [£8-8-9]
Res. 3rd. That we stop the engine at Calf Hall Shed for holidays on Friday night August 22nd and start them again Monday morning September 1st 1890 and we allow the tenants 30 hours rent.
Res. 4th. That Messrs Hawley take out the two boilers at WH Mill and put them on the vacant ground nearby.
Res. 5th. That the secretary order a cask of engine and shafting oil.
Res. 6th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages and expenses.
Res. 7th. That Alfred Pilkington have room and power at WH Mill on the same conditions as the other tenants.
Res. 8th. That the shares be advertised in two local papers, the Pioneer and the Herald.
Res. 9th. That the Chairman, Proctor Barrett, Johnson Edmondson and Thomas Dent be appointed to meet the tenants at WH Mill at 6:30pm on Thursday night next.
Res. 10th. That Proctor Barrett’s tender for the engine house [joinery] be altered from £129-10-0 to £136.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

August 13th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the lead pipes be fetched from the gas works to our premises at WH Mill. [Problems with the sale?]
Res. 3rd. That George Andrews’ coal bill be paid, £3-6-7.
Res. 4th. That H&J Widdup’s coal bill be paid, £20-15-9.
Res. 5th. That Samuel Cooke’s bill be paid for oil, £4-2-6.
Res. 6th. That Edward Smith’s account be paid, £5-18-10.
Res. 7th. That the windows, doors and ventilators at Calf Hall Shed be painted and Robert Clark make out a specification for the same.
Res. 8th. That Thomas Dent have the tin dishes at WH Mill at 3d each, 12 of them.
Res. 9th. That Nuttall, Norcross and Heap and Thornton be each invited to tender for the whitewashing of the shed at WH Mill.
Res. 10th. That the chairman and Dr Roberts be appointed to see Mr Rickards of Bell Busk with the view of taking Wellhouse Mill for spinning purposes. [Rickards was the name of a famous cotton broker of London round the end of the 18th century. In 1862 Charles Rickards of Armley near Leeds took over Bell Busk mill near Coniston Cold between Settle and Skipton and the partnership Fell & Rickards Ltd converted the mill from cotton to silk spinning possibly due to the cotton famine of the early 1860s caused by the American Civil War. The 1871 census shows Charles Rickards employing a total of 80 workers (20 men, 23 women, 14 boys and 23 girls) and living in the "Mill House". Ten years later the 1881 census tells us he was then employing 30 Men 30 Women and 35 Girls. In 1892 he acquired Low Mill in Sackville Street, Skipton, which was built in 1839 by John Benson Sidgwick for weft spinning and weaving, this was also turned over to silk. Rickards ran the operation at Bell Busk whilst Fell ran the company’s other Skipton silk mill, and between the two sites they employed around 300 people. So this Rickards was looking for space around this date. Our man I think.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

August 20th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr Atkinson gets a practical millwright for WH Mill.
Res. 3rd. That Messrs Dent, E Smith, P Barrett, William Holdsworth, P Brooks, the secretary and Mr Atkinson meet Messrs Moorhouse and Pilkington to arrange for the warehouse and shed at 9:20am tomorrow.
Res. 4th. That Mr Atkinson advertise in the paper for a tenant for WH Mill.
Res. 5th. That the secretary see Mr Green, the rate collector, respecting the rates.
Res. 6th. That Watson Knowles have six days wage stopped at this feast. [Annual Holidays]
Res. 7th. That the labourers have a weeks holiday.
Res. 8th. That George Rushworth’s account for the flags be paid amounting to £11-11-2. [The Colne scrap merchant demolishing the engines. Presumably the houses as well so the flags would his to sell.]
Res. 9th. That the ventilators at WH Mill be taken off and slated in their place and the roof and ceilings be repaired and whitewashed and Messrs Nuttall, Norcross and Heap and Thornton be invited each to give a tender for the same and Proctor Barrett and William Holdsworth attend to it at once.
Res. 10th. That the specifications as made out for painting be sent out and to be returned on or before Wednesday next.
Res. 11th. That William Holdsworth repair the pettys at Calf Hall Shed. [Archaic name for privies.]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

August 27th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read,
Res. 2nd. That Messrs Thompson account be paid, £3-7-1.
Res. 3rd. That the Poor Rate be paid, £34-8-0. [Two rates had to be paid, the Town Rate and the Poor Rate. The Town Rate was used for the expenses of running the town’s services and the Poor Rate supported the work of the Local Guardians and Workhouse, in this case at Skipton. At this time they seem to have been equal amounts.]
Res. 4th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages and expenses.
Res. 5th. That Heap and Thornton’s do the repairing at WH Mill and whitewashing for the sum of £12.
Res. 6th. That the painting tenders be put off until the next meeting.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

September 3rd 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary get some flax packing for the CH Shed engine. [Almost certainly for the stuffing boxes on the cylinders to seal round the piston rod]
Res. 3rd. That Thomas King’s tender for painting be accepted for the sum of £32.
Res. 4th. That all those who have applied for shares have them allotted at once.
Res. 5th. That Proctor Barrett repair the windows at WH Shed[sic].
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

September 10th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the flue cleaning be put off till next week. [Bad management. This should have been done during the holiday as the boiler will have to be shut down and cooled.]
Res. 3rd. That the coal bill for the month be paid, amount £24-15-8.
Res. 4th. That James Gott’s bill be paid for the flax gaskin[sic] £1-2-8. [I think ‘gasket’ was intended.]
Res. 5th. That the secretary write Mr Hawley and Mr Atkinson to meet the directors tomorrow at 2 o’clock.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

September 17th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the millwright be engaged on the best terms he can be got on till the job be finished. [This man was an engineer used to shafting and gearing.]
Res. 3rd. That £1-14-0 be paid to Watson Knowles for flue cleaning and boiler-washing. [Cleaning fly ash out of the flues and washing sediment out of the boiler. There has been no mention as yet of any purchase of feed-water additives to prevent scaling and encourage dissolved solids in the water to precipitate out so they can be removed by blowing the boiler down while at rest but under pressure. This is a problem waiting to happen.]
Res. 4th. That Proctor Barrett have the Joiner’s Shop at WH Mill [The old bobbin turning section, later called the laundry] for the annual rent of £26. [No mention of it but this would include motive power from the mill shafting and minimal heating]
Res 5th. That a bill be sent to the Railway Company for £12 for pumping water to the station during the month of April 1890.
Res. 6th. That the secretary have £20 for wages.
Res. 7th. That Atkinson Pickover be paid off on Saturday next. [A William Pickover was later firebeater at CH Shed. Perhaps he was that or a labourer.]
Res. 8th. That the Half Yearly Meeting be held on the 1st of November 1890.
Res. 9th. That Mr Moorhouse be informed that steam cannot be put into the shed until the pipes be connected with the cistern and boiler. [Shed heating! The colder weather is here again.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

September 24th 1890
Res 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res 3rd. That the secretary send the Hawley tender note and bill for getting out the boilers to Mr Blockley the owner of the boilers.
Res. 4th. That the secretary reply to Mr Waddington’s letter respecting Thomas Smith’s shares.
Res. 5th. That Thomas King repair the windows at CH Shed roof. [Painter, decorator and glazier of Barnoldswick]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

October 8th 1890
Res 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr Atkinson’s money be paid amounting to £9.
Res. 3rd. That preparation be made at WH Mill for getting the tape cylinders into the tape room and arrange for stairs. [Tape cylinders were large fragile structures and all tape rooms needed arrangements for a way in big enough to handle them.]
Res. 4th. That Mr Atkinson be instructed to get out the specifications for slating, plastering and pointing at WH Mill. The company to find the slaters.
Res. 5th. That Mr Atkinson be requested to meet the directors at WH Mill next Monday at 2 o’clock and attend a meeting of directors at night at 6:30pm.
Res. 6th. That a gas lamp be put up at Calf Hall Shed and the company provide gas for the same. [A street light I think, outside the premises.]
Res. 7th. That the road to CH Shed be repaired and a channel made in the road opposite Windle’s warehouse.
Res. 8th. That the directors meet at WH Mill on Monday next at 2pm and at the office at 6:30pm.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

October 11th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary has a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That Widdup’s coal bill be paid, £25-11-2.
Res. 4th. That Atkinson bill for stone be paid immediately amounting to £3-7-4
Res. 5th. That the gas bill be paid amounting to 3/7d.
Res. 6th. That a cask of cylinder oil be ordered with James Light and Son. [In case you’re wondering why cylinder oil is ordered from different suppliers at times, engineers were always searching for the best oil as it was the highest duty oil and could materially affect the running of the engine.]
Res 7th. That a dividend of 3½% be recommended to be paid to the shareholders at the rate of 7% per annum. [As a comparison, bank interest rate between 1890-1900 was rising slowly from about 2% to 4%.]
Res. 8th. That the half yearly meeting of the shareholders be held in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms on Saturday the 1st day of November 1890 at half past five.
Res. 9th. That the tenants of CH Shed be notified that from this date they will have to keep all windows in repair by putting in whole sheets [glass?].
Res. 10th. That the chairman and Mr Holdsworth go to Skipton to see Mr Robinson at the Craven Bank respecting repairing the WH road and of the business they may think requisite.
Signed, Thomas Dent and John Hartley.

October 22nd 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the chairman, vice-chairman, Simon Parker and William Brooks be appointed as a deputation to meet a deputation from the Railway Company to discuss the water pumping question.
Res/ 3rd. That William Holdsworth and Proctor Barrett make and fit complete a pair of big doors for the warehouse for the sum of £3-10-0. [WH?]
Res. 4th. That the shares belonging to the late George Smith be transferred to his son Thomas Smith of Burnley.
Res. 5th. That a letter be sent to the Gas Company requesting a gas supply for WH Mill.
Signed, Thomas Dent and John Hartley.

October 29th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Proctor Barrett’s account be paid amounting to £17-1-8.
Res. 3rd. That Baxendale’s account be paid amounting to £13-18-10.
Res. 4th. That James Light’s account be paid amounting to £3-9-4. [One cask of cylinder oil]
Res. 5th. That two screw jacks be purchased from Mr Atkinson for 10/-.
Res. 6th. That the directors meet at the office at 5pm on Saturday before going to the meeting.
Res. 7th. That the dividend be paid by warrant. [See Half Yearly meeting November 1st for the meaning of this.]
Res. 8th. That Proctor Barrett have a cheque for £36 on account of his work at WH Mill.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

November 3rd 1890
Special Meeting.
Res. 1st. That the secretary write to Mr Atkinson to enforce upon Mr Hawley the penalty of £15 per week according to the specification until he has completed his contract seeing that the joiner and the engineers are both waiting to commence their work and cannot do so. [PB joinery work in engine house and ‘engineers’ from Burnley Ironworks to install and erect the engine.]
Res. 2nd. That the secretary write and enquire of Mr Atkinson the reason why the slaters and plasterers tender have not been sent in as he promised some time since that he would send out invitations for them immediately.
Res. 3rd. That the secretary inform Mr Atkinson that the board passed a resolution disapproving the manner in which he had superintended the work at WH Mill inasmuch as some of the work is not done to the satisfaction of the board and the whole of the works ought to have been completed by the end of last month.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

November 1st 1890
At the half-yearly meeting of the shareholders of the Calf Hall Shed company Limited held in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms on the 1st day of November 1890 at half past five o’clock in the afternoon pursuant to the announcement in the half-yearly report and balance sheet issued to each shareholder.
Mr Brooks Banks occupied the chair when the following resolutions were adopted after the secretary had read the minutes of the last General Meeting. Mr John Brooks proposed that the minutes of the last general meeting as now read be conformed. This was seconded by Mr William Williams and the motion being put to the meeting was passed unanimously.
The notice concerning the present meeting was then read as follows.
Notice is hereby given that the half-yearly meeting of the shareholders of the Calf Hall Shed company Limited will be held in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms on the 1st day of November 1890 at half past five o’clock in the afternoon.
Barnoldswick, October 20th 1890.
Business of the meeting.
1.To confirm the minutes of the last general meeting.
2.To receive the report and balance sheet of the directors and sanction the proposed dividend.
3.To fix the remuneration of the directors for the year ending December 6th 1890.
4.And for the transaction of the ordinary general business of the company.

Annexed on the next page is copy of the report and balance sheet. [The printed report and balance sheet is missing.]

The chairman, Mr Brooks Banks, after reading the report for the half year moved that the dividend proposed by the directors be confirmed and the report and balance sheet as read be passed. The motion was seconded by Mr James Edmondson and on being put to the meeting was carried unanimously.
Referring to the remuneration of the directors Mr John Horsfield proposed that the directors be paid at the rate of £30 per annum as usual but only to be paid up to the 11th day of October, the making up of the balance sheet. The motion was seconded by Mr James Edmondson and on being put to the meeting was carried unanimously. It was then moved by Mr Thomas Pickover that the question of the remuneration of the directors be placed on the report and balance sheet for discussion each half year, seconded by Mr Towers Singleton and on being put to the meeting was carried.
It was then moved by Mr James Edmondson that the dividend be paid in full without deducting the Income Tax ‘by Dividend Warrant’ and it was seconded by Dr J D Roberts and on being put to the meeting was carried.
This concluded the business of the meeting.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

November 5th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary write to several collieries asking for a quotation for about 300 tons of coal. [Coal was the biggest running expense and there was a constant search for the cheapest source. In this case by by-passing the local coal merchants, cutting out the middle man.]
Res. 3rd. That the secretary have a cheque value £20 for wages and expenses.
Res. 4th. That the chairman has a cheque value £26 for the directors salary for 45 weeks ending October 11th 1890.
Res. 5th. That Watson Knowles be asked if he is willing to go on at the same rate of wages. 32/-, and continue to do all the work both oiling and firing and minding the engine as usual. [Useful indication of the status of the engine-tenter. He was a key member of the staff and not easily replaced. It is interesting to note over the years how, with the increase in qualified men, this relationship changed.]
Res. 6th. That Messrs Dent and Holt’s tender £55 be accepted for the making and fixing of the hoist at WH Mill.
Res. 7th. That the secretary make a call on the shareholders of £2 per share on the new shares to be paid on or before the 12th day of December 1890.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

November 12th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes passed as read.
Res. 2nd. That H Hargreave’s account be paid amounting to £6-10-5. [Almost certainly Henry Hargreaves, ironmonger and tinsmith trading from 5 Church Street Barnoldswick. Known locally as ‘Harry Tinner’]
Res. 3rd. That Messrs Thomas Nuttall’s tender for the slating and plastering of the engine house at WH Mill be accepted for the sum of £22-15-0.
Res. 4th. That the oiling of the shed at CH be taken from the engineer’s work. [This is oiling and maintaining the bearings on the transmission shafting in the shed. Loom oiling was the responsibility of the tenants.]
Res. 5th. That Joseph Sneath be wired or written to asking his price for minding the engine and boiler only. [Joseph James Sneath. This refers to WH Mill as he becomes the engineer there in January]
Res. 6th. That the sanitary rate be paid amounting to £22-18-8.
Res. 7th. That another meeting be held on Friday to consider the appointment of an engineer for CH Shed.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

November 14th 1890
Special meeting.
Res. 1st That Proctor Barrett take the escape valve to Roberts, Nelson to repair as soon as the engine stops tomorrow. [Not sure but sounds like a defective safety valve on the boiler, probably leaking (feathering) excessively]
Res 2nd. That Mr Varley and Sons' tender for plumbing and glazing the engine house [WH] for the sum of £23 be accepted.
Res. 3rd. That Edward Watson be engaged as fireman and engine tenter at CH Shed at 28/- per week the condition to be to give and take 14 days notice when leaving and to be paid every two weeks. [4/- a week cheaper than Watson Knowles who had evidently pushed his luck far enough]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

November 19th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the coal account be paid for the month £64-3-8.
Res. 3rd. That an enquiry be sent to the Victoria Colliery and Coke Company [Wakefield] as to how soon they could deliver 3 per week [wagons] of Stanley Main [coal seam] coal at 9/1 delivered in Midland wagons at Barnoldswick station. [Interesting that CHSC are specifying Midland Railway wagons rather than the colliery’s own wagons. Probably something to do with a favourable demurrage rate]
Res. 4th. That the secretary write and inform Mr John Varley of Colne that he can have ashlar stones [hewed square, probably engine bed stones from the old engine houses] from WH Mill suitable for engine beds, delivered in trucks at Barnoldswick station at 10d per cubic foot if he chooses his blocks and if he takes them all as they come out he can have them for 6d per foot.
Res. 5th. That the secretary order a cask of engine and shafting oil also a cask of cylinder oil as per usual quality about 40 gallons each from Messrs Samuel Cooke and Co, Burnley. [Note that ‘casks’ refers to wooden barrels. The standard ‘44 gallon’ oil drum was first manufactured during WW2 when the requisite welding and fabrication technology became available]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

November 26th 1890
Res. 1st Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have a cheque value £20 for wages and expenses.
Res. 3rd. That John Riddiough have a weeks notice given to him on Saturday next to leave his present employment.
Res. 4th. That Moorhouse and Hartley be permitted to take away all their looms and other machinery and effects from WH Mill and the secretary write to them to that effect.
Res. 5th. That William Roberts and Co of Nelson have the scrap iron at WH Mill delivered at station or canal for 51/- per ton.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

December 3rd 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr Pickup’s letter asking for £500 on the engine for WH Mill be passed to Mr Atkinson with instructions not to grant a certificate until one becomes due according to the contract.
Res. 3rd. That Mr Atkinson’s attention be drawn to some of the window heads in the engine house which have given way and are out of plumb and should be made right before the roof goes on. And also to the drilling of the engine bed which is not progressing satisfactorily and that he press the penalty of £15 per week on the contractor for not completing the contract according to the specification. [This would be the holes down to the base of the bed for the long holding-down bolts on the engine.]
Res. 4th. That Messrs Cooke and Co account for oil be paid amounting to £8-9-0.
Res. 5th. That Thomas King be paid £30 on account of painting and the remainder when the painting is complete.
Res. 6th. That William Holdsworth’s account for jobbing work be paid amounting to £7-11-0.
Res. 7th. That the wooden hut at CH Shed be advertised for sale in the Pioneer three weeks and the price asked be £4-10-0.
Res. 8th. That the secretary write Messrs Mohn and Abdur respecting their application for room and power at WH Mill for about 200 looms and tape machine. Saying that our terms are 39/- per loom per annum and one tape machine for 400 looms about £90 per annum. And the secretary inform them that some of the directors have been appointed to wait on them and give them all necessary information on the subject. [Mohn and Abdur are a mystery. This is the only reference I have for them and I have never found them in the directories]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

December 10th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. Moved by Mr Barrett and seconded by Mr Smith that Mr Atkinson be requested not to order any flags for covering the pipe trench at WH Mills.
Res. 3rd. Proposed by Mr Clark and seconded by Mr W Edmondson that the managing directors receive the sum of 6/- per week from now until the next half-yearly meeting for their special services. Viz. Messrs Smith, Barrett and Holdsworth. [The managing directors were ‘hands-on’ and supervised the day to day work of the company outside the secretary’s responsibilities.]
Res. 4th. Proposed by Mr Clark and seconded by Mr Brooks that a vote of thanks be made and entered in the Minute Book for past duties carried out by the managing directors viz. Messrs Smith, Barrett, William Holdsworth and our chairman Mr Brooks Banks.
Res. 5th. Moved by Mr Parker and seconded by Mr [?] that the secretary write to ask Mr Roberts if the iron is to be delivered onto the railway or canal and when.
Res. 6th. Proposed by Mr Brooks and seconded by Mr Clark that Messrs Widdup’s quotation for coals be accepted up to the end of March and a telegram sent in answer.
Res. 7th. Proposed by Mr Clark and seconded by Mr Smith that the secretary have £20 for wages.
Res. 8th. Proposed by Mr Smith and seconded by Mr Dent that Mr Atkinson’s call be paid amounting to £18 on account of his commission and £4-4-0 paid for two screw jacks and advertising in the Burnley Gazette and the Manchester Guardian.
Res. 9th. Proposed by Mr Brooks and seconded by Mr Barrett that the secretary’s salary be paid up to December 8th 1890 amounting to £18-13-0.
Res. 10th. Proposed by Mr Clark and seconded by Mr Dent that Mr Atkinson instruct the Burnley Ironworks Co to deliver the first instalment of the engine at WH Mill.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.
[Interesting to me that the style of these minutes is different than normal, I suspect they were taken by some other person and transcribed by John Hartley. You get very used to one person’s style when transcribing.]

December 17th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the Burnley Ironworks account for wheels supplied to WH Mill be paid amounting to £9-15-0. [Almost certainly bevel gears for the shafting]
Res. 3rd. That the Burnley Ironworks Co be paid £500 on account of the engines at WH Mill.
Res. 4th. That the secretary write and ask Messrs Roberts and Co, Nelson, to have the scrap iron delivered on the railway if they can make it convenient to do so. [Delivery at Coates Wharf on the canal involved the very steep hill up to Coates Bridge and this was a serious inconvenience for horse-drawn transport. Far easier gradients to the station yard.]
Res. 5th. That Messrs Harrison’s account be paid, £2-6-0 for india rubber rings and asbestos.
Res. 6th. That Mr Hartley Colne be paid the interest due on the 16th inst. on £2000 amounting to £40 less £1 for income tax, £39. [This for half a year, the rate per annum is 4%]
Res. 7th. That Widdup Coal account be paid for the month amounting to £65-12-0.
Res. 8th. That the tenders for the shafting at WH Mill be left undecided till Friday night and in the meantime Mr Atkinson be seen or written to respecting them and to send a copy of the specification to the board.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.
[I am struck by the fact that it is no wonder Moorhouse removed his looms and machinery. They were laid in a mill with no engine and one wonders whether the directors had been too optimistic when they gave him an estimate of when they would start the engine.]

December 19th 1890
Friday night. Special meeting.
Res. 1st. That a brick building be put up at CH Shed for the tenants to put their sweepings in and the managing director attend to it as soon as possible. [There is a good reason for this. Probably a replacement for the wooden hut on sale for £4-10-0. ‘Sweepings’ are exactly what they say, dirty waste cotton off the floor containing oil and useless for re-selling to the waste trade. They were dangerous because there was a high probability of spontaneous combustion. Almost certainly brought to the company’s attention by the insurance company.]
Res. 2nd. That Mr Robert Black be empowered to sell the wooden hut at CH Shed for the sum of £4.
Res. 3rd. That the scrap iron go by rail to Nelson and this company and Messrs Roberts divide the extra charge of 7% for carriage by rail between them as per Messrs Roberts’ suggestion.
Res. 4th. That Mr Edward Smith cart the scrap iron to the station at 9d per ton and he finds a man to assist him and the company pays his wage.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

December 24th 1890
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the call of shares be sent out on the 24th day of December and become due on the 4th of January 1891.
Res 3rd. That the wood hut [CH] be sold to Henry Wormall, Earby for £4.
Res. 4th. That Joseph Thompson and Co’s tender for the shafting at WH Mill be accepted for the sum of £320 providing he signs the conditions etc. on Saturday next. [Millwright of Colne]
Res. 5th That the fire insurance premium be paid for the year.
Res. 6th. That Proctor Barrett be paid £40 on account of his contract.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

December 31st 1890
Res 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Robert Clark has 2/6 for his services in disposing of the wooden hut.
Res. 3rd. That the Gas Co be paid amounting to £1-18-4.
Res. 4th. That Mr Walton’s account be paid amounting to £14-13-6½.
Res. 5th. That the income tax be paid amounting to £15-10-10.
Res. 6th. That Samuel Thompson’s account be paid amounting to £2-17-4.
Res. 7th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages and expenses.
Res. 8th. That Messrs Proctor Barrett and William P Brooks be appointed as a deputation to go to Colne and see Mr Hartley and Mr Atkinson respecting the borrowing of £7,000 on the CH Shed extension. [First time we hear the word ‘extension’. We shall see much more of it as the CHSC extend their sheds to accommodate more tenants.]
Res. 9th. That the secretary write to Bolton for grate bars and get them here as soon as possible. [The firebars in the boiler furnaces could be burnt out very quickly if the Bennis stokers were managed incorrectly and allowed to get overheated. These must be for the stokers at CH and have failed more quickly than they should. A possible consequence of not having a full-time firebeater attending to the boilers. It was expense like this and fuel economy which eventually convinced the mill owners that a separate firebeater was essential.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

January 7th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary write to Mr Atkinson requesting information respecting information regarding his interview with Mr Hartley on the loan question.
Res. 3rd. That the secretary write to Mr Royds for further information regarding his rent. [Albert Hudson Royds lived in Rochdale but owned extensive lands in Barnoldswick. The Bracewell Sale document of 1887 refers to an indenture created 25th of March 1858 between Albert Hudson Royds and William Bracewell. The indenture had been lost. There was also mention of a way-leave of 5/- per year payable to Royds for a drain running through his land, almost certainly the CI pipe that William Bracewell put in to carry the overflow from the WH dams direct to the Stock Beck at a level too low for it to be useful to his cousins at Old Coates Mill. We shall see that the leases were offered to CHSC in 1953 when the estate of Colonel Royds of Falinge, Rochdale was broken up.]
Res. 4th. That the account from the gas company amounting to £4-3-4 be paid for allowing the water to come from the Corn Mill Dam to WH Mill dam for five months at the rate of £10 per annum. [We meet the Bracewell water manipulation yet again.]
Res. 5th. That Messrs Chairman, secretary, P Barrett, William Holdsworth and E Smith be appointed to meet Mr James Nutter respecting him taking room and power at the CH Shed extension and that he sign an agreement to that effect. [James Nutter was senior partner in one of the most important manufacturing families in Barlick. They were to become even more important. A good tenant but a hard businessman.]
Res. 6th. That the secretary inform Mr Atkinson that the directors insist on having the gable end wall of the engine house pulled down and rebuilt in a proper manner. [One wonders how it managed to be built badly, inadequate supervision by the architect?]
Res. 7th. That the secretary write to the Burnley Ironworks Company expressing the dissatisfaction of the board seeing they are making no progress at all completing the engine [WH] and also inform them that the Railway Co are claiming demurrage from this company for detention of the lurry[sic] through their neglect in not unloading it.
Res. 8th. That Messrs William Brooks and A Pilkington be requested to sign an agreement for taking room and power at WH Shed[sic].
Res. 9th. That William Holdsworth buy and fit up a grindstone for WH Mill.
Res. 10th. That Mr F Hulley[sic] sell by auction on Saturday next a quantity of old wood etc. and that R Clark and P Parker be his assistants and that Proctor Barrett and William Holdsworth superintend the sale at WH Mill.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

January 14th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That George Andrew’s coal bill be paid, £16-6-0.
Res. 3rd. That Widdup’s coal account for the month be paid, £39-10-10.
Res. 4th. That Moreland Hoyle [corn miller] account for carting be paid, 14/-.
Res. 5th. That Proctor Barrett’s account for work be paid, £15-10-0.
Res. 6th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20.
Res. 6th. [A rare mistake on a page change and not corrected] That a provisional agreement be drawn up and signed by Mr James Nutter and the board respecting taking room and power at CH Shed extension.
Res. 7th. That Mr Alfred Pilkington be seen by the deputation respecting his taking room and power at WH Mill. [Billy Brooks, who was a very accurate informant, once told me that in 1890/1900 a fully furnished loom cost about £5 and this was recouped after weaving three or four warps. Trade was good and going into manufacturing was seen as a licence to print money]
Res. 8th. That the trees on CH Shed land be felled and stubbed ready for sale. [Clearing site for further extension. Recognise that this adding of load had an effect on the engines at these expanding mills. This was to lead to problems later on.]
Res. 9th. That 12 notices be printed and put up round the town asking for tenders for an engine driver and fireman for WH Mill. [The public notice was a very powerful method of communication at that time. Everybody read them and news travelled fast by word of mouth. Notice also that the directors are hiring a firebeater to assist the engineer. They are learning by experience.]
Res. 10th. That Mr Blockley be asked to remove the two old boilers from off the premises at WH Mill and in default he pay rent of 10/- per week until they are removed. [Worth noting that any legal matter regarding property rights was guaranteed support in court. This was not to be regarded as an edict that could be ignored. We shall see many instances of property law being used in the management of the sheds as time goes on.]
Res. 11th. That an account be sent in to Mr George Rushworth [scrap man Colne] for damages by his men taking out the engines at WH Mill.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

January 21st 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That E Bennis account be paid £3-15-1.
Res. 3rd. That Edward Smith account be paid, £16-16-0.
Res. 4th. That Mr Atkinson have a cheque value £18 on account of commission.
Res. 5th. That half the working expenses [of the CHSC] be booked to the WH Mill account.
Res. 6th. That the account which had been sent to George Rushworth claiming damages be sent to the Craven Bank, along with Mr Rushworth’s reply, asking them to look into the matter. [We have the resolution to buy WH Mill in 1890 but so far I have found no evidence of the actual conveyance. In view of the CHSC activity on the site we have to assume that they were by this time the owners but their relationship with the Craven Bank is a complicated one because the bank are still responsible for certain matters like the removal of the old plant and I think this is at the root of the difference in opinion as regards responsibility for damage caused by Rushworth.]
Res. 7th. That Richard Kirk’s tender for walling at WH Mill be accepted at 7/- per rood the wall to be six feet high.
Res. 8th. That Joshua Crook’s tender [Joiner and wheelwright of Hey Farm, Barnoldswick.] for the trees at CH Shed be accepted at £7-5-0.
Res. 9th. That Joseph James Sneath’s tender for engine tenting and firing at Wellhouse Mill for 24/- per week be accepted that wage to commence when the engine is ready for starting and in the meantime to labour for the engineers while it is being put up and that he makes his own arrangements with them as regards his wage. [He gets familiar with the engine as it is being built but evidently thinks he can handle the firing as well, he will change his mind!]
Res. 10th. That the managing directors be empowered to make the best arrangements they can for the better heating of the shed at Calf Hall.
Res. 11th. That Mr Brooks Banks go to Colne and along with Mr Atkinson see Mr Hartley about the borrowing of the money and empower them to make the best terms they can but not to go further than 5% interest.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

January 28th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Edward Smith have the corner stone of those heads[window?] at WH Mill at 6d each.
Res. 3rd. That a call of £2 per share be made as soon as convenient for the secretary to be due on March 4th 1891.
Res. 4th. That a letter be sent to Craven Bank respecting John Duckworth having his notice given to quit the land at WH Mill by the 2nd day of February. [Still renting from the bank?]
Res. 5th. That Mr Aldersley’s offer of 10/- per annum be accepted for going up the WH Mill road with his milk cart. [Milk retailer of Coates Hall. The road which is now Wellhouse Road was not adopted at this time and the property of the owner of the mill.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

February 4th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That the Poor Rate be paid amounting to £22-18-8. [Half year]
Res. 4th. That the CH Shed extension be made to hold 414 looms or 460. [Addition in pencil. Remember that 400 loom spaces was the most efficient size of a weaving unit.]
Res. 5th. That Messrs Roberts be asked to come and look up the engine at CH Shed. [Increased load?]
Res. 6th. That the company puts in the joiner’s shop [WH] a shafting for driving the machines and steam pipes put in to warm the place for a term of five years to commence when the engine starts to run.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

February 11th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the rent be paid amounting to £9 for Springs Dam.
Res. 3rd. That Messrs Hawley have £300 on account of work done at WH Mill and the secretary write to Mr Atkinson to grant a certificate to that affect. [One factor which has received no mention but which was to become a problem later at WH Mill is that the ground on which it was built was river bottom silt and very unstable. This would be giving the contractors problems and subsidence would later become a serious matter.]
Res. 4th. That the ashlar stones at the front of WH Mill be sold. The better ones at 8d if it can be got and the inferior at 6d.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

February 18th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That Widdup’s coal bill be paid, £74-3-11.
Res. 4th. That P Barrett has a cheque on account of ceiling at WH Mill on account for £20.
Res. 5th. That James Cooper’s tender for the ropes at £50 be accepted subject to alterations in the quantities more or less. [Cooper, rope-maker of Nelson]
Res. 6th. That the next meeting be held on Tuesday night in place of Wednesday night.
Res. 7th. That Joseph Standing’s account be paid, £3-17-3 for printing etc.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

February 24th 1891
Res. 1st. That the fifth resolution [Last meeting] relating to contract for ropes to be rescinded and the remainder of the minutes be passed as read.
Res. 2nd. That Thomas Hart’s tender for ropes be accepted at £58-10-0 subject to alteration in the smaller ropes either more or less in quantity.
Res. 3rd. That Mr William Perry supply a cask of soda for CH Shed boiler. [The penny has dropped! This is for treatment of the boiler feed water to minimise the accumulation of scale inside the boiler caused by impurities in the boiler feed water. The addition of soda was a very crude measure but water treatment technology was in its infancy. At least they have recognised the problem.]
Res. 4th. That a cheque book be ordered with the bank.
Res. 5th. That the secretary copy the lease [Room and power contract], get a proper stamp on and get Mr Nutter’s signature to it. [Are they refining their contractual procedures?]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

March 4th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary has a cheque for wages, £20.
Res. 3rd. That Mr Atkinson have a cheque for £18 on account of his commission for WH Mill.
Res. 4th. That Thomas Pickover be allowed to transfer his share to Elizabeth Clark.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

March 11th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That a certificate be be granted to Joseph Thompson on account of his contract at WH Mill for £200.
Res. 4th. That Edward Smith's account for flags be paid amounting to £7-16-6 for WH Mill.
Res. 5th. That a special meeting be held on Friday night to commence at 6 o’clock.
Res. 6th. That the secretary order one cask of cylinder oil and one cask of shafting oil from S Cooke and Co.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

March 13th 1891
Special meeting.
Res. 1st. That the chairman and vice chairman be appointed to go to Colne and see Mr Hartley respecting the loan of £7,000.
Res. 2nd. That clause 2 of the specification for the CH Shed extension be made to read: ‘To the satisfaction of the board of directors and architect or any person they may appoint’.
Res. 3rd. That clause 3 read ‘that the decision of the board and architect in all cases of dispute be final’.
Res. 4th. That clause 11 read: ‘and the shed to be ready for roof and the warehouse ready for the first floor by the 1st day of April 1891 and the warehouse to be ready for the roof by the 1st day of September 1891.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

March 18th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have a cheque for wages, £20.
Res. 3rd. That Royd’s letter for rent be sent to Mr George Robinson, Craven Bank. [The fact that the bank were expected to pay the ground rent seems to indicate that they still owned the mill.]
Res. 4th. That Cooke’s oil account be paid £8-12-10.
Res. 5th. That Widdup’s coal account be paid amounting to £63-5-7.
Res. 6th. That an Extraordinary Meeting of shareholders be held in the Mechanic’s Hall as soon as possible and the secretary go to Colne to see Mr Hartley respecting it.
Res. 7th. That a number of coal agents be asked to send a quotation for the price of coal for WH Mill. [It is perhaps worth mentioning that William Bracewell ran his mills from his own coal pits at Ingleton. It wasn’t very good coal but was cheap. When the bank took over the Bracewell assets they ordered all expenditure on the pits to be halted. This meant that pumping stopped, they drowned out and were never opened again.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

March 25th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That there be three huts built for the three tenants at CH Shed at the east end of the shed, one for each tenant to store sweepings in.
Res. 3rd. That a new steam gauge be got for WH Mill.
Res. 4th. That Mr Holdsworth have a cheque for £20 on account of ceilings at WH Mill.
Res. 5th. That Messrs Brooks Banks, Dr Roberts, William Brooks and Mr Holdsworth be appointed as a delegation to see Mr Robinson, Craven Bank about borrowing some money from the bank.
Res. 4th. That Robert Clark make some further enquiries respecting the borrowing of some money from where he is in correspondence.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

April 1st 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Messrs Walton account [be paid] as per bill.
Res. 3rd. That Proctor Barrett be paid on account £29-9-0.
Res. 4th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for expenses.
Res. 5th. That a boat load of coal [approx. 40 tons] be ordered from Altham, 11/3 per ton, and got at once for CH Shed and a boat load of Townley Best Slack at 9/4 per ton be got in a week hence, both from Holgate Marsden. [Holgate Marsden lived in Salterforth and was a coal and stone merchant operating from Salterforth Wharf. In 1900 he is mentioned as the owner of a boat-building yard at Salterforth and was later a partner in Coates Shed. No mention here of where the coal was to be unloaded but almost certainly at Coates Wharf as this avoided carting the coal over the hill into Barlick from Salterforth, in the days of horse transport this was a serous consideration.]
Res. 6th. That the pipes and cylinders be covered with Petty’s composition at WH Mill as per his contract.
Res. 7th. That Edward Smith’s tender be accepted for mason’s work at CH Shed extension for the sum of £1,175 as per plans and specification and Proctor Barrett’s tender for joiner’s work be accepted at £247.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

April 8th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the gas bill be paid amounting to £1-18-4.
Res. 3rd. That Samuel Thompson account be paid amounting to £4-3-1½.
Res. 4th. That Bennis account be paid, 7/- for casting.
Res. 5th. That two casks of oil be got for WH Mill, one cylinder oil and one shafting oil.
Res. 6th. That Atkinson certificate for £30 be paid to Proctor Barrett.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

[Cotton Factory Times 17/04/1891 and NC 17/04/1891. Both describe the engine christening which took place on Sat 11th April. Mrs. W. P. Brooks christened the engine 'Progress'. Made by Burnley Ironworks, this was the left hand side of a pair of double tandem engines and it was hoped that they would soon be asked to provide the other half of the engine. No mention in the minutes. Quite strange.]

April 15th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the Burnley Ironworks account be paid, £530 subject to a certificate from Mr Atkinson.
Res. 3rd. That Widdup’s coal account for the month be paid, £48-3-3.
Res. 4th. That a cheque for £20 for wages be granted to the secretary.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

April 22nd 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Dent and Holt account for hoist be paid amounting to £55.
Res. 3rd. That WB White be paid for belting, £6-10-2½.
Res. 4th. That Mr Varley’s account be referred to Mr Atkinson.
Res. 5th. That Messrs Cooke and Co’s account for oil be paid, £8-14-0.
Res. 6th. That Messrs Duckett and Co’s account for cement be paid, £1-10-0.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

April 29th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That a cask of tallow be ordered for WH Mill.
Res. 4th. That Burnley Ironworks be paid £30 as per Mr Atkinson’s certificate.
Res. 5th. That a boatload of Altham coal be ordered at once.
Res. 6th. That a dividend of 6% be paid on this half year.
Res. 7th. That the number of attendances of the directors be put on the annual report.
Res. 8th. That Henry Hargreaves’ quotation for lead at WH Mill be accepted at 10/6 per cwt.
Res. 9th. That Brooks Banks, Proctor Barrett, Robert Clark and Johnson Edmondson be the retiring directors for the annual meeting.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

May 6th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That 2/6 be allowed to boatmen for delivering a boat load of coals.
Res. 3rd. That two wagons of coals be ordered with Mr Widdup of Salterforth of unscreened Mixed coal delivered at Barnoldswick station at 10/3 per ton.
Res. 4th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 5th. That Robert Thompson be paid off on Saturday next.
Res. 6th. That Frank Walling be paid off on Saturday next.
Res. 7th. That two oil pumps be ordered for the flywheel necks at WH Mill. [For the pedestal bearings supporting the weight of the fly-shaft and flywheel. It surprises me that these aren’t included in the engine contract.]
Res. 8th. That a cask of boiler composition be ordered, about 4cwt, from Rawlinson’s Burnley. [Now we’re cooking with gas! The directors have been listening to advice. Not sure which boiler this is for.]
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

May 13th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Brooks Banks and Simon Parker attend the meeting on fee farm rent on Friday next. [‘Fee Farm Rent’ a perpetual rent reserved upon a conveyance in fee simple. (Webster's dictionary) Is this the conveyance for WH Mill?]
Res. 3rd. That Thomas Rawlinson account be paid for boiler composition amounting to £2-8-0. [For one cask, approx. 4cwt]
Res. 4th. That oil and tallow and India Rubber rings be ordered for WH Mill.
Res. 5th. That John Pickup’s tender for old brass be accepted at five and one sixteenth pence per pound.
Res. 6th. That a boat load of unscreened engine coal be ordered with Crabtree of Salterforth as per sample of those at Long Ing, delivered at Coates at 9/10.
Res. 7th. That the meetings of this company be held at WH Mill and the office of this company be at WH Mill and give a week’s notice to that effect.
Res. 8th. That Proctor Barrett removes the furniture from this office to Wellhouse Mill on or before next Wednesday.
Res. 9th. That Proctor Barrett’s account be paid for ceilings.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

May 20th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Widdup’s coal bill be paid £29-19-4.
Res. 3rd. That the arching of the watercourse be left as it is at the moment at CH Shed.
Res. 4th. That the secretary write Thornton solicitors re. The loan account.
Res. 5th. That the secretary write Atkinson for specification for the extension at CH Shed and let him know there are no quotations for the iron at WH Mill.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

Calf Hall Shed Company Limited
Barnoldswick. May 23rd 1891
[Printed balance sheet and report is missing.]
The Third Annual Meeting of this company was held in the Mechanic’s Hall, Barnoldswick on Saturday the 23rd day of May 1891 at 5 o’clock in the afternoon pursuant to the announcement in the balance sheet sent to each Shareholder. Mr Brooks Banks chairman of the directors occupied the chair and read the notice convening the meeting and the director’s report. The secretary read the minutes of the last Half Yearly Meeting after which the following resolutions were passed.
1.Proposed by Mr John Edmondson and seconded by Mr James Ratcliffe that the minutes of the last half-yearly meeting be passed as read. Put to the meeting and carried.
2.Proposed by Mr Walton Windle and seconded by Greenwood Hartley that a dividend of 3% be paid for this half year and on being put to the meeting was carried.
3.Proposed by Mr Walton Windle and seconded by Mr Henry Wilson that the dividend be paid less income tax and being put to the meeting was carried.
4.Proposed by Mr John Brooks and seconded by Mr William Williams that Mr John Lancaster be the auditor for the ensuing year and that his salary for the last year be £1 and being put to the meeting was carried.
5.On the question of the four directors in place of those retiring it was proposed by Mr James Ratcliffe and seconded by Mr Henry Wilson that Mr Brooks Banks be nominated as a new director. Proposed by Mr Walton Windle and seconded by Mr William Williams that Mr Proctor Barrett be nominated as a director. Proposed by Mr Henry Wilson and seconded by Mr David Nutter that Mr John Horsfield be nominated as a director. Proposed by Mr Stephen Hartley and seconded by Walton Windle that Johnson Edmondson be nominated a director. Proposed by Mr William Williams and seconded by Mr John Edmondson that Mr Robert Clark be nominated as a director.
The meeting then proceeded to vote on the names which had been nominated with the following results. (The gentlemen having in the meantime retired from the room.) Brooks Banks, 17. Proctor Barrett, 16. John Horsfield, 14. Johnson Edmondson, 11. Robert Clark, 4.
The following were then appointed directors for a period of three years. [All the list excepting Robert Clark]
Res. 6th. It was proposed by Mr Henry Wilson and seconded by Mr Richard Bailey that the director’s salary be £15 for the last half year.
Res. 7th. Proposed by Mr John Dean and seconded by Mr John Edmondson that the old and new shares be amalgamated together at the end of this half year and from that date they receive dividends alike according to the amount paid up on each share.
Res. 8th. Proposed and seconded that a list of those persons qualified to act as directors be supplied to each shareholder with the next annual balance sheet.
This concluded the business of the meeting.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

August 17th 1892
[A rogue entry which does not exactly correspond with the correctly positioned entry so I have ignored it.]

May 27th 1891
Being the first meeting after the Annual General Meeting.
Res. 1st. Brooks Banks be chairman for the ensuing year.
Res. 2nd. Dr J D Roberts be vice chairman for the ensuing year.
Res. 3rd. Minutes as read.
Res. 4th. That the secretary have a cheque for wages value £20.
Re. 5th. That Mr Joseph Bullock’s tender for the old mortar mill at £6-10-0 and the large cistern on the mill as it stands at £4-5-0 be accepted. The remaining portion of his tender for the engine at £37-10-0 and the small cistern delivered on the ground at £5 and the iron roofing delivered on the ground at £30 and for old pillars and cast metal at 44/- be refused, the price being too little. [WH Mill disposals]
Res. 6th. That the secretary write Mr Bateman and ask him if he intends taking all the stones both big and little and if not, what he considers ‘little ones’ or how many cubic feet they should contain.
Res. 7th. That the secretary write out a cheque for Mr Joseph Thompson and Co on account of work done at Mr Atkinson’s request.
Res. 8th. That Mr Holgate Marsden’s coal account for the month of April be paid amounting to £72-19-2.
Res. 9th. That a cheque value £100 be paid to Edward Smith if he can obtain a certificate from Mr Atkinson for that amount for mason's work done at the CH Shed extension.
Res. 10th. That a boatload of Altham coal at 10/8 per ton delivered at Coates Wharf be ordered with Holgate Marsden.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

June 3rd 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Thomas Nuttall’s account be referred to Mr Atkinson for approval with a reminder that the directors think a portion of the extras [should] be paid by Mr Hawley.
Res. 4th. That the seal of the company be placed upon the loan account and signed by the chairman.
Res. 5th. That Edward Smith provide flags for the completion of the engine house at WH Mill and that he flag the engine house cellar according to Mr Hawley’s request and suggestions.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

June 10th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Joseph Thompson’s account for paring[?] shaft at CH Shed be paid.
Res. 3rd. That Mr Pickover’s wage be increased 1/- per week to 19/- per week for the present.
Res. 4th. That the water rent be paid to the Gas Company [Corn Mill water] and notice given that we shall want no more. [They have evidently found that their fears of a shortage at WH have proved misplaced. At least for the time being.]
Res. 5th. That the secretary be paid his half year’s salary, £17-10-0.
Res 6th. That a call of £2 per share be made upon the shareholders.
Res. 7th. That a boatload of coal be ordered with Crabtree Brothers at 9/6 per ton delivered at Coates Wharf wharfage free for WH Mill.
Res. 8th. That a boatload of coal be ordered with Holgate Marsden for CH Shed at 10/3 per ton delivered at Coates Wharf.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

June 17th 1891
Res 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have a cheque for wages, £20.
Res. 3rd. That the secretary write to Ellison and Fawcett to give the best quotation they can for scrap iron as soon as possible as we cannot decide the other question until we receive their quotation.
Res. 4th. That the interest be paid for the loan of £2000 to Mr Hartley, £39.
Res. 5th. That the secretary write to Mr F Hulley for information respecting the income tax.
Res. 6th. That Crabtree’s account for coal be paid, £22-12-4.
Res. 7th. That the secretary order two barrels of oil for WH Mill and two barrels for CH Shed from S Cooke and Co of Burnley.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

June 24th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That William Holdsworth account be paid, £67-10-6.
Res. 3rd. That Edward Smith see Mr Bateman regarding the ashlar stones.
Res. 4th. That Heap and Thornton certificate for £40 be paid and Hawley certificate for £200.
Res. 5th. That Mr Atkinson be written to requesting him to come to Barlick[sic] to look up the plant at WH Mill.
Res. 6th. That Ellison and Fawcett tender be accepted and they be asked to give 45/- per ton for the old metal and if they cannot give that price the secretary ask other parties for their price for the old metal.
Res. 7th. That the chairman, vice-chairman, John Horsfield and the secretary form a committee for the completion of the leases of the tenants for WH Mill and Nutters for CH Shed extension.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

July 1st 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Holgate and Marsden’s coal account be paid.
Res. 3rd. That William Widdup coal account be paid.
Res. 4th. That William Walton account be paid, £7.
Res. 5th. That Robert Clark’s account be paid, 2/8 for painting notice boards.
Res. 6th. That Ellison and Fawcett quotation for scrap metal be accepted at 45/- per ton.
Res. 7th. That a boatload of coals be ordered with with Holgate Marsden for CH Shed at 10/3 per ton.
Res. 8th. That a reply be sent to Delaney informing him that his price offered for Roundwood coal cannot be accepted at 11/2 per ton.
Res. 9th. That Messrs Atkinson and Barrett be appointed to settle the question with the contractors as to removing the earth away from the CH Shed extension. [It’s obvious to this day that a lot of earth was roughly dumped in the area between the back of CH Shed and the junction of Shitten Ginnel with Calf Hall Lane.]
Res. 10th. That some windows in the CH Shed extension be made so that they will open for ventilation.
Res. 11th. That the offer from the Barnoldswick Railway Company of £6 for the pumping of water from WH Mill to Barnoldswick station for the month of April 1890 be accepted and the secretary send them an account for that amount.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

July 8th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Proctor Barrett’s certificate for £25 be paid.
Res. 3rd. That a certificate for wages, £20 be paid.
Res. 4th. That the water rent for £5 be paid when called upon. [Springs Dam or Corn Mill?]
Res. 5th. That the delivery notes for coal be sent to the secretary. [The directors are refining their administrative systems as they get experience. This process is very clear from the minutes of the succeeding years. They do not seem, in the first place, to have learned from other’s experience in the field. Perhaps an indication of independence.]
Res. 6th. That John W Widdup’s account for carting coal be paid.
Res. 7th. That a certificate for the Burnley Ironworks to the amount of £500 be paid.
Res. 8th. That this company pay a deposit of £125 for the purchase of the land offered for sale subject to the approval of the shareholders and if not approved by the shareholders the directors to refund the amount back to the company. [A bold and unusual move possibly driven by the need for a speedy decision. It will become clear later what land is being bought.]
Res. 9th. That a meeting of the shareholders be held in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms on Monday evening July 20th 1891 to consider the purchase of the land adjoining WH Mill.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

July 15th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Edward Smith have £30 on account off his bill.
Res. 3rd. That the managing directors be paid their salary from December the 10th 1890 up to this date, 2/- per week. Edward Smith, Proctor Barrett and William Holdsworth.
Res. 4th. That Ellison and Fawcett’s system of self-oiling lubricators at CH Shed be adopted. [I suspect this is shaft oilers on the lineshaft bearings.]
Signed, Thomas Dent and John Hartley.

July 22nd 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Proctor Barrett and John Horsfield be appointed as a deputation to treat with the gas company with regard to taking gas to Bank Hall. [Bit of a puzzle this one. Bank Hall was the large house near Coates Mill built by Christopher George Bracewell, William Bracewell's youngest son and he died in 1889. There is a later reference to George Proctor who by that time was secretary of the CHSC living there. I have no evidence of CHSC owning Bank Hall but why else would they be installing gas there? Perhaps it will become clear later.]
Res. 3rd. That Richard Crabtree account for coal be paid £42-19-2.
Res. 4th. That W B White account be paid £6-10-2½. [Leather strapping. White at Colne later became a loom-maker and I think this is the same man.]
Res. 5th. That Holgate Marsden and Richard Crabtree be appointed to supply us with coal until further notice.
Res. 6th. That Thomas Rawlinson account be paid amounting to £2-8-0.
Res. 7th. That the secretary have money for wages, £20.
Res. 8th. That the managing directors be appointed for another six months ending December 10th 1891.[sic]
Res. 9th. That a cheque for £18 be paid to Mr Atkinson on account of commission.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

July 29th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for expenses and wages.
Res. 3rd. That the general District Rate be paid amounting to £34-8-0.
Res. 4th. That the water rent for WH Mill be paid £5. [Could this be rent paid to the Roundell Estate for water rights in Eastwood Bottoms?]
Res. 5th. That H&J Widdup account for coal be paid, 16/-.
Res. 6th. That Holgate Marsden account for coals be paid, £23-11-6.
Res. 7th. That Samuel Thompson’s account for smith’s work be paid, £3-16-10. [Local ironmonger of Newtown, Barlick]
Res. 8th. That Mr Atkinson’s certificate for the Burnley Ironworks be paid at £153-7-0.
Res. 9th. That this company advertise room and power in WH Shed in two papers for 13 weeks. The Yorkshire Post and the Yorkshire Pioneer.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

August 5th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the Gas Company pay 2/6 per annum for the right of laying pipes down on WH Mill property.
Res. 3rd. That the engineer or fireman have 6d per hour overtime for the tape machine at CH Shed. [The tape machine needed steam so the boiler had to be fired. It also needed motive power and in the absence of a donkey engine in the tape room (no evidence seen of one) the engine had to run to turn the shafting. Bad for CHSC but an indication that at least one tenant was busy.]
Res. 4th. That the old wrought iron be offered for sale at £3-15-0 per ton.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

August 12th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary go to Colne to see our solicitor and pay him his charges for professional services.
Res. 3rd. That Mr Cooke’s account for oil be paid amounting to £40-19-4.
Res. 4th. That the Calf Hall Shed and Wellhouse Mill stop for holidays on Friday night August 21st and start again on Monday morning August 31st and the tenants have 30 hours abatement of rent. [First evidence we have of the engine starting at WH Mill. There is no mention in the minutes. See my earlier note of a report in the Cotton Factory Times of a christening on April 11th.]
Res. 5th. That Mr Varley and sons account be paid, £23.
Res. 6th. That Mr Atkinson’s certificate for £100 for Edward Smith on account of CH Shed extension be paid.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

August 19th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That Mr Nuttall’s account be referred to Mr Atkinson for his approval amounting to £14-10-6½.
Res. 4th. That the Poor Rate be paid when called on by the Collector of Rates amounting to £11-9-4.
Res. 5th. That Joseph Standing’s account for printing be paid amounting to £1-16-9.
Res. 6th. That Richard Crabtree’s account for coals be paid amounting to £22-14-4.
Res. 7th. That the secretary write Mr Hartley solicitor Colne to inform him that the payment for the land be deferred until the Conveyance and Deeds be ready. [Sounds like a pretty obvious precaution!]
Res. 8th. That there be no meeting of directors next week.
Res. 9th. That the secretary write Messrs Roberts Nelson to send a man to indicate the engine at CH Shed on Friday next before we stop for the holidays. [Indicating the engine could show up faults in valve settings or other problems. Sounds to me as though the engine was struggling to carry the increased loading.]
Res. 10th. That the secretary prepare for a call [on shares] as early as possible.
Res. 11th. That the secretary write to Richard Crabtree to give a tender for the delivery of coal at WH Mill.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

September 2nd 1891
Res 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Royd’s bill be paid for rent for WH Mill for the half year ending May 1891. [Ground Rent]
Res. 3rd. That Holgate Marsden’s account for coal be paid amounting to £45-2-0.
Res. 4th. That Holgate Marsden supply CH Shed with coal at 11/1 per ton delivered at CH Shed and Richard Crabtree supply WH Mill with coal at 10/2 per ton delivered at WH Mill. [Remember that WH was much nearer the Coates Wharf than CH and this could account for the difference in price.]
Res. 5th. That the secretary ask H&J Widdup for a tender for supplying Monk Bretton and Roundwood coal for a term of six months for CH Shed.
Res. 6th. That this company offer the gas mains at Calf Hall Shed to the Gas Company for the sum of £50.
Res. 7th. That a written agreement be made with the Gas Company respecting laying mains at 2/6 per annum and a separate agreement for the Long Ing Shed at 6d per annum. [Baffling! Was the first item the gas main to Bank Hall? There was no trading connection between the CHSC and the Long Ing Shed Company to my knowledge so I am at a loss to explain this entry.]
Res. 8th. That Edward Smith’s account be paid up.
Res. 9th. That some packing be ordered for the WH Mill engine.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

September 9th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr Atkinson be appointed surveyor for the building land adjoining WH Mill on Mean Laithe Flatt and that he commence at once at 2½% commission for surveying and laying out for building purposes and be paid as the land is sold. [To the best of my knowledge Mean Laithe Flatt was land originally connected with Wellhouse Farm on Church Street and was probably land that went with Wellhouse Mill as it had been originally bought by William Bracewell for housing his workers. The best guess I can give is that is the land to the south of the mill on the other side of what is now Wellhouse Road and all built up.]
Res. 3rd. That Mr Atkinson invite tenders for a new boiler at CH Shed to be delivered in the first week in May. [This will be an additional boiler. CH engine and boiler are heavily loaded now, more steaming capacity is needed.]
Res. 4th. That Mr Atkinson make a sketch of the two houses in front of WH Boiler house. [?]
Res. 5th. That Messrs Thompson and Co’s account be paid amounting to £29-19-7.
Res. 6th. That William Holdsworth go to see Messrs Hawley about borrowing a crane for WH Mill for lifting stones.
Res. 7th. That Thomas Brown be engaged to help Shepherd at CH Shed roof at 27/- per week.
Signed, Johnson Edmondson and John Hartley.

September 15th 1891
Special meeting.
Res. 1st. At a special meeting held September 15th 1891 Mr G M Evans, solicitor of Skipton be instructed to obtain £7,000 on CHSC property, interest not to exceed 4½% and in the event of his finding the money the company agrees to pay procuration fee, mortgages, mortgage costs and mortgage solicitors costs as per Solicitor’s Remuneration Act 1891.
Signed, Johnson Edmondson and John Hartley.

September 16th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That Richard Crabtree account for coal be paid, £22-14-4.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

September 23rd 1891
Res. 1st Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr Holdsworth ceil [roof with sealing, archaic word.] the space between the shed and warehouse with old boards from Proctor Barrett.
Res. 3rd. That John William Widdup’s coal carting account be paid amounting to £12-14-0.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

September 30th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Holgate Marsden’s account be paid amounting to £47-7-0.
Res. 3rd. That William Walton account be paid excepting the pipe which has come too many[sic].
Res. 4th. That the secretary have £20 for wages,
Res. 5th. That William Brooks’ account be paid for waste.
Res. 6th. That Messrs Yates tender be accepted for the boiler for CH Shed extension for the sum of £388 as per tender.
Res. 7th. That the secretary order a cask of oil for WH Mill with Messrs Cooke and Co.
Res. 8th. That Mr Evans’ offer of £7,000 be accepted at 5%. £5,000 at present and £2,000 when the extension is complete and occupied. [Not clear where this extension is but probably CH.]
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

October 7th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Edward Smith have a certificate granted for £200 for work done at CH Shed extension.
Res. 3rd. That the land adjoining WH Mill be let by tender and that Simon Parker, William Holdsworth and Johnson Edmondson be appointed as a committee to look after it. [It begins to look as though the land which the directors bought was the remainder of the Bracewell sale land opposite WH Mill and that the director’s reason for buying it was to turn a profit and to ensure that they could lay out Wellhouse Road and secure a definite boundary and access to the mill. This is my best guess at present.]
Res. 4th. That Simon Parker and Johnson Edmondson be appointed to look after the coal business. [Ordering all coal or some specific matter?]
Res. 5th. That the secretary order with Delaney 2½ wagons a week of Monk Bretton Pea Nut Coal.
Res. 6th. That the chairman sign the paper for the purchase of the farm rent.
Res. 7th. That Proctor Barrett account be paid £9-7-11½ on account of jobbing work and his account for the contract for the [WH] engine house be referred to Mr Atkinson.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

October 14th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Joseph Thompson’s account be paid £2-9-8.
Res. 3rd. That Delaney account for coal be paid, £16-5-2.
Res. 4th. That Clapham account be paid £2-8-1.
Res. 5th. That 2 wagons of coal be ordered with H&J Widdup of Newland Pea Nuts at 10/- per ton.
Res. 6th. That William Holdsworth repair the boiler house door and cover the second motion shaft in the engine house and finish the engine house floor at WH Mill and fix some iron bars over the urinals at the far end of the shed. [The second motion shaft is the end of the lineshaft into the mill that carries the smaller second motion pulley which is driven by ropes from the engine flywheel and is sized to give the correct lineshaft speed when the engine is running at designed speed.]
Res. 7th. That Edward Smith repair the road down Calf Hall Lane and a portion of the WH Mill road.
Signed, Brooks Banks and John Hartley.

October 21st 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Simon Parker and William P Brooks go to Skipton and appeal against the income tax.
Res. 3rd. That the account for advertising in the Yorkshire Post be paid, £2-12-0
Res. 4th. That Richard Crabtree be paid for coal, £23-9-8.
Res. 5th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 6th. That Delaney’s quotation for Roundwood coal for CH Shed be accepted at 11/2 per ton.
Res. 7th. That Proctor Barrett have the stones in the gas well and fill it up with earth for £3. [This was the base of the old gasometer at WH Mill which, prior to Bracewell building the new gas works at the Corn Mill site, supplied gas for lighting WH Mill and a few domestic customers nearby. It was a ‘wet’ gasholder and the ‘gas well’ was stone-lined and watertight.]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

October 28th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Holgate Marsden account for coal be paid £23-13-6.
Res. 3rd. That Dr Roberts attend the meeting of the Fee Farm question at the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms on Thursday the 29th.
Signed, William P Brooks and John Hartley.

November 4th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary has a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That the Delaney coal account be paid, £34-0-5.
Res. 4th. That an account for steam trap be paid £2-1-4. [A small device for releasing condensate from a pipe while retaining the steam.]
Res. 5th. That half a dozen rings round and half a dozen square rings india rubber be got for WH Mill. [Almost certainly for air pump and condenser water pipes.]
Res. 6th. That Proctor Barrett have the land adjoining the dam at WH Mill at a yearly rent of £6-6-0 and pay all rates and taxes. [For grazing?]
Res. 7th. That Fred Blezzard’s tender be accepted for the Mean Laithe Flatt pasture at the yearly rent of £10 and pay all rates and taxes. [Grazing again on the land opposite the mill.]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

November 11th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That William Williams be allowed to transfer his shares to Sandy Harmer.
Res. 3rd. That Henry Hargreave's account be paid [Tinsmith] £8-13-4.
Res. 4th. That the secretary have a cheque for £10 for wages.
Res. 5th. That H&J Widdup’s account be paid £11-0-3.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

November 18th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Joseph Petty have £5 on account of pipe and boiler covering at WH Mill.
Res. 3rd. That Richard Crabtree account be paid £23-9-8.
Res. 4th. That the secretary have a cheque for £10 for wages.
Res. 5th. That two casks of boiler composition be obtained from Thomas Rawlinson, one for CH Shed and one for WH Mill.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

November 25th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Joseph Petty’s account be paid £13-17-1½.
Res. 3rd. That Heap and Thornton be paid £30-19-2½ on account of the CH Shed contract leaving £1-8-3 unpaid until the window of the engine house be properly completed.
Res. 5th. That Edward Smith have 6 old empty oil barrels at 1/9 each.
Res. 6th. That Harrison account for IR rings amounting to 9/6 be paid.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.
Addenda.
Res. 7th. That 4 steam traps be ordered similar to the one we had in October from Lancaster and Tonge, Manchester.

December 2nd. 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Messrs W&J Varley have the glazing of windows at CH Shed extension at 3¼d per foot for 21oz English sheet glass. [21 ounces weight per square foot, the specification for the thickness of glass used.]
Res. 3rd. That Burnley Ironworks account be settled when the sight feed lubricator be made to work satisfactorily. [Most likely the high pressure lubricator for the HP Cylinder.]
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

December 9th 1891.
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Simon Parker see Hoyle respecting his charges for carting stones and get a reduction if possible from his account and then it can be paid £8-6-6.
Res. 3rd. That the secretary be paid his half yearly salary, £17-10-0.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

December 16th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the interest of the loan of £2000 be paid amounting to £39. [£40 less £1 income tax.]
Res. 3rd. That H&J Widdup’s account for carting coal be paid amounting to £2-18-0.
Res. 4th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

Barnoldswick. December 19th 1891
The half-yearly meeting of this company was held in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms an Saturday the 19th of December 1891 at 4 o’clock in the afternoon pursuant to the announcement in the balance sheet issued to the shareholders. [Missing from minute book]
Dr Roberts, vice chairman of the company accepting the chair in the absence of Mr Brooks Banks the chairman of the company.
The chairman read the notice convening the meeting and than called upon the secretary to read the report and balance sheet for the last half year and the minutes of the Annual General Meeting after which the following resolutions were passed.
Res. 1st. That the minutes of the last general meeting be confirmed. Proposed By Mr Walton Windle and seconded by Mr Matthew Hawley. After being put to the meeting was carried.
Res. 2nd. Proposed by Mr Matthew Hawley and seconded by Mr William Hargreaves that the report and balance sheet be adopted and a dividend of 3% be paid out of the half year profits of the CHSC and on being put to the meeting was carried.
Res. 3rd. Proposed by Mr Thomas Baxter and seconded by Mr Matthew Hawley that the dividend be paid less income tax and on being put to the meeting was carried.
Res. 4th. Proposed by Mr Thomas Baxter and seconded by Mr Stephen Hartley that the director’s salary be £15 for the half year and being put to the meeting was carried.
Res. 5th. Proposed by Mr Walton Windle and seconded by Mr Thomas Baxter that the directors make every effort they can to obtain tenants for the remaining portion of WH Shed and they be empowered to borrow money to assist the tenants if required to do so. On being put to the meeting was carried.
This concluded the business of the meeting.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

December 23rd 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That a call be made on the shareholders as soon as it can be got ready.
Res. 3rd. That some packings be ordered for WH Mill and some oil for CH Shed.
Res. 4th. That Crabtree coal account be paid £23-7-8.
Res. 5th. That an account from S Thompson be paid £2-17-0.
Res. 6th. That Leonard Holdsworth be allowed to sell one share to William Bailey Barrett.
Res. 7th. That Proctor Barrett be paid £50 on account of the CH Shed extension on Mr Atkinson’s certificate.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

December 30th 1891
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Richard Crabtree have 1d per ton extra for coal from this date, 10/3 per ton.
Res. 3rd. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

January 6th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the fire [insurance] premium be paid amounting to £6.
Res. 3rd. That a cheque for £21 be sent to Messrs E O Porter and Co for the survey of CH Shed.
Res. 4th. That a cheque for £40 be sent to Mr Hartley at Colne for the stamp duty for the deeds of WH Mill. [Our first solid evidence that the CHSC are not yet the owners of WH Mill.]
Res. 5th. That the fire apparatus be offered to the Local Board [Formed in November 1890, Barlick became autonomous.] and they be allowed to test them. [Not sure what this is. I know there was a fire pump at WH Mill but can’t say if this is what is referred to.]

January 11th 1892
Special meeting.
Res. 1st. That Messrs Barrett, Smith and William Holdsworth pay a visit to Skipton to see Mr Robinson, manager of the Craven Bank if he would allow the company to draw a cheque to pay for the Mean Laithe Flatt Meadow and also [the directors] to see the surveyor of taxes about the excessive tax put on the WH Mill property.
Res. 2nd. To ask Mr Nutter to meet the board next Wednesday night at 8 o’clock.
Res. 3rd. That Mr Barrett alter the old windows to fit the back portion of the Warehouse at CH Shed.
Res. 4th. That Mr Atkinson be written to to come and meet some of the directors and Mr Nutter at CH Shed at 1:30pm on Wednesday.
Res. 5th. That 5/- per sett be paid for all export taping. [This was a tenant using spare time on his tape machine to size warps for other manufacturers.]
Signed, Thomas Dent and John Hartley.

January 13th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Burnley Ironworks account be paid amounting to £46-7-0.
Res. 3rd. That a cheque be sent to Mr Hartley, Colne, to pay for the Mean Laithe Flatt, £1,151-7-5.
Res. 4th. That Messrs Clapham Brother’s account be paid, £8-12-6.
Res. 5th. That the coal account be paid to Delaney deducting £2-1-3 for bad coal and inconvenience during the month.
Res. 6th. That H&J Widdup’s account be paid amounting to £3-16-6.
Res. 7th. That Yorkshire Post account be paid amounting to £1-6-0.
Res. 8th. That Heap and Thornton be paid £70 on account of slating CH Shed on the certificate of Mr Atkinson.
Res. 9th. That the fire apparatus be offered to the Local Board at 30% under the cost price or market value.
Signed, ? And John Hartley

January 20th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Delaney coal account be settled, £2-1-3. [Evidently Mr Delaney wasn’t having any nonsense!]
Res. 3rd. That Mr J Varley Account be paid £8-5-6½.
Res. 4th. That E Bennis account be paid £1-15-3. [Stoker spares]
Res 5th That Arthur Jones’ shares be transferred to Harrison Bailey, two old shares and three new shares. [Surprising that a differentiation is made as new and old had been amalgamated.]
Res. 6th. That Proctor Barrett account be paid £5-16-8.
Res. 7th. That Richard Crabtree account for coal be paid £46-19-4.
Res. 8th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 9th. That Edward Smith be allowed to remove his mortar mill from CH Shed to WH Mill. [The extension at CH is finished and the next scene of operations is going to be at WH. It made sense for the mortar to be milled on site.]
Res 10th. That Heap and Thornton tender for plastering etc. at CH Shed extension for the sum of £102 be accepted.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

January 27th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the gas bill be paid £2-3-8.
Res. 3rd. That R W Harrison’s account be paid £1-5-2½.
Res 4th. That Edward Smith make a drain along side of the warehouse at CH Shed extension.
Res. 5th. That Ellison and Fawcett have £200 on account of CH Shed extension subject to Mr Atkinson’s certificate.
Res. 6th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

February 3rd 1892
Res 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Packing be got for CH Shed.
Res. 3rd. That oil be got for WH Mill.
Res. 4th. That the architect invite tenders for boarding the underside of the warehouse floor and attic.
Res. 5th. That John Slater have 5/- for making a statutory declaration with regard to the WH Mill property.
Res. 6th. That a cheque for £2-18-2 be sent to Mr Hartley in respect of the rent [ground rent?] for Mean Laithe Flatt.
Res. 7th. That a gate be put into the Mean Laithe Flatt land to go in level and that Mr E Smith put the gate and stoops in. [Stoops are gateposts]
Res 8th. That Proctor Barrett have £50 on Mr Atkinson’s certificate for the CH Shed extension.
Res. 9th. That Edward Smith have £200 on Mr Atkinson’s certificate for CH Shed extension.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

February 10th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That half year’s rent be paid for Springs Dam, £4-10-0.
Res. 3rd. That Samuel Cooke’s oil account be paid, £21-0-9.
Res. 4th. That the Poor Rate be paid £15-14-0.
Res. 5th. That the Income Tax be paid £19-17-8.
Res. 6th. That Mr Atkinson’s call be paid, £18.
Res. 7th. That 8 steam traps be ordered from Lancaster and Tonge.
Res. 8th. That Delaney’s account stand over.
Res. 9th. That W J Varley’s account stand over.
Res 10th. That Proctor Barrett remove the ceiling in the shed at WH Mill.
Res. 11th. That Edward Smith make a doorway into the warehouse at WH Mill.
Res. 12th. That B&E Holden have the space left by Windle and Bailey at CH Shed and that they be allowed 12 weeks grace free of rent and the 12 weeks commence 14 days after Windle and Bailey have left the place.
Res. 13th. That Dent and Holt tender for the hoist, £55, be accepted to be completed in six weeks.
Res. 14th. That William Holdsworth’s tender be accepted at 10d per yard for boarding the underside of warehouse floor and roof at CH Shed extension.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

February 17th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Richard Crabtree coal account be paid £47-7-0.
Res. 3rd. That Delaney’s coal account be paid £87-1-6.
Res. 4th. That Mr Royd’s rent be paid £9-15-0.
Res. 5th. That Mr Holdsworth’s tender be accepted at 10d.
Res. 6th. That George Rushworth’s price for the pumps, shafts and pipe cannot be accepted.
Res. 7th. That the Local Board Rate be paid £39-5-0.
Res. 8th. That W&J Varley’s account be paid £7-15-3.
Res. 9th. That H&J Widdup’s account be paid £3-1-0.
Res. 10th. That James Nutter have the weighing machine offered at £3 with cover attached.
Signed, Johnson Edmondson and John Hartley.

February 24th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have £20 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That CH Shed be efficiently warmed before the next winter.
Res 4th That Windle and Bailey’s agreement be accepted and that the CHSC purchase the 184 looms from them for £800. [Approximately £4-8-0 per loom. Remember that these are almost new looms and are in situ ready for work fully furnished. We shall see what the CHSC does with them but on the face of it Nutters will take them over either by purchase or rent. We shall find as the company progresses that if a manufacturer failed (as W&B obviously have) CHSC took the looms in lieu of rent owing and used the asset to make it easier for new manufacturers to cross the threshold into weaving. This was to be a very important factor in the formation of new firms.]
Signed, Johnson Edmondson and John Hartley.

March 2nd 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have £20 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That John Shepherd and John Windle, millwright, be paid time and a quarter for overtime while working on the shafting at WH Shed. [This work would have to be done outside working hours when it was stationary.]
Res. 4th. That a call of £2 per share be made as soon as it can be got ready.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

March 9th 1892
Res. 1st Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Clough Mill Company be paid for coal £3-11-0. [Slater Brothers owned Clough Mill. No connection between the two firms. Loan of coal? Mistake in delivery?]
Res. 3rd. That Mr Atkinson’s certificate for Varley for glazing at CH Shed extension be paid £55.
Res 4th. That Mr Atkinson's certificate for E Smith for mason’s work be paid, £200.
Res. 5th. That John Delaney’s account for coal be paid when due for February, £61-10-2.
Res 6th. That Mr Simon Parker and Mr Johnson Edmondson be appointed to go and see Burnley Building Society.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

March 16th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Lancaster and Tonge’s account for steam traps be paid £16-16-0.
Res. 3rd. That Widdup’s account for carting coal be paid £3-18-6.
Res. 4th. That Samuel Thompson’s account be paid subject to Shepherd looking it up to see it is all right.
Res. 5th. That Shepherd employs Brown to do his ironwork instead of Thompson. [This J W Brown, blacksmith who had premises on Manchester Road, Barnoldswick.]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

March 23rd 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Varley account for tubes be paid £19-10-11.
Res. 3rd. That Bennis and Co be paid for springs for stoker, 5/-.
Res. 4th. That the secretary write to the insurance company to inspect the boilers on Easter Holiday. [It was a requirement of the insurance companies that steam boilers be inspected every 14 months. In effect this was annual inspection. Without a satisfactory report from the insurance company’s surveyor the insurance was invalid. Usually done during the week-long summer break, the fact it is being done at Easter suggests that this was something of an emergency. Perhaps the CHSC or their insurers had only just realised that this requirement hadn’t been fulfilled.]
Res. 5th. That Mr Atkinson’s certificate for Proctor Barrett for CH Shed extension be paid, £75.
Res. 6th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 7th. That Crabtree coal account be paid £24-18-5.
Res. 8th. That Heap and Thornton slate the waste room and privy at WH Mill.
Res. 9th. That the new boiler [CH] be made without doors and the old doors be fitted to the new boiler. [The furnace doors were taken off the old boiler when the Bennis shovel stokers were fitted. These doors are being used for the new boiler. Indicates that for the time being it will be hand-fired.]
Res. 10th. That the secretary write to Mr T Denthorn[?] of Oldham to ask for a loan of £7,000.
Res. 11th. That the tenants at WH Mill be allowed ? hours rent abatement for stoppage.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

March 3rd 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Leonard Holdsworth be allowed to transfer one share to Stephen Dean.
Res. 3rd. That Heap and Thornton account be paid amounting to £20-18-6.
Res. 4th. That Mr B White’s account be paid when called for £5-6-3½.
Res. 5th. That Thomas Hart’s account for ropes be paid £4-7-0.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

April 6th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Thomas Rawlinson account for [boiler] composition be paid £4-7-6.
Res. 3rd. That John Delaney’s account be paid when due £62-1-2.
Res. 4th. That Simon Parker account be paid 15/3.
Res. 5th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Signed, Johnson Edmondson and John Hartley.

April 13th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the engineer at WH Mill have 26/- per week after this week. To commence on April 18th 1892.
Res. 3rd. That the secretary reply to the Local Board and inform them that this company refuses to pay any part of the expense of laying water pipes to CH Shed. [The municipal waterworks at Whitemoor Bore was supplying water and the task of piping the supply around the town had started.]
Res. 4th. That William Varley account be paid £1-17-0.
Res. 5th. That Heap and Thornton’s certificate for £70 be paid and the account for work done at WH Mill be paid, £24-1-11.
Res. 6th. That the gas bill be paid £2-13-1.
Res. 7th. That R W Harrison account be paid £6-15-5½.
Res. 8th. That H&J Widdup’s account be paid £3-14-0.
Res. 9th. That Mr Proctor Barrett makes some rollers [Blinds] for engine house windows at WH Mill and Mr P Brooks supplies cloth and makes them ready.
Res. 10th. That Mr Atkinson have a cheque on his commission amounting to £18.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

April 20th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That Richard Crabtree’s account for coal be paid, £23-13-6.
Res. 4th. That Proctor Barrett account be paid amounting to £39-11-8½.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

April 27th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Edward Smith and William Holdsworth make a privy out of Pickles shed weaver’s for Pickles winders to go in from outside. [Garbled entry but I think it is a separate privy for the winders.]
Res. 3rd. That Windle and Bailey be allowed to run their tape 6 hours over time free of rent subject to satisfying the engineer or fireman. [Evidently they haven’t vacated their space yet. (See February 10th minutes.) Interesting that they pay the overtime direct to the engineer or fireman and no account is taken of the cost of fuel and depreciation. Because of this entry I tend to think that a donkey engine in the tape room must have been used for motive power and not the main engine. There is also the fact that it specifies the engineer or the fireman. The firebeater would not be trusted to run the engine on his own. On balance, my assessment is that even though we have no evidence in the minutes, a donkey engine was used for motive power for the tape as was usual practice in tape rooms.]
Res. 4th. That the engineer be paid 30/- for flue-cleaning at WH Mill. [Flue-cleaning, done properly, was a big and very dirty job. What is virtually certain is that no director went into the flues to verify it had been done properly. Not a satisfactory way of ensuring maximum efficiency. Also worth noting that the 30/- covers all labour and it was not a one-man job. It would take a day to do properly.]
Res. 5th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 6th. That John Delaney’s tender for coal for CH Shed be accepted at 10/9 per ton delivered at Barnoldswick station subject to the quantity and quality being satisfactory. [Worth noting when comparing prices that many factors were at work. Individual suppliers had their own arrangements with specific collieries and there were small but important variations in quality between seams. This explains why contracts were made by CHSC at varying prices in one market.]
Res. 7th. That the secretary write Burnley Ironworks reporting an article on putting composition in boiler. [Not sure what this signifies exactly but it would appear that the directors were aware of advances in the science of water treatment and were seeking advice from a reliable source.]
Res. 8th. That the boiler insurance fees be paid for twelve months amounting to £2-15-3. [This may explain the previous item. The insurance companies were active in promoting best practice as it reduced the chances of any failure for which they would be responsible. It may well be that they were making it a condition of insurance that total dissolved solids in the boiler water were within what they regarded as acceptable parameters and informing the client of latest practice could be one way of ensuring this. This was certainly the insurance practice in my experience later on.]
Res. 9th. That blacksmith J W Brown be paid £3 subject to being satisfactory to Shepherd.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

May 4th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the contract note for coal from John Delaney be signed by the secretary.
Res 3rd. That the agreement for sale of land be signed by the Board with the seal of the company.
Res. 4th. That no 14 plot of land be offered at 3/- per yard with 10% off it if the whole be sold in one lot.
Signed Simon Parker and John Hartley.

May 11th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That an expansion coupling be got for Wellhouse Mill shed and our millwright see to it at once and order it with Messrs Roberts at Nelson. [The shafting at WH has been re-arranged with the installation of the new engine. The weather is warming up and they have evidently hit a problem with expansion in the longer lineshaft which would affect all the gearing attached to it. What they are doing is installing a sliding joint in the shaft to accept movement and stop it being transmitted to the gearing. Quite a big job involving cutting out a section of the heavy shaft and installing the joint.]
Res. 3rd. That bills be printed and posted in the town for a fireman and oiler at CH Shed the applicants to state wage required. [Common sense is creeping in, there is no economy in one man running both boiler and engine house. This was to become standard procedure in all future weaving sheds.]
Res. 4th. That Delaney’s account for coals be paid for the month £8-16-6.
Res. 5th. That Arthur Lowcock’s account for economisers be paid. £2-4-9.
Res. 6th. That White’s account for strapping [leather] be paid amounting to £14-1-9½.
Res. 7th. That W H Hartley’s account for lease-making be paid £29-12-0.
Res 8th. That ½cwt of composition for ropes be sent for from Hart’s at Blackburn. [Experience kicking in again. This was a mixture of tallow and graphite used to dress driving ropes. This acted as a lubricant which lessened the amount of power lost in friction in the drive and surprisingly made the drive more efficient due to the large surface area the ropes were acting on, the chief gain being regularity of drive, essential for efficient loom-driving. There was another advantage, the composition put a coating on the ropes which eliminated loose fibres being detached and thus cut down wear making the ropes last longer. The rope drive at Bancroft Shed still contained ropes that had been in use for over sixty years without failing.]
Res. 9th. That a certificate for Edward Smith for £160 be passed.
Res. 10th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

May 28th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes passed as read.
Res. 2nd. That Moreland Hoyle’s account [Corn miller] for stone leading [carting] to Coates Canal [wharf] be paid £ 4-6-0. [This will be for stone sold by the company after the alterations at WH.]
Res. 3rd. That the secretary give instructions to the police to prosecute any persons for trespassing on the premises of WH Mill.
Res. 4th. That the Railway Co account for carriage of goods from Nelson to Barnoldswick be paid, 4/3.
Res. 5th. That Delaney’s coal account be paid less the demurrage for the return of empty wagons.
Res. 6th. That the millwrights come to Wellhouse Mill and take down the pumping engine as soon as possible. [A legacy from Bracewell ownership and possibly the pump originally used to pump water up to the station.]
Res. 7th. That the accounts be made up for the half year on the 18th day of June 1892.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

May 25th 1892
Res 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr Atkinson have £40 on account of commission.
Res. 3rd. That the Royal and Midland and Alliance Economic fire insurance be invited to give a quotation what they will insure the WH Mill and the CH Shed extension for.
Res. 4th. That the secretary order a cask of boiler composition for CH Shed.
Res. 5th. That Crabtree’s coal account be paid for last month, £47-7-0.
Res. 6th. That John Sagar account for loan of stone wagons be paid £1-3-0.
Res. 7th. That W B White’s account for strapping be paid, £2-4-5. [In view of the amount of leather driving belts being bought by the CHSC I am beginning to be more secure in my assumption that in the provision of room and power, the shed company provided the driving belt between the shafting in the shed and the looms.]
Res. 8th. That the secretary have £20 for wages.
Res. 9th. That John Winder, millwright, be given two weeks notice from May 28th 1892.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

June 1st 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That 28lbs of each quality of Bolton Polish be ordered with W A Platt and Sons of Bury. [No idea what this is. Too large a quantity for metal polish for the engine! Only thing I can surmise is that this is black-lead polish, used for protecting boiler fronts from corrosion.]
Res. 3rd. That Thomas Rawlinson’s account for boiler composition be paid when due, £2-6-0.
Res. 4th. That a cask of shafting oil be ordered for WH Mill from John Rycroft at Nelson.
Res. 5th. That Ellison and Fawcett have a cheque for £200 subject to Mr Atkinson’s certificate.
Res. 6th. That Proctor Barrett have a cheque for £60 on account of CH Shed extension.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

June 8th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That Joseph Thompson’s account be paid, 9/8.
Res. 4th. That Messrs Roberts be written to to send a man to do the necessary alterations at CH Shed engine. [Probably valve-setting.]
Res. 5th. That Delaney be written to stop sending any more Roundwood coals until further instructions and send Double Screened Monk Bretton in place of them at 12/3 per ton. [This plus Roberts being called to the engine suggests to me that the plant at CH Shed is hard-pressed and using better coal is one way of attacking the problem.]
Res. 6th. That the secretary see the engine man at CH Shed and order some fire-grate bars. [They are eating fire bars at CH Shed, another indication of a hard-pressed boiler and poor coal. If the coal wasn’t screened properly and contained smalls and slack it would be cheaper but clog the fire bars up thus allowing them to overheat and burn out as it is the cold air rising through the bars which keeps them cool.]
Res. 7th. That Proctor Barrett put in a sample ventilator window in the Holden portion of CH Shed.
Special meeting June 13th
Resolved that William Brooks, Johnson Edmondson and Thomas Dent go to Skipton to have an interview with Mr Robinson at the Craven Bank.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

June 15th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have £20 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That Bennis account stand over £3-11-3.
Res. 4th. That Hart’s account be paid £14-13-1½.
Res. 5th. That Henry Hargreaves make the wheel covers for the CH Shed extension at 12/6 each unfixed if required.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

June 22nd 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Widdup’s account for coal carting be paid, £5-0-6.
Res. 3rd. That Richard Crabtree account be paid £47-7-0.
Res. 4th. That the interest be paid to WH Hartley, £39.
Res. 5th. That Samuel Thompson account be paid 8/3.
Res. 6th. That William Holdsworth’s account be paid £40-8-11.
Res. 7th. That Hart’s account from Blackburn be paid 12/3.
Res. 8th. That the secretary’s half year wage be paid £17-10-0.
Res. 9th. That That J W Brown account be paid £3-2-1.
Res. 10th. That Fattorini’s account for clocks be paid, £4-15-0. [Bradford firm of jewellers and watchmakers.]
Res. 11th. That Mr Atkinson be written to to grant no more certificates to Heap and Thornton until the slate at CH Shed extension be made good and satisfactory and that Mr Atkinson write to Heap and Thornton that if Mr Nutter claims any damages for spoiled goods the company will charge Heap and Thornton with that amount. [Roof evidently leaking. Evidence that James Nutter has taken the space and is working there.]
Res. 12th. That a dividend of 2½% be paid for this next half year.
Res. 13th. That the Annual Meeting be held on the 7th July 1892.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

June 29th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr Thornton, solicitor, make four abstracts for the land sold. One for Proctor Barrett, one for Mr Holdsworth, one for Edward Smith and one for James Edmondson.
Res. 3rd. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 4th. That the secretary write to Delaney to come over to Barlick[sic] the next time he comes to Earby to have an interview with some of the directors respecting the paying of the May account for coal.
Res. 5th. That Rebecca Baldwin be allowed to transfer her three shares to William Baldwin.
Res. 6th. That Mr James Edmondson be requested to sign the agreement of the sale of land and be requested to pay a deposit of 10% and pay the remainder of the purchase money on the 1st of September and the same agreement to apply to Edward Smith. [Mean Laithe Flatt]
Res. 7th. That Mr Atkinson be instructed to invite tenders for painting the CH Shed extension only outside.
Res. 8th. That Proctor Barrett put 12 ventilators on the roof of Nutter sheds.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

July 6th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That one cask of cylinder oil and one cask of shaft oil be ordered from S Cooke for CH Shed.
Res. 3rd. That Rycroft account for oil be paid when due.
Res. 4th. That W A Platt and Sons be paid when due.
Res. 5th. That James Lofthouse, painter [Barrett Directory for 1902 records him as painter of 1 Rainhall Road, Barnoldswick.] have the painting of CH Shed according to the specification for the sum of £21-10-0.
Signed, J Edmondson and John Hartley.

CALF HALL SHED COMPANY LIMITED.
Barnoldswick, July 8th 1892.
The annual general meeting of the company was held in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms on Friday the 8th of July 1982 at 6:30pm. Pursuant to the announcement in the balance sheet issued to each shareholder. [Not in the record] Doctor Roberts occupied the chair in the absence of Mr Brooks Banks the chairman of the company.
The chairman, after reading the notice convening the meeting called on the secretary to read the minutes of the last general meeting after which the chairman read the report of the directors and the balance sheet for the last half year after which the following resolutions were passed.
Res. 1st. It was proposed by Mr Robert Clark and seconded by Mr John Edmondson that the minutes of the last general meeting be conformed and on being put to the meeting was carried.
Res. 2nd. It was proposed by Mr Robert Clark and seconded by Mr Benjamin Windle that the report and balance sheet be adopted and that a dividend of 2½% for the half year be paid out of the profits of CH Shed and the dividend be paid less income tax. And on being put to the meeting was carried.
Res. 3rd. It was proposed by Mr Proctor Barrett and seconded by Mr John Dean that Mr John Lancaster be the auditor for the ensuing year and that his salary be £1 and on being put to the meeting was carried.
Res. 4th. On the question of the election of four directors in place of those retiring it was propsed by Mr Jon Dean and seconded by Mr William Baxter that Mr Edward Smith be nominated as a director.
Ditto by James Watson and Benjamin Windle that Mr Simon Parker be nominated.
Ditto by James Watson and John Edmondson that Leonard Holdsworth be nominated.
Ditto by Henry Wilson and James Watson that William Proctor Brooks be nominated.
Ditto by Walton Windle and Thomas Baxter (Senior) that Greenwood Wilkinson be a director.
The meeting then proceeded to vote by Ballot on the names of those which[sic] had been nominated with the following results. The four polling the highest number to be elected for the next three years.
Leonard Holdsworth 19 votes.
Edward Smith 16 votes.
Simon Parker 20 votes.
William P Brooks 17 votes.
Greenwood Wilkinson 14 votes.
The following gentlemen were therefore elected as directors for the next three years:
Simon Parker, Leonard Holdsworth, William P Brooks and Edward Smith.
Res. 5th. Proposed by Mr Henry Wilson and seconded by Mr Stephen Hartley that the director’s salary be £15 for the half year ending July 8th 1892 and on being put to the meeting was carried.
Res. 6th. That a letter from this meeting representing a large number of shareholders and ratepayers as well, be sent to the Local Board requesting them to lay water mains and a fire hydrant to CH Shed seeing they have a large amount of valuable property at stake should a fire break out on the premises and the Fire Insurance Company refuses to insure them without paying a very heavy premium.
This concluded the business of the meeting.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

July 14th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes passed as read.
Res. 2nd. That Dent and Holt’s account for the hoist be paid, £56.
Res. 3rd. That monthly accounts be sent in and paid for all jobbing work both mason’s , joiners and smiths work in future.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

July 20th 1982
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Joseph Petty’s tender for covering boiler and steam piping be accepted at 3½d per square foot outside measure.
Res. 3rd. That Walton’s tender for gas and steam tubing and fittings be accepted.
Res. 4th. That Richard Crabtree account for coal be paid £23-13-6.
Res. 5th. That John Delaney’s coal account be paid £54.
Res. 6th. That the director’s meetings commence in future at 7:30pm and the roll call to be made before commencing business and no mark to be given after that time.
Res. 7th. That oil and tallow be ordered for WH Mill.

July 27th 1892
Special meeting.
Res 8th. That Mr Holdsworth’s account for boarding under the floor at the CH Shed extension be paid amounting to £50-16-8.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

July 27th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the engines at both sheds stop on Friday night before Feast and starting again on Monday morning after the Feast. Stop on Friday night on the 19th August and start again on Monday morning the 29th of August and the tenants have 30 hours abatement of rent.
Res. 3rd. That the CH Shed extension be insured in the Economic Fire Insurance Co at 3/- per cent on £2,000.
Res. 4th. That H&J Widdup’s coal account be paid £4-8-1. [Carting coal]
Res. 5th. That the secretary have £20 for wages.
Res. 6th. That Simon Parker be paid for the office cleaning and lighting, £?.
Res. 7th. [This entry struck out and noted as ‘Reserved September 3rd 1892]
That Proctor Barrett’s rent for the joiner’s shop [WH] and power be £26 as usual but he pays 5/- per week for the extra machinery he has put in since he made his contract and that he be allowed to have the old Tin Shop at 1/- per week extra subject to four weeks notice to give it up when wanted and that he take it as it stands at present without any further outlay or expense. The machinery at present to comprise one circular saw and a laithe[sic] in the bottom room and one circular saw, one band saw, one surface planing machine and one thickness machine in the upper room.
Res. 8th. That J W Brown [smith] account be paid subject to Shepherd approval of being right, £1-2-8.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

August 3rd 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read subject to Res. 7 being considered afterwards.
Res. 2nd. That Joseph Wiseman’s account be paid [Barrett 1892 records him as coal merchant of Station Yard, lived on West Avenue], 15/15½[sic].
Res. 3rd. That Henry Hargreave’s account be paid for glazing, £3-17-11.
Res. 4th. That Yates and Thom be paid £194 on account of boiler. [I think this is the second boiler at CH Shed.]
Res. 5th. That Charles Thornton’s account for making abstracts stand over.
Res. 6th. That a cask of composition for the boiler at WH Mill be had from Thomas Rawlinson.
Res. 7th. That Joseph Petty repair the other boiler and pipe that is required.
Res. 8th That the shed and warehouse at WH Mill be insured in the Royal Insurance Company. The shed at the rate of 5/- per cent for £1000 and the warehouse at 5/- per cent for £1500.
Signed Simon Parker and John Hartley.

August 10th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have £20 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That the Poor Rate be paid when called for £11-15-6.
Res. 4th. That Delaney’s coal account for last month be paid, £54-11-4.
Res. 5th. That the secretary write to Featherstone Colliery [Wakefield. At one time the largest colliery in Britain.]
Res. 6th. That the rent of Springs Dam be paid, £4-10-0. [half year?]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

August 17th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Varley’s account for glazing CH Shed extension be paid amounting to £45-16-4.
Res. 3rd. That Roberts’ account be paid subject to a reduction if it can be got.
Res. 4th. That Hawley’s account be paid, £?
Res. 5th. That Proctor Barrett have £40 on account.
Res. 6th. That the Local Board Rates be paid when due.
Res. 7th. That Widdup’s coal carting be paid £10-11-8.
Res. 8th. That the next meeting be held on the 31st of August.
Res. 9th. That the secretary have £20 for wages.
Signed, J D Robertson and John Hartley.

