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What's there now?

The steep, convex stone weir is deteriorating at the north end. Rusted remains of the capstan & roller of the head goit shuttle mechanism survive. The tail goit from Little London Wheel, now blocked, used to run directly into the head goit of Holme Head alongside the weir. The Holme Head mill dam is quite large and mostly overgrown, although still holds water.

A few remains of the building, pentrough, wheel pit and the wheel spindle can still be seen. A roller survives on the overflow stonework; the water is culverted beneath the path and flows into the river through a small stone arch. The tail goit runs in a culvert beneath the path before emerging into the river just above the modern stepping stones, initially separated from the river by edge-set slabs joined by wrought-iron straps.

The large stones of the overflow can be seen beside the path, near to the wheel pit. Look out for the iron staples holding the top stones together, the low-level drain, slotted side stones and the remains of the roller mechanism for the shuttle gate.

On the nearby river-bank look for some broken stone steps leading down to the river – these mark the location of stepping stones that used to cross the river here. These were replaced by the stepping stones downstream (just above Roscoe weir), put in when the path on the river bank opposite became eroded in the 1970s.

Along the side of the river about 75 m downstream of the Holme Head Wheel area, there is a row of edge-set stone slabs, joined by wrought-iron straps, which mark the end of the tail goit. As the wheel pit was lower than the river, this arrangement was needed to equalise the water levels and prevent water backing up the channel when river levels were high; a similar line of stonework can be seen at Hollins Bridge Mill and Third Coppice Wheel.

Image of Holme Head weir and head goit inlet

Holme Head weir and head goit inlet. Photo: Roger Kite.

Image of the remains of a capstan

Remains of a capstan – part of the head goit shuttle mechanism at Holme Head. Photo: Sue Shaw, May 2014.

Image of part of the shuttle mechanism

A small part of the shuttle mechanism survives on the Holme Head mill dam overflow. Photo: Sue Shaw May 2014.

Image of remains of the wheel pit

Remains of the wheel pit at Holme Head. Photo: Roger Kite.

Image of former workshop area

Holme Head: the former workshop area with wheel pit to the rear becomes quite overgrown in summer. Photo: Sue Shaw May 2016.

Image of the holme head tail goit

The Holme Head tail goit runs into the river just upstream of the Roscoe stepping stones, initially separated from the river by edge-set stone slabs. Photo: Roger Kite.

Image of Holme Head tail goit stone slabs

The Holme Head tail goit stone slabs, which are joined together by wrought-iron straps. Photo: Sue Shaw, February 2015.


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