TEXTILE books dating back to the late 19th century are to go under the hammer an one of Craven's most historic mills.

Filled with clippings and samples of fabric they are the cream of the sale forming an extraordinary archive of textiles at Dale End Mill in Lothersdale.

They are among pieces of furniture used in the mill offices, office equipment and various related and decorative items dating from the late 19th and early 20th century which go under the hammer on Friday, May 26 at Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn.

A spokesman for Tennants said Dale End Mill had a long history from its days of being water powered and stretching back as early as the sixteenth century.

"Records reveal that a corn mill was operating on the site in 1603. However, the new technology of the Industrial Revolution introduced by Richard Arkwright in the middle of the 18th century, gave new purpose to the mill.

"In 1792, 18 year old Thomas Parker realised the potential of the mill and joined the booming textile industry, by converting the mill from corn to textiles.

"Dale End Mill was in operation for over 200 years, latterly trading under the name Stephen J Wilson Ltd."

The mill is best known for being the site of reputedly the largest indoor waterwheel in the world, built in the second half of the 19th century. It no longer operates.

Viewing of the lots is possible on Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25.

For further information contact Tennants on 01969 623780 or email enquiry@tennants-ltd.co.uk.