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View of Masson Mill with Chimney
View of Masson Mill with Chimney

This is an unusual view of the chimney from the other side of the River Derwent.

The chimney was built by Farnsworth Bros. of Bonsall in 1907 at a cost of £618!

The chimney in the life of a mill was just as important as the machinery, the order book or the steam engine, for if you did not have the correct sized chimney, smoke from the boilers would not escape correctly and the boilers would not draw properly. Then the steam pressure would not be regularly sufficient to drive the steam engine economically and the mill would operate on an uneconomic basis and not last very long in the highly competitive 19th century textile industry.