Page 1 of 1

The Clough House Mill Saga

Posted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:55 pm
by Chris Yeates
A recent collection of a foam sample from a Yorkshire stream has proved extremely interesting. This is Part One of the tale.

The collection site lies in West Yorkshire above Slaithwaite. It is on the site of a former (19th century) woollen mill, now completely gone. Clough House Mill was owned by Edwin Shaw and Company; I don't know when it was originally built, but it's already on the 1850s 6" to the mile OS survey.

Here is an early C20th (exact date unknown) photo of the mill © Kirklees Image Archive:
00-Clough House-2.jpg
Here is a map of the site in 1892:
00-Clough House-2a 1892.jpg
And in 1968 (the tenters have all gone of course, and there is now a sluice controlling the water level in the pond):
00-Clough House-2b 1968.jpg
By the 1980s all had gone. I haven't looked closely yet, but there is now virtually no evidence left of the mill itself.

Water would of course have been a vital part of the steam required for the mill's functioning. There is a mill pond, approximately 0.37 hectares in size, and an outflow channel which passes over a small stepped man-made "waterfall" immediately above the collection point. The mill pond is surrounded by trees and there is some emergent vegetation. So all in all the site is a potentially good one for Ingoldian fungi, especially when the oxgenation provided by some man-made "waterfalls" is added. The local geology is siliceous Carboniferous "Millstone Grit", so the water will almost certainly be ≤5pH.

Here is the collection site:
00-Clough House-1.jpg
00-Clough House-4.jpg
Part Two in a day or so . . . .


Re: The Clough House Mill Saga

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:29 pm
by Chris Yeates
Part Two
Combined 1.jpg
A Campylospora parvula. 3 records on FRDBI - I have an additional one from South Yorkshire.
B Classicula fluitans. An interesting species, as it is an anamorphic Basidiomycete - DNA studies place it close to the rust fungi (!)
B Classicula fluitans.jpg
C Culicidospora gravida. The scientific name means "the pregnant mosquito spore".
C Culicidospora gravida.jpg
D Lateriramulosa uni-inflata.
D Lateriramulosa uni-inflata.jpg
E Isthmolongispora minima. Originally described by Matsushima from Papua New Guinea. Three previous GB records: one from Laurus litter on Arran, and two from aquatic environments in Rutland.
F This is the Actinosporella anamorph of the aquatic discomycete Miladina lecithina. While the previous species are relatively small, this is a monster - the distance between top left and top right arms is over 100µm - and the arms can grow much longer.


Re: The Clough House Mill Saga

Posted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:36 am
by Chris Johnson
Great report, Chris.