August 31st 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Richard Crabtree account be paid £66-18-6.
Res. 3rd. That Yates’ account for the boiler be paid £197-8-1.
Res. 4th. That there be two wagons at 8/7 [per ton] and two at 7/7 of Featherstone coal be ordered to arrive here Monday or Tuesday next at the latest.
Res. 5th. That Delaney be ordered to stop the Kilnhurst coal [Barnsley] after sending 6 wagons.
Res. 6th. That John Starkey account be paid £9-19-9. [Barrett 1887 reports him as coal merchant, Station Yard, lived at 12 Walmsgate]
Res. 7th. . That Charles Thornton’s account be paid £2-16-0.
Res. 8th. That J W Brown’s account for smith’s work [be paid] £2-9-7.
Res. 9th. That Hawley’s account be settled.
Res. 10th. That Edward Smith have £50 on account.
Res. 11th. That a vacuum gauge and indicator rods be got for the WH Mill engine and an injector. [Surprising that these weren’t part of the engine contract with BI. Vacuum gauge is to indicate how much vacuum the condenser is producing, essential for economy. Indicator rods are the gear necessary to transmit the motion of the engine via a string to the indicator used to monitor events inside the cylinders while the engine is in motion. The injector is a device using live steam to inject water into the boiler against pressure. This last normally only used when the mechanical feed pump was inadequate for some reason, quite possibly an insurance company requirement on the grounds of boiler safety.]
Res. 12th. [First entry revising Proctor Barrett tenancy at WH Mill struck out and the following substituted.]
That Res. 7 passed on July 27th 1892 be rescinded and the following resolution be substituted in its place.
That Mr Proctor Barrett’s rent for the Joiner’s Shop, old Tin Shop and Stable [WH Mill] be £41 per annum and his machinery to consist of 1 circle saw[sic] and one laithe[sic] on ground floor and 1 surfacing and thicknessing machine, 1 circle saw and 1 band saw on the upper floor. The rent to commence from August 27th 1892 the above to be subject to six months notice on either side.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

September 7th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That James Lofthouse have £5 on account of painting at CH Shed.
Res. 3rd. That Joseph Thornton’s account be paid £3-4-0.
Res. 4th. That That John Delaney’s coal account be paid when due, £53-3-11½.
Res. 5th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 6th. That Proctor Barrett make a wooden cover for the steam pipes at WH Mill between the mill and the shed. [The demolition of the old engine house at the south end of the building created a space between the original mill block and the sheds. Covering with a wooden case was to protect the insulation and reduce heat loss in the steam main for tape machines and heating.]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

September 14th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That a boat load of Altham coal be ordered with Holgate Marsden to be delivered at CH Shed on Wednesday next.
Res. 3rd. That Joseph Petty’s account for boiler and pipe covering be paid amounting to £16-2-3.
Res. 4th That Edward Smith have a cheque on account value £100 and that Proctor Barrett have a cheque value £35 on account for work done at CH Shed extension.
Res. 5th. That a cheque value £5-9-3 be sent to the Royal Insurance Co for premium for WH Mill.
Res. 6th. That the director’s meeting commence in the future at 6:30pm and no mark be given after that time.
Signed, J D Robertson and John Hartley.

September 21st 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Richard Crabtree account for coal for the month of August amount £32-13-6 [be paid].
Res. 3rd. That H&J Widdup’s account for coal [carting] be paid for August. Amount £5-12-0.
Res. 4th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 5th. That the premium for the fire insurance be paid to the Economic Fire office amounting to £3-9-6 on account of the CH Shed extension for the sum of £2000.
Res. 6th That James Lofthouse’s tender for painting the roof at WH Shed for the amount of £15 to the satisfaction of the board of directors. [Be accepted?]
Res. 7th. That the pumping engine at WH Mill be offered to Mr V Wilkinson [Vandaleur Wilkinson, Booth Bridge sawmill and bobbin works at Thornton in Craven] along with the engine bed as it now stands for the sum of £45.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

September 28th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That R W Harrison account be paid, £3-0-7½. [Usually India-rubber rings]
Res. 3rd. That J W Brown account be paid £1-2-8.
Res. 4th. That the Royd’s rent for WH Mill be paid £9-15-0.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

October 5th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That James Lofthouse's account be paid for painting. £17-3-0.
Res. 3rd. That 6 wagons of Newland slack [Normanton, West Yorkshire] be ordered with H&J Widdup at 10/2 per ton pit weight delivered CH Shed. [Pit weight denotes that the weight quoted at the pit head will be taken as the amount to be paid for.]
Res. 4th. That Windle and Bailey be allowed 30 hours abatement for Feast same as the other tenants.
Res. 5th. That Edward Smith’s tender for making drain be accepted at £53-16-1. [At CH warehouse?]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

October 12th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That 2 steam traps be ordered.
Res. 3rd. That S Cooke’s account for oil be paid.
Res. 4th. . That two casks of oil be ordered with S Cooke.
Res. 5th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for wages.
Res. 6th. That J Wiseman coal account be paid 10/-.
Res. 7th. That Delaney’s coal account for last month be paid amounting to £41-6-7½.
Res. 8th. That Widdup’s account for coal carting be paid, £2-11-10.
Res. 9th. That a boatload of coal be ordered with R Crabtree, half B Slack and half Thin Mine [name of seam] at 10/- and 10/10 respectively.
Res. 10th. That a contract be entered into with John Delaney for Monk Bretton coal for six or twelve months at 10/9 per ton.
Res. 11th. That a call be made as soon as possible for £2 per share.
Res. 12th. That Edward Watson have the spare ground in front of the boiler house at CH Shed at 10/- per annum and that he put down a fence from gate to chimney at his own expense, to commence paying rent from January 1st 1893.
Res. 13th. That William Holdsworth put up a ceiling for Windle and Bailey from the hoist to a pillar.
Res. 14th. That a boatload of limestone be ordered with R Crabtree from Skipton.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

October 19th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That two casks of oil be ordered for WH Mill one of shafting and one of cylinder oil.
Res. 3rd. That Crabtree account for coal be paid for the month of September £47-7-0.
Res. 4th. That Featherstone coal account be paid for amounting to £11-12-11.
Res. 5th. That Proctor Barrett be paid £23-17-3.
Res. 6th. That a letter of condolence be sent from this board to Mrs Banks and family and Dr Roberts attend to it.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

October 26th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That J W Brown account be paid if satisfactory £1-0-11.
Res. 3rd. That the secretary have £20 for wages.
Res. 4th. That Edward Smith’s account £27-3-8 be paid.
Res. 5th. That a sheet of asbestos be ordered. [For making steam pipe gaskets]
Res. 6th. That Proctor Barrett put a ceiling up in the office before next Wednesday night.
Signed, Simon Parker and John Hartley.

November 2nd 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Burnley Ironworks account be paid £1-5-4½.
Res. 3rd. That Yates and Thom be sent for to put another rivet in the boiler at WH Mill. [Teething troubles with new boiler? Leaking rivet?]
Res. 4th. That the secretary write Gresham and Craven to send a man to consult about an injector for CH Shed boiler and Messrs Parker, Dent, Edmondson and L Holdsworth meet him. [Gresham and Craven, injector manufacturers, Manchester.]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

November 9th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Gresham and Craven account be paid when they send a statement. £15-18-6.
Res. 3rd. That William Roberts and Co account be paid £12-3-2.
Res. 4th. That the secretary have a cheque for £20 for expenses.
Res. 5th. That Proctor Barrett put a door into water box room behind the boiler [I think this is the hot well where hot condensate and warm water from condenser was collected before being added to the boiler feed water. This could be very hot if dealing with condensate from steam pipes alone and could have been steaming and causing a nuisance in the boiler or engine houses.] and repair the trough which carries the water from the shed. [Condensate from heating system?]
Res. 6th. That J J Sneath’s wages be advanced 2/- per week or 28/- from week commencing on Saturday next. [Joseph James Sneath, engineer at WH Mill.]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

November 16th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That by request of our tenants we start our engines in the morning and run from 8 to 12 in the morning and 1 to 4 in the afternoon and Saturday 8 to 12:30 and commence on Thursday 17th [November] 1892. [This is a significant reduction in hours and can only benefit the tenants if the Shed Co gives them an abatement. Probably bad trade but hard to understand from this evidence. Remember that weavers were paid by the piece, not the hours they worked.]
Res. 3rd. That Lancaster and Tonge be paid for steam traps, £2-12-0.
Res. 4th. That Yates and Thom account be paid for putting rivet in boiler £4-10-0. [pencil note above this entry saying ‘Stand over’.]
Res. 5th. That Standing’s account be paid for printing, £5-15-6.
Res. 6th. That Widdup’s coal account be paid, £20-7-4.
Res. 7th. That Delaney’s coal account be paid £25-14-4.
Res. 8th. That the secretary write Delaney to call at Barnoldswick when he comes over this way.
Res. 9th. That a cask of boiler composition be ordered with Thomas Rawlinson.
Res. 10th. That Proctor Barrett’s account for the completion of the CH Shed contract be paid, £9-18-6.
Res. 11th. That William Holdsworth’s account for work done be paid, £8-6-2.
Res. 12th. That indicating tackle be ordered for the engine at WH Mill and the secretary write to Burnley Ironworks to that effect and order it at once.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

November 23rd 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Royds be paid their rent for WH Mill to Stott and Son, Rochdale. £9-15-0.
Res. 3rd. That Varley account be paid £6-0-4.
Res. 4th. That the secretary have £20 for wages.
Res. 5th. That J Shepherd have £1 on account for stone breaking.
Res. 6th. That Edward Smith’s account be paid £6-18-11.
Res. 7th. That Richard Crabtree account for coals and stone be paid £76-9-10.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

November 30th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr P Brooks be deputed to see Mr Marsh at Manchester, Messrs Yates and Thom’s representative and tell him the boiler rivet is no better for leakage. [This would be at the cotton exchange.]
Res. 3rd. That James Lofthouse’s account for painting at WH Mill be paid amounting to £15-18-6.
Res. 4th. That Ellison and Fawcett quotation for old brass at 5d per lb and scrap wrought iron at 2/2 per cwt and new scrap wrought iron at 4/6 per cwt be accepted, all delivered at the station.
Res. 5th. That Proctor Barrett account be paid £7-16-11.
Res. 6th. That Proctor Barrett have the old tin shop opposite the boiler house at 6d per week as a weekly tenant. [Different tin shop?]
Res. 7th. That Gresham and Craven be requested to send another injector for WH Mill.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

December 7th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Henry Hargreaves’ account be paid amounting to £2-2-1.
Res. 3rd. That Yates and Thom be written to and tell them that the rivet in the boiler is leaking as bad as ever.
Res. 4th. That Varley quotation for old lead be accepted at 9/- per cwt.
Res. 5th. That George Andrews account for coal be paid £1-19-7. [Can’t help wondering if this is best doubles for the office fire!]
Res. 6th. That John Delaney’s coal contract be signed for six months and his account for November be paid when due £80-0-4.
Res. 7th. That Mr Atkinson’s call be paid amounting to £18 and he be requested to send a statement of his account.
Res. 8th. That John Shepherd be paid for stone-breaking at CH at the rate of 1/4 per hour.
Res. 9th. That That Simon Parker account be paid amounting to 11/-.
Res. 10th. That no one be allowed to take any ashes from either boiler house without permission from the board.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

December 14th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the interest of the £2000 on CH Shed be paid to W H Hartley amounting to £39.
Res. 3rd. That Yates and Tom account be paid for putting rivet in boiler, £4-10-0.
Res. 4th. That Gresham and Craven account be paid for the injectors at both mills, £31-17-0.
Res. 5th. That Edward Smith’s account for stone and coal carting for CH Shed [be paid] £5-3-5.
Res. 6th. That the secretary be paid £20 for wages.
Res. 7th. That the secretary have a weekly wage for four weeks at 13/5½ per week. [?]
Res. 8th. That tenders be invited for carting coals from the station to CH Shed for six months or twelve.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

December 12st 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Holgate Marsden coal account be paid, £23-7-8.
Res. 3rd. That Richard Crabtree’s coal account be paid £47-7-0.
Res. 4th. That Arthur Reeves account for glazing be paid 4/6. [Plumber, gas-fitter and tinplate worker of 1a Church Street. Looks as though he is working in conjunction with Harry Tinner.]
Res. 5th. That Richard Duckett’s tender for carting coals from the station to CH Shed for six months at 6½d per ton to commence on 1st day of January 1893 be accepted.
Res. 6th. That Edward Smith have £30 on account of making drain in Mean Laithe Flatt.
Signed, Johnson Edmondson and John Hartley.

December 28th 1892
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That William Walton account be paid amounting to £2-4-5½.
Res. 3rd. That Thomas Rawlinson account be paid for boiler composition £2-6-0.
Res. 4th. That the Alliance premium be paid £4.
Res. 5th. That the gas company account be paid, £3-18-10.
Res. 6th. That 12 water glass Gauges and 24 India rubber rings for new boiler at CH Shed [be ordered]
Res. 7th. That Proctor Barrett account be paid. 11/8.
Res. 8th. That Edward Smith have £28-7-8 the remainder of the account for draining the Mean Laithe Flatt.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

January 11th 1893
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Thomas King’s account for paint be paid. 16/8½.
Res. 3rd. That the secretary have £20 for wages.
Res. 4th. That William Holdsworth’s account be paid, £3-8-4.
Signed, Johnson Edmondson and John Hartley.

January 18th 1893
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Harrison account be paid for glasses and rings, 13/6. [Water gauge glasses and sealing rings for boiler]
Res. 3rd. That William Roberts’ account be paid £5-5-4.
Res. 4th. That William Rawlinson’s account be paid £2-6-0.
Res. 5th. That Burnley Ironworks be paid £9-17-7.
Res. 6th. That Lancaster and Tonge account be paid £2-2-0.
Res. 7th. That Edward Smith and Proctor Barrett be deputed to go to Skipton to appeal against the income tax.
Res. 8th. That Richard Crabtree’s account for coal be paid £46-9-6.
Res. 9th. That John Delaney coal account be paid £73-13-11.
Res. 10th. That Ellison and Fawcett account be paid £?.
Res. 11th. That Edward Smith’s account for carting coal, iron and stone be paid. £3-19-9.
Res. 12th. That the choosing of directors to replace Brooks Banks and Simon Parker be deferred until the Annual General Meeting in June 1893.
Signed, Johnson Edmondson and John Hartley.

January 25th 1893
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That William Sagar’s account for stones be paid £1-16-0.
Res. 3rd. That Varley’s account for glazing privies, pipes etc. [be paid] £12-3-8.
Res. 4th. That the Poor Rate and Local Rate be paid for CH Shed. Local rate £52-19-0 and Poor rate £17-13-0.
Res. 5th. That Delaney’s account for coals be paid £70-3-8.
Res. 6th. That the secretary have £20 for wages.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

Calf Hall Shed Company Limited
Barnoldswick, January 28th 1893
The half-yearly meeting of this company was held in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms on Saturday January 28th 1893 at 5:30pm pursuant to the announcement in the balance sheet issued to each shareholder. Mr Johnson Edmondson occupied the chair. The chairman read the notice convening the meeting and then called upon the secretary to read the minutes of the last General Meeting after which the chairman read the report of the directors and the balance sheet. After wich the following resolutions were passed. [No printed documents in minute book.]
Res. 1st. Proposed by Mr James Watson and seconded by Mr Thomas Baxter that the minutes of the last general meeting be confirmed and on being put to the meeting was passed.
Res. 2nd. Proposed by Joseph Hawley and seconded by George Brooks that economisers be got for the boilers at WH Mill and on being put to the meeting was passed.
Res. 3rd. Proposed by Walton Windle and seconded by Henry Wilson that a statement of the weekly expenses be given to the directors at each weekly meeting and on being put to the meeting was passed.
Res. 4th. Proposed by William Baldwin and seconded by John Edmondson that the report and balance sheet be adopted and a dividend of 2½% for the half year be paid out of the profits of Calf Hall Shed less income tax and on being put to the meeting was passed.
Res. 5th. Proposed by James Watson and seconded by Thomas Baxter that the director’s salary for the half year be £15 as usual and on being put to the meeting was passed.
Res. 6th. Proposed by Proctor Barrett and seconded by William Brooks that two directors be chosen in place of Mr Brooks Banks and Mr Simon Parker and on being put to the meeting this was passed.
Res. 7th. Proposed by Mr Fred Suthers and seconded by ? That Mr Thomas Baxter be appointed a director in place of Simon Parker.
Res. 8th. Proposed by Samuel Heap and seconded by Stephen Hartley that Greenwood Wilkinson be appointed a director in place of Mr Brooks Banks.
This concluded the business of the meeting.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

February 1st 1893
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Dr Roberts be appointed chairman and Johnson Edmondson vice-chairman.
Res. 3rd. That the directors have a cheque for £15 in payment of their half year services.
Res. 4th. That 6 ropes be got for the stoker at CH Shed. [The stokers were driven off the lineshafting]
Res. 5th. That Messrs Lowcock’s, Green and Sykes be invited to tender for an economiser for 120 pipes or thereabouts. [WH Mill boiler. Surprising this wasn’t part of the original specification. Every ten degree Fahrenheit increase in feed water temperature improved boiler efficiency by 1%. Economisers raised the temperature from ambient to over boiling point]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

February 8th 1893
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That George Andrews coal account be paid £6-0-2.
Res. 3rd. That the rent for Springs Dam be paid, £4-10-0. [This rent puzzled me for years. Why pay rent for an obstruction in a water course that was flowing down to CH Shed anyway? It became clear that CHSC needed control over the dam so they had a right to regulate flow in dry weather, maintain its water capacity and eventually divert other water sources on the hillside into the dam thus improving the vital supply of condenser cooling water at CH Shed.]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

February 15th 1893
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary write to Messrs Yates and Thom at Blackburn in respect to[sic] new rivet put in the boiler at WH Mill. [This rivet is giving a lot of trouble!]
Res. 3rd. That Proctor Barrett account be paid, 3/1½.
Res. 4th. That Crabtree coal account be paid amounting to £23-13-6.
Res. 5th. That Delaney’s coal account be paid £88-17-0.
Res. 6th. That William Roberts’ account be paid £3-14-4.
Res. 7th. That S Cooke’s account be paid £17-1-4.
Res. 8th. That the secretary have £10 for wages.
Res. 9th. That Duckett coal carting account be paid £4-11-1½.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

February 22nd 1893
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Cresswell account for packing be paid £2.
Res. 3rd. That Yates and Thom be informed of the name of the inspector who inspected the boiler. [The insurance company have evidently flagged up the defective rivet and Yates and Thom are disputing his opinion. They are on a sticky wicket because the insurance company has the power to suspend the insurance if the boiler doesn’t satisfy them.]
Res. 4th. That the secretary write to Roberts Brothers of Hadfield for a quotation for the economisers.
Res. 5th. That Edward Smith’s certificate be paid £32-17-10.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

March 1st 1893
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That the secretary have £10 for wages.
Res. 3rd. That the boiler insurance company indicate the engines at CH Shed and WH Mill. [Indicating can flag up faults or necessary adjustments to the engine. This entry shows the absence of local expertise, in later years engineers indicate their own engines.]
Res. 4th. That the boiler insurance company be written to and asked why he [inspector] has changed his opinion about the leaky rivet.
Res. 5th. That the soil from the road be taken to the side of the dam behind WH Shed.
Res. 6th. That 12 posters be put up round the town for removing the earth from the road in Mean Laithe Flatt.
Res. 7th. That Proctor Barrett account be paid amounting to 12/-.
Res. 8th. That Arthur Lowcock’s tender for the economisers [WH] be accepted at 21/- per pipe allowing 2/6 per pipe for the old economisers. [This explains it, they were evidently using the original Bracewell economisers and are replacing them.]
Res. 9th. That Robert Whipp be engaged for mechanic’s work when required at 9d per hour up to 9 o’clock at night and after that to have time and a half and for Sunday work to have time and a half whenever required. [Barrett directory 1896 reports Robert Whipp as ‘mechanic, East View’]
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

March 8th 1893
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Mr Atkinson be instructed to supervise the taking down of the [old] economisers and let the job by tender as soon as possible.
Res. 3rd. That Mr Atkinson be requested to attend here at 2pm on Saturday afternoon to meet Dr Roberts, Greenwood Wilkinson, John Horsfield, Thomas Baxter, Johnson Edmondson and Thomas Dent to arrange about the economisers and the rest of the directors if possible.
Res. 4th. That James Layfield and Son, Burnley boiler maker, be asked to come to put a new rivet in the boiler at WH Mill. [Bear in mind that every time a new rivet is put in the boiler it has to be emptied and cooled down. It takes a minimum of 5 tons of coal to get back up to temperature and pressure.]
Res. 5th. That the tenders for Mean Laithe Flatt road be deferred until Saturday next.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

March 15th 1893
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Richard Duckett coal [carting] account be paid £3-17-3.
Res. 3rd. That Richard Crabtree coal account be paid £47-7-0. [Strange how this sum recurs so often, I have no explanation.]
Res. 4th. That Delaney be asked to meet Dr Roberts, Greenwood Wilkinson, Johnson Edmondson, Thomas Dent and the secretary and write to him to that effect.
Res. 5th. That Mr George Proctor of Bank House be the secretary of this company at the rate of £30 per annum. [This is a significant entry. George Proctor lived at Bank House in Barlick and had many interests in the district. He was senior partner of Proctor and Proctor of Grimshaw Street Burnley, accountants who were noted for acting as Secretary for many other shed companies and mills. They were noted for their knowledge and expertise in this field and this is the start of an association with CHSC which will last for the life of the company. Equally important, though he isn’t mentioned as yet, a man called Edward ‘Teddy’ Wood was a colleague of George Proctor who, as well as being an accountant, was noted throughout the district as an expert on anything to do with the engines, boilers and other plant used. We shall see that this was to prove very important to the CHSC and eventually solved the question of local expertise in these matters because of his close friendship with a local engineer called John Albert Pickles.]
Res. 6th. That the company find all bricks and tackle for propping and the contractors find mortar for the erecting of the economisers.
Res. 7th. That Proctor Barrett’s tender for removing the earth be accepted at 1/3 per cubic yard.
Signed, J D Roberts and John Hartley.

March 22nd 1893
Res. 1st. Minutes as read.
Res. 2nd. That Harrison’s bill be paid £1-15-7.
Res. 3rd. That Bennis account be paid 5/6.
Res. 4th. That the engineer’s report and bill be paid £3.
Res. 5th. That the old boiler [WH] be quoted to Mr Porthouse at £110 instead of £120.
Res. 6th. That there be a director’s meeting on Friday night at 6:30pm to consider the taking out of the economiser walls.
Res. 7th. That the flues at both places be cleaned out at the Easter holiday.
Res. 8th. That the boiler flues be cleaned at WH Mill every six months.
Res. 9th. That the boiler flues at CH Shed be cleaned out every four months, viz. Easter, Feast and Christmas.
Res. 10th. That the engineer and fireman be paid for over time.

Special meeting March 24th 1893
Res. 11th. That the old boiler at WH Mill, No 3, be sold for £100 cash down before it be moved and Mr Brooks offer it at that price.
[No signature and from here on the handwriting changes. Looks like the exit of John Hartley and a change of style in minute taking. Almost certainly George Proctor has taken over. Worth noting that from now on he takes a far greater role in the management and policies of the directors even if this is not always obvious from the minutes.]

29th March 1893
Present: Dr Roberts, chair. G Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, Leonard Holdsworth, Thomas Dent, Thomas Baxter, Johnson Edmondson, William Perry, Edward Smith, Proctor Barrett, W P Brooks, John Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the resignation of Mr John Hartley as secretary of the company be accepted.
Res. That Mr George Proctor of 6 Grimshaw Street Burnley be and is hereby appointed Secretary of the company at the salary of £30 per annum from this date.
Res. That the offer of £100 for boiler and fittings made by S Mason of 8 Livesey Street, Manchester be accepted.
Res. That the following accounts be paid: Massey and John Layfield, £2-2-6. J W Brown, 17/-
Res. That the new boiler at CH Shed be insured for £200 in the Scottish Boiler insurance and Engine Inspection Co. Ltd.
Res. That Edward Smith’s tender of £16 for executing the whole of the work required in connection with the erection of the new economisers [be accepted], He providing mortar and the company providing bricks.
J D Roberts [Signature]

April 13th 1893
Dr Roberts, chair, G Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, Leonard Holdsworth, Thomas Dent, Thomas Baxter, Johnson Edmondson, William Perry, Edward Smith, W P Brooks, John Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
The secretary read a letter from the Craven Bank Skipton requesting them to make a payment of £7,000 in respect of the CH account.
Res. That he [Secretary] be instructed to endeavour to procure a mortgage of £7,000 on the CH property.
Res. That the following accounts be paid: Scottish Boiler Insurance, £4-0-3. John Delaney coal, £50-12-10, Richard Crabtree coal, £41-17-8.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to procure order books for the two mills and diaries for the engineers. [George is straightening procedures up!]
Res. That Mr Richard Kendal be accepted as tenant of Mean Laithe Flatt at an annual rent of £7-1-8 from the 2nd of February last and that he be informed of the acceptance.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to invite tenders for the carrying of coal from Coates Wharf to WH and CH from the following persons. William Bracewell, farmer. John Widdup, coal agent. J&W Widdup, coal agent. Richard Duckett, carter.
Res. That a further call of £2 a share be made upon the unpaid up shares and that the call be paid to the credit of the co’s account at the Craven Bank, Barnoldswick on Thursday 18th day of May.
Res. That the secretary order 1 cask cylinder oil and one of engine oil from S Cooke and Son. 1 cask boiler composition from Thomas Rawlinson. 12 asbestos rings from R H Harrison and Co, Blackburn. (6 off 8x11 and 6 off 10x13) [These are almost certainly packings for boiler manholes]
J D Roberts.

April 26th 1893
Dr Roberts, chair. G Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, Leonard Holdsworth, Thomas Dent, Thomas Baxter, Johnson Edmondson, William Perry, Edward Smith, W P Brooks, John Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
Res. That we try B Slack [best slack?] at CH Shed for one month and that R Duckett be employed to cart the same at 11d per ton.
Res. The following accounts to be paid: Secretary for wages £24-16-8. Barlick Gas Co, £1-10-3. John Delaney £50-12-0.
Res. That the managing director at WH Mill be instructed to repair the drains.
Res. That the secretary obtain a fusible plug for the WH Boiler. [This was a device fitted into the crown of each boiler furnace which, if the water level fell, melted and allowed steam and water into the furnace to put the fire out. An essential safety device required by all insurance companies.]
Res. That he also obtain from Messrs R Harrison and Co 6 india rubber rings 5x3x3/16 to be sent to CH. [Air pump rubbers]
Res. That the Common Seal of the company be affixed to an agreement between the company and Mr Edward Smith, contractor of Barnoldswick for the sale to the latter of a plot of land containing ? Square yards, part of the Mean Laithe Flatt estate for the sum of £? less 10%.
J D Roberts.

May 10th 1893
Dr Roberts, chair. G Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, Leonard Holdsworth, Thomas Dent, Thomas Baxter, Johnson Edmondson, William Perry, Edward Smith, W P Brooks, John Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the acknowledgement of 5/- for the privilege of pipes and drains be paid to Mr J Duckworth on behalf of the executors of E A Nuttall’s Royds.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be authorised to get an estimate for the cementing of the gable end of CH warehouse.
Res. That the following accounts be paid: R Crabtree coal, £23-9-8. J Rawlinson, £2-6-6. Scottish Boiler Insurance Co, 17/6. Richard Duckett, carting, £5-6-2. John Delaney, 360-10-9. Edward Smith, £34. John Wroe, damage to land, £1-10-0.
Res. That the engineer’s wages at CH Shed be increased to 32/- per week and the fireman to 22/- per week.
Res. That The engineer’s wages at WH Mill be increased to 32/- per week and the fireman’s 20/- per week. This wage to cover all overtime whatever and the engineers and firemen to keep the engines, boilers, shafting and gearing thoroughly clean to the satisfaction of the directors.
Res. That the ashes be charged at 3d per load.
J D Roberts.

June 14th 1893
Dr Roberts chair. Wilkinson, L Holdsworth, Dent, Horsfield, Baxter, Edmondson, Perry and Brooks.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Messrs Dent, Johnson and Holdsworth be a committee to visit WH engine house and report on the grievances mentioned by the engineer.
Res. The following to be paid: Secretary for wages, £49-7-7. Thomas Rawlinson, £4-12-0. R Crabtree, £46-19-4. Henry Hargreaves, £7-10-0.
Res. That the transfer of three shares from Mr Walton Windle to Mr George Hamer be registered and that a new share certificate under the Common Seal of the co be issued in respect of the same.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be instructed to write to Messrs Heap and Thornton and request them to complete their contract within 14 days and if not done the company to do it and charge the cost against the contractor.
Res. That Mr Petty's tender for 3½d per square foot for covering economisers and allowance of 5/- for old material be accepted.
Johnson Edmondson.

June 28th 1893
Mr Edmondson chair. Wilkinson, Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Dent, Horsfield, Baxter, Perry, Smith, Barrett and Brooks.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the tender of Heap and Thornton to cement gable end of warehouse at CH for £6-5-0 be accepted.
Res. That accounts be paid: James Bulcock, 4/-. W B White, £2-11-6. John Delaney, £34-19-0. Harrison a/c, 19/-. E Bennis and Co, £7-9-0. Cresswell Sons, £5-17-0. J P Petty, £4-13-0. Proctor Barrett, £3-1-0.
Res. That Messrs J Nuttall be instructed to repair engine house roof and Mr Brook’s shed at WH.
Res. That the committee appointed at the last meeting to inspect the engine house (with Mr Wilkinson added) be requested to go though the alterations suggested by the engineer and report the probable cost of same to the next meeting.
Res. That we test Delaney coal for one month.
J D Roberts.

July 10th 1893
Dr Roberts chair. W Holdsworth, Len. Holdsworth, Dent, Horsfield, Baxter, Edmondson, Perry, Smith, Barrett and W P Brooks.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the chairman, vice-chairman and Mr Dent be a committee to deal with the load question. [Sounds like load on CH engine]
Res. That R Crabtree coal account be paid £46-19-11.
Res. That the secretary write Mr W H Hartley as to his reasons[?] for supplying abstracts of title for Mean Laithe Flatt.
J D Roberts.

July 19th 1893
Dr Roberts chair. W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, L Holdsworth, Dent, Horsfield, Baxter, Edmondson, Perry, Barrett and Brooks.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Mr John Widdup of Barnoldswick be engaged as carter to cart the coal from the station to CH Shed @7d per ton and 1/- per ton for coal carted from Coates Wharf, the contract be for one year from the 1st day of August next.
Res. That the following accounts be paid: Exors for Hargreaves, £58-13-0. [Exors of Colonel Hargreaves was the estate which owned large areas of coal rights and mines in the Burnley area. I think this is synonymous with 'Altham Coal'. ]
R Duckett, £11-5-9. Proctor Barrett, £8-3-9. Heap and Thornton, £50. Lowcock and Sons, £50.
Res. That Mr James Nutter be allowed to erect a wood stable in the vacant land he holds for us as a hen run subject to a monthly tenancy.
Res. That Edward Smith be allowed to tip dirt at dam side [WH?] at 2d per cart load.
Res. That Edward Smith be informed that after the 1st day of August the price for turning his mortar mill be 1/- per hour. [Driven from shafting at WH Mill]
Res. That Messrs Dent, Edmondson, Wilkinson and Holdsworth attend to the matters relating to Sneath’s letter and get tenders in for the next meeting of the directors. [WH engineer]
J D Roberts.

August 3rd 1893
Dr Roberts chair. W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Dent, Horsfield, Baxter, Edmondson, Perry and Brooks.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Mr Atkinson [Architect of Colne.] be instructed to value the unsold portion of land on Mean Laithe Flatt and give a certificate so the proper value of the land be recorded in the company’s books.
J D Roberts.

August 16th 1893
Dr Roberts chair. Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Dent, Horsfield, Edmondson, Smith, Barrett and Brooks.
Minutes as read.
Res. That we take 2¼% depreciation off the mills of the company for the half year ending June 30th 1893 and that we leave the question of depreciation of the property to December 31st of December 1892 with the shareholders at the General Meeting. [The hand of George Proctor? This affects the income tax assessment and has been neglected.]
Res. That having had Mr Atkinson’s report that the value of the unsold portion of land on Mean Laithe Flatt estate is £800 we put the value at £600. [Again, has an effect on tax liability]
Res. That the General Meeting of shareholders be held on the 2nd day of September at 5:30pm in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms.
Res. That accounts be paid: Secretary for wages, £50-4-5. E A Coates, £9.
No signature.

September 2nd 1893
Johnson Edmondson chair. Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Dent, Horsfield, Baxter, Edmondson, Smith and Dr Roberts.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid. Richard Crabtree, £?. Local Board, £52-19-0. J Wilson Green, £17-13-0. Schabatt[sic] Brothers £3-4-0. Delaney, £100. Richard Duckett, £5-9-4.
No signature.

September 2nd 1893.
Half yearly general meeting. Seven Stars Assembly Rooms.
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the balance sheet and report be adopted.
Res. That the election of directors to replace the retiring directors be by ballot. The following were nominated and balloted for: Dr Roberts 25. William Perry, 21. H Wilson, 23. William Holdsworth 24. Clark, 16. T Dent, 24.
Following declared elected: Dr Roberts, William Holdsworth, T Dent and H Wilson.
Res. That the director’s remuneration be £15 for their services during the last half year.
Res. That Mr Ed. Foden be appointed auditor for the ensuing year at a salary of £3-3-0.
J D Roberts.

September 2nd 1893
Dr Roberts chair. Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Dent, Horsfield, Baxter, Smith and Edmondson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: [Same list as previous 2 September list[?] except that Wilson Green, Poor rate, £19-13-0 is added and R Crabtree, £?.
No signature.

September 13th 1893
Dr Roberts in chair. Dent, Edmondson, Baxter, Wilkinson, L Holdsworth, Barrett, Horsfield, Smith, Henry Wilson and W P Brooks. Resolved that Dr Roberts be chairman for the ensuing year and J Edmondson vice chairman.
Minutes as read.
Res. That following be paid: J Hartley, £8-1-6. R Crabtree, £44-8-6. Edward Smith £1-0-9. Director’s fees, £15. Secretary’s salary £7-10-0. Exors of W Roundell, 5/-. [This last is rent to Gledstone estate for water rights in Eastwood Bottoms behind WH Mill.]
Res. That the offer of Mr Landless, Nelson, to set back the buildings adjoining the Craven Bank Estate be not entertained. [I suspect that this entry is very significant. George Proctor has flagged up that WH Mill is still the property of the Craven Bank. It may well be that this is one of the reasons why he has been brought in as secretary. I have seen no conveyance for WH Mill as yet and it appears that the Bank has been quite clever, they have allowed CHSC to spend money on the bank’s property at no risk. It may be that this neglected situation is about to change. There is however a problem, if the land hasn’t yet been conveyed, how can CHSC raise money on Mortgages? I think we are missing something here, perhaps the Bank still owns land adjacent to WH Mill unsold in the 1887 sale?]
Res. That the matters referred to in the engineer’s letter be left with Mr Dent and Mr Edmondson.
J D Roberts.

September 27th 1893
Dr Roberts chair. Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, dent, Baxter, Barrett, Edmondson, Smith, Horsfield, Brooks and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Secretary for wages, £40-7-9. P Barrett, £4-14-0. L Holland, £2-17-0. J M Lee, £3-7-6. John Widdup, £59-1-3.
Res. That the chairman and secretary be instructed to interview Messrs Brooks and Pilkington with a view to inducing them to take the remaining space at WH Mill.
Res. That Edward Smith be allowed to tip at damside at 2d per load.
Res. That Messrs Wilson and Horsfield be appointed to inspect the land occupied by Proctor Barrett and say what compensation should be allowed for tipping purposes.
Res. That we get 100 tons of coal. [There was serious disruption in coal supplies caused by the mine-owner’s lock-out of the miners during wage disputes in 1893. The Yorkshire coal fields were badly affected. This could be the reason for this entry.]
J D Roberts.

October 11th 1893
J D Roberts chair. Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Dent, Horsfield, Baxter, Edmondson, Barrett, W P Brooks and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the tip at Dam Head be stopped from this date. [I’m missing something here. Damside and Damhead are names associated with the Corn Mill Dam and I can’t see a connection with CHSC. The Damhead estate was part of the lands sold off by the Craven Bank in 1887. It’s worth mentioning that the 1887 sale was at the behest of the receiver for the Chancery Court but I suspect that as major creditors the Craven Bank became, in effect, the owners of Butts, WH and perhaps other assets and that the CHSC dealings are directly with them.]
Res. That the shareholders who have paid up their shares be paid 4% on the calls being paid up in advance.
Res. That we offer 12 weeks time for gaiting up of looms to Messrs Pilkington and Brooks from the first delivery of looms if they will take up the vacant space. [An abatement in rent to allow the firm to get up and running. ‘Gaiting looms’ is the process of getting a loom to the stage where cloth can be woven.]
Res. That Messrs Edmondson and Dent be authorised to alter the feed pipes to the boiler at WH Mill.
Res. That tenders be obtained for erecting a wood passage between Windle and Bailey’s shed and the warehouse.
Res. That a call of £2 per share be made upon the unpaid-up shares.
J D Roberts.

October 25th 1893
Dr Roberts chair. Barrett, Dent, Wilkinson, L Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Edmondson, Brooks and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: J W Brown, 18/9. Economic Fire Office, £3.
Res. That Layfield and Son be instructed to plate [repair by patching] the No 2 boiler at WH as per the insurance company’s instructions.
The secretary reported that Pilkington and Brooks had accepted the offer made to them in respect of looms.
Johnson Edmondson.

November 8th 1893
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Barrett, Wilson and Smith.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts paid: Secretary for wages, £33-6-1½. James Lofthouse £1-3-8½. Thomas Rawlinson £4-11-6. Scottish Boiler Insurance Co, £1-15-0. Stott and Son, £9-14-2. Arthur Laycock £25 on account. John Widdup, £239-8-1.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to John Delaney in respect to his account for coal supplied during August asking for a corrected account as per coal actually received.
Res. That both flues of boilers at WH Mill be repaired as suggested by M & J Layfield and that the secretary be instructed to give them the order to proceed at once.
Res. That Messrs Dent and Johnson together with Mr W H Atkinson meet on Thursday and decide on the amount of space to be allotted to Mr W Brooks and also Mr A Pilkington. [Evidently two separate concerns.]
Res. That the letting of the work for the above alterations be left with Messrs. Atkinson, Dent and Johnson.
J D Roberts

November 22nd 1893
J D Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Horsfied, Baxter, Wilson, Smith and Brooks.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Samuel Cooke and Co, £38-8-0. W&J Baldwin, 18/-.
Res. That the common Seal of the Company be affixed to a conveyance of a plot of land for building purposes containing 1230 square yards upon Mean Laithe Flatt Estate from the company to Mr Edward Smith for the sum of £249-1-6 in the presence of the chairman (Dr J D Roberts) the vice chairman (Johnson Edmondson) and of George Proctor their secretary who were authorised to sign the conveyance.
Res. That the Chairman, vice chairman, G Wilkinson, Edward Smith, Thomas Dent, Proctor Barrett and W Holdsworth be a committee to meet Mr Landless regarding the diversion of Wellhouse Road.
Res. That the secretary write to Messrs Layfield and ask what they will give for the engine, old pipes and the two brass valves.
J D Roberts.

December 6th 1893
Dr Roberts chair. Smith, Barrett, Dent, Wilkinson, L Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That that the whole of the correspondence which has passed between the company and M & J Landless relating to the diversion of Wellhouse Road be placed on the table at our next meeting.
Res. Accounts paid: Delaney, £100 on account. G Proctor, wages, £26-0-3. James Baldwin, £9-10-0. M & J Layfield, £7-19-0. W Hough and Co, 1/9. Barlick Gas Co, 2/3. W J Varley, 7/4. C Brooks and Son, 2/11. J Nutter and Sons, 6/1.
Res. That the secretary write to both engineers to the effect that no workmen be engaged upon any work required to be done for the company without first obtaining the sanction of the managing director.
Res. That a cheque be made in favour of Mr A Pilkington on account of loan, £360.
Res. That a boat load of coal be ordered from H Marsden at 9/9 per ton delivered at Coates.
Res. That a boat load of thin seam coal be ordered from R Crabtree, 10/2 per ton delivered at Wellhouse.
Res. That Mr Widdup cart the Marsden coal from Coates [wharf] to CH.
Res. That from the present until further notice ashes to be disposed of without charge.
J D Roberts.

December 20th 1893
Dr Roberts chair. Smith, Edmondson, Dent, Barrett, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, W Holdsworth and L Holdsworth.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: W H Hartley, £38-16-8 interest. R W Harrison and Co £2-9-0. Proctor Barrett £5-19-10. Craven Bank £804-2-6 interest on £7,000. [I've re-checked this last entry and this is what is in the book. Seems like a lot of interest to me!]
Res. That the secretary write to Mr Landless to the effect that the company do not think it advisable to sanction the diversion of Wellhouse Road.
No signature.

January 3rd 1894
Johnson Edmondson chair. Smith, Dent, Barrett, Brooks, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Dent and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That a trial cask of oil be ordered from Messrs Schabatt of Nelson for CH.
Res. That no interest be charged to Edward Smith on account of purchase money for land sold.
Res. That the secretary write to Messrs Layfield asking them to repair the leaky patch lately added by them and also to write to Mr Pickles re. Warehouse space.
Res. That the transfer of two shares, 283 and 284 held by Mr Johnson Carr to Mr John Pickup be registered in the books of the company and that a new scrip be made out in favour of Mr Pickup impressed with the Co Seal.
Res. That the insurance of CH extension not being taken up by the Economic Fire Office be placed with Mr William Perry of the Alliance Insurance Company at the rate of 4/- per cent.
Res. That Mr Edward Smiths offer of 1/9 each for old oil casks be accepted.
Res. Accounts be paid: J W Brown, £1. J M Lee, £2-18-0. Joseph Standing, £2-11-0. Richard Crabtree, £8-1-0. S Cooke and Co, £12-10-0. W Perry (Alliance Insurance Co.) £4. Ed Smith, £2. John Widdup, £291. John Delaney, £84-11-6. George Proctor £25-14-9 for wages.
No signature.

January 17th 1894
Johnson Edmondson chair. Smith, Dent, Barrett, Brooks, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the secretary arrange with Mr Atkinson at an early date to have an interview with the directors with a view of coming to a settlement of the account he has with the company. [I see this as GP taking further steps to get a straight edge in the company management. Reading between the lines we see a reorganisation of the administration of the CHSC.]
Mr Brooks reported that he had put in 14 new looms on the 8th of January 1894.
Res. Accounts be paid: R Crabtree £92-8-0. J Widdup £20-16-0. R C Reeve £1-3-11. Barlick Gas £2-9-11. Local Board £66-7-0. H Marsden £67-9-6. Thomas Smith £38-2-3. W Roberts and Co £2-16-0.
Res. That the transfer of two shares from Sarah Heugham to John Heugham and the transfer of two shares from Andrew Heugham to John Heugham be duly registered and new scrips issued under the seal of the company in respect of the same.
Res. That the secretary instruct Messrs Layfield to make an examination of the boiler at WH Mill.
Res. That the General Meeting be held on the 27th of February 1894 at the Seven Stars AR at 7pm.
No signature.

Half yearly general meeting of shareholders.
Feb 2nd 1894 Seven Stars AR.
Dr Roberts in the chair.
Minutes of last half year meeting read and confirmed.
Res. That the balance sheet, report and auditors as read be adopted.
Res. That directors be paid £15 for last half year’s services.
Res. That the Seal of the Co be applied to the register of transfers.
Res. That the directors be instructed to consider whether it is advisable to extend the shed at WH Mill and if they are of that opinion to take steps to do the same at their own convenience.
J D Roberts. [No printed matter in minute book.]

Director’s meeting 2nd February 1984
Dr Roberts chair.
Edmondson, Dent, Horsfield, Wilson, Wilkinson, Barrett, Smith, Barrett and L Holdsworth.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the Seal of the Co be affixed to a conveyance of 2,150 yards of land, part of the CH Estate from the company to Mr Richard Kendal and that the seal be affixed in the presence of Dr Roberts and Proctor Barrett and countersigned by the secretary.
Res. That accounts be paid: Director’s half year salary £15. Secretary for wages £22-19-4. Secretary’s salary for half year £15.
Res. That the Seal of the Co be affixed to Mr John Pickup’s certificate in respect of two shares now held by him and transferred from Mr Johnson Carr. Fully paid.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to allow tenants for three hours stoppage. [Which shed?]
J D Roberts.

Feb 21st 1894
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Barrett, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Brooks, Wilkinson and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: S Cooke and co £3-16-9. E Bennis and co £5/-. Cresswell and Son £3-18-0. Reddaway and Co £2-3-0. J Rawlinson £4-9-0. Burghope and Strange £6-2-6. Ed Smith £1-9-4. Johnson Edmondson 6/11. Thos Nuttall 13/4. H Marsden £67-11-0. Richard Crabtree £70-9-0. T King £4-2-0. William Perry £4. Midland Railway Co 10/3.
Res. That the transfer of two fully paid up shares from M E Sanderson to Samuel Heap and numbered 601 and 602 and the transfer of one fully paid up share from M E Sanderson to Spencer Thornton numbered 603 be registered in the books of the company and share certificates in respect of the same be impressed with the Seal of the Company and issued to the respective owners.
Res. That (Letters of administration having been provided to Elizabeth Fawcett and presented to the company for inspection) the share number 289 now standing in the name of Hannah Fawcett be transmitted to Elizabeth Fawcett and placed on the register of the company and that a share certificate in respect of the same be impressed with the Seal of the Co and made in favour of Elizabeth Fawcett. [This is the necessary statutory statement and in future I shall omit the details and record only the transfers]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to effect an insurance on WH Mill to the amount of £2500. [Note, no instruction as to who with. George Proctor has a free hand and it's worth noting that Proctor and Proctor were insurance brokers.]
Res. That the Common Seal of the Co be affixed to an agreement made between the company and Proctor Barrett for the sale to the latter of 707 square yards of land, part of the Mean Laithe Flatt estate, for the sum of £114-14-6.
Res. That the Common Seal of the Co be affixed etc. agreement between CHSC and Proctor Barrett for sale to him of 1279 square yards of Mean Laithe Flatt land for £270.
Res. That the company’s architect prepare two plans and estimates for the extensions to WH Mill.
Signed. Johnson Edmondson.

March 7th 1894
Johnson Edmondson chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: J W Green, Poor Rate £22-2-6. W H Atkinson £80. George Proctor for wages £28-13-11.
Res. That the instruction in the last meeting re the preparation of two plans be rescinded.
Res. That the secretary obtain the best terms he can for Monk Bretton coal from John Delaney and that a boat load be ordered to WH.
Res. That a further call of £1 per share be made upon the uncalled capital of the company and that the same be paid to the credit of the Co’s banking account at the Craven Bank, Barnoldswick on or before the 19th April 1984.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to Mr Pickup of Burnley [Ironworks] whether in his opinion the engine and boilers at WH Mill are capable of turning 400 additional looms. [Note that the extension is for the standard number, 400. It looks as though they have realised that before loading the engine any further they had better make sure it can cope, hence the rescinding of the order for plans for the extension. A wise move!]
Signed. J D Roberts.

March 21st 1894
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Barrett, Dent, Baxter, Wilson, Horsfield, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Brooks and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the secretary write to the tenants respecting the damage to ceilings and that we shall feel obliged if they will discontinue the practice and also asking that the damage be repaired.
Res. That we obtain Mr Matthew Watson’s terms for his opinion or otherwise of additional engine power at WH Mill and also ask the arrangement of looms etc. on the land available and the probable cost of such an arrangement. [A Matthew Watson gave oral evidence at the Chancery Court hearing in Wakefield that resulted in Elizabeth Bracewell getting her money out of Bracewell and Sons which broke the firm. He may have been an expert witness on the value of the assets]
Res. That we allow Proctor Barrett £1 from his account for damage to land and that there will be no further allowance for such damage.
Johnson Edmondson.

April 4th 1894
Johnson Edmondson chair. Dent, Barrett, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Wilkinson and Smith.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: G Proctor £23-0-1. H Marsden £67-11-0.
Res. That four trucks be ordered with John Widdup of Pope and Pearson [coal] delivered at CH at 10/10 per ton also four trucks of Exors of Colonel Hargreaves’ at 10/2 per ton.
Res. That an extra-ordinary meeting of shareholders be held at Seven Stars AR on Friday 13th April to authorise the directors to borrow further sums of money not exceeding in the whole £20,000. [Measured against average earnings this equates to £10million in today’s terms.]
Res. That Mr Lofthouse repair the warehouse roof at CH.
Res. That we accept the offer of Mr Barrett for 12 months supply of ashes at 4d per load. [CHSC are selling]
Res. That we accept the offer of Edward Smith for 12 months supply of ashes at 6d per load.
Res. That we charge Garibaldi Pickles 5/- per annum for right of way over Wellhouse Road. [WH Rd was a private road, Garibaldi Pickles was a common carrier in Barlick.]
Res. That transfer of one fully paid up share (No.183) from W B Barrett to William Hargreaves be registered etc.
No signature.

Extra Ordinary general Meeting
April 13th 1894
Dr Roberts in chair.
Res. That “In accordance with article 88 of the company’s Articles of Association the directors be authorised to borrow any sum or sums of money not exceeding in the whole £20,000 at such time, with or without such security and in such manner and on such terms as the directors think advisable”.
Signed, J D Roberts.
[ A significant change of gear in the management of the CHSC. They now have carte blanche. It is significant that attached to this entry is a printed form to be used by anyone wishing to lend more than £20 to the company at 4½% interest on one month’s notice. This was a slightly lower rate of interest than commercial loans but we shall see how successful the appeal was over the years. The mechanism seems to have been that ordinary workers saw a cachet in being creditors of the mills in which they worked and it was quite extraordinary how much was lent to the CHSC by this route.]

Special meeting of directors
April 25th 1894
Johnson Edmondson chair. William Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Smith, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson, L Holdsworth and Dent.
Res. That we make a contract with John Delaney for 12 months supply of Monk Bretton Screened Peanuts delivered to Barlick station at 10/2 per ton.
Res. That Mr W H Atkinson attend on Monday April 30th to make an estimate of the extension. [WH]
Res. That the Common Seal of the company be attached to a mortgage of £2,000 from Messrs James Crabtree, Edward Southworth to Messrs. J W Thompson, W Thompson and William Pemberton and also to a further charge for an additional £5,000 (Making a total of £7,000) from the said J W Thompson, W Thompson and William Pemberton and that the Common Seal be affixed to the said transfer and further charge in the presence of Johnson Edmondson and Thomas Dent and countersigned by the secretary.
No signature.

May 3rd 1894
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Barrett, Wilson Baxter, Smith, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Wilkinson and Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
Res. That a circular letter be sent to the shareholders inviting them to make loans to the company subject to one month’s notice.
Res. That William Roberts be asked to indicate the engines at CH Shed and also take the levels of the lineshaft.
Res. That the secretary be asked to get a tender for stokers.
Res. That the chairman, Proctor Barrett and Edward Smith interview Mr George Robinson [Craven Bank Skipton] respecting an overdraft in the event of extending the shed.
Res. Accounts be paid: Barlick Gas £2-2-0. J Widdup £29-11-0. John Delaney £25-12-0. T Bracewell 12/-.
No signature.

May 23rd 1894
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Baxter, Smith, Horsfield, L Holdsworth and Barrett.
Minutes as read.
Res That the secretary write Mr Layfield about the state of No. 2 boiler.
Res. That Messrs Brooks’ letter respecting the removal of steam and gas pipes to [his] new office be left with Messrs Edmondson and Dent.
Res. That Mr John Widdup be requested to weigh all wagons emptied after 8am. [I suspect this was the time the public weighbridge at the railway station opened.]
Johnson Edmondson.

June 6th 1894
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Barrett, Baxter, Wilson, Horsfield, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That we accept loans to the Co at 4½% as follows;
Mark Hacking £50. John Starkey Myers £60.
The secretary read the monthly statement of receipts and payments.
Res. That John Delaney’s account for May be paid £59-2-0.
No signature.

June 20th 1894
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Barrett, Baxter, Wilson, Horsfield, Brooks, L Holdsworth and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Richard Crabtree coal £46-11-0. Thomas Rawlinson compo £2-8-0. Craven Bank interest £140. M & J Layfield boiler repair 18/7. John Widdup £19-11-9. Johnson Edmondson incidental 14/6. George Proctor wages £22-8-10. George Proctor insurance £5-11-6.
Loan applications at 4½%: Albion Hargreaves £100. James Ratcliffe £25. Thomas Baxter Senior £50. Greenwood Wilkinson £30. [List follows of loans Seal Attached.]
Res. That the secretary write to all shareholders who have paid up their shares requesting them to return their receipts so that scrips may be issued to them.
It was reported to the meeting that Edward Watson, engineer at CH Shed, had been away from his work since Easter owing to sickness and it was resolved that the secretary write to him in a friendly manner informing him that the board were anxious to know when he expected to be able to return to his duties.
Johnson Edmondson.

July 17th 1894
J Edmondson chair. Wilkinson, Dent, Horsfield, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Barrett, Baxter, Brooks and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the balance sheet as read be recommended to the shareholders for adoption.
Res. That we recommend a dividend of 2% for the half year ending June 30th 1894.
Res. That the half yearly general meeting be held at the Seven Stars AR on Friday 3rd of August at 7pm.
Res. That accounts be paid: Richard Crabtree £26-5-10. M & J Layfield £1-3-0. Samuel Cooke £19. John Widdup 4-14-8. John Delaney £81-2-6. Burnley Ironworks £8-6-0. G Proctor half year salary £15.
Res. That the chairman and L Holdsworth meet the directors of the Long Ing Company with regard to holidays and report at the next director’s meeting.
Res. That Garibaldi Pickles be charged £1 for the use of Wellhouse Road until December 31st 1894.
Res. That we offer E Bennis and Co £60 for one new stoker and putting improvements on present stoker.
Res. That the transfer of 8 fully paid up shares from William Hargreaves of Earby to Mr John Pickup, Barnoldswick registered etc.
Res. That the Seal be affixed to Proctor Barrett’s share certificates.
Res. Seal be affixed to promissory notes for the loans mentioned previously.
[In different hand}
Res. That the Common Seal of the Company be affixed to a conveyance of a plot of land, part of the Mean Laithe Flatt estate containing 709 square yards from the company to Proctor Barrett for the sum of £114-14-6. Ditto for 179 square yards for £270.
Res that the Seal of the Company be affixed to following fully paid up share certificates.
[Followed by list of individual shareholders with number of shares held. Largest shareholder with 16 shares is Thomas Dent.]

Half yearly meeting of shareholders
Seven Stars AR August 3rd 1894
Dr Roberts in the chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That balance sheet and report be adopted.
Res. That dividend of 2% be paid for half year to June 30th 1894.
Res. That directors have £15 for half year.
The following were nominated as directors and received the votes recorded. J Edmondson 30. George Wilkinson 26. Proctor Barrett 19. J Horsfield 25. James Watson 7. Robert Clarke 8. The four retiring directors were re-elected.
Res. That Edward Foden be reappointed Auditor at a salary of £3-3-0.
Res. That the Common Seal be affixed to the register of share transfers.
J D Roberts.

Director’s meeting August 3rd 1894
Dr Roberts in chair. Edmondson, Horsfield, Brooks, Barrett, Dent L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Brooks, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
The secretary having received a communication from the tenants for an allowance for stoppage during the Barlick holidays, Res. That he write to them saying that the company will make an allowance of 15 hours rent in respect of the holidays to those tenants who stop a week or more.
J D Roberts.

August 22nd 1894
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Brooks, Wilson, Baxter. Horsfield, L Holdsworth and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: R Crabtree £46-11-8. Local Board £67-1-6 tax £5-2-0. Ed Bennis 9/6. Burghope and Strange £2. James Cooper 10/10. Ed Foden £3-3-0. James Thompson and Co £1-6-8. John Delaney £75-12-0. George Proctor £52-12-0.
Res. That the matter of damage by troughing repairs to drain[?] be left with Messrs Edmondson and Dent.
Res. That we allow Proctor Barrett 15/- for further abstract of title for the last two plots.
Res. That no interest be allowed to P Barrett from the land account seeing he had use of the money.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to C Brooks and Sons as to their claim of £10 for damage by rain and say that the repairs will be executed without delay.
Res. That Messrs Roberts and Co be instructed to attend at Calf Hall to repair low pressure valve rod and cotters and see to the blow off cock [boiler].
Res. That Thrippleton's [Barrett Directory 1887, cab proprietors, Skipton Road, Barlick.] be allowed to place the wagonette in the thoroughfare at WH Mill to be removed when required by the company at a rental of 1/- ?.
Res. That the managing directors report as to the cost of opening out the gateway as suggested by Proctor Barrett.
Res. That Messrs Ellison put in a new clow at CH Shed. [The clow was the sluice gate and dam that retained the condenser water in the course of the Calf Hall Beck under the shed. More load on engine so greater capacity needed in the condenser pond?]
Res. That the application of David Woffenden to lend £20 to the company be accepted. Promissory note executed and Seal affixed.
Res. That William Hartley Cowgill’s application for three shares in the company having been considered, three fully paid up shares be allotted to him. Share certificates, Seal etc.
The secretary read the statement of receipts and payments from July 2nd to August 22nd 1894 inclusive.
J D Roberts.

September 5th 1894
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Horsfield, Smith, Barrett, Brooks, Wilkinson, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That £2 be allowed from R Kendal’s rent for land railed off by Proctor Barrett and that the rent of land to him in the future be £2-10-0 per annum.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to see Messrs B & M Holden re. Wellhouse extension.
Res. That Johnson Edmondson shall be the managing director for six months June 30th to December 1894 and to receive 3/- a week for extra services rendered.
Johnson Edmondson.

September 19th 1894
Johnson Edmondson chair. Dent, Brooks, Smith, Wilkinson, Baxter, Horsfield, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Wilson and Barrett.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: R Crabtree £44-13-0. W Hough 7/-. John Delaney £43-5-0. George Proctor £27-5-0. S Cooke £13-6-0. James Duckworth 5/-. J Baldwin 11/-. Exors of Roundell estate 5/-. H Hargreaves 3/7.
Res That we have quotations from Mr R Clarke and Mr George Proctor for insurance of £3000 on CH Shed.
The secretary read the monthly statement of receipts and payments.
Res. That the tender of Mr Proctor Barrett for making the road into field at WH Mill be accepted at £4.
J D Roberts.

October 3rd 1894
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Brooks, Barrett, L Holdsworth, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter and W Holdsworth.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to secure insurance on CH Shed for £3000 at 4/- per cent (Less 5/- commission) in the Sun Office.
The secretary read a letter from the engineer at WH requesting that the steam and water pipes be covered also that the dam be examined and that he found two boilers to work quite as economically as one and for permission to try the Kingfisher system free.
Res. That Mr Petty of Colne be instructed to cover the pipes and that Proctor Barrett inspct the dam leakage and report next meeting.
Res. That Mr Sneath be allowed to use two boilers at his discretion and also to use the Kingfisher lubricant. [Cylinder oil, engineers were always looking for the best. The matter of the boilers is interesting. On the face of it one boiler is more efficient than two because you have half the heat loss but if a single boiler is very hard-fired it becomes inefficient and using two at a lower rate could be more economical. As a general rule a boiler was always assumed to be most efficient when running at 75%.]
Res. That the work previously given to Messrs Edison Fawcett be given to Mr Ellison on condition that he completes in a fortnight.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to Mr Delaney complaining about the very inferior quality of coal supplied to CH Shed.
Mr Walter Bracewell attended with the object of obtaining information as to when extensions would be completed and also the company’s terms. Whether the company would be in a position to assist him to the extent of £6 per loom for 100 looms costing £10 each at the makers. [I smell a rat here, I don’t think the cost of new plain looms was as high as that. He could be stretching the truth a little.]
Res. That tenders be got by J Edmondson for the under-drawing of machinery at WH Mill and that the matter be left with the managing director.
Res. That the wrought ironwork for sliding door to Edward Smith be 6/-.
Res. That all coal delivered to CH Shed be weighed at the station and that an account of each days delivery totalled weekly and monthly.
J D Roberts

October 17th 1894
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Brooks, Wilson, Baxter, Dent, Horsfield and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Rawlinson £2-6-0. G Proctor £22-3-9. [Noticeable that since GP took over the wages and expenses are being charged exactly and not as an imprest account. Tighter control.] D Moseley and Sons 18/4. Delaney £65-11-0. J Widdup £16-14-0. W Roberts and Co £6-11-0. S Cooke and Co £6-16-9. A G Reeves £1-1-6. Crabtree £44-13-0. W Norcross 15/-. J Edmondson 11-6.
Res. That we confirm the course taken by the chairman in writing Mr Walter Bracewell to the effect that the company cannot see their way at present to find him room and power and finance him to the extent he required. [Evidently he wasn't impressed either.]
Res. That the letting of work for under drawing the ceiling be left with the managing director.
Res. That Mr Robert Whipp be charged 3/6 for old drums.
Res. That no further sales of iron pipe be made until the completion of extensions at WH Mill.
The secretary read the monthly statement of receipts and payments.
Johnson Edmondson.

[There is a previous entry of a special meeting on October 24th but no business noted.]

October 31st 1894
J Edmondson chair. Brooks, Smith, Barrett, Wilkinson, Baxter, Wilson, L Holdsworth, Horsfield and Dent.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the rent of land to Ed Watson be 15/- a year one year to be due November 1st 1894.
Res. That the next meeting of directors be held at 7pm instead of 6:30.
Res. That the question of price of land be deferred until the next meeting and that the secretary write in the meantime to Mr Atkinson asking for his opinion as to the best means of disposing of Mean Laithe at a fair market price.
Res. That a special meeting be held on Wednesday evening next at 6pm to go into the question of WH extensions.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to Mr Atkinson and ask him to attend the special meeting and lay before the board plans of the two schemes proposed.
J D Roberts.

November 7th 1894
Dr Roberts chair. Brooks, Edmondson, Smith, Dent, Barrett, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter, Wilson and Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
Res. That we do not at this time accept any offers for land on Mean Laithe Flatt and that Mr Atkinson write to the applicant to this effect.
Res. That we sell the land by auction at the Seven Stars on Tuesday evening November 20th 1894 and that Mr Atkinson and Mr Edmondson arrange with Matthew Rawlinson [Barrett directory 1896 records him as auctioneer and furniture dealer at 8 Church Street, Barnoldswick] as to the terms of the sale.
Res. That we at once proceed with the extension adjoining WH Road and that we utilise as far as possible the old materials from the mill. [Demolition of redundant engine house and associated buildings]
Res. That Mr Atkinson obtain tenders for the additions to the [WH] engine. [They are going to need more power. Remember that the original BI engine was laid out as a double tandem but only one side installed.]
The secretary informed the meeting of the result of an interview he had had with Mr Holden. Mr Holden offered to take room and power for 410 or 420 looms at the same terms as present with 6 months allowance for gaiting up. He would like however to have the whole of the front warehouse.
Mr Joseph Windle attended before the directors and offered to take room and power in the extension at WH Mill for about 400 looms at 39/- per loom per annum if the company would provide sufficient warehouse room and allow him twelve weeks for gaiting up; this the directors promised to do. [A buoyant demand for room and power which is driving CHSC forwards]
Johnson Edmondson

November 14th 1894
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Smith, Barrett, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Brooks, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: James Cooper 19/-. Delaney £74-17-0. Ed Bennis and Co £67-10-0. Local Board 5/2. Heap Thornton £16-14-0. George Proctor £22-0-6. Ed Smith £3-2-0.
Res. That Mr Atkinson take particulars of land at Calf Hall and arrange for it to be put up at auction on Wednesday Nov 24th along with Mean Laithe plots.
Res. That the secretary order two truckloads of St John’s best slack at 7/2 per ton at Barlick Station for WH Mill.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to arrange with Messrs Edmondson and Tidswell to meet the directors at their next meeting to go into the matter of terms for looms at WH Mill.
Res. That an account be sent to Butts Mill Co for 2off 3 drum supplied Jan 29th 1894, 1cwt 16lbs, 6/- the lot. [Loom driving pulleys?] and that the 2 drums, 91lbs to Ed Smith be charged 4/- the lot.
Mr Albion Hargreaves notice for repayment of loan of £100 having been read. Res. That it be accepted and the amount, with interest, be repaid.
The secretary read the monthly statement of receipts and payments and reported that the weight of coal carted to CH Shed (as per weigh tickets) for the three weeks ending November 10th 1894 [was] 35tons 4cwt per week.
J D Roberts.

November 28th 1894
J D Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Barrett, Wilkinson, Baxter, Brooks, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Horsfield and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Mr W H Atkinson architect attended with plans of extensions at WH Mill.
Res. That the building be erected by day work under supervision of a Clerk of Works with the exception of taking off old slate, slating the building and plasterer’s work. [Lessons have been learned during the erection of the new shed at CH.]
Res. That we advertise for a clerk of works.
Res. That the sanction of the board be given to the transfer of six shares from Simon Parker to Sandy Harmer and new certificates be sealed etc.
Mr W H Atkinson’s report of the sale of two plots off Mean Laithe (viz. Lots 2&3) by auction to W Holdsworth and Proctor Barrett and Lot 4 of the land at Calf Hall to Standing and Son for the total sum of £366-13-0 less expenses of sale (£3-8-5) and enclosing cheques value £33-1-7 being balance of deposit less expenses; having been read [it was] resolved we accept the same.
Mr Johnson Carr attended the meeting and requested permission to lend the company £500 at 4½% at one month’s notice. [Interesting how the lender is portrayed as a supplicant. This says something about the regard in which the board held themselves.]
Res. That we accept his offer and that he be requested to pay the amount to the credit of the company in the Craven Bank. Promissory note and seal etc.
Messrs Tidswell and Edmondson made application for 200 l0ooms at WH Mill and inspected the plans of the same and requested the option for a further 200 looms at the SE end of the shed.
Res. That we accept their application and that the terms of tenancy be 39/- per loom with twelve weeks allowed for gaiting up and option for a further 200 looms and tape adjoining the present shed. [A dedicated tape was only economic with 400 looms. Weaver’s beams could be bought in ready prepared if necessary, often prepared by other tenants in the same mill if they ran a tape. This sometimes caused trouble with the directors as the rent for a tape machine was predicated on serving a certain number of looms.]
J D Roberts.

December 12th 1894
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Horsfield, Dent, Wilkinson, Smith, W Holdsworth, L Holdsworth, Baxter, Brooks, Wilson and Barrett.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the secretary write to Mr Atkinson pressing him to proceed with getting tenders in without delay and to advertise for a clerk of works in the local papers.
Res. That accounts be paid: Crabtree £44-13-0. Midland Railway 7/8. Rawlinson £2-6-0. George Proctor £21-19-9. J M Lee £16-2-0. John Delaney £83-7-0.
Res. That the application of Stephen Hartley of 2 Westgate Barnoldswick to lend £50 to the company at 4½% be accepted and that he be requested to pay the same to the credit of the company’s account.
Res. That we sanction the transfer of two shares 193 and 536 from J H Fawcett to Ann Elizabeth Fawcett. Certificate seal etc.
Res. Sanction of one share (no. 612) transferred from Thomas Windle to Henry Holdsworth. Cert and seal etc.
The secretary read the statement of receipts and payments for the last four weeks.
J D Roberts.

[Two special meetings noted for December 21st and January 2nd 1895. Attendance lists for both but no business specified.

December 27th 1894
Dr Roberts chair. Smith, Horsfield, Edmondson, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Dent, Barrett, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Exors of W Thompson, Principal £300 and interest of £166-5-0. Craven Bank Ltd £140. Sundry loan-holders at 4½%. George Proctor Sun Insurance Office less 5/- allowance £5-15-0. William Perry, Alliance Insurance Co £8. Johnson Edmondson 26 week’s manager @ 3/-, £3-18-0.
Res. That no cylinder oil but Cooke’s be purchased.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be instructed to engage a man to take down shafting and pulleys.
Mr Atkinson attended with tenders for engine [WH] from six firms including Burnley Ironworks Co. Res. That he be instructed to write to Burnley Ironworks Co asking them to reconsider their tender for the engine (£1025).
Res. That the applications for position of clerk of works be reduced to five.
Res. That seal be affixed to promissory note to Stephen Hartley for £50.
Johnson Edmondson.

January 9th 1895
Edmondson chair. Brooks, Dent, Barrett, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, Wilkinson, Smith and Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the sale of land at CH to Standing and Son be proceeded with.
Res. That the balance sheet as drawn up by the secretary be adopted subject to audit and we recommend a dividend of 2½% for the half year.
Res. That the secretary arrange with Messrs Windle and Bailey for the loan to be paid off and the rent run in arrears. [This indicates a policy we shall see much of. The CHSC bending over backwards to support tenants, not as philanthropy but because it makes good business sense to keep the shed full to capacity and looms working. Eventually we will see how practical this policy was and what happened when it was eventually abandoned in the 1930s.]
Res. That J H Parker be engaged as Clerk of Works at 35/- per week subject to 14 days notice on either side. [Tighter control again of the building project and costs.]
Res. That we obtain a One Ton derrick crane from John Smith, Keighley for £18. The chain to be 24ft longer than usual.
Res. That we approve the specification drawn up by the architect for the slating and plastering of the warehouse providing he includes the cleaning and washing of the ends of the warehouse by the plasterers.
Res. That the contract with the Burnley Ironworks Co of £935 be accepted on condition that payment in respect of the engine be as follows: One third on delivery of the principal parts, one third when the engine has been set to work and one third three months afterwards. They undertaking to complete the engine and be ready for running on the 1st of May 1895. [Four months for a big job. Impressive. However, they were to realise that a big mistake had been made when the first half of the engine was installed. They put it next to the window side of the engine house which was where the other parts had to come in. Far better if the first side had been on the RH side of the flywheel. I don’t think this is ever mentioned in the minutes, I know about it from other research. Evidence of Newton Pickles in the LTP.]
Res. That accounts be paid: Crabtree £67. T Smith general rate[?] £67-1-0. John Widdup £13-6-10. A G Reeve £4-6-0. Delaney £66-19-0. George Proctor £24-11-9. T Smith [?] £45-12-9 [Poor rate?]
Res. That the half-yearly general meeting be held at the Seven Stars AR on Friday the 25th January 1895 at 7pm.
Res. That the walling of the shed extension be let by the yard and measured from the footings.
Res, That Mr Atkinson ask for prices of flags for the shed extension from different firms. [The floors of sheds were invariably Rossendale Flags at this time.]
Res. That the rent of land at the end of Mr Nutter’s warehouse at CH be halfpenny per yard.
J D Roberts.

January 23rd 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Barrett, Smith, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Brooks Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
The secretary reported that he had arranged with Messrs Windle and Bailey for their rent to run in arrears and the loan be repaid.
The following applications for loans to the company having been made it is resolved that they be accepted and promissory notes issued with Co Seal. Dr Roberts, £500. Johnson Edmondson £100. John Horsfield £100. [Nice to see the directors putting their money into the CHSC.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write Mr Atkinson asking him to make out specifications including shafting, troughings, standards and fixings the contractor to state the price for each section also for the total. [More to this than meets the eye. By this time enough weaving sheds had been erected for a standard design to emerge because the requirements were always the same. Cast iron pillars [standards] supported cast iron troughing between the typical saw tooth, half glazed and half slated ranges of the roof. The troughing doubled as a structural member, a girder running the length of the roof. The pillars incorporated brackets [fixings] for the cross shaft bearings. This was the standard ‘girder shed’ with regular standard sized bays [sections] and could be quoted for very accurately. This standardisation came in handy in later years for demolition contractors estimating what a building was worth in terms of scrap. All they had to do was count the bays and do a simple multiplication because they knew exactly what weight of metal was in each one.]
Res. That Proctor Barrett’s tender of 2/5d per yard of walling as specification be accepted. He to lend the Co the mortar mill, man and utensils, the company to find power and materials [Ashes and lime] for grinding. The Co to pay 1/- per hour for such a loan. [It’s as well to note at this point that the site of the new extension is on river bottom silt and there is going to be a lot of subsidence of walls as the work proceeds and for years afterwards. The same problem was recognised 20 years later when Henry Brown and Sons built a foundry on the same ground.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to Mr Atkinson re the sale of [old] shafting to Fawcett for £100. [CHSC are evidently demolishing old style weaving space as part of the new build. They are going to have standardised shafting.]
J D Roberts.

Half yearly meeting.
25th January 1895
Dr Roberts in the chair.
Minutes as read.
Balance sheet and report adopted.
Dividend of 5% per annum be paid on the half year profits.
Director’s remuneration for half year be £15.
Common Seal of Co be affixed to the Register of transferred shares.
J D Roberts.

February 6th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, Brooks, Smith and Barrett.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Burnley Ironworks £4-10-0. P Barrett £1-12-6. W Roberts and Co ?. Local Board £2-4-8. James Lofthouse £1-6-0. Crabtree £44-13-0. Rawlinson £2-7-0. George Proctor £21-16-0.
Res that the application of B Windle to lend the Co £100 be accepted. Note, seal etc.
Res. That the application of W Perry for six shares in the Co be approved and that the same be allotted to him. Certificates and seal etc.
Res, That the secretary obtain the price of Arley and Thin Mine seam coal ex Townley Pits [Burnley] direct and delivered at Coates Wharf.
The secretary read the statement of payments and receipts from January 1st to February 6th 1895 showing that payments exceeded receipts by £640.
J D Roberts.

February 20th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Smith, Horsfield, Brooks, Dent, Barrett, Wilson, Wilkinson, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. That sanction be given to the transfer of two shares from George Watson to Proctor Barrett. Certificate and seal etc.
Res. That Jonathan Peel’s application for three shares be allowed. Certificate and seal etc.
Res. That Joseph Windle be allowed us of the Penny Room for storage until the warehouse is ready for him. [The main entrance to the old WH Mill was on the SW corner of the mill and consisted of a large thoroughfare closed by an iron gate with a smaller entrance door on the left hand side. This was popularly known as the ‘Penny Hole’ because when the main gate was shut latecomers had to go in by the small door and were fined one penny for doing so. There was an office on the left of the passage behind this door and this was known as the ‘Penny Room’.]
Res. That we accept Proctor Barrett’s price for finding his own mortar for walling at 6½d per yard. [I’ve always thought that Proctor Barrett was a smart cookie. He was a good man for CHSC but reading between the lines one gets the impression that he had to be watched very carefully!]
Mr Richard Crabtree attended before the directors with regard to the price of coal. Viz. 9/4 per ton, thin Mine, at WH Mill.
J D Roberts.

March 6th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Brooks, Smith, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Wilson and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: J W Brown 17/6. John Smith £18. Delaney £168. W H Atkinson £9-16-0. R Crabtree £37-9-0. Johnson Edmondson £2-17-1. George Proctor £21-19-7.
Res. That the application of W Knowles to lend the Co £150 at 4½% be accepted. Note and seal etc.
Res. That the clerk of works make up his time book on Thursday night and forward particulars to the secretary, he to send cash on Saturday morning. [Tight control again. This means that GP knows the week’s tally the day before the director’s meeting.]
Res. That we accept the loan of £2000 at 4% as brought forward by Johnson Edmondson if lender will accept note under seal of the Co.
Monthly statement of payments and receipts read by secretary. Receipts over payments of £286-4-7.
J D Roberts.

March 13th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. L Holdsworth, Dent, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Wilson, Brooks, Baxter, Barrett, W Holdsworth and Edmondson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That providing Heap and Thornton refuse to sign for slating that Messrs Nuttall’s tender for slating be accepted with the plastering.
Prices as per Mr Atkinson’s memo. Nuttall: Slating £83, Plastering £69-10-0. Heap and Thornton: £75 and £74-10-0.
Res. That the chairman be instructed to write Messrs Greenwood Bros. Halifax and Dent & Holt at Burnley for quotation for a circular saw-bench capable of taking a 36” saw.
Res. That the winders and loomer's [departments] in Nutter’s Shed be boarded off. The Co to find the timber and the tenant to do the work.
Res. That the clerk of works procure a spirit level. [Sounds obvious but remember that in 1895 this was high technology. The standard method used by masons for getting a level was a plumb bob and square.]
Res That the architect push on with the tenders for flagging and troughing for WH extension.
Res. That the secretary be requested to attend personally at the next meeting as we wish to consider the question of sewers, proposed by the Council to run through the Company’s land and to ascertain whether or not we should consult our solicitor. [Interesting entry. It is the first indication of something I have often wondered about, how could a man as busy as GP attend every meeting of all the companies he was responsible for. Obvious from this that he didn’t, he had a note taker and only occasionally attended personally. Further, note the word ‘council’, the Local Board became the Barnoldswick Urban District Council in late 1894. Following the start of the municipal water supply in 1892 the Local Board addressed the matter of installing a water-carriage sewage system in place of the old night-soil arrangements. This is why the matter of a new sewer has arisen at WH, BUDC are pressing on with sewer-laying.]
J D Roberts.

March 20th 1895
Dr Roberts in chair. Edmondson, Dent, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, Smith, Barrett, Horsfield, Brooks and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That in future the directors meet weekly instead of fortnightly until the alterations are completed.
Res. That no old material be sold off the premises until the offers have been submitted to the directors.
Res. Accounts to be paid: J W Green £44-14-0. P Barrett £5-7-0 after examination by clerk of works.
Res. That the secretary write Messrs Layfield and ask them to repair the boiler at Wellhouse when next in Barnoldswick.
Res. That the secretary write to Mr Delaney re the quality of coal.
Mr Johnson Edmondson reported having let the slating and plastering to Mr Nuttall; slating at £83. Plastering at £60-10-0.
Res. That Mr Proctor Barrett’s offer to saw the timber required by the company for the extension at WH at 1/- per hour, he finding the the machine and sawyer, the company finding a labourer to take the wood to the machine and bring it back, all the material being the company’s [be accepted].
Res. That the secretary write the architect about the delay in getting out the flagging and ironwork specifications.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to offer the further extension at WH Mill for 160 looms at 39/- per loom and 12 week’s grace for gaiting up.
Res. That the clerk of works be empowered to get any extra men he requires.
Res. That all ashlar be sold at 9d per cubic foot and that no ashlar be quarried to dimensions except on payment of 1/- per cubic foot.
Res. That we borrow from Mr Edward Smith a bogie during extension at WH for the sum of 20/-. [Bogie is a small truck.]
Res. That the price of the four rails be more than 10/- each Mr Smith having already made the above offer.
Res. That the secretary be requested to ascertain whether the bricks, iron pipes and seating bricks [Boiler settings] sent to Earby have yet been paid for.
Res. That we offer the iron troughs from the blacksmith’s shop at 20/- each.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to ask Mr Atkinson to attend on Friday to consider the supply of pumping water.
Johnson Edmondson.

March 27th 1895
J Edmondson chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the railway account for demurrage be referred to John Delaney.
Res. That the sum of £30 be accepted from D Woffenden as a loan to the Co. Note and seal etc.
Res. That the transfer of 5 shares from Elizabeth Banks to Janet Mitton be sanctioned. Certificate and seal etc.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to take steps for the immediate recovery of Mr Varley’s account.
Mr W H Atkinson attended the meeting with tenders for Ironfounder’s and millwright’s work and flags. Res that the tender of Mr Fawcett of Skipton for ironfounder's and millwright’s work at £64 be accepted on condition that the ironfounder’s work is completed in 7 weeks from the time of signing the agreement and millwright’s work before June 30th 1895. The usual penalty clause to be inserted in the agreement.
Res. That the tender of Mr Clayton to supply flags to specification at 2/11 per yard be accepted and that a sample truck be ordered and left in the siding until the completion of the order. [Clever move, this sample truck will be the reference point for judging the quality of subsequent truck loads.]
Res. That a sample truck of Haslingden stone be ordered from J Peel and M Hardman [two separate suppliers] at 3/5 per square yard as per specification by Mr Atkinson. (Hack faced) [Haslingden and Bacup were the main sources for Rossendale flags.]
Res. That Mr Proctor Barrett’s tender for extra piece of walling above the height of the shed and touching the chimney at 1/- per yard on top of the price of ordinary walling be accepted.
Res. That Mr Bailey be requested to attend the next meeting of directors in order to arrange terms for looms at WH.
Res. That Mr Smith and the architect be instructed to report on the sample trucks of flags.
Res. That we advertise in the Craven Herald and Craven Pioneer this week for one waller and one banker hand. [Banker hand is a mason who dresses walling stone to a fair face as necessary.]
Res. That Mr L Holdsworth see after procuring hammer for drilling.
Res. That Petty, pipe coverers be charged 10/- per annum for use of the yard for his material from 1st January 1895. The material to be at his own risk.
No signature.

April 3rd 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Brooks, Horsfield, Wilson, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Barrett and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: V Wilkinson £1. W Norcross £4-4-0. W B Dick and Co £3-8-6. Ed Smith £2-7-0. Ward and Co £1-14-0. G Proctor wages £63-1-11½ Insurance £5-3-6.
The secretary read the monthly statement of receipts and payments, £87-17-8½ [in favour of] payments.
Res. That the four rails be sold to Ed Smith for 10/- each. (Paid)
Res. That Mr J Edmondson be instructed to write to Delaney asking him to send us sufficient coal to see us over the stoppage at the pit.
Res. That we do not accept the offer to take 38/- for looms and that we offer them at 39/- per loom the number to be calculated on the usual space occupied per loom with twelve weeks for gaiting up. [Some looms were broader and took up more space. Standard was usually 40” reed space loom.]
Mr Bailey attended to arrange terms. Adjourned till the next meeting.
No signature.

April 11th 1895
J Edmondson chair. Brooks, Horsfield, Smith, Dent, Baxter, Wilson, Barrett, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the secretary write to Mr Pickup [Burnley Ironworks] as to the engine bed not being ready to pull in as arranged, at the Easter Holidays.
Res. That the secretary see Mr Slater.
Res. That the clerk of works offer Thomas Brown 6½d per hour for work at WH extension.
Res. That we obtain a tender for carting flags the price to be per ton.
Res. That we order Yorkshire flags from J Clayton, Cullingworth and Rossendales from Peel at Bacup. [Yorkshire flags were bedded gritstone flags for passages etc. Rossendales were non-bedded, planed, heavier flags for weaving sheds.]
Res. That the window bottoms [cills] from the top storey measuring 3 feet and upwards be sold to Edward Smith at 9d per cubic foot.
Res. That Mr Pickover be engaged as watchman at 3½d per hour.
No signature.

April 17th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Horsfield, Dent, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Barrett, Brooks, Smith, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the leading of flags from station to WH at 8d per ton be let to Mr Hardy.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to obtain the price of tooled stone ridging at Catlow Quarry. [Nelson]
Res. That the men drilling in the engine house [for engine holding down bolts. Very deep holes to bottom of engine beds.] be paid 2/6 per day when six of them are working. When three only are working 2/- per day to be paid to them for allowance. [Probably on top of wage as an incentive payment. Very hard work. Probably two strikers and one drill holder to each hole.]
Res. That the moveable scaffold be repaired and cost charged to Mr Fawcett, his men having broken it.
Johnson Edmondson.

April 24th 1895
Johnson Edmondson chair. Dent, Smith, Horsfield, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Barrett, Brooks, Wilkinson, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the timber from mill [WH?] be sold by public auction on Saturday 4th May by Matthew Rawlinson.
Res. That Proctor Barrett be instructed to repair the scaffold.
Res. That the secretary write to the Burnley Ironworks Co to say that the engine at WH will not stop except from Saturday noon till Monday morning until Friday night 31st of May and will commence again on Monday 4th of June and that they must make their arrangements for fixing the engine accordingly. [Not sure what the problem is here, it could be simply connecting the new side to the existing engine but it could also be because of problems of access for bringing in components because they had to be brought in over the existing engine.]
Res. That we procure a rope for turning ten looms in Pickles’ shed.
Res. That Messrs Edmondson and Dent be the deputation to see Bailey. [A tenant in trouble.]
Res. That Proctor Barrett assist in arranging lots for sale on 4th of May.
Res. That the shoddy [sub-standard] stones in front of lodge be sold to Proctor Barrett at 1/10 per yard. [Lodge is another term for ‘dam’ but also a name given to the time-keeper’s office at the mill entrance. Take your pick. Certainly WH Mill.]
J D Roberts.

May 1st 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Barrett, Baxter, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Brooks, Horsfield, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: S Cooke £21-9-0. Crabtree £50-2-0. John Dixon 14/-. John Widdup 20-14-0. Henry Smith £1-3-0. Delaney £80-6-0. D Moseley and Sons £3-5-0. George Proctor wages £22-19-6. Rawlinson £2-9-0. WH wages £76-0-3. Proctor Barrett £40. Brooks and Son £1-12-0. JW Brown £4-6-2 after signature by clerk of works.
The secretary read the monthly statement of payments and receipts.
Res. That Messrs J Edmondson, P Barrett and Ed Smith form a committee to see the clerk of works as to the large number of labourers he is employing seeing that all pulling down is finished.
Res. That the ridging [roof] be sold at 3/- per yard. If selected the price to be 3/6 per yard.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to obtain tenders for the supply of coal to the company.
Res. That the coves[?] from the blacksmith’s shop be sold at 4/- per cwt.
Res. That the end of Windle's shed be built of rubble. [As opposed to dressed stone. This could be because the possibility of another extension using the gable end is possible.]
Res. That the engineer at WH help to prepare pumping engine for Burnley.
Res. That Messrs Edmondson, Smith, Barrett and Holdsworth see Mr Hawley and sell him such lumber as he requires.
Res. That Messrs Smith, Holdsworth, Barrett, Brooks and Edmondson form a deputation to reply to the deputation from BUDC and the road and that they be empowered to treat with the Council providing that not more than £50 be given to the Council if they take over the road as a Public Highway in its present condition.
J D Roberts.

May 8th 1895
Johnson Edmondson chair. Barrett, Smith, Horsfield, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson and Brooks.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the ashlar in yard at front of mill be offered to Mr Crabtree at 7½d per cubic foot. Accepted.
Res. That Royd’s ground rent of £9-13-4 be paid.
Res. Mr Lambert be engaged as clerk of works until Mr Parker’s return.
Res. That we do not entertain the offer of Messrs Slater for room and power at WH Mill. Viz. At 38/- their offer.
Res. That instructions be given to Mr Sneath to forward parts of pump for dam to Burnley for repair. [Water at Wellhouse, a perennial subject. One of the main sources of water for WH over the years was from a sump in the course of the Bowker Drain in Eastwood Bottoms to the NE of the mill. The land belonged to Roundell’s Gledstone Estate and this is the origin of the regular rent paid to them. The pump in question was sited near the dam and drew water out of the sump 24 hours a day and was essential to the running of the mill.]
Messrs Lancaster and Nutter waited upon the board as a deputation from BUDC asking for permission to use Wellhouse Road during stoppage of the main road in consequence of sewers being laid. Offering to pay the company a reasonable sum for the privilege and for damage to the road. Resolved that the matter be taken into consideration at our next meeting.
Res. That the large ashlar be offered at 8d per cubic foot and that the secretary write to Mr John Crabtree, Ewood Court, Mytholmroyd quoting the price.
Res. That we offer to James Slater, Castle View, the short troughing at 1/6 per linear yard. [James was a grocer and tea dealer but was also connected with the textile trade, Slaters ran Clough Mill.]
Res. That the architect be requested to obtain tenders for flagging the extension.
Johnson Edmondson.

May 15th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Barrett, Horsfield, Brooks, L Holdsworth, W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That we approve the sale to Mr Varley, agent for Roundell Esq, engine for £35, Roof ribs in mill bottom at 1¾d per foot, Lots of 25 spars each, 6/- each. A discount of 2½% be allowed on engine.
Res. That we approve and adopt the terms come to with BUDC by the deputation appointed at the last meeting to wait upon the council as to the taking over of Wellhouse Road and converting the same to a public highway at once and taking it over in its present condition. The company to pay all groundwork, to put in another grate to take off surface water and conduct same into reservoir, to channel the side of the road adjoining the company’s shed extension now being proceeded with, to open out the road into Skipton Road and fence off the company’s land in a line with the rails at present fencing in the company’s property and to pay the council £30 towards the cost of putting the road in proper repair. [A good move, gets Wellhouse Road off the CHSC’s back.]
Res. That the same deputation further wait upon the council as to the flagging adjoining extension mentioned in Mr Lancaster’s letter from the council.
Res. That the quotation of Proctor Barrett to supply top lights at 2d per superficial foot to have them ready when required be accepted.
Res. That the quotation of Mr S Burgess to do the flagging, i.e. Dressing and laying 3” flags at 9½d per superficial yard be accepted.
Res. That the transfer of one share from W Dixon to W S Wait be registered and sealed.
Res. That A Hardy be paid £2 on account of carting flags and that he be seen by Mr L Holdsworth as to his completing the contract. That Mr Brooks agreement to complete at 9½d be accepted if Mr Hardy will not go on.
Res. That the common seal of the Co be attached to a conveyance of a plot of land, part of the Mean Laithe Flatt, containing 783 square yards from the company to P Barrett for £141-19-3.
Res. That ditto 733½ square yards to L Holdsworth £134-13-9. In presence of etc.
Res. That ditto 707 square yards of CH Estate to Joseph Standing for £90. Registered, sealed etc.
Res That the joiners work until next Saturday and finish odd jobs in warehouse and that the architect get out specifications and invite tenders for roofing, lining, troughs etc. in shed. [WH]
Res. That Messrs Baxter, Wilkinson, Smith, Barrett, Dr Roberts, L&W Holdsworth, Edmondson and Dent see the clerk of works and that the architect be wired to attend.
Res. That the beam ends be sold to Ed Smith at 1/- per foot.
Res. That the stones at the gate opposite the gas works be sold to Proctor Barrett for 1/- per load.
Johnson Edmondson.

May 22nd 1895
J Edmondson in chair. Dent, Smith, Horsfield, W&L Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson and Mr Atkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the tender of S Baldwin, Burnley to supply the hoist at WH Mill at £57 be accepted.
Res. That the tender of Joe W Lee to supply and fix woodwork at WH Mill as per specification for the sum of £70-2-3½ be accepted.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be asked to send two wallers from Colne.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to W Stanworth’s to send his man to repair slates on the roof of the WH warehouse.
Res. That we accept John Widdup’s tender for Arley Slack from the Exors of Colonel Hargreaves delivered at Calf Hall Shed at 9/6 per ton for six trucks.
Res. That we order six trucks of Peanuts, Allerton Bywater, Castleford at 7/2 Barnoldswick Station.
Res. That we write Mr Slater asking him if he will accept our terms viz. 160 looms and warehouse room for same at 39/- without preparation for sizing.
J D Roberts.

May 30th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Horsfield, Brooks, Smith, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Delaney £64-12-0. Joseph Clayton £18-8-0. Crabtree £43-2-0. J Peel £23-16-0. J Bulcock 15/6. M Hardman £7-6-0. J Baldwin 12/-. P Barrett £3. D Moseley and Sons £1-13-11. A Hardy 10/-. George Proctor £102-14-7.
Secretary read the monthly statement of payments and receipts.
Res. That sanction be given to the transfer of 4 shares from J W Smith to Thomas Dent. Cert and seal etc.
Res. That the clerk of works be paid up to the time he works and no further and that Johnson Edmondson see to the matter of paying him.
Res. That Mr Jackson of Keighley be allowed to remove the two lathe beds at WH Mill bought by him in the sale of the premises in 1889 on payment of £6-10-0 as rent and on condition they are removed within a fortnight of this date.
Res. That we approve the purchase of one boat load of best slack from Richard Crabtree until the arrival of the coal from Exors of C Hargreaves.
Res. That the flashing of the extension be done with new lead. [As opposed to using lead flashing recovered during the demolition.]
Res. That the clerk of works from Colne be paymaster.
Res. That the slaters on warehouse at WH be allowed 2/- at the end of the week. [A tip on top of wage?]
Res. That W Holdsworth and Ed Smith look after pointing and plastering under roof at WH warehouse. [This is clashing the joints between slates up from below to stop rain and snow blowing under them.]
Res. That we charge the the last two buyers of the plots at Mean Laithe and the plot at CH two months interest at 5% per annum.
Johnson Edmondson.

June 5th 1895
Johnson Edmondson chair. L Holdsworth, Dent, Horsfield, Brooks, Wilkinson, Wilson, Smith and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Resolved that we offer the pine beams to James Shaw at ½ per running foot.
Res. That we write to Mr W B White at Colne to come and see the yellow pine beams and to make an offer.
Res. That we look up the windows and put those that are suitable into Windle’s warehouse.
Res. That we instruct the architect to invite tenders for glazing the windows in the warehouse at WH extension, say per pane.
Res. That Joe Lee be charged 4d per hour for working the circular saw from the shaft in the warehouse.
Johnson Edmondson.

June 12th 1895
Johnson Edmondson chair. W&L Holdsworth, Horsfield, Smith, Dent, Brooks, Wilkinson, Baxter and Wilson. Minutes as read.
Res. That as many of the directors as possible meet Mr Atkinson and explain the requirements of BUDC and ask his opinion of work to be done by tender.
Res. That we obtain tenders for yellow pine beams.
Res. That the transfer of eight shares from the Exors of B Harrison to William Clark be sanctioned. Seal and cert etc.
Res. That six trucks of coal be purchased from Haigh Moor Colliery Co and one boat from R Crabtree, unscreened Thin Mine.
Res. That we sell Ed Smith 10ft laths at 2d each and log of wood to William Horsfield 2d.
Res. That William Bailey be allowed to store new looms in the empty Blow Room. [A blow room was a hangover from spinning and no longer needed.]
Johnson Edmondson

June 19th 1895
Johnson Edmondson chair. Dent, Smith, Horsfield, Brooks, Wilkinson, Baxter, Wilson, L&W Holdsworth and Barrett.
Minutes as read.
The Barnoldswick Co-operative Society having applied for a plot of land on which to erect a slaughterhouse. Resolved that the secretary be instructed to write them to the effect that we cannot entertain their application owing to the danger which would arise to the company’s reservoirs by the accumulation of rats. [The Co-op eventually built on land near the Corn Mill.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write Mr Atkinson asking him to press forward the whole of the contractors but especially Fawcett and Nuttall.
Res. That we charge Mr Shaw 3/7 per yard for flags supplied to him.
Johnson Edmondson.

June 27th 1895
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Smith, Barrett, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid. Exors W Thompson ?. Burghope and Strange £2-19-6. Interest £159-2-6, principal £200, total £359-2-6. C Brooks and Son £2-6-6. M J Layfield £1-17-6. Craven Bank interest £140-0-0. Midland Railway Co 7/3. Interest on loans £2015, £41-12-7. George Proctor wages £69-1-11. Crabtree £62-15-0. Joseph Clayton £30-19-10. John Delaney £73. J Edmondson £11-3-8. James Wright 15/-. Joe M Lee £30. P Barrett £119-11-7. Henry Hargreaves £4-3-0.
Res That the tender of W J Varley to glaze the shed extension for the sum of £48-10-0 and re-glaze the old windows in the warehouse at 2/9 per dozen be accepted.
The secretary read the monthly statement of payments and receipts.
Res. That the floor and roof beams be sold to the highest bidder viz. Proctor Barrett at 8d per foot, rotten ends not to be measured.
Res That we offer to James Shaw the beam borrowed at 1/- per foot and that we reduce the one bought to 1/- provided he accept the borrowed one.
Res. That Messrs Barrett, W Holdsworth, Dent, Baxter and others look up the windows on Windle’s warehouse and make arrangements for making them good.
Res. That Mr Joseph Ball’s tender to re-point and repair the [WH] chimney for 4/- per square yard and to re-fix a new conductor on same be accepted.
Res. That Messrs Edmondson, Baxter and L Holdsworth see Messrs Nuttall with instructions that if they do not at once push on with the slating they be empowered to let the work to somebody else and charge Messrs Nuttall with the expense.
Johnson Edmondson.

