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New DVD about the Addingham Sawmill

DVD Front CoverThe Addingham Civic Society have just published a DVD video titled ‘200 years at the Addingham Sawmill’, by Don Barrett.

The video describes the long history of the mill, which was built as a water driven textile mill by Anthony Fentiman in 1796 but later taken over and used as a sawmill and furniture manufactory by William Brear & Sons. It was run by generations of the Brear family, several of whom served on the Parish Council, for 140 years until it closed in 2001.

The DVD includes a fascinating film, taken in the sawmill in 1952 by a member of the Brear family, showing workers making furniture from trees cut down at Broughton Hall near Skipton, among other places. In his narration, Don Barrett describes the processes, equipment, and names the workers shown. In its heyday, the sawmill produced a range of furniture but is best known for its stools , or ‘Buffets’ as they called them.

The building was demolished after the mill closed in 2001 and rebuilt as housing.

The DVD is available from Addingham Newsagents/Post Office or Steve Lloyd for the Civic Society, Tel. 830853, email stevelloyd@hotmail.com. Price £4.00.

Addingham is in West Yorkshire in the North of England three miles south of the
Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Our aim is to ‘do what it says on the tin’ – to be a one stop shop for information about the village, its history and its surroundings, in conjunction with our sister site ilkley.org which covers the Ilkley area (three miles east of Addingham).

We hope that you will be able to find whatever you want to know about Addingham and what there is to do here, whether you are a resident, visitor or just looking for somewhere interesting. If you can’t find it (using the Search box on the right) please contact the webmaster .

Using the menus on the left and right you will find a vast store of information about the following, and more:-
(a) events in the village and the organisations behind them.
(b) local businesses and places to eat, drink or stay.
(c) the history of Addingham and of the Schools.
(d) places around for day trips or walks.

There is a search box at the top of each page to find things quickly.

Thanks for looking around – please CONTACT us with your comments and suggestions for further improvements.



The Parish Church at daffodil time


This site is an independent community service for the village of Addingham, run by volunteers, supported by Addingham Civic Society