19th Century Crossbasket

Chris Ladds shared this wonderful image of Crossbasket, during the 19th Century. I’m told it’s from the 1840’s, but open to the possibility it may be slightly later in the 1850’s during the James Clark era. The architecture looks somewhat different from today, suggesting perhaps on the more modern part of the building, the roof may have been replaced at some stage, the pitched roof being replaced by the modern oval skylight now there.


The beautiful drawing most likely done for an etching does indeed show the back of Crossbasket with the River Calder in the foreground, complete with waterfall and bridge.  In the front gardens is the former circular dove cot on the left of the picture.

To the right, on the opposite side of the river, the small bridge mill building can be seen with a figure walking towards it.


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