Aireborough Historical Society

Larkfield Dam

Larkfield Dam 1970

Title
Larkfield Dam
Date As Shown
Location Rawdon
Photo ID

JH007 This photograph was originally taken on a 35mm slide and has been digitally transferred for us by John Hobson.

Comment
1970: View of Larkfield Dam, seen from Rawdon Billing.
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Undated: View of Larkfield Dam looking from Rawdon Billing.

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Undated: View of the dam, on the left the land begins to rise to the summit of Rawdon Billing.

 

hannah1
hannah1
Mr. Rennie of W.B.Cartwrights lived in one of the large stone semi detached, on the right in the middle of the picture. He put his name to the digestive tablet Rennie produced at Cartwrights.
11 September 2013
Graham Branston
Graham Branston
Larkfield Dam is not fed by a stream or beck. The water must come from underground springs and it seems likely that there is an underground aquifer beneath the Billing. The dam was essential for various processes in cloth making when the Thompson family located a mill beside it in the early 19th century.. The Thompsons would be curious if they returned today to see model boats on it!
10 August 2018
Graham Branston
Graham Branston
Having examined some of my old maps & plans of Rawdon, an 1821 plan of part of the Emmott family estate shows that the location of the dam was then land. A plan of 1825 taken from Larkfield Mill deeds shows the dam and mill complex. So, the dam must have been created soon after 1821 probably from existing surface water standing in a field augmented by deepening the land and retaining spring water possibly with a bed of clay.Water was needed for steam engines which by then were replacing water wheels to power mills, also for various processes in woollen cloth making such as fulling, washing the cloth and dye making. There are many springs still evident around Rawdon Billing. I have also seen around Town Street, former wells including one in the house once occupied by the Thompson family who created the mill.
12 August 2018
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