July 8th 1895
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Smith, Brooks, W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Barrett, Horsfield, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the architect be instructed to write to Mr Welbury of Kendal approving of the No 1 plan for arrangement of Wellhouse Road.
Res. That the plastering and painting of walls in the warehouse at WH be let by tender.
Res. That boarding and under-drawing be done where necessary in Windle’s portion of the extension [WH] and that Messrs. Dent, Dickinson, Barrett and J Edmondson form a committee to superintend the same.
Res. That notice be given to Henry Whitaker that unless poultry be removed we shall summon him for trespass.
Res. That tenders be got for ashes.
Res. That J Edmondson and T Baxter wait upon Mr Fawcett at Skipton as to delivery of millwright work.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be paid £40 on account.
J D Roberts.

July 10th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Brooks, Smith, Barrett, Wilson, Baxter and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Ed Smith’s tender for ashes from CH and WH for next twelve months at ½d per load be accepted. [Apart from the CHSC work we should remember that this was a period of rapid expansion in the built environment and ashes were a valuable constituent of lime/ash mortar.]
Res. That Brown the mechanic be paid 30/- per week mill hours.
Res. That we approve the sale to W B White of 47 windows at 4/6 each. [This gives an idea of the scale of demolition of redundant buildings at WH]
J D Roberts.

July 17th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Brooks, Wilkinson, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res That the balance sheet as submitted be recommended to shareholders and that we recommend a dividend of 5% per annum for the half year.
Res. That the general meeting be held at the Seven Stars AR on Friday 21st of July at 7pm.
Res. That the seal of the company be affixed to the agreement made between the BUDC and the company for the taking over of Wellhouse Road on the company paying £30 and other conditions mentioned in the agreement.
Res. That a committee consisting of the chairman, vice chairman and Mr Brooks make enquiries as to the rent paid by Mr Proctor Barrett being a reasonable one.
J D Roberts.

July 24th 1895
Dr Roberts in chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Brooks, Horsfield, Barrett, Baxter, Wilson, L&W Holdsworth and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid. Ellison and Co £24. James Standing £1-6-0. J Thompson and Co £2-2-0. W Stanworth £23-10-0. W Fawcett £1-10-0. C Brooks and Son £1-15-11. BUDC 4/3. J W Brown 15/-. P Barrett £5-19-0. R Crabtree £19-13-0. J Peel £57-9-0. J Widdup £71. Burnley Ironworks £5-5-0. Joseph Clayton £6-2-0. S Cooke and Co £13-19-0. George Proctor (wages) £45-10-5. Henry Hargreaves £9-19-0. Burgess £20.
Res. That the chairman and Messrs Dent and Wilkinson form a committee to meet the person who has applied for room and power for about 200 looms on Saturday and obtain the terms and conditions upon which he is willing to take the same.
Res. That the tender to fix ceiling boards ½“ thick in Windle’s warehouse at 9 3/8d per square yard by J M Lee be accepted.
The committee appointed to go into the matter of P Barrett’s tenancy reported having visited several places working under similar conditions. Resolved that the matter be left until the next meeting.
Resolved that P Barrett be allowed the old lime on the Throstle Mill floor for cleaning up the same. [The throstle mill was a section of the multi-storey section of WH Mill formerly used for the process of throstle spinning, a fore-runner of more modern technologies.]
Res. That the hopper at CH be repaired.
J D Roberts.

Half-yearly meeting of shareholders
July 26th, 1895. 7pm.
Dr Roberts in the chair.
Minutes of last general meeting as read.
Res. That the balance sheet and auditor’s report as read be adopted.
Res. That a dividend of 5% per annum be paid for the half year ending June 30th 1895.
Res. That the common seal be affixed to the register of share transfers.
Res. That the following directors be re-elected: Brooks, Smith, Baxter and L Holdsworth.
Res. That the director’s remuneration be at the rate of £30 per annum.
Res. That Mr Ed Foden of Burnley be re-elected auditor for the company at £3-3-0 per annum.
No signature.

July 31st 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Brooks and Wilson.
Res That Dr Roberts be chairman and Johnson Edmondson vie-chair.
Minutes as read.
The committee appointed to look into the matter of Proctor Barrett’s tenancy reported having visited Burnley and gave particulars of room and power by joiners etc. there.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to give Proctor Barrett notice to terminate his tenancy of the joiner’s shop etc. which will terminate in February 1986.
Res. That Sanction be given to the transfer of 26 shares from Henry Edmondson (executor of Brooks Banks’ estate) To H Banks (8), E Metcalfe (12), E Brooks Banks (6). Certificates, seal etc.
Res. That the seal of the company be affixed to the agreement with BUDC.[WH Road]
Res. That the seal of the co be affixed to promissory note in favour of Henry Wilson for a loan of £25 to the company.
Res. That accounts be paid: Transfer to Dividend Account £390-1-0. Director’s fees £15. Secretary’s salary £15. BUDC £30. Joe M Lee £40.
Res. That the engineer be allowed for cleaning out well at CH Shed 10/-. cistern 5/- and at Wellhouse, cistern at 7/6.
J D Roberts.

August 7th 1895
T Dent chair. H&L Holdsworth, Horsfield, Barrett, Baxter, Wilkinson, Smith, Brooks and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Messrs Dent, Wilkinson, Smith, L&W Holdsworth and P Barrett look up the piping for gas and steam pipes with Thomas Brown and if Brown is competent they arrange with the architect for him to fix same in Windle’s warehouse.
Res. That we allow an extra 2/6 for cleaning out cistern. [WH?]
Res. That Messrs Nuttall be paid £70 on account.
Res. That we allow J Windle the corner in warehouse at right angles from door and windows for an office.
J D Roberts.

August 14th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Barrett, Brooks, Horsfield, Baxter, L&W Holdsworth, Henry Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That all the windows in the bottom of warehouse be glazed.
Res. That the privies at WH Mill be repaired and put in order by Tom Brown and that any further repairs be done by the tenant.
Res. That a clause be inserted in the agreement between J Windle of WH and the company as to occupation of the room in the Mechanic’s Shop as an office to the effect that whenever the company require the same he shall deliver up possession forthwith.
The representative of Mr Joseph Ball of Oldham, chimney repairer, waited on the board requesting payment of his account for pointing and sundry work at WH Chimney amounting to £122-1-3 when it was explained to him that the board were very much dissatisfied with the manner in which the work had been done, he having fixed ladders to the chimney and reported work in hand on the day on which he received instructions to inspect. He also commenced work before receiving orders and the work when finished was not to the satisfaction of the directors. The price charged was exorbitant. He was informed that his account could not be paid until the architect had certified the amount.
Johnson Edmondson.

August 21st 1895
Present: Edmondson, Smith, Dent, Barrett, Brooks, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Skipton Union Poor Rate £39-16-8. J R Atkinson £21-9-0. A G Reeve £1-9-0. General rate £47-0-0. George Proctor £92-12-2. C Brooks and Son £4-11-8. Ed Smith £21-10-0. T Rawlinson £4-7-0. Henry Hargreaves £5-13-0. Sam Thompson 17/-. J Edmondson £6. D G Cresswell and Son 12/-. J Widdup £64-16-0. Thomas Hart £1-2-0. P Barrett £4-10-0.
Res. That we accept Benjamin Windle's notice for repayment of loan of £100 one month from this date.
Res. That the common seal of the company be attached to the notice to terminate Proctor Barrett’s tenancy on the 27th day of February 1895 [sic. Should be 1896] in the presence of J Edmondson, Henry Wilson and the secretary.
The secretary read the monthly statement of receipts and payments.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write a strong letter to Mr Fawcett re. Delay in finishing the shafting.
Res. That Edward Smith provide one ton of cement at 45/- delivered at WH with sufficient sand to use with same.
Res. That the architect obtain tenders for driving ropes fixed complete in engine house, shed and warehouse in Windle’s portion. [The engine was obviously only provided with enough ropes for the drive from one side when originally installed. Full complement was 16 x 2” ropes.]
Res. That Messrs Nuttall point and make the troughings, also repair ridging on Joiner’s and Tinner’s shop.
JD Roberts.

September 4th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Brooks, Baxter, Wilson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Barrett and Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
Res that the following be paid according to architect’s certificates: Burnley Ironworks £300. Nuttall £40. other accounts paid: R Crabtree £39-6-0. J Peel £19. T Smith £27-10-0 rate for WH.
Res. That our architect be instructed to inform the Burnley Ironworks Co that they [directors] cannot see their way to allow the Metallic Packings to be charged as an extra as the specification by the BI Co stated clearly that it [the new side] “be exactly like the one working now and made by us” and “the stuffing boxes to be fitted with US Metallic Packings” “General construction and dimensions of all parts throughout shall be made to sample of present one”.
Res. That all coals be weighed that are supplied to CH Shed from September 9th and weigh notes left with the engineer.
Res. That a window in Pilkington’s warehouse be exchanged for one that will turn water.
J Windle now having possession of warehouse and shed resolved that he be responsible for any damage to windows etc.
Res. That Pickover cease to be employed as watchman at the end of the week.
Res. That Mr Atkinson prepare specifications for painting inside Windle’s shed.
Res. That transfer of two shares from Thomas Windle to A King be allowed, sealed and registered.
Johnson Edmondson.

September 11th 1895
Johnson Edmondson chair. Dent, Barrett, Brooks, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the architect obtain tenders for the pointing of the engine house at WH.
Res. That the tender of J Lofthouse to paint the shed at WH for the sum of £15-5-0 be accepted.
Res. That the secretary make an appointment for two directors, the architect and the secretary to meet Mr J Ball the chimney repairer in reference to his account.
Res. That the letting of work required in flagging and channelling in Wellhouse Road be left with the architect and as many directors as can make it convenient to meet on Saturday morning.
Johnson Edmondson.

September 18th 1895
Johnson Edmondson chair. Dent, Barrett, Brooks, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter, Smith and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That one range of 2” wrought iron pipes [Steam heating] be put round rooms in warehouse and that Mr Atkinson procure the same.
Res. That the shed be heated by the old cast iron pipes and 70ft of wrought iron at the inlet end, if not sufficient of cast. [Cast iron piping for steam heating was old technology and these pipes date from 1854. Surprising decision dictated by cost no doubt.]
Res. That we accept the tender of Hanson Scott and Co for new ropes for engine, warehouse (WH extension) and one for Calf Hall, of £37 as specified by the architect.
Res. That a cheque be paid to Joseph Ball of Oldham for £120 in respect of chimney repairs. [A reduction of only £2 after all that trouble!]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to J Fawcett of Skipton to the effect that on and after Monday next the penalty and other clauses relating to non-completion of work will be enforced and carried into completion without further notice. And also that our architect has instructions to purchase whatever may be required and engage men to fix the same, the expense of which will be placed against the amount of his contract.
Res. That weighing of coal be discontinued and that a wagon be occasionally weighed by Mr Edmondson.
J Edmondson.

September 25th 1895
J Edmondson chair. Smith, Horsfield, Brooks, Dent, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Lancaster and Tonge £10. J Widdup £49. J W Brown £1-1-6. Joe M Lee £23-19-0.
Johnson Edmondson.

October 2nd 1895
Johnson Edmondson chair. Dent, Smith, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Barrett, Brooks, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the thoroughfare and all below pin rail in shed be whitewashed.
Res. That the pavement in the thoroughfare be taken up and raised so that they can get into warehouse. [Levels and pushing trucks?]
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to meet the directors to take into consideration the shed extension as soon as possible. [An additional one?]
J D Roberts.

October 9th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Brooks, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That CH Shed roof ridging and slates be repaired by W Norcross and that the chairman be appointed to attend to the same.
Res. That tenders be obtained for the painting of the shed roof at Calf Hall with two coats of good paint.
Res. That Mr Barrett have the Joiner’s shop and yard at £25 per annum (without power) he to pay all rates. (same yard)
Res. That we offer the power for turning the machinery in the Joiner’s Shop at £65 per annum and that we let the same for terms of six months as previously. [This is the old bobbin mill later referred to as the laundry.]
J D Roberts.

October 16th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: W B Dick £4-17-6. J R Atkinson £20-11-0. R Crabtree £39-6-0. George Proctor £43-0-3. F Stockdale £1-19-0. J Edmondson £4-0-3. S Cooke and Co £20-18-0. W J Varley £1-2-0. C Brooks and Son £1-14-0.
The secretary read the monthly statement of payments and receipts.
Res. That Our secretary endeavour to obtain permission from our Mortgagees of CH Shed to repay £1500 in order that the rate of interest may then be reduced to 4½%.
Res. That the further consideration of Mr Barrett’s rent be left until next week.
Res. That the late W Pickover’s widow be paid 16/8, amount of wages, to end of last week.
Johnson Edmondson.

October 23rd 1895
J Edmondson in chair. Dent, Smith, Barrett, Brooks, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the selection of firebeater in the place of William Pickover deceased [Was he doubling as firebeater and watchman at WH?] be left to Mr Edmondson and Mr Dent together with the engine tenter and that they be empowered to engage one and pay him 22/- per week.
Res. That in the event of a strike taking place at any of the tenants of the sheds they be allowed half rent in respect of those looms stopped by strike action and particulars of looms stopped be taken each morning. [During late 1895 there was agitation in Barlick against under-payment of weavers and Long Ing Shed was the first out. By March 1896 1200 weavers were out on strike. This was a troubled time with strike-breakers brought in by the manufacturers and levels of police brutality leading to a complaint by BUDC to the Home Office. The strike failed.]
Res. That the secretary be authorised to offer Proctor Barrett a five year lease for his space at a rent of £90 per annum including power, the company paying all rates. Or, as an alternative, of room only at £35 per annum he providing his own power and paying rates.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be instructed to invite tenders for heating the warehouse in J Windle's portion by 2” pipes and that our men proceed with putting steam pipes into the shed. Res. That Mr Edmondson proceed to Colne at once to instruct the architect to do the work.
Res. That we should build up the door in Windle’s shed opposite the space between Brook’s shed and the warehouse with a 9” wall and that Ed Smith do the work.
Johnson Edmondson.

October 30th 1895
J Edmondson in chair. Dent, Smith, Brooks, Barrett, Wilson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Horsfield and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: P Barrett £74-7-0. John Widdup £66-15-0. H Hargreaves £1-16-6. W J Varley £73-5-0. Stott and Son £9-13-4. J Thompson and Co 17/-. W H Atkinson £40. ? Burgess £4-10-0.
Res. That we approve the transfer of 12 shares from Joseph Waddington Deceased to Ellen Waddington.
Res. That we sanction the transfer of four shares from Emily Metcalfe to Sandy Harmer. Cert and seal etc.
Res. That J J Sneath’s [engineer at WH] application for extra time in connection with the extension be deferred until completion when he be paid a lump sum.
Res. That J Windle be allowed to put a tea warming tray in the thoroughfare and steam pipes in his office if he pays for it. [Tea-brewing equipment, a steam heated water boiler, was a common feature in sheds. At Bancroft 1920 onwards the weavers paid 1d per week for using it and I once worked out that the boiler produced a profit for the management.]
Res. That the windows near the steam pipe in the old warehouse be glazed.
Res. That the architect be instructed to include brass trays for engine in specification for wheel covers. [Looks as though this is without the BI contract and within to tinsmith’s contract for wheel covers on the lineshaft in the shed. The wheel covers prevented grease being flung off the gears and damaging warps by staining.]
Res. That J Edmondson and Leonard Holdsworth select 9 windows for sale to P Barrett for 4/6 each.
Res. That the sale of timber at WH be on the 9th of November and that M Rawlinson be the auctioneer.
Johnson Edmondson.

November 6th 1895
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Brooks, Barrett, Smith, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the tender of P Watson and Co be accepted to the dishes and wheel guards in the extension and engine house at WH for the sum of £22-18-6.
Res. That J J Smith be paid for 4½hrs overtime. That John Knowles be paid up and stopped tomorrow. That J Windle and W Bailey date their 12 weeks grace for gaiting looms from 28th October.
Res. That Mr Pickup of Burnley Ironworks be written to the effect that all loss sustained by non-completion of the engine (i.e. For looms stopped due to lack of power) will be charged against his company’s account.
Res. That the extra woodwork in WH extension be painted with two coats of paint by Lofthouse.
J Edmondson.

November 13th 1895
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Brooks, Barrett, Smith, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the transfer of six shares from Stephen Hartley deceased to John Hartley (Administrator) be registered.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write the lessor of Springs Dam as to the decreased supply of water and requesting the same to be at once attended to. [Puzzling entry as I know of no way water could be held or diverted at Springs, it is on a natural water course. May be to do with maintenance of drains from Dark Hill side which fed Springs Dam.]
Res. That we purchase a sample cask of boiler composition from Cresswell and Son for Calf Hall. [Boiler water treatment was not the exact science it developed into in later years. Different manufacturers had different formulas and finding the best one was a matter of trial and experiment.]
Res. That the 12 weeks grace for rent of looms in extension be charged to J Windle as the shafting is ready for running. The managing director reported shafting running as follows (in addition to 192 looms transferred from the old shed) October 28th 1895 90 looms. Nov 11th 112 looms. Nov 25th 209 looms. [Last figure must be an estimate]
Res. That P Barrett be allowed to have space adjoining the shed at ½d per yard per year to be given up when required.
Res That we offer P Barrett the Joiner’s Shop and premises for the sum of £80 [per annum] he to pay his own rates or apportionment of same. Mortar Mill at 9d per hour.
J Edmondson.

November 20th 1895
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Brooks, Horsfield, Barrett, Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the work of covering steam pipes be given to Petty of Colne and woodwork for the same to be done by Proctor Barrett.
Res. That sanction be given to transfer six shares from John Hartley to Richard Hartley (2), Mary Alice Hartley (2), Alfred Hartley (2). Cert seal etc.
Res. That the loan now standing to the credit of Stephen Hartley deceased be credited to John Hartley the administrator of his estate.
Res. That accounts be paid: R Crabtree £39-6-0. John Widdup £81-17-0.
J Edmondson.

November 27th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Brooks, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Res. That William Fawcett’s tender for 9” X 4” red deal beams, bosses, hangers, slider bolts, brasses and oil cups be accepted in the sum of £18-12-0 to be fixed in J Windle’s shed. [All components for installing cross shafts in the shed.]
Res. That Joseph Sneath [WH engineer] be requested to attend next Tuesday at 7:30pm.
Res. That G&J Nuttall be paid £42-10-0 as per architect’s certificate.
J Edmondson.

December 3rd 1895
J Edmondson chair. Smith, Dent, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Barrett, Baxter and Wilson.
Minute as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: James Bulcock £1-13-0. Ed Smith £14-3-7. W Hough and Co 5/6. Burnley Ironworks £310. N&J Baldwin 6/-. Mr Fawcett £250. Sam Baldwin £7. R Crabtree £60-17-0. D G Cresswell and Son £3-17-0. John Widdup £65-11-0. T Rawlinson £2-7-6. C Brooks and Son 5/10. Sam Greenwood £4-13-0. John Dixon 10/4. D Moseley and Sons £1-19-0. Proctor Barrett £8-19-8. S Cooke and Co £10-17-0. George Proctor £77-7-3. Craven Bank £140. E W Thompson £454-7-6 (Interest and repayment of £300). Interest to sundry shareholders £45-16-0.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to give one month’s notice to repay loan of £500 to Johnson Carr.
Res. That a promissory note under seal be prepared for William and Sarah Baxter for a loan of £100 made 8th of July last.
The secretary read the statement of receipts and payments Oct 19th to December 3rd 1895.
A letter having been received from BUDC requesting the company to carry causeway to gateway it is
Res. That the secretary be instructed to reply saying that the company have done more than was required of them as per the agreement entered into with the council and they cannot reasonably be expected to do more. [This is in connection with the BUDC adopting Wellhouse Road.]
Mr J Sneath, the engineer at Wellhouse attended before the meeting with regard to his conduct in striking the carter with his shovel and seriously injuring him.
Res. That in future he be requested to follow the instructions of the company viz.
To assist the carter to unload and to assist in shovelling up the coal to his requirements. To see to the office being ready for the meeting of Directors as usual and as nearly as possible to run his engines to time. He was also informed that the directors could not pass over another occurrence of this description. [I love this entry! The engineer was master of all he surveyed and shovelling coal into the bunker wouldn’t go down well. We aren’t sure he has a replacement for Pickover at this time. As regards time he might have an excuse, Post Office Time ran about four minutes later than Railway Time and since he almost certainly got time checks from the Manchester Man (representative on the Cotton Exchange) who used Railway Time it’s quite easy to see how he could be accused of starting the engine early.]
Res. That Mr Barrett makes a barrow for the boiler house.
Res. That we charge P Barrett 10/- for use of the derrick.
Res. That we make an allowance of £5 to William Clegg for work done in connection with the new engine at WH. [Sounds as though the new side is running, BI were paid the second instalment due when it started.]
J D Roberts.

December 18th 1895
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Barrett, L Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Horsfield, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Notice to quit premises at WH shed in June 1896 was received from W P Brooks.
Res. That we do not offer room for dressing frames to John Slater and Sons. [Different branches of the Slater family had a history of using fibre other than cotton going back before 1860 and the dressing frames in question sound like wool processing. CHSC were sticking rigidly to their business model, providing room and power for cotton manufacture.]
Res. That Mr Sneath, WH engineer, be paid £2-10-0 overtime in connection with the new engine.
Res. That the Letters of Administration of the estate of the late William Pickover granted to Sarah Pickover be registered in the books of the company.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to confirm our last offer of room and power to Proctor Barrett.
J D Roberts.

January 2nd 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Horsfield, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That we sanction the transfer of two shares from Thomas Windle, one to Joseph Windle and one to Benjamin Windle. Cert and seal etc.
Proctor Barrett having requested the board to allow him to have the Joiner’s Shop and power at our terms but with a month’s notice to terminate tenancy at any time. Res. That we do not let the premises on these terms but that we adhere to the terms and conditions already made to him. [Good old PB! Always looking for a bit of an advantage!]
Res. That Ed Smith see Mr Hartley and purchase up to 20 tons of limestone.
J D Roberts.

January 15th 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Barrett, Smith, Horsfield, Wilkinson, W&L Holdsworth, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Ed Foden £3-3-0. G&J Nuttall £40-11-0. J Smith £71-14-0. Joseph Petty £7-4-0. Lancaster and Tonge £2-1-0. John Edmondson £8-1-0. Hartley and Pilgrim £8-18-6. J W Brown £1-18-0. D G Cresswell and Son £4-12-0. W Holdsworth 18/-. W Berry insurance £8. John Widdup 78-3-0. Hanson Scott and Co £37. R Crabtree £59-19-0. W Varley and Sons 59-16-0. James Bulcock 16/6. C Brooks and Sons 5/10. Heap and Thornton £1-6-0. W&J Baldwin 4/8. George Proctor, wages £49-12-0.
Res. That the balance sheet as read be adopted (for half years ending Dec 31st 1895)
Res. That we recommend for payment of dividend for the half year ending December 31st 1895 at the rate of 5% per annum.
Res. That the general meeting be held on Friday the 24th January at 7pm in the Seven Stars AR.
Res. That the transfer of two shares from R Bailey to B Brown and two shares from D Parker to B Brown be registered and sealed.
Application having been made for a plot of land, part of Mean Laithe Flatt. Res. That we offer the same at 4/6 per yard. The company to find room to tip, he to take off sod and replace. [Levelling the site?]
Res. That we accept Proctor Barrett’s offer to sell stable fittings at a valuation and that W Holdsworth and Ed Smith make a valuation for the company.
Res. That Mr Proctor Barrett be requested to remove the stable and hen cotes erected and used by him and others on the land at the end of WH Mill at his earliest opportunity.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to give notice to loan holders that the company is willing to allow loans to remain at 4% but if required they will repay any loan holders who wish to be repaid.

Half year general meeting
January 24th 1896
Dr Roberts in the chair.
Minutes of last general meeting as read.
Balance sheet and report adopted.
Dividend at 5% per annum for the half year.
Common Seal affixed to Transfer Register.
Res. That the share list of the Co be closed but that directors have power to re-open it after giving seven days notice to shareholders.
[No printed report in minute book]

Feb 12th 1895
J Edmondson chair. Smith, Dent, Brooks, W&L Holdsworth, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: John Widdup £88-3-0. T Smith [?] £45-12-9. Joe M Lee 3-4-0. S Cooke and Co £11. R Crabtree £66-13-0. George Proctor 25-5-1. Cresswell and Son 3-2-0. P Barrett £5-5-9.
Res. That share transfers be certified and sealed. George Brooks and Edwin Briggs (exors of John Brooks) Share numbers 385-390 to G Wilkinson. 394/395 to Alfred King. 391-393 to John Hartley. 396 to John Broughton.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to obtain insurance on WH extension and warehouse, £2000 on warehouse and £500 on shed.
Res. That Messrs Horsfield, Edmondson and Brooks be deputed to wait upon BUDC with reference to insufficient fire hydrants commanding the company’s premises.
Res. That the steps to the engine house at CH Shed be turned. Ed Smith to do mason’s work and Varley’s the pipe work. [‘Turning’ steps usually means turning them over to present a new wearing surface when they are worn. Surprising that they need this after seven years. Bad stone? Clog irons wearing them? Bit of a puzzle unless it means something different like re-orienting the existing flight.]
Res. That the stone for the saw bench be sold to P Barrett at 9d per cubic foot and that the floor be made good.
Res. That P Barrett be charged half the cost of glazing the Joiner’s Shop and the work be done by Varley.
Res. That P Barrett be allowed to leave steps in Joiner’s Shop as they are now fixed.
J Edmondson.

February 26th 1896
J Edmondson chair. Smith, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Dent, Wilkinson, Baxter, Wilson and Dr Roberts.
Minutes as read.
Res. That A Pilkington and other tenants be allowed the use of hosepipe on condition that they keep the same in good condition and use every care with it.
Res. That Midgley Barrett be allowed use of room for 1/- per week on weekly tenancy.
Res. Share transfers: 3 shares from Smith Horsfield to Elizabeth Robinson. Reg and sealed.
Res. That Mrs E A Coates be paid £4-10-0 and that the secretary write to her again re the water. [Springs Dam]
Res. That G Proctor be paid £15, half year’s salary.
Res. That P Barrett be charged £5 for the use of land adjoining workshops and sundry other privileges.
Res. That Ed Smith repair the ceiling in Pilkington’s and Brooks’ privy door.
Res. That Proctor Barrett be allowed loan of Company’s crabs. [Crabs are usually a scissor-like attachment for a crane when lifting stone blocks. As the weight comes on the lift the crab bites into small depressions on the block enabling it to be lifted.]
Res. That Ed Smith repair the hoist at CH Shed.
J D Roberts.

March 11th 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Smith, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Dent, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson, Barrett and Brooks.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Crabtree £39-6-0. Burghope and Strange £1-10-0. John Widdup £70-11-7. J Hart £1-12-9. J Rawlinson £2-5-0. James Bulcock 4/6. G Proctor £22-5-8.
Res. That the ceiling repairs at WH be left to J Edmondson and W P Brooks.
Res. That The stables at WH be let to W Brooks at 1/- per week and H&B Whitaker at 1/- per week. Brooks to have preference in letting the stables as long as he is a servant of the company and Whitaker to be on a weekly basis. Tenants to have their own manure. [We tend to forget that in 1896 horse transport was universal and manufacturers who came to work on horseback or by carriage needed somewhere to stable their horse during working hours.]
Res. That Mr Atkinson be instructed to prepare specifications for the painting of the whole of the outside work at WH Mill.
J D Roberts.

March 25th 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Smith, Brooks, Barrett, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Horsfield, Dent and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Edmondson and Brooks reported that the ceiling had been repaired.
Res. That all windows down to (old) engine house at WH be glazed (but not including the engine house) and that Varley’s do the work at present price. [To avoid confusion. In the original WH Mill there were two beam engine houses (Tall and relatively narrow) in the front multi-storey range of buildings used for warehousing and spinning. The one at the end of the range closest to Wellhouse Road was demolished, the one embedded in the centre of the range was not. This engine house is the one referred to. It had large arched windows on the east side facing the shed and this is not included in the glazing.]
Resolved that Mr Edmondson see Norcross and re-engage him to point windows by day work when required.
Res. That Mr Atkinson forward specifications for painting as read and described and asking contractors to tender before 8th of April. The work to be completed before June 30th.
The secretary reported on the terms on which our tenants had room and power. The tenancy was in all cases yearly.
Res. That the joiner’s shop be let to our own tenants on condition that they leave them in the same state of repair.
Res. That Proctor Barrett be allowed to remove the two drums [for belt drive of machinery] on shaft in Joiner’s Shop. [PB vacating the shop after all?]
Res. That our engineers be instructed not to sell oil. [Possibly the used oil from cranks etc. collected in trays on the engine and perhaps used by tenants for loom oiling.]
Res. That Ed Smith and W Holdsworth see Lambert as to payment for services rendered.
J D Roberts.

April 8th 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Barrett, Horsfield, L&W Wilkinson Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: S Cooke and Co £17-14-6. Joseph Petty £3. D G Cressell and Son £6-2-0. Ed Smith £12-2-0. Crabtree £59-0-0. George Proctor £23-0-6.
Res. That Mr Petty’s tender for £54 for painting WH Mill be accepted, work to be done to specification.
J Edmondson.

April 22nd 1896
J Edmondson chair. Horsfield, Brooks, W&L Holdsworth, Barrett, Wison, Baxter Wilkinson and Dent.
The minutes as read.
Res. That the boiler at WH Mill at present uninsured be insured for £200 with the Scottish Society.
Res. That J Widdup’s account for £78-15-0 and R Windle insurance £4-17-6. And that the gas account being excessive for the engine house at WH be deferred.
Res. That all coal delivered at CH be weighed and an account kept by the engineer.
Res. Transfer of shares: 10 from Eli Hey to T Eastwood (6), H Holdsworth (2), John Eastwood (1) and Arthur Eastwood (1). Reg and sealed.
Res. That we hold our meetings fortnightly on Tuesday at 7pm.
Res. That we pay the accounts at the last meeting in each month.
J D Roberts.

May 5th 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Wilkinson, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the seal of the company be affixed to an agreement for the sale of a plot of land, part of the Mean Laithe Estate, containing 1276 square yards for the sum of £287-2-0 to Thomas Dent and William Holdsworth the purchase money to be paid on or before June 17th 1896 after which date interest at the rate of 5% per annum to be paid half yearly on the 1st of January and 1st of July in each year until the payment of the purchase money. Sealed etc.
Res. That the Abstract of Title for the above plot be prepared by Hartley and Pilgrim the co’s solicitors.
Res. That the secretary be instructed again to write to Mrs Coates re the small supply of water from Springs Dam requesting her attention without further delay.
Res. That W J Varley’s account for £10-17-6 and the UDC gas bill, £3-1-0 be paid.
Application was made for 100 looms at the end of Windle’s portion of WH Mill.
J D Roberts.

May 19th 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Smith, Dent, Wilson, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter and Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Crabtree £58-19-0. G Proctor £34-12-1. John Widdup £67-1-0.
Res. That W Holdsworth be instructed to cord the ventilators at CH Shed. [The shutters guarding the ventilators were opened and closed by picture cord.]
J D Roberts.

June 2nd 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, L&W Holdsworth, Smith, Wilkinson, Wilson, Horsfield and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. That a steam whistle be got for CH Shed and the secretary be instructed to get prices for same. [To warn workers that it was close to starting time. Many workers didn’t have clocks or watches. In the early mills a bell was used.]
Res. That the cistern at WH Mill be lettered “Wellhouse Mills. Calf Hall Shed Company Limited” if the cost does not exceed 10/-.
Res. That Mr Ed Smith be instructed to examine and repair the shed walls at Calf Hall.
Res. That the weights be removed from ventilators at CH and extra cord supplied and that William Holdsworth be instructed to do the work. [Instead of being moved one way and by a weight the other they are to be given a cord for each operation. These shutters were a simple wooden slide and could stick.]
Res. That the engineer and fireman be paid 6d per hour (ten hours each) for cleaning out offices etc.
J D Roberts.

June 16th 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read with the exception of item 2 on the lettering of the cistern which is rescinded.
Res. That the cistern at WH Mill be lettered as specified before, by Richard Petty for a sum not exceeding £1.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to order a 3” whistle list price 54/6 less 30% from Isaac Storey and Sons [of Manchester, manufacturers of steam specialities.] for CH Shed.
Res. That Ed Smith be ordered to repair walls and [lead] flashing at CH Shed as explained to the directors.
Res. That a few windows be opened at Calf Hall Shed in Messrs S Pickles portion of the shed and that Mr W Holdsworth be instructed to do the work. [I suspect this was taking the glass out of windows that couldn’t normally be opened. It’s June and evidently hot.]
J D Roberts.

June 30th 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Wilkinson, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson, L&W Holdsworth, Smith and Dent.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Craven Bank £140. E Slater 12/6. Trustees of W Thompson £147-5-0. M&J Layfield £10-4-6. Sundry shareholders, interest on loans £30-16-0. Burghope and Strange £1-7-0. Hough and Co 8/4. George Proctor wages £37-3-6. W Norcross £8-6-0. Crabtree £58-19-0. J Lofthouse £19-6-0. John Widdup £61. J Edmondson £5-2-6. P Watson and Co £20.
Res. That Mr Ellison of Skipton be engaged to erect pillars to support the broken beams in all three bays of Windle’s portion of the shed. [Defects in construction at WH ?]
Res. That Mr Ed Smith be instructed to clean out well at WH Mill.
Res. That J Edmondson be paid £3 extra for services rendered during the strike. [Not directly CHSC business but the weaver’s strike broke in mid 1896 when they returned to work without gaining any advance on wages. Perhaps coordination of response with other manufacturers and shed companies.]
J D Roberts.

July 14th 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, W&L Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Horsfield, Smith, Barrett, Dent, Wilson and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. That subject to audit the balance sheet as read be approved and submitted to the shareholders.
Res. That we recommend 5% annual dividend.
Res. That general meeting be held in Seven Stars AR on Friday 24th July at 7pm.
Retiring directors are Roberts, Dent, W Holdsworth and H Wilson.
Res. That the application by James Ratcliffe for repayment of loan of £25 be accepted and a cheque paid in.
J D Roberts.

Half year general meeting.
24th July 1896
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes of last general meeting as read.
Res. Balance sheet and auditors report adopted.
Res. Dividend of 5% per annum be paid on last half year ending June 30th.
Res. That retiring directors be re-elected.
Res. Directors remuneration be £30 per annum.
Res. That Ed Foden, Burnley be re-elected auditor at £4 per annum.
Res. That Common Seal be affixed to the register of share transfers.
J D Roberts.

August 4th 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, W&L Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Horsfield, Smith, Barrett, Dent, Wilson and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: BUDC gas 14/7. Thomas Rawlinson £2-7-0. Crabtree £58-19-0. John Widdup £63-14-6. George Proctor wages £28-6-0.
Res. Dr Roberts be chairman and Johnson Edmondson vice chairman for following year.
Res, That an allowance of 18hours be made to all the tenants of the Co for the holidays as last year. [This always puzzles me because one would expect a full week’s rebate to be paid.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to the tenants informing them that in future no allowance will be made for looms stopped owing to sickness of weavers but only in the case of weavers actually left. [With the end of the strike some normality will have returned and the tramp weavers (itinerant weavers) will be available again for empty looms. The tramp weavers used to wait in the warehouse each morning and be given any looms which had no weaver at starting time.]
J Edmondson.

August 12th 1896
J Edmondson chair. Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Dent, Barrett, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That J Horsfield make arrangements with the engineer at CH Shed to turn the water from Dark Hill Well into Springs Dam every night during the drought. [Dark Hill Well lies to the north of Springs Dam at a higher level. The water from this source flows naturally down towards Fernbank and doesn’t feed Springs Dam. At some time in the past provision had been made to divert overflow water down to Springs Dam, the brick cistern still exists in 2010. There is an old valve there laid on the ground. I assume that William Bracewell initially installed this feeder but what isn’t clear is whether there was ever any permission from the holders of the rights to Dark Hill Well water to allow diversion to Springs. This matter isn’t going to go away.]
Res. That Richard Petty’s tender for painting CH Shed for £41 be accepted.
Res. That Mr Richard Crabtree be allowed 6d per ton for coal supplied by rail to WH Mill until the canal is workable. [Drought has closed the summit level of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.]
J Edmondson.

August 18th 1896
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Smith, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Wilkinson and Baxter,
Minutes as read.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to the tenants of the company asking them to see to the sweeping of beams generally inside the premises, the company to clean the shafting. [Cotton fly settled in the roof of the shed was a fire hazard as it was extremely flammable.]
Res. That repayment of the loan of £150 be made to Jonathan Peel.
Res. That transfer of two shares from Emily Metcalfe to William Clarke be registered and sealed.
Res. That Messrs Horsfield, Smith, W Holdsworth and Barrett be deputed to see Mr Cowgill of Springs Farm conveying to him a letter from Mrs Coates (Landlord) instructing him to allow the company to lay a drain to their own satisfaction from Dark Hill Well to Springs Dam.
Res. That Mrs Coates account for half year’s rent of Springs Dam be paid, £4-10-0.
J Edmondson.

September 2nd 1896
J Edmondson in chair. Dent, Smith, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Brooks, Wikinson, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: J W Green £31-17-4. W J Varley £2-1-0. Thomas Smith £104-17-4. D G Cresswell £4-5-0. J Storey and Sons £1-17-0. James Bulcock 18/-. R Crabtree £51-14-0. R Petty £16. E Bennis and Co 6/-. J Widdup £80-10-0. S Cooke and Co £17-19-0. George Proctor £24-15-0.
Res. That board meetings be held on Wednesday at 6:30pm starting 9th September.
Secretary read the monthly statement of payments and receipts.
Transfer of shares. One share from Ed Smith to Mr Baldwin. Cert seal etc.
Res. That meetings be held fortnightly at 6:30pm.
Res. That tenders be invited for covering Pickles’ tape room with white deal. Edmondson, Dent, Greenwood and L Holdsworth to decide how much should be done. [Lots of steam about, wood lining cut down on condensation. Most likely under-drawing the roof.]
Res. That we compensate John Raw for damage to meadow. [Dark Hill drain?]
Res. That That Mr Edmondson be empowered to sell shooting gallery. [Intriguing! WH?]
No signature.

September 9th 1896
Mr Edmondson chair. Dent, Barrett, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter, Wilson and Brooks.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Ed Smith’s tender for boarding in Pickles’ tape room CH at 1/3 per yard be accepted.
Res. That the worst part of the dyke commencing from the new pipe line to Springs Dam be opened out. [There is a track between the cistern at Dark Hill Well and I assume that the draw-off is piped under the track as far as the dyke (ditch) that carries natural drainage from the hillside to Springs Dam. Water supplies for condenser cooling water were very important especially in summer. This is why, once the obvious natural water sites were occupied, later mill-building was always next to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, a reliable source of water. The first mill to use this facility in Barlick was Nuttall’s new mill at Coates Bridge in 1865. The driver for this early decision was the fact that he had been prevented from running Old Coates Mill because William Bracewell manipulated the water supply. He learned his lesson early!]
Res. That Proctor Barrett be requested to supply a wood trough 4ftx1ft6”x11” and that it be fixed near Dark Hill Well for the use of Mr Cowgill’s cattle. [Evidently a quid pro quo for the use of the water.]
J Edmondson [but followed by further resolutions, presumably from the same meeting.]
Res. That Messrs Horsfield, Edmondson and Wilson see John Widdup and arrange to check coal.
Res. That Mr Norcross look at the shed roofs at CH and WH and report on what can be done to make them waterproof.
Res. That one row of ventilators be taken off Pickles’ portion [CH?] and that Norcross do the work.
Res. That Varley’s be instructed to repair the steam pipes from boiler to Windle's place. [WH]

September 23rd 1896
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Smith, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Joseph Thompson and Co 9/4. John Widdup £44-17-0. D G Cresswell and Son £6-7-0. J W Brown £3-15-0. G Proctor insurance £11-5-0, wages £21-7-1.
Secretary read monthly statement of payments and receipts.
The secretary read a letter received from BUDC asking for particulars of machinery stopped and allowances made to tenants since the commencement of the strike in order that BUDC might take into consideration the same in making plans for some proportionate allowance on the General District Rate.
The total allowance to the end of July was £188-2-3. Equivalent to loss of rent on 87 looms per annum.
Res. That the ashes at CH and WH mills be sold to Proctor Barrett for twelve months at 1/4 for WH and 1/2 at CH per load.
A letter received from the tenants declining to clean beams etc. in their respective portions of the company's premises.
No signature.

October 7th 1896
T Dent chair. Brooks, L Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, Horsfield and Barrett.
Minutes as read.
Res. Transfer of one share from John Eastwood to Thomas Eastwood. Cert and seal etc.
The secretary reported having received an application for space for 120 looms or thereabouts and warehousing (Bradford Goods) [Almost certainly woollens.] which would require the the extension of the shed at the end of Windle's new portion and would be capable of holding 156 looms. The matter was discussed and favourably considered subject to the person applying meeting with the approval of the directors.
No signature.

October 22nd 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Smith, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Horsfield, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Joseph Colwell £8-17-6. Richard Crabtree £68-12-0. Hartley and Baldwin 7/9. John Widdup £87-11-0. Lowcock Ltd £4-11-0. Ellison and Co £24. Burnley Ironworks £6-18-0. Wages £22-4-11. BUDC £1-14-7. P Barrett £1-10-7. P Watson and Co £2-18-6.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be empowered to settle with Mr Fawcett of Skipton for £250 pointing out to him the error of £10 in the account of the contract, about £17 items omitted to be charged and £8 odd discount making in all £35 deducted as loss sustained by the company due to non-completion of the contract to time agreed and which the company will accept in lieu of claiming for the amount per week for two or three months which Fawcett agreed should be deducted from the contract.
The secretary read the monthly statement of payments and receipts.
Res. Transfer of 2 shares from Alfred Hartley to John Hartley. Cert seal etc.
Res. That probate of the will of John Heaton deceased in favour of James Watson executor be registered in the books of the Co and endorsed on the probate.
Application was made by Mr John Widdup, coal merchant, for terms for small shed at SW corner of WH Mill for 150 to 200 looms and tape machine. Res. That the secretary write him stating terms viz. 39/- per annum per loom and £90 per annum for a tape for 400 looms, to be charged in proportion to the number of looms, that they accept his application and are prepared to treat with him.
Application was also made for space for 400 looms and warehousing by Mr B Holden of CH Shed in the old mill and warehouse adjoining the old engine house. Mr Atkinson attended with a rough sketch of the same.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be paid £220 for work in connection with the extensions at the south end for 400 looms and at the east end of shed for about 400 looms and also specifications for two new boilers. [WH. The engine is taking more steam.]
Res. That the Joiner’s Shop be let for £25 a year the tenant to undertake all internal repairs, the company to make a drain from the same.
J Edmondson.

November 4th 1896
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Smith, Barrett, Brooks, Wilkinson, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Mr Atkinson reported that he had arranged for the Joiner’s Shop to be let for laundry purposes at an annual rent of £27 without power and steam except such pipes which are now fixed for warming. The rent to commence on Jan 1st next, the tenant to do all internal repairs and the company to lay a drain from the premises. [This was to be a long term arrangement. The tenant was Barrett (no direct connection with Proctor that I am aware of) and later became the Barnoldswick Steam Laundry. They were in the premises until some time in the inter-war period when they built new premises at the junction of West Close Road and Gisburn Street. There is a theory that the local name for the district ‘China Town’ originated from the establishment of the laundry.]
Res. That the tenants be allowed for stoppage of looms to the 16th of October now that the strike is at an end.
The secretary read a letter from R Driver (late Hird’s secretary) applying for space for 100 to 150 looms 44” reed-space.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to inform Mr Driver that we accept his application.
Res. That the watchman employed by the tenants be allowed the use of the office and fire during the coming winter. [Night watchmen weren’t usual in weaving sheds but it must be remembered that these were troubled times and during the strike there had been instances of sabotage of sheds by strikers with a grievance. The most usual was warp-stabbing, a very quick and effective way of stopping production temporarily. Thirty years on in the More Looms disputed police slept in some engine houses overnight for the same reason. We tend to think that security is a modern phenomenon, not so.]
Res. That Messrs Varley be instructed to re-arrange the gas pipes in the engine house at WH Mill.
Res. That Mr Barrett be instructed to board under trapdoors for J Windle at WH Mill.
Res That Ed Smith supply a new ladder for CH Shed.
Res. That Mr Barrett be instructed to supply a new coal barrow for WH Mill.
Res. Transfer of six shares from Ed Smith to William Perry. Cert and seal etc. These being the whole of the shares of Mr Smith he informed the board that it would therefore be necessary for him to retire from the directorate. [Qualification for director was by ownership of shares.]
Res. That the extension of the east end of WH Mills for about 388 looms as per plan submitted by Mr Atkinson be pushed on with at once and that the architect be instructed to get out specifications for all the work required to be done. Res. That it be a girder shed.
Mr Atkinson submitted plans for the proposed extension at the SW end of WH Mill shewing two sheds, each capable of holding about 200 looms and joining up to existing premises to be arranged that they will answer for two tenants of say 150 to 200 looms each and warehousing on the ground floor. The plans also shewed that if in future the tenants were desirous of extending to the full 400 looms each, warehousing could be added on the South side.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be empowered to submit the plans to Messrs Widdup and Driver and arrange matters with them.
Res. Accounts be paid: W Fawcett £250. W H Atkinson £39-3-6. Stott and Son £9-13-4.
The secretary reported the total allowances to tenants during the strike. WH Mill £195-14-9. CH Shed £9-6-10.
J D Roberts.

November 18th 1896
Dr Roberts in chair. Edmondson, Dent, Barrett, Brooks, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Baxter, L&W Holdsworth and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Mr Ed Smith took leave of the members of the board after the chairman proposed that a hearty vote of thanks be given to him for the very valuable services which he has rendered to the board during his tenure as a director and regret that he had thought fit to terminate his connection with the board. Resolution carried unanimously. Mr Smith expressed his regret that he should have to leave and that he would be pleased at any time to give them any advice they thought would be of service to the company.
Res. That the vacancy created by Mr Smith’s retirement be not filled until the general meeting in July 1987.
Res. That accounts be paid: R Crabtree £58-19-0. S Cooke and Co £22-1-0. Bennis and Co £7-1-0. J Widdup £75-16-0. W J Varley £4-4-0. Wages £22-4-0. Richard Petty £43.
Res. That the Tinner’s Shop be included with the Joiner’s Shop as let for laundry purposes at £27 per annum. [We tend to forget how important the trade of tinsmith was before the days of cheap injection-moulded plastic. There was enough tinsmith's work involved in running a mill to have a dedicated department. In 1895 this function had been taken over by tinsmiths in the town.]
Res. That the secretary write to Messrs Roberts to send an engineer to examine the low pressure cylinder at CH.
The secretary reported having received an application from John and Edwin Slater of Henry Street, Barnoldswick, for 80 looms unassisted or 100 looms the company to purchase same.
Res. That he be instructed to write Mr Slater accepting the application and state that they cannot find room for more than 80 looms and warehousing, the warehousing to be on the ground floor.
Application was made to Mr Atkinson for 300 to 700 looms and warehousing by Mr George D Penny of 17 Guildhall Street Preston.
The secretary reported having an interview with Mr B Holden when he refused to accept the warehousing provided in the old portion of the mill and requested the company to find him shed warehousing [ground floor] failing which he would withdraw his application. [I think the objection is because the space offered was in the first storey of the multi-storied portion of the old Bracewell mill.]
Res. That the secretary write Mr Penny offering to provide space for 400 looms and warehousing with room to add a further 300 subject to enquiries.
Res. That the plan of the shed with pillars roof and on lines of existing old shed divided into three portions viz. R Driver 160 looms, E&J Slater 80 looms, John Widdup 200 looms as submitted by Mr Atkinson be approved.
Mr Atkinson reported that Mr Widdup was quite satisfied with the arrangement of his portion.
The secretary read the monthly statement of payments and receipts.
J D Roberts.

December 2nd 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Horsfield, Barrett, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the secretary’s salary be raised to £40 per annum from 30th of June last.
A letter was read from W Roberts and Sons Ltd reporting on the condition of the piston in the low pressure cylinder at CH Shed. Stated that the springs needed to be replaced by new ones as there was a gap of 3/8”. [Between the ends of the piston rings. I don’t understand this because if they are talking about new backing springs to force the rings outwards against the bore they will make the gap worse. Either the rings were badly fitted in the first place or the bore has worn considerably. I wonder if ‘springs’ is actually ‘rings’, the directors didn't necessarily fully understand the technology.]
Res. That Roberts be instructed to supply and fix new springs at Christmas and also a new foot valve casting be kept at the engine house in case of emergency. [Again, a puzzle. The foot valve referred to is almost certainly the one on the intake pipe for the condenser cooling water. Why a spare is needed escapes me.]
Res. Sale of a plot of land from the Mean Laithe Estate 1276 square yards from CHSC to Thomas Dent and William Holdsworth for £287-2-0. Conveyance signed and sealed. Res. That the interest due under the agreement be reduced from £6-3-0 to £3-1-6.
Res. That the tenant of the laundry be allowed the use of Whitaker’s stable at 1/- per week if Mr Whitaker can find another place elsewhere.
Johnson Edmondson.

Two special meetings to consider plans for the extensions at WH
December 7th and 8th 1896.

December 16th 1896
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Brooks, Horsfield, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Transfer of two shares from Ellen Smith to W H Cowgill. Cert, seal etc.
Res. That the secretary order one truck of 2” broken limestone for making road at CH and that Mr Edmondson see to them being laid after the road has been scraped.
Res. That the company supply power to the tenants of the laundry for the machines as specified in a letter received by Mr Atkinson from Messrs Summerscales of Keighley [Manufacturers of laundry machinery.] for three months and at the rate of £10 per annum.
J Edmondson.

December 19th 1896
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Horsfield and Baxter.
Res. That we engage a mechanic for taking down shafting. J Brown engaged at 7d per hour.
J Edmondson.

December 30th 1896
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Barrett, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Horsfield, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
The secretary read the statement of payments and receipts for the month.
Res. That accounts be paid: W Hough and Co 2/1. John Widdup £74-10-0. Trustees of W Thompson £147-5-0. Craven Bank Ltd £140. Repayment of loan £500. Sundry loan holders ££29-16-0 (at 4%). R Crabtree £58-19-0. J Edmondson £7-3-8. J W Green £37-9-4. W Roberts and Sons Ltd £4-2-0. Ed Smith ? J W Brown £2-2-0. D G Colwell 16/-. W Holdsworth £1-14-0. Wages £36-9-11.
Application was made by Mr Bailey for the company to extend the time of commencement of repayment of arrears of £500 and also to allow him an increase of £100.
Res. That Mr Bailey be allowed arrears grant of £600 providing he commenced repaying the same by £12 monthly instalments on 1st of March next.
J Edmondson.

January 10th 1897
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Brooks, Horsfield, W&L Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
The secretary read the resignation of Mr Proctor Barrett dated 6th of January. Res. It be accepted.
Mr Atkinson attended with tenders for the contractors and joiners work for the new extensions at WH Mill for about 830 looms. Mr P Barrett’s tenders of £1,882 for the contractor’s work and £614-10-0 for the joiners work were the lowest. The next above being £1895-11-8 for contractor’s work by D R Atkinson of Colne and £665-5-0 for Joiners work by J M Lee. Mr Barrett was lower by £64-6-8 on both contracts.
Res. That Proctor Barrett’s tenders be accepted at the sum of £2496-10-0 for contractor’s and Joiner’s work as per specification.
Res. That the offer of 45/- per ton for all cast metal including pulleys from Messrs John Pilling and Sons Ltd be accepted. (Pilling's were loom-makers at Colne and melted a lot of CI.]
Res. Share transfer of one share from William Roberts to John Pickup accepted. Cert and seal etc.
J D Roberts.

January 19th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent L&W Holdsworth, Brooks, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Wilson and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the [insurance] premium of £8 on CH Shed be paid.
Res. That subject to audit the balance sheet as read be adopted and presented to the shareholders.
Res. That we recommend a dividend of 5% per annum for the half year ending Dec 31st 1896.
Res. That general meeting be at Seven Stars AR on Friday 29th inst at 7pm.
Mr John Widdup asked when the extension of the south side at WH would be ready.
Res. That his letter be forwarded to Mr Atkinson with instructions to push on that particular part of the extension in order to complete them before the extension on the north side and also that he be required to give Mr Barrett sufficient information for him to commence work at once as it was reported to the meeting that Mr Barrett was waiting.
Res. That the secretary be asked to write to Mr Crabtree to complain about the smallness and dirtiness of the coal supplied to WH Mill.
J Edmondson.

Half yearly general meeting
January 29th 1897
Dr Roberts chair.
[This is the first general meeting where the printed balance sheet and report have survived. I shall not report them here but insert a consolidated list as an appendix when all the minutes are transcribed.]
Minutes of last general meeting as read.
Balance sheet and report adopted.
Dividend at 5% per annum adopted for the half year.
Register of share transfers sealed.
J Edmondson.

February 19th 1897
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Brooks, Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Tenant and Nightingale £2-2-0. C Brooks and Son 4/9. P Barrett £1-15-0. BUDC £95-11-6. W J Varley 12/7. R Crabtree £98-5-0. Ditto £58-19-0. John Widdup £72-7-0. Hartley and Pilgrim £2-2-0. S Cooke and Co £22-1-0. H Hargreaves £2-3-7. J Hart 16/3. W H Atkinson £50. Wages £34-3-11.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write Messrs Roberts and Sons of Nelson informing them that the noise previous to their repairs [Low Pressure cylinder] has not been stopped and asking them to see to the matter at once.
Res. That the share transfer fee be 1/6 per share.
The secretary read a letter from Mr J E Lister of North Street, Keighley requesting the company to make some offer as compensation for damage done to the fishing rights at Springs Dam during last summer when the dam was drained by the company's men. [Almost certainly cleaning the dam out and improving holding capacity]
Res. That the secretary inform them that the company does not admit their claim and would prefer them to state the damages done when their proposal would be brought before the directors.
Res, That the shares now transferred from W Perry be subject to the company's fee of 1/6 per share.
Res. Transfer of six shares from W Perry to Stephen Rudd (2), Margaret Rudd (2) and Jane Rudd (2) be registered. Cert and seal etc.
Res. That Ed Smith’s offer to cart scrap from WH to station at 11½d per ton be accepted.
J D Roberts.

Feb 17th 1897
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Horsfield, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter and Wilson.
Resolved that a deputation meet Mr Broughton with the architect on Friday and arrange with him if possible to act as clerk of works for the new extensions and that if he decline to act someone else be sought.
J D Roberts.

February 24th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter and Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
The secretary read a letter from J E Lister re Springs Dam damage asking for £10 in settlement of all claims. Res. That the secretary offer £5 in full settlement and without prejudice. [This is one case where the multiplier of 100x for converting money values looks suspect. £500 for a few fish looks excessive. As I have said before, conversion is not a precise science! All it can do us give us an indication of worth. You may remember the sum of £122 paid to the steeplejack for repairs to WH chimney. I consulted with friends in the trade and they said it seemed a very reasonable sum if converted to £12,200 and compared to current prices.]
Mr Atkinson attended with the tenders for ironfounder's and millwright’s work, the three lowest being:
James Fawcett £1160 and £1020. James Thompson and Co £1146 and £1148. W Roberts and Sons £1121-11-0 and £1185.
Res. That the work be given to Mr Fawcett of Skipton on condition that he will execute or secure a bond for the due performance of the work to time as specified for £250.
Res. That two boilers 30Ft x 8Ft to work at 120psi be purchased [WH] and that Mr Atkinson be instructed to obtain tenders for the same. [120psi working pressure was an accepted but conservative figure in 1897 and with hindsight the common fault of specifications for engines and boilers at this time was to under-estimate the duty that was to be imposed on the plant by the rapid expansion of the weaving industry. As we have seen with the extensions, there was a seemingly insatiable demand for capacity. Billy Brooks, who was almost 100 years old when I interviewed him in 1978 said that a loom cast about £5 fully furnished and paid for itself with the profit from weaving about three warps. This is simplistic of course but everything I have since discovered points to this being an accurate estimate of the possible profit at that time. We shall see later that this under-specification and overloading of engines led to serious problems.]
Res. That the following tenders be accepted: W Varley and Sons, plumber’s and glazier’s work, £216. G and L Nuttall, plastering, £207.
Res. That J Widdup account £85-18-0 be paid.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to notify shareholders that the directors are prepared to receive further loans at 4% interest paid half yearly and subject to one month’s notice on either side.
Res. Transfer of two shares from Thomas Hartley to John Wilkinson be registered, Cert and seal etc.
Application was made by letter from John and Henry Boocock of Barnoldswick for space for 100 to 130 looms. Res. That it be considered at the next meeting.
J Edmondson.

March 3rd 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Horsfield, Brooks, Baxter and Wilson.
Res. That W Holdsworth do the boarding in Pickles’ shed [CH] as per tender for £3-1-3 and also painting under cistern at CH Shed.
Res. That Mr Petty paint the covers on lineshaft at WH, one coat, under the supervision of J Edmondson.
Mr Atkinson reported that Mr Fawcett had agreed to deposit a loan to the company of £100 at 4% the promissory note to be lodged with the architect together with an authority from Mr Fawcett to Mr Atkinson to realise and deduct any penalties that may be incurred to that amount. Res. That the arrangement be confirmed.
Res. That the tender of the Oldham Boiler Works Co to supply boilers at £400 be accepted.
Res. That £100 be paid to Proctor Barrett on account of contract.
J Edmondson.

March 10th 1897
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Brooks, Baxter, Horsfield, Wilson, Wilkinson and L&W Holdsworth.
Minutes as read.
Res. That iron doors be fitted to the windows in the thoroughfare at WH in order to secure the reduced rate of insurance of 2/6 % instead of 10/6 %. [My memory is that these windows were in the wall between the thoroughfare and the main body of the mill. The activities in the thoroughfare were evidently seen as high risk by the insurance company. One small point, it is never stated because I suspect it was a given but as far as I know smoking was always prohibited in the mills.]
Res. That £7-10-0 be paid to J E Lister for damages sustained at Springs Dam.
Re. Transfer of 6 shares from J W Hoyle to John Pickup be registered and sealed.
Res. That one dozen grate bars [firebars in boiler furnace] each Right Hand be ordered for CH Shed.
Res. That the seal of the Co be affixed to the following loans: G Wilkinson £20, William Clarke £50, Ann Hacking £100, Thomas Clapham £100, W S Wait £50, Henry Broughton £30.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to reply to Messrs John and Henry Boocock who applied for space for 100 to 130 looms that the directors regret that they are not in a position to consider their application. [Demand has outstripped supply. Watch this space!]
J D Roberts.

March 24th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Brooks, Baxter, Wilson, Horsfield and Dent.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Thomas Hart 15/3. Proctor Barrett £100 on account. R Crabtree £58-19-0. J Croasdale £6-17-6. J Widdup £72-10-0. Sun Insurance £13-2-6. J W Clough £1-13-6. Royal Insurance £10-0-3. Wages £33-14-3. W Roberts and Sons £15-14-0.
Res. That transfer of ten shares from J Hey to A King. One share from Nancy Dean to Ellen McPherson be registered. Seal and cert etc.
Res That the common seal of the company be affixed to a promissory note for £200 lent to the company by William Perry.
Res. That the repairs to the drain at Dark Hill Well be carried out by Mr Colwell.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to order screened Thin Mine coal to WH Mills.
Res. That the tender of the Scottish Boiler Insurance Co for inspection during construction of the two boilers [WH] at £2-2-0 each be accepted. [It was the custom then and still applicable today that boilers under construction be inspected and certified by competent surveyors in all matters of specification and construction. This included a severe hydraulic test and the results were stamped on the boiler, usually near the top manhole, this information followed the boiler throughout its working life. If at any time a fault occurred due to defective construction the insurance co could be held responsible.]
J D Roberts.

March 17th 1897
No business noted.

March 31st 1897
J Edmondson chair. Brooks, Dent, W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter and Horsfield.
Res. That water and steam pipes be put in Pilkington and Brook’s portion of the shed at WH Mills and that Messrs Nutter be asked to accept the same.
J D Roberts.

April 7th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Horsfield, Brooks, Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes of last two meetings as read.
Res. That Promissory note for the Fawcett arrangement with Atkinson be sealed and certified.
The secretary read the cash account ending April 7th 1897. Cash in hand at bank £650.
Res. That secretary be instructed to ask Messrs W Bailey and J Windle to continue repayments of loan.
Res. That the claim of Mr Duckworth for payment of £1 damage for drain cutting be not entertained. [WH]
Res. That a plot of land facing the joiner’s Shop be let to Steven Wright of Butts Top at 3d per yard provided that he build his shop near the road and that the annual rent is not less than £5. If the rent for the amount of the land that he requires amounts to less than £5 the matter be reconsidered. [The piece of land between the main mill and Skipton Road was seen as room for further expansion but as we will see later was never used. This explains why whatever Wright was building should not damage the concept of expansion and was to be near the road. This piece of land was not built on until much later and was for many years either owned or controlled by the national Showman’s Association and was used by visiting fairs. At the date of this minute it was grassland.]
Res. That the fence wall abutting on Wellhouse Road and John Duckworth’s pasture be repaired.
Res. That the secretary be requested to obtain from BUDC the following particulars as to mains and hydrants for fire purposes at CH and WH viz.: The number of hydrants. Their present position and an approximate date when the fixing of same will be completed.
Res. That the following deductions be made from the quarter’s rent account of the laundry on account of steam supplied by the company at the rate of £40 per annum. Jan 1st to 18th, no steam required. £2. Allowance in addition £3, owing to the business not yet being established.
J D Roberts.

April 14th 1897
J Edmondson chair. L Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Brooks, Baxter, Horsfield, Dent and W Holdsworth.
Res. That we let Stephen Wright 400 yards of land at 3d per yard per year in the yard in front of the joiner’s shop, his building to be placed near the highway. The rent to be paid quarterly subject to six months notice on either side to be given on the first day of any month. The wall to be replaced and all made good at the termination of tenancy.
Res. That Mr Edmondson ask Mr Smith to repair the wall in Duckworth’s pasture.
Res That Joseph Windle be approached in respect of the steam being turned off from the warming pan. [Most likely the Size Beck in the tape room where size was boiled for the tape machine. A notorious consumer of steam and always the firebeater’s biggest problem.]
J D Roberts.

April 21st 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, Horsfield and Dent.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: S Cooke and Co £28-15-0. Cresswell and Co £13-13-0. R Crabtree £58-19-0. Wages “24-6-0. J W Brown £1-6-3. Proctor Barrett £200. W Roberts and Sons £2-7-6. James Croasdale £5-10-0. John Dixon £1-2-3. Proctor Barrett £12-13-6.
Res. That Mr John Duckworth’s claim of 20/- for damage caused by drain cutters be paid.
Res. Loans. W Sellars £25. Stephen Rudd £200. Cert and seal etc.
The secretary read a letter from Thomas Cowgill of Springs claiming £5 for damage to his cob [small horse] owing to it having fallen into the company’s drain at Springs Dam during the repairs. Res. That the secretary be instructed to reply to same denying the company’s liability.
A letter was read from C Brooks and Son in answer to the application of the secretary for payment of the last six month’s rent saying that the rent had been withheld to cover themselves for any damage they might sustain by reason of the company’s alterations at WH Mills and complaining that at the last extension in 1895-96 they sustained considerable damage.
As the directors are of the opinion that no considerable damage was done during the 1895-96 extensions and that all the damage claimed by them was claimed and discharged and also that the consideration of any damage that might be done during the present extensions is premature.
Res. That the matter be not considered and that the secretary be instructed to ask Messrs Brooks and Son to remit the amount of rent now due and also to inform them that they cannot consider any change in the tenancy until the whole of the rent due to the date of transfer be paid.
J D Roberts.

April 28th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Horsfield, Brooks, Wilson, Wilkinson, W Holdsworth and Baxter.
Mr Atkinson stated the difficulty he had with Messrs Fawcett in the delay caused by not sending the required troughing and pillars.
Res. That a letter of censure be sent to Mr Fawcett asking him to attend to the same at once. Mr Atkinson wrote accordingly.
Res. That the tender of O Whitaker for slating be accepted at £874-17-0.
Res. That mechanical stokers be applied to the new boilers at WH.
Res. That two steel girders be fixed under the boiler house roof and the pillars removed.
Res. That one stone pillar and two stone arches be taken out of the front of the boiler house and two steel girders be substituted and that Ed Smith be requested to carry out the work.
Res. That Messrs Boocock Brothers be accepted as tenants in place of William Brooks without one month’s gaiting as requested.
J D Roberts.

May 5th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Horsfield, Edmondson, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Stott and Son, ground rent £9-13-4. D Garlic Gas account £2-14-6.
A letter was received from W Bailey stating that owing to the bad state of trade he could not make a payment on the rent account and asking that two of the directors should wait on him.
Res. that the chairman, Mr Edmondson and the secretary be appointed to wait on him.
Res. That the loan of £100 from Dr Roberts be accepted.
Res That Messrs T Dent, W&L Holdsworth, Wilkinson and Edmondson be appointed to wait on Mr J Windle with reference to his request that a weft shed be built at the end of the shed and that they report to the next meeting.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to order a new 3” Blow-off valve from Hopkinson’s at Huddersfield. [Boiler blow down valve or safety valve?]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to Mr Fawcett with reference to the very slow progress of the work he has on hand at WH Mill.
J D Roberts.

May 12th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. L&W Holdsworth, Brooks, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, Horsfield and Dent.
Mr Atkinson explained the working of the Bennis patent stoker, self-cleaner and compressed air furnace also the Cannel furnace. [Cannel is a term used for inferior grades of coal]
Res. That one machine stoker and compressed air furnace be fixed to the WH boiler.
J D Roberts.

[End of first volume of minutes.]
MINUTE BOOK 2
Commences May 19th 1897

Calf Hall Shed Company Ltd.
Wellhouse Mills and Calf Hall Shed, Barnoldswick.
Directors as of June 30th 1896.
Chairman J D Roberts MD
Vice chairman Johnson Edmondson
Thomas Dent
Greenwood Wilkinson
William P Brooks
Leonard Holdsworth
William Holdsworth
John Horsfield
Thomas Baxter
Henry Wilson

Secretary George Proctor FCA
3 Grimshaw Street Burnley

Registered under the Companies Acts 1862 to 1886
Registered on the 3rd of January 1889
Registered office, Wellhouse Mills, Barnoldswick.
Solicitor, W H Hartley, Colne. (Hartley and Pilgrim, Colne.)


May 19th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Horsfield, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Crabtree £64-14-0. Wages £22-14-0. John Widdup £154-15-0. J Colwell 12/-. Burghope and Strange £1-6-0 [I think this is the rent paid to the Roundell Estate for the right to take water from Eastwood Bottoms behind WH Mills which was their property.] W Fawcett £2. E Bennis and Co £6-9-0. James Croasdale £5-10-0. Ed Smith £10. J Duckworth £1-5-0.
A letter was received from Thomas Cowgill stating that he did not know the date when damage was done to his cob at Springs Dam.
Res. Promissory note for Dr Roberts for a loan of £100. Cert and seal etc.
The secretary read the cash account April 5th to May 19th 1897.
Res. That the application of Richard Sellars of Rose Cottage, Foulridge who is not a shareholder of the company to lend £250 at 4% be accepted.
J Edmondson.

26th May 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Brooks, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, Horsfield and Dent.
The letter dated May 24th 1897 from the Butts Mill Co having been read, in reference to the water supply at Butts Mill after use at CH Shed (being too hot). Res. That it be laid on the table until next week. [This is evidence of a very important factor in the siting of urban mills on common watercourses. In the water-powered industry there was no objection to a succession of mills on a watercourse because the mill above didn’t diminish the flow of water available, the efficiency of a mill was decided by location not proximity to another wheel. The steam powered industry was different and this entry is important because it is direct evidence of what was to become a major problem. Butts Mill was the first mill in the town to hit this problem and surprising enough, I don’t think the problem had been recognised, there is certainly no evidence of any objection when CH Shed was proposed and erected. The problem is that unlike a water mill, a steam mill does not deliver the same quality of water back into the watercourse, it has raised the temperature. The efficiency of a steam engine is greatly enhanced by the availability of cold water to cool the jet condenser in the engine exhaust thus giving a vacuum on the back end of the engine which in effect increases the available pressure gradient in the engine. A reasonable vacuum was 25” of mercury equivalent to more than 10psi which is in effect free power. This was Watt’s great contribution to the steam engine. Any rise in condenser water temperature at the intake to the engine erodes this advantage and this is what Butts is experiencing. There is direct evidence in later years of mills protecting the availability of cold water for their engines by opposing development of other mills above them, usually by control of the riparian rights. The classic example is Bancroft Shed built up to 1920 where the siting of the mill on the same watercourse above Clough Mill which controlled the water rights on Gillians Beck was only allowed because there was a family liaison by marriage and even then on condition that a by-pass be installed round the Bancroft lodge and on demand from Clough in hot weather, the available water was diverted round the lodge giving Clough the advantage. In later mills this was the reason why they were sited on the side of the canal which in effect became the lodge or condenser pond for the engine and was virtually inexhaustible.]
Res. That Mr Barrett be instructed to fence off the meadow to the south of WH Mill occupied by him at as small an expense as possible.
Res. That Mr Barrett be employed to prepare for and set the new boilers on condition that he gets a competent bricklayer to do the work and that he find the necessary materials viz. Firebrick, fireclay, seating blocks and flue covers. [Boiler settings are complicated erections using special bricks and methods. The proportions and quality of construction of the flues is crucial to the efficient and economical operation of the boiler. From my own experience of setting Lancashire boilers I know that this operation was seldom properly understood and it paid to get the most experienced workmen possible.]
J Edmondson.

June 2nd 1897
Mr Edmondson chair. Dent, Horsfield, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That architect’s certificates, William Fawcett £350 and Proctor Barrett £150 be paid.
Res that Promissory note for Richard Sellars for loan of £250 be cert and sealed etc.
Res. That D Woffenden’s notice to repay £50 loan be accepted.
A deputation of the tenants of the company attended and requested the company to allow them half rent if they decided to stop during the whole of Whit Week. Res. That they be allowed 28 hours from the rent account to cover the whole of the holidays of the year.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to reply to Butts Mill Co that we are doing our best to help them re the water.
J D Roberts.

June 16th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Horsfield, Brooks, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
The letter dated June 16th from Ed Smith was read giving five days notice to open the drain in Long Ing meadow [Eastwood Bottoms] which is flooded, in consequence it was resolved that Proctor Barrett, the tenant of the land, be requested to remedy the defect.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to ask BUDC to discontinue the turning of sewage from the houses in Hill Street, East Hill Street and Earl Street on to the company’s land adjoining the dams. [I live on East Hill Street and the obvious surface route from these streets downhill is in the direction of Eastwood Bottoms. I assume that this was a temporary course adopted to service the houses while new sewers were laid.]
Res. That the stable at WH Mills lately occupied by C Brooks and Sons be let to Henry Ellis at the rate of 1/- per horse per week on a weekly tenancy without the privilege of being allowed to sub-let.
Res. That Messrs L Holdsworth, Brooks, Dent, Wilkinson and W Holdsworth form a deputation to meet Mr Atkinson tomorrow afternoon at four o’clock re. Messrs Nuttall’s plasterers having not yet commenced work.
Res. That Mr Blakey of the Craven Bank Ltd be appointed auditor in the place of Mr Ed Foden deceased.
Res. That interest on loans for the half year ending 30th June be paid.
Res. That Mr Croasdale’s account be paid £6-17-6.
J Edmondson.

June 23rd 1897
J Edmondson chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, Horsfield and Dent.
Minutes as read.
Res. That £200 be paid to Proctor Barrett on account of work done.
Res. That Messrs Dent and Horsfield see Proctor Barrett about opening the drain in his pasture.
J Edmondson.

June 30th 1897
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes of last two meetings read and confirmed.
Secretary read the monthly statement of receipts and payments.
A letter was read received from BUDC stating that the alleged nuisance should have their attention. [The matter of the sewage is not a big one in the context of the CHSC’s affairs but gives us good evidence of the problems raised by installing the water-carriage sewage system in the town. It was evidently seen as quite acceptable to allow raw sewage to flow away naturally onto lower land. We can’t say exactly where the effluent came to the surface but we are certain that its final destination was onto farm land. In some ways this was quite normal as we have evidence that night soil collected from pail toilets was routinely spread on farm land by the contractors.]
Res. That Wrought iron be 4/- cwt to Proctor Barrett and scrap plate 2/6 per cwt to Ed Smith.
Res. That the tenants be requested to pay stable rents to the chairman monthly.
Res. That accounts be paid: S Cooke and Co £10-15-0. Exors J Cooper £1-1-0. J Widdup £108-6-0. Wages £36-12-3. R Crabtree £106-6-0. Craven Bank £140. W Roberts and Sons 8/6. Exors W Thompson £135-7-6. J W Clough 4/-. W Fawcett £300. Cresswell and Co £2-8-6. J W Brown £1-3-6. J Hopkinson and Co £4-7-6. J Edmondson £4-17-6.
J Edmondson.

July 7th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Horsfield, Baxter, Dent and Brooks.
Res. That P Barrett’s attention be drawn to the urgent necessity of completing the flagging in the new shed [so] that Mr Widdup be able to bring his new looms in and that Messrs Roberts, Horsfield and Dent wait upon Mr Barrett this evening.
Res. That Mr Edmondson sell the ? Iron and cove in the blacksmith’s shop to J W Brown for the best price he can get.
J Edmondson.

July 14th 1897
J Edmondson chair. Brooks Dent, Horsfield L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes of the last two meetings read.
Res. That P Barrett be paid £100 on architect’s certificate and Mr Atkinson £50 on account of commission.
The secretary read the balance sheet for the half year ending 30th of June. Res. That it be adopted and presented to the shareholders.
Res. That the dividend for half year be at the rate of 5% per annum.
Res. That general meeting be held in the Seven Stars Assembly Rooms on Friday 23rd of July at 7pm.
Res. That promissory note for £80 as a loan from J Edmondson be cert sealed etc.
Res, That Proctor Barrett be allowed a reduction of ground rent in proportion to the amount of land taken up for building purposes.
J Edmondson.

July 23rd 1897. Half yearly general meeting
[Printed balance sheet attached]
Johnson Edmondson chair.
Minutes read and confirmed.
Res. Balance sheet, director’s and auditor’s report accepted as read.
Res. Dividend of 5% per annum for the half year ending 30th June 1897 adopted.
Directors elected: Johnson Edmondson, John Horsfield, G Wilkinson. Admiral King and William Perry elected as new directors. [Admiral King wasn’t a naval man. This local family had a tradition of imposing forenames to match the surname, one son was called Royal!]
Res. That director’s remuneration be £30 per annum.
Res. That Charles Blakey of Skipton be appointed auditor at a fee of £4 per annum.
Res. Common Seal of the company affixed to share register.
J D Roberts.

August 4th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Horsfield, Brooks, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, Perry and King.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Inland Revenue £8-6-8. P Barrett £200. James Bulcock 5/6. O Whitaker £250. Ed Smith £7-13-6. W H Atkinson £7-19-11. BUDC £99-4-6. Richard Petty 14/6. Burnley Ironworks Co £4-3-0. Midland Railway £1-7-11.
The secretary read the monthly account of receipts and payments.
A letter was read received from Mr W Hewitt stating that of the Tithe Rent on Mean Laithe Flatt had been completed.
Res. That the tenant of the laundry be allowed one week’s charge of steam and power caused by stoppage.
Res. Transfer of one share from Emily Metcalfe to W Clark be sanctioned. Cert seal etc.
A letter dated July 17th from BUDC was read stating that Mr Bracewell had a large tank for sewage into which it had run for thirty years and that if the tank were regularly cleaned out no cause of complaint could be made. Res. That the secretary be instructed to reply stating that the tank was not on their land and to inform the council that the company would enter a claim for damages if the nuisance was not immediately abated. [We have an entirely different view of human waste today. When I interviewed Billy Brooks in 1978 he was almost 100 years old and he told me a story about an unfortunate man who took a short cut across a field and fell into Bracewell's cess pit. Billy and his mates thought this was hilarious and gave him the by-name 'Shitten Swimmer'. I doubt if the reaction would be the same today.]
Res. That £40 be accepted as a loan from Henry Parkin at 4%. Cert seal etc.
A letter dated July 29th received from J E Lister, solicitor of Keighley was read in which he claimed £5 damages and costs for a horse belonging to Mr Cowgill of Springs Farm, Barnoldswick. Res. That the secretary reply denying liability and informing him that the company would defend any action his client thought proper to take.
A letter dated August 4th received from Proctor Barrett was read in which he requested a further reduction in rent of land for levelling tip etc. and asking that the company should claim from the council for damage in place of himself. He also requested (per Mr Edmondson) the company to allow him the privilege of giving notice to terminate his tenancy as of the 2nd of August.
Res. That Mr Barrett’s notice to terminate the tenancy be accepted as if same had been received on the 2nd of August.
Johnson Edmondson.

August 11th 1897
J Edmondson chair. L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson, King, Perry, Brooks, Horsfield and Dent.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the clerk of works’ wages be paid.
Res. That the St John’s Ambulance Association be allowed to form their march in WH Mill Yard.
Res. That Mr Petty’s estimate to cover the boiler and large steam pipes at 3½d per [square] foot and small pipes at 4d per foot be accepted.
Res. That the cistern [?] be cleaned out by our own men. [Is this what was described as Bracewell’s sewage tank? I wonder if the tank was a hangover from Bracewell’s ownership of WH? Perhaps more likely that it refers to the cast iron water tank for boiler feed water on the old mill roof.]
Res. That Messrs Roberts, Edmondson and Brooks confer with the Craven Bank in respect of the overdraft.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be appointed as stoker at 20/- per week. [WH?]
J Edmondson.

August 16th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Dent, Wilkinson, Wilson, King, Horsfield and Baxter.
Res. That the tenants of the company be allowed 18 hours stoppage during holidays and whilst repairs are being carried on providing they all accept the offer.
Res. That quotations be obtained for coal for hoppers at WH Mills.
Res. That the running of the shed wall with cement be done by Proctor Barrett. [rendering?]
J Edmondson.

August 18th 1897
J Edmondson chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, King, Baxter, Horsfield and Dent.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Messrs Edmondson and Horsfield wait upon Messrs Pickles with reference to terms for stoppages offered to tenants at the last meeting.
Res. That R Crabtree be requested to supply one boat load of coal to WH, one half unscreened and the other Best Slack.
Res. That Messrs Varley and Sons be paid £100 on account and that their tender of 60% off list for steam and water pipes and fitting at WH extensions be accepted. Also that they be requested to fit gas pipes utilising all the old pipe at present on the premises. [The large discount mentioned seems to be a peculiarity of the pipe fitting industry as I know that discounts of this magnitude still exist for large users.]
Res. That Mrs Coates account of £4-10-0 for rent of Springs Dam be paid.
J D Roberts.

September 1st 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Horsfield L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson and King.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: James Bulcock 2/2. J Edmondson £4-17-0. BUDC 6/7. J Widdup £71-18-0. J W Green £37-16-0. P Barrett £100. J Stockdale 19/6.
Res That notices with respect to the throwing of waste or other materials into the closets [water] which might injure the tipplers be printed on tin [for permanency] and affixed in the closets at WH Mill. [This is an interesting one. It’s a clash between the ethos of the manufacturers and that of the CHSC. At this time weavers were very tightly controlled as to how much waste yarn they generated. All waste had to be taken into the warehouse and inspected by the clothlookers to determine whether it was legitimate waste like yarn package ends or culpable waste like stabbed cops which were a sign of bad work by the weaver. Persistent production of avoidable waste could eventually lead to a weaver being dismissed so they developed strategies for disposing of the waste. Ernie Roberts once told me that in his weaving days he used to go into work thin and go out fat because he stuffed stabbed cops in his shirt and took them home to burn on the fire. Another way to get rid of waste was to throw it in the water closets and of course this led to blockages which were the responsibility of the CHSC and not the manufacturers whose policies generated the problem. I had similar problems at Bancroft Shed, not with waste but with the advent of paper knickers! We also know from this entry that the closets were tippler toilets which were flushed by waste water, one wonders where this came from in the mill.]
Res, That Mr Chadwick be requested to clean the clock at WH. [Probably the timepiece in the engine house.]
Res. That new pipes be fixed to the cistern at WH where broken.
Res. That we accept £100 as a loan from John Horsfield at 4%.
Res. That the firemen [stokers] be paid 7/6 for cleaning out the cistern. [I think this must be the cistern on the boiler house and not the old sewage tank.]
Res. That Arley Slack be supplied to WH Mills until the second boiler is coupled up. [This is better coal, the Arley seam was noted as being very high quality. They must be struggling to run the mill on one boiler.]
Res. That the workmen who applied for time and a half be referred to Mr Proctor Barrett their employer.
The secretary read the quotations for coal for WH Mill, delivered at the mill. R Crabtree, Best Slack 8/3 per ton. John Widdup, Acton Hall washed beans 9/7. Exors of Colonel Hargreaves, Arley slack 9/6. H Marsden Altham Nuts 8/11.
J Edmondson.

September 8th 1897
J Edmondson chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, Horsfield, King, Dent, Perry and Brooks.
Res. That Messrs Edmondson, Brooks, L Holdsworth and Wilkinson form a committee to report on the CH boilers. [I am intrigued by the use of the plural ‘boilers’. This could be an error. As far as I know CH was running one boiler, the original, and it was being pressed hard. On reflection I think I am at fault, there were two boilers.]
Res. That we ask BUDC to move the lamp post a little nearer the south end of WH Mills and a little further from the causeway.
Res. That the ridging [WH?] be sold at not less than 2/3 per yard.
Res, That Messrs Crowther and Atkinson be paid 15/- and J Sneath 20/- for services rendered during the feast. [Engine house staff. Maintenance at WH while the mill was closed for holidays]
Res. That Mr Croasdale be paid £6-17-6 for wages and contract.
J Edmondson.

September 15th 1897
J Edmondson chair. L Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Horsfield, dent, Brooks, Baxter, Wilson and King.
Minutes of last two meetings as read.
The letter received from J E Lister of Keighley re. Damage to Cowgill’s horse and dated September 10th was read. The letter stated that Mr Cowgill would sell the horse on Friday next by public auction and that the difference between the cost of the horse and the price realised would be added to the costs incurred and would form the basis for his claim. Res. That the letter be laid on the table.
Res. That the secretary be asked to request Mr R Driver to point out the position of drums [for loom driving belts] in his portion at WH Mill. [The company were responsible for positioning the drums to suit his looms but the responsibility for indicating their position was the tenants.]
Res. Promissory note for a loan of £100 from John Horsfield cert sealed etc.
Res. Transfer of one share from Fred Eastwood of Manchester to Maria Pickles, Mitchell Terrace Barnoldswick. Cert and seal etc.
Res. That Alfred Hawley be asked to examine the leakage at CH Shed. [boiler?]
Res. That the secretary be requested to ask Mr Widdup to keep up the quality of the coal now being supplied to CH Shed.
Res. That the following architect’s certificates be paid: Mr Fawcett £500. Heap and Thornton £70. P Barrett £100.
Res. That R Whipp be asked to grind the valves of the boilers at CH Shed. [Plural again, I’ve forgotten something. Grinding valves refers to grinding the seats in on plug cock valves, feed and stop valves but most likely old-fashioned blow-down valves. A more expensive job than it sounds because to get the plugs out of the cocks the boilers had to be empty, a big loss of heat. Minimum of 5 tons of coal per boiler to get them back into steam.]
The secretary read the report of the Scottish Boiler insurance Co on the state of the company’s boilers. [This is the beauty of having independent inspection by experts who have an interest in maintaining the boiler in peak condition for safety and efficiency] The report stated that on all the boilers large accumulations of scale had been made through neglect and also that several parts of the boilers were corroded and required attention. Res. That the report be sent to the engineers requesting them at the same time, to remedy the defects and keep the scale for inspection.
[I find it difficult to be objective about scale in boilers because when I was in charge of them the science of feed-water treatment was well understood. A chemical analysis of the raw feed water gave a good indication of what additives were needed for a particular boiler and a treatment was supplied specifically for this boiler which contained the necessary chemicals to inhibit the deleterious elements and render the scale soft so that it would not collect on the plates but fall as sediment into the boiler bottom where it could be removed by judicious blow-down while the boiler was at rest. The engineers in 1897 didn’t have this level of sophistication available to them but even so, there were things that could be done to avoid the accumulation of scale which, apart from damaging efficiency by inhibiting heat transfer from the furnaces to the water could be dangerous if they insulated the tubes to such an extent that the water couldn’t cool them and they reached a temperature where they were so weakened they could collapse. Some feed waters are actively corrosive. The surface waters in Barlick are slightly acidic because they originate on the peat moors above the town, this could explain the corrosion. Acid conditions waste the plates and can result in premature failure. The engineers and the company are on a learning curve!]
Res. That a cask of composition be purchased from the British Economic Boiler Co at Bolton. [This is the only remedy they had in the matter of boiler water treatment. Try different manufacturer’s composition until they found one that suited the water.]
Res. That a tender be invited for WH and CH ashes for twelve months. [Ashes and clinker are a valuable raw material for making building mortar.]
J Edmondson.

September 29th 1897
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Horsfield, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, Wilkinson, Perry and King.
Minutes of last two meetings read.
Res. Accounts be paid: R Crabtree £40-18-0. Oldham Boiler Co £600. [WH. Quote was £400 and for two boilers?] J Widdup £61-8-0. S Wright 16/-. G Proctor £85-17-6. A Hawley £48-8-1 and Oldham Boiler Works Co £14-16-2 [These two payments bracketed together and marked ‘subject to architect's certificate.]. J W Brown £7-12-0.
Res. Promissory note for loan of £100 from Stephen Rudd. Cert seal etc.
Res. That a deputation consisting of J Wilkinson, L Holdsworth and Brooks wait upon J Nutter and Sons with reference to their claim for £1-9-0 alleged damage to cloth by our men.
Res. That Messrs King, Edmondson, Horsfield, Wilson and Baxter form a deputation to see to complaints by J Windle of a leaky skylight.
The secretary read the monthly statement of payments and receipts.
A Letter was read from the Exors of Colonel Hargreaves in which they promised to maintain the quality of coal being delivered to Calf Hall Shed.
Res. That a special meeting be held on Saturday afternoon next at 2pm.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to request the attendance of Mr Atkinson and Mr P Barrett on Saturday next to go into the question of delay in completing the contract.
Thomas Dent.

September 22nd 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Wilson, Wilkinson, King, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Dent, Brooks, Perry and Baxter.
Res. That Ed Smith be requested to repair wall at CH Shed.
Res. That we ask the BUDC to carry gas to the new shed. [WH extension lighting]
Res. That the Burnley Ironworks Co be requested to send Mr W Clegg to indicate and overhaul the engine at CH Shed [Significant that BI are called to a Roberts’ engine.] and that Messrs Roberts, Brooks, Edmondson and Wilkinson form a deputation to meet him.
Res. That three notices be obtained for the [water] closets as per sample. [Waste problem?]
Res. That the company allow Messrs Slater Brothers [Clough Shed] the use of windows and wood.
Res. That the plastering in the new shed be stopped until the architect has seen it.
Res. That Mr John Widdup’s grace be reckoned to have commenced on September 20th.
Res. That Dr Roberts see Proctor Barrett with regard to the delay in his contract.
J Edmondson.

October 2nd 1897
Special meeting. J Edmondson chair. Roberts, Dent, Brooks, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson and King.
Mr Atkinson the architect was also present and he submitted an account received from Proctor Barrett for work done and material supplied in partially setting one boiler at WH Mill amounting to £88. The difference between this account and the account sent in by A Hawley [There is more than one Hawley. I know there is a large contractor based in Colne at this time, variously reported as Matthew and R&G Hawley. However, I also have a reference in Barrett’s directory for 1902 of an Alfred Hawley, contractor of New Laithe, Barnoldswick and it appears that it is the latter. The initial ‘A’ is unmistakeable.] of £54 for finishing the setting and also for setting another boiler [WH now has three boilers] was, in the opinion of the directors, so great that they could not accept the account from P Barrett. Res. That the account be rejected. [Boiler setting was specialised work and it’s not surprising that a confident contractor like Proctor Barrett has been caught out.]
Thomas Dent.

October 6th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Dent, L&W Holdsworth, Brooks, Baxter, Wilson, King and Perry.
Mr Widdup’s letter was read re. the ventilation in Sizing Room. Res. That two square doors and one window (opening) be supplied and fixed under the supervision of the architect.
Res. That £200 be paid to P Barrett on architect’s certificate.
Res. That Messrs Atkinson, the clerk of works and Mr P Barrett compare their time-sheets for comparison[sic] and that they meet as soon as possible when the chairman and vice-chairman are also present.
Res. That drip tins be procured and fixed to shafts in Nutter’s portion of the CH shed. [It was the responsibility of the CHSC to lubricate the shafting in the shed and black oil drips contaminating cloth was a common occurrence. Eventually a system of fat pads and special greases was used for the bearings on the cross-shafts which were the usual source of complaints. In earlier sheds where oil was used each bearing had a drip-catcher under the bearing.]
Res. That Mr Norcross be requested to mastic the skylights in Windle’s portion of WH Mill. [These skylights were probably CI and not wood and mastic putty (a mixture of fine sand and boiled linseed oil was used for glazing because ordinary linseed and whiting putty set hard and was dislodged by expansion and contraction of the metal frames.) This putty, or a variation thereof, is still sold as ‘metal casement putty’.]
J Edmondson.

October 13th 1897
T Dent chair. After reading minutes Dr Roberts. Edmondson, Horsfield, Brooks, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson and King.
Minutes as read.
Mr W H Atkinson presented Mr Barrett’s amended account shewing deductions amounting to £13.
Res. That the boiler setting account be now paid together with accounts for all extra work, day work and materials supplied other than the contract done to this date amounting to £151-3-9.
Res That £50 be accepted as a loan from Mr T Baxter. Cert seal etc.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to P Barrett and inform him that he must complete his contracts at WH Mill without further delay.
J Edmondson.

October 20th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Horsfield, Brooks, Dent, Baxter, Perry and King.
Res. That the sizing room in J Widdup’s part of the shed be ventilated and that Mr W Holdsworth be requested to lift one window frame a short distance as an experiment.
The report of the Burnley Ironworks Co on the engine and boilers at CH Shed was read in which it was stated that the total horse power was 306 and the friction load [Energy lost in shafting etc.] 80ihp. Coal consumption for all purposes (Arley Slack at 9/7 per ton delivered at shed) 402lbs per hp/hr. This consumption was considered to be very excessive. [Valuable information here because BI had wide experience of other plants and no inhibitions about telling the truth because it wasn’t one of their installations.] They suggest that the grate bars be shortened on all four furnaces from 6ft to 5ft. The [indicator] diagrams were considered in order and the working of the engine satisfactory. They recommend the adoption of a larger High Pressure cylinder (+1½”) with Corliss gear in order to cut off [steam admission] earlier and to reduce friction. The friction diagrams were not considered to be excessive. They also recommend that US Metallic Packings be fitted to the HP cylinder and further, that one boiler be used for the engine and one for tapes and warming. [Useful entry for us. We are sure now that they have two Lancashire boilers. The modernising of the engine by changing the slide valve HP for a Corliss cylinder is good advice as the Corliss gear allows proper expansive working by early cut-off of steam admission which is far more economical. The recommendation about using the boilers independently is interesting. An engine is most efficient and therefore most economical when it is supplied with steam at constant pressure. The steaming of a boiler for tape-sizing and heat involves quite major fluctuations in demand, normally a good firebeater can accommodate this but splitting the use of the boilers makes it easier to achieve this for the engine.]
Mr Edmondson reported that the architect desired the board to give him instructions with regard to the very unsatisfactory laying of the flags by Proctor Barrett seeing he had not carried out the wishes of the architect.
Res. That the architect be instructed to give Mr Barrett three day’s notice in which to begin the completion of the flagging in the new portion to his satisfaction; failing his compliance with this notice that the architect be empowered to put the work in other hands for the completion.
Some discussion arose with reference to the lending of the company’s property for use either on or off the premises and it was Resolved that all property be lent by one person and that Johnson Edmondson be the person appointed.
Res. That the secretary be requested to ask Messrs Bennis for a quotation for reducing the firebars at CH Shed from 6ft to 5ft. [The reason for shortening the fire bars is to make the furnace more efficient by concentrating the available draught on a smaller area of grate. There is also the secondary consideration that these are self-cleaning bars and operate in such a way as to gradually ‘walk’ the fire to the back of the grate where the ashes and clinker fall into the ash-pit. If the bars are too long there is an area at the back of the fire where there is only a thin area of fire and a large proportion of ash and clinker. This offers less resistance to the air and so the draught goes through the thin portion of the fire and cools down the flue gases. I know the problem well because I had it at Bancroft with Bennis stokers but in that instance caused by short fires due to light load.]
J Edmondson.

