Albion Dyeworks, 1868 – 1995

Albion Dyeworks Staff 1920

Title Albion Dyeworks
Date 1920
Location Guiseley
Photo ID B387
Comment Staff of the ‘Making Up’ Department. Charles Busfield & Co., of Albion Dyeworks which lay between Church Street and Union Street off Towngate. Products included knitting wools and wool for rug making, the company was sold to Readicut and the dyeworks has since been demolished. New housing is on the site. This image is of Mr Joseph Hanson and the girls of the ‘Making Up’ Department.
Albion Dyeworks pre1936

P629 – Albion Dyeworks, Pre 1950s.

Albion Dyeworks – Pre 1936

Charles Busfield’s Albion Dyeworks viewed from the tower of St. Oswald’s Church. Beyond the factory are the Medieval field strips of Wills Gill, a rare example of Medieval farming methods when a large field would be divided into strips for crop rotation.

Donated by Mark Busfield.

Albion Dyeworks Pre 1950s

P630 – Albion Dyeworks, Pre 1950s.

Albion Dyeworks – Pre 1950s

An aerial view of Charles Busfield’s Albion Dyeworks, photo taken before Queensway was built in the 1950s. Above the dyeworks are the medieval field strips of Wills Gill, in the bottom left corner is Towngate with the New inn at the corner with Church Street. The mill chimney at the bottom of the view belongs to Springfield Mill.

Donated by Mark Busfield.

Albion Dyeworks Undated

G350 – Albion Dyeworks, Undated.

Albion Dyeworks – Undated

The Albion Dyeworks off Towngate had been the premises of Charles Busfield & Co. yarn dyers and bleachers, the building was demolished in 1997. Housing and a medical facility were built on the site.

Albion Dyeworks Undated

G351 – Albion Dyeworks, Undated.

Albion Dyeworks – Undated

As above.

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G352 – Albion Dyeworks, Undated.

Albion Dyeworks – Undated

As above.

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G353 – Albion Dyeworks, Undated.

Albion Dyeworks – Undated

As above.

Albion Dyeworks 1996

S81 – Albion Dyeworks, 1996.

Albion Dyeworks – 1996

Charles Busfield and Co. Ltd., dyeworks, located between Church Lane and Union Street off Towngate.
The business was begun in the 1800s by Charles Busfield who built up an earlier dyeworks on the site.
He lived on Mount Pleasant and kept hens as a hobby.

Albion Dyeworks 1996

S82 – Albion Dyeworks, 1996.

Albion Dyeworks – 1996

Charles Busfield and Co. Ltd, yarn dyers and bleachers. The mill had it’s own artesian well to supply the copious amounts of water needed for the dyeing process which was a huge advantage and enabled the company to be independent of the local water supply

Albion Dyeworks 1996

S83 – Albion Dyeworks, 1996.

Albion Dyeworks – 1996

Seen from Church Lane, this is the back of the dyeworks.

Albion Dyeworks 1996

S84 – Albion Dyeworks, 1996.

Albion Dyeworks – 1996

Rear view of Albion Dyeworks, looking down Church Lane St. Oswald’s Church is on the left.

Albion Dyeworks 1996

S85 – Albion Dyeworks, 1996.

Albion Dyeworks – 1996

View of the dyeworks yard, the business was sold by the Busfield family to Readicut, it was closed in 1995.
Some housing has been built on the site and an NHS treatment centre(January 2013).

Albion Dyeworks 1996

S87 – Albion Dyeworks, 1996.

Albion Dyeworks – 1996

A gated entrance to the dyeworks.

Albion Dyeworks 1996

S89 – Albion Dyeworks, 1996.

Albion Dyeworks – 1996

Seen from Queensway are the dyeworks and chimney.

Albion Dyeworks 1996

S90 – Albion Dyeworks, 1996.

Albion Dyeworks – 1996

This view looks up Queensway in the direction of Yeadon, the dyeworks is on the right.

Albion Dyeworks 1996

S91 – Albion Dyeworks, 1996.

Albion Dyeworks – 1996

Looking across Queensway to the Albion Dyeworks,in the foreground is a glimpse of the fields which front onto Queensway at this point.
The fields in front of the fence on the left mostly out of view were used by the Busfield family for an unusual purpose.
When the business was founded by Charles Busfield all transport was horse-drawn, even when motor vehicles became available there was a reluctance to use them.
The company horses were very well treated and when their working lives came to an end they were retired and later buried in these fields.

Previous Comments:

Re B387
jonhex
Standing 3rd from left on the 2nd row, next to the lady in the dark flowered dress / top, 16 yrs old Annie Elizabeth Smith, “Lizzie”, my Mother.
She “confessed” to me that she was nicknamed “Liz Piss Pepper Arse” by her workmates. She was the eldest of the five children of Arthur Smith of Upper end farm.
After a failed first marriage to Arthur Brook Smith, Lizzie in the early 1930’s formed a life long relationship with her stepbrother Alfred Stanley “Stan” Hextall, they married after her divorce in 1956.
She died, 9/9/1992 aged 87yrs.
07 April 2013.

Dixon
Hi, my Dad worked at Busfield’s for 40 years. I think he retired around 1986. I’m his youngest daughter, Louise. I’d be interested to find out more about my Dad’s life at Busfield’s. Sadly, he passed away in 2010.
25 February 2022.

Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 09 May 2022.
Last updated: 10 May 2022.

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