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