Launch Event at Botany Bay

We invited interviewees to the official launch of the project web site and exhibition at Botany Bay (Formerly Canal Mill) on the 13th of April 2017.

Many attended and were treated to tea and cake and shared memories of their times in the mills whilst we showed photographs collected by the project and played interviews.

Local MP Lyndsay Hoyle was in attendance and the exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Chorley Councillor Doreen Dickinson. Granada TV came down and interviewed some former mill workers and ran a great piece on the local news.

The exhibition can be seen on the top floor at Botany Bay, Canal Mill, Botany Brow, Chorley PR6 9AF until Christmas 2017.

List of Chorley Mills 1957

Complete list of mills operating in Chorley and district in 1957 from a Lancashire textile industry trade directory of the time. Also can be see some fascinating ads for local company supplying equipment, goods and services to the mills.

Lancashire Mills Trade Directory
Lancashire Mills Trade Directory
Lancashire Mills Trade Directory
Lancashire Mills Trade Directory
Lancashire Mills Trade Directory
Lancashire Mills Trade Directory
Lancashire Mills Trade Directory
Lancashire Mills Trade Directory
Lancashire Mills Trade Directory
Lancashire Mills Trade Directory
Lancashire Mills Trade Directory
Lancashire Mills Trade Directory

Documents from Talbot Mill 1980s

A series of documents from the employment of Dennis Joyce from the contract of emplyment from 1982 to his redundancy notice in 1989.

Contract of Employment Page 1
Contract of Employment Page 1
Contract of Employment Page 2
Contract of Employment Page 2
Pension Letter
Pension Letter
P60s 1986 1989
P60s 1986 1989
P60 1988
P60 1988
Redundancy Notice
Redundancy Notice
Redundancy Statement
Redundancy Statement

Photos

Adreina Padovan from Italy. One of those injured in the explosion at Smethurst’s Mill in 1951. Courtesy of her daughter Lee Majsa.

Photos and documents courtesy of Jennifer Balcombe whose father Thomas Riley worked as a tackler at Stuttards, Ratcliffes and Lawrences and Talbot mills.

Photos by Vivien Booth of the derelict Coppull Ring Mill after closure. vivien_booth@hotmail.com

Some great photos from Pamela Brown (nee Wrigley) of workers at Canal Mill (Botany Bay) in the 1950s.

Photos of Fletcher’s Mill, also known as Brook Street Mill. Kindly provided by Lynda Fletcher, the great granddaughter of the mill founder James Fletcher. The mill went into voluntary liquidation and closed in 1963. It was demolished in 2012.

More photos and documents courtesy of the Lynda Fletcher.

MTalbot Mill Workers Celebrating Gordon Wilson’s 21st Birthday

Talbot Mill Workers Celebrating Gordon Wilson’s 21st Birthday Ben Ainscough - Eddie Eccles - Harold Alty Bill Morrow - Gordon Wilson - Ralph Mercer - David Wilson - David Harrison - Leonard HaltonBen Ainscough – Eddie Eccles – Harold Alty Bill Morrow – Gordon Wilson – Ralph Mercer – David Wilson – David Harrison – Leonard Halton

Several generations of the Clare family worked at Talbot Mill. Here, Bill Clare is shown in various parts of the mill.

More members of the Clare family are shown in this photo.

Clares at Talbot MillErnie Clare – Mr Porter – Donald Clare – Jimmy Brown – Austin Archer Ernest Clare – Jack Clare – Jimmy Clare – Alfie Bamford

Mills were decorated and workers dressed up for national occasions. Shown here is Croft Mill on the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. Photos courtesy of Mavis Cowling.

We’ve received the photo below from a Facebook group member. It shows workers at Talbot Mill. We’re not sure of the date. Can anyone help? Do you recognise anyone on the photo?

Workers at Talbot Mill, Chorley
Workers at Talbot Mill, Chorley

 

This is a picture of the wedding of Mary Wrightson and Cyril Gilman at St Paul’s Withnell circa 1958.  They met whilst working at Talbot Mill.  The bridesmaids are Mary’s two sisters at each side of her,  Irene Roscoe (now Patten) on Mary’s right and Rita Taylor (now Waring) on Mary’s left, both of whom worked at Talbot Mill at the time and were invited to be bridesmaids to Mary.

the wedding of Mary Wrightson and Cyril Gilman at St Paul’s Withnell circa 1958
The wedding of Mary Wrightson and Cyril Gilman at St Paul’s Withnell circa 1958

A shuttle and reed hook from Talbot Mill. Photos by Barbara Lowe.

A shuttle from Talbot Mill
A shuttle from Talbot Mill
A reed hook from Talbot Mill
A reed hook from Talbot Mill – Can anyone tell us exactly what this was used for?

 

Newspaper article2
Chorley Guardian article about long serving workers at Talbot Mill
Newspaper Article about Long Serving Workers at Talbot Mill
Accompanying photograph of workers at Talbot Mill