October 27th 1897
J Edmondson chair. Dent Horsfield, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, Perry and King.
The minutes of the last three meetings were read and confirmed.
Res. That accounts be paid: British Anti Incrustation Co £3-10-6. S Cooke and Co £31-1-0. R Crabtree £21-11-0. Insurance £11-5-0. James Bulcock 10/6. Wages £26-4-0. S Greenwood £1-13-0. J Widdup £102-5-0. Oldham Boiler Co £6-7-0. J W Brown £1-7-0. J W Clough £12-7-0. W Holdsworth £3-15-0. Ed Smith £11-7-0. A Hawley £40-14-0.
Mr W Holdsworth produced a sketch of the ventilator for J Widdup portion. Res. That it be approved and fixed.
Res. Transfer of eight shares from Henry Banks: 4 to Jane Rudd, 2 to Stephen Rudd and 2 to Margaret Rudd be cert, sealed etc.
A quotation was read from E Bennis for replacing the 6ft fire bars at CH with 5ft bars for the sum of £25 for four furnaces, man’s time, fares and allowances extra.
Res That Messrs Wilkinson and Barrett be allowed the use of the stable for one horse at 1/- per week to be paid monthly.
Res. That stable tenants and J Wright be requested to pay their rents monthly.
Res. That if Whipp cannot repair the blow-off valve, Brown of Earby be asked to do it. [This is a very significant entry. This is Henry Brown engineer of Earby who at this time only did small repairs like the valve. This was the start of an association between Henry and his successors with the company which lasted until its dissolution.]
Res. That the boilerman be requested to clean the wheel covers.
J Edmondson.

November 3rd 1897
J Edmondson chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, King, Horsfield, Brooks, Baxter, Perry and Dent.
Res. That Alf Hawley be asked to re-lay the office floor.
Res. That Heap and Thornton be paid £50 and P Barrett £250 on account of contract as certified.
Res. That Mr Atkinson’s decision with respect to the re-laying of flags by P Barrett be confirmed and that Mr P Barrett be allowed four weeks in which to finish the work to the satisfaction of the architect.
J Edmondson.

November 10th 1897
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, King, Baxter, Horsfield, Brooks and Dent.
Minutes of last two meetings as read.
Res. That Messrs. Royd’s ground rent £9-13-4 [WH] and O Whitaker’s certificate for £200 be paid.
Res. That the secretary be requested to ask Messrs Bennis as to fire bars at CH Shed being fitted on the new principle of three sections and what would be the extra cost.
Res. That Mr J Sneath the engine man at WH Mill be appointed to collect all ground rents and stable rents and that the secretary supply him with a list of tenants.
Res. That Messrs Nutter be allowed to erect a pigsty at CH provided it is built of brick, concreted and that receptacles for the manure are provided.
Res. That Messrs Slater Brothers be informed that the 12 weeks grace for looms will commence on Monday 15th of November and Mr Driver that his grace will commence on Monday 13th of December.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to advertise the old boiler for sale in the Manchester Guardian and the Yorkshire Post.
J. Edmondson.

November 17th 1897
J Edmondson chair. Wilkinson, King, Baxter, Horsfield, Brooks, Wilson, Dent, Perry and L&W Holdsworth.
Res. That Messrs Bennis and Co’s tender to change all firebars on four furnaces at CH Shed for £25 be accepted.
Res. That Messrs W Varley and Co be paid £100 on account of plumber’s contract as per architect’s certificate.
Rees. That alterations be made at the Laundry without addition being made to the rent.
J Edmondson.

November 24th 1897
J Edmondson chair. Wilkinson, King, Horsfield, Baxter, Brooks, Dent, W Holdsworth, Wilson and Perry.
Minutes of last two meetings passed as read.
Res. Accounts be paid. Gas 16/-. J Widdup £61-13-10.
Res. That one barrel of cylinder oil @ 1/10 per gallon be ordered from Brierfield on approval.
Res. That the reserve price for boiler be £50.
Res. That W Holdsworth be requested to fix two doors to the WCs in the extension at WH Mill and that if tubes will not fit tins be got. [I suspect that 'tubes' means 'tubs' and they were evidently larger that tins. These were pail toilets that needed emptying frequently.]
Res. That a manifold letter book be ordered. [I think this was a letter book with alternate layers of transparent paper. The letters were written with a ‘copying ink’ pencil, in which the blue ‘lead’ was a solid ink soluble in water. While the letter was still attached to the book a piece of damp blotting paper was placed above the transparent sheet, the book closed and put in a ‘letter press’ for a while, often overnight. This was a cast iron frame with a platen that could be forced down with a screw. When the book was taken out a copy of what was written in the letter is transferred as a mirror image to the back side of the transparent paper and can be read from the front. This was the fore-runner of carbon paper.]
Res. That B Whitaker be requested to pay arrears of stable rent.
Res. That Mr N Brooks be accepted as tenant after Mr Whitaker has left.
Res. That the office stove be repaired.
Res. That Mr W Holdsworth be requested to take down old pin rails and fix new ones. [I’m still not sure what pin rails are! All I can think of is the old fashioned picture rail which took specially shaped hooks for hanging pictures. Difficult to imagine why these would be needed in the mill.]
J Edmondson.

December 1st 1897
J Edmondson chair. Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Perry, Dent, L&W Holdsworth and Brooks.
Res. That Mr Crabtree’s account of £64-14-0 be paid and J Croasdale’s account £6-17-6 also.
Res. That Mr Croasdale be given a month’s notice.
Res. That we do not supply water to laundry tenants.
Res. That Mr Hawley fix a stone heading in front of boiler to fix door.
Res. That Mr Lee be requested to fit doors and windows in boiler house.
Res. That no fire escapes be sold.
Res. That Mr Hawley be requested to do the work in the Laundry with the exception of concreting.
Res. That the office be papered and painted.
Res. That we ask R Clarke, Petty, Lofthouse, Willan and J Bailey to tender for the work.
J Edmondson.

December 8th 1897
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Horsfield, W&L Holdsworth, Brooks, Baxter, Wilson, King, Wilkinson and Perry.
Minutes of last two meetings as read.
Res. That Mr Fawcett be paid £300 as per certificate and Proctor Barrett £200 but the cheque to be retained until he has completed the flagging in the extension to the satisfaction of the architect.
Res. That transfer of three shares from L Eastwood and one from A Eastwood to Louisa Eastwood and one share from Emily Metcalfe to W Perry be cert sealed etc.
Res. That a loan from W S Wait of £50 be repaid on the 22nd of December.
Res. That Messrs Eastwood and Wilkinson be requested to abate the smoke from their laundry stove. [They must be the predecessors to Barrett's Steam Laundry.]
Res. That the tender of J Willan to decorate and paper office for £1-6-0 be accepted provided he supply a better paper.
Res. That BUDC be requested to abate the nuisance caused by refuse etc. being washed from Wellhouse Road onto the company’s private property. [The main gate into the mill yard from WH Road was on a slope and this problem persisted for years.]
Res. That one boat of Thin Mine coal be ordered to WH Mill.
J Edmondson.

December 15th 1897
J Edmondson chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter, Brooks, King, Horsfield and Wilson.
Res. That the resolution passed on the 1st December with respect to the stone pillar in the boiler house be rescinded and that Mr Atkinson be requested to prepare a sketch of covering in the coal at WH Mill.
Res. That Mr Driver be requested to give the directors some definite information regarding the tenancy at WH Mill seeing that his term of grace commenced on the 12th of December.
Res. That a patent lubricator be fixed to the Low Pressure cylinder at CH by the Burnley Ironworks Co. [Again this is significant. BI are acting as maintenance engineers on the Roberts engine. This flags up two things, evident lack of satisfaction with the service from Roberts at Nelson and the fact that there is no local source for this level of expertise. This vacuum will eventually be filled.]
J Edmondson.

December 22nd 1897
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Brooks, Baxter, Wilson, Perry and King.
Minutes of last two meetings read and approved.
Res. That accounts be paid: Craven Bank £140. J Edmondson £7-8-6. Exors of J Thompson principal £300 and interest of £135-7-6. Joseph Petty £34-3-0. W Fawcett £4-4-0. Interest on loans £56-12-0. R Crabtree £62-4-0. W H Atkinson £63-15-6. Richard Petty £1. A Whitaker £185-13-10. Wages £54-1-0. J Widdup £71-2-0. J Croasdale £5-10-0. Norris and Son £9-10-0.
The secretary read the correspondence which had passed between him and Mr L Mitchell of Bolton with reference to the sale of the old boiler, in which Mr Mitchell, through his solicitor, pressed for delivery of the boiler or, in lieu thereof, £25 damages, and threatened to issue a writ.
Res. That any action taken by Mr Mitchell be defended.
Res. That Mr Mitchell’s solicitors, Messrs Bulshaw and Challinor, be informed that Messrs Harley and Pilgrim of Colne will accept notice of any writ they may issue.
Mr H Marsden quoted Great Harwood nuts at 8/5 at Barlick station.
Res. That the secretary ask Mr R Driver to sign an agreement as to the space taken by him at WH for 160 looms seeing that no reply has been given by him to the notice that his term of grace commenced on 12th December, although he had intimated to Mr Atkinson that he was going on with the space.
Res. That Messrs Heap and Thornton’s tender to do all whitewashing and sundry plastering as described by the architect, for the sum of £38, be accepted and that their tender of 3/- per square yard for concreting in the engine house be also accepted providing they buy their own stone. The company to provide stone if necessary at 1/6 per load.
Res. That Best Slack Coal per J Widdup be supplied to CH Shed. Mr Edmondson intimated that the price would be 7/3 [per ton] at the station.
Res. That the architect’s plan for covering in the coal shed be approved and that he obtain tenders for its erection.
Res. That W Holdsworth be requested to fix rails along the dam side to protect the weavers. [WH?]
Res. That Mr Edmondson see to the pipes for the tipplers. [Water closets]
J Edmondson.

December 29th 1897
J Edmondson chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Brooks, Perry and Dent.
Res. That Messrs Norcross and Hawley’s accounts be checked before payment and that Mr Hawley be requested to furnish particulars.
J Edmondson.

January 5th 1898
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Horsfield, Wilson, Baxter, King and Perry.
Minutes of the last two meetings read and approved.
The secretary reported that Mr R Driver had signed an agreement to take 160 looms at WH, full rent to commence on 7th March 1898 and the tenancy to be a yearly one.
The architect brought before the board 7 quotations for one hoist. The four lowest being T Parkinson, Blackburn £50. Joe Thompson £55. S Baldwin £57. Dent and Holt £58.
Res. That the order be given to T Parkinson at £50.
Res. That one worm wheel be ordered for CH Shed.
The secretary gave full particulars of the insurance on the company’s property viz.
On CH Shed, old portion £4,900 and on extension £2100.
Alliance Co on £4000, premium £15. Sun Insurance on £3000, premium £11-5-0.
On WH Mills, £5000 on sheds and £3000 on warehouse.
Royal Insurance on £2,500, premium £10-0-3. Sun Insurance on £2,500, premium 13-2-6.
The premium on the Alliance Ins Co was due on the 25th Ult. [February]
Res. That it be paid provided that the company undertake to make a rebate of premium from the date iron doors were fixed to their satisfaction.
Res. That Proctor Barrett be paid £200 on account of contracts.
J Edmondson.

January 12th 1898
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Horsfield, Wilson, Baxter, Perry and King.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the balance sheet as read for the half year ended 31st December 1987 be adopted subject to audit.
Res. That the “Costs of negotiating mortgage” now shewn as an asset be written off against the Profit and Loss account.
Res. That the general meeting of shareholders be held on the 28th of January at the Seven Stars AR at 7pm.
Res. That we recommend a dividend for the half year at the rate of 5% per annum.
Res. That Mr Alf Pilkington be allowed 1/6 stoppage of looms for ½ an hour.
The secretary gave further information about the iron doors and fire insurance.
Res. That Heap and Thornton’s tender for concreting be accepted on condition that he pays £1 for stone.
Res. That Messrs King, W Holdsworth and W P Brooks be deputed to wait upon BUDC and request them to carry water to the front of CH Shed. [One wonders what the source of potable water was at the time, from the beck or more probably a rain water tank?]
J Edmondson.

January 19th 1898
J Edmondson chair. Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, Horsfield, Perry, Dent, L&W Holdsworth, Brooks and King.
Res. That Messrs Henry Hargreaves, James Kerrigan and Barraclough be asked to tender for tin oil drippers. [Tin trays to catch the drips from bearings.]
Res. That the engineer at WH be requested to see that nothing leaves the premises without the knowledge of Mr Edmondson or the managing director. [The engine house commanded a view of the yard and entrance.]
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to ask Mr Brown of Earby [Barrett directory for 1886 notes Henry Brown as machinist and blacksmith, Albion Street, Earby.] and someone from Colne to tender for the boiler house shed.
J Edmondson.

January 26th 1898
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Horsfield, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter, Wilson, King and Perry.
Minutes of the last two meetings as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: S Cooke and Co £18, Burghope and Strange £1-12-6. J Hart £1-18-6. T Willan £1-6-0. Henry Brown 10/6. Ed Smith £3-3-6. A Hawley £7-8-0. Towers Singleton 12/6. J W Brown £2-7-6. John Dixon 12/3. W Norcross £30-10-0. Ed Bennis 9/6. Burnley Ironworks £150. James Bulcock 11/6. Mr Bannister £3-17-0. W Varley and Sons £150. R Crabtree £81-5-0. Oldham Boiler Co £200. John Widdup £75-13-0. Wages £35-6-11. District rate £99-4-6. D E Garlic £2-13-0. Inland revenue £62-0-1.
L Mitchell of Bolton made application for £5 for out of pocket expenses in connection with the boiler.
Res. That he be paid nothing seeing that his men left Bolton after the offer to sell to them had been withdrawn and also that he had not accepted the secretary’s first offer to pay them.
Res. That Mr Barraclough’s tender for the supply of oil drippers to CH Shed at 1/2 per dozen be accepted and that 100 of each of the two patterns be ordered. [From the quantity ordered, these are for fitting under the cross-shaft bearings in the weaving shed.]
The following tenders for coal shed at WH Mill were received. Henry Brown £28-3-6. J Thompson £29. J W Brown £28. Croasdale, Colne £30.
Res. That J W Brown’s tender be accepted.
J Edmondson.

Half yearly general meeting
January 28th 1898
[No printed sheet attached]
Dr Roberts in chair.
Minutes of last general meeting read and approved.
Res. That balance sheet, director’s report and Auditor’s report be accepted.
Res. That dividend of 5% per annum for half year ending 31st December 1897 be approved.
Res. That Seal be applied to the register of share transfers.
J D Roberts.

February 9th 1898
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Horsfield, Brooks, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, King and Perry.
Minutes as read.
Res. Promissory note for loan of £500 by E A Banks be cert sealed etc.
Res. That transfer of 4 shares from George Taylor and Thomas Thompson to M A Broughton. Cert seal etc.
Res. That Burnley Ironworks be asked to send Mr Clegg to inspect the piston of the High Pressure cylinder at CH Shed.
Res. That the footballing, cricket etc. now carried on in front of WH shed be put a stop to. Mr Baxter promised to endeavour to stop it.
Res. That W Holdsworth be requested to open 2 or 3 windows in Widdup’s taping room to improve the ventilation.
A written application was made by James Nutter and Sons, B&M Holden and S Pickles and Sons (CH Shed) and Messrs A Pilkington, Joseph Windle, W Bailey, and Boocock Brothers (WH Mill) tenants of the company for a re-adjustment of the rent for Room and Power on the grounds that the present price (39/- per loom per annum and £90 for a tape for 400 looms) is in excess of that paid at Earby, Foulridge and Barnoldswick and asking that the directors receive a deputation from them.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to reply saying that after very careful consideration the directors could not see their way to make any reduction from the present price.
The secretary stated that the price of best slack delivered at one of the Nelson mills was 6/8 per ton and the rent of looms 38/- per annum (average in Nelson for a modern shed). Best slack delivered at Barlick Railway station is 7/3 per ton and at the shed 7/10, a difference of 1/2 per ton. This additional cost of coal amounts to 2/- per loom per annum so that from the company’s standpoint the rent at Barlick is 39/- minus 2/- which is 37/- per loom as against 38/- per loom.
As to tapes, the average in Nelson is £85. Taking 3 tons of coal per tape per week at 1/2 per ton increased cost of coal the additional cost would be £9-2-0 per annum so that the company is only charging, as compared with coal cost at Nelson, £80-18-0 per tape.
S Pickles rent of tape £90 for 416 looms = comparative price of £77-8-9.
J Nutter £90 for 414 looms = £77-17-1.
B&M Holden £90 for 414 looms ditto.
[George Proctor is using his wide experience, doing his homework and presenting a good case. The irony of this application by the manufacturers is that they saw no problem in applying what was known as the ‘Local Disadvantage’ rule to weaver’s wages on the grounds that as they were at the end of the railway line and an outlier of the main weaving districts their profits were less. One law for the rich and another for the poor...]
J Edmondson.

February 16th 1898
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Brooks, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter, Wilson, Perry and King.
Minutes as read.
Res. That a deputation consisting of Messrs. Roberts, Horsfield, Dent and the secretary meet a deputation from the Long Ing Shed Co with regard to the application by the tenants to the company for a reduction in rent. [It made sense for the shed companies to avoid competition and in later years they formed an association of Room and Power providers.]
Res. That 3 dozen stoppers for oil bottles be ordered. [These oil bottles were a simple but effective way of lubricating large slow rotation bearings usually on critical points in the shafting. They were a glass globe with a narrow neck. When filled with oil they were plugged with a wooden stopper with a hole through it. The plug was cone shaped on both ends, one end fitted the bottle, the other a simple hole in the cap of the bearing to be oiled. A loose fitting metal rod was inserted in the hole and when inverted and inserted in the hole on the bearing the metal rod dropped till it touched the shaft and if properly sized, oil only flowed when the shaft rotated and jiggled the rod. The bottles could be easily checked for level being glass and different sizes of globe were used for different bearings. They could easily last a week.]
J Edmondson.

February 26th 1898
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Brooks, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter, Wilson, Perry and King.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: John Widdup £67-6-0. R Crabtree £86-5-0. Ed Bennis and Co £28-7-0. Heap and Thornton £50. Eliz. Coates £4-10-0. Wages £26-11-3.
Res. Transfer of one share from Emily Metcalfe to W Perry, nine shares from Sandy Harmer to Slater Dugdale and three shares from Sandy Harmer to John Crook be cert sealed etc.
The secretary read the cash account from Jan 1st to date.
The secretary reported with reference to the tenant’s application that he had let during the last year 1100 looms on yearly tenancy at 39/- per loom per annum for 40” reed space looms and £90 per tape. 560 looms at 38/6 for 40” reed space and £95 for tape on a ten year lease. 1200 looms at 38/- per annum on a seven year lease. Room and Power in Earby is 38/-. [GP is drawing on his experience of acting for other shed companies.]
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to make a sketch of the proposed driving wheels at CH Shed and obtain tenders for the same.
Res. That space for 400 looms be advertised in two Skipton papers.
J Edmondson

March 2nd 1898
J Edmondson chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Brooks, Perry, Wilson and Dent.
Res. That a water main be laid at the front of CH Shed for fire purposes.
Res. That Messrs. Wilkinson, Holdsworth and Edmondson be deputed to see the fire brigade.
Res, That the deputation of Dr Roberts, Edmondson and Dent meet the deputation from Long Ing Shed on Wednesday the 9th of March.
Res. That Messrs. W Holdsworth, Dent and Baxter request the laundry proprietors to abate the smoke nuisance.
Res, That Inspector Hardisty be authorised to stop football playing at WH Mill and that Messrs. Horsfield and Brooks be deputed to wait on him.
Res. That one barrel of cylinder oil be ordered for each mill from J Ashworth and Co at 1/11 per gallon. [The search for the perfect cylinder oil continues! Like boiler composition, lubrication was not an exact science and selection was by trial and error. In the 1980s when I was faced with the problem of obtaining a cylinder oil for the engines at Ellenroad I approached Total oil, agreed a specification and they produced a new, modern formulation which was different than any cylinder oil I had ever seen but was very effective. I always remember an old engineer telling me that there were only two sorts of oil, thick and thin. This was the state of knowledge of some steam engineers as late as the 1970s. Cylinder oil was judged on how thick it was. From 1960 on, Walker’s Century Oils supplied all oils for the NCB winding engines and were probably the industry standard at that time for properly formulated cylinder oil which was much thinner than the mainstream but very effective. I used their oil at Bancroft Shed and was entirely satisfied.]
J Edmondson.

March 9th 1898
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter, Brooks, Wilson, Perry and King.
Minutes of last two meetings read and approved.
Res. That the secretary write to Messrs. Norris and Son informing them that the reducing valve still fails to work and ordering them to replace it. [There were usually two pressure reduction valves in the system. One to reduce the pressure supplied to the tape departments as they could function quite efficiently on approximately 40psi and this cut down on wasteful consumption when boiling size. The large copper drying drums on the tapes were very fragile and only needed perhaps as little as 3psi to operate efficiently. The reduction valve for this was part of the tape-sizing machine and it’s doubtful whether this is the one referred to.]
A letter was read from Messrs. Cooper Brothers [Loom manufacturers] stating that Messrs. Horsfield and Greenwood of Barnoldswick had been making enquiries as to the cost of looms but required financial aid.
Res. That Messrs. Cooper be requested to ask Messrs. Horsfield and Greenwood to communicate with the company.
The secretary reported the result of the interviews between the deputations appointed by the company and by the Long Ing Shed Co and presided over by Dr Roberts at which the application of the tenants of the two companies for a reduction in rent charges was considered and the following resolutions were unanimously adopted. [If you’re getting the impression that there is a concert party here you are right. The Barnoldswick Manufacturer’s Association was formed shortly before this time and they were quite obviously acting in concert as were the two shed companies.]
Res. That no reduction be made in the rent as at present charged.
Res. That a letter be sent to each of the company’s tenants as follows:
My directors have considered your application of the 4th ult asking for a reduction of the rent charged for Room and Power and they direct me to state that although not averse to meeting you, they fail to see that any good would come of it as they cannot see their way to make any reduction in the annual payment for rent. They have not come to this decision hurriedly but have made enquiries in all the districts named in your communication as to rents paid and they are satisfied that you are under no disadvantage. They wish me to point out that although in one or two instances rents may be less than those charged in Barnoldswick, the extra cost of working the mills in Barnoldswick more than counter-balances the extra money received for rent, also that mills built in country districts cost more than those built in a town.
I may say that although the CHSC Ltd has been in existence for nine years, the shareholders have not received 5% on their money from the commencement. I think this is ample proof that they are not receiving handsome profits at the expense of their tenants.
I remain Gentlemen, Yours faithfully, George Proctor, Secretary.
[What we have here is a cloud no bigger than a man’s hand. Even though the company’s case is, on the face of it fair, the essential fact is that tenants were never easy in their minds when they saw shareholders making regular profit out of their rents working in an industry open to wide trade fluctuations. This was to become more acute as the CHSC became very successful and the big problem for the tenants was that because of the dilution of share ownership though partiple inheritance the obvious route of buying company shares up and participating in the profits was closed to them. In the end it was this fundamental problem which drove many of the more successful tenants to build their own mills and free themselves from what they saw as the tyranny of the shed companies. It’s worth noting that although they protested, the profits which financed the later mills came from their years working as tenants under the Room and Power system.]
J Edmondson.

March 14th 1898
J Edmondson chair. Wilkinson King, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Dent, Brooks and Baxter.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be appointed fireman at CH Shed at a wage of 22/- per week.
Res. That Mr Shackleton be appointed oiler at 20/- per week. [CH?]
J Edmondson.

March 16th 1898
J Edmondson chair. Wilkinson, Perry, King, Horsfield, Dent, L&W Holdsworth, Brooks, Wilson and Baxter.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to obtain tenders for laying a water main at the front of CH Shed as far as the partition wall between Holden’s and Nutter’s portion. [I suspect that BUDC had laid the main in the street and this was a branch for the company’s premises along what became Mill Street.]
Res. That Messrs Varley be requested to connect the pipes for warming tins in Nutter’s shed providing that Nutters find the copper pipe. [No obvious need for these. I suspect they might be for weavers to warm their food.]
J Edmondson.

March 23rd 1898
J Edmondson chair. Dent, Brooks, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson, Perry and King.
Minutes of the last three meetings read and approved.
Res. That accounts be paid. W Barraclough £1. M&J Layfield 5/-. W D Baldwin 6/8. T Rawlinson £2-6-6. James Bulcock £1-5-0. R Crabtree £67-3-0. J Widdup £76-7-0. Wages £27-11-3. Sun Ins co £13-2-6.
The secretary read the monthly cash account.
Res. That the two new boilers at WH Mill be insured with the Scottish Ins Co for £200 each. [3 boilers at WH in total.]
A letter received from Messrs. Greenwood and Horsfield was read in which they applied for space for 260 looms and a tape in the old mill bottom. The secretary also reported that they only had £800 capital and that they desired the company to assist them in purchase of machinery.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to inform them that they will consider the application but requesting them to endeavour to put more capital in the business. [This is a good example, no matter what transpires, of the value of the shed companies role in making the threshold of entry into the industry as low as possible for new entries. As long as the company could see buoyant trade conditions and had the available capital this was a low risk investment. The CHSC would get interest on the loans made, rent from the looms and if the worst came to the worst would end up as owners of the machinery making it possible to encourage another entrant.]
The secretary reported that the balances due from Messrs. J Windle and W Bailey to date were £776 and £975 [respectively].
Res. That Messrs, T Baxter and J Edmondson be requested to inspect the iron doors for[?] Windle’s part of the shed and report to the next meeting.
J Edmondson.

March 30th 1898
J Edmondson chair. Wilkinson, Wilson, Perry, King,Brooks, Horsfield, Dent, Baxter and L&W Holdsworth.
Res. That Messrs King and Baxter cover the opening in the thoroughfare [WH] by way of experiment for insurance purposes. [Into the mill?]
Res. That the CH tenants be requested to state the dates and hours on which the 3½hrs stoppages deducted by them from the rent occurred.
Res. That the rent for Room and Power be not reduced.
Res. That before granting an interview to the company’s tenants the Long Ing Shed Co be consulted.
Res. That if the Long Ing Co grant their tenants an interview we appoint Messrs. Roberts, L Holdsworth, J Edmondson, T Dent, the secretary and the architect a deputation to meet our tenants.
Res, That Mr Fawcett be paid £400 on account of contract.
Res. That the hoist bracket be plated. [A common method of repairing a cracked iron casting was to bolt a strengthening plate onto it.]
J Edmondson.

April 5th 1898
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Brooks, Wilson, Baxter, King and Perry.
Minutes of last two meetings read and approved.
A letter was read, received from the Craven Bank, asking for some arrangement be made as to the overdraft on the current account which amounts to £4,127-3-4.
Res. That the arrangement with the bank be left to the secretary.
A letter was received from B&M Holden in which they stated that the half day was made up of 4hrs and ½ an hour.
Res. That the secretary be asked to write them.
Res. That the transfer of eight shares from Joseph Hawley to Mrs Ibbotson (4), Mary Jane Ibbotson (2) and Barrett Hargreaves (2) be registered cert seal etc.
Res. That the transfer of eight shares from Mr M Hawley to Miss Jane Higson of Newton, Clitheroe be registered cert seal etc.
The following letter from Mr R Driver with regard to his tenancy was read.
April 4th 1898.
Gentlemen, through circumstances over which I have no control I am very reluctantly obliged to ask if you will release me of any agreement with you re loom space at WH Shed. My legal advisers have recommended me to write you and state that I do not wish to shirk any responsibility but to be honourable with the whole matter and trust that you will deal accordingly as gentlemen. I am, yours respectfully, R Driver.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to reply that as there was no proposal contained in his letter for our consideration we could not come to any decision.
Res. That a further sum of £100 be paid to Mr Fawcett of Skipton on account of wheelwright’s work. [The ‘driving wheels’ at CH?]
J Edmondson.

April 13th 1898
J Edmondson chair. Wilkinson, Wilson, Perry, King, Horsfield, Brooks, Dent, L&W Holdsworth and Baxter.
Res. That a boat of Altham Nuts @ 8/11 per ton be ordered with H Marsden.
Res. That Mr Widdup be asked to stock up to 50 tons of coal at CH Shed.
Res. That Mr Atkinson obtain tenders for old iron.
Res. That J Ellis cart refuse from boiler house at WH Mill.
J Edmondson.

April 14th 1898
Special meeting.
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Wilkinson, Dent, W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Wilson, Baxter, Brooks, King and Perry.
The secretary read a letter from Mr R Driver dated April 12th stating that as he was wishful to be clear of the whole thing at once his advisers recommend him to ask us to state the least cash we will accept from him.
The secretary reported that in addition to the 12 weeks grace already expired 6 weeks rent would be due from Mr Driver on the 16th of April, the total rent for the whole 18 weeks was £108 and the probable saving of coal £25.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to Mr Driver offering to accept, without prejudice, the sum of £156 being being the amount of six months rent providing that the offer be accepted by him on or before Monday the 26th of April.
Res. That the tender of Messrs. Ellison of Skipton to fix Bevil Wheels [‘Bevil’ was the archaic form of Bevel.] at CH Shed for the amount of £4-15-0 be accepted.
Res. That the tender of J W Brown of Barnoldswick for the supply and laying of 110 yards of 3” water main and fittings in front of CH Shed warehouse for the sum of £22-1-0 be accepted.
J Edmondson.

April 20th 1898
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Perry, King, Horsfield, Brooks Dent and Baxter.
Res. That Shackleton’s (fireman) wages be increased to 21/-.
Res. That Mr Isaac Miller’s tender for old iron at 42/6 per cwt be accepted.
Res. That Messrs Heap and Thornton be paid £60 on account on Architect’s certificate.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be empowered to make the best bargain possible with Mr Ellison of Skipton for the centrifugal pump.
J Edmondson.

April 27th 1898
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Brooks, Wilkinson, Horsfield L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, King and Perry.
Minutes of the last four meetings read and approved.
Res. That accounts be paid: J Ashworth and Co £7-12-0. J W Clough £7-1-0. S Cooke and Co £20-17-0. J W Brown £12-4-0. J Widdup £74-2-0. Royal Ins Co £10-0-3. A Hawley £17-3-1. Wages £34-3-0.
The secretary read the monthly statement of receipts and payments.
The deputation appointed to meet the tenants reported that the meeting took place on the 22nd of April and lasted two hours (8-10pm) and that the tenants gave no evidence that they were suffering any hardship in respect of their rent. The tenants left the deputation asking that the company give the question of a reduction their full consideration. [My italics. I have always liked this understated implicit rebuke by George. He was right of course. It was the profits made under the shed companies which paid for the new mills that were being built between now and 1920.]
The secretary reported having an interview with Mr G Robinson of the Craven Bank at Skipton as to the present overdraft of about £4000 on the General account when it was agreed that the account should be allowed to remain in its present condition. [One wonders how many of these interviews GP had with GR over the years. They must have built up a good relationship and one suspects that GP would massage this by always giving GR an accurate estimate of the risks involved. Once more he has earned his corn.]
Res. That Mr W P Brooks notice to give up the stable in a week be accepted.
The secretary reported that the analysis of the two samples of oil shewed that the oil at present in use was worth 1d a gallon more than the sample oil from Messrs. Ashworth and Company.
A letter was read received from R Driver in which he offered to pay £100 to be released from his contract to take space for 160 looms at WH Mill.
J Edmondson.

May 4th 1898
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilkinson, Wilson, Horsfield, King, Perry and Dent.
Res. That Mr Atkinson's day wage be divided between Ed Watson, Sneath, Shackleton and Crowther.
Res. That Messrs. W Holdsworth, Dent, Roberts, Brooks, Wilson and King pay a visit to the CH Shed engine tomorrow at 12 o’clock.
Resolved that a ladder with oak staves be supplied to the oiler by W Holdsworth.
J Edmondson.

May 11th 1898
J Edmondson chair. L&W Holdsworth, Dent, Wilkinson, Horsfield, Brooks, Baxter, Wilson Perry and King.
Minutes of last two meetings as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Messrs. Stott and Son £9-13-4. P Barrett £250 on account of contract.
Two letters addressed to the secretary from Mr R Driver dated 4th and 10th of May respectively in which he agreed to pay £100 as follows: £60 due from the Mill Company Ltd (Shed company running Victoria Mill at Earby] to himself on the 15th of May and £40 out of money due from the same company in the following month, being read it was resolved that the method of payment be accepted provided that Mr Driver gives his authority to the Mill Company to pay the amounts to this company. [Guess who was acting as secretary to the Mill company? That's right, George Proctor.]
Res. That the loans of £200 from A King and £50 from Alice Lancaster at 4% be accepted. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the tenants of the laundry be requested to couple their fan to their own engine.
Res. That the meetings of the directors be held at 7pm instead of 6-30pm as hitherto.
J Edmondson.

May 18th 1898
J Edmondson chair. Baxter, Wilkinson, Wilson, Horsfield, King, Perry, Brooks, W Holdswoth and Dent.
Res, That Messrs. Edmondson and Dent wait upon Messrs. Widdup and Slater as to whether they are willing or desirous of taking the space adjoining their portion.
Res. That a letter received from the tenants of the company requesting that the question of the reduction of rent charges be given further consideration be left over until next week.
J Edmondson.

May 25th 1898
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Wilkinson, W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Brooks, Wildon, Baxter, Perry and King.
Minutes of the last two meetings read and confirmed.
Res. That Accounts be paid: Ed Smith 12/1. J Dixon 7/6. J Marsden £20-10-2. Burghope and Strange £1-6-3. Economic Boiler Co £3-15-0. Gas £1-11-6. Lancaster and Tonge £2-2-0. J W Hargreaves 5/4. J W Clough £3-9-1. Burnley Ironworks £100. R Crabtree £84-8-0. Wages £28-1-2. J Widdup £94-8-3. J W Brown £41-13-0. Ellison and Son 15/-.
The secretary read the monthly cash account April 26th to May 25th. Shewing receipts over payments £442-5-10.
The secretary reported that Mr Driver had made a payment of £60 on account of the £100 agreed to be accepted from him by the company.
Letter from BUDC read. States that Mr Duckworth had no claim against the company for making a connection to the main sewer running through his land unless the connection was made after entering his land. Res. That Mr Edmondson see Mr Duckworth and if possible obtain a reduction in the amount charged.
The letter dated 13th of May received from the tenants asking for further consideration to be given to the question of reducing rents having been read and considered. Res. That the secretary be instructed to reply to each of the tenants that the company could not see their way to grant any reduction of rent and mentioning that the price of coal was likely to go up and also that local rates were steadily increasing.
Res. Transfer of four shares from A King to R Hodgson be registered. Cert seal etc.
Res. That a loan of £100 be accepted from A King @ 4%. Cert seal etc.
Res. That Crowther’s wages be increased by 2/- per week.
Res. That new wheels be fixed in Windle’s shed by Mr Fawcett at the earliest opportunity. [Pair of bevels on lineshaft?]
Res. That Mr Atkinson be instructed to get a wooden shed built over the new pump at the end of WH Shed. [I think this pump was used to draw water out of the well in Eastwood Bottoms where the Bowker Drain could be tapped to top up the reservoir. If not it must have been forcing water from the lodges up into the cistern on the mill roof.]
Res. That Heap and Thornton be instructed to fit two skylights in the boiler house at WH Mill.
Res. That Mr Bailey be requested to put a stop to the damage being done to his shed roof and at the door opening into the extension.
J D Roberts.

June 1st 1898
J Edmondson chair. L&W Holdsworth, Dent, Wilkinson, Horsfield, King, Wilson and Perry.
Res. That Mr Fawcett be written to regarding the wheels in Windle’s shed.
Res. That Mr Atkinson’s (fireman at CH) application for an advance in his wages be not entertained.
Res. That enquiries be made as to the cost of driving looms in Pickles’ shed by gearing in place of ropes. [Many tenants were suspicious of rope driving as against gears because they suspected they were losing out on power because of slippage. Gear driving was positive. In the case of properly installed rope drives this was mistaken. What they lost in slippage was more than made up by increased loom efficiency because ropes gave a smoother drive. Hence the almost universal change over to rope drive on main engines.]
Res. That John Raw be instructed to clear away rubbish out of well. [In Eastwood Bottoms, he was the tenant of the land.]
J D Roberts.

June 8th 1898
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, Brooks, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, King and Perry.
Minutes of last two meetings as read.
Mr Edmondson reported that Mr Duckworth had agreed to accept 1/- per annum for the privilege of a connection to the drain in his meadow.
Mr Atkinson wired that Ellison’s estimate for the work in Pickles’ shed was £20-7-6.
Res. That the work be done but that Mr Atkinson be requested to obtain further information before letting the work.
A letter from J Windle having been read, complaining of the leakage of windows and asking for the Mechanic’s shop it was resolved that the matter be further considered.
The secretary read a copy of the letter to be sent to tenants in reply to their application.
Res. That it be approved.
The secretary reported with reference to the application by Messrs. Dewhurst for space for 80 to 100 looms. That he had had two interviews with them and that they had ultimately agreed to take the whole of the space for 160 looms lately in the tenancy of R Driver providing the company would advance £700 on the machinery and retain the whole of the plant in the company’s name under a Hire Purchase agreement to pay the amount advanced with interest of 5% thereon for a period of seven years. [Driver’s looms and machinery were evidently left as part of the settlement with the company and the benefit is being realised in income from hire purchase of the machinery and the filling up of the shed. The last thing the company wanted was odd spaces for a few looms here and there as they were dead space.]
J D Roberts.

June 15th 1898
J Edmondson chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter, Horsfield, King, Wilson, Brooks and Dent.
Res. That a portion of the store room adjoining the office be let to Mr Windle providing he gives up a portion of the second floor. [Here’s an example of the CHSC taking advantage of any opportunity to rationalise the use of space in the mill by the tenants. This had two effects, it maximised use of the available space and made it easier to let the space if a tenant should leave. With the benefit of hindsight it also has the advantage of not encumbering the old Bracewell Mechanic’s Shop by piecemeal letting. I don’t know whether they had clear plans at this point but this facility was to become vitally important, not only for CHSC but Barlick as a whole.]
Res. That the scaffold at Springs Dam be repaired by Mr W Holdsworth using wood from WH Mill.
Res. That W Holdsworth be asked to open up a few of the windows in the shed as occupied by Messrs. Dewhurst and Elsworth.
Res. That Mr Ellison’s tender of £20-7-6 to convert the rope drive to gearing in Pickles’ shed be accepted.
Res. That Mr Baxter be requested to make enquiries about the man whose name had been mentioned to him as a likely fireman. [Interesting that this personal approach was used instead of general advertisement. It shows how close the directors were to the local community and signifies that they wanted to get the best man possible. Even though it was a low wage, the firebeater could make a lot of difference to coal consumption by how well he did his job and coal was the company’s biggest single expense.]
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to prepare specifications for painting Dewhurst’s shed and that Messrs. Lofthouse, Petty, Willan, Bailey and Clark be asked to tender.
J D Roberts.

June 20th 1898
J Edmondson chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter, King, Brooks, Horsfield, Dent and Wilson.
Res. That the new oiler’s wages be 21/- per week.
Res. That we advertise for a fireman at CH Shed, applicants to be asked to state wage required and to apply not later than Friday night next at 6pm to Dr Roberts and that Mr Standing print ? and placard them in Barnoldswick, Earby and Kelbrook.
Res. That a spare wheel be ordered if it be found all the cross-shafts were of the same length. [This is a bevel and I suspect that what was actually meant was the diameter of the cross-shafts rather than the length which shouldn’t have been a factor.]
J D Roberts.

June 29th 1898
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, L Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Brooks, Horsfield, Wilson, Baxter, Perry and King.
Minutes of last three meetings read and approved.
Res. That accounts be paid: Interest on loans for half year £66-17-6. Exors W Thompson, interest, £130-15-0. Craven Bank interest £140. R Crabtree £61-8-0. J Widdup £70-2-11. Wages £26-10-2. J Edmondson £7-6-10. J W Brown £3-2-9. J Singleton 8/9.
The secretary read the monthly statement of receipts and payments.
Res. That the amount deducted by the tenants at CH Shed for the half day (Said be them to have been stopped during December 1897) be allowed and that the secretary write them stating that in future all allowances must be agreed before deduction.
Res. That the specification for painting at WH Mill be approved.
J D Roberts.

July 6th 1898
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Dent, L&W Holdsworth, Brooks, Horsfield, Wilson, Baxter, Perry, King and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the balance sheet as read for the half year ending June 30th 1898 be adopted subject to the secretary’s suggestion as to the manner in which the receipt of the sum of £100 from Rhodes Driver should be shown and also subject to audit.
Res. That we recommend the shareholders to approve a dividend for the half year at the rate of 5% per annum.
Res that the General Meeting be held on Friday 22nd July in the Seven Stars AR at 7pm.
The retiring directors are L Holdsworth, W P Brooks and Baxter and after King and Perry had drawn lots as to who should take the place of Ed Smith (resigned) that Mr King also should be a retiring director.
Res. That a loan of £20 from Mr Henry Parkin be accepted.
Res. That the tender of J Lofthouse to paint a proportion of the inside of WH Mill for the sum of £31 as per specification be accepted.
Res. That Mr Bailey’s tender to paint a proportion of the outside of WH Mill as per specification for the sum of £110 be accepted.
J D Roberts.

July 20th 1898
J Edmondson chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Dent and Brooks.
Received. The four lowest tenders for the erection of an additional warehouse for H Slater and Sons and sweepings room storage for the other tenants be accepted. Viz.
Alfred Hawley for mason’s work £17-14-6.
Waite and Lambert joinery £7-15-0.
Heap and Thornton slaters £3.
Arthur Reeves plumber £2-19-0.
Res. That John Widdup be allowed to extend his sweeping room at his own expense. [Remember that a separate room for dirty sweepings was considered essential by the insurance companies because of the danger of spontaneous combustion caused by oil contamination, much of it vegetable oil like linseed.]
Res. That Proctor Barrett be paid £237-18-9.
Res. That the architect be requested to ask Mr Fawcett to send a more competent man to fix the drums in Dewhurst's shed.
Res. That the stone ridging be sold at not less than 2/6 per linear yard.
J D Roberts.

July 22nd 1898
Dr Roberts chair. J Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Brooks, Dent, Wilson, Baxter, King and Perry.
Minutes of last meeting and those of 6th July read and approved.
Res. That accounts be paid: R Crabtree £64-14-0. C Blakey £2. John Widdup £52-3-0. Director's fees £15. G Proctor £20.
J D Roberts.

Half year general meeting
July 22nd 1898
Dr Roberts chair.
Secretary read notice convening meeting and minutes of the last general meeting which were confirmed.
Res. Balance sheet, director’s report and auditors report adopted as read.
Res. That a 5% per annum dividend for the half year be declared. Approved.
Res. That four retiring directors be re-elected. L Holdsworth, Brooks, Baxter and King. Approved.
Res. Directors remuneration at £30 be approved.
Res. That C Blakey be re-elected auditor at £4 per annum. Approved.
Res. Common Seal be applied to share transfer register. Approved.
Res. That the engine houses of the company at CH and WH be decorated.
No signature and no printed balance sheet.

August 3rd 1898
Dr Roberts, Edmondson, Dent, Brooks, Horsfield, Wilson, Baxter, L Holdsworth, King, Perry and Wilkinson.
Res. That Dr Roberts be chairman for the ensuing year and T Dent be the vice-chairman.
Minutes of last two meetings read and confirmed.
Res. That loan of £20 from Henry Parkin be cert seal etc.
A letter dated 28th July from the Barnoldswick Manufacturer’s Association asking for the usual allowance of rent for the holidays having been made[sic].
Res. That 18 hrs be allowed as before. [Notable that the tenants are communicating via the Association. No doubt this also applied to other mills like Long Ing, with tenants on room and power. It should be noted that H Slater and Sons at Clough Shed had a long record of allowing very small tenants to take room and power, often with as little as six looms. Many of the major manufacturers in the town started like this. Bracewell was unique in that he never (to my knowledge) allowed tenants. From his track record he would regard them as possible future competitors.]
Res That the next supply of Cylinder Oil be obtained from Price’s Patent Candle Co @ 1/6 per gallon. [The search for the perfect cylinder oil continues!]
A Letter dated 27th of July from the Butts Mill Co complaining of the high temperature of the water leaving CH Shed.
Res. That the secretary write them to say that the CHSC will give them all the assistance they can. [The old insoluble problem.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to apply to the 8 persons/boys who had been caught breaking windows at WH Mill of ?/- each for damage done.
J D Roberts.

August 10th 1898
J D Roberts chair. Dent, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Brooks and Perry.
Res. That the architect be requested to attend to the alteration in Pickles’ shed during the holidays [also] the fixing of drums in Dewhurst’s shed and the shaft in Windle’s shed.
J D Roberts.

August 17th 1898
T Dent chair. Edmondson, Brooks, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Baxter, Wilson, Perry and King.
Minutes of last two meetings read and confirmed.
Res. That Messrs Cooper Brothers [Looms] be paid £250 and Messrs. Howard and Bullough [Accrington, tape machine] £53-8-0 on account of machinery supplied to the company and now being used by Messrs. Dugdale, Dewhurst and Ellsworth.
Res. That Messrs. Varley and Sons be paid £120 as per architect’s certificate.
Res. Transfer of two shares from W Tillotson to Mary Heap, the transfer of one share from S Pickover to Mary Heap and one share from Emily Metcalfe to Jane Rudd all be approved. Seal cert etc.
Res. That Mr Ellison be requested to attend and inspect the expansion coupling in WH Mill bottom. [Summer weather means that the coupling could be working at full extent. Problems with expansion could crop up many years after installation if temperatures rose high enough. In the hot summer of 1976 I had to cut two inches off three cross shafts in Bancroft Shed because they had expanded enough to start digging into the wall. They hadn’t done this in the previous 56 years.]
Res. That the engineer be empowered to order repairs to the Metallic Packing and the Corliss valve gear. [Which shed?]
Res, That the lightning conductor and the coping of CH Shed chimney be repaired and that Mr Atkinson of Colne [Steeplejack] be requested to examine the same and make a report to Messrs Edmondson and Dent as to the probable cost and that Edmondson and Dent be empowered to accept his tenders and authorise the work to be done.
J D Roberts.

August 31st 1898
T Dent chair. Edmondson, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, Perry and King.
Minutes as read.
Mr Edmondson reported that Mr Ellison had fitted a new expansion coupling in the old mill bottom and that the shafting in Mr J Windle’s portion had been ‘lined up’.
A letter from Messrs. Dugdale, Dewhurst and Elsworth having been read in which they requested a further week’s grace it is Res. That the secretary be instructed to write and inform them that the grace will expire on the 29th of October and that full rent will commence on the 31st of October next.
A quotation from Mr Atkinson of Colne [steeplejack] undertaking to repair the conductor on the CH chimney with a new piece of copper and to fix an iron hoop round the coping (the Co to supply the hoop) for the sum of £3, having been read it is Res. That his quotation be accepted and that the secretary write to him instructing him to proceed with the work.
The insurance company’s report on the condition of the company’s boilers was read from which it appeared that they were all in good order with the exception of the old one at WH Mill, now out of use.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to draw a draft of an agreement for a five year lease of the Laundry (formerly a joiner’s shop) and Tin Shop in favour of Messrs. Wilkinson and Barrett at the annual rent of £27 net.
Res. That accounts be paid: R Crabtree £62-16-8. J W Brown £6-10-6. S Cooke and Co £21-18-0. Ashworth and Co £3-10-0. Burnley Ironworks Co £3-14-0. J Dixon 12/6. T Rawlinson £4-13-0. J W Clough £5-19-0. S Greenwood £1-9-0. Wages £73-9-11. British Incrustation Co £3-8-0 [boiler composition]. Skipton Union [Poor Rate] £42-9-4. W Holdsworth £25-12-8. BUDC gas £15/4. J Lancaster ? 15/-. Harling and Todd £45-10-0 [Textile machinery manufacturers]. J Widdup £58-4-0.
Res. That the managing director see that WH engine house and boiler house doors have strong locks put on them and that they are kept locked.
Res. That the scaffolding used by Mr E Smith and P Barrett be purchased.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be asked to report on the ventilation of the engine house at CH Shed.
Res. That Mr W Atkinson, chimney repairer, be instructed to make some repairs to WH Mill chimney.
[No signature]

September 14th 1898
T Dent chair. Edmondson, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Brooks, Wilkinson, Baxter, Wilson, Perry and King.
Minutes as read.
The secretary read the account of monthly payments and receipts from 1st August to 14th of September shewing a balance if £1109[?] payments over receipts.
Res. That loan of £100 from J Baxter be accepted. Seal cert etc.
The secretary read a draft agreement of a lease of the Laundry to Wilkinson and Barrett at a rent of £27 per annum for a term of five years from 1st of January 1898.
Res. That it be approved and submitted to the tenant for approval.
A claim was received from S Pickles and Son for one piece of cloth damaged by rain from the roof valued 19/6.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to BUDC requesting them to fix the [fire] hydrants to the water main laid by the Company in front of the CH Shed warehouse.
Res. That the recommendation of the architect to fix a large ventilator to the roof of CH Shed engine house be adopted and that he be instructed to order the same and see to it being fixed.
Res. That the offer of Mr Atkinson to lend the Company a Pulsometer to pump the sludge out of the well at WH Mill be accepted. [Eastwood Bottoms.]
The architect attended with tenders for wheel guards at CH Shed and WH Mill. The quotations were as follows:
Robert Chester £20-2-0.
L Fryer and Son £20-17-0.
J Watson and Co £21-16-3.
Res. That the tender of Mr Robert Chester be accepted.
Res. That the payment of £300 to Messrs Cooper Brothers [Loom manufacturers] on the 2nd inst. be approved.
Res. That we buy from John Widdup his stock of limestone at 2/- per ton delivered.
[no signature]

September 21st 1898
T Dent chair. Horsfield, Edmondson, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, Perry and King.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: R Crabtree £63-15-0. W Varley and Sons £11-16-0. William Atkinson [steeplejack] £2-16-0. J Widdup £51-5-0. General District Rate £122-3-9. United Metallic Packing Co 10/6. M Hoyle 7/6. J W Brown £1-19-2.
Res. That a new strap [driving belt] be bought for Holden’s tape room.
Res. That Messrs. Dugdale be informed that they will be expected to pay for any work done to their orders.
Res. That Mr Atkinson’s attention [be drawn] to the bad condition of the water closets at WH Mill.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to inform Messrs. Pickles and Son with respect to the damaged cloth that the roof had been made good and to request them in future to give us immediate notice of any defects.
Res. That George H Watson be appointed oiler at WH Mill.
Mr Edmondson reported that he had ordered one wagon of coals from Waterloo Oil (Brooks Pickup’s) each @ 7/8, 8/5, 9/11 per ton average of 8/8 for three wagons.
Res. That one boat of Altham coal be ordered at 8/11 per ton and that the supply of Altham coal be continued until further orders.
Res. That the loan of £100 from T Baxter be seal cert etc.
Res. That the pipes from the boiler house to the tapes at CH Shed be covered with non-conducting cement and that Mr Petty of Colne be instructed to do the work. [We are so used to the economies of insulation these days that it comes as a surprise when we realise that this wasn’t as obvious at the end of the 19th century.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to ask BUDC to fix [fire] hydrants to the main at the front of CH Shed.
Res. That Mr W Holdsworth be asked to attend to the conveyance of water from Mr Bailey’s tape. [Condensate?]
Res. That Mr Atkinson be written to in respect of the pumping scheme.
[No signature]

October 5th 1898
T Dent chair. Edmondson, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, Perry, King and Brooks.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Messrs Cooper Brothers be paid £300 on account. [looms]
Res. That the following share transfers be sealed cert etc.
A King to James Horsfield 4. A King to John Hartley 1. R Clark to William Clark 5.
Res. That the Common Seal of the Company be affixed to a lease of the Laundry at WH Mill for five years to Messrs. Wilkinson and Barrett at the annual rent of £27.
Res. That loans of £20 each from Henry Parker and J Edmondson be accepted. Seal cert etc.
Res. That an extra pair of Spurr wheels be got and kept for emergency (Windle’s portion).
Res. That Mr W Holdsworth be instructed to fix the woodwork round the tipplers to Mr Atkinson’s instructions. [WH water closets?]
Res. That Messrs. Holdsworth and Brooks be requested to see Mr Garlic, manager [BUDC water department] with reference to stand pipes at CH Shed. [Fire Hydrants]
[No signature]

October 19th 1898
T Dent chair. Edmondson, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, Brooks, Perry and King.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Barratt Woodson and Co 14/6. Wages £46-15-0. J W Clough 19/-. Sun Insurance Co £11-5-0. Burnley Ironworks Co £1-3-6. Heap and Thornton £80-8-0. S Cooke and Co £17-5-0. G Lofthouse and Son £31-13-0. R Crabtree £27-17-0. J Bailey £13-16-3. H Marsden £39-8-0. Waite and Lambert £7-15-0. J Widdup £72-2-0. W Holdsworth £3-6-10.
The secretary reported that the price of Arley and Altham slack had been raised 5d per ton.
The secretary read quotations for oil filters. [It became common practice in engine houses to filter and recycle used oil from bearings on the engine.]
Res. That the application for space for 240 to 250 looms, the company to find £900 be considered on Saturday afternoon and that Mr Duckworth of David Street, Barrowford, be asked to attend.
The secretary read the monthly statement of receipts and payments and reported that the balance owed by Mr Bailey on the 30th September amounted to £1000 and the amount owed by Mr Windle was £900.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to them and request them to commence monthly payments to us of £12 to £15 on the 1st of November next. [Surprising that a choice of payments was made.]
[No signature]

October 22nd 1898
T Dent chair. Horsfield, Wilkinson, Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, King and Edmondson.
The application for space for 240 to 250 looms having been discussed, Mr Duckworth being present it is:
Res. That the application be not entertained, the capital at their disposal being insufficient. [Good evidence. We talk about the ‘Railway Mania’ and the ‘Canal Mania’. It’s evident that there was a small mania going on in the weaving industry in 1898. The man Duckworth was flying a kite and hoping to get started using CHSC capital. The directors were not risk averse but this proposal was a bridge too far.]
Res. That a Wells’ Patent No. 3 Waste oil filter with an extra set of two pads be ordered.
Res. That Mr William Norcross be requested to repair the slates on the top of the mill.
Res. That worms be ordered for the hoppers at CH Shed. [These will be augers for the coal hoist to the stoker hoppers.
Res. That Mr W Holdsworth be requested to fix the ventilator at CH Engine house.
[No signature]

November 2nd 1898
T Dent chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Brooks, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson and King.
Minutes of last two meetings read and approved.
Res. That transfer of two shares from Mark Hacking to Ann Hacking be cert seal etc.
A letter from W Bailey asking the company not to press him for repayments on principal account and promising not to increase the present amount was read and approved.
Res. That the secretary be requested to inform Messrs. Dugdale, Dewhurst and Elsworth that the directors would allow them the stoppage of 32 looms for 30 hours during September and that the company has paid the sum of £3-6-10 for work done at their request.
Res. That J T Smith be requested to clean out the channel in front of CH Warehouse.
Res. That Mr Atkinson get in tenders for setting [paving with stone setts] the road the width of the gate, from the gateway to the flue at WH Mill.
[No signature.]

Nov 16th 1898
T Dent chair. W&L Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, King, Wilson, Wilkinson and Edmondson.
Res. That 5” pipes be got for carrying water from the warehouses at CH Shed. [drain pipes for the new drain serving the warehouse?]
Res. That W Holdsworth, Dent, Edmondson, Wilkinson and L Holdsworth be deputed to see the work done.
Res. That Mr Varley be asked to do the work.
Res. That Mr Norcross be instructed to clean out the troughs [roof] at CH Shed.
[No signature.]

November 30th 1898
T Dent chair. Edmondson, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Wilson, Brooks, Baxter and King.
Minutes as read.
Res. Transfer of two shares from Richard Hartley to Joseph Petty. Seal cert etc.
The secretary reported that he had obtained a reduction in the assessment of the company’s premises. [Rateable value] CH from £1300 to £950 gross, £715 net and the same for WH Mill.
A quotation for a boiler incrustation tank and pump from W Cowell @ £8 was read and laid upon the table. [A tank for mixing feed water composition and injecting into the boiler against pressure.]
A letter from the clerk to the BUDC was read stating that the question of nuisance in Wellhouse Road had been handed to the Road Committee.
The secretary reported that the indicator diagrams at WH Mill show that the valves require adjusting.
Res. That the Burnley Ironworks Co be requested to indicate [the engines] at WH Mill and CH Shed and make any adjustments that may be necessary. [Again it's worth noting that indicating and valve setting should really have been within the competence of the mill engineers. Failing that, a local engine specialist.]
A letter was read from the fireman at CH Shed giving notice to leave the company’s employ. [Shackleton]
Res. That accounts be paid: A Lowcock Ltd £6-5-1. Bulcock 3/-. H Marsden £74-14-0. E J Arnold and Son £1-2-6. Economic boiler Co £3-17-0. Cooper Brothers £36-5-0 [order for looms completed.]. Burghope and Strange £1-8-6. Wages £37-4-5. E Bennis and Co 18/-. J Widdup £67-15-0. W Fawcett £3-16-0. J W Brown £6-15-11. W S Dougall £3-9-0.
Res. That we advertise in Briggs’ and Standing’s weeklies for a fireman in place of Shackleton at CH Shed.
Res. That the engineer at WH Mill asked what he will clean the flues at each time three times a year and the engineer at CH Shed each time for four times per annum.
Res. That we meet next Wednesday at 7pm.
Res. That invoices be sent to Butts Mill Co for thirteen corner stones at 1/6 each. To Mr Barrett for pipes sold at 3/- and that we offer an iron roller to J W Brown for 4/-.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be paid £50 on account of architect’s commission.
[No signature]

December 7th 1898
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Edmondson, Wilkinson, Wilson, King, Horsfield, Brooks, Perry and Baxter.
Res. That William Henry Feather be appointed fireman at CH for 22/- per week.
Res. That the boiler flues and economiser at WH be cleaned out three times per annum and same at CH four times per annum. That we pay at WH 10/- each time for economisers and 16/- for boiler flues and at CH 50/- for both.
[No signature]

December 14th 1898
T Dent chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Brooks, King, Horsfield and Baxter.
Minutes of the last two meetings read and approved.
Res. That accounts be paid: Alliance Assurance Co £15. Mark Hacking loan interest £51. Alfred Hawley £18-3-11.
Res. That the quotation of W Rose and Co to supply two copper standpipes with gunmetal revolving heads having double patent outlets and suitable for all hydrants at 58/- each be accepted. The old stand pipes to be allowed for at the rate of 4½d per lb.
The secretary gave a detailed report of the terms of Messrs. Dugdale and Dewhurst’s[sic] lease shewing how the monthly rent of £36-8-6 was arrived at.
Res. That the economisers at each mill be placed under the inspection of Messrs. E Green and Son [economiser manufacturers of Wakefield] with the minimum amount for insurance.
Res. That the secretary ask Messrs Ellison and Co what they will give for the grooved pulleys. [The rope pulleys replaced by a gear drive?]
Res That the cupboard in the office at WH be sent to CH.
Res. That L Smith be engaged to repair the roads at CH and WH.
Res. That the stones at WH be broken and that W Smith be asked to do the work.
Res. That the advertisement for space to let be taken out of the Skipton papers and inserted in the Guardian for a month at three days a week.
J D Roberts.

December 19th 1898
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Wilkinson, Baxter, Wilson, Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, King, Perry, Brooks and Horsfield.
Res. That we let Room and Power to James Moorhouse for 400 looms for ten years from 1st January 1899 on the following terms: 400 looms of 42½” slay space [same as reed space] at 39/- per loom per annum. Tape sizing machine £90 per annum for 420 looms. Tape overtime 1/- per hour. Three month’s rent to be always due and payable in advance on the 1st day of each month. The rent to commence on the 1st day of May 1899. The tenancy may be terminated on the 31st of December 1903 by Mr Moorhouse giving six month’s notice in writing. The company undertake to keep the temperature at 60 degrees in winter and to provide extra steam pipes for that purpose. If too cold after these precautions the company undertake to brick up the side windows. The company further agree to erect an office and to lime-wash the wall opposite the warehouse windows.
Res. That Messrs. Roberts, Edmondson, Wilkinson, L Holdsworth, Brooks and Baxter form a committee to attend to the various matters requiring attention.
J D Roberts.

December 27th 1898
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Edmondson, Horsfield, Brooks, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Perry, King, Baxter and Wilkinson.
Minutes of previous meetings as read.
Res. That accounts be paid as the bank account permits: J H Pickup £7-5-0. W Norcross £4-17-0. J W Brown 10/10. John Widdup £80-3-0. West Yorkshire Pioneer £4-4-6. Sundry loan holders interest £74-10-4. Craven Herald £5-12-0. Exors of H Thompson interest £125-15-0, repayment of principal £400. H Marsden £107-16-0. E Bennis and Co 4/6. Craven Bank Ltd £140. Price’s Candle Co £6-7-0. E B Banks loan and interest £501-12-10. J W Clough 16/6. J Edmondson £6-9-6. John Riley and Sons £4-2-6. W J Varley £23-0-4.
Res. Loan of £20 from Henry Parkin cert seal etc.
Res. That the Common Seal of the Co be affixed to the agreement for a ten year lease now signed and approved to Mr James Moorhouse of Earby. [Presence of officers]
Res. That the following contracts be let subject to the work being finished in three weeks time:
Steam heating as per lease £84-10-0 W Varley and Sons.
Ceiling and offices (about 270 square yards) 10d per yard and £6, £18-7-6. W Holdsworth.
Painting (inside only) £22-10-0, Richard Petty.
J D Roberts.

January 9th 1899
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Edmondson, Horsfield, Brooks, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the balance sheet and director’s report as read be adopted subject to audit and presented to the shareholders.
Res. That the company declare an annual dividend of 5%.
Res. That general meeting be held at the Seven Stars AR at 7pm on Friday the 20th of January.
A letter was read from Messrs. Dugdale and Dewhurst [Elsworth appears to have dropped out of the partnership] requesting the company to allow them space for 32 additional looms and to provide the purchase money and that full rent should commence 12 weeks from the last delivery of looms. [It strikes me that the slower the delivery of these looms the better for the partnership. I’m sure the directors had this in mind as well.]
Res. That we let the space required and paid the money but the grace to be 12 weeks from the 1st delivery.
A letter from Messrs. Slater Brothers was read requesting the company to provide room for a warping and winding frame. [Not normally used in connection with Barlick weaving. Slaters had always been slightly different than the normal run of manufacturer. They experimented with different fibres and coloured goods.]
Res. That the secretary be requested to obtain information as to the rent payable for such Room and Power.
J D Roberts.

Half year general meeting
January 20th 1899
Dr Roberts chair.
Notice of meeting read, minutes as read. Balance sheet and dividend approved. Share register sealed. [no printed balance sheet]
J D Roberts.

January 25th 1899
Dr Roberts chair.
Dent, Edmondson, Horsfield, Brooks, Perry, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, King and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Skipton Union £63-14-0. J Widdup £71-3-0. BUDC £121-19-11. J Lancaster £58-1-1. Greenwood £3-19-0. A Lowcock Ltd £5-18-0. E Green and Sons Ltd £4. Wages £70-1-0. S Cooke and Co £24-12-6. D E Garlic Sons[?] £3-12-10. W Rose and Co £4-1-0. J Bulcock 12/-. T Singleton 11/-. Ed Smith £9. H Marsden £86-5-0. Joseph Petty on account £20. Ellison and Co £92-7-0 (subject to architect’s certificate).
Res. Transfer of 3 shares from W Windle to John and Ann Marsden seal cert etc.
Res. That loans at 4% be accepted, seal cert etc.
Henry Holdsworth £20. William & S Baxter £100. William Sellers £25. Richard Hodgson £200.
Res. That W Holdsworth, T Dent and W P Brooks form a deputation to see Hartley Slater about finding room for winding and warping frame.
Res. That W Holdsworth, T Dent and J Edmondson meet Mr Biker [Public Heath Officer, BUDC] with reference to ventilation of the privies at CH Shed.
J D Roberts.

February 1st 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth and Perry.
Res. That we offer the two rooms next to the office at Wellhouse (entered from the thoroughfare) and that the company clean them out and that Messrs. Dent and Brooks inform Mr Windle.
Res. That W Holdsworth hang a door on the entrance to the grinding room in Mr Moorhouse’s shed. [I think this is a throw-back to the Bracewell days at WH when grinding was part of the maintenance procedure for carding engines in the spinning process. No call for such a process in weaving.]
Res. That two urinals be fixed opposite the warehouse at CH Shed and that Mr Atkinson be consulted as regards the exact positions.
Res. That the urinal in Holden’s warehouse be connected with the new drain if practicable. [Mr Biker has been busy inspecting! One wonders what happens if the urinal can’t be connected and where the effluent is going at present.]
Res. That Messrs. Dent, Brooks and Holdsworth meet Mr Atkinson to let work in connection with making a drain at CH.
Res. That W Holdsworth be requested to do the repairs in the Laundry [WH].
Thomas Dent.

Minutes of meetings omitted
Dec 21st 1898
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Edmondson, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Perry and Brooks.
Res. That we accept A Hawley’s tender for paving front of boiler house and road from the chimney to the end of the warehouse at WH Mill at 1/9 per yard using setts in stock re-dressed and new setts 1/3. The company to find setts and ashes. The front of the warehouse to be commenced first. [Laying setts {square stone blocks} was done on a bed of flue dust or ashes and the interstices filled by running hot gas tar in the joints.]
Res. That the managing director sees to the refuse in front of Moorhouse’s warehouse being moved to slack place [hollow] near the dams and the chairman to acquaint the tenant Mr P Barrett that we are going into the field. [WH]
Thomas Dent.

January ? 1899
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Edmondson, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Perry and Brooks.
Res. That Mr Hawley be asked to submit tenders for setts to the directors.
Res. That boiler smith be ordered to repair leak in tube of No. 1 boiler.
Res. That the engineer’s suggestion that we put Sumner’s Patent Lubricators on Low Pressure engine be accepted and lubricators ordered. [LP cylinder I suspect. These were often not fitted with full lubrication as it was thought that they were lubricated sufficiently by oil carried over from the HP cylinder with the exhaust steam. This is true with modern cylinder oils manufactured to be atomised into the steam supply but in the early days the crude cylinder oils used and the methods of introducing them to the engine couldn’t be relied on to provide adequate lubrication in the carry-over steam.]
Res. That Great Harwood coal be tried for one week. [Coal from pits varied with conditions in seams and word of these variations rapidly spread through the industry. Good reports of a particular seam were followed up, as in this case, by a trial load.]
Thomas Dent.

January 12th 1899
T Dent chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Brooks, Perry and Wilkinson.
Res. That Hiram Craven be engaged as firebeater at CH Shed at 22/- per week.
Res. That Ed Smith’s tender for setts at 2/10 per yard be accepted.

January 18th 1899
T Dent in chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter and King.
Res. That we accept 37/6 per ton for the old iron at WH Shed.
T Dent.

February 6th 1899
T Dent chair. Wilkinson, Baxter, Wilson, Horsfield, King W Holdsworth and Perry.
Res. That Messrs Wilkinson, Dent, W Holdsworth and Brooks see the engineer about lubricators and also order a barrel of engine oil from Keighley at 2/- per gallon. [The search for the best oils continues. I suspect that the genesis for many of these trials of new oils and compounds was conversation in pubs between engine men. They tended to congregate together and exchange information, a sort of loose combination of working class aristocracy which is how they saw themselves and were regarded by other workers.]
Res. That Mr Barrett’s account for £20 be paid as per architect’s certificate.
Res. That the plans for the drains and urinals at CH Shed be approved and that Mr Atkinson invite tenders for the work.
Res. That a WC be not put in Moorhouse’s winding room and that the same deputation arrange to put up a closet and urinal for him. [Slightly confusing but I think that the general principle, where possible, was to have privies in outbuildings and not inside the main structure.]
Res. That Mr Atkinson's attention be drawn to the water tank at Wellhouse and that he push on with the cleansing of it at once. [The water supply at WH Mill was constantly on a knife edge and this is why so many resolutions are directed towards maintenance. We shall see much more on this later. It is as well to remember that when Bracewell built the mill on such a bad water site he had other sources of supply in mind, like the Corn Mill Dam.]
Res. That William Norcross and W Holdsworth repair flashings on WH Cistern.
T Dent

February 15th 1899
T Dent chair. Edmondson, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Perry, Brooks and L&W Holdsworth.
Minutes of the last four meetings as read.
Res. That the question of closets and urinals at WH Mill be left with Messrs. Edmondson, Dent and W Holdsworth.
A letter was read from S Pickles and Sons complaining about insufficiency of heating in the shed. [It’s that time of year again! It's worth recognising that very often lack of heating wasn't due to lack of heating pipes but the engineer of firebeater having to cut steam to the shed to keep boiler pressure up for more essential needs. When hard-pressed I often had to do this at Bancroft Shed.]
Res. That the secretary reply saying that the matter is being attended to and that a change of firemen was the cause.
Res. That Mr Barrett be paid £1-2-7 as per account.
Res. Following loans accepted, cert seal etc.
J Edmondson £30. T Baxter £150. J&E Anderson £50. Grace £50.
The secretary reported an offer to take over the Mechanic’s Shop [WH] at £25 per annum. [Watch this space, it develops into a significant part of the story of the CHSC. If you want to get ahead of the curve, go onto Lulu.com and seek out my book on Brown and Pickles, Pennine Engineers.]
Res. That Messrs. Brooks, Dr Roberts and T Dent form a deputation to see Mr Slater to see whether he will be willing to take space in Windle’s shed.
A letter was read from Mr Moorhouse complaining about delay in fixing wheel covers.
Also a letter from R Crabtree quoting 8/8 per ton for Best Slack delivered.
T Dent.

July 22nd 1899
Dr Roberts chair. Edmondson, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Perry, Brooks and Dent. Mr Atkinson also present.
Res. That a deputation be formed to meet Mr Proctor Barrett.
Res. That we agree to an arrangement suggested by the architect viz. That we accept Mr Ed Smith’s offer to make a road near the reservoirs at WH Mill at his own expense and that the company sell him 86 yards or thereabouts at 3/- per yard.
T Dent.

March 1st 1899
T Dent in chair. Edmondson, L&W Holdsworth, Brooks, Horsfield, Wilkinson, Baxter, Wilson, King and Perry.
Minutes of the last two meetings as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Henry Brown 13/3. [Watch this name.] Wages £35-16-5. Price’s Candle Co £5-12-6. H Marsden £101-11-9. E Bennis 9/6. John Widdup £87-2-5. Joseph Petty £8-14-0. BUDC 6/3. J W Clough 1-1-0. P Barrett £1-2-7. J Casartelli [Instrument makers, Manchester] 10/6. T Parkinson £45. Ed Smith £35-11-6. T Petty £23-10-0. A Hawley £50. J W Brown £4-11-1.
Res. That the oil purchased from Messrs. Brooksbank and Co be returned and all oil purchased from S Cooke and Co. [The Keighley oil on trial?]
Res. That loan of £100 from A Eastwood, and loans of £25 each from S Rudd, John Rudd and Jane Rudd be sealed cert etc.
A letter was read from J Windle declining to grant the company’s application for space which they intended to sub-let to Messrs. Slater.
Res. Transfer of 3 shares from Thomas Hartley to John William Edmondson be seal cert etc.
Res. That the outside of Moorhouse’s Shed be painted and tenders invited.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to prepare specifications for the work.
Res. That the report of the deputation to Proctor Barrett be accepted. Viz. That the two year’s rent ending at the 2nd of July past be £8-16-0 for the two years with an allowance of £5-7-6 making £3-8-6 due. [You’ve got to hand it to PB, he comes across as a trier!]
Res. That Mr Barrett be liberated from the tenancy of the land at WH at once.
Res. That we advertise the land at WH to let and that no poultry be kept.
Res. That we continue the paving to the lower part entering the passage between the Laundry and the Office. [WH]
Res. That Shackleton’s wage be advanced to 24/- a week, Crowther’s to 25/- and Watson’s to 22/-. [All firebeaters?]
Res. That we bore into the pipe at the end of Moorhouse’s shed to take water from the hot well. [The hot well is a tank associated with the engine and boiler house which collects all condensate from sources where steam is used from which it is used as feed water for the boiler. The advantage is the saving of fuel by not wasting warm, pure water. In later years Johnny Pickles was a strong advocate for comprehensive condensate return systems which became standard.]
T Dent.

March 15th 1899
T Dent chair. Edmondson, Horsfield, Brooks, W Holdsworth, Perry, Baxter, Wilson, Baxter, Wilkinson and King.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the secretary be requested to ask each of the tenants of the company to keep six buckets of water on each floor of their premises as a protection against fire. [No doubt at the instigation of the insurance company. Racks of hanging fire buckets used to be a common sight in factories. One notable characteristic of the standard red-painted fire bucket was that it had a domed bottom so that it couldn't be placed on the ground, this helped prevent them from being used for other purposes.]
The secretary reported that no order had been given to Mr Ellison to fix the drums for Dugdale and Dewhurst and it was resolved that Mr Ellison be wired to meet a few of the directors in the morning.
A letter from the engineer at WH requesting the directors to fix lubricators on the LP cylinders [was read].
Res. That Two lubricators with sight feeds by Sumner’s be ordered and fixed on the engines as requested. [That’s clearer. Lubricators are to be fixed on both engines. Remember that WH engine is a double tandem, two separate engines consisting of a High and Low pressure cylinder on each side of the flywheel.]
Res. That the advertisement “Land to Let” be altered and that tenders be addressed to the chairman of directors and endorsed ‘Tender for land’ and to be in his hand on or before the 21st inst.
Res. That Mr Crowther’s wage be increased to 26/- and oiler’s wages to 23/- and that those be the maximum wages. The increase to commence the first week in June next.
Res. That A Hawley make a drain from J Nutter and Sons, CH, to the main drain now being laid.
Res. That Messrs. Edmondson, Dent, Brooks Holdsworth and Wilkinson remove out of the Mechanic’s Shop all material likely to be required for mill use.
Res. That the tenancy of the Mechanic’s Shop be half-yearly and the rent to be paid monthly.
Res. That Mr Edmondson instruct the printer to say in the advertisement that the measurement of the land is 10,600 yards more or less.
T Dent.

March 8th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Baxter, Horsfield, Wilson, Wilkinson, Edmondson, W Holdsworth and King.
Res. That the secretary be requested to furnish particulars of wages paid to firemen and oilers in the district.
Res. That the chairman and managing director see the fireman and oiler at WH and inform them that their application is having attention. [Word of the increases at CH has evidently reached WH!]
Res. That W Holdsworth be requested to re-fix the doors to Windle’s closets and also repair the troughings under the supervision of the managing director.
Res. That Henry Hargreaves be requested to examine the bearings at CH and see if it is practicable to arrange oil drippers. [Trays to catch drips? He is a tinsmith.]
Res. That if Messrs Slater and Sons will give £20 per annum for the Mechanic’s Shop they be accepted as tenants, if not the offer of £25 from Mr Sutcliffe be accepted. [You may wonder at the discrepancy. Slaters are a respected local firm and Sutcliffe is an unknown quantity. The directors have evidently decided a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.]
Res. That one boat of Altham coal be tested and one boat of Thin Mine Screened at 9/9 per ton and that Messrs. Brooks and Dent take the time run by each. [We get a glimpse of how the director’s assess the quality of coal, how long a certain quality lasts against another. Rule of thumb.]
Res That Mr Ed Smith be requested to clean out water tank for pumping in John Roe’s [John Wraw?] meadow. [Water at WH again.]
Res. That [boiler] composition be ordered from Messrs. Cresswell and Messrs. Wilkinson.
T Dent.

March 22nd 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson, Edmondson and W Holdsworth.
Tenders for the land lately in the occupation of Proctor Barrett having been considered and the Co-operative Society and Richard Kendall offering each £10 per annum it is:
Res. That we vote by ballot who shall have it. Result for Co-operative Society 7 votes, Kendall 3. The Co-operative Society’s tender was accepted.
Res. That Mr P Barrett be requested to clear the land recently occupied by him on or before the 25th inst.
Res, That The rent of land now let to the Co-operative Soc date from the 2nd of February and an allowance to be agreed upon deducted from the first year’s rent. [I think this was in the field between WH Mill and Skipton Road.]
Res. That Messrs. Cooper Brothers account for looms delivered at WH Mill (Dugdale and Dewhurst 32 looms) amounting to £188 be paid after Mr Edmondson is satisfied that they are all right.
Res. That Messrs, Dugdale and Dewhurst’s grace commence on the 27th inst.
Res. That the windows in Moorhouse's shed be walled up with bricks. [Heat loss again]
Res. That we invite tenders for the work, Salterforth best red bricks to be used. [The Salterforth Brick Company was William Bracewell’s old enterprise on Salterforth Lane. In truth, very low quality bricks. (Evidence of Harold Duxbury an eminent local builder.)]
Res. That we allow Mr Sneath [WH engineer] to make arrangements with the laundry proprietors for a supply of water for the cistern temporarily. [When WH Mill was first built it was called New Mill but later became Wellhouse. There was evidently a tradition of there being a well on the site. Nobody knows anything about the original well but there was a borehole in the old Bobbin Shop, now called the laundry and this must have been one of the attractions for Barrett and Wilkinson when they took the premises. The bore was put in during the Bracewell days but for some reason was never used as a source of supply for running the mill. This is another indication of the water problems at the mill. Newton Pickles told me that when his firm used the Laundry during and after WW2 the bore was still there but capped.]
Res. That Messrs Brooks and Dent see S Pickles and Sons re the [water] closets and report.
Res. That Mr H Marsden be asked to continue with the supply of Altham coal until further orders.
Res. That we sell the loose timbers at WH Mill on Saturday afternoon the 8th of April and that Mr W Holdsworth arrange allotment and the auctioneer.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to obtain tenders for the stock in the Mechanic’s Shop. [During the Bracewell years the shop was the source of all day to day maintenance and there must have been old stocks of metal etc. left in there since 1887.]
T Dent.

March 27th 1899
T Dent chair. Baxter, W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, King, Horsfield and Brooks.
Res. That we order 50 tons of Arley Slack for WH Mill and that Messrs Dent and Brooks purchase the same.
Res, That Messrs Wilkinson and Holdsworth see to the drain at Calf Hall along with the directors on the spot.
T Dent.

March 29th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Perry, Baxter, Wilson and King.
Minutes of the last meetings as read.
A letter from H Marsden was read in which he requested the company to arrange their coal supply from elsewhere.
The deputation appointed with regard to the testing of Altham Coal and Thin Mine reported as follows:
46 tons [a boatload] Altham @ 9/4 [per ton] £21-9-4.
46 tons Thin Mine @ 9/9 £22-8-6.
Altham ran the premises for 48 hours, Thin Mine for 50 hours.
The cost per 56 hour week was: Altham £25-0-10. Thin Mine £25-2-4.
Thin Mine however steamed [heated] the shed, old portion and Windle’s for 14 hours longer and Moorhouse and Widdup 4 hours longer.
[Lovely information, everything from coal costs and amounts burned to hours worked in the mills per week. Even the capacity of a Leeds and Liverpool Canal ‘Short boat’.]
Res. That the report be accepted.
Res. That accounts be paid: Greenwood £1-1-4. A Hawley £12-11-7. T Singleton 9/-. W Hough and Co 7/6. A Lowcock Ltd £4-0-1. H Marsden £86-13-0. R Hindle insurance £6. G Proctor wages £30-17-11. G Proctor insurance £13-2-6. J Edmondson £6-17-0. Burnley Ironworks £1-16-5. J Widdup £84-18-1. W Holdsworth £15-9-0. J W Brown £5-18-8.
Res. That the tenant of the Mechanic’s Shop be allowed to tender for old iron.
Res. That we pull the old windows out of Moorhouse’s shed and wall up with single brick.
Res. That William Holdsworth be requested to fix a vestibule in the closets in Pickles’ shed.
Thomas Dent.

April 5th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Horsfield, King, Wilson, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter and Perry.
Also present Mr W H Atkinson, architect.
Res. That the windows in Moorhouse’s shed be walled up with stone instead of brick and that ventilators be placed in each window. [Most likely a ventilator brick.]
Res. That Mr Atkinson order one of the Worthington pumps for filling the cistern and feeding boilers. [Worthington’s, later Worthington and Simpson were one of the first makers of centrifugal pumps.]
Res. That Mr Ellison be instructed to carry [extend] shaft from Windle's shed into the Mechanic’s Shop. [WH]
Res. That Messrs Rose and Co be asked to change the two double [fire] hydrants/stand pipes for three single ones.
Res. That no tipping be allowed on land at WH and Messrs Dent and Brooks see to it.
Res. That Messrs L&W Holdsworth see about the items Mr Edmondson (deceased) had in hand.
Res. That Messrs Dent and Brooks see John Wraw [tenant of Eastwood Bottoms] as to compensation and removal of soil at the well on his land. [I think this is the draw-off point on the Bowker Drain and the soil will be what has been cleaned out of the well to keep it functioning.]
Thomas Dent

April 12th 1899
Thomas Dent chair. Brooks, Horsfield, Perry, King, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson and L&W Holdsworth.
Minutes as read.
Res. One share transferred from J R Townson to E Robinson. Seal cert etc.
Mr Atkinson accepted the offer of £20 for the old iron.
Mr Brooks reported gross proceeds of sale of timber£5-16-0, expenses £1-10-5, net £4-5-7.
Res. That the secretary stop the order for the boiler pump as the injector will probably answer. [Bad decision in my opinion. The injector uses live steam to force water into the boiler against steam pressure. A mechanical pump driven from the shafting while the engine is running is a more economical way of feeding the boiler. The main advantage of the injector is that in the days before electrically driven pumps water could be fed to the boiler while the engine was stopped. The only time this decision would make sense is if the new pump was steam driven.]
Res. That the engineer at WH be supplied with a new block rope. [For lifting blocks?]
Res. That one dozen lubricators for solid lubricant be ordered to sample for WH Mill. [These will almost certainly be grease stauffers, like ordinary grease cups but with a spring-loaded piston which slowly forced the grease into the bearing.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to order about 30 grate bars. [firebars for boiler furnaces]
Res. That Mr Ed Smith fix stone under foder[?]
Res. That the cask of oil from Brooksbank (WH) be used. [Evidently a partly used cask never sent back.]
The terms of letting land to the Co-operative Society were reported to be as follows: To be taken from February 2nd 1899 with an allowance of 17/6 for the first year. Notice to be given in August of any one year on a yearly tenancy, rent payable half-yearly. Rent £10 per annum. Company to take for building without notice and pay half the cost of straightening up the land in March 1899.
Res. That Mr William P Brooks be appointed managing director until the end of the half year at a salary of 3/- per week in the place of Johnson Edmondson deceased.
A letter was read from Mrs Edmondson and signed by all her children authorising the transmission of the shares lately standing in Johnson Edmondson’s name to the name of Elizabeth Edmondson (widow).
The secretary advised the directors that this was not a sufficient authority and that letters of administration must be given to the company before the transfer could take place.
Thomas Dent

April 19th 1899
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Brooks, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson. Mr Atkinson the architect was present.
Res. That the tender of Mark Caan and Son for walling up windows in Moorhouse’s shed for £26-7-0 be accepted and that the company find ventilators via Mr Atkinson.
Res. That the painting of the outside of Moorhouse’s shed be let to Richard Petty for £13-10-0.
Res. That Ellison’s of Skipton lay 4” pipes from the reservoirs to the injector at WH using old pipes from stock. [There must have been an existing pipe but probably partly blocked after many years use.]
Res That J J Sneath’s wages be increased to 34/- per week to commence with increase to oiler and fireman.[Preserving his differential?]
Res. That the engineer allow no one to pass the engine house except on business. [Gate keeper as well!]
Res. That the roof of the grinding room and other places be slated where necessary.
Res. That John Widdup be asked to hand coal advice notes to Mr Brooks the managing director.
Res. That the price of windows not good enough to keep should be 1/6 each.
Thomas Dent.

April 26th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Horsfield, Perry, King, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth.
Minutes read and confirmed.
Res. That the following accounts be paid: H Marsden £105-10-0. W G Varley £19-2-7. R Crabtree £21-9-0. S Cooke and Co £31. Burnley Ironworks 8/11. John Wraw £2-10-0. E Brooksbank and Co £8-8-0. W Varley and Sons £134-18-6. Economic Boiler Co £308-0. Alfred Hawley £16-4-0. Henry Brown 4/5. Wages £27-18-9. Burghope and Strange £1-5-0. J Widdup £74-12-8.
Res. That loans of £25 each from James Rudd, Stephen Rudd and Margaret Rudd and £50 from W Perry be accepted. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the draft agreement with the Co-operative Society for letting of land produced by the secretary be approved.
A letter was read from the Royal Insurance Co re sweepings in Messrs Boocock’s and Moorhouse’s shed and another from the same company re the allowance for [installing] buckets and hose at CH Shed. [Dirty sweepings were regarded as a high fire risk due to the possibility of spontaneous combustion.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to order one double-headed hydrant for CH Shed making now three, one for each tenant.
Res. That the transfer of two shares from E Metcalfe to Henry Banks be registered. Seal cert etc.
Seal and cert of a new certificate for E Robinson in place of one lost and for which an indemnity has been executed by her.
Res. That W Holdsworth be instructed to repair the floor in the laundry.
Thomas Dent.

May 3rd 1899
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Perry and Brooks.
Res. That the Mechanics shop be swept out and whitewashed twice by William Norcross or if he cannot do it soon the managing director to engage someone.
Res. That we wall up before the water closets as suggested by the factory Inspector and that Mark Caan do the work.
Res. That we meet at Butts Top tomorrow at 6:30pm to [walk up and] inspect Spring Lodge.
Res. That the engineer at WH be asked to work the pump [From the well in Eastwood Bottoms to the dams.] for an hour each day.
Res. That W Holdsworth put ventilators into Moorhouse’s Shed as shewn.
Thomas Dent.

May 10th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth.
Minutes as read.
Res. That ground rent £9-13-4 due to Stott and Son and the account for water from Wilkinson and Barrett £4-1-6 be paid.
Res. That the secretary be instructed and authorised to execute on behalf of the company the agreement for the lease of land at WH. [To the Co-op.]
The secretary read the cash account from April 1st to May 10th shewing receipts in excess of payments £473-6-10 and reported the balances owing by Windle and W Bailey.
Quotations for coal were read and it was decided that we continue to obtain our supply as at present.
Res. That new brackets be made for the air pump [part of the condenser on the engine] at WH be made by the new mechanic. [This will be Sutcliffe who has recently taken over the Mechanic's Shop at WH]
Res. That W Holdsworth be instructed to fix a gate for the Co-op Soc.
Res. That the four closets at WH be divided into two waste places, one for Boocock and one for Pilkington.
Thomas Dent.

May 17th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson and W Holdsworth.
Res. That W P Brooks take Mr Atkinson to see Springs Dam and afterwards to see Mrs Coates and arrange for, or get a report for a new lease and that W Holdsworth accompany them and try to obtain the fishing rights. [Indicative of how important control of the water from Springs was to CH Shed. Reading between the lines the intention is to tighten control via a new lease and the fishing rights in friendly hands.]
Thomas Dent.

May 31st 1899
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Perry, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res that accounts be paid: Exors of Johnson Edmondson £8-17-6. A Lowcock £8-6-11. S Greenwood £12-7-0. G Sumner £8-11-0. H Marsden £106-18-0. W Rose and Co £2-16-6. Cresswell and Co £4-4-0. Barlick gas £2-13-8. John Widdup £69-4-0. J W Brown £1-13-11. Wages £35-3-6. Alfred Hawley £30. J Hart 11/3. R Chester £23-16-7.
Res. That loans of £50 each from Jack Rudd, Stephen Rudd and Margaret Rudd be cert sealed etc.
The Springs Dam lease for ten years having run out it is Resolved that the chairman and W Holdsworth be appointed to attend, along with Mr Atkinson, on Mrs Coates of Skipton re renewing of the same and with respect to repairing the dam.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to Mr H Marsden to complain about the poor quality of coal now being supplied.
Res. That Messrs King and W Holdsworth be deputed to wait upon the mechanic [Sutcliffe] re the smoke nuisance complained of by J Windle.
Signed by both J D Roberts and T Dent.

June 7th 1899
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Wilson, Wilkinson and Baxter.
Res. That W Holdsworth be deputed to see Mr Colwell or other person re the water for CH.
Res. That L Holdsworth and G Wilkinson be appointed managing directors for the company pro tem.
Res. That Mr Sneath’s application for advance in wages to 36/- be put on the table.
Res. That W Holdsworth be instructed to supply a plank to improve the storage of water at CH Shed. [The draw-off point for water for the boiler and condenser at CH Shed was in the pond in the culvert under the shed created by the small weir and clow in the beck near the front of the mill. I suspect the plank is to be fixed on top of the weir to increase the depth of water in the culvert.]
[Initialled in pencil, ‘TD’. What seems to be a continuation of these minutes follows a page later after the minutes for the 14th.]
Res. That the matter of the smoke nuisance from the Mechanic's Shop be deposed for 14 days.
A from Messrs S Pickles and Sons was read in which they complained about the closet roofs being in such bad condition as to allow anyone to get in or out of the shed without trouble.
Res. That they be barred over. [It might be easier to understand this entry if we recognise that the privies were not hygienic and to put it bluntly, smelled awful. One of the common features of design was plenty of ventilation either via the roof or by large cast iron grills forming part of the wall. A secondary consideration was that as they were not heated in any way and outside the main structure they were very cold, especially in winter, and discouraged loitering!]
Res, That J J Sneath’s wage be advanced to 36/- per week.
Res. Loan of £20 from Eliza Mary Parkin be accepted seal cert etc.
Res. That mechanics work at CH Shed be let to the mechanic at WH. [Sutcliffe has a good opportunity here to fill the gap the CHSC has had in its services since the inception of the company. We shall see what he makes of it.]
Res. That allowances be made to the tenants for stoppages as follows: Tenants at CH Shed 2 hours on 8th of June. J Moorhouse [WH,stoppage of] 20 looms for two days June 8th and 9th. [When the extension shaft into the Mechanic’s Shop was being coupled up?]
Signed by both J D Roberts and T Dent.

June 14th 1899
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, L Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield and Perry.
Res. That the rent for the Mechanic’s Shop commence on the 1st of July next.
Res. That W Holdsworth be requested to fix a letter box in the [office?] window.
J D Roberts.

June 21st 1899
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield and Perry.
Res. That the secretary be requested to examine the economiser during the August holidays. [I suspect this means to see that it is done! I can’t see GP crawling into the flues.]
Res. That all coal delivered at WH and CH be weighed for a week.
Res. That an extra pump valve be ordered.
Res. That 9 gallons each of cylinder oil at 1/6 and engine oil at 1/9 [per gallon] be ordered from Meredith Roberts and Co. [The search for the perfect oil continues!]
Res. That Messrs L Holdsworth and G Wilkinson see Mr Petty about getting clay for the Springs Dam. [This refers to ‘puddle’, a mixture of clay and sand that has been ‘pugged’ to mix it well so that it becomes homogeneous and therefore waterproof. Puddle was the standard method of lining canals and reservoirs to render them leak proof.]
Thomas Dent.

June 28th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, King, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: H Marsden £107-7-0. Craven Bank Ltd £140. E Bennis and Co £1-1-0. Exors of W Thompson £118-10-0. Cooper Brothers £12-5-1. J Widdup £75-10-0. J W Clough £7-13-11. W Holdsworth £36-0-8. Skipton Union [Poor Rate] £72-2-0. Interest on loans £78-14-2. [At 4% per annum, assuming this is for half year this represents loans of approx. £3,900.]
Res. That loan of £50 from Jane Rudd be accepted. Seal cert etc.
Res. That Messrs Dent and Brooks be deputed to ascertain the height of the partition required in the shed occupied by Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst.
The arrangement made with Mrs Coates, lessor of the Springs Dam, was reported to the meeting as follows: Mrs Coates agrees to consent to a new lease of the Dam including the fishing rights at the annual rent of £10. The company agreeing to spend £45 in cleaning out the dam and repairing the banks, of which amount Mrs Coates agrees to contribute £20.
Res. That the coal at CH be tested for one week with the bars moving.
[Once again I have to read between the lines from experience. One of the features of the Bennis automatic stoker was self-cleaning firebars. As coal burns it produces ash and clinker (fused ash) which gradually builds to the point where it obstructs air flow through the grate bars in the furnace and impedes air flow into the firebed with a consequent loss of efficiency. In a furnace with fixed bars this has to be addressed by frequent fire-cleaning by opening the firebox door, shifting half the fire over to the other side and physically raking the clinker and ash out into a barrow placed below the firehole door. The clean half of the grate is then covered with burning coal and a small amount of coal scattered over it manually so that when the firehole door is closed the fire recovers. (Opening the firehole door destroys the efficiency of the furnace because the combustion air rushes in through the door instead of from below the bars.) Once the fire has recovered the other half of the bars is cleaned in the same way. Both furnaces on a Lancashire boiler have to be done. This process drastically lowers the efficiency of the boiler and reduces steam generation. A serious matter not only in cost but maintaining pressure.
The Bennis shovel stoker automatically sprinkles coal on the firebed and at the same time, the firebars move independently of each other driven by cams at the front of the boiler. By carefully arranging the order in which they move the effect is to continuously ‘walk’ the fire towards the back of the furnace. If the speed of this movement is correctly adjusted, as the firebed reaches the end of the bars the coal is totally consumed and what falls in the ashpit behind the bars is clinker and ash. The ashpit is closed off by a door to maintain air flow through the bars and this is only opened when it is time to clean the ashpit out. With good coal this will be about twice a day. By obviating the frequent manual cleaning this makes the boiler more efficient.
We saw a couple of meetings ago that the company ordered 30 new firebars. What I think has happened is that as the firebars have deteriorated they have warped and been impossible to drive mechanically so in effect the furnace has become a normal fixed bar furnace. If the new bars have been fitted and automatic cleaning restored it would appear the directors are doing the test to give them some idea of what saving they are getting from the self-cleaning bars. The surprise to me is how fast these bars are burning out. I suppose that in my days bars were better designed and we understood the combustion process better. One thing is certain, our bars lasted much longer, I never bought a firebar all the time I ran the Bennis coking stokers at Bancroft Shed.]
Thomas Dent.

