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Hartford Mill, Oldham (Revisit), February 2013

Hartford Mill was built 1907 by the Hartford Mill (Oldham)Co Ltd. It was extended 1920 and 1924 and closed 1959 In later years it was used by Littlewoods as a mail order warehouse until 1992. The mill’s Architect was F […]

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Turner Brothers Asbestos, Rochdale, February 2013

Turner Brothers Asbestos was one of Greater Manchester’s oldest firms and was forced to leave its hometown after more than 100 years. TBA Textiles Ltd has been based at the Turner and Newall factory in Rochdale since 1875But the developer […]

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Allen Brickworks, Hipperholme, December 2012

Glazed brick manufacturers established by Henry Victor Allen when he took over the Halifax Glazed Brick Works in the Walterclough valley. He converted the works to manufacture refractory bricks. Their Selfrac refractory bricks were world famous. The bricks were carried […]

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Woolens for Signs, Sheffield, November 2012

Woollen & Co Ltd was established in Sheffield in 1883 by Edwin James Woollen, a signwriter and Frederick Ibbotson, a lithographic printer. By 1897 Woollens had become a limited company and was based at 35 Carver Street in Sheffield. At […]

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Cellars Clough Mills, Marsden, October 2012

The woollen mill was owned by Samuel Firth of Gatehead in Marsden, and opened in 1888. He also owned Holme Mill. By the 60s, it was owned and run by Fisher, Firth & Co. which became Cellars Clough Woollen Mills […]

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Langley Mill, Macclesfield, September 2012

Langley Mill, founded by William Smith in 1826, became the biggest silk printing, dyeing and finishing works in the world.  Langley Mill later went on to become Specialised Automobile Services, a specialist wire wheel manufacturer for classic and modern cars.

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TG Greens Pottery, Derbyshire, September 2012

The factory as it is today began life in 1864 when Thomas Goodwin Green was, rather suprisingly, on his honeymoon in Scarborough. He met a Mr Henry Wileman who owned a small pottery in Church Gresley, near Swadlincote, that had […]

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Old Bank Workshops – Slaithwaite – Aug 2012

A charming little workshop dating back approx 100+ years, unfortunately no history on the building itself, the last occupants being a cabinet makers.

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Huncoat Power Station, August 2012

The The Lancashire Electric Power Company proposal to build a coal fired plant at Padiham (known as Padiham ‘A’) was approved in 1924 for a 12,000kW station. By March 1925 two 6,000kW alternator sets had been ordered, the sidings for […]

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