Ossett Pictures - The Goit, Healey

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This postcard showing "The Goit" at Healey is the mill race, off the river Calder, on which Healey Old Mill and the Dye Works were located.

This mill goit was built in the late 18th century, probably around 1785 when the Ossett Mill Company (now Healey Old Mill) was founded. It is thought that this was the first co-operative manufacturing mill founded in England and was financed by the joint capital from a number of Ossett-based master handloom weavers who operated the mill and from various Wakefield cloth merchants. The mill was powered by waterwheels positioned on the goit and was used to process raw wool and to full (felt) woollen cloths. The goit and a few remnants of the original mill still remain.