July 12th 1899
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Perry, Brooks, King, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That a partition be erected in Dugdale and Dewhurst’s shed as required by them and that W Holdsworth do the work at an advance of 1d per foot on the price of the last lot.
Res. That W H Atkinson’s account of £35 be paid.
Res. That all the tenants be allowed 18hrs [rebate of] rent during the holidays.
Res. That steam pipes at WH be covered with composition. [CHSC is learning the value of insulation in improving efficiency and economy.]
Res. That the balance sheet as read (for the year to 1st of June) be adopted subject to audit and submitted to the shareholders at the general meeting on June 28th at the Seven Stars AR.
Res. Transfer of two shares from B Hargreaves and two from Joseph Petty to George Proctor and 4 shares from C J Turner to Mrs S Proctor be registered. Seal cert etc. [George Proctor pops up frequently as a stake holder in various properties in the area. He was an astute man making investments in many different enterprises.]
Res. £30 loan accepted from Henry Holdsworth. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the boiler composition [feed water treatment] be ordered from the Boiler Anti-Incrustation Co.
Thomas Dent.

July 28th 1899
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, Horsfield, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Wilson, Perry, King.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Wages £68-10-11. BUDC [Town rates] £150-4-2. Diamond Oils £2-11-0. S Cooke and Co £23-6-0. Meredith Roberts £1-19-0. Wilkinson and Barrett 9/-. J W Clough £7-10-0. James Bulcock £2-4-0. H Marsden £107-16-0. Henry Hargreaves £11-9-0. John Widdup £59-1-0.
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

General meeting
July 28th 1899
[Printed balance sheet and report attached. There is a list of members qualified to act as directors, no definition of how many shares were needed to qualify. The majority are from Barlick. Here are those who aren’t. Watson Knowles, Nelson. John Heugham, Skipton. John Kidd, Brierfield. Thomas Smith, Burnley. Benjamin Brown, Barrowford. Albion Hargreaves, Silsden. Stephen Rudd, Slaidburn. William H Cowgill, Earby. Richard Lowcock, Salford. C J Turner, Didsbury, Manchester. Edward Aldersley, Thornton. W H Atkinson, Colne. William Tidswell, Nelson. Hartley Singleton, Colne.
Death Of Johnson Edmondson reported.
£399-17-1 reported as net profit for the half year. Balance standing to the credit of the Company is £1024-8-1.]
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Resolutions.
Balance sheet/report adopted. Dividend of 5% per annum adopted. Four retiring directors re-elected with the addition of Proctor Barrett to replace Johnson Edmondson. Director’s remuneration £30 per annum. C Blakey retained as auditor at £4 per annum. Share transfer book cert seal etc.
Signed J D Roberts.

Director’s meeting same day.
Dr Roberts re-elected chairman and T Dent as vice chairman.
Present: Dent, Brooks, Horsfield, King, Perry, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter and Proctor Barrett.
Signed Thomas Dent.

August 9th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, Perry, King, Wilkinson and Barrett.
Minutes as read.
Res. Gas account 10/1½ be paid.
Res. That Messrs Dent, Brooks and W Holdsworth form a committee to carry out the work required to be done to the closets etc.
Res. Loans accepted seal cert etc.
John Duckworth £300. John Horsfield £100. Thomas Clapham £120. W F Suthers £100. John and Betty Edmondson £25.
Res. That Messrs Layfield be instructed to caulk the boilers at WH where required. [‘Caulking’ was the process of upsetting the edges of plates, rivet heads etc. with a caulking iron (like a blunt chisel) to seal water leaks.]
Res. That Mr Brooks see to repairs to air pump rocking shaft.
Res. That new grate bars be ordered for CH Shed.
Thomas Dent.

August 11th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson and King.
Res. That Proctor Barrett puddle the dam at CH Shed as instructed.
Res. That the Burnley Ironworks Co be consulted as to overhauling engine [CH] and the adoption of United States Metallic Packings. [Note that they haven’t gone back to the maker, William Roberts of Phoenix Foundry, Nelson. They were still in business but evidently not favoured. Note also that there is still no local engineer capable of taking on a task like this.]
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to attend and give his advice as to the best way to clean out the Springs Dam.
Thomas Dent.

August 16th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Res. That Proctor Barrett be requested to fill up leakages with quicklime on Saturday next under the supervision of W H Atkinson. [Probably the caul at CH Shed. Puzzling. I suspect that the reference to quicklime is a hydraulic cement that will set under water and this is a repair to the small weir in the culvert without draining valuable water away. Remember it is high summer and water will be in short supply. If there is no water for the condenser intake the mill cannot run.]
Res. That US Metallic Packings be put on the high and low pressure piston rods at CH after the rods have been skimmed by Burnley Ironworks Co as suggested by Mr Pickup. [Mr Pickup was the BI Co. manager and the immediate problem seems to have been excessive leakage of the piston rod glands on the cylinders. This is indicative of poor maintenance, the old stuffing boxes have been neglected and instead of being re-packed with new tallow soaked or graphite-asbestos packings they have just been tightened down hard and the old hard packing has scored the rods. The US Metallic packings will cure the fault but need to have a perfectly smooth surface to act on. In order to attain this goal the engine cylinders have to be opened up, the pistons and rods drawn out, the pistons removed from the rods and the rods taken to Burnley to be skimmed down to a perfect finish on the large lathes at the shop. Once refurbished they can be measured accurately and the individual metallic packings obtained from Bradford. In addition the old gland boxes have to be machined off the covers and new fixtures created to accept the metallic packings. This was a big job.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to renew the lease of Springs Dam including the fishing rights.
Res. That Proctor Barrett and William Holdsworth employ a gang of men to clean out Springs Dam.
Res. That W Holdsworth see to sending barrows, planks and other tackle to Springs Dam and also see to the same being returned to Proctor Barrett and WH Mill.
Res. That we offer scrap at 55/- [per ton] delivered by railway to Burnley Ironworks Co.
Res. That Mr Sutcliffe [mechanic in WH Mechanic's Shop] be asked to look at the old hoist in Moorhouse’s warehouse and that a report of the cost of taking down and the value of the old metal be presented to the next meeting.
Res. That Messrs Heap and Thornton be asked to plaster the windows walled up in Moorhouse’s shed during Feast Week.
Thomas Dent.

August 23rd 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Horsfield, Perry, King, Wilson, Baxter, L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson and Barrett.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: H Marsden £85-6-8. Barlick Co-op 10/6. J Widdup £65-10-0. E Bennis and Co £1-3-0. Lonsdale Brothers £3-3-4. Economic Boiler Co £3-15-0. J Sutcliffe £4-17-4. Wages £21-6-11. M Caan and Son £57-7-4.
Res. That £1000 be borrowed from a person mentioned by Mr Horsfield [4% per annum].
Res. That the secretary be asked to obtain advice re. The turning off of water from Springs Dam when the Butts Mill is running. [Butts is on the same beck and any disruption of supply due to cleaning will affect them. However, they do not own the riparian rights, an oversight on Billycock’s part when he built the mill.]
Res. That the crankpin lubricators left on approval by F R Putz be tested for one month at WH mill. [The lubrication of the crank pins on the engines was a knotty problem because when the engine is running they are in constant motion describing a circle. The universal cure in later years was the banjo oiler which supplied oil constantly by centrifugal force but this hadn’t been devised yet. I think these are the lubricators described to me by Newton Pickles who once had a problem when one failed while he was running the WH engine in later years. Basically they supplied a constant supply of grease to the pins via a system of pipes with a hinged connection to absorb the motion. The drive was provided by the motion of the engine via a ratchet mechanism. You may wonder why the engine manufacturers hadn’t incorporated an efficient lubricator in the design. I have often wondered whether, in matters of lubrication, the manufacturers were a bit lax because accelerated wear meant more work for them. Particularly noticeable on LP cylinders. This omission opened the way for a thriving service industry manufacturing various lubrication devices and it was from this source that the innovations eventually came.]
Res. That the leaky places at CH call [sic. Should be caul and refers to the small weir in the beck at the end of the culvert under the mill which maintained the condenser pond.] be filled up with cement by P Barrett.
Thomas Dent.

September 6th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That income tax of £5-17-6 on Moorhouse’s portion be paid. [Puzzling nowadays but there used to be a tax on the assumed income from property called Schedule 'A', I think these are now redundant and the tax assessed in a different way.]
Res. That Messrs Harley and Pilgrim [solicitors at Colne] be consulted re the renewal of the Springs Dam lease and that the secretary be authorised to spend not more than £1-1-0 for the same. [One guinea. Professional fees were often charged in guineas.]
The Insurance Company reports on boilers at both places were read together with a report from Messrs. E Green and Son on the economisers at CH. [Economiser manufacturers of Wakefield and often favoured as surveyors of economisers by the insurance companies.] They were handed forward to the engineers for perusal.
Res. That two thermometers and cups be ordered for the economisers, one for each mill. [Looks like an insurance company recommendation. [Special high temperature thermometers sitting in mercury filled cups (to improve conductivity) inserted into the delivery pipe (hot side) of the economiser became standard and were essential for efficient management of the system of doors (dampers) in the flues to achieve and maintain safe maximum temperatures of feed water for the boiler. Remember that the economisers were a heat transfer device to extract heat from waste flue gases to heat the feed water.]
Res. That the clock in Moorhouse’s portion be boarded in and the hoist backed [by wooden boarding?] by W Holdsworth. [All weaving sheds had clocks maintained by the company. Accurate time-keeping of engine running was not only desirable for the tenants but for the workers as well. Any suggestion of ‘time-cribbing’, starting early and finishing late, was regarded as a serious matter by the weavers and their union.]
Res. That Mr Sutcliffe, mechanic, be engaged to clean out the well under the supervision of Mr Barrett. [WH]
Res. That old scrap be sold to Layfield @ 55/- pert ton. Old [fire]bars @20/-. [Old burned fire bars were the lowest quality of heavy metal scrap.]
Res. That Mr Barrett and W Holdsworth be authorised to inspect the work at Springs Dam and to stop work or otherwise as may be necessary.
Res. That the Exors of Colonel Hargreaves be requested to give the company a continuous supply of Arley coal at CH Shed. [Very good grade of coal. Local tradition was that coal from this seam was used in the royal palaces.]
Res, That Mr Sutcliffe be instructed to fit up gas pendants in Dewhurst’s shed. [A nice connection building up here. It is to be hoped he looks after it.]
Res. That holes in the wall at CH be walled up. [Almost certainly gaps in perimeter dry-stone wall.]
Res. That the wall at the end of the shed at CH be pointed and cemented by Messrs Heap and Thornton. [Shed wall.]
Res. That Messrs Varley be requested to flash the waste places and fix troughs to the same at WH Mill. [Lead flashing to prevent water ingress. Moisture in dirty sweeps was the chief cause of spontaneous combustion. The dryer they were kept the better.]
Thomas Dent.

September 13th 1899
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Perry and Brooks.
Res. That we accept our engineer’s reports for allowances for stoppages at WH Mill in August and September, 8¾hrs. [I don’t know what the average stoppage time was in these times, all I can say is that it was unheard of when I was engine-tenting but of course by then we understood engines and boilers much better and I had the benefit of the best advice possible from the man who taught me all I know about the job, Newton Pickles.]
Res. That Mr Holdsworth and Mr Sutcliffe mechanic, arrange to cover S Pickles’ and Sons closets with the rail in stock and if not practicable to get new rails. [? There are frequent references to 'rail' and I suspect that it refers to iron bars.]
Res. That the blower be fixed at WH.
Res. That the rose in the well be left unprotected as at the present. [This ‘rose’ will be the bulbous CI filter on the end of the intake pipe in the well in Eastwood Bottoms. Designed to prevent detritus being drawn into the pump, it would have to be cleaned frequently. Any secondary protection would have to be cleaned as well so not much to be gained.]
Res. That we offer Dugdale and Dewhurst the place opposite the engine house for a tape room.
Res. That we offer Ellis and the Laundry firm 10/- to be expended on flooring the stable.
Res. That the pipes from the reservoirs to the engine house be covered with flags by Mr Proctor Barrett. [The new 4” main. Covering the pipe track with flags will make access for inspection and repair easier.]
Res. That W Holdsworth fix a box of good wood to the clow at Springs Dam. [Protection against interference for the hand wheel operating the clow? (Sluice Gate).]
Thomas Dent.

September 20th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, King, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: H Marsden £102-4-8. W J Varley £1-12-3. Cresswell’s Asbestos Co £4-12-3. John Widdup £44-17-0. W P Brooks £4-4-0. M&J Layfield £38-17-3. Wages £37-1-1. T Bracewell £7-5-1. J Colwell £7-7-0.
Res. Loans be sealed cert etc. Elizabeth Mary Parkin £20. Margaret Rudd £25. Jane Rudd £25.
The secretary read a letter from the Independent Order of the Golden Fleece at Skipton offering to lend the company £1000 at 4% interest less tax repayable at three months notice from either party. [I like this one. The Order of the Golden Fleece was one of the many Friendly Societies which sprang up after the Combination Acts outlawed trade unions. They functioned as sick clubs, lent money for building and house purchases and many of them later metamorphosed into modern building societies. The fact that they could offer to invest on this scale indicates how successful they were.]
Res. That the offer of Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst to repay the amount advanced by the company for machinery be accepted. [After a slow start this partnership has evidently made enough profit to establish themselves. Indicative of the profits to be made from weaving at this time.]
Res. That the secretary be requested to ask Mrs Coates if she will dispose of her interest in Springs Dam and if so upon what terms. [Tightening the grip on the water resource. Far safer if the company owns the dam.]
Letters were read from Mr Sneath re stoppages [WH]. From S Pickles and Sons and B&M Holden re raining in at CH Shed. From E Green and Son reporting on the economisers at WH.
Res. That Messrs Heap and Thornton be instructed to point and clear out troughings at Boocock’s [shed].
Res. That T Bracewell be engaged to finish Springs Dam. [I think he was a neighbouring farmer.]
Res. That Messrs Barrett and Holdsworth be asked to examine the roof at CH and see as to whether Mr King’s suggestion to fix condensing troughs is a practical one. [I think this was a scheme to distribute water from the condenser hot well through troughs on the roof to cool it. You can see how important water was at both mills and in addition, though not mentioned, Butts are probably still complaining about the high temperature of the water coming down to them. In many ways an insoluble problem but perhaps the CHSC wanted to be seen to be making an effort.]
Thomas Dent.

September 27th 1899
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield and Brooks.
Res. That Mr Shackleton be instructed to clear out the bonnets and troughing around the shed and warehouse. [‘Bonnets’ were the hoppers at the end of the troughs connecting them to the down pipes.]
Res. That Mr P Barrett be requested to examine and clear out the drain under the boiler house at CH Shed.
Thomas Dent.

October 4th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
The secretary read the cash account for the month ending 30th September 1899.
Res. Loan of £20 from J Eastwood be sealed cert etc.
Res. That Messrs W Holdsworth and W P Brooks be deputed to see Mr Moorhouse re taping for others. [If a tenant’s tape was running to capacity and his neighbour had some spare capacity it was easy to get warps taped by him. The problem as far as the company was concerned was that rent for a tenant’s tape was charged on the number of looms it serviced. At this time it was £90 for a tape servicing 400 looms. If a tenant had less than this number but taped for another manufacturer he was in effect doing this rent free unless the company stepped in and adjusted the rent. This is what is happening here.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to obtain tenders for from 500 to 1000 condensing troughs 4ft 10” X 3” for Calf Hall Shed.
The secretary reported that the balance due from Mr Windle on the 30th ult. was £983-15-7 and Mr W Bailey £943-6-6.
Notice of the rise of 5d per ton for Lancashire coal and 6d per ton for Yorkshire was read.
Thomas Dent.

October 11th 1899
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Barrett and Perry.
Res. That Mr Sutcliffe be instructed to put the pumping engine in order.
Res. That two notices to persons guilty of throwing stones on the shed be fixed on the mill.
Res. That Messrs Heap and Thornton be instructed to cement [Render] the end of Windle's shed.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to BUDC in respect of the sediment lodging on the shed side of Wellhouse Road. [Remember that this is not a tarmac road and the natural slope tended to encourage capping stone worn off by traffic to collect at the low side, next to the shed wall.]
Thomas Dent.

October 18th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: M&J Layfield £38-17-3. S Greenwood 12/5. H Marsden £91-2-4½. S Cooke and Son £33-11-5. J W Clough £4-13-3. E Green and Son £3-5-0. Proctor and Proctor £48-19-2½. [These minutes are in a different hand and I think this is the item usually noted as wages. Interesting that the name of GP’s firm is used.] E Bennis and Co £1-3-0. F R Putz £10-19-9. [The crank pin lubricators must have been approved. Newton Pickles told me that at one point in later years one of the hinged joints in the grease pipe seized up. The lubricator was torn off the bed and thrown through the roof of the engine house. They were both replaced by banjo oilers.] J Bulcock £1-6-0. R A Petty £15-6-0. J Sutcliffe £2-15-4. W P Brooks £1-3-2.
Res. That Messrs T Dent and W P Brooks be requested to see BUDC re the state of Wellhouse Road.
Res. Loans of £25 from William P Sellars and £1000 from the IO of the Golden Fleece be seal cert etc.
Res. Transfer of two shares from W Henry Smith to G Proctor seal cert etc.
Res. Following loans accepted: John Pickup £250. [Manager at Burnley Ironworks?] W Perry £150 and A King £100.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to the Acton Hall Colliery Co for price of washed peas and washed beans.
Res. That the secretary be empowered to receive £6000 at 3½% per annum from James Slater of Park Road.
Res. That W H Atkinson be requested to give a rough sketch and estimate of the cost of a one storey building for the tape for Dugdale and Dewhurst.
Res. That the secretary’s action in notifying tenants indebted to the company that interest would be charged at 1% over Bank Rate with a minimum of 5% be approved and that the matter be left in his hands.
Res. That Mr Moorhouse be charged 5/- per set for taping sets for our own tenants. [A set could be up to ten weaver’s warps so this isn’t excessive.]
Thomas Dent.

October 25th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Res. That the three trucks of Arley coal be stored at WH Mill. [I consulted with a friend of mine who is an old railwayman and a trusted adviser. He says that until post-WW2 the capacity of a standard truck was 13 tons and after WW2 was slightly larger at 16 tons.]
Res. That J Widdup’s account for £78-4-10 be paid.
Res. That J Horsfield, W Holdsworth and P Barrett be deputed to look to the watercourse at Long Ing. [There were two watercourses flowing through Long Ing into Eastwood Bottoms. One was the Bowker Drain, the other was a lesser drainage flow Crow Nest Syke. I have never come across Crow Nest Syke being used to supplement the water supply at WH Mill but of course this doesn’t discount the possibility. The Bowker Drain was crucial to WH as it fed the well in Eastwood Bottoms. Its course was along the canal bank, under Long Ing Shed and forward to the well, all of this piped underground. There are access points into the drain, one on the Salterforth side of Long Ing canal bridge and one immediately behind Long Ing Shed next to Eastwood Bottoms. It sounds as though a deficiency in flow in the drain has suggested either a blockage or leak in the drain. Yet another indication of the knife-edge water situation at WH Mill.]
Res. That manufacturers be requested to take all waste paper to the steam boilers to be burnt. [Apart from the calorific value of this, I remember when I was running Bancroft Shed that local businesses and solicitors used to bring confidential papers to be burnt, this was done when we were burning the fires off at night prior to banking the fires. There are occasional references at this time to complaints about tenants burning rubbish outside their premises.]
Thomas Dent.

November 1st 1899
T Dent chair. Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Loans be cert seal etc. John Pickup £250. A King £100. W Perry £150.
Res. That a charge of 5/- per set be made to J Moorhouse for all sets taped since commencement and in future. [Not clear whether this replaces the standard £90 per year rent or if it applies only to export taping. Almost certainly the latter.]
Res. Loan of £100 from Sarah Baxter be accepted. Seal cert etc.
A letter was read from Slater Brothers requesting the company to supply space for about 200 looms.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to reply that the directors [regret] their inability to add further load to the engine. [Note that the limiting factor is the engine and not space for further expansion. I think this is WH Mill. There is evidently still a demand for capacity and the company will have taken note. There will be a response eventually.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to purchase 100 tons of coal for WH Mill from Pope and Pearson, Normanton or failing them, any other pit where the quantity can be obtained.]
Thomas Dent.

November 8th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Res. That P Barrett puts a flag to stop water flowing into Widdup’s privy.
Res. That Holgate Marsden be asked to bring Altham coal and slack at Coates [wharf] to WH Mill and to say what is the price. The supply to be stopped until we hear from Pope and Pearson. [Confusing but my reading is that Marsden has a stock at Coates Wharf and the company wants a price to compare to any response from Normanton before they commit to buy.]
Res. That we fit up the Millwright’s shop [Mechanic’s Shop at WH?] with gas piping and also take steam to a pan in Pickles’ [portion, CH?]
Res. That Mr Atkinson be asked to finish the arrangement made with the company and Ed Smith about way-leave onto his land.
Res. That Mr Proctor write to Mr Fawcett of Skipton and ascertain from Mr Atkinson when he can arrange a meeting at WH Mill for settling up.
Thomas Dent.

November 15th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, King, Horsfield, Baxter, Perry, Wilson, Wilkinson and L&W Holdsworth.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Pope and Pearson be requested to give a regular supply of best slack until further orders.
Res. Four shares from Exors of W Baldwin to Polly Turner be seal cert etc.
The secretary read the insurance company reports on the condition of boilers.
Res. That the whistle at WH Mill be blown only at the request of the manufacturers.
Res. That two sanitary pails be ordered for Widdup’s portion. [Sounds as though these privies were still operating on the bucket system and not tipplers connected direct to the sewer.]
Mr Slater attended before the directors with a request to find their firm space for 30 additional looms.
Res. That Mr Longridge of the Vulcan Boiler Insurance Co be engaged to examine and report on the plant at WH and CH and that before engagement the secretary be instructed to get particulars of their charges. [Vulcan Insurance were a very well regarded insurance company and in this case the company appear to be turning to them for an independent assessment of the engines and boilers. Probably driven by the fact that the engines at both mills were struggling to cope with the load. Remember that many extra looms have been imposed on both of them.]
Res. That grease and waste be ordered from the Diamond Oil and Grease Company. [The word ‘waste’ is the clue here. This refers to ‘shafting waste’ which was a mixture of grease and wool waste used for packing bronze cross-shaft bearings in weaving sheds. It had the advantage that the waste retained the oil in the grease and there was less danger of drips of black oil contaminating cloth. The usual method of packing the bearings was to put a pad of high temperature grease (‘hot neck’) on top of the waste pad so that if lubrication failed and the bearing got hot the ‘hot neck’ melted supplying the bearing with additional oil. This was the standard for cross shaft bearings until the end of the industry.]
Thomas Dent.

November 22nd 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson and L Horsfield[?].
Res. That Dr Roberts and W P Brooks be a deputation to Messrs Pope and Pearson and to the representatives of other pits and that P Barrett take Dr Robert’s place if he cannot go. [J D Roberts was a practising GP in Barlick and must have been a busy man!]
Res. That W Holdsworth be instructed to fit condensing troughs at CH Shed.
Res. That someone be engaged to make the road at CH Shed.
Thomas Dent.

December 6th 1899
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Perry, Horsfield, Barrett and Brooks.
Res. That we ask John Delaney to send quotations for Monks Bretton, Roundwood and other slacks. [I don’t know of any specific problems in the coal fields but the company appear to be putting a lot of effort into obtaining coal supplies.]
Res. That Messrs Brooks, Barrett and Perry interview James Slater about his mortgage to the company and to see if he will pay for the mortgage deeds.
Res. That the Common Seal of the Company be affixed to the mortgage deed between the company of the one part and James Slater of the other part (now produced by the secretary) to secure the repayment to Mr Slater of the sum of £5000, lent by him to the company and interest thereon to be at the rate of 3¾% per annum less an allowance of ¼% for tax.
Res. That the seal of the company be also affixed to the Memorial of the above deed to be registered at Wakefield.
Thomas Dent.

December 13th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson, Wilkinson and L&W Holdsworth.
Res. That a can of yarn [shaft waste] be ordered from the Diamond Oil and Grease Co.
Res. That Mr Sutcliffe be instructed to alter the clack in the well at WH, Mr Ellison having failed to attend. [Water supplies for the reservoirs at WH again! The ‘clack’ referred to is the non return valve above the rose on the intake which ensures that when the pump up at the mill isn’t working the pipe remains full of water and can therefore be restarted without priming the pump. It was essential that this clack, usually a bronze mushroom valve with a rubber face or in older installations a simple rubber flap which would only allow flow one way was kept watertight. CHSC are using Sutcliffe as resident engineer and millwright.]
Res. That new blocks be ordered from and fitted by the US Metallic Packing Co at WH Mill. [These blocks are the bronze inserts lined with white metal which form the seal in the packing. They shouldn’t have worn so quickly, not unknown for them to remain efficient for twenty years or more. This was why they were so popular. Perhaps the rods are in bad condition.]
Res. That the two gates opposite the gasworks [WH Mill, on Skipton Road] be walled up and that the walls on each side of the gates at CH Shed be repaired by P Barrett.
Thomas Dent.

November 29th 1899
Dr Roberts chair. Brooks, Dent, Barrett, Perry, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: W Easton 10/-. H Marsden £113-2-6. J Widdup £133-12-10. P Barrett £13-13-5. T Bracewell £9-16-6. Wages £52-15-9. J W Clough £2-14-0. W Holdsworth £23-7-9. T Rawlinson £2-5-9.
Res. That 50 tons of each of the following quality of coals be ordered from Holgate Marsden: Rough slack @9/3 [per ton]. Bower’s best slack @9/6. Rothwell Haigh @ 9/3.
Res. That the chairman and secretary form a deputation to wait on the Colliery Company mentioned by the chairman.
Res. That the two spare pulleys be returned to Parkinson and that he be paid £2-10-0.
Res. That Mr Ellison of Skipton be instructed to alter the clack in the well at WH as recommended by the architect, Mr Atkinson.
Res. That Mr Atkinson invite tenders for scrap iron from Burnley Ironworks, Ellison and Rushworth. [George Rushworth of Colne was an engineer and scrap merchant and one of the main shareholders in the Long Ing Shed Co.]
Res. That the matter of the loan from James Slater be allowed to stand over for a fortnight.
Res. That the chairman be requested to ascertain the Craven Bank’s terms for transacting the company’s business.
J D Roberts and T Dent.

December 20th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: H Marsden £39-11-0. J Widdup £144-3-0. Pope and Pearson £47-8-0. T Parkinson £8-10-0. Alliance Assurance Co £14-5-0. Burnley Ironworks Co £51-2-5. [This could be the metallic packings. It was quite usual for an engineer to measure up, order the packings and fit them so this would be the price for the whole job. I suspect that the engine-makers got a better price from the manufacturers.]
Interest on loans and mortgages due on the 31st inst. [No amount.]
Res. Loans from Thomas Eastwood £20 and S A Hargreaves £100, both at 4%. Seal cert etc.
The secretary reported the amounts owed by W Bailey and J Windle on the 4th inst to be £808-16-8 and £800 respectively.
Res. That Mr W Holdsworth be instructed to cut boarding to allow ropes to run freely and to repair flooring in Bailey’s and Pilkington’s warehouses. [Cotton driving ropes stretch as they wear and if the driven side is at the top (wrong way round but sometimes unavoidable) the slack side at the bottom sags and if the aperture was too tightly dimensioned when new the ropes could start to rub at the bottom.]
Res. That gaps in the wall at WH Mill be walled up straight.
The secretary reported the consumption of coal at CH Shed for November to be 33 tons 14cwt and 3quarters per week. [28lbs under 33.75 tons]
Thomas Dent

December 27th 1899
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Horsfield, King, Wilson, Wilkinson, L&W Holdsworth and Baxter.
Res. That John Widdup be asked to stop delivering Acton Hall Slack.
Res. That Messrs Dent, Brooks and Barrett see after coal.
Thomas Dent.

January 3rd 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, Perry, King, Baxter, Wilson, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth and Wilkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Loans of £25 each from M Rudd, J Rudd and J&B Edmondson be seal cert etc.
Res. That £400 loan be repaid to Mr W Perry on the 26th inst.
Res. That Mr Crossland of the Vulcan Insurance Co be engaged to make a thorough examination of the engine, boilers and gearing at WH Mill for the sum of £7-7-0.
Res. That sieves be put in the oilers on the piston rods at WH Mill. [Sounds as though they suspect that oil contamination may have worn the rods and caused premature failure of the packings. WH has been a building site for two years at least and there was probably quite a lot of dust in the air. Steam engines and dust are bad stable mates.]
Res. That the secretary obtain Mrs Coates agreement to share the cost of repairs at Springs Dam.
Res. That the lease of Springs Dam be completed on the same basis as the last one with the addition of the fishing rights.
Res. That the balance sheet for the half year ending 31st December be adopted subject to audit and presented to the shareholders meeting on 26th January at the Seven Stars AR.
Res. That we recommend an annual dividend of 5% for the half year.
Res. That W P Brooks be requested to sell by auction the firewood fencing round the Wheelwright’s Shop lately occupied by S Wright. [Blacksmith and wheelwright of Barlick. I think he moved to premises on Albert Road where the Majestic stands now.]
Res. That the stuff belonging to the company at Springs Dam be brought away by Proctor Barrett.
Thomas Dent.

January 6th 1900
T Dent chair. Wilson, Horsfield, Brooks and Barrett.
Res. That Mr John Widdup be asked to meet the board on Wednesday night to consider the question of coal supply, there not being a full board present.
Thomas Dent.

January 10th 1900
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilkinson, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Barrett, Perry and Brooks.
Res. That Burnley Ironworks be asked to send Mr Clegg to examine the piston rods on the engine at WH Mill and that Mr Sneath’s letter be enclosed.
Res. That Messrs Ellison of Skipton be asked to examine the rope drive in Windle’s shed with a view to the adoption of gearing.
Thomas Dent.

January 17th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Wilson and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. Transfer of shares: Barrett Hargreaves and W B Duckworth to Adam Hargreaves (1). William Hargreaves (1). R Hargreaves (1). And two shares from Thomas Broughton to E A Knowles. Seal cert etc.
Res. Loan of £400 from A King be repaid on the 19th of January.
Res. That the US Metallic Co be asked to send a man to examine the packings at WH Mill.
Res. That a spare driving wheel for 3 ½” shaft be ordered from Messrs Ellison and Co.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to the colliery proprietors mentioned on a list given, all of whom are at Wigan and ask for the price of coal delivered at Barlick.
Thomas Dent.

January 26th 1900
Dr Roberts chair. Brooks, Barrett, Perry, King, Baxter, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield and Dent.
Minutes as read.
The secretary reported that all the pit owners in Wigan were sold forward and could not therefore supply the company. [There must be some disruption to coal supplies.]
Res. That the chairman and secretary form a deputation to the Exors of Colonel Hargreaves and to Acton Hall re the supply of coal.
Res. That the manufacturers be asked to meet the directors with a view to an advance of rents consequent on the high price of coal. (16/- at Calf Hall) [This is a massive increase from approx 10/- per ton a few weeks previously.]
Res. That Dr Roberts, P Barrett, T Dent, W Holdsworth and W Perry be requested to meet the manufacturers at the Seven Stars Hotel on Friday night the 2nd of February at 7pm.
J D Roberts and T Dent.

General meeting
January 26th 1900
Dr Roberts chair.
Res. Balance sheet, report and dividend approved. Share transfer book sealed.

January 31st 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, Perry, King, Baxter, L&W Holdsworth and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Diamond Oil and Grease Company £4-110. Green and Son £4. S Cooke and Co £25-17-0. E Bennis and Son 4/-. BUDC Commercial rate £161-9-2. Lancaster 15/6. William Scott £11. Richard Petty 8/6. James Bulcock 11/-. Henry Brown £1-8-6. Inland Rev. £60-7-8. J W Green £64-11-8. P Barrett £5-3-4. Henry Hargreaves £1-3-6. W P Brooks £1-19-0. John Widdup £214-8-0. T Rawlinson £2-17-0. W Norcross £10-15-0. J W Brown 9/-. Smith and Smith £19-15-6. Wages £71-5-11.
Res. Loans accepted cert seal etc. Margaret and Jane Rudd, £25 each.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to order 90 left hand and 90 right hand condenser troughs.
Res. That the laundry proprietors be allowed to make a place for the delivery of coke.
Res. That stones be put on the road at Widdup’s entrance.
Res. That the foot plates at CH be lowered by Mr Barrett. [?]
Thomas Dent.

February 7th 1900
Dr Roberts chair. Horsfield, Perry, Barrett, Wilson, Baxter, W Holdsworth, Dent and King.
No business recorded.
Signed J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

February 14th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That loans at 4% be accepted. £50 each from Margaret and Jane Rudd. Seal cert etc.
The secretary read a letter from Mrs Coates in which she agreed to pay £20 towards the cost of repairs at Springs Dam.
The report on the engine and shafting at WH Mill from the Vulcan Insurance Co was read and it appears that the present load on the engine is 776hp, that the branch steam pipe on the No. 1 engine from the HP to the LP cylinder is damaged. That the general strength of the engine is below new engines but it will suffice for a boiler pressure of 125psi. That the top course of foundation stones is not very steady in some places. The shafting throughout is deficient in strength. The additional load of 100 to 150hp will entail an increase in shear force greater than in proportion to the increase in load. The present load is sufficient for two boilers. A new boiler should be purchased 8ft X 30ft placed near the existing boilers but further forward to allow an increase in the number of economiser pipes to not less than 250 to 300 pipes (120 at present). As between placing additional looms on the SE side of the shed and on the N side of the shed, if placed on the SE side the second motion shaft should be lifted and carried forward so that the present extreme end of the shaft should remain the extreme end and that a length of full diameter should be placed at the beginning of the shed which now holds 1641 looms. The space which is partly occupied by stables could be served by continuing each of the shafts in the shed (mill bottom) which now contains 396 looms. In either case, these shafts would be loaded beyond the point that we consider to be desirable in new work but, as we indicated above, we would not recommend any general increase in strengths.
[Not surprising news in a plant that has been extended so much on a piecemeal basis without the benefit of expert advice. The directors have some thinking to do! The real problem as we have noted before is that there is no local source of heavy engineering capacity with intimate knowledge of the plant to give reliable advice. There is also the question of the competence of the mill engineer. It will be some years before this problem is put to rest.]
Signed J&L Crossland[?] and Thomas Dent.

February 21st 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and W Holdsworth.
Res. That the directors meet at CH Shed on Saturday afternoon to report on the plates in front of the boiler and also to examine the steam gauge furniture. [These are the ‘foot plates’ mentioned earlier. There is a cavity at the front of the boiler for access to the side flue doors and the blow-down valve and piping. This is usually covered by removable iron chequer plates. The ‘steam gauge furniture’ could be the pressure gauge or the water level gauges.]
Res. That the scrapers on the economisers at CH Shed be examined and repaired. [The cast iron tubes of the economiser tend to pick up flue dust which reduces heat transmission to the feed water circulating inside them. To avoid this there is a system of close fitting mechanical scrapers, one on each tube, driven from the engine shafting which slowly move up and down the tube dislodging any surface dust. They are light cast iron construction and subject to periodic breakage which lessens their efficiency.]
Res. That we pay Shackleton’s account for cleaning troughs and working overtime less the amount he received when sick.
Res. That the engineer at WH be requested to see that the oiler does not use grease in such large quantities as to allow of it being thrown onto looms and cloth. [This will be fat on the bevel gears on the main lineshaft in the shed. The old problem of cloth contamination by lubricant. Theoretically the wheel guards should stop this happening.]
Thomas Dent.

February 28th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and W Holdsworth.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: J Delaney £36-12-5. T Hart 17/9. T Rawlinson £2-15-6. Joseph Sutcliffe £16-0-4 [mechanic]. J W Clough £1-11-11. J Widdup £274-10-4.
Res. Loan of £400 from J Duckworth seal cert etc.
The secretary read the communications with the Altham Colliery Company with regard to continuing the supply of coal to WH Mill and in which they informed the directors that they could do nothing at present but would give us a supply immediately their output improved. The secretary also read notice from the mechanic to give up tenancy of the Mechanic’s Shop. [This last item is significant and the next resolution has a bearing on what happens. Keep your eye on this, it is very significant for the management of the CHSC’s plant in the future.]
Res. That Henry Brown of Earby be instructed to supply and fix one set of water gauge fittings and to repair the old ones. [This will be CH Shed boiler. They have a problem in that they want to keep the boiler running and so have to purchase a spare set of water gauges to keep them in production. A relatively small item like this could stop the mill. Note that Henry Brown of Earby is asked to do the job and not Sutcliffe. I know I’m teasing you but here’s a clue. Henry Brown’s uncle, John Duxbury of Crook Carr Farm in Barlick was a shareholder in the CHSC, he has a quiet word with Henry and tips him off that the Mechanic’s Shop at WH Mill is coming vacant shortly. Read on!]
Res. That the plates in front of the boiler at CH Shed be lowered and the grate bars shortened by one and a half bricks by Proctor Barrett.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to the Long Ing Shed Company Ltd and the Craven Bank with regard to the proposed increase in rent and that the same deputation as before meet them.
Res. That we buy one cask of grease @ 13/- per cwt from Mr James Edmondson.
Thomas Dent

March 7th 1900
T Dent chair. W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Barrett, Perry and Brooks.
Res. That we pay Holgate Marsden 6d per ton for carting Altham coals from Coates Wharf.
Res. That we write the secretary acquainting him with the result of the interview with the Long Ing Shed Co and asking him to be prepared with particulars as to the legal notice to be given.
Thomas Dent.

March 14th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Barrett and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the rent of all the company’s looms be increased 2/- per loom from the 1st of April next.
Res. That Dr Roberts (failing him W P Brooks) P Barrett and the secretary form a deputation to meet the directors of the Butts Mill Company at the Craven Bank, Skipton, on Friday next and that they be authorised to inform them as to the rise of 2/- and to ascertain if they are prepared to follow us in this increase.
Res. That the same deputation previously appointed, together with the secretary, be instructed to meet the directors of the Long Ing Shed Co on Tuesday night to inform them of our decision as to the increase in rents.
Res. That a meeting of the directors be held on Tuesday night next at 7pm to receive the report of the deputation.
Res. That Mr W P Brooks be authorised to see Mr Garlic and to appoint one of the gas[?] men to the position of stoker at CH Shed.
Res. That the Mechanic’s Shop be offered to Henry Brown of Earby at the same rent as the present tenant, £25 per annum. [This will become a permanent association. Henry Brown and his successors will be in the WH Shop until it is demolished in 1988. For more of the story see my book ‘Brown and Pickles. Pennine Engineers’ available on Lulu.com.]
The secretary gave a full report as to the legal notice required to be given to the tenants of the company to terminate their tenancies in order to obtain an increase in the rent which in every case was six month’s notice to terminate on the day of the year on which the tenancy commenced. A full list of the tenants of the co shewing the date on which each entered into possession and the date on which rent commenced was also placed on the table.
Thomas Dent.

March 20th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, King, Horsfield, Wilson, Baxter, Barrett and W Holdsworth.
Res. That Mr Sutcliffe leaves the Mechanic’s Shop and that it be let to Mr Henry Brown of Earby and at the same rent.
Res. That Mr Shackleton’s place at CH Shed [stoker] be filled by Watson from WH Mill and that Watson’s place be taken by Charnley.
It was reported that the land at Calf Hall sold by the company in about 1894 had been bought for £90.
Res. That Mr O Leake be instructed to act for the company in conveying the same.
The deputation appointed to wait on the Craven Bank reported that all the tenants at Butts Mill held leases of 7 or 10 years and that 4 or more years had yet to run. The leases did not contain a coal clause. [A serious problem for the Butts Mill Co, they did not take knowledgeable advise when writing the leases. ‘Coal clauses’ were a mechanism for making sure that rents could be adjusted consequent on coal price increases, coal was the major expense. The same legal mechanism was included in standard yarn and cloth contracts transacted on the Manchester Cotton Exchange. These covered other costs such as wages as well. The effect was to inject automatic stability into trading and allowed companies to trade with confidence at very narrow and competitive profit margins. Fine when there was plenty of demand but in the end it proved to be an Achilles’ heel for the industry in the terminal decline after 1920.]
[The question of contracts, like any other legal matter, is complicated. Here is the position I arrived at after reading the subject up. All contracts were based on the Sale of Goods Act 1893. There were standard contracts agreed by conferences of trade associations and Stephen Pickles told me that the contracts used on the Manchester Exchange were variants of these standards. Many firms used their own versions but all contained clauses dealing with strike, lockout, breakdown, fire or other unavoidable occurrence, this last clause was often, but not always, interpreted as allowing coal and labour clauses. The overall aim was, as far as possible, to minimise risk.]
The deputation appointed to meet the directors of the Long Ing Shed Co reported that they [the Long Ing Co] were quite willing to advance rents 2/- per loom per annum from 1st of April next.
[The inability of the Butts Mill Co to act in concert with the other two companies was no big problem because they were no threat. In fact they were not trading profitably with consequences we shall see later.]
Thomas Dent.

March 28th 1900
T Dent chair. Horsfield, Brooks, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, King, Baxter, Wilson and Perry.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Pope and Pearson’s slack be ordered for CH Shed.
A Letter was read from the Cotton Manufacturer’s Association [Barlick manufacturers, they are increasingly acting for the tenants in any dispute.] stating they could not meet tonight owing to the absence of two or three of the principal tenants.
Res. That we approve the suggestion of the secretary with reference to the increase of rents, that each tenant be written to and offered an increase of 2/- per annum per loom and that the matter be left in his hands. [GP smells a rat here in the dilatory behaviour of the Manufacturer’s Association. He isn’t falling for any stalling tactics. Legally, because of the way the leases are written, the company can terminate them and offer new terms. This is what he is going to do.]
Res. That the Metallic Packing [on the engine] at WH Mill be repaired at Easter by the Burnley Ironworks Co.
Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst made a further application for a tape room.
Res. That as it is impracticable to build adjoining their portion of the shed we offer them the building opposite the boiler house.
Res. That we write to Messrs Garratt and Co, Moorgate Street [?] for particulars of [a] colliery they have for disposal. [The coal situation must be critical if the CHSC is considering buying a pit.]
Res. That accounts be paid: Charlesworth and Wilson £9. W P Brooks £3-3-0. Wages £56-4-2. Insurance £83-13-9. W Scott £3-7-6. J Widdup £313. W J Varley £9-5-0.
Thomas Dent.

March 30th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, Horsfield, King, L&W Holdsworth and Baxter.
Res. That we approve the letter drawn by the secretary, it to be sent to each tenant with reference to increasing rents. [Clear inference that the company isn’t interested in any advances collectively via the association. They aren’t in the business of discussion or negotiation beyond what is polite and inside the bounds of normal management practice. George Proctor is key to this, he has seen it all before in other companies he manages. A very valuable asset.]
[No Signature.]

April 4th 1900
T Dent chair. Wilson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Barrett and Brooks.
Res. That the managing director be instructed to ask Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst which of the company’s tenants have taped sets of beams for them. [Charges for export taping aren’t working on a voluntary basis.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to give the tenants a copy of one of the leases.
Res. That we extend the time for accepting a reply to our letter of the 31st of March to the tenants be extended to Wednesday next the 11th of April 1900.
Res. That the rent of the Mechanic’s Shop to Henry Brown be £25 and £2 per inch for a belt broader that 4” (He to provide new belts) and 9d per hour for the donkey engine. [We’re talking about power for Brown’s machinery here. The normal drive during working hours was from the engine via shafting and the width of the belt governs the amount of power that can be transmitted. The donkey engine is a small independent steam engine used to drive the shafting when the engine was stopped. It ran using steam from the company’s boilers, hence the charge for each hour of use. Bear in mind that there was no public electricity supply until the 1930s.]
Thomas Dent.

April 11th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and Perry.
Minutes as read.
Res. That one wagon of coal at 12/9 [per ton] be purchased as a sample by Mr Brooks.
Res. That the Mechanic’s Shop be let to Mr Henry Brown of Earby for a term of five years with the option of leaving at the end of 12 months. [We need to recognise that at this point Brown’s were blacksmiths, general engineers and millwrights and had no pretensions to being capable of either engine diagnosis or heavy repair. They were well-established in Earby doing work for the mills there and had a very good reputation in the trade.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to draw up an agreement for the same.
A letter signed by all the tenants requesting the directors to meet them was read when it was
Res. That the secretary be instructed to reply informing them that in answer to their request the directors would meet them in the office on Thursday night next at 7pm.
Res. That the ordinary meeting of the board be held at 6:30pm on Thursday next.
Res. That the offer of the Scottish Boiler Insurance Co to increase the amount assured on the company’s boilers for the same premium be accepted.
Thomas Dent.

April 19th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, Perry, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, King and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
A letter from Mr Henry Brown of Earby agreeing to the terms but requesting a lease of ten years with the option of leaving in either one or five years was read when it was
Res. That a ten year lease be not granted but that a five year lease be granted with the option of leaving at the end of one year and an undertaking that if the Company did not require the premises for their own purposes he should be given the preference of another five years lease.
Res. That a cheque for £81 be drawn in favour of Messrs Charlesworth and Wilson, balance of purchase money for the land at Calf Hall.
Res. Share certificate be registered for shares in favour of John Sellars (son of Tom Sellars). Seal cert etc.
Res. That four trucks of coal at 12/9 per ton be ordered from John W Widdup.
The secretary reported having written to eight collieries in Yorkshire and that replies have been received that they were fully sold. [Demand for coal is exceeding supply evidently and this is what is driving the price up by approximately 3/- per ton on purchases six months ago.]
The tenants of the company appeared before the directors with the request that the directors should meet them in regard of their demand for an increase of 2/- per loom per annum from 1st April 1900 and a six months tenancy from that date. After a long discussion the tenants agreed to pay an additional rent of 1/6 per loom per annum the tenancies to remain as at present. The directors could not see their way to accept this offer and it was
Res. That the offer to the tenants contained in the letter from the secretary of March 29th be withdrawn and that each tenant be notified of the same.
Thomas Dent.

April 23rd 1900
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, Horsfield, Barrett, King, Wilson, Baxter, Perry and L&W Holdsworth.
Proposed by Dr Roberts, seconded by T Dent and Resolved that the Common Seal of the Company be affixed to a notice dated April 23rd now presented by the secretary in duplicate [be sent] to each of the tenants of the company giving them six months notice to quit on the 31st of October 1900 and that the notices be served on the tenants on Wednesday next the 25th of April.
[No messing about! This is a simple power struggle. The directors have taken the nuclear option of notice to quit. The arguments are over, this is a valid legal process and the ball is now firmly in the tenant’s court. Consider their position, they need room and power to continue in business and what would they do with their machinery and stocks if they decide to quit?]
Thomas Dent.

May 8th 1900
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, King and Perry.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: R Hindle insurance £6. S Cooke and Co £23-17-0. James Bullock 18/6. John Widdup £330-10-2. E Brooksbank and Co £2-6-0. W Holdsworth £9-11-7. T Hart 17/9. Vulcan Boiler Insurance Co £7-7-0. Henry Brown £6-14-3. Joseph Sutcliffe 11/1. US Metallic Packing Co £1-7-6. Oliver Leate £2-10-0. J E Southern and Co £24-12-3.
Res. That the common seal of the co be affixed to the indenture of conveyance dated April 25th 1900 transferring a plot of land containing 707 square yards at Calf Hall Shed from the Craven Bank, Joseph Standing and Samuel Slater (trustee under a deed of ? of Joseph Standing) to the CHSC for the sum of £90 in the presence of two directors and the secretary.
Res. That the terms already offered to Mr Henry Brown be adhered to. [Henry must still be pushing for the ten year lease. Opening a branch in Barlick is a big investment for him and he is looking for as much security as possible.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to give Joseph Standing notice to quit the land above referred to.
Res. That Mr Henry Brown be requested to inspect the pair of wheels and the gear reported to be unsafe and remedy the defects. [Henry starts his career as the CHSC engineer and millwright based in the WH shop. This is the start of a long association.]
Res. That we advertise 707 square yards of land at CH to be let by tender and subject to three month’s notice to quit.
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

May16th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the account for ground rent £9-13-4 and gas account £2-14-2 be paid.
Res. That an allowance at the rate of half rent be paid to Henry Brown mechanic providing that the stoppage exceeds 24 consecutive hours.
Res. That the chairman and managing director be a deputation to meet Mr Robinson at Skipton [manager of the Craven Bank] along with Mr Widdup.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to ascertain if Messrs Pope Pearson are willing to grant a contract for the supply of coal and on what terms. [There was a great deal of unrest nationally in the coal industry and the CHSC are looking for ways of ensuring continuity of supply.]
Thomas Dent.

May 30th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, King, Perry and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Ed Smith £9-2-0. J W Clough £1-9-4. J Wright 6/-. T Bracewell £2-15-0. H H Woodruff £29-17-0. J Widdup £339. G Proctor wages £65-8-0. Ellison and Co £119-7-7. [A large amount. I wonder whether this for rectifying the deficiencies in the shafting at WH Mill reported by the Vulcan Insurance surveyor?]
A letter was read from Pope Pearson regretting their inability to supply coal.
Res. Loan accepted from Henry Holdsworth £20. Seal cert etc.
Thomas Dent

June 13th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That H Marsden’s account for coal be paid, £53-2-0.
Res. That common seal be affixed to the lease for Springs Dam for ten years and the option of a further ten years from February 2nd 1901 at an annual rent of £10 including fishing rights.
Res. That Mr J Duckworth’s application for repayment of loan of £50 be granted and the amount paid on June 30th 1900.
Res. That the cylinder and engine oil be purchased direct from the factor and that if carriage be paid by the sender one ton be ordered and if by the purchaser two tons be ordered.
Thomas Dent.

June 27th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, Perry, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson L&W Holdsworth.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: W P Brooks £2-5-6. S Cooke and Co £15-10-11. Diamond Oil Co £5-1-4. John Widdup £139-17-6. Midland Railway Co £1-10-6. P Barrett £4-15-4. J W Widdup £29-8-0. Wages £31-14-4. T Rawlinson £4-11-6. Cheques paid for loans and interest. J W Clough £2-18-10.
Res. That loan of £20 be accepted from E M Parkin seal cert etc.
A letter dated June 19th 1900 was read from E Green and Son respecting damper.
Res. That attention be given to it by Mr Brooks and Henry Brown. [Greens have noted a problem with an economiser damper during their inspection and are recommending it be repaired.]
Thomas Dent.

July 4th 1900
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, King, Horsfield, Baxter, Brooks Perry and Barrett.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Mr Henry Hargreaves be instructed to put a bottom in the cistern at WH Mill and provide a top with a key.
Res. That Mr Ed Smith be requested to send Jefferson or some other experienced man to repair the puddling in the embankment [of the dam] at WH Mill. [A leakage. Conservation of water again.]
Thomas Dent.

July 11th 1900
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Horsfield Brooks, Barrett, Perry, King L&W Holdsworth, Wilson and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. Seal and cert of promissory notes in favour of Jane Rudd, £28-14-4 and J B Edmondson £30. Seal and cert of the Springs Dam lease. Seal and cert on lease of Mechanic's Shop to H Brown at £25 per annum for 5 years.
Res. That the director’s action in offering the whole of our consumption of coal to the Altham Colliery Co for five years providing the price be as to the Long Ing Shed Co and subject to the same variation in price both as to amount and time as the Exors of Colonel Hargreaves’ Arley slack be approved. [Smart move, they have ensured a supply and at the same price as their major competitor for provision of space in Barlick. This lifts the threat of competition based on coal prices.]
Balance sheet for the half year ending June 30th showing profit of £37-7-0 was read and approved.
Res. That in consequence of the low profit and the high price of coal [Remember the loom rent increase hasn’t kicked in yet] we recommend no dividend for the half year. General meeting to be held in the Seven Stars AR at 7pm on July 27th 1900.
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

July 19th 1900
T Dent chair. Horsfield, Brooks, Barrett, Perry, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, King and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
A letter was read from the US Metallic Packing Co in which they offered to repair the packings on the engine at WH Mill with new blocks and improved sliding plates for the sum of £14-16-0, men’s time and expenses extra.
Res. That they be instructed through Burnley Ironworks to proceed with the work and complete during the holiday. [Another indication of the lack of local expertise. In effect BI are acting as consulting engineers and supervisors. From the evidence of the USMP Co records this was a very common way of handling these matters.]
Thomas Dent.

July 25th 1900
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, Perry, King, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: J Bulcock 19/-. J W Widdup £27-7-5. H Brown 7/5. W J Varley 7/8. J Widdup £135-9-9. Burnley Ironworks 15/3½. BUDC commercial rate £161-9-2.
Res. Transfer of shares. Four shares from Ada Slater to Joseph Slater and Five from L Robinson to L Broughton also a promissory note for a loan of £100 from A King. All seal cert etc.
Res. That Henry Wilson and John Horsfield be deputed to see Widdup’s tape room as to excessive heat and report thereon.
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

General shareholder’s meeting
July 27th 1900
Dr Roberts chair.
Res. That Balance sheet and report be adopted.
Res. That three of the retiring directors be re-elected, Horsfield, Barrett and Perry. Joseph Slater elected as new director. [Joe Slater of Clough Mill married to Billycock’s daughter Ada and living in Newfield Edge. A very successful manufacturer and just the sort of experience needed by the board.]
Res. Director’s remuneration be £30per annum. C Blakey re-appointed auditor at £4 per annum. Register of share transfers sealed.
[No mention of dividend in the minutes but in the report they break the news that profits this half year are £37-7-0 compared with £580-9-0 the previous half year. The amount paid for coal is £743-10-11 in excess of the corresponding half year in 1899.]
Res. That the action of the directors in giving the tenants notice to increase loom rent in consequence of the advance in the price of coal be approved and that they take such steps as they think necessary to enforce their demands.
J D Roberts.

August 8th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, Slater, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, King and Wilson.
Res. That Mr John Widdup be asked to contract for supply of coal at 15/5 per ton for 50 tons a week until June 30th 1901.
Res. That Mr W P Brooks see the engineer at Foulridge who is agent for Hemsworth coal and ascertain prices.
Res. That Mr H Brown be requested to inspect the boilers at CH and WH to supply dimensions and also to order four protective plates[?] for WH.
Res. That Varley’s put in the window at the Mechanic’s Shop.
Res. That we order a wheel cover from Chester's at Colne for the new wheels in Dugdale and Dewhurst.
Res. That we order six more trucks of Holliday slack, two trucks to be delivered weekly.
Res. That we order six trucks of Roundwood Screened slack at 13/7 from John Delaney.
Res. Dr Roberts re-elected chairman and Thomas Dent as vice-chair. W P Brooks as managing director.
Res. That Parkinson’s account of £31-14-5 be paid.
Thomas Dent.

August 15th 1900
T Dent chair. Perry, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Wilson and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: R S Windle £11-10-0. J W Green £77-10-0. H Marsden £101-0-6.
Res. Seal and cert for five shares in favour of L Robinson and A Broughton [new shares? Five each?] and promissory notes for M Rudd, £15-10-0 and E M Parkin £20.
Res. That the contract with John Widdup for the supply of 50 tons per week of Pope Pearson coals at 15/8 delivered at CH Shed or WH Mill to the 31st of December subject to strike clauses etc. be signed by T Dent, W Perry and the secretary. [First mention of strike clauses to protect the coal merchant. More evidence of insecurity and unrest in the mining industry.]
The secretary reported a further advance of 10d per ton in Altham and Burnley coal from this date.
Thomas Dent.

August 22nd 1900
T Dent chair. Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Mr Ed Smith’s account for £3-2-0 be paid.
Res. That three labourer’s be engaged during the holidays to assist Burnley Ironworks with the repairs to the [WH] engine. [Cheaper than BI providing labour.]
Thomas Dent.

September 5th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Messrs W Holdsworth and Barrett be deputed to supervise the cleaning out of the well at WH Mill. [Eastwood Bottoms?]
Res. That the heavy key for WH engine be purchased. [Not sure what this is. It suggests a key or stake (Both devices for locking a part to a shaft) but this would be made to fit by the engineers not bought off the shelf. 'Key' was often used for what we would call a spanner and on balance I suspect that this is what is being ordered. The biggest nuts in the engine house were those in the engine bad holding down bolts.]
Res. That Mr Parkinson be instructed to stop the supply of coal.
Res. That the labourer’s employed during the holidays be paid 6½d per hour.
The report of the Boiler Insurance Co on the Calf Hall Shed boilers from which it appeared they were much cleaner and in better condition. [I think this refers to internal scale, the insurance co would not be concerned with external cleanliness.]
Res. That one of the bells in the storeroom be sold for 3/6.
Thomas Dent.

September 19th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Transfer of three shares from Alan Barrett and William Hargreaves to W B Duckworth registered, seal cert etc.
The secretary read a letter from the US Metallic Packing Co in which they offered to allow £1-1-10 off the charge of £2-1-10 for duplex packings at CH Shed when it was Resolved that the balance of £1 be paid.
Res. That the next delivery of boiler composition for WH Mill be from the Crawshawbooth Chemical Co. [The search for the best compo goes on!]
Res. That the usual allowance of rent for 18hrs extra stoppage during the holidays be granted to the tenants. [I have always wondered why only 18 hrs was allowed for a week’s stoppage. The word ‘extra’ might give us a clue, perhaps it is a concession on top of the stoppage allowance in the lease?]
Res. Loan accepted of £100 from John Broughton. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the engineers be instructed to apply to the managing director before any engineer or mechanic is brought onto the premises except in case of emergency.
Res. Accounts be paid: John Delaney £36-9-5. H Marsden £45-10-0. J W Clough £7-12-0. H Hardy £4-1-9. William Parkinson £38-14-7. T Rawlinson £7-3-0. Wages £98-6-0. J W Brown £1-2-6. John Widdup £226-3-2. Henry Brown 7/5. Foulridge NS[?] £4-12-9. W P Brooks £1-16-6.
Thomas Dent.

September 26th 1900
T Dent chair. Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, King and Wilson.
Res. That P Barrett be instructed to clean out the corner of the dam at WH Mill.
Thomas Dent.

October 3rd 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Slater.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst’s claim for 2/9 for the stoppage of 32 looms for 6 hours be allowed. [This is probably the stoppage of one cross shaft for repairs to the bevel on the main lineshaft and 6 hours figures because this would be Saturday morning and it would be weekend work, disconnect on Friday night and have it ready for work again as normal on Monday morning.]
Res. That the thoroughfare be whitewashed where neglected by Mr Windle.
Res. That the ashes corner at WH Mill be used for the storage of coal and the ashes tipped in the mill yard. [More room for precautionary coal stocks.]
Res. That Messrs Holdsworth and Barrett be deputed to see to the altering of the level of the pipe from the Dyke to the well at WH Mill. [This is evidence of improving the diversion of water from the Crow Nest Syke which ran through Eastwood Bottoms to supplement the water in the well from the Bowker Drain. This surface drain would be carrying any water that had leaked from the Bowker Drain further up the valley towards Salterforth. The use of the word altering suggests that they were improving a previous arrangement.]
A deputation from the Barlick Co-op waited upon the board with the request that we give them all the assistance possible in preventing trespass on the land rented by the company to them.
Res. That the old rails in the mill yard be used to rail off the land at that part adjoining the dam.
Some discussion took place as to the best course to adopt to enforce an increase in rent from the tenants whose tenancies expire on the 1st of November next.
Res. That Mr Proctor be asked to meet the directors as early as convenient to settle the steps to be taken.
The secretary read the monthly cash account.
Two letters re smoke were read from the BUDC. [The UDC had a statutory duty to monitor and correct any excessive emission of smoke from mill chimneys. This came under the general heading of a ‘nuisance’, hence the colloquial term for the health inspector still in use when I was running Bancroft Shed, ‘the Nuisance Man’.]
J D Roberts.

October 19th 1900
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, Perry, Barrett, King, Baxter, Wilson, L&W Holdsworth.
Res. That we approve the notice claiming double value from each of the tenants of the company (except J Moorhouse) and the letter to accompany the same as drawn up by Messrs Smith, Smith of Burnley be sent to each of them in a registered letter.
[Two sample letters are attached, in this case to Joseph Windle and Sons at Wellhouse. No indication of which was used. The gist is that as they appear to have made no preparations to move or made any agreement with CHSC as regards the new rent scale, on termination of their notice they will be charged double rent for their loom space until they either vacate or agree to the rent.]
J D Roberts.

October 17th 1900
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, Perry, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and J Slater.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: H Marsden £141-16-0. Sun Insurance Co £10-2-6.
Res. That the loan and interest of £253-9-3 be repaid to the executors of Margaret Rudd.
Res. Transfer of 12 shares from J Clarkson to Mary E Shepherd and Dixon Shepherd (of Silsden) be registered.
The secretary reported that he had entered into a provisional contract, subject to ratification by the meeting, with the Altham Colliery Co for the supply of coal for WH Mill for a period of five years. The price to be 12/4 per ton until the end of March next with a rise or fall per ton during this period as made by the Exors of Colonel Hargreaves for the best Arley Slack at Burnley. It was also arranged that should the Altham Colliery Co renew their contract with the Long Ing Shed Co at the end of March next [year] the coal supplied to the CHSC should be at the same rate. The Altham Colliery Co not to be compelled to deliver more than four boats a month [Approx. 185 tons] until the 31st of March next, after that date 60 tons per week.
Res. That the foregoing arrangement be ratified and a contract embodying the same to be entered into with the Altham Colliery Co.
Res. That the letter dated 17th October as drafted by the secretary in which the terms of renewal for all the tenants of the company on the 31st October are set out be approved and sent to Mr S Pickles as representative of the tenants.
The terms are that the present rent of 39/- per loom per annum should be raised to 43/7. For each increase or decrease of 6d per ton in the price of coal the rent should vary by 6d per loom per annum. The tenancies to be yearly ones from the 31st of October terminable by either party giving the other six months notice in writing at the end of any month in any year. [I checked the increase of 6d per loom for 6d in coal price because in previous leases this was 5d. 6d is the figure clearly noted in the minutes.]
J D Roberts.

October 25th 1900
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, L Holdsworth, Wilson, King, Perry, Barrett, Brooks and Horsfield.
Res. That Henry Brown be engaged to rearrange the steam pipes in Dugdale and Dewhurst’s shed and warehouse also to make a connection for warming the Mechanic’s Shop and that if practicable repair the steam trap in Boocock’s warehouse and also to give particulars of a steam box which he advises the company to use. [Henry is already making suggestions as to the running of the shed. I suspect that the ‘steam box’ referred to is a point for collecting condensate from the heating system to the feed water for the boiler. The advantages of this practice are that it is hot, already purified by distillation and heat losses from this source are a major source of inefficiency.]
J D Roberts. [With a faint pencilled notation “Meet tenants”.]

October 31st 1900
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Perry, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and John Slater.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Gas 4/7. W Hough and Co 7/6. W Varley £1-6-0. Dixon Brothers 6/10 [This is Dixon Brothers at Burnley who were scrap merchants and dealers in all sorts of second-hand plant associated with mills. This could be Henry Brown using his connections to obtain what he needs for maintenance of the CHSC mills. Henry had a good connection and was well-regarded in Burnley.] H Brown £8-5-9. R Chester £1-2-6. J Widdup £148-10-0. S Cooke and Co £4-13-0. Burghope and Strange £1-2-6. Wages £43-2-0. Stott and Son £9-10-0.
Res. Transfer of four shares from Dr Robert Anderson to George Proctor be approved, seal cert etc.
Res. That the common seal of the company be affixed to the agreement with the Altham Colliery Co as referred to in the Minutes for the 17th of October.
Res. That one ½” steam trap as quoted by H Brown be ordered.
The secretary reported that he had taken Counsel’s opinion on the position of the tenants with regard to the tenants and that he was ready to act upon it if the tenants did not sign the new agreement. (The agreements, which were with all the tenants save Moorhouse provide for six months tenancy and notice may be given at the end of any month. Rent 43/6 with present price of coal (13/9) with a sliding scale of 6d in rent for each 5d in the price of coal. [Adjusted from the October 17th proposal which was 6d per ton] Tapes £90 and all other arrangements be as before. [Quite surprising that tape rent is unchanged, they are a major steam user and it isn’t logical to increase the price of loom rent with the justification of coal price without applying the same rate of increase to the tapes. Directors softening the blow and constructing a bargaining point? We have always to take into account the possibility of mistakes in transcription.]
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

November 7th 1900
T Dent chair. Wilson, Brooks, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Perry, Horsfield and King.
Res. That Calf Foot Lane [Usual name is Calf Hall Lane, the access road to farms on the north side of CH Shed. But I suspect this actually refers to what we now call Calf Hall Road.] be scraped and repaired and that P Barrett be asked to send Mr Pickover to do the work.
That W H Atkinson be asked to complete the agreement made between the company and Mr Ed Smith relating to land and Valley Road at once. [Valley road is the continuation of Wellhouse Road from the end of WH Mill towards Long Ing. Not a made road at this time.]
Thomas Dent.

November 14th 1900
T Dent. Horsfield, Brooks, Perry, L&W Holdsworth, King, Baxter, Wilson and Barrett.
A letter was received from Dugdale and Dewhurst asking the company to reconsider their application for a tape.
Res. That the secretary be asked to see Dugdale and Dewhurst and J Widdup and Sons with a view of trying to get them to enter into partnership as far as taping is concerned and that it be suggested to them that a joint tape-room be built outside Mr Widdup’s shed in such a way that both partners would be able to use it without either trespassing on the other’s premises.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be invited to attend the next meeting with the object of arranging a better supply of water to the boilers at WH Mill. [More evidence of the constant pre-occupation with water at the mill. This isn’t going to go away. One of the problems was that from other evidence I have found the flow in the Bowker Drain was not constant. One thing that could be on their minds is that much of the water it carried was leakage from the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The directors no doubt knew this and if drought conditions drained the summit level through Barlick or the canal company improved the canal, the water resource of the Bowker Drain could suffer. This was born out in the 1950s when extensive improvements were made to the canal and Mr Stanley Fisher, engineer at Moss Shed (1903) reported that the Bowker Drain “wasn’t the resource it used to be”. Evidence of Walt Fisher of Henry Brown Sons and Pickles who was Mr Fisher’s son.]
Thomas Dent.

November 21st 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and Slater.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: A Hawley £5-13-8. BUDC 5/3. H Marsden £173-5-4. J Dixon 4/6. W Berry £25-6-8. Burnley Ironworks £27-19-7. Union Oil Co £2-19-6. Wages £21-17-0. J Widdup £163-11-2.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be authorised to see the two second-hand pumps advertised for sale at Leeds and to purchase either of them or any other pump that he thinks will satisfy the company's requirements.
Mr James Nutter (Nutter and Sons) attended and explained that he could not agree with the terms laid down for the new tenancies, that he would not sign the agreement now in his possession (and as signed by all the other tenants). He wished the directors to understand that if they ‘liked’[sic] they could send in the account for the advanced rate and he would pay it but if the account was sent in at the old rate (39/-) he would take it that he had to leave at the end of the term. [Hard to understand. Am I missing something here or is it a flaw in the minute-taking. It would seem that all the other tenants have capitulated and accepted the new terms. James Nutter was a smart operator and if this entry is correct he’s beaten me! Worth bearing in mind that the CHSC isn’t operating in a vacuum. Two large new sheds are gestating, Moss in 1903 and Bankfield in 1905.]
Res. That Messrs Nutter and Sons’ rent account be sent in at the new rate.
Thomas Dent.

November 28th 1900
T Dent chair. Horsfield, Brooks, Perry, King, Baxter, Wilson and L Holdsworth.
Res. That Mr Brown, Millwright, be instructed to order one bar and guard as recommended by the economiser inspector to work the scrapers now stopped at WH Mill.
Res. That samples of Messrs Cooke’s and Mr W Berry’s oils be analysed and a report on their lubricating qualities be obtained as soon as possible.
Thomas Dent.

December 5th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst attended with reference to their application for tape accommodation. The secretary reported that Mr John Widdup had declined to entertain partnership with them for taping only. The directors pointed out to them that they could not see their way to supply steam for two tapes so distant from the boilers and to serve only 400 looms. Res. That the chairman, P Barrett and W P Brooks be a deputation to accompany Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst to wait again on Mr Widdup. [An interesting one. Apart from steam for heating via relatively small bore piping in which any heat lost from the ranges was contributing to the objective of heating the premises and was therefore not a waste, larger steam mains capable of serving a tape and a donkey engine were a different story. These mains were kept as short as possible and well-insulated, any extensions were expensive and a potential source of inefficiency. It is the avoidance of this expense and waste which is driving this discussion.]
Mr Atkinson attended with reference to boiler feed at WH Mill and the settlement with Ed Smith.
Res. That the Burnley Ironworks Co be requested to supply and fix one extra feed pump on the No. 2 engine at WH Mill as explained by Mr Atkinson. [It was common practice at this time to incorporate the boiler feed pump on the engine. This could only work when the engine was running. Sounds as though the new side put in hasn't got a feed pump which is surprising because it was supposed to be a duplicate of the original side. It's always good to have an independent feed pump, this was achieved by using injectors or a steam driven feed pump. Very often the Weir pump. The problem wasn't completely solved until the advent of electrically driven pumps which were effective when the engine was stopped and steam supply failed.]
The agreement with Mr Ed Smith providing for the exchange by the company of 275 square yards of land on the north side of WH Mills for 198 2/3 square yards leaving a balance of [approx] 76 square yards to be paid for at the rate of 3/- per square yard, in order to make the proposed street of Mr Ed Smith’s from the corner of Valley Street[sic] on the corner of Valley Street and the company’s property; the consideration to be that Ed Smith will keep the these streets in good repair. If not kept in good repair the right of way granted to Ed Smith is at once withdrawn.
Res. That the agreement as drawn be approved.
Res. That the question of repairing the broken casting on the LP cylinder [WH] be left in the hands of Mr Atkinson and Mr Pickup. [Manager at Burnley Ironworks.]
Thomas Dent.

December 12th 1900
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, Barrett, Horsfield, Brooks, King and Perry.
Res. That we carry out the Factory Inspector’s suggestions viz. Closets in front of the laundry to have painted on one ‘Gentlemen’ and on the other ‘Ladies’ [WH]. That the door of one be repaired. That Henry Brown fixes the rail (where the new lubricator was put) at the side of the engine again. [CH]
Res. That Mr W Holdsworth put a new door on the store room side of the boiler house at CH Shed.
Res. That 30 firebars be ordered from Cooper Brothers at Burnley. [Ironfounders and loom makers. Evidently cheaper to get them to cast new bars to pattern than buy them from Bennis and Son the stoker manufacturers.]
Thomas Dent.

December 19th 1900
T Dent chair. Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Wilson and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res that accounts be paid: Poor Rate £75-8-0. Wages £3-2-9. Henry Brown £5-7-0. Smith and Smith [solicitors] £24-11-0. H Marsden £144-3-0. John Widdup £85-11-0. W P Brooks £2-0-5. W H Holdsworth £1-7-0. J W Clough £1-1-0. Heap and Thornton £22-7-10.
Res. That Interest cheques be paid.
It was reported to the meeting that Mr John Widdup had agreed to tape for Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst and it was therefore unnecessary to consider a further tape.
The secretary read the cash account for the month.
Res. That W Crowther, fireman at Wellhouse be informed that the directors cannot admit the principle of paying wages during absence through sickness. [It was 1911 before the National Insurance Act was passed which gave workers rights to free medical treatment and 10/- per week sick pay.]
Res. Transfer of 4 shares from James Edmondson to Rebecca Ann Banks. Seal cert etc.
Thomas Dent.

December 26th 1900
T Dent chair. L Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, King, Brooks, Perry, Horsfield and Barrett.
Res. That the shed door in Pilkington’s warehouse be made to open outwards instead of inwards and that the boiler house door also be repaired.
Res. That Mr H Marsden’s men be given 2/- each as a Christmas present. [These will be the carters servicing the mills. About 10% of their wage, a tidy bonus.]
Res. That Messrs B&EM Holden’s doors in the warehouse be repaired.
Thomas Dent.

January 2nd 1901
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, King, Brooks, Perry, Horsfield and Barrett.
Minutes as read.
Res. Transfer of 8 shares from Miss Jane Higston to William Perry approved. Seal cert etc.
Res. That balance sheet for the half year ended 31st December 1900 be adopted subject to audit.
Res. General meeting to be held at Seven Stars AR at 7pm on Friday January 25th 1901.
Res. That a loan of £100 be accepted from Mr S Dean. Seal cert etc.
Res. That a dividend of 5% per annum be recommended for the half year.
Thomas Dent.

January 16th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That a promissory note be executed for Mr S Dean for £100 providing the money has been paid into the bank.
Res. Transfer of 8 shares from Sarah Turner to Emily Turner be registered. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the common seal of the company be affixed to the copies of the agreements with the tenants dated 31st October and November 1st 1900.
Res. Loan of £100 be accepted from William Baxter. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the insurance premium of £14-5-0 be paid to William Perry.
Res. That one cask of engine oil be supplied by S Cooke to WH Mill.
Res. That the chairman, vice-chairman, P Barrett and W Holdsworth form a committee to enquire into the cause of the fire in Pilkington’s tape room.
Thomas Dent.

General meeting
January 25th 1901
[Printed balance sheet reports net profit after tax of £463-1-9 for the half year.]
Thomas Dent chair.
Res. Balance sheet and dividend at 5% per annum adopted. Register of share transfers sealed. The action of the directors in increasing the rent of the sheds and the means adopted for enforcing the same were approved. [It's worth noting and keeping a close eye on how the CHSC managed the relationship with tenants over the years. What started as a commercial transaction based on agreement metamorphosed over the years into leases and eventually repairing leases. The basis of these changes was that they had a sounder legal basis in property law as a leaseholder than as plain landlord. I have little doubt that George Proctor saw this trend in the other R&P companies he managed and brought CHSC into line.]
Thomas Dent.

January 25th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That in consequence of an erroneous impression amongst our tenants that the directors promised a reduction in rent from the 31st of December last, the rent from the 1st of January 1901 will be 42/6 per loom per annum with a proviso that should the average price of coal burned during the present half year be less that 12/11 per ton delivered, the same will be allowed on the rent account for June next in accordance with the agreement entered into between the tenants and the company on October 31st last. This arrangement not to be in any way treated as a variation of the said agreement. [Communication problems are not just a modern phenomenon!]
Thomas Dent.

January 30th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, Baxter, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, King, Wilson and Perry.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: E Green and Son £4. H Marsden £147-5-0. BUDC [Commercial Rate] £148-6-8. J Widdup £89-17-0. Inland Rev. £107-16-8. W J Varley £1-2-6. Burnley Ironworks 7/3. H Hargreaves 16/-. Henry Brown £14-10-0 [Note how much better Henry is doing than Sutcliffe. He is becoming very useful to the CHSC and evidently has their confidence.] Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £6-13-0. P Barrett £6-2-0. Cooper Bros £1-18-0. Wages £47-9-0. W H Holdsworth £1-14-0.
Res. That promissory notes be issued for loans of £100 from W&S Baxter and £40 From J&B Edmondson. Seal cert etc.
Res. Transfer of 6 shares from William Tidswell to George Proctor be registered. Seal cert etc. [George is an astute business man, he is demonstrating confidence in the CHSC.]
The secretary read a letter from Boocock Bros with regard to the fire in the tape room.
Res. That they be requested not to use nor permit the use of naked lights.
The tenants attended appeared before the meeting with reference to a letter sent to them on Saturday last (in which the directors proposed to reduce the rent to 42/6) and requesting the directors to make a permanent concession from January 1st in the rent in consequence of the contract for the dear coal now being used at CH Shed not having run out as they stated they were lead to believe.
It was pointed out to them that had this dear coal been used in December as they desired, the average price of coal would have gone up accordingly and the rent would have followed under the sliding scale now in force and that therefore the increase in rent which would have been charged in December is simply postponed to January and February.
[Confusing. As I noted earlier the original proposal was 43/6 but appeared in the new agreement as 42/6. I can’t make sense of the entry but doubtless the Co and the tenants did!]
Res. That Mr Scrivener be appointed oiler at WH Mill and he be requested to come and see the place.
Thomas Dent.

February 6th 1901
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Barrett, Perry and Brooks.
Res. That the price of cleaning flues at WH be 20/- as at CH and 4/- per boiler be allowed for washing. [This was emptying the boiler, opening it up and washing loose scale into the bottom where it could be shovelled out. Worth mentioning that I have never had a boiler washed out. Proper water treatment ensures that any scale loosened by the chemicals drops to the front end of the boiler bottom and is ejected by blowing the boiler down each morning while it is at rest and under pressure. Three times a year, Easter, Summer and Christmas the flues were cleaned, the boiler blown down and entered and any excessive scale chipped off by hammer and shovelled out of the bottom mud-hole. There is no mention of scaling the boilers, perhaps washing was seen as sufficient.]
Res. That a pair of wheels be ordered from the Burnley Ironworks Co. for line and cross-shaft in Dugdale and Dewhurst's place. [Something wrong here with the original installation. A pair of bevels on the lineshaft should last the life of the mill.]
Thomas Dent.

February 13th 1901
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Barrett, Perry and Brooks.
Minutes as read.
Res. Loan of £50 from Thomas Baxter Jnr. be accepted. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the flooring in Nutter’s warehouse be repaired by W Holdsworth.
A letter was read from J Windle and Son complaining that their shed was insufficiently warmed.
Res. That the managing director be instructed to authorise the engineer to arrange for someone to be at the shed to put steam through by 4am each morning and that they be paid for the extra time. [Common practice to ensure shed was warm at start-up. At Bancroft my firebeater and I decided each afternoon what time we needed steam in the shed and who was going to do it. We took turns. In very cold weather it could be at midnight.]
Three gentlemen from Blackburn attended and requested the use of the old Tin Shop for a foundry. The directors however thought that there would be some danger to the engine from dust and they thought a light building in the yard would be more suitable. No resolution was come to. [Remember the matter of wear on the piston rods possibly caused by dust from the building operations? I may have been close to the mark and the directors have not forgotten it.]
Thomas Dent

February 20th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, Horsfield, King, Wilson and Perry.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Mr George Watson be instructed to take Mr Sneath's place at WH [Engine tenter] during Mr Sneath’s absence through illness.
Thomas Dent.

February 27th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and Perry.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Gas account £2-15-3. J Widdup £122-14-0. H Marsden £169-11-4. Wages £30-8-6.
Res. Loan of £130 accepted form Emily Dean. Seal cert etc.
With reference to Mr Sneath having paid an extra man to attend the [WH] engine during his absence through illness and also taken his own wage, it is:
Res. That the engineer’s wage only be paid and that if an extra man is required and engaged by the engineer he must be paid by the engineer out of his wages. [An interesting glimpse of the laxity of employment law in 1901. Think of the complexities that would surround this matter today.]
Res. That the engineers’ attention be drawn to the excessive consumption of gas during the last quarter.
Res. That no further loans be accepted and that the bank be informed of this resolution.
Thomas Dent.

March 6th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
The secretary reported having received a letter dated February 28th 1901 signed by the tenants of the company in which they stated that they had decided to pay rent at the rate of 41/- per loom. (Although agreements were signed October 31st 1900 for rent on a sliding scale. See minutes.)
Res. That the secretary be authorised to demand the payment of rent in full and failing payment he be authorised to sign distress warrants for the rent. [A distress warrant is a legal instrument which authorises the company to enforce payment of a debt by seizure of the debtor’s goods.]
Res. That Messrs Boocock be requested to plug up the steam pipes and be informed that if they neglect to do it the company will do it at their expense. [Not clear but I suspect that Boocock’s have been tapping live steam into the atmosphere of the shed to artificially raise the humidity. This could aid the weaving of certain difficult grades of cotton fibre. On a wider front, this practice was the subject of much argument and eventual legislation.]
Thomas Dent.

March 13th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
The secretary read the correspondence which had passed between the tenants and the company since the last meeting. From which it appeared that several of the tenants had sent cheques for January’s rent at 41/- and that the secretary had returned them and that Mr Pilkington afterwards returned the rent in full (42/6). That the tenants had seen him on ‘change [This at the Manchester Royal Exchange where many of the major players in the industry met daily for trading and other purposes.] and requested that he should submit to the directors their claim to have the rent reduced on the basis that the coal price being at 12/4 per ton. They being under the impression that the dear coal (15/8 per ton) should have been used by December 31st.
Res. That the price of coal forming the basis of the agreement entered into be taken at 12/4 per ton for the months of January and February thus reducing the rent to 41/- for that period. [A sensible decision to back down on what looks like a teething problem in the implementation of the new sliding scales.]
The secretary reported that he, as liquidator of Whitaker’s Ltd of Nelson, had for sale 227 46” looms and preparation machinery and that Mr Moorhouse of WH Mill was favourable to purchasing them providing accommodation could be found for them by May 16th and have them turning by June 13th in the proposed extension adjoining his present shed and the company would find the money for purchase. Mr Atkinson attended and explained that the engines were capable of turning the extra load, that a new [extra] boiler would be required before next winter, that the extension would hold about 220 40” looms, that the probable cost excluding the new boiler would be £1500 and that it could be covered in the existing time and turning provided as required. It was:
Res. That Mr Atkinson be instructed to prepare plans of the proposed extension and to obtain the necessary tenders by Wednesday next. [You’ve got to admire them, they are not messing about!]
Res. That the extension be let to Mr Moorhouse on the following terms: for 227 46” looms at a rent of 43/6 when the price of coal was 13/9 per ton with a sliding scale similar to the agreements entered into by the other tenants (46” looms to be allowed on account of their being no warehouse to erect), the tenancy to terminate at the same time as the present lease, the premises to be ready to receive looms on May 16th and the turning to be available on the 13th of June 1901. [Followed by pencil note: ‘3 months grace period from the date on which the shaft first turns round.’]
Res, That the company do purchase from the liquidator of W Whitaker and Sons Ltd 227 46” looms, requisite winding, beaming, taping and preparation machinery and that they be sold to Mr Moorhouse under a hire purchase agreement at the purchase price with 5% interest.
[Note that G Proctor, wearing a different hat as a partner in Proctor and Proctor of Burnley has been the catalyst for this deal. Once again the advantage of having him as administrative manager is clear. Bear in mind that as far as I know he was, at this time, performing the same function for the Long Ing Shed Co and the Big Mill Co in Earby. It says much for his reputation for probity that he was able to act across the industry like this and be a stable guiding influence.]
Res. That if the necessity of purchase of coal for CH Shed should arise, Mr Brooks be authorised to try two wagons of Rothwell High slack from H Marsden.
Thomas Dent.

March 21st 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Wilson, King and Mr Atkinson the architect.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Mr Henry Brown be instructed to repair the economisers at CH Shed.
The secretary read the reports on the economisers after which they were passed forward to the Engineer. [From the capital letter used I assume this is the mill engineer. A small point but it indicates the process of management they used. Brown authorised to to the work, the engineer kept in the loop because he is finally responsible for the management of the plant.]
Res. That Mr Henry Brown be instructed to line up the whole of the cross shafts at CH Shed. [A big job. You may wonder why they need lining-up. The most probable reason is settlement of the structure since the shed was built and the shafts originally erected. Any misalignment puts the bearings out of line, increases friction and apart from accelerated wear this is a waste of energy. Good practice.]
Res. That a three stalled stable be provided at the end of the Tin Shop [WH] and that they be let for 1/3 per stall per week. [Horse transport is still king!]
A letter was read from Mr J Sneath asking for an increase of 2/- per week. It was laid on the table.
Mr Atkinson opened nine tenders for Mason’s and Joiner’s work for the extension at the NE corner of WH Mill. The lowest tenders were from R W Armstrong for mason’s work £560 and Waite and Lambert for joiner’s work £190.
Res. That their tenders be accepted.
Thomas Dent.

March 25th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson, John Slater and Mr Atkinson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Diamond Oil Co £15-4-4. J W Clough £1-1-10. H Marsden £180-2-0. Insurance £23-13-9. Wages £29-1-0. W P Brooks £2-17-5.
Mr Atkinson opened 12 tenders for Ironfounders, Millwrights, Slaters, Plasterers and Plumbers work when it was:
Res. That the following tenders be accepted:
Ironfounders and millwrights work, W Roberts and Son, Nelson. £675-0-0.
Slaters work (Westmorland) O Whitaker, Burnley £195. [Best grade of slate.]
Plasterers, Heap and Thornton £49.
Plumbers, W Varley £84-10-0.
Mr Atkinson however to offer terms to Roberts of £650 but with powers to settle.
Res. That the tenants of the stables be offered a portion of the old Tin Shop for 1/6 per week, they to remove the old fittings and put up a division between the portion to be used by Sneath the engineer and to put them in tenantable conditions for themselves.
Thomas Dent.

April 3rd 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Wilson and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. That £26-12-3 be accepted from Jane Rudd on the loan account. [I suspect the strange sums from this source are re-invested interest payments.]
Res. That £25 be repaid to Mrs E A Jackson as requested.
Res. Transfer of one share from L Robinson and another to E Robinson be seal cert etc.
Correspondence and complaints were laid before the directors from Messrs Holdne and Pickles with reference to the insufficient heating at CH Shed.
Mr Brooks reported that a night watchman had been appointed to keep steam round both places on a cold night. [One of the characteristics of a banked Lancashire boiler is that they have a big reserve of water and steam and could be used for heating the shed without any necessity to fire the boiler. If pressure dropped he could fire the boiler with more coal without needing to put any more feed water in.]
Res. That the secretary be requested to inform Messrs Holden and Pickles of the arrangement.
Res. That the wages of firemen and oilers be increased 2/- at WH and CH and that 5/- each be allowed to Crowther and Scrivener for absence through sickness.
Res. That Messrs Boocock be informed that if the jets are not removed by Monday the 15th of April the company will remove them and charge them with the cost. [The use of the word ‘jets’ confirms my suspicion that they are steaming the shed to raise the humidity.]
Res. That the chains [operating the scrapers] on WH economiser be shortened.
Thomas Dent.

April 10th 1901
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, King, Barrett, Perry, Brooks and Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
Letter quoting prices of coal were read from Mr John Widdup, and Mr John Delaney.
Res. That consideration of these be left over until next week.
Res. That P Barrett be requested to remove the beams at the end of the WH engine house into the thoroughfare.
Thomas Dent.
[Pencil note: ‘Wages to state what overtime is for’.]

April 17th 1901.
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Midland Railway Co £1-11-9. W Berry £22-18-3. Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £3-9-0. W Emmott 5/1. S Cooke £3-3-4. R Hindle insurance £6. Wages £30-19-6.
Res. That Mr Brooks be authorised to order a wheel guard and drip dish for WH.
Res. That Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst’s letter asking if the company would provide them with room for a tape be replied to saying that the directors regret that they cannot see their way to do this for them at present.
Res. Transfer of 3 shares from George Haines to J Walton to be cert seal etc.
Thomas Dent.

April 24th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That a test be made of Altham coal and Rothwell Haigh coal at CH Shed and that the chairman, Mr Brooks and Mr Baxter be deputed to make it.
Thomas Dent.

May 1st 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That £100 be paid to R W Armstrong on account of mason’s work.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to meet the directors on Friday night with regard to putting in hand the [new] boiler and [extra] economisers required at WH Mill.
The secretary reported that the Liquidator of W Whitaker and Sons Ltd of Nelson required the company to commence removal of the looms within ten days of this date.
Thomas Dent.

May 3rd 1901
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, King, Horsfield, Perry, Barrett and Brooks. Mr Atkinson in attendance.
Res. That Mr Atkinson obtain tenders for one new boiler for WH to work at the same pressure and to be the same size as No. 1 and No. 2 boilers.
Res. That Mr Atkinson ascertain in what space there is for economisers and that he gets a quotation for the number required. Also that he looks at the firebar system working at Salterforth and reports on them to the directors.
Thomas Dent.

May 8th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, L&W Holdsworth, Barrett, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
A report was read on the coal tested.
Res. That Mr H Marsden be urged to supply Altham coal to both places.
Res. That the letter from J J Sneath applying for an increase in wages be laid upon the table.
In response to the advertisement for an oiler etc. at WH Mill the following applied:
J R Shackleton, William Walker, Thomas Waite and L Carroll.
Res. That J R Shackleton be appointed.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to forward his report on the stoker and grate bars as early as possible.
Res. That Henry Brown box the gearing in Moorhouse’s and also rivet the two boiler fronts.
Thomas Dent.

May 15th 1901
T Dent chair. Wilson, King, Horsfield, W Holdsworth, Perry, Barrett, Brooks and Baxter.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to call a meeting of directors immediately he is in receipt of the tenders for the boiler and that the tender be for a boiler without firebars.
Res. That a small pipe be carried from the caul at CH to Mr Wright’s meadow into a tub provided by the company. That a tap be fixed near the caul and Mr Wright be asked to pay an acknowledgement of 6d per year.
The secretary read the cash account from April 1st to date.
Res. That accounts be paid: BUDC gas £2-13-4. G Proctor, liquidator of W Whitaker and Sons Ltd, for 227 looms and preparation machinery £1581-10-0.
Thomas Dent.

May 22nd 1901
T Dent chair. Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, W Holdsworth, Barrett, perry Brooks and Mr Atkinson.
Res. That the tender of the Oldham Boiler Co to supply a boiler 30ft X 7ft 6” for £435 be accepted provided that they can guarantee to seat it on the 27th of August next.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to obtain tenders for Whitaker’s Patent water bars and Proctor’s mechanical stoker. [Proctors of Burnley. Firebars were a perennial problem and much ingenuity went into designing bars which would give better draught and run cooler. In the end plain, fish-bellied cast iron bars with steam injection from below became the standard for Lancashire boilers.]
Res. That cheques be paid on Mr Atkinson’s certificates to W Armstrong £150 and W Roberts £300.
Thomas Dent.

May 23rd 1901
J Horsfield chair. Perry, W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, Barrett, Brooks, King, Dent and Mr Atkinson.
Mr Atkinson reported that the Oldham Boiler Company could not deliver on time and so it was resolved that the order be transferred to Spurr Inman and Co of Wakefield and that Mr Atkinson be empowered to place the order elsewhere if they could not deliver as required.
Res. That the 96 [extra] economiser pipes be installed near the end of the present economiser at WH.
Thomas Dent.

May 29th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: A Lowcock £2-13-0. J W Clough £2-13-8. Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £9-3-6. E Bennis 9/2. Burnley Ironworks £31-8-1. H Marsden £274-17-0. John Raw £1. E A Jackson loan interest £127-7-3.
Res. That Mr James Proctor’s tender of £51 less 7½% fixed complete be accepted for three boilers.
Res. That the men be insured against accident for £500. [The Workman’s Compensation Act was passed in 1897. It strengthened existing legislation and concentrated employer’s minds on compensation for accident. The insurance companies responded by making policies available to protect the liability. This took time and I think that what we are seeing here is the effect of the new legislation percolating down to individual companies.]
The secretary read the report on the economisers and a letter from the Craven Bank authorising an overdraft of £3000 for one year.
Thomas Dent.

June 5th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Res. That three sets of Whitaker’s (Accrington) Patent fire bars at £25 net per boiler be affixed to the three boilers at Wellhouse.
Res. That no hoardings [advertising] be fixed to the wall at WH Mill.
Res. That Goodbrand and Co be asked if their economiser will work satisfactorily if connected to Lowcock’s.
Thomas Dent.

June 12th 1901
T dent chair. Brooks, Perry Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield King, Baxter and Wilson. Mr Atkinson attended.
The following quotations for economisers were considered: Goodbrand and Co £110-8-0. (At Stalybridge station including man to supervise erection.) A Lowcock and Co delivered and fixed complete. E Green and Son £134-8-0 ditto.
Res. That the order be placed with Lowcock provided that they will undertake to deliver and fix during the August holidays.
Thomas Dent.

June 19th 1901
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Barrett, Perry and Brooks.
Res. That payment be made on architect’s certificate to W Roberts and Sons £250 and W Armstrong £200.
Res. That Messrs Roberts be instructed to place the drums in Moorhouse’s place to his position. [Belt drums on cross-shafts for new looms.]
Res. That Burnley Ironworks Co be asked to send Mr Clegg to indicate the engines.
Res. That Mr P Barrett be requested to send a bricklayer to Wellhouse boiler on Sunday morning.
Thomas Dent.

June 26th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, King and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the Laundry floor be repaired by Mr W Holdsworth.
Res. That the grace for Mr Moorhouse’s 227 looms be calculated from July 1st next.
Res. That a leather [driving] strap 2 ½” wide for driving Mr Moorhouse’s warehouse be ordered from W S Greenwood at Colne.
Res. Accounts be paid: E Bennis and Co £4-17-6. Wages £78. J W Green £75-8-0. J Bulcock 9/6. S Cooke and Co £5-9-0. Exors of W Thompson £100 interest. P Barrett £6-4-0. James Slater £87-10-0. F R Putz 2/3. Sundry loan holders £136-14-1. Exors James Cooper 18/6. H Marsden £738-8-0. W P Brooks £3-3-9. Henry Hargreaves 9/7. W H Holdsworth £1-0-1.
Thomas Dent.

July 2nd 1901
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Barrett, Perry and Brooks.
Res. That Henry Brown be requested to report how the extra power required in Moorhouse’s shed can be transmitted. [Henry acting where previously an outside engineer would be brought in. Significant that this expertise is growing in Barlick.]
Res. That Hancock be engaged to assist stoker bar fixers on Saturday the 4th.
Res. That labourers be paid 6d per hour for assisting above.
Res. That W Holdsworth be instructed to repair Windle’s hoist.
Res. That oil be forwarded per Leeds and Liverpool Canal. [Cost of carriage. Non time sensitive delivery?]
Res. That Mr Atkinson be urged to have all in residence for coupling new boiler and economiser.
Res. That P Barrett be requested to fix brickwork for boiler this weekend.
Thomas Dent.

July 10th 1901
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Barrett, Perry and Brooks.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the balance sheet as read for the half year ending June 30th be adopted subject to audit and submitted to the shareholders on Friday the 26th of July at 7pm in the Seven Stars AR.
Res. That a dividend of 5% per annum for the half year be recommended.
A Letter was read from Mr Moorhouse asking the directors to erect the small shed next to his extension for his plaiting machine. [A plaiting machine took cloth from the roller from the loom, passed it over a table for inspection, measured the length and folded it ready for tying into a bale ready for transport.]
Res. Loans be accepted at 4% from Henry Wilson £165, E M Parkin £20, Greenwood Wilkinson £50. Seal cert etc.
Res. That cheques be signed; Wait and Lambert £160 and W J Varley £70 as per architect’s certificate.
The secretary reported that the rents charged to the tenants were at the rate of 41/3 3/5d [Difficult to transcribe this, it is 41/- plus three and three fifths of a penny] per loom per annum from 1st of April last, the same as the Long Ing Shed Co Ltd.
Res. That Mr W Holdsworth be asked to repair the floor in Windle’s warehouse.
Res. That we get an engineer's thermometer for testing the water. [This was for the economiser temperature. I still have Newton's economiser thermometer, it reads from 20 – 600 degrees Fahrenheit. At 125psi boiling point of water is approximately 350F, outside the range of normal thermometers. This was used to check that the maximum use was made of the hot waste furnace gas in the economiser and therefore the highest efficiency.]
Thomas Dent.

