By Eleanor Darke
It truly is tough for Todmorden generators Museum viewers to visualize that this web site so just about the busy Don Valley expressway was domestic to a huge mill. As early as 1793 Governor Simcoe famous the commercial strength of this component of the Don River. by means of 1795 Skinner's sawmill used to be lower than development, starting up an period of technological improvement that unfold past the valley of the Don into what was once then Muddy York. this day, Todmorden serves to remind us of Toronto's commercial historical past and the spirit of the time. This useful neighborhood background confirms the importance of early turbines and later factories alongside the Don River and acknowledges the jobs performed via Timothy Skinner, Parshall Terry, George Playter, William Helliwell and different settlers and marketers of Governor John Graves Simcoe's time and past. Eleanor Darke, assisted via Ian Wheal, offers us with an informative account of the folks, their lives and their inventive impact.
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Eastwood was not at home and Mr. Skinner when he saw Mr. 11? Eastwood remained under suspicion by the government for several years after the 1837 Rebellion both because of his political support for Mackenzie and because of a promissory note for ^75 they found from Mackenzie to him. It was dated September 29, 1837 and the government suggested that it had been a contribution to Mackenzie's military plans. Eastwood asserted that it was simply a business debt owed by Mackenzie for the purchase of newspaper.
Both partners were soon able to afford to live most comfortably. It is supposed that when he first came to the mills, Colin Skinner moved into the house attributed to Parshall Terry. It is uncertain when its front four rooms were added. If Colin was responsible for their construction, they were probably built around the time of his marriage in 1824. By the 18305, maps of the area show that a large frame home had been constructed on the north side of Pottery Road, directly opposite the Terry house.
57 Sawmills of the same period in the United States were generally small open-sided sheds with an outside, undershot water wheel. Grist mills were also small, but two-storey in height and somewhat more enclosed. Both types of mills and their A Mill Should be Build Thereon: A History of Todmorden Mills 29 machinery were built almost entirely of wood. " The undershot style of wheel is driven by the rush of water under it and is much less efficient than an overshot wheel. 5° The Skinner's mill dam most likely was built of loose stones, trees and underbrush and had a fall of no more than eight feet.
''A Mill Should Be Build Thereon: An Early History of Todmorden Mills by Eleanor Darke