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Manufacturing the Cloth of the World By Roger Holden
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This well illustrated book is the first comprehensive study of the weaving sector of the Lancashire cotton industry to be published. The focus is on the development of weaving mills against the... More > background of the economic development and organisation of the industry. Hand loom weaving was carried out in domestic premises or small workshops. Early power looms were installed in multi-storey mills combined with spinning, the characteristic form of single storey shed with north-light roof used solely for weaving developing later. The construction, power systems and layout of these mills are considered in detail. The book is based on original research looking at both the mills themselves and documentary sources, including plans and company records.< Less
Palmer Mills By Roger Holden
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Palmer Mills were cotton spinning mills in Stockport, Cheshire. Originally built in around 1822 by James Marshall they were extended considerably over the following three decades. They ceased... More > operating in the early 1880s, by which time they were old and obsolete. A new company purchased the mills and largely demolished them before building a new mill, which was completed in 1887. A second mill was completed in 1890. With the decline in the cotton industry, the mills closed in 1931. The No.1 Mill was demolished in 1937 but the No.2 Mill continued in various uses until it was demolished in 1999. This well illustrated book is a history and technical description of the mills in the context of the Lancashire cotton industry.< Less
Chadderton Mill By Roger Holden
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Chadderton Mill, built 1884-85, was one of the many cotton spinning mills in Oldham, Lancashire. When it closed in 2000 it was one of the last mills in Oldham to be used by the textile industry,... More > latterly for winding and doubling. Still standing, it is listed grade 2 because it is considered to be a good example of a spinning mill of its period. This well illustrated book places the mill in the context of the Lancashire cotton industry, looking at the origins and financing of the mill together with subsequent changes in ownership. The original construction, layout of machinery and workforce of the mill are described as are later extensions including change of use in the 1930s. Many of the illustrations were taken by the author before the mill closed in 2000.< Less

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