July 17th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, King, Wilson and Mr Atkinson.
Res. That we engage another man as assistant fireman at WH Mill. [3 boilers now.}
Res. That we ask the council for the use of their water at CH Shed.
Res. That in consequence of the shortage of water Mr Atkinson be asked to make arrangements at CH for pumping the hot water over the shed roof. [The old problem of water temperature in the condenser pond rising during hot weather and reduced flow. This looks like primarily a CH problem, no mention of Butts Mill complaining. The tin water troughs mentioned earlier are a puzzle. I don’t think they are connected with this initiative. It was a common practice to recirculate the warm water from the condenser via troughs and in some cases (but not in Barlick) by fountains back into the condenser pond, the idea being to expose it to the air which was cooler than the water. At CH it could have been a tin trough in the culvert feeding the warm water back upstream so it mixed with the cooler water and hopefully lost some heat on the way. We used a system like this at Bancroft Shed. It looks as though the idea under discussion is to pump the hot water over the roof to expose it to the air and cool it. One big problem, the grey slates on the roof are a very efficient heat collector in direct sunlight and can become too hot to touch in sunny weather. We shall see whether the company gets any advantage. Much later in the transcription I began to realise that the most likely explanation was that they were pumping the water into a trough which ran across the ridges of the roof and delivered the hot water into the beck at the back of the mill so that it lost heat in the relatively cool culvert under the mill.]
Thomas Dent.

July 26th 1901
T Dent. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, King and Wilson. Mr Atkinson attended.
Minutes as read.
The secretary read a letter from Mr Fawcett asking for payment of his account.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be instructed to engage persons to set the brickwork for the boilers at WH Mill during the building.
Res, That Mr Atkinson be requested so submit a sketch of the shed required by Mr Moorhouse.
Res. That accounts be paid: BUDC £157-1-8. Midland Railway Co £1-15-0. H Easton 9/4. H Marsden £196-17-0. Midland R Co 16/6. Henry Brown, £21-12-0.
J D Roberts.

General meeting
July 26th 1901
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. Balance sheet and report approved. Dividend at 5% per annum. Retiring directors re-elected. Director’s remuneration at £30 per annum. Mr C Blakey re-elected as auditor at £4 per annum. Register of share transfers sealed. The rate of dividend to be paid in January next be left to the auditors.
[Attached printed balance sheet reports net profit after tax of £648-4-10 and a disposable balance of £1585-17-7½.]
J D Roberts.

July 31st 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Res. That Mr Barrett be instructed to clean the well at WH Mill.
Res. That Waterworth at WH Mill be paid 23/- per week.
Res. That Dr Roberts be chairman of the directors, Mr Dent vice-chairman and Mr Brooks the managing director.
Res. That the cracked pipe on WH engine be inspected and CH engine be indicated.
J D Roberts.

August 7th 1901
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, King Barrett, Brooks, Baxter and Horsfield.
Res. That the hot well etc. for [condenser] cooling water at CH Shed be made a finished job. That the foot valve be fixed, that the slate be repaired and that the [clow operating] wheel be thrown out of gear.
Res. That the plan presented by Mr Atkinson for Moorhouse’s warehouse be approved.
J D Roberts.

August 14th 1901
T Dent chair. Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, King and Baxter.
Res. Loans to be seal cert etc. J&B Edmondson £20. Clarke £150. J Peel £100.
Res. Transfer of one share from Ellen McPherson to Susan Pickles be seal cert etc.
Res. That W Holdsworth and T Dent form a deputation to wait on the tenants at WH and ask if they are agreeable that the tape boiler should be blown off on Wednesday night to allow of it being drawn out to make room for a new boiler. [Interesting. It looks as though they have been using one of the old boilers to service the tapes (and perhaps some heating as well). This would make sense as the tape steam doesn’t need to exceed about 40psi (a reducing valve is fitted for this steam main in normal circumstances) and one of the old boilers would be perfectly serviceable and relieve the load on the other two. Its time has come! Newton told me that in the 1930s when a high pressure boiler was installed at CH Shed the old lower pressure boiler was used in this way to service heating and process steam.]
Res. That the architect should employ either Messrs Layfield or Mr J R Atkinson’s men to take out the old boiler and that he obtain tenders for the gas and steam pipes at WH Mill.
The Burnley Ironworks report on the engines at CH and WH was read.
J D Roberts.

August 21st 1901
T Dent chair. L&W Holdsworth, King, Baxter, Wilson, Horsfield, Barrett, Slater and the architect.
Res. That W J Varley’s tender to fix gas and steam pipes at WH Mill at a discount of 57½% for gas and 52½% steam, Birmingham List, be accepted. [This system of high list prices and big discounts is still used in the pipe and fitting supply trade to this day.]
Res. That the chairman be requested to check the time during the alterations at WH and that he be authorised to sign the time notes etc.
Res. That accounts be paid: H Marsden £246-10-0. Burnley Ironworks 9/8. J W Clough £4-4-0. James Proctor £94-7-0. Gas 8/-. Wages £71-15-2. P Barrett CH £18-5-7. WH £9-10-0. W H Atkinson £40. J J Whitaker £50. Henry Brown £27-8-0.
The secretary read the account of payments and receipts from July to date.
J D Roberts.

September 4th 1901
Dr Roberts chair. Brooks, Dent, Perry, Barrett, Wilson, L&W Holdsworth, King, Baxter and Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
Reports were read on the boilers at CH and WH from the Scottish Boiler Insurance Co.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be instructed to obtain tenders for the stonework and woodwork (and slating and plastering work if required) for the warehouse of Mr Moorhouse. The tender to be placed before the meeting of directors on Wednesday the 11th of September.
Thomas Dent and J D Roberts.

September 11th 1901
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Brooks Barrett and the architect.
The following tenders for Moorhouse’s warehouse were accepted:
Lambert Robinson mason £74-19-0.
J R Broughton joiner £26-15-0.
Heap and Thornton slates £41-10-0. Ditto plastering £10.
W J Varley plumber and glazier £20-15-0.
Res. That Joseph Petty of Colne be instructed to cover the new boiler and steam pipes. [Insulation]
Res. That R W Armstrong be paid £100 on architect’s certificate.
Res. That Thomas Waite be appointed oiler at WH Mill.
Res. That fittings on the old boiler be taken off.
Res. That the [old] boiler be advertised for sale in the Yorkshire Post and the Manchester Guardian.
Thomas Dent and J D Roberts.

September 18th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Thomas Dent £5-10-4. W Roberts and Sons £110-11-7. P Barrett £100. R W Armstrong £100. Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £5-7-0. J J Whitaker £25. G Proctor £39-16-8. Spurr Inman and Co £415. Woks £5-18-6. A Lowcock Ltd £120. H Marsden £176-9-0. D Whitaker £70-18-0. W H Atkinson £25-5-3. Heap and Thornton £49-13-0. Whitefield Co £24-10-6.
Res. Loans accepted seal cert etc. Adam Eastwood £100. Jane Rudd £18-1-9.
Diagrams from the engines taken by the Burnley Ironworks showing 900ihp at WH were placed on the table. [This is a heavy overload on the engine under its present boiler pressure, they have reached the limit. Any further load is going to necessitate a rethink.]
Res. That the outside of both sheds be painted and the inside of both engine houses be decorated and Mr Atkinson be requested to draw out specifications.
Res. That a further turning wheel be ordered from the Burnley Ironworks Co Ltd.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be authorised to offer Messrs William Roberts and Sons their account in full less £7-15-0, the extra charge for piecing the old and new shafts, instead of penalties.
A letter from Mr Sneath was read in which he gave particulars for overtime worked in August and September and asking the directors to consider payment for same.
Res. That Mr Brooks be requested to see him with regard to arriving at a settlement.
Thomas Dent

September 25th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Perry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
A letter received from the tenants at CH was read requesting 25 hours allowance for stoppages.
Res. That 22 hours be allowed, the extra three hours being for inconvenience and not slow running. [‘Slow running’ is interesting. Under normal conditions this is an indication of an overloaded engine and boiler and usually occurred in the early part of the day before the bearings in the shafting had warmed up and started to run freely. Towards the end of its time, Stanley Fisher reported at Moss Shed that on a cold morning, with full boiler pressure, the engine didn't reach its correct running speed until after over an hour of running. Very common in overloaded engines running at the limit. Something as insignificant as the viscosity of the oil in the bearings could tip demand over the limit.]
Res. That the repairs needed to the joists in Holden’s warehouse be done by W Holdsworth.
Res. That Sneath and the firemen at WH attend the meeting to be held next Wednesday to explain their claims for overtime during the holidays.
Res. That the letter received from the BUDC as to the extra fire hose lie on the table for consideration.
Thomas Dent

October 2nd 1901
Dr Roberts chair. All directors present.
The engineer and firemen at WH attended and explained the account for overtime sent in and agreed to accept the following:
Sneath 98 hours @ 6d, £2-9-0. Shackleton, 100, £2-10-0. Crowther, 91, £2-5-6. Waterworth, 79, £1-19-6.
Res. That the men be paid the above time at 6d per hour.
Res. That the three days allowance be granted to WH tenants for stoppage during the putting in of the new boiler.
Res. That the price of the old boiler and fittings be £70.
Res. That the [hot] well from which water is pumped over the shed [CH] be completed immediately, that P Barrett does the work. Also that Mr Spencer Thornton repair the engine house slates at CH and that new pipes be used to replace those carrying water to J Wright’s yard at WH.
J D Roberts.

October 9th 1901
T Dent chair. Slater, Wilson, L&W Holdsworth, Baxter, King, Horsfield, Barrett, Perry and Brooks.
Res. That we allow A Pilkington for stoppage of 20 looms.
Res. That the offer of Mr Stringer of Blackburn, £70 for old boiler and fittings, be accepted.
J D Roberts.

October 16th 1901
T Dent chair. Roberts, Brooks, Baxter, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, King, Perry and Barrett.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the accounts from the tenants in CH Shed for gas used during the lining of the shafts be paid. [Tenants had their own gas meters and the shed lights were being used for a job which was CHSC responsibility.]
The reports on the economisers in both sheds by E Green and Sons dated October 11th were read.
Thomas Dent.

October 23rd 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Parry, Barrett, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Res. That if there are not sufficient iron pipes for blow down connections at WH we make out with sanitary pipes. [Contaminated water blown down from the boiler was often piped back to the condenser pond where the scale settled out with the natural suspended matter in the raw water. Not a big problem in normal cases.]
Mr Moorhouse be asked to agree to the fastening up of doors next to the engine house and also to separating [closets] in extension as follows, 10 for females to be entered as now and [plus one] with urinal for males with a new entrance. [The proportions of the division give an indication of the predominance of women weavers.]
Res. That we leave the painting [of] the outsides and warehouses until next spring but that specifications be got out for the decorating of the insides of the engine houses.
Res. That windows be put in the North end and West of the engine house at CH and that the work be done by P Barrett.
Res. That the front of the boiler house at CH be paved with setts and that the following persons be asked to tender for the work; P Barrett, E Smith, Mark Caan, Lambert Robinson, James Nutter and Sons, William Sagar and W J J MacDonald.
Res. That a pair of hinge plates be ordered from Mr Proctor for hopper 8520. [Stoker coal hopper. Proctor of Burnley the stoker manufacturer.]
Res. That a meeting of directors be held at CH Shed on Friday morning the 25th for the purpose of defining the boundary where paving should terminate and also to decide on fixing windows.
Thomas Dent.

October 25th 1901
T Dent chair. King, Brooks, L Holdsworth, Wilson and Barrett.
Res. That we continue the paving to the road.
Thomas Dent.

October 30th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, Perry, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minute of outstanding meetings as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Proctor and Proctor wages £60-4-5. [Worth noting that the name of the accountants in Grimshaw Street, Burnley in which George Proctor was senior partner, is seeping into the mind-set of the minute-taker. This indicates the reality which is that P&P were now an important part of the administration of the CHSC. Funny thing is that I can’t identify any specific management fees in the accounts. Perhaps they took their income in commissions in some way.]
J Wraw £2-12-0. P&P insurance £10-2-6. H Marsden £233-14-4. J W Clough £5-19-0. James Proctor [stokers] £47-3-0. S Cooke and Co £13-5-3. Exors of J Cooper £1. BUDC [gas?] 14/-. W Holdsworth £15-3-0. S Greenwood 11/6. P Barrett £26-7-0. H Brown £57-17-0. [Note the increase in this business.] L Robinson £60. Stott and Sons £9-8-4. J Petty £15-8-0.
Tenders from P Barrett, Mark Caan, Lambert Robinson and Ed Smith for paving CH Shed yard from the boiler house to engine house were read.
Res. That the tender of Ed Smith to pave with seven inch setts at 4/1 per yard be accepted. [Sagar’s quarries on Tubber Hill, Barlick were famous for the quality of their paving setts. Almost certainly the source.]
The account of Mr Fawcett was produced by Mr Atkinson and discussed.
Res. That the settlement of this account be left with Mr Atkinson.
Thomas Dent.

November 6th 1901
Res. That S Pickles and Sons be requested to reduce their claim for damaged cloth owing to water coming in their roof.
Res. That Messrs Heap and Thornton be shewn Pickles’ account with a view to their allowing the amount for their men’s negligence.
Res. That a lamp be sold to W J Varley for 2/6.
Thomas Dent.

November 13th 1901.
T Dent chair. Brooks, Barrett, Perry, L&W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Cheques on architect’s certificate were passed for J R Broughton, £20. W J Varley, £20.
Res. That a cheque be paid to A King for £100 and interest on account of loan at December 30th.
A letter was read from Mr A Pilkington complaining about raining in.
Res. That the secretary explain to him that the excessive rain and storms were the cause and that any exceptional defects would be attended to.
Res. That the secretary send a Testimonial to the US Metallic Packing Co.
Res. That L Robinson be instructed not to take away any more stuff from WH until further notice.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to J Varley complaining of the unreasonable delay in completing the extension at WH.
Res. That the resolution referring to windows in the engine house at CH passed on October 23rd be varied and that the windows in the west side be fixed on the roof or as directed.
Res. That all the roof ventilators on the shed at CH which rain in be taken off and slated over and that Heap and Thornton be requested to do the work.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to BUDC with reference to the hydrants for fire purposes at WH Mill, pointing out that the one at the corner of Valley Road is 240 yards from Mr Moorhouse’s warehouse and that the one opposite the Gasworks is 40/50 yards from the entrance to the company’s yard and requesting them to consider the advisability of bringing one of them closer to the company’s premises.
Thomas Dent.

November 20th 1901
Res. That the gutters in stock at CH be tried for conveying away the water coming in over the windows in the Mechanic’s Shop. [WH]
Thomas Dent.

November 27th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Baxter, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, King, Perry and Barrett.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: George Proctor wages £34-13-1. J W Clough 6/4. Union Oil Co £2-19-10. Spurr Inman and Co £1-5-0. Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £5-17-3. J Sellars £50-18-3. Holgate Marsden £285-6-4. J&A Eastwood £101-18-4.
Res. That loan be repaid to Alice Lancaster £50 and John Arthur Eastwood £100.
A letter was read from the BUDC in reply to the company’s request for an extension of the Valley Road [water] main to the company’s entrance at WH in which they suggest boards being placed across the ridges of the shed to carry the hosepipe. As this idea was thought to be utterly impracticable it was resolved that Messrs Dent, Brooks, Barrett, W Holdsworth and King form a deputation to wait upon the council on Wednesday night next.
Res. That the amount paid for cleaning [flues?] at WH remain as before.
Res. That a new catch for the trip motion be ordered from Burnley Ironworks for WH Mill. [This is almost certainly one of the hardened steel catch plates in the valve gear on the engine.]
Res. That a new doorway be made into the privies in Moorhouse's part and that Mr P Barrett do the mason’s work and Mr W Holdsworth do the joiner’s.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be asked to complete the arrangement with Edward Smith with regard to Valley Road and to get out the tenders for painting and decorating the engine houses with all possible speed.
The secretary reported that the price of Altham coal was reduced 5d per ton from the 15th of November.
Thomas Dent.

December 4th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Baxter, Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, King, Perry and Barrett.
Res. That if we can get a pulley big enough from Long Ing Shed for running the beaming frame in Pickles’ shed, it be got.
Res. That W J Varley fix a 6” fall pipe for the cistern at WH for the purposes of cleaning it out. [This is the large metal cistern on top of the mill.]
Res. That troughing at CH be cleared of leaves and dirt.
Res. That P Barrett build a wall separating male and female closets outside Moorhouse’s warehouse.
Res. That the boiler and economiser flues be cleaned out four times a year instead of three times at present and that the rate of pay per time remain as now.
Thomas Dent.

December 11th 1901
T Dent chair. Brooks, Baxter Horsfield, L&W Holdsworth, Wilson, King, Perry and Barrett.
Minutes as read.
A telegram was read from Mr Atkinson regretting his inability to attend. [We forget that in the absence of telephones, a telegram was the fastest method of communication. My employer communicated with me in this way as late as the 1960s before I had a telephone at home.]
Res. That the gradient of the road to CH Shed be altered so that the water drains off better and that P Barrett do the work.
Res. That P Barrett be requested to inspect tipplers in Mr Moorhouse’s closets and if possible remedy the splashing.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to attend the next meeting when the following matters will be gone into:
Pointing about flashing on Moorhouse’s warehouse.
Out wall of Moorhouse’s shed.
Lambert Robinson and the refuse he has to take away.
Painting engine houses.
Ed Smith and the arrangement re Valley Road
Fawcett’s account.
The blow-off on Spurr Inman’s boiler.
General condition of Valley Road.
Thomas Dent.

December 20th 1901
Res. That John Horsfield, A King and others meet tomorrow at Moorhouse’s office at 1:30pm to confer with him about his letter.
Res. That Mr Barrett be requested to take down the door in Mr Moorhouse’s warehouse and hang it on the outside.
Res. That Mr A King and Henry Wilson examine gas pipes running over wash boarding in CH engine house and suggest how the space may be filled in.
Res. That if Lambert Robinson refuse to take away the the rubbish in front of the office at WH he be requested to bring back the stones and bricks he has taken away.
Thomas Dent.

December 24th 1901
Minutes as read.
Res. That the cistern at WH be cleaned out on the old plan, that is from the dam side of the shed.
The deputation appointed to wait upon Mr Moorhouse reported that the wall of the new warehouse had given way and that it would require re-flashing and re-pointing. [Subsidence at WH Mill, particularly to the east of the original buildings, was always a problem because the ground is deep river bottom silt. The new construction is showing this.]
Res. That Heap and Thornton do the re-pointing and Messrs Varley the flashing and that Mr Brooks keep a separate account of the costs.
Res. That W Holdsworth be instructed to fit facing boards up the window side in Moorhouse’s shed.
Res. That a further rope 48ft X 1½” be ordered for CH Shed.
Res. That 10/- be allowed boatmen and carters for Christmas. [About £50 in today's terms so it will be divided between them.]
A letter dated December 11th from BUDC requesting us to put in writing what we are prepared to do with water main for fire purposes was read.
Res. That if BUDC will continue their mains to the entrance by the gates we will carry the main forward to the chimney flue and fix two hydrants, one at the end of the main and one in the middle.
Res. Accounts be paid: W P Brooks £1-11-5. Ed Smith £32-15-0. S Cooke and Co £12-15-0. P Barrett £10-16-0. Burnley Ironworks £9-16-0. H Marsden £253-12-0. Alliance Ins Co £14-15-0.
Res. That cheques for interest on loans and mortgages be paid.
J D Roberts.

January 1st 1902
Res. That Mr Moorhouse be informed that the board cannot see its way at present to put up a ceiling in the new warehouse.
Res that the [flue] dust be tipped with the ashes.
Res. That Mr Fawcett’s account £275, loan £100 and interest £6 be paid.
Thomas Dent.

January 8th 1902
Minutes as read.
Res. That loan of £20 be accepted from J&B Edmondson. Seal cert etc.
A letter was read from the BUDC re the water supply in which they stated they are willing to lay one of the mains, either a 4” main from Valley Road or a 3” one from Skipton Road and agreeing to fix a hydrant at the mill gates.
Res. That we request BUDC to lay the 4” main from Valley Road and that the company undertake to complete their work within six months of the completion of the work by the council.
Res. That balance sheet as read be adopted subject to audit and presented to the shareholders at 7pm on the 31st of January at the Seven Stars AR. A dividend of 5% per annum without deduction of tax be recommended to the shareholders.
The secretary read a report on the WH economisers and gave particulars of the insurance on the company’s premises which showed £5,500 [cover] on both WH and CH.
[Pencil note: ‘Director’s allowances’.]
Thomas Dent

January 15th 1902
Res. That £100 be accepted from G Perry on loan.
Res. That P Barrett continue the repairs to Calf Hall Lane to the gate entering the yard.
Res. That J Lofthouse and Sons tender for painting the engine houses at CH and WH for the sum of £12-15-0 be accepted.
Thomas Dent.

January 22nd 1902
Minutes as read.
Res. That Calf Hall Lane be swept. [At this time, what we now know as Calf Hall Road was thill called ‘Lane’]
Res. Accounts be paid: H Marsden £92-16-6. W Roberts and Sons £52. W Berry £11-14-0. J Hart £4-15-0. Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Co £1-11-5. Income Tax £122-9-8. J Slater and Sons 3/-. Secretary’s salary £20. J W Clough £2-12-2. Cash due to secretary 31/12/01 £71-7-8. BUDC £157-1-8. Gas account £3-12-6. J Bulcock £1-8-3. E Green and Son £4.
Minutes read and confirmed.
Mr Brooks made formal application on behalf of William Brown and Ed Bailey for the space now occupied by Mr John Widdup which will probably be due to let during the coming year.
Res. That Mrs Coates account, £5, be paid. [Springs Dam rent]
Thomas Dent.

General meeting
January 31st 1902
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read. Balance sheet, report and dividend approved. Share transfer register sealed.
[Printed balance sheet reported profit for half-year as £457-8-3½ and disposable balance of £1661-17-0. Dividend explained as being free of tax but shareholders could obtain a refund from the Surveyor of Taxes on the evidence of the dividend warrant if required. Deducting the tax at source became standard for dividend payments.]
Signed J D Roberts.

February 12th 1902
Minutes as read. Res. That Waite and Lambert’s account £18-6-7 be paid and that common seal of the co be fixed to a promissory note for £100 in favour of Mrs Clara Perry.
Applications were made for the space now occupied by Mr Widdup as follows:
Mr William Perry, Messrs J&H Edmondson and W Edmondson, Henry Ellis and W Dewhurst, Dugdale and Dewhurst, Myers and Sneath, Slater Brothers and Brown and Bailey. [A good indication of the strength of the trade. This demand will drive the building of extensions and new sheds.]
The secretary read a letter from the Craven Bank in which they agreed to allow the company an overdraft of £4000.
Res. That guards be fixed to bevil [old word for ‘bevel’] wheels at CH as pointed out by the Inspector of Factories and that the secretary obtain particulars of the cost of the guards for gauge glasses on the boiler. [Boiler practice and legislation was improving and guards protecting staff from flying glass should a water gauge tube blow under full boiler pressure had become mandatory.]
Thomas Dent.

February 19th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That Holgate Marsden has instructions to keep the supply of coal for WH and CH separate so that we may know exactly what each place burns.
Res. That safety shields for gauge glasses on the front of boilers be ordered from Hopkinsons. [Hopkinsons Ltd, Britannia Works, Huddersfield were the pre-eminent manufacturers of valves and all types of boiler fittings. They eventually produced and improved water gauge which apart from being fully shielded also had internal ball valves which immediately cut the gauge off from the boiler should the water glass shatter under load.]
Res. That William Holdsworth repair the floor in Nutter’s winding room.
Valley Road. The condition of Valley Road was considered and it was decided that Mr Atkinson be written to requesting him to meet Mr Smith at the next director’s meeting.
Messrs James Nutter and William Bailey waited upon the directors as a deputation from the Manufacturers to confer about the hours now run less than when the agreements were entered into for a 56 hour week. It was decided to ascertain what was being done at Butts Mill, Victoria Mill at Earby and at Foulridge with respect to the shorter time run on Saturday. [The Factory Act of 1874 had reduced permissible hours in mills to 56½ hrs. The Factory and Workshops Act of 1901 reduced the hours to 55½, the saving of one hour being made by finishing work at noon on Saturdays.]
Mr Nutter asked what was meant by ‘interest charged’ on the monthly statements sent to the manufacturers. [A disarming question. I suspect he knows full well that it is for late payment.]
Thomas Dent.

February 26th 1902
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That we accede to the manufacturer’s request that at WH and CH the running time to be changed from the Railway time to the Post office time. [I love this one! We are used to having easily accessible time checks. In 1901 the determination of accurate time was different. The key factor which allowed time checks to what was supposed to be a national standard was the invention of the telegraph and the base time was that as calculated at Greenwich Observatory in London. However, there was a problem. The first organisations that took advantage of the new technology of telegraphs and accurate time were the railways who needed standard time for their timetables. Theoretically every station clock in the kingdom was checked daily and adjusted to Greenwich time. Later the Post Office adopted the telegraph and also took advantage of accurate time checks to adjust the public clock in all the main post offices. However, over time a problem arose which I do not have an explanation for, a discrepancy arose between Railway time and Post Office time, the post office clocks were running approximately four minutes slower that that on the station. Every manufacturer had a ‘Manchester Man’, their representative on the ‘change and he travelled by train. He set his watch by Railway time and it became routine for the engineer to set the engine house and shed clocks according the the Manchester Man’s watch. The workers set their timepieces by the public clock at the post office and so as far as they were concerned the engine was starting four minutes early. True it stopped four minutes earlier but it was the starting time that was sensitive. This is the fascinating story behind what appears to be a niggling request by the tenants.]
Res. That W Holdsworth be requested to fix Legget’s openers to the roof lights at CH Shed engine house. [As I understand it these are the geared window openers for remote windows operated by a long endless cord driving a worm wheel via a small pulley on the opener.]
Res. That the secretary ask the Craven Bank to state their lowest rate of interest and their terms for carrying on the company’s account. [Here we see the hand of GP. I often wonder how much time he spent with the manager of the Craven Bank at Skipton discussing the affairs of the many companies he acted for. I suspect that he has a good reason for recommending this course of action. Has an alternative bank become a possibility? Are we seeing the end of the Craven Bank’s monopoly?]
Res. That accounts be paid: H Marsden £221-10-10. L Robinson £15-13-5. P Barrett £16-4-3. J Hart £4-16-8½. W J Varley £79-16-10. Wages £69-11-2. J R Broughton £8-15-0. S Greenwood £4-8-11. W J Varley £8-3-5.
Thomas Dent.

March 5th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That Mr Brown be requested to give a quotation for the fixing of cast iron troughs alongside of WH Shed to convey the roof and tape water to the reservoir. [Water conservation at WH again. Some of the rainwater must have been running to waste. The ‘tape water’ referred to is the condensate from the ventilator fans on the tapes, condensate from the drying cylinders and also from the donkey engine exhaust.]
Thomas Dent.

March 12th 1902
T Dent chair. [The minute takers seem to have stopped naming attendees at the meetings. Not dereliction of duty by the transcriptionist!]
Minutes as read.
A claim was put in by Mr Moorhouse for demurrage. Two boats, 2 horses and four men waiting at Coates Wharf with looms for 3 days @ £2 per day. [Good information here. We know that the looms from Burnley are being delivered by canal, the manpower needed and the cost per day of the resource. The wait was probably due to waiting for the contractors to clear space in the new shed.]
Res. That the chairman and Mr Brooks be deputed to wait upon Mr Moorhouse and to ascertain the very lowest figure that he is prepared to settle for. [Note that they are not arguing about the delay. Remember that they stated a specific date for the commencement of the shed.]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to explain to Mr Nutter that the charge for interest had arisen due to the payments of rents being in arrears. [Quite!]
Res. That the question of allowing the tenants for the early stoppage on Saturdays be deferred for a fortnight.
The secretary reported that the terms of the Craven Bank were, and always had been, 5% interest and 2/6 per £100 commission and that Mr Blakey the manager could not see his way to making any reduction.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to apply to the London City and Midland Bank for their terms for carrying on the company’s account.
Thomas Dent.

March 19th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That Mr W Holdsworth be requested to repair the floor in Windle's tape room at WH.
Res. That Henry Brown be requested to repair the broken gutter in Nutter's shed at CH.
Res. That Messrs Dent, King and Wilson be requested to examine the ceiling boarding off the second motion at CH Shed and report to the next meeting.
Res. That Mr Moorhouse's claim of £6 for demurrage of boats be allowed and it be deducted from next month's rent account.
Res. That Mr J J Whitaker be requested to make an offer for the old boiler front.
Thomas Dent.

March 26th 1902
J D Roberts chair.
The secretary read the correspondence relating to the change of the banking account to the London City and Midland Bank from which it appeared they were not willing to carry on the company's account and grant an overdraft of £3000 to £4000 without security.
Letters were read from Messrs Nutter and Holden in which they stated that they fully expected the directors to make an allowance for the one hour extra stoppage per week which commenced on Jan 1st last.
Res. That no allowance be made to the tenants on account of this extra stoppage. (As by the terms of the leases the company is bound only to run statutory hours not exceeding 56.)
Res. That accounts be paid: Holgate Marsden £281-8-0. James Bulcock £1-8-3. J W Clough £9-0-5. W P Brooks £2-17-7. Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £3-8-8. Wages £36-18-0. Royal Ins Co £10-11-3. P Barrett £12-17-5. Sun Insurance Co £13-2-6. Heap and Thornton £51-10-0.
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

April 2nd 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That Mr Stringer's charges, 30/- for the steam gauge and syphon taken from the old boiler sold to him be approved.
Res. That Mr Holdsworth be requested to repair the ceiling in the tape room and the floor in the winding room in Holden's shed at CH.
Res. Loan of £20 from Mr Walter Dewhurst be accepted seal cert etc.
Thomas Dent.

April 9th 1902
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
A Letter was read from S Pickles and Sons requesting the directors to brick up the second motion shaft in order to prevent an occurrence which have[sic] taken place in that portion of the shed. [An accident involving the shaft?]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to Mr Atkinson urging him to complete the fixing of the steel shield suggested at the last meeting.
Res. That Messrs Windle's claim of 10/2 for broken glass caused by cement falling from the top of the warehouse be allowed.
The secretary read letters from Messrs Nutters and Dugdale and Dewhurst in which it was stated that the rent for the one hour's stoppage from the amount payable and cheques for the reduced rent only had been sent. Copies of letters in reply were also read. [Confusing. My reading is that they are deducting the hour from their payments.]
A letter was read from Mr Holgate Marsden in which he stated that he had reduced the price of coal to the Long Ing Shed Co to[by?] 8d per ton for the year's contract from the 1st of April and offered the same price to us providing we allowed the sliding scale following on the Burnley prices to remain in abeyance for that period.
Res. That Mr Marsden's offer be accepted.
Res. That loan of £30 from Henry Holdsworth be accepted seal cert etc.
Res. Transfer of 1 share from S Dean to T Proctor be sanctioned, seal cert etc.
The secretary read the cash account showing receipts from February 1st to date as £1019-7-3 more than payments.
Res. That the application for use of the mill yard for one day be not granted. [No explanation but I wonder if it was for the Whit Walks procession to form up?]
The secretary read and explained the proposed lease to Mr James Moorhouse of 227 looms and preparation machinery for seven years from January 1st last. [Note that this isn't a hire purchase agreement but a lease. This was to become more common and of course lowered the threshold of entry into manufacturing for budding entrepreneurs.]
Res. That it be approved and submitted to Mr Moorhouse.
Thomas Dent.

[I allow myself a plaintive little whinge here. The next minute-taker uses far bolder ink and makes my job so much easier!]

April 16th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That the steam box in Nutter's winding room be examined and if necessary repaired by Mr Brown. [I can't offer an explanation. No steam used in winding process that I am aware of. Most likely it is part of the system of steam mains for heating.]
Res. That in reply to the letter from Mr Moorhouse the chairman, Holdsworth, Baxter and Brooks see him in the morning respecting the ventilation in the tape room and report to the next meeting.
Res. That William Holdsworth take down the wood guard for the second motion driving wheel when replaced by a sheet iron guard. [In the engine house. The second motion pulley was the large pulley driven by the ropes from the flywheel transmitting power to the second motion shaft which was the first section of the lineshaft into the mill. This must be the wheel at CH Shed as the second motion at WH was too large to box in.]
Res, That a trough be placed under the ventilator in CH engine house by Mr Mudd of Colne.
The secretary read the correspondence from the tenants re the reduction of rent for one hour stoppage on Saturday and it was resolved that his action in replying to the tenants that the directors could not see their way to make any reduction be approved.
Thomas Dent.

April 23rd 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That accounts be paid: James Proctor 6/-. J Lofthouse and Son £13-6-0. Wages £37-12-0.
Res. That a Blackman ventilator be fixed in Mr Moorhouse's tape room, the cost not exceed £10. providing Mr Moorhouse will pay half.
Res. That one dozen drip tins as sample be ordered at 8/- a dozen. [Worth noting for future researchers that pricing small items by the dozen (12) was universal practice.]
Res. Transfer of 8 shares from J Heugham to George Proctor and of 4 shares from M E & D Shepherd to M Rishworth be approved. Seal cert etc.
Thomas Dent.

April 30th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That accounts be paid: Henry Brown £34-7-0. Ed Smith 7/11. S Cooke and Co £8-6-6. James Wright 6/-.
Res. That for the purposes of ventilating the tape room Mr Moorhouse be allowed to select a fan seeing he has agreed to pay half the cost.
The assistant fireman at WH having given notice to leave our employ it was resolved that an advertisement for a successor be put in the Advertiser asking the applicants to state wage required. [Note that in the days before statutory rates of pay for certain jobs the onus was placed on the applicant.]
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to attend the next meeting to give his advice re troughing for cooling water at CH.
Res. That Henry Brown be requested to repair fall pipe in Windle's shed and the trough conveying hot water from WH boilers to the reservoirs. [This will be blow-down water.]
Thomas Dent.

May 7th 1902
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Gas £3-6-7. Scottish Boiler Insurance Co £6-5-0. Scott and Sons £9-8-4.
The secretary read the correspondence which had taken place between himself and James Nutter and Sons with regard to the allowance for the one hour stoppage. Mr Nutter having sent a cheque on account and the secretary having returned the same.
Applications for the position of assistant fireman at WH were read and it was resolved that William Hutchinson be engaged at 20/- per week.
Res. That the directors form a committee to examine Springs Dam tomorrow night with a view to making provision to increase its capacity during the coming summer.
Thomas Dent.

May 14th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That the stove pipe be offered to Moses Boocock for the sum of 14/-.
Res. That the partition taken down in Pickles' warehouse be used by W Holdsworth in repairing the floor in Holden's warehouse.
Res. That all stores be ordered by the directors at their meetings and that the engine drivers be ordered to mention their requirements to the managing director.
Thomas Dent

May 22nd 1902
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: J Hopkinson and Co Ltd £9-12-6. J W Clough £7-14-6. Holgate Marsden £238-9-0. George Proctor £34-0-3. James Bulcock 5/2. James Proctor 6/-. W J Varley 16/7.
Res. Transfer of 4 shares from M E Shepherd and 2 shares from E A Jackson to Thomas Proctor be sanctioned. Seal cert etc.
A letter was read from James Nutter and Sons requesting the directors to reconsider their decision as to making allowances for the extra stoppages on Saturday. The secretary was instructed to reply that the directors had nothing to add to their previous letters.
Res. That the spare land in the yard at WH Mill be let for hen runs at ½d per yard on monthly tenancy.
Mr Atkinson read the agreement of Mr Edward Smith with regard to the transfer of land and the arrangements with regard to Valley Road etc and reported that Mr Smith had paid £11-9-8 in full settlement.
Res. That the arrangement be confirmed and approved.
Res. That the managing director be requested to obtain all the information possible with regard to the Old Well at WH Mill. [I find this item fascinating and we will come across it again later. The existence of a well is usually the trigger for the name Wellhouse but apart from vague clues I have no information as to what it refers to. My suspicion is that somewhere at the bottom of the hill down from Barlick there was an old public well, probably situated very close to Wellhouse Road on the side which is the boundary of the Wellhouse Mill curtilage. I have been told that there was a steam pump near this spot, Billy Brooks told me he remembered hearing it running and I think this was the source of the water that was pumped up to the railway station. One thing is certain, CHSC are short of water at WH and this is the beginning of a long exercise to find supplementary supplies.]
Mr Atkinson also submitted a scheme for water cooling at CH Shed.
Res. That the water from the hot well be conducted on the coping of the shed to the viaduct as suggested by Mr Atkinson and that he invite tenders for the work and for an iron trough for conducting water off the shed at WH Mill. [The only suggestion I can make is that at CH Shed, they are going to pump the water from the hot well into a trough laid across the roof of the shed to the rear of the mill where it can be dropped into the Calf Hall Beck before it enters the culvert under the mill.
Thomas Dent.

May 28th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That we ascertain whether a supply of water is still running into a well at the south end of WH sheds or not and that P Barrett excavate for pipes. [The water supply at WH was always a mystery. At the time when it was built we have contemporary evidence that people were puzzled by the choice of location because there was no obvious supply of water large enough to run it. We have noted Bracewell's strategies to assure a water supply from the Corn Mill and the Bowker Drain and I have always had a suspicion that Bracewell got the levels wrong because it seems incongruous that access to the well in Eastwood Bottoms which was the source of the Bowker Drain resource was not under his control, he had to rent the right of access from the Roundell Estate, I suspect that the occasional payments to Burghope and Strange is in fact this rent. However, in the event, the supply from the Corn Mill Dam was never needed, the Bowker Drain proved to be a sufficient resource. Under CHSC ownership the mill has doubled in size and the demand on the water resource has increased accordingly. Like Bracewell, CHSC has tried the Corn Mill supply but for some reason declined it. They are now bending their minds to a possible supply on the WH site.
We need to take note of two things. There is later evidence of a borehole in the Laundry but I don't know when this was sunk, it could be later on. More intriguing is the clue in the name of the mill. When first built it was called New Mill but soon changed to Wellhouse Mill. 'Wellhouse' is a common name and always indicates an association with a water resource, often used for potable domestic supplies. The question is where was the well in 1854 which was the basis for what was evidently a local name before the mill was built?
Harold Duxbury had intimate knowledge of the mill from his days as managing director for the CHSC and he pencilled in the location of a well at the SW corner of the dam nearest the mill on my copy of the Bracewell sale documents. However, I think this is the new bore sunk by the CH company which we will encounter later. I have had verbal evidence from informants reporting what they were told by their fathers and grandfathers that there was a well at the south east corner of the WH sheds. All these reports indicate a site next to what is now Wellhouse Road at the junction with Valley Road directly opposite the small island between the two roads on the bend up towards Barlick centre. The accounts mention the sound of a pump running many hours a day and I have always assumed that this was the water source and pump mentioned as being the supply to Barlick railway station but may be wrong. I suspect that this well fell out of use after 1892 when the public supply from the new municipal waterworks on Whitemoor became available in the town. It is quite obvious that the increased demand for water at the mill and the prospect of summer and dry weather has concentrated the director's minds. They are looking for a way to supplement the water supply to the reservoirs. We are going to hear much more of this, it is a big problem.]
Thomas Dent.

June 4th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That six sets of brasses, packing and asbestos as specified by Mr Sneath to Mr Brooks be ordered.
The secretary read a letter from James Nutter and Sons re payment of rent on the 1st and 2nd.
Res. That the stores required by the engineers at the two sheds as read over be ordered.
Res. That the shed roofs of both sheds be painted by day work and that Messrs J Lofthouse be requested to give their price per hour and the price for paint. [Bit of a puzzle. This could refer to the painting of rain water goods etc. but could also refer to what became a common practice, painting the windows in the North Lights of the roof, and in some cases the slates, with whitewash to reflect sunlight and lessen heat transmitted into the weaving sheds. At Bancroft I used to paint the roof lights every year with a thin coat of whitewash at the beginning of June for this reason.]
Res. That the chairman, vice-chairman, Mr Brooks and Mr W Holdsworth together with Mr Lofthouse form a committee to inspect the roof of the sheds as to the repairs required before painting is commenced.
Res. Transfer of 19 shares from Jane Rudd to Mr Walmsley be approved. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the loan of £400 and interest to date be repaid to the Adminstrix of Stephen Rudd as per her notice.
Thomas Dent.

June 11th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That empty oil barrels be sold at 2/- each until further notice.
Res. That flue dust be disposed of at the time of flueing as it is not desirable to stock it. [This surprises me because in my experience and also from evidence given to me by paviors and flaggers flue dust is the best medium for bedding flags on. It is preferred because if examined closely it has sharp edges and when compacted is very stable.]
Res. That the tenants be requested to replace all broken glass and window panes before painting commences. [This reinforces my theory about the painting is a measure to reflect sunlight, if not, why does the glass need replacing? It is evidently going to be painted. There is also the intriguing question of why the tenants should be responsible for replacing what is part of the mill structure? I can understand them being liable for window panes broken carelessly by their employees (or even to get extra ventilation in hot weather.) but not roof lights which are well out of accidental harm's way.]
Res. That J Lofthouse and Son be engaged to paint the whole of the shed roof with two coats of white paint the work and materials be at quoted price and to paint all doors and windows of the warehouse at the same time according to instructions and to send in a weekly or fortnightly statement of hours worked. [I can't help thinking that it is a mistake to use a permanent coating on the roof. This renders the north light windows opaque which cuts down on light transmission as well as heat. This is why we used thin whitewash which had weathered off by the following winter. The reason for this is that in winter you need all the light you can get through the roof lights to cut down on the need for artificial light. I have a suspicion, from the low bills paid for gas in the company accounts, that tenants had individual gas meters and paid their own lighting costs. In this case CHSC wouldn't regard low light in darker weather as their problem.]
Res. That W Holdsworth be requested to repair all the woodwork on the shed roof.
Res. That Mr Brown be asked to suggest a method of pumping water from the well at WH in order to test the supply. [Proctor Barrett has evidently found the well and cleared it. Before any more is spent on it the directors want to test its capability by ascertaining the flow.]
Thomas Dent.

June 18th 1902
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: J W Green £81-5-0. W P Brooks £4-14-4. G Proctor £33-12-11. W Holdsworth £5-5-0.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to borrow an injector or pump to test the capacity of the Old Well adjoining Mr Widdup's shed.
Res. That one cask of composition [boiler] be ordered from Crawshawbooth.
Res. That the accounts for ashes be sent out each month. [Ashes were an essential element for grinding ash/lime mortar which was the standard used for brick laying and masonry by local builders.]
Res. Transfer of 1 share from E Hartley to A King be approved. Seal cert etc.
The secretary read a letter dated June 7th from A F Roundell enclosing twelve months notice to terminate an agreement dated December 20th 1883 between C S Roundell Deceased and William Bracewell under which, the company, as successor to William Bracewell has paid and does pay the sum of 5/- per annum. This agreement refers to the water right [to the] trough in Eastwood Bottoms and other fields, the chief source of supply for the dams. [I'm wrong about Burghope and Strange. This is bad news and one is forced to wonder whether word of the CHSC search for additional water has triggered off a commercial response from the Roundell Estate.]
Thomas Dent.

June 25th 1902
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the injector be lowered into the well near Widdup's shed to further test its supply. [Mounted at the surface the injector will only draw down by suction to about 25ft. By lowering it into the well it can draw the level down further which will tend to increase the flow from the surrounding water table into the bore. This will give a maximum flow in the short-term but in order to ascertain the size of the resource in the water table a much longer test will be required.]
Res. That the gate into the yard at CH be taken off and P Barrett be requested to dig near the culvert to find the leakage of water.
Thomas Dent.

July 2nd 1902
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Mr P Barrett reported that the culvert at CH is leaking under the wall of the shed.
Res. That a loan of £40 be accepted from W L Dewhurst. Seal cert etc.
Mr Lofthouse's time sheet for painting the shed was presented and the account for materials was examined.
Mr Sneath reported that the Old Well near Widdup's shed filled at the rate of 5” per hour which is equivalent to about eighty gallons per hour. [Bad news, this is useful but nowhere near what is required.]
Mr Slater attended on behalf of himself and Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst and requested that they should have the preference of the space about to be vacated by Messrs J Widdup and Sons, that the company should give the usual grace, and remove the ceilings, drums and gas pendants. [These will need re-spacing for the new layout.]
Res. That they be allowed to have the space if Mr Widdup vacated it and that the co allow them 12 weeks grace for 200 looms, take down the ceilings and put one ceiling up but that all other work be done at the expense of the tenant. The position of the tape machine to remain as at present.
Res. That a new length of steam pipe be fitted to the tape machine in Mr Bailey's warehouse.
Res. That the secretary be requested to confer with Mr Atkinson of Colne with regard to the water right at WH Mill and as to the possibility of the co purchasing the plot of land from Mr Roundell which contains the well.
Thomas Dent.

July 16th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That the well at CH Shed be cleaned out. [Not sure what this refers to, possibly the condenser pond in the culvert under the mill.]
Res. Transfer of 4 shares from Mr James Horsfield to Admiral King. Seal cert etc. [This is not a naval man but a family which tended to give impressive first names to their male children.]
Res. That old iron be not sold.
Res. That one barrel of boiler composition be ordered.
Res. That Mr Proctor Barrett be instructed to fix the plates and ties to the wall of the new shed at WH Mill. [I suspect that these are tie-bars being installed to stabilise the wall. As noted previously, WH was built on unstable bearing ground.]
Thomas Dent.

July 25th 1902
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: BUDC £169-5-3. H Brown £23-14-7½. Marsden Holgate[sic] £207-12-4. S Cooke and Co £3-4-0. Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £5-9-7. Burnley Ironworks Co £3-1-4. J W Clough £5-19-9. F R Putz £1-15-0 [struck out]. Cash Balance due to secretary £71-7-8. E A Coates £5 (half year rent on Springs Dam to August 2nd).
Res. Transfer of 4 shares from Thomas Smith to Edward Wood approved. Seal cert etc. [I think this is Teddy Wood of Proctor and Proctor and he will become an important figure in the CHSC in his role as engineering advisor and director.]
Res. That loans of £300 each from the chairman and John Pickup [Manager at Burnley Ironworks] be accepted. Seal cert etc.
Thomas Dent.

July 9th 1902
[I have no explanation for the date.]
T Dent chair.
Res. That the old well near Widdup's shed be covered up.
Res. That P Barrett be requested to dig in front of his houses for the old well near the first site supposed to be the feeder for the well mentioned above and that Mr Horsfield endeavour to locate its position. [Has Proctor Barrett built on side of WH Road opposite the SE corner of the shed?]
Res. That the Burnley Ironworks Co be requested to examine the engines at WH Mill and do any necessary repairs during the holidays.
Res. That the balance sheet as read be adopted subject to audit and presented to the shareholders on Friday 25th of July at 7pm in the Seven Stars AR.
Thomas Dent.

General meeting
July 25th 1902
[Printed balance sheet reports net profit after tax for the half year is £795-14-0½ and disposable balance of £2052-11-0½.]
Dr Roberts chair.
Res. Balance sheet and report accepted. Dividend at 5% per annum for half year ending June 30th last adopted. For retiring directors re-elected. Director's remuneration to be £40 per annum. C Blakey re-elected as auditor at £4 per annum. Register of share transfers sealed.
J D Roberts.

July 30th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That Dr Roberts be chairman, T Dent vice-chair and W P Brooks managing director for the ensuing year.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be invited to attend the next meeting for a consultation about the supply of water to WH Mill.
Res. That the three men who have cleaned out the well at Calf Hall be paid 6½d per hour.
Res. That the cistern at CH be cleaned out. [The metal cistern on top of the boiler house.]
Res. That tenders for cast iron gutters be invited from local firms.

August 6th 1902
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. Transfer of 2 shares from James Ratcliffe to George Proctor be confirmed. Seal cert etc.
Res. That a loan of £150 be accepted from Misses Grace and E A Anderson. Seal cert etc.
A letter was read from Mr Joseph Sneath engineer at WH requesting an advance of wages from 36/- to 38/-.
Res. That the application be laid on the table. And that W Holdsworth and A King form a deputation to interview Mr Sneath on the matter.
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

August 13th 1902
Dr Roberts chair.
Res. That P Barrett repair the wall at the end of the archway at CH Shed and point the shed at the same place and that Heap and Thornton be requested to point the roof at WH shed at places to be pointed out to them.
Res. Transfer of 1 share from J W Brown to A King be registered, seal cert etc.
Res. That two new shovel arms [part of stoker] be ordered from E Bennis for stoker at CH Shed.
Res. That W Holdsworth be requested to arrange with J Windle and Sons respecting the windows broken on their shed roof.
Res. That Thomas Brooks tender for 60 yards of 12”X7” gutters ¼” thick at 5/3 per yard be accepted. [This is heavy cast iron gutter. For the roof trough at CH mentioned previously for aiding the cooling of the waste water?]
Res. That Hutchinson' wage be increased 3/- per week from the first week in September [Oiler at WH set on at 20/- per week.]
Res. That the secretary be asked to bring the Burnley Ironworks report on the engine at WH to the next meeting.
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

August 20th 1902
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Proctor Barrett £15-11-0. W J Varley £6-12-6. Holgate Marsden £234-17-0. Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £5-2-6.
The secretary gave particulars of the rent owing by each of the tenants of the company from which it appeared that the sum of £1797-3-6 was owing to the company at this date.
Res. That the inside of the new shed at WH be painted by Mr Lofthouse on the same [terms] as the other parts of the shed.
Res. That the Burnley Ironworks Co be requested to do the necessary repairs at WH Mill and to commence work on Saturday morning next.
Res. Transfer of 1 share from J W Brown to A King be registered. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the secretary be requested to write to Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst asking them, if they are not satisfied with our offer of the space about to be vacated by Messrs Widdup, to meet the board of directors and talk the matter over.
Res. That 2/6 be given to the engineer at Mount Pleasant for the loan of the injector.
Thomas Dent.

September 3rd 1902
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the india rubber rings required by the engineer at WH be ordered.
The boiler reports for both sheds were read from which it appeared that the boilers were in a very good condition.
It was reported to the meeting that Messrs Boocock Brothers, tenants at WH had decided to move their looms to Long Ing Shed when space at that shed was at liberty by the removal of the tenants to the new shed now in the course of erection near Long Ing Shed. [This was the new Moss Shed, opened 1903, and I suspect that this where Widdups were going as well. The Widdup Brothers were part of the consortium building the new shed.]
The secretary was requested to press BUDC to lay the water mains for fire purposes as promised at the beginning of the year.
Thomas Dent.

September 10th 1902
T Dent chair. Mr Atkinson also attended.
Res. That the allowance of 18 hours for holidays be granted to the tenants as previously.
Res. That Messrs Boocock Brothers be allowed to place two looms in their warehouse and that the rent start from the 8th of September.
Res. That Mr Henry Brown be requested to fix a blow-ff valve at the cold end of the economiser at WH Mill.
Res. That Mr Atkinson be requested to ascertain terms on which the plot of land on which our well is situated can be purchased from Mr Roundell. [Note that they refer to 'our well'.]
Res. That Messrs Dent, Wilkinson, King and Brooks meet at CH tomorrow to decide whether or not the cistern should be painted and to instruct Messrs Lofthouse.
Res. That the application from Mr William Perry for the space about to be vacated by Messrs Boocock Brothers be deferred to our next meeting.
Thomas Dent.

September 17th 1902.
T Dent chair.
Res. That accounts should be paid: William Berry £10-17-0. T W Hargreaves 12/3. F R petty £3-10-0. G Proctor (wages) £40-8-6½. Holgate Marsden £132-2-8. W P Brooks 15/3. W Holdsworth £24-6-6.
A letter was read from the BUDC stating that the question of water pipes for fire purposes was receiving their attention.
Res. That the 2/6 charged by the engineer for attendance during the holidays be dis-allowed, the sanction of the managing director not having been first obtained.
Res. Transfer of 1 share from G Harley to A King be registered. Seal cert etc.
A letter was read from Messrs S Pickles and Sons requesting the company to place skylights in the roof of their shed.
The secretary was instructed to inform them that the advantage to be gained from them would be very small and the disadvantage of rain coming through them would be very great.
Res. That the ceiling over Mr Moorhouse's tape be boarded by William Holdsworth.
Res. That the steam pipes at CH Shed be covered with composition by the firm at present working in the town.
Thomas Dent.

September 24th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That the steam pipe conveying steam to Pickles' tape at CH be re-covered where previously covered.
Res. That we remove the drums and refix the partition on Slater Brothers and Dugdale and Dewhurst taking the space of Widdups and that we also give financial assistance to Dugdale and Dewhurst for 70 new looms.
Res. That nothing be done at the moment regarding the paving of the front of the boiler house at CH Shed.
Res. That our work-people at WH take away all the accumulated rubbish behind the boiler house at WH.
Res. That Mr P Barrett opens out the places where leakage is suspected at the WH reservoirs.
Res. That we meet on Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock to consider the water supply and other business, the roll to be called. [Evidently a three-line whip!]
Thomas Dent.

September 27th 1902
Dr Roberts chair.
Res. That we bore to a depth of 100 feet for water on the land south of the reservoirs. [This is the well at the SW corner of the dams that Harold Duxbury marked on the map in my copy of the 1887 sale document.]
Res. That Mr Atkinson employ a well-sinker to do the work.
Res. That Mr Barrett clean out the sand and repair the wall corner of the lodge now uncovered by water.
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

October 1st 1902
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
A letter was read from BUDC reporting the intention of the council to borrow money to lay down water mains in several parts of the town and informing us that no time would be lost in putting the work in hand.
Res. One share for Admiral King be seal cert etc.
A letter was read from S Pickles and Sons asking for a garret and skylight in the winding room top.
Res. That it, together with steam pipe covering be deferred until the next director's meeting. Mr Brooks to obtain particulars for that date.
Res. That the 2/6 dis-allowed on September 17th be allowed and paid to Mr Sneath.
A letter was read from Mr Delaney offering best Haigh Moor Coal at 8/6 per ton. [A remarkably low price.]
Res. That the offer be laid upon the table.
Res. That the engine house gas meter be exchanged if it entails no cost to the CHSC.
Res. That the directors meet Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst and Slater Brothers on Saturday October 4th at 12:30, the roll to be called.
The secretary read the reports of Messrs E Green and Son on the economisers at WH and CH.
Thomas Dent.

October 3rd 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That we continue to bore for water by lowering the existing well at the south corner of WH Mill. [Confusing. It appears that they are going to bore down the existing well. Change of mind? Second option?]
The terms on which Mr Chapman of Salford would let his boring plant or contract to sink for water were read and it was resolved that we hire from him the necessary plant for boring as under and that Mr Atkinson treat for the same.
Plant £9. Foreman ½ per hour. Blacksmith 11d per hour. [The blacksmith is a skilled man to maintain the boring bits.]
Res. That Thomas Brooks [plumber] be instructed to fix the troughing for carrying water from the shed roof at WH providing he can commence the work forthwith.
Thomas Dent.

October 4th 1902
T Dent chair.
Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst and Slater Brothers were present and agreed to have the tape removed from its present position to a place to be agreed upon, the company to take steam thereto.
Mr John Boocock from Boocock Brothers also attended and stated that in all probability they would before long remove their looms to Long Ing Shed.
Thomas Dent.

October 8th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That the roll be marked by figures and not be strokes as hitherto.
Res. That Mr Proctor be requested to write to each applicant for Boocock's space asking them what financial help they will require and to what amount if any.
Res. That two labourers be engaged to help Mr Chapman with the well sinking.
Res. That the windows in the west end of the Tinner's Shop be painted.
Thomas Dent.

October 15th 1902
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That no director be marked present after the roll has been called.
The secretary read the cash account from August 6th to date showing an excess of receipots over payments of £888-17-10. Approved.
The following persons applied for the space to let at WH Mill at present occupied by Boocock Brothers.
Bailey and Roberts. 10 Park Road, Barnoldswick.
J Wright and Co, Cow Pasture farm, Barlick.
Smith Horsfield, farmer, Barlick.
JH and HW Edmondson, 16 Town Head, Barlick.
William Perry, Eaton Bank, Barlick.
Myers and Sneath, Park Road Barlick.
Financial assistance was required by Mr William Perry and all the applicants wished to have 12 weeks grace for gaiting up with the exception of James Wright and Co who would accept 8 weeks grace, (equivalent to £35).
The voting was conducted by ballot, the person receiving the least number of votes being struck out at each round.
The result was that Messrs R Bailey and C W Robert's application was accepted.
Res. That Mr W Holdsworth be requested to repair the floor in Bailey's warehouse and Moorhouse's shed top and that Heap and Thornton repair the roof.
Res. That P Barrett make the shelters for the well borers.
Res. That Alfred Wolfenden be allowed to take fish from the lodges until the 29th of October.
J D Roberts.

October 22nd 1902
Dr Roberts in chair.
Res. That the new gutters at WH be painted inside and out and at the back by Lofthouse. [CI gutters are very durable but fail first at the back because moisture tends to hang on longer there.]
Res. That P Barrett be instructed to cart the sand taken from the WH lodges where directed.
Res. That the brick engine house at WH be offered to Mr Moorhouse as a stable at 9d per week. Alterations and fittings to be made and put in by Mr Moorhouse. [Not one of the main engine houses but a building that is left over from the Bracewell occupation. Perhaps a pump house?]
J D Roberts.

October 29th 1902
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: George Proctor £54-4-2. J W Clough 17/1. H Marsden £191-4-9. Lonsdale Brothers £5-18-3. Burnley Ironworks £3-16-0. Burghope and Strange £6-13-9. Roundell 5/- [rent for well in Eastwood Bottoms is still being paid even though there has been no mention of the ultimatum.] P Barrett £16-3-3.
Res. That the chairman, W P Brooks and T Dent form a deputation to see Messrs S Pickles and Sons re skylights, that they have authority to do the works if skylights will meet their requirements.
It was reported to the meeting that oil had been taken from the engine house at WH.
Res. That the matter be enquired into as no amounts for same had been received.
Res. Transfer of one share from W S Waite to W H Atkinson be registered. Seal cert etc.
The secretary produced a preliminary agreement between [the company] and Bailey and Roberts for taking the space at present occupied by Boocock Brothers.
Res. That the stores set out in Mr Sneath's letter be ordered.
Some conversation took place regarding making an extension at CH Shed. The matter was however left over for further consideration. [Worth noting that the directors are aware of the buoyant demand for space even though Moss Shed is building and other sheds are projected. There is pressure for expansion.]
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

November 5th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That thick glass be slated into the roof of S Pickles and Sons warehouse. [Inserting thick glass in place of slates in a slated roof was a quick but inferior way of letting light in. Quite common but only in low status construction.]
Res. That all the steps, collars etc. [These are all brass bearing components] belonging to the company shall be removed from under the stairs in Mr Moorhouse's warehouse in order that he may have full use of his premises.
Res. That the sheet iron trough from Bailey's tape be repaired by Mr Brooks the plumber and that a new solid wood trough for Bailey be supplied by W Holdsworth.
Res. That the application of the fireman for overtime spent for the well borers be considered when the time spent has been ascertained. [Evidently the boring rig is driven by a steam engine and pressure has to be maintained.]
Thomas Dent.

November 12th 1902.
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the account of J Lofthouse and Son for painting the whole of the company's premises, £129-10-0, be paid.
A letter was read from Mr Moorhouse complaining that the wall of his shed had given way again.
Res. That the wall be pointed by Heap and Thornton. [More subsidence at WH. Re-pointing the wall doesn't seem to be a comprehensive response. I suspect the directors know they have a fundamental problem and taking the least expensive course to keep the tenant happy.]
Res. That the wheel grease, brushes etc. required by the engineers be ordered.
It was reported to the meeting that Messrs Chapman had bored 14ft 6” in the last fortnight and were at present passing through limestone rock.
Res. That four gallons of Whale Oil be ordered for tempering the boring tools. [Whale oil was the favoured medium for tempering steel by heating and quenching. It was not as efficient a coolant as water, gave a slower quench and better results. My father told me it was used in large quantities at Armstrong's at Trafford Park for tempering naval gun barrels. Interesting that the CHSC is supplying it to Chapman.]
Res. That Mr W H Atkinson be requested to survey the plot of land at CH Shed with a view to an extension being erected there and that he obtain particulars of cost and submit the same to the directors as early as possible.
Thomas Dent.

November 19th 1902
T Dent chair.
Res. That the windows and pipes in Windle's water closets be repaired by Mr Barrett.
Res. That J Widdup and Sons be allowed to place two looms in their warehouse, they to pay the cost of fixing drums and rent to commence on the 24th of this month.
Res. That a boiler feed valve be supplied to the boiler at WH by Henry Brown.
Res. That a straw band be wrapped round the exposed [temporary] piping to the boring plant. [Thick straw rope wrapped round the pipe as temporary but effective insulation against heat loss. This plant is a long way from the boiler house and any reduction in heat loss increases efficiency and economy. Surprising it has taken so long to recognise this.]
Res. That BUDC be requested to meet a deputation of directors consisting of the chairman, Barrett and Brooks with reference to the bad condition and re repair of Valley Road.
Thomas Dent.

November 26th 1902
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: H Marsden £242-19-10. T Brooks £23-15-4. G Proctor £45-5-8. W Holdsworth £5-9-6.
Res. That Mr W Holdsworth be requested to supply a small wood staging to level up the flags in Holden's place at CH.
A letter was read from Messrs Widdup and Sons in which they stated that they had not taped any sets of beams for outside firms from March 19th to October 31st 1902.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to them and ask if they had taped any sets for looms other than their own. [Smart! He has spotted the possible ambiguity 'outside'. This could mean outside the mill.]
Res. Loan of £300 be accepted from Mr Thomas Clapham. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the Burnley Ironworks Co be requested to report on the condition of the engine at CH Shed and as to whether it would be capable of turning an extra load of 266 looms. [This is the proposed extension. Worth noting that this process of pushing engines beyond their original design limit will eventually result in serious problems.]
Res. That Messrs Nutter be informed that when we excavate the soil at CH and require it to be removed they shall have it.
It was reported that the boring had now reached a depth of 76ft from the surface or 56ft from the bottom of the well and that they were at present passing through very soft limestone. [This reference 'from the bottom of the well' bothers me because it would seem that they are boring into the old well location mentioned earlier. If my evidence is correct, this is a different location than the well marked on the plan for me by Harold Duxbury which we can take to be accurate. The only alternative I can think of is that there was another old well at the SW corner of the reservoir nearest the sheds. No doubt all will become clear!]
The secretary reported that Mr Atkinson's estimate of the cost for the extension at CH for 266 looms was £2,700, the level of the shed being the same as the present shed. If however the level should be four feet above the present shed the saving would be £200 although the driving would have to be re-arranged.
J D Roberts.

December 3rd 1902
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Mr Atkinson attended with sketches of the proposed extension at CH Shed. He advised the directors to keep the level as the present shed although the cost would be £200 more as he pointed out it would be less trouble in dividing the space on a change of tenancy. [The directors were aware of the desirability of aiming for the ideal size, 400 looms, and would no doubt have this in mind. Many years later I interviewed Victor Hedges, late senior partner at Proctor and Proctor and he told me that I was correct in thinking that this was the most economical unit from both the manufacturer's and the shed company's point of view. He had seen the relative profitability of this scale of divisor compared with the smaller units.] After some discussion on the matter it was:
Res. That we extend the CH Shed subject to the report of the Burnley Ironworks Company on the condition and strength of the engine being sufficient to drive the extra weight and that the sketches submitted by the architect showing the level of the shed floor be the same as the present shed and the warehouse the same level as the loading stage would strike the street be approved.
Res. That Messrs Nutter and Sons' application for this extension be accepted provided they sign an agreement to take the space on the same terms as the other tenants of the company and the space already allotted to them.
Res. That Mr Moorhouse be allowed to fit a Blackman Fan and that we supply a drum for the same. [Driving pulley off the tape room shafting.]
Res. That small ashes be kept separate from the rest and sold at 1/3 per load.
It was reported that the boring had reached a depth of 90ft from the surface or 70ft from the bottom of the well and that the borers were at present passing through very hard limestone.
An account was read from Messrs Chapman amounting to £127-3-11 for boring from the 13th of October to November 29th. (7 weeks)
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

December 10th 1902
Minutes as read.
Res. Transfer of 2 shares from Thomas Pickover to W C Pickover be registered. Seal cert etc.
A letter was read from Charles Thornton, solicitor, giving notice on behalf of John Duckworth's executors for repayment of loan of £700 in one month from the 9th of December.
Res. That the amount be repaid.
A letter was read from J Nutter and Sons in which they thanked the directors for offering them the extension at CH Shed but declining the same on the grounds that 'the new looms are coming out'. (the Northrop). [This is a reference to the improved and more efficient Northrop loom which was a significant advance in technology but in fact never supplanted the plain Lancashire loom in the type of weaving in Barlick. Nutters were still using the old looms when they eventually declined manufacturing late in the century.]
Res. That the question of extending CH Shed be deferred until the next meeting.
The report and estimate of the Burnley Ironworks Co on the engine at CH Shed was read, from which it appears that the engine is strong enough to turn 266 additional looms but that a larger high pressure cylinder would be required, the low pressure cylinder should be bored out and a larger piston fitted. The engine would then be heavily loaded but they suggested speeding it up 10rpm by increasing the size of the second motion pulley. [To keep the shaft speed constant.]
The tender for the new cylinder, boring the LP cylinder and fitting a new piston would be £330 and [plus?] old material and labour. The probable cost of the new second motion pulley would be £100. The diagrams enclosed with the report showed the [present] horse power to be 460.54.
An application for the space at CH Shed was read from Thomas Edmondson.
The well borers were reported to be 96ft from the surface and still passing through very hard limestone.
Res. That the secretary request Messrs Chapman to make a report with regard to testing the well and to ask for an explanation of the slow progress being made.
A Letter was read from Mr James Moorhouse complaining that the small shed adjoining the engine house needed more steam pipes. [Cold weather and the old warming question.]

December 17th 1902.
T Dent chair.
Res. That Chapman be requested to test the supply at the bore hole.
Res. That we accept the loan of £100 or £200 from Luke Suthers.
Res. That a barrel of composition be ordered for WH.
Res. That the broken teeth in the driving wheel of Windle's hoist be pegged by Mr Henry Brown. ['Pegging' was the standard method of repairing broken teeth in a CI gear wheel. Holes were drilled and steel pegs driven in which, after shaping, served as a crude replacement gear tooth.] Proctor Barrett to cover the pulley wheel where water enters Widdup's tape room.
Res. That the ventilators be taken off Pickles' shed roof and that the openings be slated and underdrawn by Heap and Thornton.
Res. That some arrangement be made for carrying [away] the water that enters Nutter's shed and that a new drum be fixed to drive the beaming frames in Holden's warehouse.
Res. That the next meeting be held on the 23rd.
Thomas Dent.

December 23rd 1902
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: J W Green £81-5-0. Union Oil Co £2-15-0. W&J Baldwin 8/5. Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £3-5-0. E Bennis Co 9/9. J W Clough £4-1-0. H Marsden £236-12-6. W P Brooks £1-11-9. Midland Railway Co 13/2.
Res. Loan of £50 from Elizabeth Clark. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the proposed extension at the rear of CH Shed be deferred for a while.
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

December 31st 1902
T Dent chair.
Messrs Green and Sons reports on the economisers were read and they suggest that at WH Mill a tank should be fixed to take the blow-off water.
Res. That Mr Sneath be asked to suggest a size and position for the tank. [No doubt to conserve pre-treated and warm water for return to the boiler.]
Res. That Henry Brown be requested to repair the broken gutter at Nutter's shed.
Res. That the coal supply to both sheds be weighed for one week.
Res. That a Christmas present of 10/- be given to boatmen and carters. [Each?]
Thomas Dent

January 7th 1903
T Dent chair.
Res. Loan of £50 from Greenwood Wilkinson be accepted. Seal cert etc.
Res. Transfer of 19 shares from John Walmsley to George Proctor be registered. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the balance sheet for the half year ending December 31st be approved subject to audit.
Res. That dividend at the rate of 5% per annum be recommended.
The secretary read a letter from Mr James Slater giving six months notice to the company to repay the mortgage of £5000 and interest, now charged on WH Mill.
Notice was also received from Emily Dean for repayment of a loan of £130 and interest in one month from the 27th of December 1902.
Res. That the amounts be paid when due.
Res. That the repairs to the road at CH be done by Mr Shuttleworth.
Res. That the Co-operative Co be asked to state what compensation they require for damage to land rented from the company during well-sinking. That W P Brooks and T Dent be deputed to see the manager.
Res. That the secretary write to Chapman complaining of the slow progress being made with the well boring and suggesting that the company should not be charged for stoppage due to the absence of tools which should be on the premises.
With reference to the absence of the fireman at CH from his work for one month it was resolved that the usual wages be paid and the amount divided amongst the men at WH who did the work during his absence.
The secretary reported that the coal consumption during the half year was 2,238 tons or 89½ tons per week which was the equivalent of 39.2 looms per ton per week. [This suggests 3,508 looms which I think is too high. 2238 divided by 26 weeks is 86 tons per week. Not convinced by these figures.]
Thomas Dent.

January 14th 1903
Res. That sufficient steam be put through Moorhouse's new shed so the temperature will be 50F at 6am. [Statutory minimum at starting time.]
Res. That from the 1st of January coal delivered at CH Shed be calculated at 26cwt a load. [These were two wheeled horse-drawn tipping carts.]
Res. That two shovels and two strong brackets be ordered from Bulcock's [Barlick ironmonger] for WH Mill and two Weed Brooms from Mr Perry, Barnoldswick.
Thomas Dent.

January 23rd 1903
Dr Roberts chair.
Res. That we purchase from the Butts Mill Company Ltd the Butts Mill and Ouzledale Mill for £19,000. This consideration to include all loose effects with the exception of new stores and coal.
[The CHSC now have both the old Bracewell Mills. Butts was built in 1846. Ouzledale Mill is not a weaving shed, it is an old water mill higher up the clough from Clough Mill. In its early days it was a water-powered bobbin and saw mill but at this time is an iron foundry powered by a gas engine. It is unclear why Bracewell bought the Ouzledale Estate in the first place, most probably because he had designs on the water resource which he was never able to realise because Slaters at Clough Mill own the riparian rights up on to the moor.]
No Signature.

General meeting
January 23rd 1903 at Seven Stars
[Printed balance sheet reports net profit for half year as £686-1-1 and disposable balance of £2333-12-1½ after tax.]
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. Balance sheet accepted. Dividend at 5% per annum accepted. Register of share transfers sealed.
Res. That the action of the directors in purchasing Butts and Ouzledale Mills from the Butts Mill Co Ltd be and is hereby approved.
J D Roberts.

January 28th 1903
T Dent chair.
Res. Accounts be paid: Burnley Ironworks 4/3. Henry Brown 17/-. BUDC £2-8-3. Henry Brown £13-6-8. BUDC 3/10. Inland Revenue £131-4-7. Francis and Co 19/6. Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £6-3-0. BUDC £58-150 and £110-10-5. E Bennis and Co 9/9. J R Atkinson 6/-. James Bulcock 9/2. H Marsden £239-1-7. Cash balance, wages and secretary's salary £78-11-8. P Barrett £3-18-0.
The secretary read a letter from John Widdup and Sons dated 24th January in which they gave six month's notice from the 31st of January to terminate their tenancy at WH Mills. [The move to their new Moss Shed at Long Ing.]
Res. Loans of £116 form Luke Suthers and £200 from Nanny Atkinson accepted. Seal cert etc.
It was reported that well boring had reached 109ft from the surface.
Res. That John Horsfield be requested to see the Co-operative Society with regard to their charge of £2-6-4 for inconvenience cause by well boring on land taken from them by the company. [This suggests to me that we are talking about the site marked by Harold Duxbury but I am still not certain.]
Res. That Messrs Pickles be allowed to have a drum fixed at CH for two extra looms.
Res. That Messrs Hartley and Pilgrim be instructed to act on behalf of CHSC in the conveyance of Butts Mill to the company.
Res. That with the approach of the shareholder's meeting the Articles of Association of the company be altered as follows:
That the following Article be inserted after article 6: 6a. The company may, by special resolution, subdivide, of by ordinary resolution, consolidate shares or any of them.
Ditto after Article 30: The directors may from time to time make such calls as they may think fit upon the Members in respect of all moneys unpaid on the shares held by them respectively and not by the conditions of allotment hereof made payable at fixed times, and each member shall pay pay the amount of every call so made on him to the persons and at the times and places appointed by the directors. A call may be made payable by instalments.
Article 34 to be cancelled.
That in Article 42 the figure '500' shall be substituted for the figure '20'. [Number of shares to qualify as director?]
That the following article shall be substituted for Article 56: On a show of hands, every member present in person shall have one vote and in a poll every member present of by proxy shall have one vote for every share held by them.
That in Article 66, the words the words 'one hundred' shall be substituted for the words 'four'.
That the following article be inserted after Article 83: 83a. The directors may vote the managing director(s) such remuneration as they deem expedient.
That the following article shall replace Article 88 (7): The directors may, from time to time, at their discretion, raise or borrow or secure the payment of any sum or sums of money for the purposes of the company.
That the share capital of the company be sub-divided into £1 shares.
That the capital of the company be increased to £25,000.
That 8,100 shares of £1 each be offered to members on the following terms: In proportion to their present share holding. 10/- to be paid on application. 10/- to be paid on allotment. The allotment to remain over until March 11th. That the directors be authorised to dispose of the shares not taken up on such offer as they consider expedient in the interest of the company.
That the directors be authorised to call in the certificates of shares and to issue new certificates.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to call the necessary Extraordinary General Meetings of shareholders for the purpose of obtaining their sanction to the above mentioned matters. To issue the circular letter (the draft of which is hereby approved) to members including the form of application for shares.
Thomas Dent.

Extra ordinary general meeting
January 4th 1903 in the Seven Stars AR.
Dr Roberts chair.
[Changes to Articles of Association detailed and approved.]
Signed J D Roberts.

February 11th 1903
Minutes of all outstanding meetings as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Charles Chapman and Sons £146-12-0. William Berry £10-11-0.
Res. Loans of £100 each from Alfred Horsfield and John Horsfield eb accepted. Seal cert etc.
Res. Transfer of 1 share from William Perry to J R Townson registered. Seal cert etc.
A notice was received from Clara Perry to repay loan of £100.
Res. That it be repaid.
Notices were also read from Henry Holdsworth for £50, T Baxter for £100 and Henry Wilson for £100.
A letter was read from the Barnoldswick Co-operative Society reducing their claim for damage to land from £2-6-4 to £1-15-0.
Res. That it be allowed at that amount.
It was reported that the boring had reached a total depth of 118ft.
Thomas Dent.

February 18th 1903
T Dent chair.
Res. That Messrs S Pickles and Sons be allowed to have the stable at Butts Mill and that Messrs Dent, Holdsworth and Brooks be deputed to fix the rent.
Res. Loans accepted, seal cert etc. C Parker £100. M E Waddington £40.
Thomas Dent.

Extra ordinary general meeting
February 20th 1903 at 6:30pm in Seven Stars AR
Dr Roberts chair.
Meeting confirmed the resolutions carried at the extraordinary general meeting of February 4th as Special Resolutions.
[In addition the following resolutions were passed.]
Res. That in accordance with the power conferred by article 6 the directors be authorised to increase the capital of the company by the creation of 5000 new shares of £1 each.
Res. That in accordance with article 7 the directors be authorised to offer, in the first instance, to the members of the company 8,100 shares in proportion to the number of shares held by them. [The rest of the resolution reiterates the original resolution.]
[I Have not transcribed the whole of the details. If any legal eagle researching the company wants all the details they must go back to the original minutes. My reading of these changes is that with the expansion of the CHSC activities triggered by the purchase of Butts Mill the directors are shifting the company up a gear to give them more scope for managing what is now a very significant holding.]
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

Directors meeting
February 20th 1903
Dr Roberts chair.
Res. Loan of £180 from John Waterworth accepted. Seal cert etc.
It was reported that the [well] boring had reached a depth of 123ft from the surface and that they were still passing through very hard limestone.
Res. That the time of testing of the supply of water from the boring-hole at WH Mill be left in the discretion of W P Brooks, Proctor Barrett and T Dent. [Not a lot of point testing the flow while they are in impermeable strata. They have a tiger by the tail and will have to continue boring until they have broken through this layer before testing. Either that or abandon the well.]
Notice was received from John Pickup to repay£150 of [his] loan account.
Res. That we borrow off and from the Burnley Building Society (The mortgage of £5000 to John Slater having been repaid) the sum of £10,000 on mortgage of the company's WH Mill at 4¼% per annum less tax the preliminary survey fee to be £5-5-0 and a further £5-5-0 fee if the mrtgage be accepted.
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

February 25th 1903
T Dent chair.
Res. That we rent a stable at Butts to S Pickles and Sons at a rent of 1/6 per week and that Proctor Barrett make the necessary alterations.
Boocock Brothers sent a letter giving six months notice to remove from WH Mill.
Res. That a barrel of shafting oil be sent from WH to Butts Mill.
Res. That a cask of wheel grease be ordered from Cresswell's at Bradford for Butts Mill.
Res. That £60 each be paid to Walter Dewhurst and Mrs Dewhurst from their loan accounts.
Res. That a load of Wheel Stones be ordered from Edward Smith for Calf Hall Lane, 18” X 8”. [I've never come across this descriptive name before. It was common practice to lay dressed stone blocks in a narrow roadway where the wheels always ran in the same track. This made a more durable surface and prevented ruts forming in the surface.]
Res. That Henry Brown fix a 2 1/8” shaft to be used as a counter [shaft] for Dugdale and Dewhurst and that he supply the drums the company has to find. [A countershaft is an auxiliary shaft driven off the main shafting by gears or ropes to give a power source in a position which would otherwise be too remote from the main driving shaft.]
Res. That Proctor Barrett take the levels from the economiser well at WH to the front of the boiler house with a view of ascertaining if we can drain them in that way. [This is from the tank installed to collect the water blow down from the economisers and the intention I think is to get the water back to the hot well as it is already treated and warm. A valuable commodity if you are seeking economy.]
Res. That we ask Mr William Bailey if it will be agreeable for the company to take steam through his shed to Dugdale and Dewhurst's tape.
Thomas Dent

March 4th 1903.
T Dent chair.
Res. Accounts be paid: G Proctor, cash balance £125-6-4½. J R Atkinson 7/6. Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £5-15-0. H Marsden £292-15-0.
A letter was read from the Craven Manufacturing Company [Butts] with reference to the water closets.
Res. That it be returned to the tenants. [Not clear why. Perhaps the new tenants have to realise that they have to approach the CHSC directors in a different way than when dealing with the former Butts Mill Co. There is of course always the fact that until the conveyance is signed the CHSC aren't responsible.]
Notice having been received from the following persons:
Res. That the following amounts be repaid: Henry Holdsworth £100-14-2. J Edmondson £45. [This entry repeated, mistake?] T Baxter Senior £100-14-2.
Res. Loan of £50 be accepted from W F Suthers. Seal cert etc.
Thomas Dent.

Extra ordinary meeting
March 11th 1903 in Seven Stars AR at 7pm.
Dr Roberts chair.
Notice calling the meeting having been read it was unanimously resolved:
That the following resolution which was passed at the Extraordinary meeting of February 20th be confirmed as a Special Resolution.
“That each of the present £25 shares be converted to 25 fully paid up One Pound shares”. [This explains the alteration in the director's share qualification.]
J D Roberts

March 11th 1903
Director's meeting
Dr Roberts chair.
Res, That the Common Seal of the Company be affixed to the transfer of mortgage of WH Mill to the Burnley Building Society and to the memorial for registration in respect of the same.
Res. That the transfer fees charged by the company be at the rate of 1d per share with a minimum charge of 6d.
Res. That loans of £200 each by Edna Windle and Sarah Turner Windle be accepted. Seal cert etc.
Res. That two casks of cylinder oil and one cask of engine oil be ordered from Messrs Brooksbank for Butts Mill.
J D Roberts.

[It may be useful to append research on Butts Mill done by my friend Geoff Shackleton.

The main driving engines for the spinning mill were a pair of large beam
engines.
The new boilers from Sandbeds [Keighley] were delivered in March 1862 (ref Keighley
News)
In 1885 there were three steam engines. The large double beam engines for
the spinning mill, a pair of horizontal engines reported as having
stopped a large portion of the mill due to a 'countershaft failure' and a
McNaughted beam engine of 150ihp that drove a sizeable pair of double
diagonal ram pumps. It was this latter engine that was auctioned in 1890.
I can't fathom what the ram pumps were for, unless it was for a large
water extraction from a well. That sort of engine only seemed to exist
for water supplies to dye-works and the like so I am confused. The ram
pumps were made by William Bracewell in 1872 which is probably the date of
the beam engine too because the engine and pumps were a sort of integral
design.
In August 1888 the mill closed due to the chancery proceedings and
Billycock's' executors then tried to sell the mill. It was reported as
let to Messrs Eastwood and Bradley in October 1889 and in February 1890 it
was reported that the spinning mill was being pulled down. In May 1891
the mill was reported as being converted to a weaving shed and that
Messrs. Eastwood and Maudsley were about to move their looms from Long
Ing Shed to Butts.
In April 1895 it was reported that tenants had been found for the 'two new
sheds at Butts Mill'. (These seem to have been built where the spinning
mill stood.)
In May 1897 'the engine broke down stopping all 2000 looms'. (Now which
engine is that? Not the Musgrave because.........lots of other types of
breakdowns followed and ......)
June 1899 'A new engine is being put in at Butts Weaving Shed
Barnoldswick. Some alterations in the shafting have have been found
necessary and consequently the whole of the 2000 looms have been stopped'.
(This I think must be the Musgrave.)
July 1899 'Butts Mill with 1700 looms. The new engine has arrived and
got into position. Last Thursday morning week the place was restarted.
( This even sounds like a second hand engine was being delivered.)
December 1899 'Butts Mill has passed into the hands of Thomas Hodgkinson
who for many years was manager and secretary of Butts Mill Company.'
September 1900 'Messrs. S. Pickles have taken over the business at Butts
Mill which is understood will be conducted co-jointly with their business
at Calf Hall Shed'.
Regarding the Musgrave engine, there is a Burnley Ironworks record of
supplying a High Pressure Corliss cylinder to the Calf Hall Shed Company,
Butts Mill in 1921 which was 26ins. dia. and 6ft. stroke which proves the
stroke. Unfortunately there were around 24 6ft. stroke cross-compound
engines by Musgrave. Half went abroad so that leaves about 12 to track
down! All these engines were made between 1880 and 1889. Most were
stated to be 50 or 54rpm but the one with the largest cylinders seems to
be the only one stated as 40rpm and I think that Butts ran at 38rpm. If
this was the engine then the cylinders were 32” + 56” and the air pump was 39 ”
x 32”.

Subsequent research has strengthened the opinion that the Musgrave engine was second-hand when installed at Butts in 1899. This engine was used until the mill eventually closed and was always a source of trouble. Far too heavy, badly designed and ran too slow. It was described by Newton Pickles as a “wastrel”. He and his father worked on it and knew it well.]

March 14th 1903
Dr Roberts chair.
Mr Parkinson, a former employee of the Butts Mill Co pointed out to the directors the position of the drains. [They have to get acquainted with their new mill and experience like this is very useful.]
Res. That the window in Horsfield's winding room and the warehouse door in Bradley's portion of the shed [Butts] be repaired by William Holdsworth.
J D Roberts.

March 18th 1903
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: J R Atkinson 13/6. Chapman and Sons £66-14-9. Southern and Fullalove £40-15-0. J Delaney £94-17-0. Henry Brown £8-3-0. E Eastwood £5-12-4. C Blakey £4-2-6.
Res. That the secretary give three days notice to John Sagar and Read Brothers to pay their accounts for ashes.
The secretary gave full particulars of the rents payable by all the tenants at Butts Mill.
A letter was read from John Wilson [tenant] of Butts Mill with reference to making the shed doors open as required by the Inspector. [Factory Inspector? Backlog of essential repairs?]
Res. That the secretary be instructed to reply that the matter is having their [the director's] consideration.
Res. That 7552 of the shares in the company at £1 each be allotted to the several persons in that behalf named in the application and allotment sheets submitted to this meeting so that each allottee shall receive an allotment of the number of shares set opposite his name and that notice of each allotment shall be given to each allottee.
Res. That 508 shares still unapplied for be offered to the shareholders of the company who have applied for additional capital and to the transferees who have sold their allotments in proportion to their holdings.
[A good result for the CHSC. There has been a good take-up of the new shares, a sign of confidence in the shareholders and indicative of the general state of trade.]
Res. That Messrs Chapman (the well borers) and Mr Atkinson be requested to meet the directors with reference to the boring.
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

March 25th 1903
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
A letter was read from Messrs Chapman and Sons in which they offered to reduce the price of hire by 20% or to contract for the next fifty feet at £3-15-0 per foot, we to provide steam. They also gave a price for a deep borehole pumping engine fixed and set to work to raise about 5,000 gallons an hour from a depth of 250ft at £265.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to see Messrs Chapman with a view to obtaining a larger deduction from the present terms. [As I remarked before, the directors are in unknown territory here. You'd think that after the hard rock band there was every chance that the bore would break into better ground in which case the price of £3-15-0 per foot could look very expensive. Alternatively they can take the gamble of carrying on at the hourly rate. Their problem is that they are dealing with an unknown and I don't really understand what basis there is for even discussing the size of any pump when the bore has yet to be proven. I say this because if it had, why are they still entertaining going even deeper? No doubt all will become clear.]
Res. That a 2” steam tap [valve] and a steam trap [a device for unloading condensed water from a steam main but not allowing live steam to escape.] for Dugdale and Dewhurst's tape be ordered from Henry Brown.
The secretary reported that Mr John Wilson's tenancy at Butts Mill would terminate on the 31st of March and that he had proposed the following terms for the continuation of the tenancy: The tenancy of the shed which is capable of holding 404 40” looms but in which he has placed 436 looms at an average width [reed space] of 34” be as follows; 40/- per loom for 404 looms and 20/- for 32 looms. £90 per annum per 400 looms for his tape. Other conditions of the tenancy be as the CH and WH tenants.
Res. That the terms be approved and submitted to Mr Wilson for his acceptance.
It was reported that the boring had reached a depth of 160ft from the surface and they were now making progress at about 4ft per day. [Sounds as though they are into better ground. Things are looking up!]
Thomas Dent.

April 1st 1903
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Royal Insurance Co £14-16-9. Sun Insurance Office £17-10-0. R Hindle £6-5-0. W P Brooks £3-19-5.
Mr John Wilson of Butts Mill having requested the directors to reduce the price of 4 looms which are badly situated from 40/- to 20/-:
Res. That the rent be based as follows: 400 looms at 40/- and 36 looms at 20/-.
Res. That £2,000 be accepted from Mr Edmund Halstead on loan at the usual terms: 4% per annum subject to one month notice. Seal cert etc.
The secretary reported that Messrs Chapman could not see their way to quote a lower price than that presented to the last meeting.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to obtain further information with regard to the cost of pumping the present bore hole or boring a smaller hole and that he should confer with Mr Atkinson of Colne on the matter. [Chapman is on a good wicket. Why should he agree to a lower price when he has the directors in a cleft stick?]
J D Roberts.

April 8th 1903
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Letters were read from Mr John Wilson of Butts Mill requesting the directors to reconsider their decision as to the price for the tape.
Res. That the previous arrangement be adhered to.
Res. That the basis of rent for the Butts Mill tenants be as follows:
40/- per loom for the number of looms the shed is capabler of holding on a 40” basis and 20/- for each loom more than the capacity on the above basis. £90 per annum for the tape per 400 looms (actual) in the shed with a sliding scale of 6d per loom for each 5d per ton in the price of coal. That the secretary be instructed to write to all of the tenants (Except those having leases.) [It looks as though the Butts Mill Co has let some of the space on a different basis than CHSC practice.] informing them of the resolution and asking them if they are agreeable and will comply with the same.
It was reported that boring had reached 189ft from the surface.
Res. That the present boring operations be stopped and that the secretary instruct Messrs Chapman to take away their boring plant at once and that the vice chairman, the managing director and W Holdsworth form a deputation to see to the quick removal of the plant. The cost of the boring from the 26th of March was £492-14-2 exclusive of steam. [If we use the conservative multiplier of 100x this is at least £50,000 in today's values. A considerable sum.]
Res. That a cheque be drawn for 30/- to the credit of C Blakey for Workman's Compensation at the rate of 10/- per £100 on £300 [cover] for workmen at Butts Mill.
Res. That 28lbs of rope composition be ordered for CH Shed.
J D Roberts.

April 15th 1903
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
The secretary read letters from several firms giving particulars of pumps for testing the water supply from the borehole. A quotation was read from Mr Thomas Matthews of Pendleton [Near Manchester] offering the loan of a pump capable of lifting from five to eight thousand gallons of water per hour from 100/120ft deep for 20/- per day of ten hours we to pay the men's time, wages and lodgings during erection. [Perhaps worth noting for non-technical researchers that we aren't talking about modern electrically driven submersible pumps. This pump will be the standard type of force pump used in deep mines and wells. A suction pump will not do because it is limited to a maximum lift of 25ft, the limit of possibility using atmospheric pressure. Such a pump uses a force pump and clack box [non-return valve] and is driven mechanically by a rod from the surface. This rod is actuated either by an independent steam engine or from shafting connected to the main engine. This is a serious piece of engineering and erection. Further, we have seen no mention of the diameter of the bore. We have a contemporary example in the deep bore sunk at Whitemoor to supplement the output from the original well. This was about 14” diameter, some of the cores still survive in Letcliffe Park. This would be the minimum necessary to accommodate the pump, the rods and the riser pipe from the pump. We are safe in assuming that the bore at WH is at least this size. It later transpires that the pump is steam driven but this diameter bore would still be the minimum required.]
Res. That the secretary be requested to ascertain whether the pump is driven by steam or by power and when satisfied that the test can be made with little preparation to instruct Mr Matthews to make the test.
The secretary reported that the quantity of water now being pumped into the dams from the well in John Wraw's meadows [Tenant of Roundell land in Eastwood Bottoms] was from four to five thousand gallons per hour.
Res. That Proctor Barrett to open the drain in the meadow on the south side of WH and pipe the water down to the well above the present bore hole. [Confusing. This is spare land at the south side of WH Mill and alongside Wellhouse Road. Why not pipe it directly into the dams? Is 'the well above the present bore hole the 'Old well'?]
Res. That we advertise for an engineer at Butts Mills.
Res. That Mr Moorhouse's drum and the company's drum be valued by Henry Brown and that there be no exchange of Mr Moorhouse's is the more valuable.
The managing director reported that the settlement of the flags in Pickles' portion [CH] was due to subsidence of the soil and not to the giving way of the girders over the beck. [The culvert conveying Calf Hall Beck ran under the shed.]
J D Roberts.

April 22nd 1903
J D Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
A letter was read from Mr T Matthews advising the directors that the test engineers always advocated a ten day night and day test for bore holes. As the pump was driven by steam it was considered advisable to make a thorough test.
Several applications for the post of engine-man at Butts Mill when it was resolved that the names of Edward Watson, G H Watson and A Hogarth be put to the vote.
Res. That Ed Watson be not appointed to the position and that A Hogarth's application to fill the position at 38/- per week be accepted.
Res. That one cask of compound for WH Mill and packings for Butts be ordered.
Res. That 548 shares in the capital of the company of £1 each be allotted to the several persons in that behalf named in the application and allotment sheets submitted to this meeting so that each allottee shall receive an allotment of the number of shares opposite his name and that notice of each allotment be given to the respective allottees.
J D Roberts.

April 29th 1903
Dr Roberts chair.
Res. That accounts be paid: E Green and Sons £4. Burnley Building Society £32-12-6. Cresswell Asbestos Co £3-2-2. S Cooke and Co £3-14-3. S Greenwood £4-13-0. J R Atkinson 6/-. E Brooksbank and Co £12-0-6. C Chapman and Sons £117-19-2. P Barrett £14-19-6½. BUDC £6-12-8½. H Marsden £187-10-4. G Proctor £146-17-7. Midland Railway Co £8-19-9.
Res. That the transfer fees on the transfer of shares from William Perry to himself and Mrs Perry be remitted.
It was reported that Mr Matthew's pump had arrived and was being fixed on the bore hole.
Res. That the supply of coal to Butts Mill would run out on the 30th of April.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to ask Mr Delaney for his best terms to continue the supply.
The secretary presented a plan of Ouzledale Mill sent by the solicitors to the vendors of Butts Mill and reported that, after a survey of the land by one or two directors, the plan was found not to include the large dam which was most essential to the purchase. [Indeed! The dam at Ouzledale had the same water resource as Clough Mill and even though the riparian rights were owned by the Slaters at Clough, the facility of water power at Ouzledale was the right of the mill. A surprising omission, no doubt all will become clear.]
Res. That the vendors of the premises be asked to have a proper survey made and a large scale map be attached to the Conveyance of the property.
Res. That Dugdale and Dewhurst's tape rent start on the 27th of April. [WH]
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

May 6th 1903
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That until the new scrips be issued, the company's fees of 1d per share from joint to separate names or separate to joint names, be remitted.
A letter was read from John Delaney quoting 11/6 per ton for South Bretton Steam Nuts delivered at Barnoldswick station from May 1st to April 30th 1904.
Res. That the letter be laid on the table.
Res. That a new belt 13 yards by 4” be ordered for Nutter's tape at CH.
Res. That the floor be repaired by W Holdsworth and the roof by Heap and Thornton in the Craven Manufacturing Company's premises at Butts Mill.
Res. That the co fix new glass to the skylights at Nutters WH[?]
Res. That 32 yards of ½” economiser rope [For driving the scrapers from the shafting] be ordered for CH Shed and one No. 7 long-handled shovel and two mill buckets for WH. [This will be a firing shovel. Shovel sizes were traditionally described by numbers from 1-12.]
The committee appointed to value the desks at Butts Mill reported that there were two desks 6ft long with mahogany tops and fronts and that in their opinion the value was £4-10-0 each.
Res. That they be sold for £8-10-0 to whoever will give the price.
A letter was read from Peter Heaton giving notice that he was leaving the employ of the company on the 30th of May.
Thomas Dent.

