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Addingham Heritage GroupHeritage Projects



The Greenwood Mausoleum

The Greenwood MausoleumThe Greenwood Mausoleum is a Grade II listed building in the Methodist cemetery along Chapel Street. It is an utterly unique structure, carefully designed and beautifully built of ashlar stone construction, with original wooden doors to East and West. On both the North and South faces there are well carved panels charting the deaths of leading members of the Greenwood family in the mid to late C19. What cannot be seen are the 3 panels within the building, 2 of which had fallen to the floor because of water penetration from the roof.

Chris Cobley of the Heritage Group carefully reconstructed these smashed panels on the floor and recorded their contents with the permission of the Methodist Church. They also permitted him to water-proof the roof by using a combination of lime mortar and mastic where appropriate to fill the very small cracks which had opened out in the stone joints of the roof, so no further damage can be done to the interior of the building, especially the one panel which survives in its original position on the wall.

Greenwood Mausoleum UrnUnlike many other listed buildings in Addingham this one is not just an amazingly imaginative and unusual architectural oddity, but one which contains both inside and outside it a full record of those interred within: the family which built both Netherwood House and the Swan.

New Addingham High Mill Information Board

High Mill Information Board Unveling200 years ago, Addingham was a hive of textile industry with hundreds of mill workers click-clacking to work in their clogs. High Mill, originally a Medieval corn mill, was extended to include two spinning mills in the late 1700s which was a ‘boom-time’ with new textile mills being rapidly built in Addingham and across the north of England.

In 2023 the Heritage Group unveiled an Information Board at the mill, the first of its planned boards marking the development of industry in the village. This new board, designed by Don Barrett, features a painting of the mill by J M W Turner, a photo of it at the end of its working life and a brief history. It is positioned, opposite the bottom of High Mill Lane, so that it will be passed by up to 5,000 Dales Way Path walkers each year and so inform both visitors and residents.


High Mill Information Board UnveilingIt was unveiled on 15 February by Chris Cobley and Suzy Stewart in front of an audience of about 40 members and locals. Chris Cobley, a mill resident and Heritage Group member involved in preparing the board, said “It will really put High Mill on the map, together with its long and fascinating history.”


High Mill Information Board unveiling“We have been planning this initiative for some time,” said Don Barrett “but covid and other problems delayed implementation. We are delighted to now have the first board in place and are very grateful to the residents of High Mill and Suzy Stewart of Hamiltons Restaurant next door to the Mill for jointly funding the project”.

After the unveiling everyone was invited to Hamiltons restaurant for a celebration tea, generously provided by Suzy, with extra cakes from Jackie Olive – a most enjoyable event!