Queen Street Mill

By the early 1850s trade was good and manufacturers were experimenting with different weaves. One such was Robert Brearley, who is said to have made a great deal of money out of what were called "Marble goods" which enabled him to build a new mill. The foundation stone was laid on the first of March 1853 by his son Thomas. At this time it was said that the mill was to be called The Marble Factory, but it is as Queen Street Mill that it was later known.

image courtesy of Batley Community Archive

Thomas Brearley carried on the business after his father's death, and the firm continued to trade as Robert Brearley & Son until it went into liquidation in 1935. Later the mill was in the ownership of Jack Stross Ltd., but that too was to close in 1959