May 13th 1903
Dr Roberts chair.
Res. That the transfer of the new shares be sanctioned.
Res. That Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst be allowed to have a donkey engine [for tape driving when main engine was stopped] on condition that the exhaust steam is turned outwards, through the wall and over the dam. [So that the condensate in the exhaust drops in the dam.]
Res. That the engine men at each of the mills be instructed to examine all the donkey engines and report on the condition of each. [It was in the company's interest to have the tenants keep them in good condition to minimise steam usage. This wasn't a priority for the tenant.]
Res. That four casks of oil for Butts Mill and a cask of engine oil for WH be ordered and that Mr Joseph Petty be instructed to cover the steam pipe to Dugdale Dewhurst's tape.
Res. That accounts be paid: W J Varley £2-2-6. H Brown £31-8-0.
It was reported to the meeting [that Matthew's men had] commenced to pump from the bore hole, the pump being 120ft down from the surface and 60ft from the bottom [of the bore] and it was advisable to continue the pumping for at least a week longer.
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

May 19th 1903
T Dent chair.
It was reported that the pump at the bore hole had ceased to lift although the well was full. Mr Matthew's expert of Manchester attended and informed the directors that in his opinion there was sufficient water for our purposes. Viz. Fully 4000 gallons per hour and quoted prices for pumps capable of lifting this amount of water.
Res. That he be instructed to take up the pipes, remove the present pump, ascertain the largest pump that could be put down within 10 or 15ft from the bottom (6” or 7”) and give a definite quotation for a pump driven by power from the shed fixed complete, we putting in the foundation and bringing power to the top of the well.
Res. That the offer of Mr Proctor of £4 for the table at Butts be accepted.
Thomas Dent.

May 18th 1903 [sic]
T dent chair.
The pump at WH having ceased to lift water it was resolved that Mr Matthews of Pendleton Manchester be requested to meet the directors.
Thomas Dent.

May 28th 1903
T Dent chair.
Res. Accounts be paid: J Delaney £241-17-0. James Bulcock 19/8 [One No. 7 shovel and two buckets?] J Eastwood £5. Heap and Thornton £39-10-0. G Proctor wages £67-3-5. Henry Brown £33-5-0. J R Atkinson 12/-.
A letter was read from Dugdale and Dewhurst requesting the directors to allow them three month's grace for the tape sizing machine.
Res. That as the tape had been running for looms that are already gaited the request be not considered.
A report on the condition of the donkey engines at WH Mill was read.
Res. That we write to each of the tenants excepting Messrs Widdup calling their attention to the facts there set out.
Res. That the pulsometer [pump] be sent back to J R Atkinson.
Res. That in the case of transfer from separate to joint names or joint to separate names in the case of husband and wife only the company charge be 1/- for the certificate.
Res. That Mr Proctor be allowed to take the rack and desk at Butts Mill at such a price as he thinks reasonable.
Thomas Dent.

June 3rd 1903
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
A letter was read from the Craven Manufacturing Company [Note. The Craven Man. Co was started in 1900 at Butts Mill by Stephen Pickles and his brother. It was a separate entity to S Pickles and Sons at CH Shed.] which stated that their arrangement with the Butts Mill Co was to pay the rent three months after it became due and that they had paid a shilling per loom per week less than the Long Ing Shed Co whose rate at the present time was 37/7 1/5d per loom per annum.
Res. That the Craven Man Co be informed of the terms of the resolution passed on April 8th last with reference to the price for room and power at Butts Mill. And that the secretary be instructed to take such steps as were necessary to enforce the arrangement by giving notice to terminate the tenancy if necessary.
Res. That Mr Proctor's offer of £4-5-0 for the desk and rack in Butts Mill Office be accepted.
Res. That a new steam trap be ordered for the main steam line at Butts Mill.
The engineers at Butts Mill and CH Shed reported that the donkey engines of their places were in fair condition. [Worth noting that the engine tenters in Barlick were a close-knit lot and drank in the same pub. They swapped news and information and very little went on in the mills that they weren't aware of.]
As the tenancy of the water rights in Eastwood Bottoms would terminate at the end of this week it was resolved that Mr Proctor Barrett and the secretary be requested to see the Agent of the Roundell Estate with a view to the extension of the tenancy and that the settlement and terms be left in their hands. [Not surprising in view of there being no clear resolution of the problems with the new borehole. The option of the Corn Mill water from BUDC is still available but one wonders why, when they tried it before, they didn't carry on with it. I think that the director's plan was to ensure the water supply at WH Mill by means that were under their complete control. Until this happens they are hostages to fortune. Consider how much the supply from the Bowker Drain was worth to them.]
Res. That the Midland Railway account of £4-7-4 be paid.
Res. That prices be obtained for the scrap at Butts Mill.
Res. That the transfer of 191 shares from B Windle to B&E Windle be registered. Seal cert etc.
Thomas Dent.

June 10th 1903
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That loan of £20 from Mrs W C Dewhurst be accepted. Seal cert etc.
Letters were read from Anthony Carr and the Craven Manufacturing Co with reference to their tenancies at Butts Mill.
Quotations for old metal were received from Messrs White and Pilling. [Ironfounders and loom manufacturers of Colne.]
The secretary was requested to obtain information as to whether the prices [quoted for scrap] were delivered at Barnoldswick or Colne.
Res. That the goods required by the engineer at WH Mill be ordered but only ¼ gross of laces. [A gross was 12 dozen,144. These will be the leather laces almost universally used for jointing leather belts at this time, later supplanted by patent metal fastenings.]
The deputation appointed to see Mr C S Roundell's agent reported that they had agreed a yearly tenancy (commencing June 7th) of the water rights for £10 per annum.
Res That the agreement which was read referring to this water right be approved and sealed. [Relief all round I should imagine!]
The secretary produced a Conveyance and assignment of the freehold and Leasehold premises known as Butts Mill and the freehold premises known as Ouzledale Saw Mill Estate, both situate in Barnoldswick, conveying the properties from the Butts Mill Co and their mortgagees (The Craven Bank, Skipton.] to CHSC Ltd.
The conveyance having been considered it was resolved that the common seal of the company be affixed thereto. Usual witnesses to this.
Res, That the common seal of the co be affixed to the form of Memorial of Deed referring to the same property. [This was the notification which was required to be lodged with the courts at Wakefield. Barnoldswick was administered from the West Riding.]
Res. That the hoist in the Craven Mn Co portion of Butts mill be repaired by W Holdsworth.
Res. That the secretary's salary be increased to £100 per annum and that Mr Wood be paid an honorarium of £5-5-0 for extra work involved in the purchase of Butts Mill. [I'm not sure but this might be Edward Wood, a colleague of George Proctor. If so we will meet him again as he was the engineering expert.]
Res. That the tables in the office at WH Mill be offered to Mr Moorhouse at 30/- and 18/- respectively providing that the directors move to the office at Butts Mill. [Butts was nearer the centre of the town and more convenient for meetings.]
Thomas Dent.

June 17th 1903
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: E Brooksbank and Co £15-15-8. John Wilson £1-14-2. S Greenwood £2-5-0. J W Green £120-5-0. BUDC water 10/-. H Marsden £204-8-0. J Hart 16/7. Wages £58-12-1. James Cooper 7/6. J Delaney £132-11-0. Henry Banks £8-13-1. Henry Brown £1-13-0. Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £5-10-0. J E Whitaker £3-6-6.
Res. That Mr T Matthews be asked to meet the board on Wednesday with regard to the bore hole.
Res. That Messrs Dent and Holt be instructed to fit a new middle gate to the hoist in Bailey's warehouse and a bottom gate to the hoist in Bradley Brothers WH.
A letter was read from the secretary conveying his thanks to the directors for granting him an increase of salary and a letter from the Craven Manufacturing Co asking for corrected rent accounts on the basis of the Long Ing Shed Co, Barlick.
Mr Brooks reported that from the top of the borehole to 85ft down the hole was 3ft 6” out of plumb and from 85ft to 170ft down 3ft out.
The secretary reported that the total amount owing to the bank (after purchasing Butts Mill) was about £4,000.
J D Roberts.

June 24th 1903
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: W P Brooks £6-16-6. C Blakey £40-7-0. S Eastwood £5-7-0.
The secretary read the correspondence with ref to the Craven Manufacturing Co's tenancy at Butts Mill and gave particulars of the coal consumption at CH Shed, WH Mill and Butts Mill.
In the case of Butts Mill, for the four months ending May 31st the cost was 15/2 per loom per annum with Monk Bretton coal at 11/6 per ton with 6d for carriage.
In the case of running WH Mill and CH Shed together the cost was13/1 per loom per annum with Altham coal at an average price of 11/1 per ton delivered in the boiler houses.
Res. That Altham coal be used at Butts Mill and that the secretary obtain information from Holgate Marsden with ref to carting. [These figures bear out what Johnny and Newton Pickles always contended about the Musgrave engine at Butts. It was a big, heavily built, slow running wastrel and a mistake.]
Tenders for ashes and [flue] dust at Butts Mill were considered.
Res. That Proctor Barrett tender of £5 per annum be accepted, the place to be cleared every week.
Mr Matthews of Manchester attended with ref to the borehole and he quoted, for one of his patent 6” pumps placed 100ft below the surface, £145 for the first 50 ft and 24/- for every foot additional, delivered and fixed on our foundation. He explained that because the bore was 3ft 6” out of plumb it was impossible to put a pump at a greater depth than 100ft. [The pump rods would be rubbing against the wall of the bore and would be a cause of endless trouble.]
J D Roberts and Thomas Dent.

July 1st 1903
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Hartley and Pilgrim for professional services for completing the purchase of Butts Mill and the Ouzledale Estate and stamp duty thereon £154-14-0. Midland Railway Co for carriage £2.
The secretary reported re Anthony Carr's tenancy [Butts] that he had 2 1/5 yards per loom. [From later entries it appears that this is warehouse room per loom.]
Res. That the allowance made to him be £2-12-0 per annum.
The tenants application for an allowance during stoppage for bad trade was considered.
Res. That the saving in coal effected by the stoppage of the engine in any of the company's mills be allowed to the tenants of that mill or mills in proportion to the number of looms possessed by each tenant provided that this allowance shall not be granted to any tenant of the company who has not agreed to the terms fixed by the directors. [Clever stuff! An incentive to the rogue tenants to stop quibbling over new terms and fall into line. Note that the amount of the reduction is in the control of the directors. The general principle behind this is important in view of future developments. There are two main components of cost in running a mill, the day to day running costs like energy, wages and maintenance and the fixed costs like rates, ground rent and heating for maintenance. The first can be related to the number of looms, the second remain the same regardless of the number of looms but can be allocated on a loom basis. Where this principle becomes important is when there is a reduction in the number of looms from maximum capacity, the amount of fixed costs allocated per loom rises as the number of looms falls. Bear this in mind when mills begin to be run at reduced capacity towards the end of the industry.]
Messrs Slater Brothers attended before the board with reference to the building of a warehouse and office at the end of their shed. [WH]
Res. That the question of moving drums and steam pipes in Pickles' shed at CH be left in the hands of the chairman, Mr Perry, Mr Brooks and W Holdsworth.
The secretary reported that Holgate Marsden's prices for carting coal from Coates Wharf were as follows:
WH Mill 5d per ton. Butts Mill 8d per ton. CH Shed 9d per ton. [Approx. 1 ton 6cwt per load so per load: WH 6½d. Butts 10½d. CH 1/-.]
Res. That the whole of the coal carted to Butts in the first week be weighed.
Thomas Dent.

July 8th 1903
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Thomas Matthews well testing £66-13-0. Burnley Building Soc interest £106-5-0. BUDC general rate (CH £58-15-0. WH £110-10-5. Butts £80) £249-5-5. Repayment of loan and interest to Exors of Jane Rudd £349-11-7.
The committee appointed to see Pickles reported that they had agreed to move drums if Pickles and Sons would move the steam pipes.
Res. That the cistern (1), Well (2), Arches and caul (3) be cleaned out at [CH] and that the following amounts be paid respectively: (1) 10/-. (2) 20/-. (3) 40/-. and that the times of cleaning out be left for future consideration.
Res. That the insurance on Butts Mill, at present £12,000 be re-approved.
Res. That Eastwood's rent for the stable at Butts for one horse be 1/- per week and for two, 2/-. Commencing July 13th 1903.
Reports on the economisers at CH and WH were read.
Thomas Dent.

July 15th 1903
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That H Marsden's account of £203-6-0 be paid.
The secretary gave particulars of Horsfield Brother's warehouse room at Butts Mill showing that they had 2.12 yards per loom and that to provide them with 2.5 yards per loom (on account og inconvenience) would cost £4-1-3 per annum.
Res. That this amount to be allowed from the [annual] rent paid by them.
Res. That the next supply of composition [boiler water] ordered for CH should be purchased from the Anti-Incrustation Co of Bolton.
Res. That flags in Bradley's, Holden's and Pickles' sheds be repaired by Mr Barrett and that an automatic flushing cistern be fixed by Mr Barrett in J Wilson's warehouse. [water closets?]
Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst attended before the directors and requested that offices should be built outside their shed as they were short of warehouse room. It was pointed out to them that they had increased their number of looms voluntarily and had also fixed a tape and that the directors could not place any further load on the engine. The directors feel that no buildings outside the present shed should be erected. [Difficult to see how an office would place more load on the engine, perhaps there is something that isn't mentioned. On a general principle the directors would be against any outbuildings which might interfere with further building on the site.]
Res. That Proctor Barrett be requested to cover up the bore-hole [With the use of the Eastwood Bottoms well assured under the new agreement with the Roundell Estate the pressure for the independent supply from the bore hole is no longer there and the directors have evidently decided that there is no need at present for further expense on the bore. I can imagine them justifying the expense as an insurance policy for the future if ever circumstances change.] and that Messrs Ellison and Co be requested to overhaul the shafting and report on the piston at Butts Mill and get a tender for the work. [I wonder why Ellison's [of Skipton] have been given this task. Perhaps they have been associated with maintenance of the Musgrave engine under the Butts Mill Co and understand the problem from experience. For instance, they may have stripped the piston out at some point for inspection. No point repeating such a major task if it can be avoided.]
[No signature]

July 21st 1903
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the balance sheet as read be approved subject to audit etc.
Res. That a dividend of 5% per annum be paid on the whole of the capital of the co including the new capital, for the half year ending June 30th last.
Res. That an extra ordinary meeting of the CHSC be called for July 31st for the purpose of altering the Articles of Association in order that the qualification to act as director should be increased to £200.
Res. That the question of the tenancy of the Craven Manufacturing Co be left with the secretary.
The secretary gave full particulars of the re-apportionment of the insurance on Butts Mill to £7000 from £12000.
Res. That an insurance of £2000 be placed on one year's rent of the warehouse at Butts Mill.
Res. That Messrs Ellison and Co's tender of £103 for the alteration of belt-driving to wheel gear driving at Butts Mill be accepted provided they guarantee the work for six weeks after completion. [All the information I have about the Musgrave engine is that it was a gear drive to the second motion shaft. This is a big job and it seems as though this is a big belt drive somewhere in the power transmission train where a change in shaft level is accommodated by this belt drive.]
J D Roberts.

July 29th 1903
T dent chair.
Res. That the Slater Brother's application for the company to whitewash the accommodation about to be occupied by them be not entertained. [WH?]
Res. That the fishing rights for Springs Dam be advertised.
Res. That Joseph Sneath [engineer] be allowed to have a plot of land at WH Mill, the terms to be arranged by Messrs Dent and Brooks.
Res. That W Crowther be paid overtime for making steam for the well borers.
Res. Loan of £20 accepted from J&B Edmondson. Seal cert etc.
Res. That Mr B Uttley's opinion as to the adoption of Metallic Packings on Butts Mill engine be obtained.
Res. That the Low Pressure piston at CH be bored out and a new piston fitted.
Res. That P Barrett be instructed to build a wall and fill in a space of 3ft 6” from the Ouzledale House in place of the present bridge [over the original leat to the water wheel from the dam, now redundant as water power isn't being used.] and fix a hand rail.
[No signature]

July 31st 1903
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: T Dent £20. C Blakey £2. G Proctor £50. S Cooke and Co £3-2-0. G Proctor cash balance £35-5-1. [George appears to be running an Imprest Account for wages etc. This is an account in his name or that of his company Proctor and Proctor from which he disburses moneys and accounts for them to the board upon which accounting they top up the account to a previously agreed level. I ran such an account with the Ellenroad Trust for years and it was a very efficient way of allowing a trusted servant to take action in financial matters.] Cresswell Asbestos Co £10-1-10. Burnley Ironworks Co 4/4. J W Clough 7/-. W Hough and Co 2/3. Francis and Co 1/8. Midland Railway Co £2-3-6. James Bulcock 18/-. James Petty £14-11-0. J Delaney £63-7-0. BUDC ½. James proctor Ltd 16/6. W J Varley £3-1-0.
Res. That the fixing of Metallic Packings to the engine at Butts be deferred for six months.
J D Roberts.

General meeting in Seven Stars AR
July 31st 1903. 7pm
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes of last general meeting as read.
Res. Balance sheet and report adopted. Dividend of 5% per annum adopted. Retiring directors re-elected. Director's remuneration fixed at £40 per annum. C Blakey re-appointed as auditor at an increased rate of £5 per annum. Register of share transfers sealed.
J D Roberts.

Extraordinary meeting same date and venue.
Dr Roberts chair.
Res. That the Articles of Association be altered: That in Article 66 the words “two hundred” shall be substituted for the words “one hundred”. [Number of shares need for qualification to be a director.]
J D Roberts.

August 12th 1903
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Perry, Barrett, Horsfield, King, Baxter, Wilson and W Holdsworth.
Res. That Dr Roberts be appointed chairman and Thomas Dent as vice chair for the ensuing year.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Holgate Marsden £332. R Lowcock £1-1-0.
Res. Loan of £10 from J&B Edmondson be accepted. Seal cert etc.
Letters were read from the Anti-Incrustation Co with reference to the boiler composition for CH, from the Vulcan Insurance Co with ref to inspection of the boilers at Butts Mill and from The Craven Unity Golden Fleece on the question of the security of the loan of £1000 or repayment of same.
Res. That the amount be repaid on receipt of notice as in the terms of the promissory note, namely three months.
Res. That the amended specification for insurance at Butts Mill as read by the secretary be approved.
Res. That fire bricks and fireclay be ordered for Butts Mill from Holgate Marsden.
Res. That the tender from M Lawson of 10/- per annum for the fishing rights at Springs Dam be accepted and that the terms of the agreement be submitted to the meeting next week.
An application from Mr Brooks was read for an increase in salary to 7/- per week.
Res. That the engineer be instructed to make all communications direct to the secretary or the directors [managing?] and the tenants be requested to address their communications to the secretary and that Mr Brooks' salary be allowed to remain as at present. [Getting Butts into line with CHSC business practice no doubt.]
Res. That the large pulley at CH Shed used for turning the cooling apparatus be knocked out of order.
J D Roberts.

August 19th 1903
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, Wilson, Baxter, King, Holdsworth, Perry and Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the cheque for wages due to the secretary be paid £137-4-2.
Res. That the agreement between Mr Lawson and the Co for the fishing rights at Springs Dam for 10/- per annum as read be drawn up and signed.
Res. That J W Brown be again written [to] applying for rent due and that he be told it has to be paid each month.
Res. That the Diamond Oil Co's traveller be asked to attend before the directors on September 2nd with ref to oil cups and lubricators. No expenses to be paid.
A letter was read from Mr William Hutchinson resigning his position at WH Mill.
Res. That it be accepted and that no man be appointed in his place.
Res. That Bradley's shed wall and coping should be repaired by Proctor Barrett under the instructions of Mr W P Brooks.
Res. That Proctor Barrett be instructed to take out the wall of the economisers to enable a new section to be fixed and replace the wall finding bricks and mortar. And put in a drain to the economiser well as instructed by the engineer. At WH Mill.
Res. That the Anti-Incrustation Co be asked to send a cask of composition.
Res. That Messrs W B White and Sons be instructed to keep all the scrap sent to them including the grate bars. [Sounds as though burnt fire bars have been included in scrap sent to Whites. Not welcome material for a firm that relies on quality of castings for their looms.]


[This is the end of the transcription of Minute Book 2. Stanley Challenger Graham. 23rd January 2011.]
CALF HALL SHED COMPANY MINUTE BOOKS.

Minute book number 3. September 1903 to July 1906

[Transcribed by Stanley Challenger Graham. Start date January 24th 2011. All entries inside [] are SCG additions and explanations.]

First page:

Calf Hall Shed Company Limited.
Wellhouse Mills, Calf Hall Shed and Butts Mill Barnoldswick.

Directors as of August 31st 1903:
Chairman, J D Roberts MD.
Vice chairman Tomas Dent.
W P Brooks, Proctor Barrett, Leonard Holdsworth, Henry Wilson, William Holdsworth, James Slater, James Horsfield, William Perry, Thomas Baxter, A King.
Secretary: George Proctor FCA, 3 Grimshaw Street, Burnley.

Under the companies Acts 1862 to 1886.
Registered January 3rd 1889. Registered Office Wellhouse Mills, Barnoldswick in the County of Yorkshire.
[They've just bought Butts Mill and moved the office there. No doubt not yet registered as such.]

Solicitors: Hartley and Pilgrim, Colne.
Director's meeting
September 2nd 1903
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Barrett, Perry and King.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Dent and Holt £10-5-9. [Thomas Dent the director of CHSC was a baker noted in Barrett Directory of 1887 as at 5 Albion Terrace (Park Road) Barnoldswick. There is a Thomas Dent, contractor of 51 Hibson Road Nelson (Slater's directory of 1895) who was active in Barlick at about this time. I think that Dent and Holt is the latter.] S Eastwood £3-9-6. J Delaney £13-14-10. H Marsden £215-8-0. W Holdsworth £28-7-6. A Ltd £7-10-0. Midland Railway Co £1-2-10.
Letters were read from the engineer at WH re the gutters etc. From J Windle and Sons complaining of the nuisance caused by Henry Brown allowing smoke to enter the thoroughfare. From B and EM Holden re further flagging repairs in their shed. From Sun Insurance Co complaining that Butts Mill is not as clean as it should be [fire risk]. From Messrs E Green and Son giving reports on the economisers at CH and WH. From the insurance co reporting on the boilers at WH. And from the engineer requiring stores.
Res. That the goods mentioned by the engineer should be ordered.
The representative of the Diamond Grease Co attended with ref to using their lubricants at Butts Mill. [Greases for shafting bearings.]
Res. That one keg of grease and one of yarn [shafting yarn, a mixture of wool shoddy and grease] be ordered [from Diamond] for Butts Mill and one keg of yarn for WH Mill.
Res. That the broken flags pointed out to Mr Sneath in the premises occupied by Messrs Boocock Brothers be repaired by Proctor Barrett.
Res. That a copy of the letter from the insurance co [re cleanliness] be sent to each of the tenants of Butts Mill.
Res. That the Craven Manufacturing Co and Messrs B and EM Holden [both at Butts] be requested to render an account of the number of sets taped for looms other than those they pay rent to the company [for].
Res. That W Haines' (oiler at Butts) wage be increased to 26/- per week, no extra for overtime.
Res. That the directors meet at Messrs Slater's shed at WH tomorrow, Thursday, at 6:30pm relative to a new ceiling.
John Riddiough, fireman at Butts attended asking for some relief in time.
Res. That Mr Hogarth the engineer [At Butts] be requested to attend the next meeting to give his opinion as to what should be done in his case.
Res. That P Barrett be requested to fix a fall pipe in front of Bradley Brothers' loading place at Butts.
J D Roberts.

September 9th 1903
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Horsfield, King, Brooks, Wilson, Baxter, Perry and Slater.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the balance of the fire insurance premium owing to the Norwich Union Fire office, £4-8-3 be paid.
Letters were read from Anthony Carr applying for extension at CH and complaining of oil dropping; From J J Sneath stating that Hutchinson requests an extension to his stable; From B & EM Holden giving the number of [export] sets taped, viz. Two; From the Scottish Boiler Insurance Co reporting on CH boilers and from Edward Watson asking for overtime during the re-fixing of drums.
Res. That A Carr be informed that the directors have not yet decided to extend at CH.
Res. That Hutchinson be allowed to alter his stable at his own cost and that he pay 9d per week for the extra stall.
Res. That Holden's be not charged for the two sets of Beams taped at CH.
Res. That the engineer and fireman at CH [Edward Watson engineer] be allowed 7d per hour for 10 hours overtime.
Res. Transfer of 100 shares from W P Brooks to Luke Suthers be sanctioned. Seal cert etc.
Res, That W Holdsworth be requested to repair the window in Boocock's shed.
The secretary read the cash account from July 1st to August 31st.
Res. That a re-apportionment of CH and WH Mills for the purposes of insurance be approved.
Res. That the loan due to Luke Suthers be repaid.
Res. That John Riddiough be required to work overtime as the other men.
J D Roberts.

September 16th 1903
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, Perry, Barrett, W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Letters were read from the engineer at WH [J J Sneath] asking on behalf of Tom Wane for an increase of wage from 23/- to 25/-; From the Ocean Accident Insurance Co giving an ordinary report on the three boilers at Butts Mill; From the BUDC surveyor complaining of insufficient closet accommodation in Dugdale and Dewhurst's shed and from Edward Watson re old rope etc.
Res. That Thomas Wane's wages be increased to 25/- with the understanding that no overtime will be paid for and that the engineer at WH make arrangements for his men to attend to the heating of all three sheds during the severe weather and without extra pay. [This is a big ask for the firebeaters and demonstrates how much control the directors had over their men. I suppose they would argue that they were actually overpaid in summer and winter duties balanced this out.]
Res, That W Holdsworth and Proctor Barrett be requested to look into the question of closet accommodation at WH Mill referred to by the surveyor and that the attention of the surveyor be drawn to the water entering Dugdale and Dewhurst's shed from the top drain in Wellhouse Road.
Res. That two sheets of glass at CH be sold for 1/- each and that the old ropes at CH be disposed of at ¾d per lb. [There was a demand for old rope for picking into oakum for caulking wooden ships. Much of this for the Navy was done in prisons as hard labour.]
Res. That the office lately used by the directors at WH be advertised to let.
Res. That the iron safe in John Wilson's office be removed by W Holdsworth to the offices of the company. [Now at Butts of course.]
J D Roberts.

September 23rd 1903
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, Perry, Baxter, W Holdsworth, Horsfield, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That a cheque be drawn for wages amounting to £83-7-9.
Letters were read from the Ocean Accident Insurance Co with reference to the boiler certificate; from J Windle and Sons asking for the use of the office at WH in exchange for the office they now occupy; From H Brown and Sons offering 1/- per week for the same office provided we allowed the steam pipe to be connected [heating] and from the engineer at Butts mill asking for certain stores.
The committee appointed to examine the closet accommodation reported that two further closets could be provided at little cost.
Res. That the tender for the office at WH be not accepted. That the stores required by the engineers be ordered. That Proctor Barrett be required to provide a cast iron trough for Butts Mill and that the work he has in hand be brought to completion with the least possible delay and expenditure.
Res. That the engineer at WH be asked what wage his son expects to receive for his services. [Engine tenting ran in families by nepotism. There was no recognised training or qualification apart from experience. J J Sneath is giving his son John a leg up.]
The secretary reported that William Haines, the oiler at Butts Mill was seriously injured when setting on the barring engine on September 18th and that the Factory Inspector, the certifying surgeon and the insurance company had all been informed. [The barring engine was a small auxiliary engine used for slowly turning the main engine and mill shafting to ensure that condensate was expelled from the main engine cylinders and that the bearings on the shafting had been moved and any overnight stiction (the tendency of bearings to resist movement because of the viscosity of the oil. A serious matter in winter) overcome so as to reduce load on the main engine when starting.]
J D Roberts.

September 30th 1903
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, W Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Barrett, Wilson, Slater, Perry and King.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Diamond Lubricating Co £22-1-0. J Wilson $3-0-4. J Rigby and Sons £1-4-3. E Brooksbank and Co £15-12-0. J W Clough £17-13-0.
Res. Loan of £20 from Mrs W C Dewhurst accepted. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the transfer of shares from W P Brooks and Enos Robinson be sanctioned. Seal cert etc.
Letters were read from J J Sneath with ref to ropes, shafting etc. From J Windle and Sons re the office at WH Mill and from Albert Hogarth asking for stores.
Res. That the shafts in Bailey and Roberts' shed at WH be lengthened and turned by Henry Brown, that the wheels mentioned by Mr Sneath be boarded in by W Holdsworth. That a new rope be obtained and that Messrs Gott of Nelson be asked to send a man to splice and tighten the ropes at WH.
Res That Holgate Marsden be requested to cart the rubbish from Butts Mill and that 260 caps for the solid lubricant be ordered for Butts Mill. [Sounds like caps for the bearing boxes on the cross shafts in the shed to stop airborne 'dawn' [Cotton fibres] settling on the grease.]
J D Roberts.

October 7th 1903.
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Horsfield, Perry, W Holdsworth, Barrett, King, Baxter, Wilson and Brooks.
Minutes as read.
It was resolved:
That Mr H Marsden's account for coal be paid £358-19-2.
That £1000 loan and interest due to the Craven Unity Lodge be repaid December 31st 1903 as requested.
That the barring engine at Butts be fenced off by H Brown and the engineer. [Accident protection after the event.]
That share cert for John Noke[?] be seal cert etc.
That Messrs B & EM Holden be allowed to have the cupboard on which the safe they have purchased from the company stood.
That J Windle and Sons be allowed to have the office at WH for 1/6 per week without steam.
That H Marsden's coal carts be drawn over the scale occasionally without notice. [Checking weights. There was a lot of trust involved in assessing weight of coal.]
That P Barrett be requested to repair the drain in Horsfield Brother's shed and one at WH.
That W Haines' wages be paid in full for four weeks from the accident and afterwards as allowed by the Insurance Co, viz. ½ wages and 13/- per week. That Nutter and Sons be allowed to erect a wood building opposite their warehouse.
That troughs at CH be cleaned out.
Thomas Dent.

October 14th 1903
T Dent chair. Brooks, Horsfield, Perry, W Horsfield, Barrett, King, Baxter, Wilson.
Minutes as read.
It was resolved:
That The secretary be instructed to reply to a letter to S Turner complaining of damage by flood to property adjoining the beck at Butts.
That the pipes and valves required to warm the twisting room at Butts be ordered. [Twisting was a process in warp preparation for the looms after taping.]
That the table at WH be sold to H Brown for 15/-.
That Heap and Thornton be requested to repair the roof at Ouzledale.
That the path along the small dam-side at Ouzledale be filled in with ashes.
That the damage to the drain on the public road at Ouzledale be repaired by Proctor Barrett.
J D Roberts.

October 21st 1903
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Barrett, Wilson, Perry and King.
Minutes as read.
It was resolved:
That P Barrett be requested to fix down spouts at Ouzledale and that old pipes be used where possible.
That W Holdsworth be requested to complete the wood covering in Moorhouse's warehouse.
That the stores required by Hogarth and Sneath [Butts and WH] namely pipes, valves and oil be ordered.
That consideration of the alteration to Wilson's shed door be left over.
That W Haines be paid full wages this week seeing that he returned to work Tuesday last.
That the extra man at WH be dispensed with and that Wells be sent in his place with the understanding that he should spend half a day at Butts occasionally as required.
J D Roberts.

October 28th 1903
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, Holdsworth, Horsfield, Baxter, Barrett, Wilson, Perry and King.
Minutes as read.
It was resolved:
That accounts be paid: James Bulcock £1-3-9. Anti-Incrustation Co £6-5-0. ? and Sons £1-8-3. J Lumb and Sons 10/2. T M Duché and Sons £14-7-0. Mr Horsfield gas £1-15-0. J W Clough £4-1-0. Burghope and Strange £4-19-6. Proctor Barrett £20-15-0. Wages £73-6-5.
That the account of J Moorhouse for two pieces of cloth 28/- spoiled by oil and rain be left with the secretary.
That the secretary be instructed to write to Messrs Ellison of Skipton with reference to vibration in the shaft recently erected at Butts.
That Messrs Dent and Brooks examine the raining in at the entrance to Bradley's shed.
That the three-legs lent by Mr Proctor Barrett and broken while in the company's possession be repaired. [Three-legs, sometimes called sheer-legs are a heavy tripod used with a block and tackle attached to the apex for effecting a heavy lift. What I call a sky-hook!]
The secretary gave particulars of the tenant's looms at Butts Mill, the total being 1,926.
J D Roberts.

November 4th 1903
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Horsfield, Perry, Barrett, King, Baxter and Wilson.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Midland Railway £1-8-1. Stott and Son £14-6-3. C W Thompson £10. M Watson £15-15-0.
It was resolved:
That Messrs Ellison be requested to defer their visit re shafting at Butts Mill.
That the lamps on the road to Bradley's shed at Butts mill be lit each morning during winter.
That Heap and Thornton be instructed to repair Bradley's shed roof.
That Messrs A Carr, Horsfield's and Bradley be informed that the drains leading from their [water] closets were choked with waste and cops. [The old problem of weavers disposing of waste for which they were liable to be fined.]
That the secretary be instructed to acknowledge receipt of the Surveyor's letter re the surface drain at Wellhouse Road and to inform the surveyor that they [the company?] are taking steps which they hope will remedy the dampness in the shed occupied by Anthony Carr at Butts Mill.
That £30 of the loan by G & ME Anderson be repaid as requested. [Notice that the Andersons were using CHSC as a savings bank. A very common attitude to loans to the company which raises the question of whether the banks accepted small amounts on deposit and what interest they paid.]
That Proctor Barrett send a labourer to repair Calf Hall Lane.
J D Roberts.

November 12th 1903
Dr Roberts chair. Dent, Brooks, Wilson, Baxter, King, Barrett, Holdsworth, Perry and Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
It was resolved:
That H Marsden coal account £286-17-0 be paid.
That the road at CH be swept by P Barrett's man.
That the stores required by the engineers be ordered.
That 4/- be paid to Hogarth engineer at Butts and his assistant Haines for cleaning out the drains from the water closets at Bradley's [shed] Butts.
That Hogarth examine the boilers at Butts when next cleaned out and if he thinks a drain can be made to take water from the economisers and boiler beds a man be engaged to do the work. [Water in the beds was a serious matter and had implications for accelerated attrition of boiler and settings as well as fuel economy.]
Thomas Dent.

November 18th 1903
T Dent chair. Brooks, Wilson, Baxter, King, Barrett, Holdsworth, Perry and Horsfield.
Minutes as read.
It was resolved:
That additional steam pipes be fixed in Slater Brother's (WH) twisting and dressing room [warp preparation] and that the chairman and managing director be requested to consult with Mr Sneath the engineer as to the best way of doing the work.
That the stores required by the engineers be ordered including one coil of economiser rope [driving] and a few chisels for Butts Mill.
That Mr Holdsworth be requested to repair the hoist in Moorhouse's warehouse.
J D Roberts.

November 25th 1903
Dr Roberts chair.
The following accounts were examined[?]: P Barrett £21-1-0. W Holdsworth £8-10-5. Henry Brown £10-6-2. J Varley £22-15-8.
Resolved:
That Ellison of Skipton be instructed to remove the wheel from the shafting in Bradley's shed.
That W Holdsworth be requested to repair the large door leading into Bradley's works, windows in William Bailey's and Joseph Windle's tape room at WH.
That one wagon load of one inch road metal [stone] be ordered from P W Spencer, Thornton in Craven. [Thornton Rock limestone quarry]
That the secretary be requested to order steam pipe and fittings for Slater Brother's dressing room.
That P Barrett be requested to supply a set pan for Ouzledale Cottage. [This was a CI pan for heating water for domestic purposes. Often called a 'copper' even though made out of cast iron.]
That W J Varley be requested to give details of the 240 hours at 10d per hour for [work on] wheel covers at Butts Mill.
That Bradley Brothers be informed that their recommendations will be attended to.
That Mr Wood be asked to bring a deed plan of Ouzledale or a copy for the next meeting.
That the watercourse bank at Ouzledale be repaired with random [stone].
J D Roberts.

December 2nd 1903
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: James Bulcock £2. James Gott and Sons 17/-. BUDC; weighing 6/4 [Use of weighbridge at gasworks?] and water 10/-. P Barrett £21-1-0. W Holdsworth £8-10-0. Burnley Ironworks £55-0-4. Henry Brown £30-3-0. William Perry £10-12-3. W J Varley £22-15-8. Proctor and Proctor, wages £70-12-0 and insurance £58-12-0. H Marsden £308-7-1.
Letters were read from: James Moorhouse complaining of the severe cold on Monday mornings. [Always the worst day for heating after the weekend break.] From W J Varley explaining the item on time spent on wheel covers. From J J Sneath requesting a contribution to the widow of the man named Jeffries of Salterforth [reason?], a larger supply of feed water to the boilers and reporting that a set of wheel covers had dropped down and had been caught in the gearing thus requiring a new set of covers.
Resolved:
That the Burnley Ironworks Co be requested to attend to the feed to the boilers.
That a contribution of £2-2-0 be made to Mrs Jeffries.
That the wheel covers be repaired by W J Varley and that Mr Sneath be asked to give his personal supervision in future in order to prevent a re-occurrence.
The secretary gave a list showing the amount owing by each of the tenants of the company from which it appeared that the amount owing was over £3,000 and that the monthly rent was nearly £1,000.
The secretary produced a plan of Ouzledale property and it was found on reference thereto that the tunnel from the caul to the stream was not under our land and that therefore we were not liable for its repair. [This is undoubtedly true of the section under the road but it must mean that the Director's view is that the garden on the left of the entrance to the mill from Longfield Lane was not part of the Ouzledale Estate. Surprising, is there a flaw in the deeds? On reflection this may refer to the caul that fed the leat to the waterwheel which is at the topside of the mill. As the waterwheel is no longer in use this is not a big problem.]
Res.
That new springs and doors be ordered for the stokers at Butts Mill, a snifting valve for the boiler pump [a small spring loaded valve that could be opened to allow air to escape from the water in the pump, this would improve the pump efficiency and allow it to be primed before starting.], waste for solid lubricant [Shafting yarn] and two rubber pump valves. [Non return flap valves]
That the samples of solid lubricant [grease] and waste [shaft yarn] supplied by C Brooksbank and Co be tested alongside the present Diamond Grease Co's solid lubricant.
That the chairman, vice chairman, Baxter, Brooks and Proctor Barrett be deputed to see the BUDC surveyor re Wellhouse and Valley Roads and that they be instructed to say that the company is willing to make [good] that portion of Valley Road which belongs to us as the surveyor suggests provided that the BUDC and other owners will make their share.
Thomas Dent.

December 9th 1903
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Letters were read from Mr Sneath exonerating the oiler from any blame with respect to the damaged wheel covers. [My reading is that Varley's are trying to evade responsibility for damage to the covers due to bad fitting and have tried to blame the oiler for disturbing them while he was oiling the lineshaft or greasing the bevel gearing.] Mr Thomas Wane wrote thanking the directors for their contribution to Mrs Jeffries.
The secretary gave particulars of the account for rent due from Messrs Bailey and Robert's, successors to Boocock Brothers showing the rent due for three months to November 30th as £106-19-3 less 12 week's grace £98-14-6. The account was approved.
Res. That the stores ordered by the engineers be ordered.
That the cash account as read by the secretary for the period August 1st 1903 to November 30th 1903 be approved.
Mr Brooks reported that Dugdale and Dewhurst were taping for Slater Brothers and John Slater and Sons Ltd.
The secretary reported that he had taken the measurement of the warehouse occupied by the Craven Manufacturing Co at Butts Mill and that there were about 1550 yards for 685 looms being 2.263 yards per loom. To provide 2.5 yards per loom will require an addition of 162½ yards to the present warehouse which, at a cost of £1 per yard would mean an annual cost to the company of £6-10-0 per annum.
It was resolved that taking into account the very inconvenient arrangements of the rooms and the quantity of gas needed to light them, that the rent from January 1st next be the same as the other tenants but with an allowance of 1/- per loom for these inconveniences.
Res. That Albert Hogarth be instructed to get stays for wheel covers; that files be ordered by Mr Wood; that 3 pairs doors and ? Oil be ordered from Brooksbank's.
Thomas Dent.

December 16th 1903
T Dent chair.
Res. Accounts be paid: Insurance £15-14-6. W H Atkinson £85-5-0. John Dixon £13.
Res.
That the secretary be instructed to ask Mr Atkinson to state how he stands with the company at the present date.
That the Burnley Ironworks Co be asked to erect a new 3 ¼” ram pump at WH Mills in place of the present 2 ½” pump. [Feed water supply to the boilers. The original pump isn't man enough for the increased load. This is almost certainly a pump driven by the engine motion.]
That the request of Alfred Pilkington to have his tenancy transferred to his son R G Pilkington be acceded to.
That the wall and flashing in Windle's shed be repaired when the weather permits.
That the rent account for the additional looms placed in WH Mill by Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst and Messrs Slater produced by the secretary be approved and that Dugdale and Dewhurst be charged for all extra taping done by them.
Thomas Dent.

December 13rd 1903
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the sum of £300 be accepted as a loan from Francis Clark and that from January 1st next all loans accepted be subject to three months notice by either party.
Letters were read from John Delaney; The Baptist Chapel Trustees; Alfred Pilkington and reports on the boilers at Butts Mills.
Res.
That the £5 due to the Chapel Trustees for the rent of the dam at Butts Mill be paid. [This reference to a 'dam' at Butts is confusing because the mill never had a reservoir or dam in the conventional sense. However, like CH Shed the beck was culverted under the mill and the level raised by a caul or weir under the mill to give a condenser pond. From Parrock, on the south side of the mill and before the beck went under the mill a short length ran through land belonging to the Trustees of the Baptist Chapel. This clearly shown on the plan with the 1887 sale document, the 1892 25” OS map and exists to this day. If the water level was raised in the beck by the weir under the mill it would back up into the stretch of the Calf Hall Beck in the Chapel land and could possibly be seen as a 'dam'. Further, marked on the 1887 document but not shown on the 1892 OS map is a branch off the open part of the beck into something on the chapel land, possibly a balancing pond to give more capacity to the volume of the beck and the pond under the mill. (Only the entrance to this is shown on the 1887 document.) Any raising of the level in the beck in chapel land could be seen as an encroachment apart from any balancing pond and so I think this payment is for this encroachment. As for why this is the first time this matter has appeared in the accounts, research in other areas has produced evidence that there was considerable confusion over land ownership in this area and it may be that this sudden realisation by the Trustees that they were owed money is something to do with pressure on the funding of the chapel. Harold Duxbury told me years later that there were pieces of land on this side of Butts that had indeterminate ownership as late as 1980 but one imagines that encroached land over the years had conferred new status on it similar to squatter's rights, whatever. As far as this entry is concerned I think we are safe in regarding it as rent on the portion of the beck on the surface in the chapel land. It is marked as property of the Baptist Chapel's Trustees on the 1887 plan. The existence of this balance pond has other implications for make-up water from Gillians Beck but we will come to this later.]
That J Wills be instructed to sweep the lane at CH.
That a new set boiler be ordered by Proctor Barrett for the Ouzledale Property.
That the payment of interest [on loans] for the half-year to December 30th 1903 as read by the secretary be approved.
Thomas Dent.

December 30th 1903
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: G Proctor wages £59-4-2. James Cooper £1-4-0. Diamond Lub. Co £6-12-0. J W Clough £9-8-6. E Brooksbank and Co £2-8-6. Burnley Ironworks 10/-. W Hough and Co 13/3. Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £5-14-6. C Blakey £1-14-1. P Barrett £14-18-0.
Res. That the secretary be requested to inform E Bennis and Co that we consider their account to be excessive.
Mr Henry Brown offered to supply grease boxes for Wilson's Shed at 8d each.
Res. That he be asked to supply a sample box.
Res. That a Christmas present of 10/- be given to Holgate Marsden's carters.
With reference to the tenancy of the Craven Manufacturing Company which will terminate on the 31st of December 1903, the secretary reported that he had informed them of the basis upon which the tenancy could be renewed. Viz. 40/- per loom per annum and £90 per 400 looms for the tape with an allowance of £ 34-5-0 for inconvenient warehousing. They however requested the Company to allow them a deduction of 4 4/5d per loom on account of the fall of 4d per ton in the price of coal in April last. It was eventually arranged that the allowance asked for should be granted provided that the allowance for warehousing be reduced to £30 per annum.
Res. That seeing that the tenants at WH and CH shed pay 39/7 1/5d per loom that this be the basis for Butts Mill from the 1st of January 1904 and that the arrangement made by the secretary with the Craven Manufacturing Co be approved.
Thomas Dent.

January 6th 1904
Res. That J Horsfield, Dent and Brooks look at the ventilating fan in Horsfield's tape room and report to the next meeting how it should be fixed also that they look at the engine with a view to fitting an additional pump. [Butts?]
Res. That Henry Brown's tender for fixing grease boxes for lubricating the shafts in Wilson's shed be accepted. [This involved replacing the existing bearing caps with caps incorporating a box with a lid to hold a grease pad on top of the bearing. This became standard practice for cross-shaft bearings.]
Res. That the boy Pickover be sent a letter requiring him to come before the directors to apologise for doing damage at Ouzledale.
Thomas Dent.

January 13th 1904
T Dent in chair.
Minutes as read.
Resolved:
That accounts be paid: Holgate Marsden £362-3-0. Ellison and Co £103-9-0.
That loans be accepted, £40 from D Woffenden and £300 from F&C Clark. Seal cert etc.
That Balance sheet be accepted subject to audit and presented to shareholders on Friday January 24th 1904 at 7pm in Seven Stars AR. Half year dividend of 5% per annum recommended.
That an Extraordinary General meeting be held at the same time to pass the following resolution:
That the Articles of Association be altered: That in Article 66 the wording “two hundred” shall be substituted for “one hundred”.
That the oil and grease required at WH be ordered.
That the erection of the auxiliary pump at Butts Mill be left in the hands of Mr Wood and the engineer. [I think this is definitely Edward (Teddy) Wood entering the field as engineering expert for Proctor and Proctor. He will loom large in the future and seems to have been a good man, certainly highly regarded by the engineers he worked with. One of his major attributes was to trust favoured engineers and eventually this was to lead to an efficient source of expertise in Barlick.]
The secretary read the correspondence that had passed between him and the Craven Manufacturing Co with ref to the settlement of terms for a continuation of their tenancy. The tenant requests that the rate for the tape machine should stay as before, namely £90 for 420 looms.
Res. That the price already fixed be adhered to.
A letter was read from Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst in which they requested a further allowance of grace for the 84 additional looms at WH on the grounds that they did not obtain possession until the 14th of August 1903 instead of the 1st of August.
Res That the chairman and Mr Brooks be requested to see them.
Res. That one bag of cement be got from P Barrett for Butts Mill.
J D Roberts.

January 20th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Messrs Dent and Brooks reported that they had informed Dugdale and Dewhurst that they must arrange the question of grace with Slater Brothers.
Res. That George Watson at CH who had given notice to leave the company's employ be allowed to continue with the Co.
Res. That Horsfield Brothers [Butts] be informed that the directors are of the opinion that their tape trunk [the wooden structure which conveyed steam and damp air from the drying drums to the atmosphere] is the cause of the present unsatisfactory state of the tape room and that they be requested to erect a new one and that the co are providing a source of cold water.
Res. That W Holdsworth be requested to cover the steam pipes conveying steam to Bradley and Horsfield's tapes and passing over the Craven Manufacturing Co's shed.
Thomas Dent.

January 29th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: James Bulcock £8-6-4. J W Green, rates £120-5-0. BUDC £255-14-3. W Holdsworth £1=15-11. E Bennis and Co £2-10-6. Midland Railway Co £1-6-8. Inland Revenue £178-13-4. T M Duckett and Sons £22-7-6. P Barrett £18-7-10.
Thomas Dent.

Half yearly shareholder's meeting
January 29th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
[Printed balance sheet and report inserted in minute book reports net profit for half year after providing £800 for depreciation is £952-2-3, disposable balance of £3,104-13-3.]
Minutes as read.
Resolved:
Balance sheet adopted. Dividend approved. Charge for a copy of Articles of Association be 1/-.
J D Roberts.

Extraordinary general meeting
Resolved unanimously that article 66 be altered with the effect of increasing the director's qualification form 100 shares to two hundred.
Thomas Dent.

February 3rd 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. Wages be paid to secretary £67-15-2.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to warn John Pickover of Ivy Terrace. Manchester Road, Barlick re damage to walls at Ouzledale.
Res. That W Holdsworth be instructed to paint woodwork round the safe and fix cupboard doors in Wilson's office.
Thomas Dent.

February 10th 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res.
That the stores required at WH be ordered.
That tenders be invited from Varley, Barrett, Smith, Brooks and Brown for an ½” ? Water supply to Council standard from certain points to the tipplers as pointed out by Mr Hogarth, engineer at Butts. [Tippler toilets require an adequate supply of water (usually waste water in the domestic situation) in order to function properly. No waste water in a weaving shed or warehouse and so a supplementary supply is needed to avoid a nuisance.]
That W Holdsworth be requested to repair the ceiling between the Craven Manufacturing Co's shed and Horsfield Brothers.
That Metallic Packings and the Extraordinary General Meeting be considered next week.
Thomas Dent.

February 17th 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res.
That H Marsden's account £511-14-0 be paid.
That loan of £30 from Henry Wilson be seal cert etc.
That tenders for metallic packings on Butts engine be invited from Burnley Ironworks, Musgrave Co [Bolton] and W Roberts and Sons.
That E Smith's tender of £6-8-0 for ? Water pipes at Butts Mill be accepted.
That H Marsden's men be allowed 2/- for extra work.
That a man be sent to clean the road in front of Dugdale and Dewhurst's warehouse.
That Hutchinson's application for a hay loft be not entertained.
The secretary reported that the donkey engine [tape-driving] in the Craven Manufacturing Co's warehouse was their property having been purchased from the Butts Mill Co at the commencement of their tenancy.
Thomas Dent.

February 24th 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res.
That Burnley Ironworks be requested to report on the LP piston etc at Butts.
That the tabling [coping stones?] and troughing at WH Mill be pointed and windows put in by Heap and Thornton.
That the firebars, shovels etc required at WH be ordered.
That the spare hanger at Butts be fixed to steady shaft as explained my Mr Brooks.
Thomas Dent.

Extraordinary general meeting
February 24th 1904 at Seven Stars.
T Dent chair.
Minutes of last extraordinary general meeting as read.
Res. That in Article 66 the words “two hundred” shall be substituted for “one hundred”.
[There must be some procedural matter here. I have no explanation.]
Thomas Dent.

March 2nd 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Anti-Incrustation Co £7-9-7. Henry Brown £10-6-0. W J Varley £2-4-0. Wages £53-4-7. H Marsden £311-17-0.
That Mr Ellison of Skipton be requested to attend at Butts Mill on Saturday to arrange for the [change of the] large belt drive in the boiler house to gearing. [This will be the conversion to gearing mentioned earlier and is not the main drive on the engine which was geared when installed.]
That oil barrels be sold at 3/2 for cyl oil and 3/7 for engine oil.
That the engineer's requirements be ordered.
Thomas Dent.

March 9th 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Rs.
That two new 2” x 100ft or 108ft ropes be ordered from Thomas Hart for WH engine.
That the stone ridging goes to Heap and Thornton at 2/6 per yard.
That the plan provided by Messrs Ellison for conversion of belt to gear drive at Butts and showing upright and cross shafts to clutch be approved and that a tender be obtained.
The Burnley Ironworks reported on the Butts Mill engine stating that the cost of Universal Metallic packings to the HP and LP rods to be £51-10-0 fixed. That the LP cylinder bore was worn 1/8” and the piston ¼”, that the valves were leaking and in bad condition and recommending that the Co have the cylinder bored and new piston rings and valves fitted at a total cost inclusive of metallic packings to both engines of £152. The question of doing the work was adjourned for Mr Wood to report to the next meeting after an interview with Mr Metcalfe of Burnley Ironworks Co.
Mr John Sagar of Salterforth quoted for Exors [of Colonel Hargreaves] coal but it was decided not to change the supply. [Sagar's were quarry operators at Salterforth and evidently trying to get into the coal trade.]
Thomas Dent.

March 16th 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
The secretary reported that the price of Altham coal would be reduced 3d per ton from April 1st bringing the price to 10/3 at Coates Wharf.
Quotations were read from Messrs Ellison and Co and James Proctor Ltd.
Res. That the tender of Ellison and Co for conversion of belt to gear driving and two mortice wheels [bevels] at Butts Mill for £41 be accepted
Res. That the tender of James proctor for altering one of the stokers at Butts Mill to their latest pattern for £15 delivered and fixed complete, the CHSC to supply labour assistance, be accepted.
Res. That the question of repairs to the Butts Mill engine be deferred another week.
Res. That Mr A Shaw of the Universal Metallic Packing Co be requested to attend.
Thomas Dent.

March 23rd 1904
Minutes as read.
Res. That all waste required by the engineer at CH be purchased from the tenants. [This is 'soft waste', that is waste yarn which has not been sized. This is used for engine cleaning, soaking up waste oil on the engine and is burned on the boiler fires after use. We always kept a drum of oil-soaked waste about for boiler fire lighting after a shut-down. Useful stuff!]
Mr A Shaw of the Universal Metallic Packing Co attended and explained the principle of his packings by exhibiting a model.
Res. That his packings be adopted for the Butts Mill engine. [Good salesmanship!]
Res. That the repairs to Butts Mill engine be considered on April 7th.
J D Roberts.

March 30th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
A was read from James Proctor Ltd offering to fix moving bars at Butts Mill for £21 per boiler [two furnaces on each] The question was deferred for further consideration.
Res.
That William Bailey's hoist at WH be repaired by W Holdsworth.
That accounts be paid: E Bennis and Co 8/-. J W Clough £3-12-0. S Smith £7-9-6. W Emmott £5-5-0. Union Oil Co £3-5-0. Burnley Ironworks £20. E Brooksbank and Co £14-11-3. J J Whitaker £1-5-0. W P Brooks £1.
The secretary read reports of ordinary inspection of boilers at Butts Mill.
J D Roberts.

April 6th 1904
Minutes as read.
Res.
That a fall pipe be fixed to the trough at Bradley Brothers by Proctor Barrett and that he be required to carry the overflow water in Slater Brother's warehouse to the drain.
That Messrs Dent, Barrett, Holdsworth and Brooks form a committee to examine the skylights in Windle's shed and to order what is required to put them in order.
That Mr L Robinson be requested to fix a wooden trough and fall pipes at Ouzledale.
J D Roberts.

April 13th 1904.
J D Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res.
That accounts be paid: Holgate Marsden £339-16-0. F W Spencer £1-6-0.
That the bars of the boiler at Butts (with Proctor's latest stoker) be reduced from 6ft to 4ft 10½” by bricking up.
That Messrs Slater, Brooks and Dent form a committee to examine the driving wheel and spur wheel of the engine at Butts Mill as to their condition. [This was a long-standing fault on the Musgrave engine. The jack wheel on the flywheel and the spur gear on the second motion shaft never meshed properly and the drive was always noisy and suffered from vibration. This vibration caused segments of the jack wheel to come loose and exacerbate the problem. Evidence of Newton Pickles who maintained the engine for years with his father and suffered these problems until the mill closed.]
That the LP cylinder on Butts Mill engine be bored and fitted with a new piston and that the valve boxes be bored and fitted with new valves. [This is Teddy Wood going further than Burnley Ironworks and specifying a more expensive but far better job. This repair proved effective for 25 years. Evidence of N Pickles again on the same job 25 years later.]
That metallic packings be fitted to both HP and LP cylinders and that tenders for all the work be invited from William Roberts and Sons, the Musgrave Company and Burnley Ironworks.
The fireman having left at CH Shed and T Wills from WH having taken his place it was necessary to appoint a fireman at WH.
Res. That the wage to commence be 21/- per week. Several candidates appeared before the board and it was unanimously resolved that J O'Neill be appointed.
Res. That the men at Butts Mill be allowed 15/- for overtime working during the erection of the new drive for the tape room.
Res. That the secretary arrange for the insurance of the workmen at Butts Mill.
The secretary was prepared with information as to the rateable value of the Company's premises but it was resolved that seeing that Butts Mill is rated at a low rate the figure be not read out. [!!]
The secretary stated however that the increase in rates of 8d in the pound would mean 4d per loom per annum to the CHSC.
J D Roberts.

April 20th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Messrs Ellison of Skipton be requested to chip the cogs in the flywheel [jack wheel actually] of the Butts Mill engine. [Being cast iron, it was possible to chisel off any high spots on the teeth of the gear in an attempt to quieten the gear by improving the mating of the teeth. However, this is a very complicated subject. I don't intend to go into the technicalities but will quote Newton Pickles on this subject: “You can't chip to pitch”. Briefly this means that if there is a fundamental mistake in the original casting of the gear segments resulting in a discrepancy in the Pitch Circle Diameter of the casting it can't be rectified by chipping, only alleviated and the problem will re-occur. Basically this was the problem with the gears on the Musgrave engine.]
Res. That Anthony Hutchinson's rent for stable at WH be reduced to 1/- per week whilst only one horse is kept. The CHSC reserving the right to let the stall not used.
Res. That Bradley Brothers be allowed to put another loom in their shed.
Res. That the firebars at CH be reduced to 5ft in length.
J D Roberts.

April 27th 1904
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: BUDC £7-11-0. S Baldwin £8-17-8. Wages £52-17-7. W Holdsworth £6-18-1. L ? account £1-5-6. P Barrett £7-16-7.
Res. That £100 be repaid to W&J Cooke and £100 accepted from H Roche. Seal cert etc.
Tenders by Burnley Ironworks Co and W Roberts and Sons for the repairs at Butts were opened. The prices were £152 and £200-15-0 and old materials[respectively].
Res. That the Burnley Ironworks tender be accepted.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to our engineers informing them that CHSC will not be responsible for the consequences of them using waste which the board has not purchased. [?]
Res. That Mr Brooks be instructed to inform the engineers that they must take their instructions as to speed from the board and that all enquiries respecting same must be made to the secretary. [This is a bad ruling in my opinion. In a weaving shed the day to day atmospheric conditions govern how tight the leather driving belts are and hence the speed of the looms, how the yarn is behaving in the loom and hence the amount of down-time for the weavers because of broken ends etc. At Bancroft Shed I used a very experienced ex-tackler who wove near the lineshaft as adviser and every day I checked with him as to the right speed to run at. The adjustments were small but the overall effect was to raise the average wage of the weavers by 30/- a week on a total wage of about £35. The evidence for this was information given to me by Jim Pollard the weaving manager. I was a very popular man!]
J D Roberts.

May 4th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the question of asking the tenants to pay the new education rate be deferred. [Under the 1902 Education Act the old local Education Boards were abolished and replaced by Local Education Authorities with powers to organise funding, employ teachers and allocate school places. I think this the change referred to by the 8d per pound rate rise already mentioned.]
That two gross of cleaning rags at 12/- per gross be ordered from Messrs Brooksbank and Co and that they be requested to collect and clean them from time to time. [This may be a Teddy Wood recommendation. He would have seen accidents caused by the loose ends of a bunch of cotton waste being caught in a gear or driving rope with dangerous consequences. In 1945 this simple accident destroyed the Bishop House engine at Burnley (Evidence of Newton Pickles). Interesting that Brooksbank's also offered a cleaning service. In later days this was a common practice and the company providing the rags had an income from the sale of oil reclaimed when cleaning them.]
That a week's test be made of coal delivered at Butts Mill by weighing all deliveries.
That the flooring in Wilson's warehouse at Butts be repaired by W Holdsworth and also the floor at CH.
That transfer of 200 shares from N J Cooke to W Roche and Cook be sanctioned. Seal cert etc.
That a new barrow be ordered for CH from Proctor Barrett, the ? To be of hardwood.
That a letter be sent by the chairman to the family of the late Greenwood Wilkinson, for many years a director of the CHSC expressing the regret of the board at his demise and the high esteem in which he was held by his colleagues.
J D Roberts.

May 11th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Stott and Sons for rent £14-6-3. H Marsden £368-15-0.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to each tenant of the CHSC asking if it is agreeable to them that the Co should charge them with the increase in Local Rates over last year's amount. The increase having been brought about chiefly by the increase in the education rate.
The results of the list of coal consumption at Butts Mill was as follows: 45 tons 9cwts per week @ 10/11 per ton delivered (Altham Nuts) for 1926 looms (all weight being on) giving 42 looms per ton per week.
Res. That two further stokers be brought up to date at Butts at a cost of £15-10-0 by James Proctor of Burnley.
J D Roberts.

May 18th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the loan of £100 plus interest from Elizabeth Ann Smith be repaid.
Res. That one dozen water gauge glasses be ordered for CH and ½ a dozen weed brooms for Butts.
Res. That Henry Brown be asked to give a price for 61 large solid lubricant boxes for Butts.
Res. That the letter indited by the secretary in answer to a letter from B&M Holden (in reply to letter sent by the secretary asking them if they are willing to pay the education rate) be sent to them.
J D Roberts.

May 25th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Accounts be paid: H Marsden £3-17-9. J W Clough £4-2-6. J Riley and Sons £2-18-11. F R Putz 4/6. Wages £52-3-5.
That the loans standing in the names of Elizabeth Ann Smith £100 and interest and John Pickup (part) £200 with interest be repaid.
That Hogarth and Haines at Butts be allowed £2-10-0 for 70 hours each overtime fixing solid lubricant boxes. [As supplied by Henry Brown for the cross shaft bearings, this could only be done when the mill was stopped. Henry had an interest in the foundry at Ouzledale and perhaps this was where the castings came from.]
That the secretary be requested to write to the CHSC tenants giving them a further opportunity (they having declined by letter) to agree to his suggestion made in the letter of May 12th with reference to payment by them of the increase in rates. Failing agreement that he be instructed to take steps to give 6 months notice to each tenant who declines to agree and to terminate the present tenancy with a view to readjustment of the terms of the tenancy. [Evidently no clause tying rates to loom rent. I think we shall see this rectified!]
That Mr Edward Lovick, late of Long Ing Shed be appointed oiler at Butts at 26/- per week in place of Haines.
That stores required at Butts Mill be ordered.
J D Roberts.

June 1st 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
The secretary reported that no reply had been received from the tenants re the increase in rates.
Res.
That new doors be ordered for the stokers at Butts.
That wheel guards be fixed to gearing to tape room at Butts by Mudd of Colne, that the shaft be boxed off by W Holdsworth and that Henry Brown's tender to supply special grease boxes at 10d each be accepted. [This was perhaps regularising the order which had already been fulfilled.]
The secretary reported the bank overdraft to be £3,316.
J D Roberts.

June 8th 1904
Minutes as read.
Accounts be paid: Green and Son £4. H Marsden £252-4-6. R Hindle £6-5-0. Income tax £135-16-3. Bethesda Exors [rent for Butts Dam] £2-10-0. C Blakey (boiler insurance) £4-2-6.
The secretary read a letter sent to the tenants on May 26th re rates.
Thomas Dent.

June 15th 1904
T Dent chair.
Res. That a screw key [screwdriver], ½ a gross of laces and packing for WH be ordered.
That Henry Brown be instructed to plate a broken trough over J Nutter and Sons' shed and Mr Holdsworth fix a bar to the ceiling in Horsfield Brothers' premises. [The standard repair for a broken casting was to bolt a wrought iron plate over the crack.]
Thomas Dent

June 22nd 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. Transfer of 461 shares from Exors of G Wilkinson to E M Dewhurst and of 25 shares from Hartley Singleton to M F Singleton be sanctioned, seal cert etc.
Loan of £150 from E M Dewhurst accepted. Seal cert etc.
That the insurance of workmen at CH Shed and WH Mill be placed with the L&Y Insurance Co.
That cheques be signed for loan and mortgage interest due on June 30th.
That the cash account January 1st to June 22nd as read be approved.
That the empty oil casks be sold to E Brooksbank and Co @ 3/6 cyl oil and 3/9 eng oil.
That the wall at CH be repaired by P Barrett.
That Ellison and Co be requested to examine and adjust the line shaft at Butts Mill.
That our own men be paid to assist O'Neill, oiler at Butts, with trough cleaning.
Thomas Dent.

June 29th 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res.
That Mr W Holdsworth be requested to examine the roof of the old shed at WH, do the necessary work and instruct his mechanic on the work he has to do.
That W B White of Colne be asked his price for Machinery Metal. ['Textile cast' was, and still is, the highest grade of cast iron scrap.]
That Ellison of Skipton be asked to plate the walls near the large wheels in the Twill[?] Shed at Butts and that a thorough job be done. [Recurring reports about vibration etc in the shafting at Butts suggest serious faults which are slowly being bottomed by the new owners. Looks as though the vibrations are damaging the walls and the plating referred to is the insertion of heavy plates on the outside of the wall under the holding nuts so that the load of the long securing bolts is spread over a larger area. In my opinion these recurring faults in the shafting and gearing at Butts are, in part. Due to vibration transmitted through the drive from the defective gearing on the engine.]
That Craven Manufacturing be consulted about the trough requiring staying and that Mr Ellison be instructed to do the work.
That a new drumstick be ordered for WH engine. [No idea what this means, sorry!]
That W Holdsworth complete the glazing and joiner's work in connection with the plated trough over Nutter and Sons shed at CH.
That Heap and Thornton be instructed to repair the ridges and slates at Butts Mill.
That an advertisement be inserted in the Advertiser for the sale of ashes at Butts Mill.
Thomas Dent.

July 6th 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res.
That accounts be paid: S Smith 7/3. BUDC £249-5-5. Brooksbank's £12-12-5 [From 1912 Manchester Royal Exchange Directory: E Brooksbank and Co. Station Oil Works Keighley and Trafford Park Oil Works, Manchester. Oil refiners and solid lubricant manufacturers.] Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £5-15-0. W Hough and Son 4/1. J W Clough £2-0-7. Poor Rate £160-6-9. S Binns and Co 7/-. Burnley Ironworks 15/10. James Bulcock £8-6-6. G Proctor £47-1-11. Heap and Thornton £23-18-8. T Hart £14-6-6. Wages £91-15-11.
That the tender by P Barrett of £7-15-0 for ashes at Butts Mill be accepted. (L Robinson £6-10-0, F Harrison £7-5-0.)
That the arches [culvert] and cistern at Butts be cleaned out and that the men be allowed 10/- for the cistern and £1-10-0 for the arches.
That the back set of bars in each of the three boilers at Butts be shortened to two feet and the back plate brought forward.
That the 22” drum sold to E Standing be ¾d per ? And that all goods sold be weighed in future.
That Tom Brown, Clough Mill be requested to repair the trough over Anthony Carr's shed at Butts.
The secretary reported that the balance owing by W Bailey and J Windle and sons were today £276-7-0 and £726-18-6 respectively.
Thomas Dent.

July 13th 1904.
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res.
That the engine and cylinder oils for Butts and the stoker castings for CH be ordered.
That the well and cistern at CH be cleaned out and that the men be allowed to try the chain pump if they can borrow one. [Not certain but sounds like a variation of a 'rag pump' in which the water and sludge is moved by drawing a chain or such with rag balls on through a tube. A pump like this could deal with sludge and mud. This makes sense.]
That the ashes at CH and WH be advertised for sale by tender. The premises to be kept clear of ashes and flue dust.
That the tender of W B White [loom makers of Colne] for old metal at 50/- per ton be accepted.
That the balance sheet for the half year ending June 30th last be adopted subject to audit and presented to the shareholders on July 29th at Seven Stars AR and that a dividend of 5% per annum free of income tax be recommended.
The secretary reported that the ashes for the last six months at CH Shed and WH Mill realised at the rate of £6-5-0 and £9-1-0 per annum respectively.
J D Roberts.

July 20th 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That firebars and fittings for Whitaker's [patent] fire bars at WH be ordered.
That P Barrett be requested to do the mason's work at Butts for repairs during the holidays.
That the blowers be not used except in a serious case after the mills are stopped at night. [Sorry, no idea what this is.]
That the coal to Butts next week be weighed.
J D Roberts.

July 29th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Tenders for one year's ashes and flue dust at CH and WH were received and read: L Robinson £5 and £7 respectively, one only to be accepted [both mills too much quantity?]. From P Barrett £6-6-0 and 10-10-0.
Res. That P Barrett's tender be accepted from August 1st 1904.
That the loan from G&MB Anderson be repaid as requested.
That transfer of 153 shares from L Robinson and A Broughton to Ada W Slater and Minnie Slater and of 114 shares from James Walton to T Baxter be sanctioned. Seal cert etc.
The following cheques be drawn: G Proctor salary £50. Dividend account £607-10-0. C Blakey audit fee £2-10-0. Mrs E A Coates [Springs Dam rent] £5. T Dent director's fees £20.
Thomas Dent.

General shareholder's meeting
July 29th 1904
[Printed balance sheet reports half year net profit after allowing £800 for depreciation is £970-12-0 and that the disposable balance is £3,467-15-3.]
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. Balance sheet adopted. Dividend approved. Retiring directors re-elected. Director's remuneration at £40 per annum approved. C Blakey re-elected as auditor at £5 per annum.
That the directors make enquiries as to the charges for a Chartered Accountant for auditing the books of the Company.
That the Register of share transfers be sealed.
J D Roberts.

August 3rd 1904
Res. That Dr Roberts be chairman, T Dent be vice-chair, W P Brooks as Managing director.
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
A letter was read from Anthony Carr requesting the directors to make connections to his warehouse for the erection of a tape.
Res.
That Messrs Dent, Brooks and Slater be appointed a committee to meet Mr Carr with a view to inducing him to make arrangements to have his taping done by Horsfield Brothers.
Ut was reported that Mr Moorhouse at WH Mill had made arrangements to change a number of his looms and he requested certain repairs to the flags and an allowance for stoppages.
Res. That the change be allowed, the flags repaired where necessary but any allowance for stoppage of looms during the change be considered after the change is effected.
That Holdsworth and Barrett be instructed to board off the wheels at WH Mill.
That accounts be paid: Henry Brown £40. Holgate Marsden £350-8-0. Burnley Building Soc £200. W Holdsworth £8-5-0. A Easton 12/7.
That oil and composition required for CH and WH be ordered.
The secretary read reports on the external examination of the boilers at Butts Mill from which it appeared they were in satisfactory order.
Thomas Dent.

August 10th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the repairs required to the brickwork of the boilers at CH and WH during the holidays be left in the hands of Mr Proctor Barrett and that repairs to windows and Pilkington's hoist at WH be left to Mr Holdsworth.
Thomas Dent

August 17th 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the room over the Tin Shop at WH Mill be offered to Mr A Ingham of Darwen and that the secretary be instructed to ask him to meet us on the spot.
Thomas Dent.

August 31st 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res.
That accounts be paid: E Bennis and Co 18/-. J Moorhouse 10/-. J J Whitaker £2-12-6. Wages £64-18-9. Brooksbank and Co £16-4-6. Midland Railway £1-18-11. J M Duché and Sons £230706.
That the goods required fro Butts Mill be ordered.
That a man be set on at WH to take the place of O'Neill while he is assisting at Butts in Riddiough's absence and that Sneath's son or George Sherwood be given the first chance.
That Messrs Dent and Brooks ascertain what would be a reasonable amount to allow the men at Butts for time spent doing repairs.
That flags and wheel-boarding at Butts be attended to by Mr Barrett.
That the boiler reports as read be sent to the engineers at CH and WH, the WH boilers being badly seated. [Defects in the brick settings.]
Thomas Dent.

September 7th 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res.
That accounts be paid: H Marsden £224-18-0. J W Varley £43-2-3.
That the oil and tallow required at WH be ordered. [It may be that the engines at WH are fitted with old-fashioned tallow cups on the cylinders which were a fitting that could be loaded with tallow and the heat gradually melted it allowing it into the bore while the engine is running.]
That the two broken wheels be sold to W B White. [scrap]
That payment of £1 each to workmen at Butts for repairs be approved.
The secretary made enquiries as to whether Dugdale and Dewhurst had done any export taping and whether Horsfield Brothers would tape for Anthony Carr at Butts.
The reports on the boilers at Butts be passed forward to the engineer.
Messrs Dent, Slater and Brooks get particulars from W Emmott as to how he arrives at 150 hrs time charged in his account.
All loose tools, tackle, planks, blocks, keys [spanners], drills etc belonging to the company be stamped with the initials CHSC and numbered.
Only one key be kept for the store room at Butts Mill and that it be in the engineer's charge.
J D Roberts.

September 14th 1904
T dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res.
That William Emmott be asked to provide further particulars of his account.
That repairs to the roofs of the boiler house and warehouse at WH be attended to.
That waste be purchased for the engineer in place of cloths.
That the stores required be purchased.
That the letters from Anthony Carr applying for the Bradley Brothers space at Butts when it becomes vacant and from Horsfield Brothers applying for Nutter and Sons' space at CH (In consequence of the new sheds these two tenants are thinking of erecting) be acknowledged. [These two new sheds are the first build at Bankfield Shed opened in 1905 in which Bradley Brothers had 880 looms and James Nutter and Sons 900 looms. All under one roof and reputed to be the biggest weaving shed in the world at the time. Nutter's interest in the Craven Manufacturing Co carried on at Butts Mill. Despite all their complaints and protests the manufacturers were making a good profit and investing it in their own space. This situation carried on until 1914 by which time another large shed had been built as an addition to Bankfield, opened in 1910. Barnoldswick is booming and remember that housing and services were being built at the same time all based on profits made in the sheds.]
The secretary reported that Horsfield Brothers had not paid the company for taping done for A Carr since July last year.
A loan of £200 be accepted from John Hall. Seal cert etc.
J D Roberts.

September 21st 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Res. That Messrs Dent, King and Brooks examine the pipes carrying water to the tipplers [water closets] in Bradley Brothers and report to the next meeting.
Res. That Henry Brown be engaged to caulk leaky rivets in the boiler at CH Shed.
J D Roberts.

September 28th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res.
Accounts be paid: Anti-Incrustation Co £6-4-0. Bennett and Co 7/-. J W Clough £12-3-0. A Lowcock 3/-. Charles Blakey £35-5-3. James Mudd £4. W P Brooks 14/3. P Barrett £38-14-0. William Perry £14-3-6.
That no allowance be made to Mr Pilkington at WH for the half hour stoppages deducted from his account.
That transfer of 25 shares from Hartley Singleton to Martin Wood be sanctioned. Seal cert etc.
The secretary read the reports on the economisers at CH and WH from which it appeared that they were in satisfactory order.
The secretary reported that Horsfield Brothers had agreed to pay the full price of the tape with a deduction of about 12 sets which they said Anthony Carr had obtained from other tenants of the company but they requested to be allowed to pay by the set in future.
Res. That the matters be enquired into.
Res. That the goods required by the engineers be ordered.
Res. That the chairman , Barrett, King and Holdsworth be deputed to inspect Bradley Brother's closets which the BUDC surveyor requires to be cleaned, ventilated and flushed.
Res. That the scrap brass at WH be sold to Henry Brown. That the gate at WH be repaired. That the shafting in all the mills be swept. That the managing director be instructed to arrange with the engineers for the work to be done.
J D Roberts.

October 5th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That Holgate Marsden's account be paid £271-2-0.
Res. Transfer of 50 shares from Greenwood Hartley to Martin Wood be registered. Seal cert etc.
Res. That the plan produced by Proctor Barrett for the alterations of the closets in Bradley's warehouse by opening out windows over the field be approved and submitted to the BUDC surveyor.
A letter was read from John Wilson offering to pay the Education Rate and asking the board to accept him as a new tenant on these conditions.
Res. That the matter stand over for further consideration.
Thomas Dent.

October 14th 1904
T Dent chair.
Minutes as read.
Res. That the interest due to the Burnley Building Soc amounting to £104-19-9 for the quarter ending the 30th of September last be paid.
Res. That Proctor Barrett be requested to see Mr Bennett the BUDC surveyor with reference to objections to the plan deposited with the council for alterations to the closets at Butts Mill.
Res. That P Barrett be instructed to supply one truck of ½” broken limestone for all the mills. [About 12 tons]
Res. That the water at Springs Dam be let off at a suitable time. [This allowed a lot of silt to escape from the dam increasing its effective capacity. Best done in conditions of high flow so that the maximum amount of silt was washed out and recovery time was quick. Exactly the strategy I used to employ at Bancroft Shed to get rid of excess silt.]
J D Roberts.

October 20th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minutes as read.
Res.
That wages amounting to £40-8-3 be paid.
That cyl and eng oil for Butts be ordered.
That P Barrett be requested to send a plasterer to repairs in Craven Manufacturing Co's warehouse.
That solid lubricant be applied to the neck [bearing] which Mr Moorhouse complains drops oil on the cloth.
That Messrs Dent, Brooks and King attend at Butts Mill with regard to Anthony Carr's complaint that someone takes off the hoist strap at 6am, breakfast time and noon. [?]
That Messrs Barrett and Holdsworth together with the above named directors form a committee to visit the hoist at Bailey and Robert's at WH with a view to improving the light in order to prevent a recurrence of the accident as reported to the board.
A letter was read from Dugdale and Dewhurst acknowledging that they had taped nine sets of beams from My 27th to September 30th 1904.
A letter from Horsfield Brothers re. The rent of tape was read. The secretary was instructed to demand payment in accordance with the account sent in.
Bradley Brothers complained that rain came in through several spaces in the shed roof.
J D Roberts.

October 26th 1904
Dr Roberts chair.
Minute as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: J W Brown £3-6-1. Ellison and Co £111-16-5. E Bennis and Co 12/-. W J Varley £1-13-5. Henry Brown £13-18-3. P Barrett £13-9-3. G Proctor 19/6. Heap and Thornton £8-5-1.
The secretary read letters from H Edmondson and from John H Edmondson and A W Edmondson. The former for Nutter and Sons space and the latter for 200 loom places.
Res. Loan accepted from Jane Pickles £400 and Ellen Pickles £350. Seal cert etc.
The secretary read the clauses in Bradley Brother's lease referring to window glass.
Res. That it was decided not to accede to Bradley's request to replace broken squares as had been the case with the Butts Mill Co.
Res. That the secretary write to BUDC with regard to the water supply in case of fire at WH Mill.
That floors be repaired at Nutters and Pickles, CH and WH [respectively].
J D Roberts.

November 2nd 1904
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res.
That half year's ground rent due to Royd's amounting to £14-5-0 and one year's rent of well amounting to £10 due to the Gledstone Estate and 10/- due to W P Brooks be paid.
That Messrs Barrett, Wilson Dent and King form a committee to visit the whole of the company's properties and report on the necessity for fire escapes and whether the stock of stair cases and landings is sufficient to do the work required.
A letter was read from A Lowcock solicitors agreeing to allow the company to open out windows at Butts on payment of the cost of agreement for same.
Res. That the secretary enquire into the amount paid for window rights and report to the next meeting.
That the requirements of the engineers be ordered.
The question of the terms upon which the tenants of the company should be allowed to continue from January 1st next was discussed and it was resolved that the following clauses amongst others should be inserted into the agreements.
1.That steam power be supplied during the hours allowed by statute relating to labour in factories not exceeding 55 hours per week (excepting during the annual holidays).
2.That the rents be payable monthly on the first day of each calendar month in respect of which it has been accrued.
3.Six Months rent shall be due and payable in advance if demanded at any particular time.
4.That in case of any breakdown or other injury to the engine, boiler or shafting supplying or communicating power necessitating suspension of such power for more than five consecutive working hours then in such case and so often as the same happens a deduction from the rent in full [be allowed], but no allowance shall be made for a shorter stoppage than five consecutive hours.
5.That in the event of a general strike, bad trade or lock-out and the engine at any of the mills be completely stopped, allowance shall be made of the saving in coal only.
6.That the notice to terminate a tenancy shall be six months and shall terminate on the 30th of June or the 31st of December in each year.
7.That the usual clauses referring to repairs to window glass and interior of the shed be included.
J D Roberts.

November 11th 1904
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: H Marsden £320-9-7. Half year's rent for Butts Dam [Bethesda Trustees] £2-10-0.
The committee appointed at the last meeting reported that fire escapes were required in Bailey and Roberts and W Bailey's at WH. At Nutter's CH and that the company had two escapes that would answer.
Res. That Proctor Barrett erect the two escapes and fix a rope near the window at CH and also build bridges in fire holes [boiler furnaces] at Butts. [The 'bridge' in a furnace was the firebrick lining immediately inside the fire hole which protected the ironwork of the door frame casting from the heat of the fire. Called a bridge because at was arched over the top of the door.]
That a £20 loan be accepted from Henry Wilson. Seal cert etc.
That repairs to woodwork at Butts be done by W Holdsworth.
That the rent of the company's premises after the 31st of December next be as follows. Viz: 41/- per loom per annum with coal at 10/3 per ton at the wharf or station with an increase or decrease as the case may be of 6d [per loom] for such 5d per ton in the price of coal. That any increase in the total rates on the premises from the present time be paid by the tenants (by increase in rent) and that any reduction in the total rates be allowed to the tenants, in proportion to their looms and that no allowance be made for the holidays.
That the secretary be instructed to inform the deputation appointed by the tenants.
J D Roberts.

November 16th 1904
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
The secretary read a letter from James Wright and Co of Cow Pasture [Farm] applying for room and power for 200 to 400 looms in Nutter's or Bradley's [space].
Res. It be acknowledged.
That Proctor Barrett and W Holdsworth be requested to examine the wood beams in the Craven Manufacturing Co's premises which are rotting and repair them as they think best.
That Mr Tom Brown be instructed to caulk joints of troughs at Butts Mill.
That Mr Brooks be instructed to arrange for the engineers to put steam through the sheds so that they will be reasonably warm by 6am. [What's 'reasonable'?]
That Mr Barrett rebuild partition walls in the boilers at WH. [This wall is in the down-take at the back of the boiler dividing the streams of flue gas before they enter the sole flue. They are intended to avoid explosions in the down-take when 'green' smoke from one flue meets incandescent gas from the other flue. The consequent explosions have negligible affect when in the sole flue.]
That escape valve and air-pump step be ordered and ? as required at WH.
Thomas Dent.

November 23rd 1904
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
The secretary reported that he had communicated with tenants re the new tenancy agreements and they had agreed to the following clauses:
1.Rent 41/- per loom per annum. Sliding scale of 6d for 5d for coal.
2.Sliding scale for rates.
3.Rent to be paid on the first day of the month after it has accrued.
4.No allowance for holidays
But they objected to “no allowance to be made for breakdown”, “allowance of coal saved in case of strike, bad trade or lockout” and “termination of notice on 39th June or 31st December in any year by six months notice” and they requested that we should give them 55F [minimum temperature] in sheds.
Res. That allowance be made as hitherto for breakdowns, strikes etc. That notices be as before and that the temperature requested be inserted in the agreements. [After a struggle we have another significant adjustment in the tenancy agreements.]
J D Roberts.

November 30th 1904
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That Mr Wood order 2 x ½” steam taps for Butts. [Significant entry. As far as I can remember this is the first time we've seen evidence of Teddy Wood of Proctor and Proctor acting as engineering consultant in an executive capacity. Very significant for the future.]
That O'Neill remain another week at Butts to assist Riddiough as fireman.
That a steam pipe at Butts and one at WH be covered with such material as we have.
That the two fire escapes be got ready for P Barrett to erect them at WH.
J D Roberts.

December 7th 1904
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res.
That accounts be paid: W Roberts and Sons 4/8. Crawshawbooth Chemical Co £5-13-1. J W Clough £2-4-3. F R Putz 17/-. Cresswell Asbestos Co £1-13-5. C Brooksbank and Co £17-1-4. Burnley Ironworks Co £222-18-0. [A large account. This is the rebore, new piston and valves in the LP cylinder at Butts and fitting of Metallic Packings on both HP and LP rods recommended by Teddy Woods and approved at the April 13th meeting.] BUDC 14/-. Wages £107-18-7. H Marsden £343-15-0. W Holdsworth £6-17-11. A Lowcock £1-1-0.
That one 4” single [thickness] leather belt 66ft long be ordered for WH.
That Messrs Smith and Smith, solicitors, of Burnley be instructed to prepare the necessary agreements for carrying out the agreements with the tenants. [I can't be certain but I would lay a small bet that this is the firm used by Proctor and Proctor for drawing similar agreements up for other shed companies. They will be able to spot flaws in the drafting of these specialist agreements. Good strategy and one more evidence of the sense in employing P&P as admin advisers.]
That the secretary obtain signatures to the agreements before the 31st of December.
A letter was read from Mr Richard Lowcock withdrawing his consent to the company opening out windows at Butts Mill.
Res. That the secretary be requested to write to him asking whether he would be willing to sell the corner piece of land.
Letters applying for space were read from Watson Brothers of Church Street for 200 looms and from Anthony Carr withdrawing his application for Bradley Brother's space but applying for space for another 70 looms.
Res. That the letters be placed with the other applications.
Mr Anthony Carr also wrote asking the directors to reconsider their decision with regard to the tape.
Res. That the secretary write informing him that re-arrangements were being made in response to his request and asking him to wait until they are completed.
A letter was read from Bradley Brothers in which they informed the directors that in consequence of their removal to the new shed they had started to erect [Bankfield Shed No. 1] they would terminate their tenancy on the 1st of December next [1905?] being the date of termination of their lease.
Res. That the letter be acknowledged and that the directors would proceed to let the premises from that date.
The meeting was informed that Messrs Horsfield Brothers at Butts Mill are using sprays to humidify their premises and that they were connected to the heating pipes.
Res. That the secretary be requested to write them to discontinue their use and that the managing director should arrange for them to be taken out.
J D Roberts.

December 14th 1904
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Resolved:
1.That Poor Rate of £160-6-9 be paid. [Skipton Union Workhouse]
2.The secretary read the report of the external examination of the three boilers at Butts Mill from which it appeared they were in satisfactory condition.
3.That W Holdsworth be instructed to repair the floor leading to Wilson's hoist in Butts Mill.
4.That the exhausts from heating pipes and tapes in Bradley's premises be re-arranged and that S Smith, plumber, be instructed to do the work with the assistance of the engineer.
5.That Proctor Barrett be instructed to cart away the sweepings in the channels [gutters] at Butts Mill.
Thomas Dent.

December 21st 1904
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Resolved:
1.That the paving opposite Dugdale and Dewhurst's warehouse at WH be done. The deputation appointed reported that about 156 square yards was required. Mr Barrett gave a rough estimate of £32.
2.That the fittings required for the stokers at CH be ordered from E Bennis of Bolton.
3.That Messrs King, Dent, Brooks and Slater examine the arrangements for carrying water to the tipplers at Butts and report.
Thomas Dent.

December 28th 1904
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res:
That accounts be paid: L Robinson 16/11. S Smith 13/5. S Greenwood £3-14-3. C Blakey insurance £1-14-1. Cresswell Asbestos Co £1-15-5. Wages £39-17-0. J W Brown £3-5-9. Interest on loans and mortgages as per list.
That a loan of £2,000 from Mr Edmund Halstead be accepted. Seal cert etc.
That a 1½” water supply be fixed from the boiler pump at Butts to Messrs Horsfield's and Bradley's warehouse closets and for fire purposes and that the work be done by tender after inspection by Messrs Dent, Brooks, King and Barrett. [Killing two birds with one stone. Solving the water supply problem for the flushing of tippler toilets and giving a fire-fighting resource at the same time.]
That a price be obtained for 6” setts at so much per yard. Mr Barrett undertook to provide a sketch of the proposed arrangement.
That 12 casks of oil and one of white grease be ordered from S Cooke and Sons.
Thomas Dent.

January 4th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
The Coates Manufacturing Company applied for space for 400 looms. Thomas Baxter for 200 and The Craven Manufacturing Co for 165. The secretary was instructed to acknowledge receipt.
Letters were read from the Craven Manufacturing Co re the temperature in one of their sheds and from S Pickles and Sons re plastering in their shed.
Res. That Messrs King, Brooks and Dent be requested to report on steam pipes at Butts and that plastering required at CH and WH be done by Heap and Thornton and that new windows at WH be fixed by Mr Crewe.
That the Common Seal of the Company be attached to the 14 new tenancy agreements from January 1st in the presence of the chairman, vice-chairman and secretary.
That the following plumbers be requested to tender for the provision of a 1½” pipe range to closets at the west end of Butts Mill. Mr Hogarth to show the route and explain what is required. P Barrett, W J Varley, W P Brooks, S Smith.
Thomas Dent.

January 11th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Resolved:
1.That Holgate Marsden's account be paid, £337-3-0.
2.That Nutter and Sons be asked to fix a date on which they intended leaving CH Shed. [For the new shed at Bankfield]
3.That loan of £25 from Mr Wilson be accepted. Seal cert etc.
4.That the lowest tender for pipes be accepted. Mr S Smith's tender to fix the 1½” pipe range at Butts was the lowest.
5.Transfer of 7 shares from A Kidd to W Perry be registered. Seal cert etc.
6.That the requirements of the engine men be ordered.
7.That the fixing of additional steam pipes in the Pigeon Room [?] at Butts Mill be left in the hands of Messrs Brooks, King and Dent.
8.The secretary explained the position with regard to Mr James Moorhouse's looms at WH and stated that said that the balance owing would in future be treated like a loan and that all payments on the rent account would be credited to the loan account thus allowing the rent account to run in arrears. [Smart move. The options open to the company in respect of recovery of rent arrears were far stronger than those they could apply to loans.]
9.Reports on the economisers at WH and CH were read from which it would appear that they are in fairly good working order.
10.That the balance sheet as read be adopted subject to audit, that an annual dividend of 6% per annum be recommended to the shareholders at a meeting on January 27th at Seven Stars AR at the usual time.
Thomas Dent.

January 18th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Resolved:
1.That the requirements of the engineers be ordered.
2.That the iron plate supplied to W Holdsworth be 2/3.
3.That the secretary obtain information from the applicants for space as to what grace they are prepared to accept should their application be successful.
J D Roberts.

January 27th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: W Hough and Co 4/-. T Dent £20. John Lee £3-5-0. C Blakey £2-10-0. E Bennis and Co £1-7-6. G Proctor £50. Gas account £11-4-4.
Loan of £30 accepted from Henry Holdsworth. Seal cert etc.
J D Roberts.

February 1st 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res:
That 1 dozen india rubber rings 4¼” x 3” be ordered for Butts.
That J W Brown be instructed to repair the clow at Springs Dam.
That the chairman, Messrs Brooks and King see that O'Neill's wages are paid to him by Sneath during his absence from work, the custom being for those working to divide the wage between them. [An interesting point of view if they are talking about normal weekly wages.]
Thomas Dent.

February 8th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res: That the tender of William Atkinson from Colne [steeplejack] to supply and fit 15ft of new tape to the [lightning] conductor of CH chimney for £3-10-0 be accepted.
That the sketch of the grate for Springs Dam by J W Brown be approved and the work put in his hands.
Loan of £160 be accepted from A King and Son. Seal cert etc.
A Letter from S Slater was read saying that he had no inventory of Ouzledale. Mr Dent was asked to see Mrs Robinson, at one time owner of the property.
Res. That the engineer's requirements be ordered.
J D Roberts.

Half yearly General Meeting
January 27th 1905
[Printed balance sheet reports half year's profit after setting aside £800 for depreciation, was £788-5-0. Disposable balance £3,652-10-0.]
Dr Roberts Chair. Minutes as read.
Balance sheet adopted. Dividend of 6% per annum approved.
J D Roberts.

February 15th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That Loan of £100 be repaid to Exors of John Pickup.
That Ouzledale Mill be advertised [for rent] three weeks in the Herald and Pioneer.
That the expansion key broken by the Burnley Ironworks' men be sent back for repair.
That an extra man be engaged temporarily to repair roads.
The following applications for space about to be vacated by J Nutter and Sons at CH on December 31st next and Messrs Bradley at Butts on December 1st next were read. Horsfield Brothers applied for Nutter's space and offered 2 week's grace for 268 looms and 1 month for 146 looms.
Res. That the price of a tape at CH be £90 for 400 looms.
That the applications for CH be considered first.
That Messrs J S Horsfield's application be not voted upon.
That the lowest at the first vote drops out.
That the highest at the second vote be the successful applicant.
A ballot was taken. The voting was as follows: JH & WG Edmondson 5. Horsfield Brothers 4. Coates Man. Co 2. The Coates Man. Co's bid therefore failed.
Second Ballot: Edmondson 6, Horsfield 5.
Messrs Edmondson's application was declared successful and it was resolved they be accepted as tenants of the company with no grace. Tenancy to commence January 1st 1906 immediately on termination of the Nutter tenancy.
Res. That the applications for Butts Mill be considered next week.
That Horsfield Brothers along with the Coates Man. Co be requested to state whether their applications are to stand for the space at Butts Mill.
That the plan for water mains submitted by the waterworks manager be approved so far as the main to the flue at WH but as the extension to the front of the engine house was not considered necessary it be not entertained. The secretary was requested to return the plan asking for a price for the portion approved.
J D Roberts.

February 22nd 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the A Lees application to pay £1-1-0 per annum for drawing hot water from above our caul at Butts Mill be not entertained. [Question is where was this caul. There used to be a circular structure in the middle of the road at Butts over what I have always thought was the point where the Calf Hall Beck running under the mill and the Gillians Beck coming down from Clough converged. This may also have been the site of the caul or weir holding back the water in the culvert under the mill. It would make sense.]
That the engineer's requirements be ordered.
Applications for the Butts Mill space about to be vacated by Bradley Brothers were read as follows:
Craven Manufacturing Co, Butts, 180 to 200 looms, 6 week's grace.
Thomas Edmondson, Stockport, 400 looms, no grace.
Anthony Carr, Butts, 130 to 140 looms, 4 week's grace.
Horsfield Brothers, Butts, 400 looms, 3 week's grace.
Coates Manufacturing Co, Coates Mill, 400 looms, 6 week's grace.
J&S Horsfield, Essex Street, Barlick, 400 looms, grace stated as 'as low as anyone else'.
The secretary explained that in the event of Messrs Horsfield's space being divided between the Craven Manufacturing Co and Anthony Carr, the allowance of £6-12-3 for insufficient warehouse space would not then be made and that two extra looms could be placed where the steps to the warehouse are. This would mean a net [increase in] income of at least £10 per annum. The grace requested by Horsfield Brothers, A Carr and the Craven Man. Co amounted to £100 so that the £10 per annum would pay the interest on the amount allowed, provide a fund to repay the principle and this arrangement would satisfy the requirements of three tenants, improve the warehouse arrangement, reduce the number of tenants and place the premises on a better footing for re-letting in future.
Res. That providing A Carr and the Craven Man. Co agree to make their own alterations, add additional looms where possible and decide as to the divisions subject to our approval, the space for 400 looms be let to Messrs Horsfield Brothers and Horsfield's space be let to Anthony Carr and the Craven Manufacturing Co.
Messrs Carr and the Craven Manufacturing Co (Stephen Pickles) attended before the board and agreed to these terms. [Clever stuff, rationalising the use of space, reducing the number of tenants and getting closer to the magic figure of 400 looms per unit.]
Thomas Dent.

