The area around Mill Bank has been inhabited since ancient times due to its proximity to water sources, which were essential for early human settlements.
During the Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries, the textile industry played a significant role in the development of Halifax and its surrounding villages, including Mill Bank. Mills were constructed along the rivers and streams in the area, utilizing water power to drive the machinery. This period marked a significant transformation in the landscape and the local economy.
In the Victorian era, Mill Bank saw rapid urbanisation and population growth due to industrialisation. The construction of local mills and factories led to an increase in employment opportunities, attracting people to settle in the area.
Specific records of the village’s early history are limited, however a group of enthusiastic local people are actively researching and documenting different aspects of Mill Bank’s history and what village life was like for people living in the area.
A number of projects are being undertaken by the Mill Bank History Group to record and preserve the great history of the area. Click on the images below to learn more about their work and see how you can get involved.