10 – Silk Mill

Silk Mill/Harrisons
Map: D4

The former Chesterfield Silk Mill, erected about 1760 on the River Hipper, was leased to John Harrison and sons, boot and shoe manufacturers, in 1910. It also shows as being Beetwell Works on a 1914 OS map.

The photograph was taken between 1910 and 1915, when the river was diverted away from the mill and the Silk Mill house adjoining was demolished.

The old House of Correction, or prison, can just be seen to the left of the Silk Mill entrance.


harrisons shoe factors ex silk mill

The Silk Mill/Harrisons as seen from Markham Road.

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silk mill/harrisons ChesterfieldThe Silk Mill/Harrisons, seen from Hipper Street South.

silk-millFinal days of the Silk Mill in the 1960s.

5 thoughts on “10 – Silk Mill”

  1. My Granddad lived in the dog kennels when he was young. He had fond memories of skiving off school and being chased round the Queen’s Park by the local bobby 🙂

  2. Hi – Thanks for the comment. I hope you enjoy the site and it gives you sense of what things were like in the Dog Kennels’ area when your grandpa was a child.