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  1. I thought that the person who wrote the interesting article on Little Germany may be interested in the following .
    Back in 1973 I worked at Bradford University in the newly formed Environmental Science Department. I was appointed the supervisor for John Roberts MSc on the Bradford Textile warehouse which was a long study of the growth and buildings of Little Germany. Regrettably, I do not have copy of his thesis but I can probably dig out the exact title and year of submission and with luck there may well be a copy of his thesis in Bradford University library…. though regrettably in recent years may MSc theses have been discarded.
    D. Cotton ( Lecturer 1972 to 2015 in Environmental Science ( retired)).

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    • Hi David. The author, Derek Barker, would be very grateful for the year and title of John Roberts’s thesis. It’s not referenced in his own pamphlet, nor in Susan Duxbury-Neumann’s book. He would be happy to pursue it with the University library when he has all the information available.


  2. Regarding your article by Derek which mentions William Rouse and the mill. I am a direct descendant of William Rouse and have a number of original documents, including a map similar to the one in the article which incudes Bradford gasworks.
    They amount to a letter to William Rouse dated 1868 from his son John Fredrick Rouse about the quiet wool trade. A letter dater 1904 to Mr. Rouse (most probably John Fredrick Rouse) from a son Jeffrey. The writes appears to have som research for the period 1773-1779 mentioning the founding of Bradford landmarks and suggesting Rouse’s mill was the oldest in England.
    Another document is the property and all its contents in 7 lots on the orders of the High Court Chancery, in May 1847 at The Talbot Inn, Bradford. This is an extensive document.
    I’m 66, so won’t be a pensioner quite yet, giving me time to puzzle out this interesting history, which will involve a visit to you library.
    I think I may have an additional document somewhere: An extensive court case with map between two Rouse brothers, or between the brothers and someone else over who owns what of either one or several mills.
    Let me know if anything of this is of interest. Can you recommend a book about the history of the Bradford mills?

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