The Mills of Broomhall

Sheffield Independent- 1840, 1829 & 1881

Transcribed by Sophie Mckie

The Broomhall area was dotted with mills in the mid- nineteenth century. Various articles pertaining to these mills grabbed headlines owing to it’s auction sale or bankruptcies.

The articles below give an insight into the industrial development and it’s property assessment in the Broomhall area within it’s periphery.






At their Auction Mart, in High street, in Sheffield, on Tuesday, the 24th day of March next, at Four o’ Clock in the Afternoon, by the direction of the Trustees and Executors of the late Mr. Joseph Andrew, of Furnace hill, deceased, in the following or such other Lots as may be agreed upon at the time of Sale, and subject to such Conditions as may be then produced: –


All that Old-Established WATER CORN MILL, commonly called the BROOMHALL MILL, situated near to the Ecclesall Road, and in part adjoining the Little Sheffield Road, in the Township of Ecclesall Bierlow, and Parish of Sheffield, with the three Dwelling-Houses, Drying Kilns, Stables, Outbuildings, and Gardens attached, and the several Closes of Land, called the Shaw Croft or Close, Brierly Holme, Wall Close, Orchard, Plantation, adjoining the said Mill and Premises, and which are partly occupied with the Mill, and in great part divided into and now occupied as Gardens. The Mill and Dwelling-Houses being in the respective occupations of Mr. Samuel Price, and Mr. George Woollen. The site of the Mill and Buildings, with the Closes and Gardens, contains upwards of 9A. OR. 30P., and is bounded by the River Porter; and at the low Rental at which the Property is now let, produces an annual income of about £200.

The Property is Freehold, and is situated in one of the most improving parts of the Town, and is well adapted for letting out in Building Lots, and, from its proximity to the River, for the erection of Manufactories requiring Steam Power.





At the House of Mr. Rogers, the George Inn, in the Market Place, Sheffield, on Wednesday, the 11th day of February next, at Six o’ Clock in the Evening, subject to Conditions;

All that very valuable and old established FREEHOLD CORN MILL, called BROOMHALL MILL, situate in the Township of Ecclesall Bierlow, in the Parish of Sheffield, in the County of York, late the property of Mr. SAMUEL ANDREW MILLER, deceased, containing five pair of stones, Dressing Machine, and Gearing; together with the Drying Kiln, large and commodious Barn, Stable for four horses, Cow-house, Coke-house, and other conveniences.

Also, all those Three substantial and well-built FREEHOLD DWELLING HOUSES, standing near the said Mill, two of which are in the several occupations of Mrs. Andrew and Captain Bradley, and the other is untenanted.

And also, all those several Pieces or                          A. R. P.


adjoining or near to the aforesaid

Premises, viz. : – The Homestead,

Feld, Gardens, Plantations, Goights,

Dam, the Part in Grass of the Close

called the Briery Holm and the

Part in Grass of the Close called the

Water Close, containing together by survey ………… 3  2  21

The remainder of the Close called

Briery Holm, in Gardens, containing by survey …….. 4  1  27

The Shaw Close, in Gardens, with the

footway, containing by survey …………………………….. 1  0  22

The Premises are most eligibly situated near the town of Sheffield, and present an opportunity rarely equalled in the neighbourhood for the investment of Capital. The Mill is well supplied with Water, – has for a long time been employed in grinding Corn, and might, from its contiguity to the town, be advantageously continued in that Trade, and be enlarged, and its power greatly increased; or it might, at the option of the purchaser, be converted to other purposes requiring extensive conveniences, and head and fall of water.

For viewing the Premises application may be made to MRS. ANDREW, in one of the Houses; and further particulars may be had of the AUCTIONEER, or of Mr. JOHN SWINDON, Attorney-at-Law, Dixon lane, Sheffield, at whose offices a Plan of the Estate may be seen.



THURSDAY – Before T. ELLISON, Esq., Judge.

Re A. J. PARKER., – Dr. Ryalls (instructed by Messrs. Ryalls and Son) moved that an order made by his Honour on the 22nd inst. restraining Mr. Thos. Stead from distraining for rent upon the Broomhall Mills, Napier Street, lately in the occupation of Alexander Joseph Parker, might be discharged. The mills are in possession of Mr. Armstead, trustee under the liquidation proceedings of J. Parker, and an order had been obtained restraining Mr. Stead from distraining for £864, alleged to be due for rent until July the 12th. The application was that the order might be discharged, so that Mr. Stead, the owner of the mills, might proceed to realise. Mr. Barker (instructed by Messrs. Parker and Brailsford) appeared for the trustee to oppose the application. Dr. Ryalls stated that Mr. Stead was the owner of the mills, and some years ago he let them to Mr. Sydney Parker, at the rent of £125 per year. Subsequently Mr. Stead renewed perishable plant at an outlay of about £300, and the rent was increased by £25 per year. Mr. S. Parker died two years ago, his rent being in arrears to the amount to the amount of the claim. The mills were then carried on by Messrs. A. J. Parker and H. Easterbrook in partnership; but the landlord never accepted them as tenants; and as the goods at the mill were never in the possession of the bankrupt, his Honour had no jurisdiction to restrain the landlord from distraining. – Mr. Barker, in reply, said the receiver only interfered for the protection of the property. His case was that on the 14th March there was a surrender of the property to the bankrupt and his late partner, and Mr. Stead accepted them as his tenants. – After some discussion, it was arranged that the matter should stand over until the 23rd July, the receiver undertaking to be responsible for damages.

Researched from British Newspaper Archives

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