Acrylic Fridge Magnet of Dobroyd Castle View Todmorden Yorkshire, United Kingdom
This is an acrylic fridge magnet souvenir of Dobroyd Castle (the view) Todmorden Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Dobroyd Castle was a country house from 1866-1869 built by John Gibson for John and Ruth Fielden. John Fielden was part of a dynasty of cotton manufacturers based in Todmorden. In 1832, his father, John Fielden Senior, became MP for Oldham. He is famous for trying to improve conditions for factory workers, campaigning for a minimum wage and a shorter working day. In 1847 Fielden was instrumental in securing the Ten Hours Act. He was opposed to the 1834 amendment of the Poor Law, and he and his descendants resisted the establishment of a workhouse in Todmorden (though one was eventually built in 1878). Dobroyd Castle was built with mill money, on a hill overlooking Todmorden, and was intended to be 'the most commanding object in the neighbourhood'.
Dobroyd Castle's Many Owners
Ruth Stansfield, who worked in one of Todmorden's mills, agreed to marry John Fielden in 1857 if he built her a castle. Ruth died in 1877 and John soon married Ellen Mallinson, the daughter of a Lancashire clergyman. Fielden was appointed the position of Sherriff and lived at Grimston Castle, a country estate that he bought in 1872, establishing himself as a country gentleman. He died at Dobroyd Castle in 1893. John Fielden's widow, Ellen, continued to live at Dobroyd Castle until 1909. From that time the house was let until it was sold in 1942. It was a Home Office approved school until 1979, after which it became a privately-run school for boys with emotional and behavioural problems. In 1995 the house was bought by monks from the New Kadampa Buddhist Tradition, and became a residential Buddhist college and meditation centre, known as the Losang Dragpa Centre.