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With the support of its Providence backers, the Lonsdale Company expanded from Lincoln across the Blackstone River to Cumberland in 1860, building its first mill on the new site in 1871. This is gone, like most of the company's mills on the Lincoln side of the village. What remains of later mills on the Cumberland side is far more substantial. Moreover, the brick housing in the “new village” on the Cumberland side is exceptionally intact, most of it built in two stages during the 1870s and 1880s (presumably in concert with two stages of mill building). It also provides an introduction to similar housing by the company in Berkeley and Ashton, the next two mill villages north, which were also under Lonsdale Company control.

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William H. Jordy et al.

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