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  1. How do I find out information about old coal shafts n mines am interested in the low lane coal pit shafts at clayton thanks pictures maps or any information thanks

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    • Your best bet is to look at the earliest maps you can find; generally O/S from the 1850’s. Those show that the Bowlings and Hortons were covered in coal and iron mines; but they had all been abandoned near Bradford by the first survey. There are bits and pieces about mining; more about the big iron works and their associated mines; but even at best the records are fragmentary. Some local history books for areas that had later mines mention them; but the very last were in Wkye; and closed in the 1930’s; so beyond living memory now.

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  2. My Great-great grandfather, George Lister was born in Carr Skye about 1818 while his parents Thomas Lister and Nancy Ann Longbotham were living there. Do you have any information on him or his family? Sincerely, Harry Lister

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  3. I thought that the person who wrote the interesting article on Little Germany may be interested in the following .
    Back in 1973 I worked at Bradford University in the newly formed Environmental Science Department. I was appointed the supervisor for John Roberts MSc on the Bradford Textile warehouse which was a long study of the growth and buildings of Little Germany. Regrettably, I do not have copy of his thesis but I can probably dig out the exact title and year of submission and with luck there may well be a copy of his thesis in Bradford University library…. though regrettably in recent years may MSc theses have been discarded.
    D. Cotton ( Lecturer 1972 to 2015 in Environmental Science ( retired)).

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    • Hi David. The author, Derek Barker, would be very grateful for the year and title of John Roberts’s thesis. It’s not referenced in his own pamphlet, nor in Susan Duxbury-Neumann’s book. He would be happy to pursue it with the University library when he has all the information available.

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  4. Regarding your article by Derek https://bradfordlocalstudies.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/map-of-the-week-holdsworth-street-mill/ which mentions William Rouse and the mill. I am a direct descendant of William Rouse and have a number of original documents, including a map similar to the one in the article which incudes Bradford gasworks.
    They amount to a letter to William Rouse dated 1868 from his son John Fredrick Rouse about the quiet wool trade. A letter dater 1904 to Mr. Rouse (most probably John Fredrick Rouse) from a son Jeffrey. The writes appears to have som research for the period 1773-1779 mentioning the founding of Bradford landmarks and suggesting Rouse’s mill was the oldest in England.
    Another document is the property and all its contents in 7 lots on the orders of the High Court Chancery, in May 1847 at The Talbot Inn, Bradford. This is an extensive document.
    I’m 66, so won’t be a pensioner quite yet, giving me time to puzzle out this interesting history, which will involve a visit to you library.
    I think I may have an additional document somewhere: An extensive court case with map between two Rouse brothers, or between the brothers and someone else over who owns what of either one or several mills.
    Let me know if anything of this is of interest. Can you recommend a book about the history of the Bradford mills?

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    • There isn’t a single modern work that covers almost any broad aspect of Bradford history in depth; and none that gives a proper understanding to the wool trade. There are some very good titles about very specific things; but as an active researcher I keep having to go back to 19th histories that simply have not been bettered, yet. Check John James (Bradford’s first historian) and William Cudworth (especially his Worsteadopolis).

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