March 1st 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: A E Bennett and Co £8-19-6. J Gott and Sons 5/-. James Bulcock 11/-. A Brooksbank and Co £16-5-0. T M Duché and Sons £21-10-4. [Not being sure about the spelling of this name I went for a furtle and found this entry in the Manchester Royal Exchange directory for 1912: T M Duché and Sons, 14 Gartside Street Manchester. Glue, gelatine, glucose, farina, gums, starches, chrome leather etc. As CHSC don't need tape size ingredients the account is almost certainly for leather belting.] W Holdsworth £11-2-6. W Easton 4/-. H Brown £4070. J J Whitaker £8-14-0. Anti-Incrustation Co £6-8-0. Wages £105-3-0.
Res. That an extra iron wheel be ordered for the tape room at Butts.
The engineer at Butts [Albert Hogarth] applied for an increase in wages from 38/- to 40/- a week.
Res. That the question be deferred.
That the spare man at WH be instructed to spend two half days a week at Butts, the days to be decided by the engineers at Butts and WH.
That the requirements of the engineers be attended to.
A letter was read from Thomas Edmondson of Stockport offering, if the company would extend at CH for 400 looms or less, to take the space without grace.
The correspondence with the waterworks engineer was read re supply of water to WH for fire purposes.
A letter was read from A Lowcock declining to sell the land at Butts. [If Lowcock allowed CHSC to insert windows, after 20 years they become 'rights to light' (sometimes referred to as 'Ancient Lights') and CHSC could object to any building on the land which obstructed light. Lowcock is guarding against any such restriction of his right to build on his land.]
Thomas Dent.

March 8th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That H Marsden account be paid £347-17-0.
That the stores required by the engineers at Butts and WH be ordered.
That Mr Brooks be at liberty to sell the old grate bars at 20/- per ton after selecting usable ones and oil casks at 4/2 each.
That the gearing on the clow at CH be repaired by J W Brown.
A letter was read from Messrs Wright and Co, Cow Pasture Farm applying for space at CH if the company extend and offering to take the space without grace.
Res. That the engineer's wages be advanced as follows: Albert Hogarth [Butts] and J J Sneath [WH] 2/- per week and Watson [CH] 1/- per week from April 1st next.
J D Roberts.

March 15th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That P Barrett and A King be requested to interview the BUDC with reference to the water main for fire purposes at WH Mill.
That the old fire bars be sold to William Ashworth for 21/- per ton. [Burnt iron was not good quality scrap.]
That a cask of wheelgrease be ordered from A E Bennett and Co for Butts Mill.
That Proctor Barrett be requested to make room for a further loom in Anthony Carr's shed. [One loom might be seen as a small matter but in the early days so many were squeezed in that in some cases grooves were cut in walls to allow the end of the slay to be an inch further over. There were marks like this in the shed walls at Bancroft. What this flags up is the potential profit to the manufacturer.]
J D Roberts.

March 22nd 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That insurance for boilers at Butts Mill be paid £4-2-6 and economisers at CH and WH £4.
The secretary reported that only four tenants had not paid the February rent accounts due on March 1st and that another two had reduced the balances owed by them.
Reports on the economisers (external) at CH and WH were read and passed forward to the engineers.
Mr J O'Neill asked for an increase of 2/- per week in his wages and Edward Watson [engineer at CH] for 2/- instead of 1/-. [The engineers have been comparing notes!]
Res. That the applications be not granted.
Mr P Barrett offered to make a sketch of the water mains at WH.
Res. That Messrs Slater, Dent, Brooks and King report re extra looms in Horsfield's [shed].
Res. Transfer of shares: 50 from S Petty to J W Sowerbutts, 15 from S Petty to S Barrett, 30 from S Petty to Luke Suthers and 20 from John Waterworth to Luke Suthers be registered, seal cert etc.
Res. That loans be accepted from Dr Roberts and others, seal cert etc.
Thomas Dent.

March 29th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. Loan of £100 accepted from John Horsfield. Seal cert etc.
Res. That W P Brooks account for £2-15-9 and J W Brown's for £8-15-0 be paid.
Res. That the letting of the land at WH to Mr Ashley and Mr Suthers at ½d per yard be confirmed. That Mr Suthers' rent commence on April 1st 1905.
Proctor Barrett produced a plan of the water mains at WH and it was resolved that Messrs Barrett, King, Brooks and Slater be requested to fix the position of the hydrants and obtain tenders for the work.
Res. That P Barrett be requested to produce a sketch and give an estimate of cost for loading places for Dugdale and Dewhurst and Slater Brothers at WH.
Res. That Bailey and Roberts be allowed to place two looms in their warehouse at the usual rent.
That J Sneath be asked to give particulars of the pump at WH with a view to selling it. [Worth mentioning that many years later after Silentnight bought WH Mill they fond a large water pump made by Bracewell's foundry at Burnley (Later Burnley Ironworks) and donated it to the Lancashire Textile Museum at Helmshore. Could be another pump of course but worth bearing in mind.]
Thomas Dent.

April 5th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the Craven Manufacturing Co be informed that the allowances for inconvenient warehouses will, under the new agreements, be £30 per annum as before.
That a 14” split drum be ordered from Ellison and Co. [This refers to the fact that the pulley was made in two halves so it could be installed without dismantling the shafting.]
That Messrs Dent, King, Barrett and Brooks inspect the ashlar [masonry foundation] under the air pump at WH and give instructions for the necessary repairs. [The pump and condenser must be moving on the foundation. Quite a common fault with air pumps.]
That Mr Wood be asked to come earlier next week to inspect the pumping engine at WH with a view to ascertaining its value.
J D Roberts.

April 12th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
The Co-op Society asked permission to sub-let a small portion of the land rented from the company for use as a garden.
Res. That permission be given.
Mr Barrett produced plans for loading places at WH and estimated the cost at £113, paving £19 and paving the yard £25. Total £157. Mr King reported that the two tenants had offered 2% on cost as their contribution to costs.
Res. That the rent be fixed at 1/3 per week for each tenant. If the tenants agree to this the work will be considered.
That Burnley Ironworks be asked to inspect and report on the moving ashlar at WH.
That accounts be paid: H Marsden £401-8-10. Wages £90-8-2. Scottish Boiler Insurance £6-5-0.
Tenders for supplying and fixing the water main and hydrants at WH to the specification of the BUDC waterworks manager were opened. S Smith £28. T Brooks £28 and Varley £31-18-0.
Res. That T Brooks' tender be accepted.
Res. That one new [bevel] wheel be ordered for stock at Butts.
J D Roberts.

April 19th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
The boilers at Butts Mill were reported to be externally in order except for a slight leak from the blow-down cock of No. 2.
Res. Loan of £30 (balance) be accepted from Elizabeth Edmondson. Seal cert etc.
That Mr Barrett be requested to draw plans of the loading places [WH] and present them to BUDC for confirmation.
It was reported that Slater Brothers were agreeable to the charge of 1/3 per week for a loading place but Dugdale and Dewhurst declined to agree.
Res. That Burnley Ironworks be instructed to fix beams at WH to hold down the air pump ashlar.
J D Roberts.

April 26th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That 2/6 each be allowed to Ed Watson and T Wills for cleaning out shale in stream. [CH]
That the price for the pump at WH be fixed at £75.
J D Roberts.

May 3rd 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: A Horsfield £6-16-3. A E Bennett £4-6-6. J Bulcock £1-8-6. Heap and Thornton £5-11-6. Henry Brown £4-15-0. James Proctor Ltd 19/6. J Gott and Son £1-5-0. Diamond Lubricating Co £12-9-6. Anti-Incrustation Co £9-12-6.
Res. That the common seal of the company be affixed to the agreements with the tenants at Butts Mill and CH Shed produced by the secretary.
That two casks of cylinder oil be ordered for Butts Mill.
That the division of the wage of any absent workman of the company be, in future, brought before the board for decision.
J D Roberts.

May 10th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That H Marsden's account be paid £251-14-0.
That the wall on the street line at CH be rebuilt and that Henry Wilson superintend the work. [boundary dry stone wall]
That 6 casks of cylinder oil be ordered.
The secretary reported that the average cost of composition [boiler] at WH and CH for the past three years was £12-12-9 and £11-14-11 respectively and for soda ash [sodium carbonate] at Butts Mill for the past two years was £1-13-1 per annum.
J D Roberts.

May 17th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That £180 be repaid to J Waterworth as requested.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to offer the Craven Bank the sum of £6,400 for their interest in the weaving shed and premises known as Viaduct Shed at Colne, exclusive of machinery, book debts and stock subject to a ground rent of about £43 per annum. The purchase date as from December 31st last, interest of 5% on purchase price to commence on the 1st of May.
That as the secretary is not asking for any commission on the purchase of this shed he be permitted, for his own use, to accept any honorarium that the Craven Bank may give him after the completion of the purchase.
[More evidence of robust trade. The CHSC evidently feels confident it has the capacity to manage another shed in Colne and expects the net return to be more than the 5% interest on what is in effect a loan from the Craven Bank. Here again we have evidence of the involvement of George Proctor and his contacts in the trade. For a full description of Viaduct Shed see Shackleton, 'The Textile Mills of Pendle'. CHSC were to run the mill until 1919 when they sold it to one of the tenants, Thomas Hargreaves. (Note that this was during the ephemeral post war re-stocking boom. A smart move.)
There is a connection with Calf Hall Shed as Joseph Hawley built both CH and Viaduct and completed the latter in 1890. At the time CHSC bought it there were 608 looms under four tenants: Thomas Hargreaves, 250 looms. Edward Riley, 114 looms. Cowgill and Hacking, 144 looms and the Viaduct Manufacturing Co with 100 looms. The engine was a Burnley Ironworks cross compound rated at 400hp and had a rare three-flued Lancashire boiler made by Yates and Thom of Blackburn working at 120psi. There was a Green's economiser with 120 pipes.]
Res. That Heap and Thornton be instructed to point the shed wall at WH.
That the goods required by the engineer at WH be ordered.
J D Roberts.

May 24th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Richard Lowcock £1-1-0. Bethesda Chapel Trustees £2-10-0.
The secretary read a letter from the Craven Bank in which they stated that the offer to purchase Viaduct Shed for £6,400 on the terms passed by the resolution of the directors at their last meeting was accepted. [The fact that it was in the ownership of the bank suggests that there had been a charge on it held by the bank and that the original owner has liquidated.]
Res. That the question of subscribing to the Burnley Victoria Hospital and Leeds Infirmary [the old Penny Funds?] be brought before the shareholders at the next general meeting.
Res. That P Barrett be asked to draw up specifications for the two loading bays at WH Mill. That tenders be invited by advertisement, the specification to be left with the engineer at WH. Tenders to be delivered at the office by next Wednesday.
J D Roberts.

May 31st 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res.
That accounts be paid:T and H Duché and Sons £11-12-2. S Smith £1-15-0. G Anderson and Co £1-5-0. Wages £98-13-0.
The secretary read a letter from J Nutter and Sons in which they give notice to leave CH Shed on November 30th 1905.
That the secretary obtain an assurance from Messrs Edmondson that they will accept a tenancy from that date instead of December 31st.
Several tenders were received for the erection of two loading places at WH Mill.
Res. That the tender of Lambert Robinson for joiner's and glazier's work £18-8-9 and mason's work at £79-19-0 and Heap and Thornton's tender of £25-8-0 for slating, being the lowest tenders, be accepted.
Res. That P Barrett be requested to superintend the completion of the work.
Res. That the floor of Horsfield's warehouse be repaired by W Holdsworth.
Res. That the pumping engine at WH be advertised in the Manchester Guardian and the Yorkshire Post.
The secretary read a letter from the Craven Bank, Skipton, in which they agreed that the purchase price of Viaduct Shed should be placed under debit in the company's account at 5% interest.
Res. That P Barrett be instructed to make the windows at WH available as exits to the fire escapes.
J D Roberts.

June 7th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. Loans be accepted from A Horsfield, £100. H Broughton £80. Seal cert etc.
That P Barrett be requested to lower the rope race at Butts Mill. [Not sure what they are referring to here. Remember that the Musgrave engine drove the main shaft via gearing. This must be a subsidiary rope race somewhere in the transmission system.]
That troughs at CH Shed and Butts be repaired by J W Brown.
The secretary read a letter from Edmondson Brothers re the tenancy at CH Shed. They asked for concessions if they agreed to take the place on December 1st instead of January 1st. The secretary undertook to obtain their assurance that they would commence on December 1st.
That an advertisement be inserted in the Advertiser inviting tenders for purchase of ashes at Butts Mill for the year ending June 30th 1906.
That P Barrett be requested to make an oiler's ladder for CH Shed. [This was a short ladder sized to suit the shaft height and provided with two large hooks on the top so it could be hooked over a moving shaft to get access to bearings. Important if a hot neck (bearing) arose during running hours so that remedial attention could be given without stopping the engine.]
J D Roberts.

June 14th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That a cheque be drawn in favour of the Craven Bank for £6,441-4-1, the purchase price of Viaduct Shed and the interest thereon since May 1st 1905.
That the repairs to WH engine reported by Burnley Ironworks Co as necessary to be done be put in hand and completed during the coming holidays.
That the tender of Sandy Harmer of £9-1-0 for Butts ashes for the year ending June 30th 1906 be accepted and that the account be paid quarterly. [Remember that a multiplier of 75x to 100x can be applied to get a present day value. This gives some idea of the value of ashes to the construction industry.]
That the clow at Butts Mill be repaired at once.
That the cooling plant at CH be put in order at once.
[Summer weather, rising condenser pond temperatures.]
J D Roberts.

June 21st 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
It was reported that the tenants of the company were anxious that the BUDC provide a steam fire engine and that this company should request the BUDC to consider the matter. Further discussion of the matter was deferred until next week; the following committee being appointed to report on our fire appliances; Messrs King, Barrett, Dent and Brooks.
Res. That the common seal of the company be affixed in the presence of Dr Roberts and Thomas Dent and two of the directors and the secretary to the Assignment dated June 16th 1905 of two plots of land and a weaving shed and premises known as Viaduct Shed situate at Colne in the County of Lancaster from the Craven Bank Ltd to the Company for the sum of £6,400. The plots contain 152 and 6,813 square yards respectively and are subject to a yearly ground rent of 343-10-8.
That transfer of 25 shares from F H Baldwin to S Barrett be registered. Seal cert etc.
That a loan of £200 be accepted from Francis Elizabeth Clark. Seal cert etc.
It was reported to the meeting that Mr J H Edmondson of the firm Edmondson Brothers died on Monday last. [June 19th 1905]
J D Roberts.

June 27th 1905
Dr Roberts. Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Burnley Ironworks ½. Brooks Pickup £30-14-0. Borough of Colne £1-7-6. S Smith and Sons £3-5-0. E Brooksbank and Co £8-6-0. P W Spencer £2-10-0. Vulcan Boiler Insurance Co £3. J W Clough £3-5-3. Cresswell's Asbestos Co £3-15-11. W P Brooks £3-18-5. Lancs and Yorks Ins Co 12/9.
Reports on the economisers at CH and WH were read from which it appeared that very satisfactory results were being obtained.
Complaint was made to the board that WH Mills had no supply of town's water and that the heating of the new shed occupied by Mr Moorhouse was deficient. [It comes as something of a shock to realise that clean water wasn't available, it makes you wonder where they got potable water from, rain water tanks?]
Res. That Messrs King, Brooks and Dent form a committee to investigate and report.
The same committee was requested to examine the ventilation at CH Shed.
Res. That P Barrett be requested to send a man to repair stabling at Butts.
That Heap and Thornton be instructed to attend to repairs of slates, pointing etc.
Res. That two casks of Cylinder oil and one of engine oil be ordered for Butts Mill and one cask of shaft oil be sent to Butts from the other mills.
J D Roberts.

July 5th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That Messrs Lofthouse be requested to paint the cottage at Butts, the putty to be the best and made with linseed oil.
That Mr King examine Windle's shed roof and report on the advisability of putting in lights.
That Proctor Barrett be instructed to flash the four bays in Horsfield's and Carr's at Butts Mill. That he repair the wood fence of the field occupied by the Co-op at WH using loose timber from the building opposite. [Flashing is the use of lead sheet to protect junctions of one structure with another to render them rain-proof.]
J D Roberts.

July 19th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That G Proctor's wages be paid.
That balance sheet as read be adopted and presented to the shareholders on July 25th.
That shareholders be recommended to declare a dividend of 7½% per annum for the half year.
That the secretary's salary be raised to £120 per annum from Jan 1st 1905 in consequence of the purchase by the company of Viaduct Shed, Colne.
J D Roberts.

July 28th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Tenders for the ashes at CH and WH for the tear ending July 31st 1906 were received from F Harrison and P Barrett as follows: F Harrison, CH £7-10-0, WH £14-10-0. P Barrett CH, £7-7-0, WH £12-12-0.
Res. That Fred Harrison's tender be accepted.
J D Roberts.

General meeting, Seven Stars AR
July 28th 1905
[Printed balance sheet reports half year profit after allowing £900 for depreciation of £1,316 and a disposable balance of £4,239-10-0. One interesting entry for Viaduct Shed is that a mortar mill brings in an income of £52-18-6 a year and a [retail] shop £14-17-10.]
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes of last general meeting as read.
Res. Balance sheet adopted. Dividend of 7½% per annum approved. Retiring directors re-elected. Director's remuneration of £60 per annum approved.
Messrs. Richard Watson and Son, Chartered Accountants of Burnley were appointed auditors for the company at a fee of seven guineas per annum. [£7-7-0]
J D Roberts.

August 2nd 1905
Res. Dr Roberts be chairman and T Dent vice-chair. W P Brooks managing director.
Dr Roberts took the chair.
Res. That P Barrett repair the wall in Wellhouse Road and the shed wall opposite the engine house. [I suspect this is the old WH problem of subsidence.]
Res. That Crowther's wage be paid and distributed amongst those entitled.
That the old timber formerly used in the Smithy at WH be sold to Fred Preston for 20/-.
The empty oil casks be sold to E Brooksbank and Co @4/2 each.
That Anthony Carr's request for a supply of clean water be looked into.
That Gresham and Craven Ltd be asked why the injector repaired by them does not work correctly. [Steam injectors for feeding boilers against steam pressure are notoriously temperamental. This may not be the manufacturer's fault.]
That P Barrett repair and clean out the eaves and troughs at CH Shed.
That John Riddiough be asked to come before the director's next Wednesday night at 7pm and that he be told it is concerning his conduct towards Mr Hogarth and what he has been saying to the public. [Oh dear. Trouble at the engine house at Butts!]
J D Roberts.

August 9th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: J A Nutter £56-16-0. Thomas Jackson £93-16-4. J Wilson Green £180-7-7. Alfred Horsfield £249-5-5. [These entries are out of the pattern and I suspect are repayments of loans and interest.] Holgate Marsden £341-2-0. Loan of £100 to Thomas Baxter be repaid.
That loans of £100 from Jonathan Peel and £50 from David Woffenden be accepted. Seal cert etc.
John Riddiough attended at the invitation of the board with reference to his statements made in public and to the engineer. He was warned not to offend in this way again. [Intriguing...]
J D Roberts.

August 16th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Henry Brown, £8-7-6. James Bulcock £3-3-0. J W Varley £1-1-6. Burnley Ironworks £16-5-0. M&J Layfield £1-14-0. Colledge Roy and Co £3-13-0. J Gott and Sons 11/8. R Brotherton 16/-. J Casartelli and Sons 13/-. J J Whitaker £4-7-0. Anti-Incrustation Co £6-6-0. S Smith 4/6. J Thompson and Co £6-9-0. Brooksbank and Co £9-5-8. Gresham and Craven 14/-. E A Coates £5.
Res. That the managing director instruct the engineer at CH Shed to send down more water from Springs Dam in consequence of the very high temperature of the water at Butts Mill. [In earlier years the water temperature from CH hadn't been a CHSC problem but as they now own Butts one suspects that they are taking more notice.]
Mr Brooks reported that the Inspector of Factories had requested immediate attention to the water closets at Butts Mill.
Res. That Mr Lowcock be asked when in Barnoldswick to meet a deputation of the board with reference to the purchase of a plot of land.
That the requirements of the engineers at CH and WH be ordered.
J D Roberts.

August 23rd 1905
Dr Roberts chair.
Res. That the receipt of a letter from Mr Bennett, surveyor to BUDC re closet accommodation at Butts Mill be acknowledged.
That W Holdsworth be requested to repair Messrs Moorhouse's and Windle's warehouse floors.
That P Barrett be requested to board up the wheel race in the Craven Manufacturing Co's warehouse and over the well at CH Shed.
That a letter be sent to Holgate Marsden asking him to send all Altham coal by rail. [Almost certainly low water in the canal.]
J D Roberts.

September 6th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: T M Duché and Son £20-16-6. E Bennis and Co 12/-. John Lee £5-18-0. Ellison and Co £11-17-0. J A Nutter 12/6. W B White and Son £16-11-10. Brooks and Pickup £27-5-0. F R Putz £1-14-0. Anti-Incrustation Co £6-9-0. Hartley and Pilgrim [no entry]. Smith and Smith £28-0-7.
The chairman read a letter received by him from Mr Lowcock of Manchester asking for particulars of land required by the company and he was asked to reply that the company wished to acquire land to improve the yard and the weaver's approach to Butts Mill.
Res. That Bailey and Roberts be requested to pay half the cost of the drum placed in their warehouse at their request.
The secretary read the reports on the boilers at all the mills from which it appeared that the scale at CH was ¼” thick, WH ¼” to 3/16” and at Butts ¾”. [All seriously scaled up, Butts figure is serious. The standard at Bancroft when I was running it was 1/16” maximum. This gives a balance between the protection the scale gives from corrosion and pitting of internal surfaces and the bad effects of damaging heat transmission. A subsidiary danger in the case of Butts is that the scale is so thick that it could insulate the furnace tube from the cooling effect of the water, and allow it's temperature to rise to a point where the tube loses structural integrity and can be crushed by boiler pressure. One more example of the lack of applied science to feed water treatment.]
That P Barrett be requested to supply a ladder for WH Mill.
That the secretary request a return from Mr Pilkington and Messrs Dugdale and Dewhurst for the export taping done by them.
That the requirements of the engineers be attended to.
J D Roberts.

September 13th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: H Marsden £191-7-0. Thomas Brooks £28-11-0.
That Mr Riddiough be allowed the holiday he asked for.
That Mr John Slater be allowed to have a plot of land at WH, 16 yards X 10 yards at the usual price.
That the repairs to the road at CH be left in the hands of Messrs. Dent, Brooks and King.
That the balance of the loan of £100 be repaid to the Exors of John Pickup.
That loan of £20 be accepted from Henry Holdsworth. Seal cert etc.
That prices be obtained for paving across the yard at WH Mill.
J D Roberts.

September 20th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
The Craven Manufacturing Co requested the company to supply larger meters in their shed and to rearrange the gas pipes ready for the changes in tenancy. [A confirmation that tenants used individual gas meters.]
Res. That they be allowed to use the existing meters but any new or larger ones must be provided by themselves. [I wonder about decisions like this. One would think that the gas meters, being part of the infrastructure provided by the company, would be CHSC responsibility. We see quite a few decision which blur this boundary. What happens if the tenant leaves and takes his meter with him?]
Tenders were opened for the paving at WH Mill entrance.
P Barrett, 6” setts laid, 3/19 per yard. 12”x 6”channels at 2/6 per yard.
John Miles, 6” setts, excavating and paving, 3/4 per yard. 12” X 6” channels 2/9 per yard.
Res. That P Barrett's tender be accepted.
That the quantity of paving to be done be considered at the next meeting after inspections by those directors who can attend on Friday at 6:15pm.
That Mr Atkinson's account be returned for correction, that he be informed of the amount of the architect's certificates and that he agrees thereto to the amount to be paid[sic].
That Messrs Dent and Brooks attend to the re-puttying of glass on the shed at CH and that Mr W Holdsworth be requested to supply a wood trough for the engineer at CH for emptying the cistern.
J D Roberts.

September 27th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Lambert Robinson £103-11-9. Ant-Incrustation Co £2-18-6. Brooks and Pickup £43-10-0. J W Clough £10-10-0. J A Nutter £1-0-5. Cresswell Asbestos Co 6/3. W Perry £14-0-6. James Gott and Sons 15/10. Burnley Building Soc £99-17-6. W Easton 8/8. S Smith and Sons £1-5-0. J Whitaker £6. Wages £134-12-9. J W Brown 18/-. P Barrett £53-3-0.
A letter was read from Mr L Robinson complaining that the architect had taken advantage of him in the measurement of paving at WH and the secretary's reply that Mr Robinson had misread the quantities.
Res. That no paving be done at the entrance to WH Mill.
That the next lot of oil for Butts cylinders be the same as the other mills.
That a cask of compo as used at WH and CH be supplied to Butts. [If you look back to May 10th there is a reference to Butts feed water treatment being much cheaper than WH and CH, straight soda ash only being used. The consequences of this 'saving' were revealed in the figures for scale thickness in the boilers. Albert Hogarth needs to rethink his opinions about 'expensive' compo.]
That W Brown be engaged to assist the engineer at Butts in taking up the slack in the engine bearings. [Sounds as though he needs guidance rather than help. He has plenty of labour to hand. Not very impressed by an engineer who can't adjust these bearings on his own. Am I being too hard on Albert?]
That the rope race at Butts be covered in by P Barrett. [Remember the engine was a gear drive. This rope race is part of the shafting layout in the mill.]
Thomas Dent.

October 4th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: H Marsden £300-6-0. W P Brooks 7/4. Norwich Union Ins £35-5-3.
That a flag in the caul at CH be taken up and replaced with a plank by P Barrett.
That Mr Towers Singleton be accepted as a tenant of the stables at Butts in the place of S Eastwood deceased. [Towers Singleton was a carriage proprietor based in Commercial Street, very close to Butts. There was a range of stables between the mill and Commercial Street and I'm beginning to wonder if these are the ones referred to. Only a suspicion as I have no evidence but I can't think where else they could be.]
That Messrs Dent, King and Brooks examine the steam pipes heating Wilson's warehouse and report to the next meeting.
That Mr J W Brown repair a drum in Anthony Carr's shed.
J D Roberts.

October 11th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That a Lancaster [and Tonge] steam trap be ordered for Butts Mill engine.
That the valve spindles at Viaduct Shed be repaired by Burnley Ironworks Co. [Almost certainly repairs to the steam and exhaust valve spindles on the engine.]
That the rents of the two loading places. Viz. 1/3 each per week be charged as from October 1st.
J D Roberts.

October 18th 1905
Dr Roberts chair.
Res. That six new closets be built at Butts Mill by P Barrett as per plan.
That Henry Brown supply a steam trap for Butts.
That goods required by engineers be ordered.
That the gas fittings taken down by Moorhouse be left in his charge.
That a wagon of road metal be supplied by Proctor Barrett.
That an honorarium for special services respecting the purchase of Viaduct Shed be given to Mr Edward Wood (Proctor and Proctor.).
J D Roberts.

October 25th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: BUDC 16/-. Brooks and Pickup £24-9-0. Brooksbank and Co £4-4-6. Ridehalgh and Co £3. Veevers and Hensman[?] £1-10-9. [Veevers is a common Colne name, uncommon in Barlick. V Shed?] Colledge Roy and Co [M/c Royal Exchange directory 1912: 'Colledge Roy and Co, Brighton and Roger Streets, Red Bank, Manchester. Oil pressers and refiners.] £7-7-0. Anti-Incrustation Co £6-7-0. Colne Corporation 4/10. P W Spencer £17-6-0. Burghope and Strange £1-7-0. W Holdsworth £17-11-0. Henry Brown £16-16-0. Wages £67-6-11.
That the HP valves at V Shed be re-bored and new valves fitted.
That the new tenants at Butts be charged each 1/3 of the water charges.
That 3/- per week be transferred from WH wages to Butts for assistance.
That the room at WH be offered to Mr Brown at 1/6 per week. [I'll guess at the office in the thoroughfare. Brown and his successors used this office until the mill was demolished in the 1980s.]
Thomas Dent.

November 1st 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Mr Brooks reported that Mr Henry Brown had agreed to take the room at WH at 1/6 per week from this date.
Res. That the door at A Carr's shed at Butts be opened out and half his sliding door be made airtight [draught proof?] by Mr P Barrett, the wood to be removed to the stores.
That prices be obtained for scrap brass, iron and old blocks at WH Mill.
That loans be accepted: £30 from J&B Hall and £355 from Mrs E M Dewhurst. Seal cert etc.
That the ground rent of £14-5-0 due to Royds be paid.
The secretary reported that the price of coal at the station at Colne as used by V Shed, Best slack ? Was 8/11 per ton from today.
Res. That tenders be obtained for paving 40 yards or thereabouts inside the yard at Butts Mill.
That P Barrett be requested to cart the debris from Butts Mill to the road fronting Dugdale and Dewhurst's at WH.
That the covered thoroughfare at Butts Mill be whitewashed.
That Springs Dam be run off. [For cleaning.]
J D Roberts.

November 8th 1905
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Holgate Marsden £408-3-0. Gledstone Estate £10.
Res. That M&G Caan's tender for paving the yard at Butts Mill at 3/8½ per yard be accepted.
That the oil pump at Butts Mill be transferred to V Shed.
That a cask of cylinder oil be ordered for Butts Mill.
That the secretary be requested to arrange an interview between Mr Atkinson the architect, Mr Bennett the surveyor and a few of the directors at the junction of Wellhouse Road and Valley Road with a view to settling the ownership and repair of the road.
That Ouzledale Mill be advertised to let in the Barnoldswick paper for one or two weeks.
That Messrs Dent, King and Brooks form a deputation to visit Ouzledale to inspect the general condition of the premises.
Thomas Dent.

November 15th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That a loan of £2000 at 4% subject to three month's notice be accepted from S Pickles and Sons, CH Shed.
The secretary produced the agreement and plan entered into on January 13th 1900 between Joseph Hawley [Builder and one time owner of V Shed] and Colne Corporation with regard to a storm overflow which Mr Hawley, as owner of the shed, allowed to pass through his land adjoining Colne Water on the condition that the Corporation built a new weir and diverted the storm overflow from the well for the shed.
Res. That the secretary be requested to ask the Corporation to carry out their part of the agreement. [Someone has been reading the small print!]
Res. That £1000 be repaid to the Burnley Building Society.
Thomas Dent.

November 22nd 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the secretary be authorised to sign the three agreements with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Co for land and light at Viaduct Shed, Colne, the yearly rents of which are £3, £2 and 10/- respectively.
A letter was read from the Clerk to the BUDC requesting the board to place ashes on a portion of Wellhouse Road and Valley Road.
Res. That seeing this company has transferred its interest in Wellhouse Road to the council and that Mr Edward Smith has contracted with the company to maintain Valley Road until it is paved, that this be not done except on the request of the council and on their behalf and that the secretary draw the attention of the council to the very unsatisfactory state of Wellhouse Road which is the principal cause of the condition of Valley Road. [The company are wary of doing anything which could be construed as a voluntary agreement to keep a public road in repair.]
Reports upon the boilers at WH and CH were read.
Mr Anthony Carr requested the company to see that he has the key of Horsfield's space on December 2nd. The letter was laid on the table.
Thomas Dent.

November 29th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Ellison and Co 10/-. Burnley Ironworks £1-19-0. W J Varley £1-14-0. Joseph Thompson £1-16-0. S Smith and Sons £2-6-0. Thomas Hargreaves 9/7. Brooks and Pickup £83-11-0. Wages £86-13-7. Lofthouse and Son £18-19-4. W Holdsworth £21. P Barrett £38-17-0.
A letter was read from Richard Jones of Nelson agreeing to take Ouzledale on a six month's tenancy at £18 per annum providing the doorway and windows are repaired.
Res. That the offer be accepted and that Mr Jones be allowed £3 for repairs to doorway and glass be provided for windows. The secretary to draw an agreement reserving the control of the water to the company. [Note the clause about control of the water. The more I look at Ouzledale the more I suspect that there is some direct connection with Butts water. First there is the question of why Bracewell bought the Ouzledale Estate at a time when Butts was short of water. Second, there is a later mention of a Lea water meter in connection with Clough Mill who, as I understand it owned the riparian right back upstream to the moor (Evidence of agreement between Slaters and Clough which allowed the construction of Bancroft Shed 1914-1920.). This clause renews my suspicion that there is a diversion of water from Ouzledale Dam to Butts which I haven't found yet. No doubt all will become clear one of these days! Research is like that, sometimes you have to just be patient and wait for something to fall into your lap.]
Res. That W B White's tender of 55/- and 10/- for scrap be accepted.
Mr Anthony Carr appeared before the directors and requested them to arrange for Messrs Horsfield to start moving out on Friday morning next.
Res. That seeing Messrs Horsfield cannot possibly vacate their space within the time of their notice, viz. December 1st they be informed that provided they commence to move on the morning of Nov 30th [Thursday] and use all possible despatch the company will waive any claim on them for continuing the tenancy after the 1st of December.
Res. That S Smith be engaged to alter the gas pipes at Butts.
The secretary gave particulars of the working expenses of Coates Shed which is to be sold on December 6th 1905 which showed that the cost was over £700 (including £100 depreciation) and that the shed would hold 360 looms only. [There is a small scrap of paper inserted in the minute book for this date. It shows per annum coal costs of £320, wages £78, extras £5, water [extraction fee to L&L Canal Co] £12, Oil and grease £12, Rates £40, Insurance £10,repairs £80, depreciation £100. Total £657. Loom rents £720, tape £80, total receipts £800. Profit balance £143. [Roughly 6% I calculate] The CHSC are having a sniff at another mill! It's not mentioned but the mill was still being driven by the original 1865 beam engine and it may be that this carried some weight with the directors.]
Thomas Dent.

December 6th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That H Marsden's account of £326-16-0 be paid.
That W B White's offer of 20/- for scrap fire bars be accepted.
That the pumping engine at WH be offered at £25.
That no allowance be made to J Windle and Sons for broken windows but that they be requested to put those already repaired into proper condition.
That Mr P Barrett be requested to clear away the steps at Butts now rendered useless by the change of tenancy.
Thomas Dent.

December 13th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That Bradley Brothers and J Nutter and Sons be not charged for extra taping before removal on the grounds that many of the looms were taken out before the termination of their tenancies.
Res. That the drums required at Butts be ordered from Ellison and Co.
The secretary read a report on the oil in the reservoirs at WH but it was decided to await further information before adopting any suggestion. [The cooling water taken from the condenser pond and injected into the jet condenser producing the vacuum which gave the engines their efficiency came into direct contact with the exhaust steam and was extracted from the system by the air pump and then returned to the pond for cooling. (This is why heat built up in the ponds in hot weather.) There is always a carry-over of cylinder oil in the exhaust and if there is no provision for intercepting this, or if the engineer is being too generous with cylinder lubrication, there can be a serious build-up of oil floating on the surface of the reservoir or other water source such as the canal. As lubricating technology improved in later years this carry-over was reduced and often trapped in an interceptor well where it could be collected and didn't get back to the source. This is the problem the directors are looking at. WH is always short of water and the normal action of floating oil escaping through the overflow in small quantities all the time and keeping contamination down may not be happening.]
The secretary reported that the Town Clerk of Colne had offered to pay the contract price for constructing the weir at Viaduct Shed provided they were absolved from further risk. The offer has been rejected.
Thomas Dent.

December 20th 1905
T Dent Chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the land at WH let to Luke Suthers be transferred to J J Sneath.
That stores required by Butts and WH be ordered.
That A Hogarth and E Lowcock be paid 6d per hour for 30 hours time worked at Butts Mill.
That the chairman, King and Brooks see the Craven Manufacturing Co in response to their note about gas.
That the paving at Butts be continued to the waste places by Caan and Son at prices as oer tender.
That the spare wood now stored at Butts Mill be sold to P Barrett for 20/-.
Thomas Dent.

December 27th 1905
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Thomas Hart £1-18-4. E Brooksbank and Co £4-6-11. Borough of Colne £1-1-0. Norwich Union £1-14-1. P W Spencer £3-7-9. Brooks and Pickup £29-5-9. Baptist Church £2-10-0. E Bennis and Co 13/-. [I'm almost certain that these repeated small amounts paid to Bennis are for springs on the stokers at CH, always a weak point of the Bennis shovel stoker.] J W Clough 8/11. W B White and Sons 2/6. S Smith and Sons £1-8-6. J W Brown £5-1-2. Anti-Incrustation Co £4-9-0.
A letter was read form Mr C F Cox of the Standen Estate Office complaining that CHSC, by cleaning out the Springs Dam, had done damage to the water supply at Lower Calf Hall Farm and claiming compensation for the damage done.
The secretary was instructed to reply thereto.
The agreement entered into by Mr Jones for the tenancy of Ouzledale was read and approved.
Thomas Dent.

January 3rd 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That loans of £300 from Jenkinson, £40 from A King and £500 from John and Ann Marsden @45 and 3 month's notice be accepted.
Res. That no further loans be accepted until the application has been considered by the board.
Res. That Messrs Dent, King, Brooks, Holdsworth, Barrett and Perry form a committee to investigate the question of heating the small shed occupied by Moorhouse at WH and that they be empowered to what they think necessary in the matter.
Res. That stores required by CH be ordered.
That the two tables in Edmondson's office be bought for the company in order that the office and tables, the store room and fixtures may belong entirely to the company.
Thomas Dent.

January 10th 1906
T Dent chair.
Res. That Messrs Dent, Holdsworth, Barrett, King and Brooks form a deputation to meet Mr Cox on Monday next at 1:30pm and that Mr Wood be asked to come at 11-10[?] in the forenoon.
That John W Brown repair the trough entering Anthony Carr's shed.
That an extension of steam pipe be fixed in S Pickles and Sons, CH and J Moorhouse, WH.
J D Roberts.

January 12th 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
A letter was read from J Moorhouse requesting the company to bring a supply of Town's water to his premises. [It shows how our attitudes have changed that it seems almost inconceivable that a workplace in the 20th century could have no clean drinking water laid on.]
Res. That the water be carried as requested.
Res. That Holgate Marsden account of £320-14-0 be paid.
Res. That balance sheet as read be adopted subject to audit and presented to the shareholders on January 26th. Dividend of 7½% per annum for half year recommended.
Loans from Richard Jenkinson and John & Ann Marsden be sealed, cert etc.
Res. That the accounts be presented to the shareholders in summary form including only a profit and loss account and balance sheet.
Thomas Dent.

January 17th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That loans of £100 and £50 respectively from S Robinson and another be accepted.
Res. That E Halstead be repaid £1000.
Res. That 3 casks of cylinder oil be ordered from E Brooksbank and Co for WH Mill and 6 casks of oil for CH Shed.
The secretary read a letter from the Anti-Incrustation Co on the oil in the reservoir at WH from which it appeared that it would cost £10 to nullify it. [I'm slightly puzzled by this because so long as water is drawn from below the surface no oil will be injected into the boilers as feed water, a very undesirable circumstance because it tends to burn onto the top surface of the furnace tubes insulating them and possibly leading to failure through overheating. If what is being recommended is treatment of the feed water to chemically eliminate oil this is the wrong solution. The correct option is to stop the oil getting into the reservoir in the first place.]
The secretary reported that the allowance due to Messrs Horsfield for grace was three weeks rent of the whole of the looms.
That A Carr's warehouse roof be repaired by Proctor Barrett.
Messrs Dent, King, Brooks and Barrett inspect repairs and water supply at Ouzledale.
Thomas Dent.

January 26th 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Brooksbank and Co £23-2-0. J Mudd 9/10. Henry Brown £3-11-0. Poor Rate £180-7-7. S Smith £7-4-2. Lancs and Yorks Co £6-18-0. Ellison and Co £4-18-0. Green and Son £4. General Rate £244-5-5. James Cooper £1-9-2. Colledge Roy and Co £3-5-0. M%J Layfield £2-16-0. S Smith and Sons £1-5-1. Anti-Incrustation Co £12-4-6. P W Spencer £3-4-7. T M Duché and Sons £11-14-0. Brooks and Pickup £25-7-0.
That £200 be repaid to Mr J Clapham as requested.
That the question of closet accommodation for Messrs Horsfield and Carr be be left with Messrs Horsfield, Brooks and Dent.
Transfer of 300 shares from Richard Lowcock to Mr Edward Wood (168) and Mr James Horsfield (132) be registered. Seal cert etc.
The secretary reported the result of the interview with Mr Cox, agent for the landlord of Lower Calf Hall Farm as to his claim for damages and threat of an injunction for pollution of the stream by filth from Springs Dam as a result of the company opening and leaving open the clow. He was satisfied as to the future if the company would undertake to give say 24 hours notice before lifting the clow and would see to it being closed a reasonable time afterwards. As to the past he promised to look into the matter but the deputation did not prejudice the company in any way.
Notices as to 12 minutes black smoke at Butts were read. [This is the council 'nuisance man' an old protagonist of mine as late as the 1970s at Bancroft. As I remember it we were allowed 10 minutes black smoke on the Ringellmann Scale for measuring smoke. 12 minutes would do it!]
Thomas Dent.

General meeting of shareholders
January 26th 1906 at Seven Stars
[Printed balance sheet reports £3328-5-10 brought forward and a total of £4595-3-10. £911-5-0 to dividend at 7½% per annum and £3683-18-10 carried forward.]
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Balance sheet and dividend adopted.
J D Roberts.

January 31st 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That Proctor Barrett be requested to repair the clow at Ouzledale.
That Ellison and Co be instructed to fit new wheels at Butts in place of those broken in J Wilson's shed. [Rather a lot of wheel breakages (bevel gears on lineshaft). Leaving aside fatigue cracking due to excessive vibration, which could be a problem at Butts because there are many reports of how rough the gearing was on the engine, the most usual cause of wheel breakage is reversal of drive taking play up in wheels because of uneven torque in the shaft. This can be caused either by the engine or elastic torque in the shaft causing variations in drive as the engine slows down on stopping.]
Reports on the economisers at CH and WH were read.
Thomas Dent.

February 7th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Holgate Marsden account £361-12-0 to be paid.
Loan of £140 from David Woffenden accepted.
Res. That tenders be got for carrying town's water through the premises at WH and that spare wheels be ordered for Butts Mill.
Thomas Dent.

February 14th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That stores required at WH be ordered.
That we ask Mr Thompson to provide a specification for the girders required to fix fresh water pipes to Moorhouse and others at WH.
Thomas Dent.

February 21st 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That a cheque for wages be drawn £117-8-5.
A letter was read from the Craven Manufacturing Company complaining of the ventilation in the closets in the warehouse and it was decided that further investigations should be made.
Res. That the common seal of the company be affixed to the three agreements for the tenants at Viaduct Shed as now read.
Res. That the tender of Messrs Varley for the supply of water pipes at WH be accepted. The prices being: For ¾” galvanised pipes 1/1 per yard and for ½” galvanised pipes 8d per yard including excavating and fittings.
The secretary reported with regard to Viaduct Shed that the mortar sales were increasing and that the shops were all let and that a new stack of down-pipes [rainwater fall-pipes] was required for the warehouse.
Res. That the pipes be ordered and fixed.
Thomas Dent.

February 28th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the secretary write to BUDC, Mr Atkinson and and Mr E Smith to meet representatives of the company to consider the condition of Valley Road and Wellhouse Road near WH Mill with a view to having it put in better repair.
That J W Brown repair the roof troughing at Anthony Carr's shed.
That Horsfield Brothers be requested to put in the broken panes in A Carr's warehouse.
That Barrett, Dent, Brooks King and Holdsworth examine the hot well at WH with a view to getting the surface oil away. [Now they're talking sense. The hot water from the condenser enters the hot well before anything not needed for boiler water feed is piped back to the condenser water source, in this case the reservoirs. This is the place to trap any oil.]
Res. That Mr Caan be instructed to raise the [gate post] stone with catch at the entrance to Butts Yard and also to raise the setts which have sunk.
That P Barrett put in a drain to clear the urinal in Craven Manufacturing Co's shed.
Thomas Dent.

March 7th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: M&G Caan £86-6-0. Henry Brown 2-10-0. P Barrett £85-12-0. H Marsden £315-4-8. E Brooksbank £12-10-0. J W Cough £1-10-3. Colledge Roy and Co £7-16-0. Wildman and Co 3/10. J A Nutter 18/6. S Smith and Sons £1-10-9. P W Spencer £8-14-6. Brooks and Pickup £31. R Brotherton £7-12-0. W H Holdsworth £9-0-6. C E Cox £20.
A letter was read from Mr C E Cox referring to the damages done by the company to the water supply of Lower Calf Hall Farm and agreeing to accept £20 in full settlement of the claim.
Res. That the claim be paid.
Loan of £170 accepted from Mrs Maria Woffenden. Seal cert etc.
Thomas Dent.

March 14th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the two accounts for rates on shops at V Shed at Colne be paid. General District rate 26/8, Poor Rate 30/4.
That two dozen [oil] drippers be ordered from W J Varley for CH Shed.
That 31 yards of hemp rope and 40 yards of 5/8” cotton rope be ordered for WH from J Gott and Sons for Butts.
Thomas Dent.

March 21st 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
One week's notice given to leave the employ of the company by J O'Neill at WH.
Res. That Messrs Dent, Brooks and King be empowered to employ a man in his place and to relieve him on Saturday if convenient.
That a skylight be placed in Hackings portion at V Shed.
Thomas Dent.

March 28th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: John B Hall £30-5-9. A S Bennett and Co £4-10-6. A Horsfield 11/2. C Blakey £4-2-6. Burnley Ironworks £2-9-0. Lancs and Yorks Railway Co £1-10-0. Brooks Pickup £27-2-0. Burnley Building Soc £289-5-0. Wages £89-16-2.
Res. That the Co-operative Soc be allowed to sublet part of the land at WH for gardens.
Res. That P Barrett be authorised on behalf of the company to make enquiries in his own name as to the plot of land adjoining Butts Mill known as 'The Parrock'. [My understanding is that this is the land owned by the Trustees of Bethesda Baptist Church.]
The boiler reports for CH and WH were read.
Thomas Dent.

April 4th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Henry Brown £1-9-9. W P Brooks £2-15-2. W J Varley £7-17-0. Lancs and Yorks Railway £1-10-0.
Res. That the yard wall at CH be set back from the bottom gate to the top gate after Mr Dent of Nelson has set out his street line.
Res. That a further drum of compo be ordered for Butts mill as last but on the terms of the letter dated April 3rd 1906 from the Anti-Incrustation Co, viz. No cure, no pay.
Res. That P Barrett be deputed and empowered without limit as to price but in consultation with Mr A King to buy the plot of land adjoining Butts Mill known as 'The Parrock' and containing 9,100 square yards. The meeting was informed that probably £1200 would buy it and it was considered to be cheap to the company at this price, the feeling of the board being that should a shed be built on the site by any other party than the company, the results as far as the water supply to CH and Butts Mills would be very serious. [I am confused. My understanding has always been that this land was the land to the SW of Butts Mill and owned by the Trustees of the Baptist Chapel. How could loss of this land affect the water supply to CH Shed which is upstream? Are we to understand that after sixty years of use as a mill Butts still hasn't got control of the Calf Hall Beck? Perhaps it will become clear.]
Res. That P Barrett be requested to inspect and repair the leak in the top dam at Butts. [I think this must refer to the dam we have already noted in the Parrock land for which rent is paid to the Trustees of the Baptist Church. I'm beginning to wonder, if there was a supply diverted to Butts from Ouzledale Dam, this small pond in the Parrock would be on the right route to Butts. Could this be the mystery supply?]
Thomas Dent.

April 11th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That H Marsden's account be paid £374-14-0.
Res. That the engineer at Butts Mill be allowed to arrange with tenants to supply hot water to all the hands on condition that he pays for all the water used. [Nice little earner for Albert Hogarth. Most mills had a steam heated urn that supplied boiling water for brewing up. In my days at Bancroft Shed it was a free service but up to the end of the war the management made a charge of 1d per week per weaver and I once worked out the income against coal consumption and it was the most profitable piece of equipment in the mill.]
Res. That Messrs Horsfield, Baxter and Wilson be deputed to interview the Trustees of Bethesda Chapel with reference to the sale of the Parrock. After the interview they reported that the Trustees were agreeable to receive a deputation after tenders had been opened and that they would favourably consider the company in disposing of the land.
Res. That P Barrett be asked to tender £1250 and the company tender £1300. [I'm quite surprised that they have committed the information about Proctor Barrett to the minutes. In effect they are documenting collusion between two bidders to manipulate the sale price of the land. Not very Christian!]
Res. That repairs be done to the flags in A Carr's shed by P Barrett.
That a loan of £25 be accepted from Henry Holdsworth.
That Mr Brooks be requested to deal with Mr Pickles' claim 5/2 pieces[sic] of cloth spoiled by oil.
J D Roberts.

April 18th 1906.
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That a cheque for wages amounting to £51-4-2 be paid.
That Messrs Edmondson and Co Calf Hall be accepted as as tenants in the place of and on the same terms as J E and E Nutter.
That Mr G Lees resignation be accepted and that Mr O'Neill be re-appointed oiler at Wellhouse in his place. [He didn't last long!]
That the step on the crank pin at CH be repaired by Burnley Ironworks on Saturday. [Watson has had a hot crank pin on his engine. Almost certainly caused by a moment of inattention in checking that lubricators were working properly. The step is the brass insert that forms the bearing on the crank pin.]
Res. That Messrs Barrett, Holdsworth, King and Brooks be deputed to set out the new street line at CH Shed and to engage someone to set back the wall.
Res. That Messrs Barrett, Slater, King and Dent be deputed and authorised to purchase the Parrock if it can be obtained at reasonable cost.
The meeting was informed that some person had offered 3/1 per square yard and it was therefore thought that if the company offered 3/3 per yard they would become the purchaser. [How do they know this? Do you get the feeling that CHSC have a mole on the Trustees?]
The secretary announced that the sales of mortar at V Shed for March was £12-16-0.
Thomas Dent.

April 25th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to write to Horsfield Brothers with regard to the steam from their boiling pans [Tape size becks] damaging the roof requesting them to make the alterations necessary to carry it away.
A letter was read from the Trustees of Bethesda church confirming the purchase of the Parrock at 3/3 per square yard and giving the company the option of purchasing a cottage thereon for £120.
Thomas Dent.

May 2nd 1906
T Dent Chair. Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Colledge Roy and Co £3-12-3. J W Clough £15-12-9. Anti-Incrustation Co £4-7-9. E Brooksbank and Co £12-10-9. T M Duché and Sons £11-10-0. John Whitaker £7-9-0. A Horsfield £10-9-11. Brooks and Pickup £29-8-3. [Brooks and Pickup are the coal merchants supplying Viaduct Shed.] Henry Jobling and Son £22-3-8. P W Spencer £10-14-0. J Gott and Sons £3-7-0. Heap and Thornton £2-10-0. J A Nutter £1-8-9. John Lee £4-7-3.
Res. That Mr Wood be requested to enquire into the excessive smoke and coal consumption at Butts Mill.
J D Roberts.

May 8th 1906
Dr Roberts. Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: Stott and Son £14-5-0. H Marsden £323-11-0. Richard Jones £9.
Res. That P Barrett be requested to drain the road adjoining the new gate at Calf Hall by putting in two gutters.
The secretary reported that the excessive smoke was caused by the stokers being out of adjustment, bad firing and principally by want of draught caused by some strangulation in the flues or economisers but more likely the latter, the draught being strong when the 'by' damper is opened. [Lack of combustion air caused by bad draught will cause smoke even in a perfectly good fire. They have tested the draught on the flue by opening the by-pass damper which cuts the economisers out of the circuit. The fact that there is strong draught there supports the strangulation hypothesis.]
Res. That the engineer be instructed, at the next flue cleaning, to thoroughly examine the brickwork, construction of the flues and the economiser chamber and report.
Res. That Burnley Ironworks be requested to send a man to chip the main flywheel teeth [the jack wheel] and adjust the main pedestal. [This is the gearing on the Musgrave giving trouble again.]
J D Roberts.

May 16th 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Notice to repay the loan of £200 by the Exors of the late Adam Eastwood having been received.
Res. That the amount be paid on the production of Probate.
Mr Wood made a further report on the flues and economisers at Butts Mill.
Res. That P Barrett be requested to do the work as suggested.
Res. That Mr Thompson, the Water Works manager be asked to test the water meter at Butts. [for town's water]
Res. That Mr W Bailey be allowed land for a stable at WH at 1½d a yard. [Rent]
J D Roberts.

May 23rd 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That Ed Watson's rent for use of the yard as a hen run at CH be now 5/- per annum. [I love the idea of the engineers having hen runs at the mills.]
Res. That the flock Dresser at V Shed be allowed to build a shop on the spare land but no power to be supplied. [This trade is dead now. A flock dresser was a man who took your old lumpy flock mattress, opened it up, and put the flock through a 'willow' which pulled the tangled lumps apart, allowed any bed bugs or dirt to drop out and re-stuffed your mattress for you with lovely soft flock.]
Res. That S Smith, plumber, be ordered to return the steam valves taken away from WH.
Res. That 4 casks of cylinder oil be ordered for WH from Manchester.
Res. That the plan of the Parrock be returned to Mr Dent at Nelson informing him that when the property is conveyed to the company they will arrange about the sewer.
Res. That Edmondson and Co be requested to cease blowing large quantities of steam through their donkey engine. [Probably when warming it ready for use.]
The three boys who pulled down the lightning conductor at WH who acknowledged playing football attended and they agreed to pay 20/- each towards the cost of a new one. [A labourer's weekly wage. Not good news for the parents!]
Thomas Dent.

May 30th 1906.
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the tender of Mr Atkinson of Colne to repair the lightning conductor at WH for £6-1-3 be accepted.
Res. That two gun-metal [bronze] blow off valves for Butts Mill be ordered at £6-5-0 each.
Res. That firebars be ordered for WH as required.
A Letter was read from Mr W Dent, surveyor, Nelson asking the company to grant permission for a sewer through the Parrock and it was resolved that the secretary be instructed to say in reply that the company had nothing to add to the statement made in their last letter. [Wait for conveyance?]
Res. That a cheque for £107-7-6 be paid for wages.
Res. That a pair of steps be bought from J Broughton for 4/6.
It was reported that Mr Crowther, fireman at WH, was leaving the employ of the company.
Res. That an advertisement for a man to take his place be put in the local papers.
Thomas Dent.

June 6th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: T M Duché and Son £12-1-2. J A Nutter 14/9. Thomas Jackson £nil. R Brotherton £3-11-6. P W Spencer £2-9-9. P Barrett £32-3-0. H Marsden £347-3-0. Proctor and Proctor £3-3-0. Henry Brown £2-15-0.
J D Roberts.

June 13th 1906
Dr Roberts. Minutes as read.
That an approximate cost be obtained for an overhead trolley for handling warps in the Craven Manufacturing Co portion. [Overhead runway to accept a trolley to which a block and tackle can be attached. Became standard in tape rooms as time went on. Lifting heavy spinner's beams by hand was not efficient.]
That brushes for Butts Mill be ordered.
Res. That the board grant payment of personal income tax in addition to salary of £120 per annum to George Proctor.
Res. That the income tax on the secretary's salary be paid by the company.
Thomas Dent

June 20th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
The secretary produced the deeds and plan relating to the Ouzledale Estate and explained that although the company had a right of passage through James Slater's land [The footpath from Forty Steps down to Walmsgate though Ouzledale Clough.] they were liable for surface damage and it was resolved that his claim of 8/6 be paid.
Res. That advertisements be placed in the local papers for tenders for ashes at Butts Mill and an assistant fireman for WH Mill.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to ask the Bethesda Trustees if they are willing to give an undertaking to pay any expenses that this company may be put to by engaging an architect before the date of completion.
That the stores required by WH and Butts Mills be ordered.
The secretary read a notice of an increase of 5d per ton for coal delivered at Viaduct Shed by Brooks and Pickup.
Res. That £1,000 be repaid to Edmund Halstead on account of his loan to the company.
The secretary reported that the cost of overhead trolleys varied from 4/- to 8/- per yard depending on the class of work.
J D Roberts.

June 27th 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: J M Crew £2-4-0. J Cowling £1-3-8. P Barrett £1-13-2. Brooks and Pickup £25-16-0. J Hopkinson £12-3-9. [This will be the gunmetal blow-down cocks for Butts boilers.] Burnley Ironworks £1-3-0. W H Atkinson £6-1-3. Anti-Incrustation Co £6-8-8. J W Brown £3-10-0. W P Brooks £1-15-9. G Proctor (wages) £72-7-3.
Res. That the requirements of the engineers be attended to.
Res. That Mr Oswald, who appeared before the board, be appointed assistant fireman at WH at 21/- per week.
Loan of £50 accepted from Mr A King. Seal cert etc.
That W Holdsworth be instructed to investigate the purchase of the end house opposite the CH Shed which may be required at some future time for the purposes of constructing a road from the Parrock.
Tenders for ashes at Butts were received from P Barrett £10-2-6. Mr E Smith £11-9-0 and Mr S Harmer £15-2-0 for the year ending June 30th 1907.
Res. That S Harmer's tender be accepted.
J D Roberts.

July 4th 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That H Marsden's account be paid £313-11-0.
A letter was read from the Baptist Trustees with reference to the purchase of the Parrock informing the board that the Commissioners were not prepared to authorise the sale until the purchaser undertook to pay all the expenses of the Trustees which of course included the surveyor's fee. [Later, in 1907, it becomes clear that this refers to the Charity Commissioners.]
Messrs Barrett, King and Wilson paid a visit to the Trustees during the meeting in order to ascertain the meaning of the latter clause but on their returning they explained that the item was a sum of £20 already paid to Mr Dent of Nelson.
The directors expressed the opinion that this was not the bargain and that if the company pay it, to refund the amount or alter the conditions of sale.
Res. That Mr Wilkinson of Nelson be permitted to make a trial to dissolve the scale in the boiler at Butts Mill. [Over the years various 'miracle cures' were proposed, not so much for treating the feed water but getting existing scale off the interiors of boilers. Many of these were very aggressive acid based treatments which removed the scale so efficiently that joints between the plates leaked after their use. Remember that a thin coating of scale is excellent protection for boiler plates. If the railway were commissioning a new locomotive that was to be used in a soft water district they would often first put it to work in a hard water district until it had acquired a thin coating of scale for protection. One very effective method for removing scale was to dose the boiler heavily with paraffin oil, this caused the scale to fall off but could result in subsequent leakage and the boiler surveyors hated it. I hope the directors know what they are doing! I wonder if they have consulted Teddy Wood?]
Res. That the engineer's requirements be attended to and Proctor Barrett be instructed to repair the brick work in the flues at WH.
The chairman reported H M Inspector of Factories, Mr W H Seal, had complained to him that the ventilation, especially at Butts Mill, was very bad and that the proportion of CO was over 30 degrees, the minimum being 9 degrees. [CO2?]
The secretary was requested to enquire into the cost of improving the ventilation.
The secretary reported that the Colne Sanitary Inspector requested alterations to the closet accommodation in T Hargreaves' portion of Viaduct Shed.
A sketch was produced made by the company's architect showing the alterations the cost of which was estimated by him at £7-10-0. Res. That the work be placed in his hands for completion.
J D Roberts.

July 11th 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
The secretary reported on the estimated cost of ventilating the company's shed and advised the board to wait until the system about to be adopted in Burnley had been tested.
Res, That the cistern and well at Butts Mill be cleaned out during the holidays and that the arches [culvert under mill] be left over for the present.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to ask Mr Lee to replace the stones taken from the bed of the beck below Butts.
Res. That Burnley Ironworks be instructed to send a man to Butts Mill to adjust the crank pin steps [brasses]. [Not impressed, Albert Hogarth should be capable of doing this.]
Res. That Burnley Building Soc be repaid £200 and interest of £87-2-6.
That the requirements of the engineers be attended to.
A letter was read from the clerk to BUDC asking for permission from the company to erect a fire alarm siren at Butts Mill. The matter was left over pending details of the arrangement.
Councillors Nutter and Slater [BUDC] with Mr Bennett the surveyor, attended with reference to a sewer to be placed through the Parrock and produced plans of the same. They requested the company's consent to the work being done. It was pointed out to them however that the company was not yet in possession and that the Baptist Trustees had declined to indemnify the company should anything be done in the matter. The deputation appeared to be fully satisfied that the CHSC would have assisted them in the matter if they had been in a position to do so.
The balance sheet for the half year ending June 30th was adopted subject to audit to be presented to the shareholders at a meeting on Monday 30th July at 7pm. A dividend of 7½% per annum for the half year to be recommended.
J D Roberts.

July 25th 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the following tenders be accepted for ashes for the year ending on July 31st 1907:
P Barrett, WH, £15. Fred Harrison CH £8-10-0.
Res. That two weed brooms be ordered for WH from W Perry.
That J W Brown repair the troughing at CH.
That Dent, Holdsworth, King and Brooks see the shed roof at Craven Manufacturing Co at Butts also a suggested arrangement for putting in 6 more looms for Slater Brothers at WH and do what is needful.
Res. That we allow BUDC to fit a siren at Butts Mill with the suggestion that the makers of the siren be asked to put in the valve near the connection with the main pipe. [Sounds like a steam whistle and it was needed because the faster the volunteer fire fighters could be called out the more efficient the fire service would be.]
Res. That the secretary get out particulars of taping done for export by tenants for the last year.
J D Roberts.

[This is the end of Minute Book 3. Transcribed by Stanley Challenger Graham, February 2011.]
CALF HALL SHED COMPANY.

MINUTE BOOK 4

JULY 30TH 1906 TO JULY 13TH 1910.

[Transcribed by Stanley Challenger Graham. All entries inside square brackets [] are additional notes and explanatory comments by SCG.]

Director's meeting July 30th 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That Messrs Slater Brothers be allowed to place 6 looms in their shed and that Mr W Holdsworth's offer of half cost for the ceiling be accepted.
That Mr Marsden be asked to reduce the stock of coal at Coates Wharf. [This entry gives us some clues as to how the deliveries of coal were administered. I think we can deduce that Holgate Marsden charges the CHSC for coal delivered and stacked at the wharf where it is the property of CHSC. As there are no discernible charges for rent of space at Coates Wharf to anyone I think it is safe to assume that Marsden is paying for space to store coal and recovering this in the price of coal as delivered to the sheds. Remember that CHSC weren't necessarily his only customers. In later years under delivery direct to sheds from the pithead by road it was customary for each mill to keep its reserve stock on its own premises. At Bancroft we normally carried about 300 tons on stock, about ten week's supply in winter. Coal stocks were a necessary insurance against any stoppage of deliveries for any reason.]
The reports on the boilers at Butts Mill were read.
Res. That cheques be drawn for secretary's salary, Auditor's remuneration and director's fees.
Transfer of 100 shares from J Watson to C Ormerod registered. Seal cert etc.
J D Roberts.

Half year shareholder's meeting
July 30th 1906 at Seven Stars Assembly Rooms, 7:30pm.
[Printed balance sheet and report inserted in minute book records that including balance of £3863-18-10 brought forward there is a disposable balance of £4964-11-7. £911-5-0 for dividend at 7½% per annum for half year. £4053-6-7 carried forward.]
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Balance sheet and dividend approved and adopted.
Retiring directors re-elected.
Remuneration of directors at £6 per annum approved.
Messrs Richard Watson, retiring auditors re-elected at seven guineas per annum.
Thomas Dent.

August 8th 1906
Res. That Dr Roberts be chairman, Thomas Dent vice-chair and W P Brooks be managing director.
Res. That Dugdale and Dewhurst and R G Pilkington be asked to render an account of taping.
That the question of skylights for Moorhouse's shed be re-considered in a fortnight.
That Messrs Lofthouse be instructed to paint loading places at WH and the east end of CH Shed and that Messrs King, Dent, Holdsworth and Brooks be deputed to see the work done.
That Messrs Heap and Thornton repair plaster at CH Shed and that the woodwork in Dugdale and Dewhurst's be done by W H Holdsworth.
Res. That the end house adjoining Calf Hall Shed be bought from Mr Fawcett for £240 and that he be paid £15 deposit and £5 bonus.
Res. That Mr O Leek and Messrs Charlesworth and Wood be asked the price for conveying the same.
Res. That accounts be paid: A Horsfield £429-7-3. P W Spencer £11-6-0. J A Nutter £58-13-4. S Smith and Sons £2-6-0. Brooks and Pickup £49-18-0. J Hopkinson and Co 9/9. W Easton 11/-. Burnley Ironworks £16-13-0. E Bennis and Co £1-11-0. H Marsden £277-17-0. Anti-Incrustation Co £6-5-10.
J D Roberts.

August 15th 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the half year's rent of Springs Dam of £5 and the rates on Ouzledale of £1-11-7 be paid.
That Oliver Leak's offer to prepare the conveyance of the house at Calf Hall for £2-17-6 be accepted.
A Latter was read from the Craven Manufacturing Co drawing attention to the poor supply of gas to the twill rooms. [Twill is a particular weave of cloth using a multi-stave loom.]
Res. That Mr Hogarth investigate this and report.
The report on the boiler at CH Shed was read and it was suggested that the engineer's attention be drawn to the unsatisfactory state of the scale. [The boiler would have had its annual internal examination during the August holidays and this is when the scale was assessed by the surveyor. At Bancroft Shed in the 1970s under modern inspection regimes the rivet heads had to be chipped on the furnace tubes (where the thickest scale gathers) so that the surveyor could do an efficient hammer test of the rivets. This in a boiler with perfectly acceptable scale thickness due to efficient feed water treatment tailored to our water and weekly testing by the engineer for total dissolved solids [TDS] which is the parameter which governs scale formation. Lancashire and Cornish boilers could operate successfully with higher TDS than water tube boilers. Maximum permissible TDS under modern regulations was 1450-1700 parts per 100,000, a typical TDS figure at Bancroft using efficient feed-water treatment was an average of 230 parts per 100,000. I think that CH was way above the maximum and this was the CHSC's best site.]
The secretary read the letter sent by him to the chairman and clerk at BUDC with ref to the steam siren. [Confirmation of my suspicion that it was indeed a steam whistle.]
That Mr Holdsworth be requested to remove the ceiling from opposite Messrs Slater Brothers' premises.
That Mr Osborn be engaged to whitewash the boiler house at Butts. [One point about whitewash in boiler houses. Apart from being a good thing generally on the grounds of cleanliness and maximum light, whitewashing the walls of the boiler settings seals many small air leaks and these can have a marked effect on overall boiler economy. A good engineer or fireman made frequent inspections round the boiler using what we called a 'magic wand', a piece of half inch pipe with a hemp rope threaded through and always kept soaking in paraffin. When lit and applied around the settings while the boiler was firing the flame is sucked into any leaks in the brickwork and these are sealed with fireclay. Very good practice.]
Res. That Messrs Barrett and Holdsworth be requested to see Mr Bennett, surveyor to BUDC with a view to changing the course of the sewer from Calf Hall to Butts. [The proposed sewer in the Parrock? Could they have in mind routing it so that both mills could gain a connection more easily?]
J D Roberts.

August 22nd 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the gas meters at Butts be re-arranged as suggested by Mr Brooks.
That Messrs Ellison and Co be requested to attend at WH Mill and report on the levelling of the lineshaft and cross-shaft adjoining Moorhouse's shed. [Most likely general settlement of ground mis-aligning the shafts. Always a problem on the ground in the WH and Havre Park area.]
That the requirements of the engineers be attended to.
That the charges for a tape should be based on 17,500 yards [of yarn] per set [of tapers beams. This is per beam, that is the length of the sheet of yarn in the tape] and that the secretary be instructed to inform Dugdale and Dewhurst that they [the board] prefer their tape to work for the firm's looms only.
That S Bracewell be engaged to build a breast wall at Ouzledale and that Messrs Dent, King and Brooks select the random [stone] for it.
Res. That the rent for the dwelling house at Calf Hall let to J Wills be 5/6 per week. [Note that this is a quarter of the income of say a firebeater at the mill.]
Res. That Heap and Thornton be instructed to repair W Bailey's warehouse roof.
J D Roberts.

August 29th 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Ellison and Co £9-2-0. Brooks and Pickup £28. P W Spencer £10-7-0. Exors J Cooper £3-18-6. Anti-Incrustation Co £6-3-6. W Hough and Co 8/4. S Smith and Son £1-3-9. J Hopkinson and Co £6-1-9. J A Nutter 14/9. J W Clough £2-2-6. Henry Brown £8-5-0. Colledge Roy and Co £7-3-0. T Clapham £100-13-4 [Repayment of loan of £100 plus interest.]
That Mr Leak be requested to complete conveyance of the house at Calf Hall as soon as possible.
That a ventilator be fixed at Butts Mill by T Gregson of Great Harwood.
That the secretary be instructed to write to W H Seal [HM Factory Inspector] informing him of what we have decided to do in regard to the ventilation.
Thomas Dent.

September 5th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Wages £86-11-0. Lancs and Yorks Railway Co £1.
Mr Thompson's report on the arrangement of the gas pipes at Craven Manufacturing Co's shed was considered.
Re. That Messrs King, Brooks and Dent be authorised to carry out such alterations as they deem necessary to improve the present system.
The reports on the external examination of the economisers at CH Shed and WH were read.
Letters were read from O Leak stating that he had not received the Abstract of Title for the house at Calf Hall. From T Gregson stating that the ventilator should be fixed at Butts Mill this week. From W H Seal, HMFI, requesting to be informed when the ventilator is working so that he can inspect it.
Res. That Mr MacDonald be instructed to pitch [dress with broken stone] the end and back streets of the cottage at Calf Hall.
That John Riddiough's offer to whitewash the boiler house at Butts Mill be accepted.
That Messrs Slater Brothers be allowed to have a 10” drum from stock for their drill.
Res. That Mr Bennett, BUDC surveyor, be requested to empty the closets at CH Shed on Saturday afternoon in future and that attention be drawn to the railings which have sunk at Butts die to excavations for the sewer. [The closets at CH Shed must be pail toilets emptied by the 'night soil men' employed by the council. Understandably this process involved a very objectionable smell. Far better to do it when work people were not present on Saturday afternoon. Evidently at this time the Calf Hall area wasn't served by sewers and this is the purpose of the work in the Parrock. Relief is in sight!]
Res. That the fan in Horsfield's tape room be taken down and put into stock.
Res. That the caul at Ouzledale be puddled with clay from the sewerage works. [The council would use puddle on a regular basis for repairing the walls of their settling pits. The original source of the puddle (sand and clay pugged to a homogeneous consistency) was most likely the canal company who always carried a stock as the canals were made waterproof by a layer of puddled clay.]
That 5 valves be ordered from Henry Brown for CH Shed.
That thick pieces of glass be slated into the roof at the dark end of Moorhouse's shed at WH.
J D Roberts.

September 12th 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: S Smith and Sons £2-16-4. R Jones £7-18-0. H Marsden £323-4-0.
Mr Atkinson architect attended and informed the board that his clerk would attend tomorrow to measure the Parrock along with Mr Dent of Nelson and that the various points mentioned to him by the directors would have his attention.
Letters were read from A Carr requesting that the gas pipes in his tape room be re-fixed. From George Rushworth of Colne asking if the company was disposed to sell the rough stone at Viaduct Shed. [George Rushworth was an engineer and scrap dealer and had a piece of land adjacent to Viaduct Shed so he was interested in the stone because it was close to his land. In later years Rushworth's declined engineering (they never had much success in the field according to the evidence of Newton Pickles re their repairs at Long Ing Shed when they were major shareholders.) and became one of the major firms in the area scrapping redundant mills as the trade contracted. They had a very large pile of scrapped looms on the land in question, visible from the road at Primet Hill and I have been told, but have never been able to confirm definitely, that this stock of scrap was held on behalf of the government and subsidised by them, as part of the UK strategic reserve of raw materials. In 1955 the Queen visited Colne and Rushworth's put a large union jack on top of the heap of scrapped looms. In view of public feeling about mill closures at the time this was seen as either insensitive or a direct message to the government.] From Mr O Leak stating that the Abstract relating to the cottage at Calf Hall and furnished by Mr Caan only started with Mr Lowcock, Mr Caan's predecessor.
Res. That Messrs Dent, King and Brook be empowered to make such alterations to the gas pipes as they may deem necessary.
Res. That the rough stone at Viaduct Shed be not sold.
That Mr Leak be requested to obtain a Title going much further back than the one proposed. [Surprising that a more complete title was not readily available because the house in question wouldn't be much older that Calf Hall Shed. I'd estimate about 1870.]
That Mr Brooks be requested to see that a better supply of water was sent down from Springs Dam when required by the engineer at Butts Mill. [The old condenser water temperature problem. What is being asked here is that when more water is required to lower the temperature in the beck someone is sent immediately to Springs to open the clow a crack so as to let down not only the current flow in the beck but a supplement from water that has gathered overnight in the dam. Obviously this also entails the clow being closed at or just before the end of the day's running so that the stock can build up again. This has implications for water users on the beck below Springs when the clow is closed and flow ceases until the overflow point is reached again.]
That Mr Seal, HMFI, be informed that the ventilator at Butts is now fixed.
That the secretary draw the attention of the surveyor [BUDC] to the sewer emptying into the dam at Butts and to the depositing of large pieces of diseased meat in the beck at Butts. [Town becks had been used for centuries for waste disposal and old habits die hard.]
That the engineer at Viaduct Shed be allowed use of the land abutting on the mill providing he fence it off. [Another hen pen?]
J D Roberts.

September 19th 1906
Dr Roberts chair. Minutes as read.
A letter was read from Mr O Leak informing the board that the solicitors to the vendors would not furnish an older version of the abstract unless 25/- be paid for it. [It would appear that at least one profession has not changed much over the years!]
Res. That the title first offered be accepted and that the common seal of the company be affixed to the conveyance from Mark Caan to the company of the house at Calf Hall.
Mr Ellison's report on the main shaft and the cross shaft at WH Mills was read.
Res. That they be instructed to thoroughly investigate the cause of the heating of one of the bearings and to do such work as they deem necessary to put it in order and that Henry Brown be instructed to line-up the cross shaft.
That W Holdsworth be instructed to make wood racks for the [storage of spare] gutters at Butts Mill.
Thomas Dent.

September 26th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: E Taylor £14-5-0. Brooks and Pickup £21-18-0. W Perry £14-3-6. J Sagar £1-13-9. W P Brooks £5-5-4. J Gott and Sons £1-3-0. W Cowell 7/6. P W Spencer £3-9-6. S Smith and Sons £2-3-11. Anti-Incrustation Co £4-10-6. Exors of J Cooper 15/-. J J Whitaker £20-2-0. Proctor and Proctor (insurance) £56-4-0. O Leak £2-17-6.
Res. That the secretary be instructed to obtain information as to whether the ground rents payable to Captain Royd's are for sale and the lowest at which they can be obtained.
That the engineer at Butts Mill be paid for alterations to gas and steam pipes in Anthony Carr's warehouse.
That the engineers of the company be instructed to run their engines to time in accordance with the requirements of the Factory Acts.
That Mr Brooks be instructed to engage Mr Walker as fireman at WH on trial.
That Mr Barrett be requested to build a further manhole in the soil pipe at WH Mill.
Transfer of 153 shares from Mrs Eastwood to William Perry be registered. Seal cert etc.
The report on the external examination of the boilers at Butts Mill was read from which it appeared they were in satisfactory order.
Mr O Leak, solicitor, attended with the conveyance of the house at Calf Hall and explained that the company had right of way over the street at the south end of the row of cottages also the north end and back street but that the land forming the street at the north end was not included in the purchase. [Not necessarily pertinent but Harold Duxbury once told me that the provenance of all the land between Calf Hall and the Seven Stars was very murky even though this was essentially the Parrock bought by the CHSC. He said that Briggs and Duxbury were still collecting rents for garages at the top end near the beck but had no idea where they should be forwarded to. This was over thirty years ago and I suspect that rights will now have been established in law by uninterrupted occupation.]
Thomas Dent.

October 3rd 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Dividend account £911-5-0. C Blakey £35-5-3. P&P wages £64-5-0. W Holdsworth £6-15-0. Insurance £30-13-0.
Res. That the oiler's wage at WH be increased 1/- to 26/- per week.
That the engineer's requirements at WH be attended to.
That loans be accepted from A King and J Hall.
Thomas Dent.

October 10th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Holgate Marsden £200-13-0. Lancs and Yorks Railway Co £1-10-0.
That the engineer's requirements be ordered.
That Mr Bennett's attention be yet again drawn to the condition of the entrance to Butts Mill.
That Messrs Dent, Barrett, King and Holdsworth examine and report on the proposed urinal at WH Mill.
Thomas Dent.

October 10th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res, that Mr J Crew be instructed to repair the windows broken by the company's servants on S Pickles and Sons' roof.
That Messrs Dent, Brooks and King arrange with Edmondson and Co as to the proportion they should pay towards the repair of their windows.
That P Barrett be instructed to build a urinal in the thoroughfare at WH.
That W Holdsworth be instructed to repair the windows in A Carr's shed.
Res. That the turning on of the water to the well at WH be entrusted to Thomas Waine.
Thomas Dent.

October 24th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
The deputation who waited on Edmondson and Co reported that they had agreed to pay half the cost of repairs on account of the bad condition when they took the shed.
That the pumping engine at WH be sold to Mr Duckworth of Barrowford for £20-5-0, they to have the use of the engine house for twelve months. [Not sure what to make of this. We've noted before that this pump seemed to have its own small house. Why should a man from Barrowford have a use for it?]
Res. That grate bars be sold to S Dugdale @ 25/- per ton at Barnoldswick station. [They to pay carriage onwards.]
Res. That the repairs to the roof at Windle's portion of WH Mill be left with the chair, Managing director and Mr King.
Thomas Dent.

October 31st 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. Accounts be paid: P&P £67-11-7. J Bulcock 6/4. British Kremnos Co £8-8-0 [The British Kremnos Co of Bolton. Chemical manufacturers, specialist in economiser and boiler cleaning, reservoirs cleaned without stoppage of works. (M/c Royal Exchange directory for 1912)] J Gott and Son £6-3-0. J Pollard £1-16-3. Burnley Ironworks £10. R Baldwin £1-4-11. J R Atkinson £12-15-0. J Sagar 9/-. Anti-Incrustation Co £5-17-0. J G Tate £10. Brooks and Pickup £25-16-0. W B White 3/-. George Spencer £7-1-0. S Greenwood and Sons £3-14-0. J W Brown £6-10-0. W J Varley £7-13-0. W J J MacDonald £4-2-0. Heap and Thornton £11-10-0. J W Clough £20. E Brooksbank £19-9-6. J A Nutter 7/-. Wildman and Co 4/5. Henry Jobling and Son £22-3-8.
The following correspondence was read: From the Baptist Chapel Trustees stating that the agreement for the Parrock was in course of preparation. From the Craven Manufacturing Co complaining that the rain came in in five places at Butts Mill. From Mr Seal HMFI approving of the method of ventilation proposed to be adopted at Butts Mill. Reports on the economisers at WH and Butts Mills.
Res. That 3 fans be ordered with Mr Gregson of Great Harwood to be fixed in the Craven Manufacturing Co's portion at Butts Mill.
Res. That P Barrett be requested to provide and fix a new door for tipplers and to fix a lock thereto.
Res. That Holgate Marsden be asked to deliver the coal at WH Mill more regularly and as requested by the fireman.
The secretary produced a notice from the Borough of Colne with regard to fire escapes for Viaduct Shed to which a plan was attached showing the work that had to be done. He reported that he had met the borough surveyor and town clerk on the premises during the afternoon and had recommended a much simpler scheme to which they had given their approval.
Res. That the secretary obtain tenders for the work.
The secretary also reported that the corporation of Colne were willing to pay the company £44 if the company would complete the contract made some years ago between Joseph Hawley and the corporation with reference to the re-building of a weir at Viaduct Shed. The secretary was instructed to obtain tenders for the work. The question of the vacant land at Viaduct was discussed and it was thought advisable to put it on the market.
Thomas Dent.

November 7th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the engineers requirements be attended to.
That Mr Brooks be requested to inspect the boilers and steam pipes with respect to covering and report to the next meeting.
Mr Barrett reported that he and others had had an interview on the site at Parrock with Mr Leak solicitor on behalf of the Trustees of the Baptist Chapel and Mr Dent surveyor of Nelson and that the trustees were imposing conditions which were not a part of the bargain when the company purchased the land. The principal being:
1.The company to remove a wall and place it in line.
2.To take down the cottage.
3.To give easement for light.
4.To accept a 21ft entrance instead of a 36ft street.
5.To give up the right of way through the ginnel. [Ginnel is a dialect word for alley way.]
6.To grant easement for getting out [emptying] ash pit.
7.To pay Mr Dent's expenses £21-14-0 which was incurred before the company commenced any negotiations and which may already have been paid by the Baptist Trustees.
After some discussion it was decided to allow the matter to rest until the agreement had been presented to us for approval.
Thomas Dent.

November 14th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That Holgate Marsden's account be paid £344-6-1.
That Mr Petty of Colne repair [insulation] the steam pipes at WH and Butts Mills where necessary.
It was reported that after the last meeting of directors a deputation of the Baptist Trustees had waited upon the board when it was mutually agreed that the conditions mentioned in the minutes of November 7th, with the exception of Mr Dent's expenses be withdrawn. The trustees also agreed with the directors to hand over any sums received by them from the BUDC as compensation for laying a sewer through the Parrock.
Res. That the engineer's requirements be attended to.
Thomas Dent.

November 21st 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Replying to a letter from A Carr asking for ventilation into his tape room it was resolved that he be asked to fix a modern trunk. [The wooden or sheet metal ducting from the top of the tape machine to the ventilation outlet so that steam from the drying drums went direct to the outside.]
Res. That Lofthouse and Son be requested to give a tender for painting the engine house at WH and that Heap and Thornton whitewash the boiler house.
Res. That P Barrett repair the tippler covers at WH and also J Wilson's drain at Butts. Mr Holdsworth to repair the ventilators for the Craven Manufacturing Co at Butts. J W Brown to repair the hoist in Edmondson's at CH Shed.
That a keg of rope composition be ordered from Hart's at Blackburn for CH. [A mixture of tallow and graphite used for dressing driving ropes.]
That Petty cover the steam pipes at CH Shed.
Res. That Stephen Robinson be repaid his loan of £100 with interest on Wednesday next.
Mr Slater reported a conversation he had had with JJ Sneath about his conduct towards the fireman and oiler. [WH Mill. Engineers were often noted for their temper. Newton Pickles and I had a discussion about this once and Newton reckoned that a lot of engineers were under stress because they didn't fully understand their engines and were in a constant state of fear with good reason, they were dealing with major forces which, if not handled properly and with respect, could be very dangerous. I speak from experience, it can be quite interesting running an engine with a strange noise and balancing possible danger against the loss to the company of shutting the engine down, perhaps for something quite minor.]
Thomas Dent.

November 28th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: P&P £61-19-5. Union Oil Co £3-13-6. Borough of Colne 14/9. British Kremnos Co £7-10-6. Brooks and Pickup £30-9-0. BUDC £2-2-7. P W Spencer £7-11-0. Henry Brown £5-5-0. J Thompson and Co £3-4-0. W J Varley £2-3-0. R Baldwin £1-7-3. J W Clough £2-18-0. Repayment of loans: E C Edmondson £132-0-8. S Robinson £101-12-9.
Sate transfers approved, seal and cert etc: Annie Waite 122. William Lambert 121. Maria Pickles 30. Nina Lang 30. Sarah E Dent 30.
Res. That Messrs G Mills and Co's tender for fire escapes at Viaduct Shed of £37-10-0 be accepted and that tenders be obtained for joiner's work etc required to satisfy the Corporation of Colne.
Res. That the secretary ask Hartley and Pilgrim, Charlesworth and Wood and Smith and Smith what would be their charges for conveying the Parrock to the company.
Res. That Springs Dam be emptied after the required notice has been given.
Thomas Dent.

December 5th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
A letter was read from the directors of the Long Ing Shed Co asking if this company would give details of our rent charges. The secretary was instructed to give the information. [No point in refusing really and it will be useful for the two shed companies to compare notes.]
A letter was read from BUDC surveyor Mr Bennett drawing the board's attention to the unsatisfactory condition of Calf Hall Lane. [Now known as Calf Hall Road.]
Res. That Messrs King, Brooks and Dent be empowered to buy materials from BUDC and repair the same.
The secretary gave particulars of the cost of carting coal during the last ten months. [Pity the figures aren't specified!]
It was reported that Mr Atkinson of Colne had certified the figures supplied by the Baptist Trustees as being correct. That Messrs Charlesworth, Brown and Wood and Smith Smith quoted respectively £7-7-0 and £8-8-0 respectively for conveying the Parrock to the company, Hartley and Pilgrim declined to give a price.
Res. That Brown, Charlesworth and Wood[sic] be instructed to prepare the conveyance.
Res. That the tender of Lofthouse for painting and decorating the engine house at WH for £8-15-0 be accepted.
Thomas Dent.

December 12th 1906
T Dent Chair. Minutes as read. [No business minuted]

December 19th 1906
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That E Brooksbank have the empty oil casks at 3/9 each.
Res. That Messrs Dent and King examine the closets at Dugdale and Dewhurst's and if they think a wall should be built they order it to be done.
Thomas Dent.

December 26th 1906
T Dent chair.
Res. That we examine the Kremnos sent by the Anti-Incrustation Co and report to the next meeting.
That the engineers instruct their firemen to come in early while the present cold spell continues and that we pay them for the extra work.
That the coal carters be given a Christmas Box of 10/-.
That cylinder oil and engine oil be ordered from Liverpool for CH and WH.
That Mr Wood be reminded that the company wish to have a statement of rents and other income in detail for the year. [Is this for Viaduct Shed? Is Teddy Wood in charge there? See next meeting.]
Thomas Dent.

January 2nd 1907
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: J Lofthouse and Son £9-11-0. W J Varley £1-14-0. W P Brooks £2-0-2. Anti-Incrustation Co £4-9-6. C Blakey 14/6. J W Brown £1-15-6. Joseph Petty £11-4-0. Burnley Ironworks £39. Burnley Building Soc £283-9-2. Payment of interest on loans be confirmed.
Res. That Mr Wood be authorised to re-let the space about to be vacated at Viaduct Shed to the existing tenants on the same terms as hitherto providing the change is carried out without cost to the company. [This entry seems to confirm that Teddy Woods is acting as manager of V shed on behalf of the company.]
The secretary produced the correspondence which had passed between their solicitors and the solicitors of the Baptist Trustees with reference to the purchase of the Parrock and suggested that particulars of the disputed account of Mr William Dent be obtained and that a joint letter be sent by the two solicitors to the Charity Commissioners in order to settle the dispute.
Thomas Dent.

January 9th 1907
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: Richard Jones £10. H Marsden £302-9-0.
Res. That the balance sheet etc be approved subject to audit and presented to the shareholders on January 24th. Dividend of 10% per annum for the half year be recommended.
A letter was read from Holgate Marsden notifying an increase in the price of Altham Nuts of 10d per ton from January 1st.
Res. That Robert Smith be allowed to put upon the land he takes at WH a wooden building to be used as a stable and that for this portion the rent be 2d per yard. [Per week]
Res. That some belting be ordered for the ventilators in Craven Manufacturing Co's shed. [Evidently the fans are driven by belt from the shafting.]
Thomas Dent

January 16th 1907
T Dent chair.
Res. That Albert Hogarth loan of £50 and Henry Holdsworth's of £25 be accepted on usual terms.
Res. That engineer's requirements be ordered.
That J W Brown fix flanges to the ends of the economiser pipes at CH Shed and that the insurance company be informed of the accident. [The economisers worked at boiler pressure and there has evidently been a failure in the pipework. A serious matter.]
Thomas Dent.

January 25th 1907
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
A letter was read from Mr Leak in reference to the Parrock.
Res. That Messrs Brown, Charlesworth and Wood be instructed to inform Mr Leak that the company will leave the matter of the £20 surveyor's fees entirely in their hands.
Res. That loan of £25 from Henry Holdsworth be seal cert etc.
Res. Accounts be paid: R Watson and Sons £3-18-9. Bethesda Trustees £2-10-0. [The Parrock has not yet been conveyed evidently and the rent for the dam is still in force.]
Thomas Dent.

Half year shareholder's meeting
January 25th 1907. Seven Stars Hotel
[Printed balance sheet reports that including £4053-6-7 brought forward the disposable net profit is £5372-15-10. £1215 to be paid as dividend for half year at 10% per annum. £4175-15-10 to be carried forward.]
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Balance sheet, auditor's report and recommended dividend adopted.
J D Roberts.

January 30th 1907
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That the complaint by the Craven Manufacturing Co as to want of steam be enquired into and the deficiency if any be remedied.
That Messrs Dent, Brooks and King enquire into J Windle's (WH) complaint as to insufficient heat.
That the secretary make enquiries into the position as regards insurance of WH seeing as Henry Brown's mechanic's shop in in a portion of the warehouse.
That Mr Barrett be requested to make the necessary alterations at WH boiler house and that a good job be made of it.
That Mr Barrett be requested to repair the floor and ceilings in Pilkington's and Bailey's at WH and the shed floor in the Craven Manufacturing Co's shed at Butts and that W Holdsworth repair the floor in the Craven Manufacturing Co's warehouse.
Thomas Dent.

February 6th 1907
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: J Pickles £401-16-6 [loan?]. E Pickles £351-12-0 [Same?]. T Gregson £20. E Brooksbank £13-2-5. H Marsden £392-6-0. James Proctor Ltd £1-2-6. A Horsfield £8-1-10. British Kremnos £9-2-0. Anti-Incrustation Co £12-12-0. J W Brown £4-7-0. J A Nutter £1-8-9. W Easton 4/8. James Bulcock 9/4. Colledge Roy and Co £8. J W Clough £12-1-6. T M Duché £21-18-8.
Res. That the brickwork of the flues and boilers at SH Shed be repaired.
[No signature]

February 13th 1907
T Dent chair. Present: Horsfield, Holdsworth, Perry, Barrett, King, Baxter, Wilson and Brooks.
Res. That the company ascertain if Edmondson and Co at CH bought the water meter from J Nutter and Sons.
That we look at Dugdale and Dewhurst's with a view to putting in fresh water for steam, also Slater Brothers. [No idea what this means. Potable water for a steam boiler for brewing tea?]
That we look into the question of property tax. [This may be a consequence of the proposed Limited Partnerships Act of 1907]
That one dozen scavenger's brooms [hard sweeping brushes] be ordered from Hartley and Co.
Mr Lumb from Brown, Charlesworth and Wood attended to say that they had arranged with Mr Leak [solicitor to the Baptist Trustees.] to put a clause into the agreement for the Parrock that the Bethesda Trustees waive any claim for air and light.
Thomas Dent.

February 20th 1907
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That accounts be paid: H Banks £6. W ? Ellis £25-17-0. E A Coates £5 [Springs Dam]. E Green and Son £4. A Horsfield £450-5-9 [loan repayment?]. Brooks and Pickup £25-13-0. T A Landless £1-7-8. P W Spencer £3-11-3. Proctor and Proctor [wages and expenses] £117-4-0. R Baldwin £1-5-8. Colledge Roy and Co £3-12-0.
Res. That water for drinking purposes be carried to Slater Brothers and Dugdale and Dewhurst's at WH.
Res. That tenders be invited from: W J Varley, E Smith, Lindley and W Brooks.
Res. That the action of the secretary in charging the tenants at Viaduct Shed on a 40” [loom reed space] basis and thus increasing the number of looms for rent by 19 be approved.
That a pair of chain blocks [lifting tackle] be purchased for Viaduct Shed.
That stores be ordered for the engineers.
Thomas Dent.

February 27th 1907
T Dent chair.
Brown, Charlesworth and Wood reported that there was no written conveyance to the Bethesda Trustees of that portion of the Parrock which abuts Calf Hall Lane.
Res. That they be instructed to procure a good Legal Title by affidavit or otherwise. [We may be looking at the basis for the problems with Title that Harold Duxbury told me about.]
Res. That W J Varley's tender for supplying water pipes to Slater Brothers' and Dugdale and Dewhurst's for the sum of £5-10-0 be accepted.
That the rent for 6 extra looms put in by Slater Brothers commence on March 1st 1907.
Thomas Dent.

March 6th 1907
T Dent chair. Minutes as read.
Res. That Mr Brooks be requested to examine the ceiling between Slater Brothers and Dugdale and Dewhurst's at WH.
That Springs Dam be closed until next winter and that Mr Brooks give notice as usual. [I suspect that this means that since the water shortage in summer 1906 the clow has been left open to ensure maximum flow in the Calf Hall Beck and that it has been left open in the wetter weather to allow the beck to scour its own bed in the dam thus avoiding the problems of polluting the beck and keeping the dam as clean as possible. The clow is now being closed and until the reserve builds up to the spill way there will be reduced flow in the beck. This will not last long in spring weather.]
Res. That Mr Wood be authorised to make terms with Mr Widdup with reference to his tenancy of that Paddock. [A holding in the Parrock.]
Mr Jones of Ouzledale attended and requested that the directors should advance money to enable him to purchase a gas engine, the present water wheel being insufficient for more than a 7 or 8cwt blow. [Lots of information here! '7 or 8cwt blow' refers to one charge in a cupola furnace, the standard furnace for an ironfounder melting scrap iron for castings. The furnace was charged with scrap metal and coke and blown by an air supply powered in this c